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By Angela Saxe


n the early years of The Scoop we had a column called Room for Rant. We encouraged readers to submit a piece of writing where they could rant about a topic that they felt passionate about or that filled them with indignation or anger. No personal names could be used (even though public figures are fair game) nor could they target specific groups of people based on race, religion, sexual orientation. The rant was an opportunity for people to say, “This issue makes me so mad. I want to talk about it!” Well, we’d like to encourage our readers to sit at the computer or take paper and pen in hand and write about what gets under their skin. For example, one reader ranted about all the packaging from fast food outlets that gets tossed out the window of the car as the driver is heading home. The reader named the big corporations: McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s. I bet that reader felt better after getting that off of their chest. Even though I’ve always believed that The Scoop shouldn’t talk about politics I’m going to break my own rule. I feel like ranting about the upcoming provincial election; it wasn’t necessary and it costs us money. Andrea Horvath, leader of the NDP triggered the election by refusing to back the Liberal budget which was Labour and NDP friendly. It took her three weeks to present her platform to voters and she has alienated many of her supporters by leaning to the right and talking about the middle class instead of the working class. In the last election the NDP got 22.7% of the vote and now they are at 20% in the latest polls. Is she opportunistic or just incompetent? Just makes me feel cynical, and I don’t like that. The Conservatives have come up with two “brilliant” ideas. They want to fire 100,000 people from middle income jobs (that’s around 4,000 in Kingston area alone), but also promise to

create 1 million new jobs. Seeing a drop in his support Hudak quickly said that the jobs would be lost by attrition, thereby softening the blow. He’s going to target education and the public service – two popular sectors that the Conservatives attacked last time they were in power. They say they want to get rid of Junior Kindergarten, sending all those young teachers out of the province to look for jobs. Oh wait! They can hang around for one of those million jobs that the Conservatives will create!

No, it’s not a perfect government at all, but we could have stuck with them for a while longer. Now the latest polls are suggesting that the Conservatives and the Liberals are in a deadlock each with 36% of the vote. We may be spending millions to get a very similar legislature. The whole thing makes me want to just move into a cabin in the woods and ignore it all!

Hudak and his party are prepared to make cuts bigger than Mike Harris ever dreamed of, but we’re not supposed to talk about the past. We’re not supposed to remember Walkerton, or hospital closures or cutbacks in the public sectors that left agencies poorly staffed. Here I go again, feeling cynical again. Then there are the Liberals who under McGuinty have been accused of mismanaging huge projects and deceiving the public. Corruption? Maybe. They’ve been in power during good times and during the recession. They spent money and we’re in debt, but you know, the health care system works pretty well, especially in the Kingston and Napanee areas. Our education system works even though it’s not the best. If they get reelected they too will probably have to cut jobs and reduce spending – but that’s not what they are telling us.

Now that I’ve had my rant I feel better. It’s unhealthy to let these emotions simmer away and I bet there are many people who feel the same way as I do no matter which party they vote for. What gets under your skin? Tell us about it. Write to us and we’ll publish it in our next issue’s Room for Rant!

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Letter to the Editor On March 14th of this year we received a Letter to the Editor from Elaine Young Williams. Here’s an excerpt: I am very, very, VERY concerned about the state of agriculture in Eastern Ontario and the closing of Kemptville Agricultural College is the last straw. I attended the college in 1965 as did my mother before me. I, like many people, am distraught about all the wonderful work they have done over the 100 + years just being swept aside with the stroke of a pen. I am not good with words/public speaking at all but my heart is so BIG when it comes to agriculture and the impact it has on so many parts of our lives. Can you please reach out to your readers to get the word out about what is happening right under their noses. This is just crazy. PS I love the Scoop. It is the best thing since sliced bread!!!!! A sincere reader Elaine (nee Young) Williams (class of 65 KAS) Belleville Ontario Since Mrs. Williams’s letter

the Ontario Government has announced a two year moratorium on the closure of Kemptville Campus, Ontario’s oldest agricultural education institute. Established in 1917, the college’s mission was to support and strengthen farming practices in Eastern Ontario and provide quality education to those interested in farming as a career or entering the Agri-food industry. According to University of Guelph, the decision to close Kemptville was due to the cost of maintaining an aging facility quoted as 15 million dollars. That doesn’t make any sense to farmers and supporters of the college. “This is the heart of agriculture in eastern Ontario. What gave them the right to tear out the heart of eastern Ontario,” Marty Derks of the Dundas Federation of Agriculture told an angry crowd protesting its proposed closure. The two year moratorium will provide much needed time to brainstorm a variety of alternatives and strategies to ensure that Kemptville College stays open to do what it has always done: support the farmers of Eastern Ontario.

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Living in Bear Country By Angela Saxe


he sun was setting in the west and long shadows stretched across the Newburgh Road while I headed north towards Tamworth. This evening, as tends to happen whenever I’m alone driving along deserted back roads, I was relaxed, lost in my thoughts. As I rounded a bend I was startled by a large animal emerging out of the shadows and moving leisurely across the road. It could have been a large dog, but its gait and the slope of its back made me think otherwise. I slowed to a crawl, scanning the spot where I had seen the animal cross the road and there it was, stopped at the edge of the woods and turning its head to look back at me in my car. My gaze was met by the beady eyes of a large black bear. His fur was sleek and healthy with a yellowish snout that stood in stark contrast to the rest of his face. Neither one of us felt any unease or fear, instead we were curious. I was safely inside my car with the window rolled down. My foot rested just above the gas pedal, ready to accelerate if need be, although I felt that wasn’t likely. He was a large, healthy looking bear, probably out for a stroll after spending the day hunting for food in the wet lands that line this section of road. This was twenty years ago and my first close encounter with a bear, and even though I have had others, I will never forget the magical quality of that first meeting. Here we were – two large mammals staring at each other without fear or hostility. We were both shy and reserved, but I’d like to think that we both knew how special these moments were; two living creatures sitting two metres apart while the peepers croaked madly and the blackbirds whistled to each other in the swamp. Ursus americanus americanus, the Eastern black bear is native to North America. The smallest and most widely distributed bear, it has made this continent its home for the past 4 – 5 million years. It has survived successive climatic and vegetative changes throughout the ages because it is an arboreal

omnivore: 85% of its food is vegetation. Roots, tubers, corns and bulbs are favourite food sources and in the spring, they feed on the succulent, young shoots of grasses and wetland plants which are replaced by fruit and berries in the summer. During the autumn hyperphagia (when they are adding winter weight) the black bear spends time hunting out hazelnuts, pine nuts and oak acorns, even raiding a squirrel’s cache for nuts. If the summer and fall food supply is poor, black bears will encroach onto human areas to raid apiaries for honey, sweet corn and grain from farmers’ fields, birdseed from feeders and of course garbage from poorly secured areas. The remaining 15% of their diet includes animals such as bees, ants, larvae, wasps and at times even small mammals like rabbits, squirrels. With such a varied diet, black bears have been able to adapt to a changing environment and without having to rely on the availability of prey, which can be unpredictable. Black bears are not only large powerful animals: females may weigh up to 170 kilograms, males up to 250 kilograms, they are also extremely intelligent. Scientific experiments have shown that bears have strong visual discrimination skills based on colour and shapes, far better than that of chimpanzees and dogs. They are adept runners, climbers and swimmers. Their hearing exceeds human frequency range and sensitivity; their sense of smell is five times more sensitive than dogs and they are highly dexterous, able to manipulate door latches and even open screw top jars. Bears have a terrific memory and will travel more than 100 kilometres to a known food source year after year. My family knows not to visit a wild overgrown patch of blackberries on our land in late summer since it’s a yearly food stop for our neighboring bear population. Bears can be very expressive. Over twenty different sounds have been recorded ranging from those denoting aggression – roars, woofs and bellows – to those showing

Ursa Major (The Big Dipper) constellation. contentment, like squeaks, mumbles and pants. Their size, skill set and intelligence make them dangerous animals but they are by nature shy and timid animals preferring to retreat under the cover of foliage than risk human contact. The public’s perception of bears as dangerous and the labelling of bears as a nuisance have prompted a debate over culling. It’s true that a disproportionate number of fatal black bear attacks have occurred in Canada. In North America, between 1900 to 2009, 63 people have died in black bear attacks. Of these, 44 of the victims were mauled in Canada. Because of our long winters and unpredictable summers, periodic food shortages can force bears to roam into populated areas looking for food. In the decades-long black bear study published by the Journal of Wildlife Management in 2009, close to 7,000 incidents of human/ bear encounters were documented in 2006 when the berries were plentiful as opposed to 13,000 in 2009 when the berry season was poor. This year the provincial government reintroduced the six-week spring bear hunt in eight specific areas in Northern Ontario. The two-year pilot project is highly controversial. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

(OFAH) say that the spring bear hunt is in the interest of “public safety and reducing human-bear conflicts,” and that the spring hunt is a proven wildlife population management tool. They maintain that culling will improve public safety by reducing the density and distribution of bears, especially male bears, while the moose and deer populations that are sometime sought out as food by bears will also benefit from the hunt. Northern communities will also profit from the millions of dollars in revenue that the spring bear hunt generates. The OFAH also maintain that bear licence fees will contribute directly to wildlife management activities. Meanwhile, critics of the spring hunt insist that mother bears are often killed in the spring, leaving behind nursing bear cubs to slowly starve to death. They question the statistics of human-bear conflicts, suggesting that the increase in numbers is due to the improved mechanism for reporting these incidents. Surprisingly, some northerners also oppose the hunt stating that the increase in bear population is inaccurate and they don’t like the negative image of hunters who kill mothers and their cubs. They believe that as a society we wouldn’t tolerate a spring hunt

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A Natural View

Feeling Out of Sorts? Try Forest Bathing By Terry Sprague


ast year at this time, my column in The Scoop dealt with how the natural world promotes good health and longevity. Some on our guided hikes have health issues, while others do not. Arthritis comes up frequently during conversations. One person has Parkinson’s while others have different health issues. Some may not have any health concerns that day; they have consumed whatever medication they need, and forge bravely ahead, refusing to give in. These people will live forever because they exercise and are always in a positive frame of mind. You will never see anyone on our hikes seek out the nearest handicapped parking spot at the supermarket and sprint into the grocery store. They embrace exercise. I have mentioned Frontenac Provincial Park in past columns, and I will surely do so again. It is one of my favourite provincial parks, primarily because of its remoteness. I have been on 15 km trails where I’ve walked all day and not seen a soul, have not heard a cell phone, received a text message or heard the distinctive beep of a computer when an e-mail message has come in. No motor boats, no cars, and rarely an airplane.

and become lost in the morning haze over a distant wetland. I am rejuvenated, and I emerge from these walks in the forest with my batteries fully charged. The Japanese refer to this experience as “shinrin-yoku” or “forest bathing”. They firmly believe that the scent of trees, the sound of brooks, and the feel of sunshine have a calming effect. Beyond the obvious soothing result, it also has been found that essential wood oils, known as phytoncides (natural preservatives), as well as fungicides emitted by many plants, can actually increase natural killer cells in humans, thus enhancing our immune systems. The chemical compounds emitted by trees, released from pockets between the leaf cells, produce fragrances that have been shown to prevent, and even cure, cancer. Biologist Joan Maloof says, “When we breathe these fragrances in, they become part of our bodies, the forest becomes part of us. Yet we are increasingly cutting ourselves off from Nature’s drugs, which are free, and handing our health care over to the drug companies, which are not.”

Research into “forest bathing” suggests that we benefit from breathing in phytoncides, the volatile organic compounds plants I am alone with only the sound of emit to protect themselves from nature around me – the diagnostic bacteria, fungi and insects. There clucking of a chipmunk, the have been 120 airborne volatile explosion of wings as a ruffed chemicals discovered in these grouse takes off, or a wood thrush beneficial emissions, of which only with his flute like melodies echoing 70 have actually been identified. through the trees. Sometimes Results compiled from several there is nothing. Absolute quiet. related studies show a wide range The air is fresh and invigorating, of positive benefits from just a mere punctuated with the fragrance of stroll in the woods. These benefits the forest – of leaves, mosses, and include decreased blood glucose dank wood. I close my eyes and a levels in diabetic patients, a feeling of absolute peace washes decrease in stress hormones, heart over me, as invoices, deadlines, rate, blood pressure, depression, and unanswered e-mails fade away anger, fatigue, and depression, while psychological vigour increases. One acquaintance has had Where adventure comes naturally! ovarian cancer • Accommodations: Come and stay with us; our unpretentious country hospitality will make you feel at home! for eight years, • Dining: In the heart of our small hamlets and towns there are restaurants and cafes waiting to serve up some of the most unforgettable fresh flavours, found in our locally and attributes grown food. • Shopping: The area offers a variety of shopping experiences; from quaint shops to her longevity historical general stores. Your time and dime will be well spent! • Be Entertained: With live music and theatre performances, we’re sure to stimulate to her walks in your emotions! • Be Inspired: Bancroft has a strong Arts & Culture community and is known as her backyard Ontario’s Most Talented Town, we invite you to find out why! • The Great Outdoors: Experience a variety of outdoor activities that offer some of forest along the most beautiful, unseen landscapes! Take on the Canadian Shield by climbing over rocks, up rocky terrain and around creeks and streams. The area is home to an the waters abundance of wild life including the majestic elk and special strain of Lake Trout. Want to learn more? Go on a Nature Discovery Tour, you won’t be disappointed! of the Moira River.

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Japan, who we can thank for opening our eyes, has many conditions that favour the practice of forest bathing. Forests occupy sixty-seven per cent of

the land in Japan and are easily accessible. Japanese tree species including Japanese cypress, Japanese cedar, Japanese beech and Japanese oak are all proven to be effective in raising natural killer cells activity. The Japanese government now officially recognizes certain Columnist Terry Sprague attributes his good health to forests by forest bathing. Photo by Louisa Ielo. granting them our faces. Flushed with colour, eyes designations like Forest Therapy clear and physically fit. Is this the Base and Forest Therapy Road. elixir of the elusive “fountain of While forest bathing, it’s not youth”? Discovering little creatures necessary to power walk, but gives us a delight that we had as rather, to simply absorb the children. Neither I nor my husband forest through the five senses: has ever been in hospital, neither of the murmuring of a stream, birds us is on any prescribed medication. singing, the colours and fragrance I am almost 60, and my husband of the forest, even taste in some is in his mid sixties. We have a cases. couple of friends who have lived in that environment all their lives, Given the evidence, it seems that both are in their 70s, no health there is something to all this, that issues, and physically, they seemed our exposure to the woods makes to have defied ageing. Recently I us more healthy. Those who have took a friend of mine on a nature suffered no illnesses will invariably outing, I couldn’t believe it!! We admit to having spent time in the were looking for wildflowers, wild woods, whether working there, turkeys and anything else we or just enjoying a leisurely walk. might find, the whole time, she If I can be considered any kind was “texting” on her cell phone, of an example, I can’t recall the receiving messages, and talking on last time I have suffered a case it! What is wrong with people?!” of the flu. And I can’t remember the last time I actually had a cold. I have talked in past columns The only time I was in a hospital about how walking keeps us fit. overnight in almost 70 years was As we get older, walking keeps us for appendicitis at the age of five limber and active so we don`t fall and a tonsillectomy when I was victim to a learned helplessness. twelve. Is this coincidental, or has a We need to keep moving. Now lifetime exposure to trees actually with new evidence pointing to benefited me in some way? forests being able to neutralize toxins in our environment, Still not convinced? I wrote about thereby benefitting us in still forest bathing in a local newspaper other ways, it would behoove us some time ago. Here is what one to concentrate our hiking efforts reader said, “I wasn’t aware of the to wooded trails so we can glean Phytoncides until reading your even more benefits from the effort. article. Throughout the years, I According to the experts, the have indulged in nature vacations: concept makes sense. We have going into remote woods and spent much of our evolutionary forests; back to an old family camp history in natural environments, so on crown land; visiting northern returning to Nature is almost like a areas of the province, and up to a physiological homecoming of sorts. little log cabin we own, North of 7, surrounded by swamps, woods For more information on birding and and inland lakes. The stressors nature and guided hikes, check out of the work place, the “rat-race”, the NatureStuff website at: dissipate and evaporate. Marsh . sounds/songs and the fragrance of the forest floor not only calm, and Terry Sprague lives in Prince Edward refresh one, but an odd side effect County and is self-employed as a occurs: one returns looking ten professional interpretive naturalist. years younger, as the skin glows and lines seem to disappear from

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Perfect Timing By Mary Jo Field


pring is finally upon us and how quickly we forget the cold. But on April 22, 2014 when Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers (GRG) presented Tom Brown and Susie Meisner of SpindleTree Gardens, the winter-weary gathering was truly ready for them. To say the audience was “wowed” is an understatement. Tom was in top form, obviously and justifiably proud of what their passion and hard work have accomplished. Starting with pictures of the original humble farm house purchased as a weekend escape from their Toronto life, and with Susie working the computer and adding her usual witty asides, Tom took the audience through the many changes wrought since then. Need a walled kitchen garden to grow vegetables, not to mention espaliered fruit trees? There it is. Need a pool for a cooling dip after labouring over miles of rock walls or weeding the vegetable garden? How about ponds with waterfalls? Or a croquet pitch with hand-made (by Tom) miniature replicas of famous buildings as croquet hoops? A rose garden? An allee of black locust trees looking out towards the maze and the restored Victorian wellcover folly off in the distance? Why not put in a geothermal system to heat and cool the house? And then use the leftover soil and rocks to create garden features – one can see the fernery in progress. Most recently, an orangery has risen up out of an old hayfield, and is now filled with seedlings for the vegetable garden as well as ornamentals and tropical plants. These are but a few of the many sights visited in pictures that night, and available to be visited “for real” on a tour of SpindleTree Gardens. It really was an inspiring message, and perfectly timed for the many eager gardeners in the crowd. The audience saw magnificent gardens and architectural features through all the seasons. I think it is safe to say most people felt you would have to see SpindleTree to believe it; that something like this is available in Stone Mills Township is amazing indeed. SpindleTree Gardens are open to the public. For details, visit their website at www.

Following the presentation, there was a draw for door prizes. Tom and Susie had donated two tickets for two free admissions each to SpindleTree Gardens, and Sue Wade of Sageleaf Whimsy Stained Glass Studio (visit her website just north of Tamworth provided a gift basket with one of her lovely stained glass pieces. Our thanks go to both Sue Wade and to Tom and Susie for their generous donations. Also well-timed was the seed exchange held after the SpindleTree presentation. Seeds donated by GRG members and local businesses were available free to anyone wanting to start plants for the upcoming season. All were laid out on a table for browsing through while refreshments were served. In summary, a very successful evening, perfectly timed to awaken or feed the gardening hunger felt by so many of us as winter wanes. Our next event, the third annual Mystery Garden Tour, will take place on July 12, 2014. Once again, the tour will cover two local gardens. The first is an organic market garden in the early stages of set up, where you will see how rich garden soil has been created by digging ditches to drain boggy land, orchards, grape vines, vegetable plots and more. At the second site, a well-established garden on the shady banks of a river will soothe your soul and provide a respite on what we hope is a hot, sunny July day. This event is limited to 20 participants, at a cost of $10 per person. For details and information on how to obtain tickets, see our website shown below. 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. GrassRoots Growers welcomes new members. Visit our website at http://te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly. com

Tom Brown addressing questions from the audience. Photo by David Field.


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How to Plan a Hiking Trip: Some Ideas for a Spring or Summer Weekend Excursion By Isabel Wright



f you are camping overnight, you will need a tent, big enough to accommodate each person and most of your gear. (In clear weather, it is possible to simply use a tarp setup, but this will provide no protection from bugs!) Be sure to put a ground sheet or tarp down on the inside of the tent to protect your sleeping bags from getting wet. If you are bringing a lot of equipment with you, it is important that your hiking pack is comfortable and fits you well. Be sure to tighten all the straps on the pack, as this will help to distribute the weight all over your body, instead of placing it all on your shoulders. It is important that your sleeping bag is warm enough to keep you comfortable throughout the night, as even on hot days, the temperature can drop significantly after dark. You could also consider bringing a sleeping pad or Therma-Rest. It is not necessary to pack a lot of clothing on summer trips; generally shorts and a t-shirt are sufficient for hiking during the day, along with wool socks and hiking boots or running shoes. However, it is important that you bring a set of long underwear (not cotton, in case they get wet), a fleece sweater, a rain jacket and rain pants. It is also nice to have a pair of sandals to change into once you arrive at your campsite.


of water purification. These could include boiling, purification tablets, a water pump or a filter.

RouTe And loCATIon Be sure to choose a park where camping is allowed, and remember to allow driving time in your itinerary. With a moderately heavy pack, on relatively well-kept trails, it is reasonable to expect to travel between 3 and 5 kilometers an hour. However, ensure you leave time for plenty of snack, bathroom, and stretch breaks. These breaks will recharge you and make the trip much more pleasant!

SAfeTY TIPS Make sure to bring a well-stocked first aid kit, with easy access to band-aids, gauze, a tensor bandage, Advil or Tylenol, moleskin, and other frequently used items. You can obtain moleskin at most drugstores; if you feel a blister coming on, be sure to take a break and cover it with moleskin, which will take the pressure off and prevent it from developing further. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member who is staying at home so that someone knows where you are staying each night. Protect your food from bears and other critters! At night, assemble all food and any gear that may smell of food (toothbrushes, pots and pans), put it in a pack, and tie it up in a tree, out of the reach of any animals.

Food does not need to be fancy or gourmet—the most important thing is to bring enough. Oatmeal with trail mix and fruit is an easy breakfast, and it is hard to go wrong with sandwiches on rye bread for lunch. (To save space, make sure all the air is out of the bag.) Make sure to bring trail mix, energy bars, and/or granola bars for between meals. Dinner can be a bit more complicated: pasta and rice are both good options, with cheese, tomato sauce, vegetables, or pre-made curry. Some fresh vegetables (cucumber, zucchini, peppers, carrots) are okay without refrigeration for several days, as long as you pack them carefully.


Camping stoves can be temperamental but are extremely useful. Make sure you know how to light the stove you are bringing before you leave! Bring extra fuel, and it is generally a good idea to bring at least two small pots for a small group of people.


Hydration is extremely important, and you should aim to drink more than three liters of water each day. Never drink water directly from your water source; you should bring along at least two methods


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2nd Annual Lennox & Addington Poetry Contest The contest is organized and juried by the L&A Libraries and is run during the month of April – Poetry Month. The jury was pleased to receive over twenty-five entries for this year’s competition. The grand prize goes to Napanee resident Barbara Roch for her poem, Lennox & Addington: A Celebration. Congratulations to all the winners!


SeCond PRIZe


Lennox & Addington: A Celebration

The Marsh Augury


The river is high in spring, spittle chasing spittle bayward, swirling around the bridge buttresses, duck coveys bobbing swiftly downstream. Flood and high-water warnings

The years lie heavy, like millstones between the oak and the pine, but the hills rise up despite them and the wheat that is ground between them is golden and sweet like honey.

And the charging brook roared over the dam agitated, aggressive, pounding rock and bed with the fury of a madman bent on destruction cold spray leapt to soak the country side while the power of its plunge eroded boulders on its way faster and faster to the river far below

announced daily in the media, flashing clips of playgrounds half submerged. Closer to the tremendous falls

By Philip Nance of Napanee

of the Napanee River, froth and churn steeplechasing furiously, its waters are barely contained by mammoth boulders. The roar grows deafening, spray spouting high into the air, baptizing faces and white arms bared after a long, cold, snowy winter. The falls are majestic in their raw power, hurling branches and detritus in their path, tumbling mightily down the invisible dam, splattering the new blue, orange and white sign of Greater Napanee’s Springside Park. It could be small children will carry miniature flags full of colour, jubilant in the celebration of the County’s sesquicentennial year, as Lennox and Addington kicks up its heels along the placid waters of the river in August. By Barbara Roch of Napanee

One year there was a flood, and one year there the trees on the ridge fell in the storm and one year fiddleheads broke the mist between the rotten logs at the foot of the cedar. I heard there was a fire, a while past, but the exposed foundation is buried under a house again, and the ashes fed someone’s garden that spring, and turned to mud in the rain. I saw three deer in the back field, across the river of melt water and their semaphore tails flashed a hundred and fifty years of old antlers and new fawns at me. And a heron in the neighbour’s marsh cried another hundred that it saw in a frog’s entrails before it closed the spear of its beak and flew away. By Connor Hubbard-MacLeod of Enterprise

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Living in Bear Country ... continued from page 4 of deer or moose when they are with their young, so why would we condone it for bears? Critics of the hunt also point to two recent cases in Ontario involving an unleashed dog. Dogs can often endanger their owners when the bear responds to the perceived aggressive behaviour of the dog. In this case, humans are not following protocols laid out by the province’s existing Bear Wise Program. One needs only to look back to the myths and legends of our early ancestors to understand the uneasy relationship between humans and bears. For the indigenous societies of North America and Northern Eurasia, the large, elusive creature is endowed with supernatural qualities, and ceremonies venerating the bear reveal deeply-held beliefs. As an archetypal messenger to the supernatural world, it is considered a medicine being with

powerful magical powers. The bear represents strength and wisdom to many Native people and is closely associated with healing and medicine. They are known as the keepers of dreams. In old stories Bear is often the enforcer figure who punishes improper or disrespectful behaviour among humans and animals. Females represent devoted maternal behaviour sacrificing themselves for their cubs or at times adopting or caring for human children. Native tribes have been known to impose a hunting restriction during the spring to protect the mother bear and the cubs. Bears can walk on all fours but also stand on their feet and gesture with their paws. Ursa Major, (The Big Dipper constellation) as it travels throughout the sky, changes from the four-footed to two-footed position, appearing to run along on all fours as it nears the horizon and rising to its two feet as it ascends into the sky.


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I’m fascinated by how the kinship between bears and humans runs through the mythology and history of people from around the world. Early Christians used the bear as a symbol of victory over paganism and there are legends of saints taming bears in the Alpine regions of Europe. While in 1944 the bear was popularized by the US Forest Service Rangers as Smokey the Bear who delivered the message: “Only you can prevent forest fires”. Meanwhile generations of children have gone to sleep hugging their Teddy Bear or listening to their parents read another chapter of Winnie the Pooh or the story of the Three Bears and Goldilocks. I have to admit that I’m much more wary of walking though fields and woods during the summer and fall; I often sing out loud and make as much noise as I can so as not to surprise a bear, especially a sow and her cubs. Yet I’ve seen bear scat fifty metres from our front door, and neighbours have spotted them crossing the field in front of

our house. Our neighbours’ dogs were attacked by a bear when they challenged him as he was rooting around the compost pile and another neighbour came face to face with a bear that was peering into her house as she opened her doors to step out for some air. Close encounters with large wild animals can be very exciting but there’s always the potential that they can cause us harm. We live in a healthy, diverse environment which means that we share our neighbourhood with a variety of animals; like all good neighbours it is our responsibility to know how to behave around them thereby reducing the opportunities for bears to become a nuisance. I suggest you visit www.ontario. ca/bearwise for information about bears; what to do when you encounter them and how to be safe in bear country. To report bear problems call: 1-866.514.2327

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Curtain Call!

Summer Jobs

By Julieanne DeBruyn, Sydenham HS Grade 12

By Jordan Balson, NDSS Grade 11



or the last two years I have been involved with the production of school plays at Sydenham. I’ve never been an actress but I’ve learned that I enjoy being a part of the technical side (lighting, sound effects, etc.) Since this is my last year, I wanted to help with the school’s production one final time. There were many long rehearsals that kept me at school when I should have been in bed, and the daytime performances put me behind in almost all of my classes, but now that it’s all over, I’m glad to say that I was a part of the process. This year’s school play was by far the most memorable experience of the three. Our play MacDeath was based on Shakespeare’s popular drama Macbeth, but it was set in the 90’s and instead of royalty the characters were battling to be the number one band in the country. The performance featured a live band and video clips during transitions. I was surprised at the variety of actors that were a part of the production; there were so many students that I hadn’t met before. The play was a great opportunity for students of all grades to become acquainted and to bond while going through the ups and downs of putting on a school production. The tech crew was made up of me and two other students in my grade. We started coming to rehearsals the week before the performances began. Our job during the first couple of rehearsals was to follow along with the script and remember our cues. We could not believe how disorganized the first few rehearsals were! We didn’t know how the actors were going to pull themselves together and remember all of their lines in less than a week. As the week progressed, the rehearsals didn’t get much better. There was a lot of goofing off and breaking character. It was obvious that some people were getting frustrated with the lack of organization. We held our first full dress rehearsal (lights, sound effects and video) two days before our first performance. There must have been something about the

blackouts and video clips that kept the actors focused because this rehearsal went significantly better than any from the previous week. It seemed as though everyone was trying their best to stay quiet during rehearsal, and the change in the environment made the lines come much easier. The next (and final) rehearsal went even smoother than the last, and even though it was far from perfect, I was glad to see the production finally coming together. Tuesday was our first performance. We started at eleven o’clock but the cast and crew spent the morning in the auditorium rehearsing and preparing for the show. This was when I really got to witness the friendships that had been built around this school play. Ten o’clock rolled around and you could see that some of the performers were starting to get nervous. For many of them, this would be their first time on stage in a big production. Watching from afar it was clear to me that everyone was trying their best to be supportive of their peers. At ten thirty all the actors were asked to remain backstage. Not long after, grade seven and eight students from Loughborough Public School came pouring into the auditorium. At this point, even I felt a little nervous – for myself, as well as for the actors. Our first performance turned out amazing. I had never seen so much progress in a school play before! Of course there were still a few slipups here and there, but looking at the performance as a whole, it was definitely a success. Over the week the performances only got better. I was proud to see the production go from a total mess to an amazing school production. The process was a unique experience that I’m not sure you can find anywhere else. Our cast and crew spent countless hours together for two weeks straight and there were bumps along the way but there were also dance-offs, loud music, and laughing until it hurt. It was truly fulfilling to spend time with such a diverse and up-beat group. I am happy to say that the bulk of us have remained friends even though the play has ended.

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ummer is just around the corner! It’s the time to relax and breathe in the warm summer air, but for some, it’s the time to work hard and get a summer job. There are so many motivations for jobs, whether it’s for experience, to work up to a career, to save for school, or just to have the money to enjoy life right now. For an in depth look into what a summer job really entails, I interviewed my friend Elizabeth Wales, a student at Napanee District High school students benefit from working alongside Secondary college students. Working at Stone Mills Family School. She Market are from L to R: Beth VanNess (NDSS Gr, 11) works at the Natasha Brown (Fleming College), Jordyn Anderson Harbour Ridge (ErnestownSS Gr. 11), Jenn O’Neill (St. Lawrence Youth Camp up College). Photo by R. Saxe. near Picton for volunteer experience is a great six weeks every summer. way to improve upon your résumé, and maybe just get that job of your When I asked her what appealed to dreams! her about a summer job as opposed to a part time job year-round, she Next, I asked Elizabeth what she said that during the school year liked about her job and she said it’s difficult for her to balance a everything! Sometimes, summer job and school, which she’s tried jobs are not much fun, but when to do in the past. With students you find a job that you love, both that take school and homework you and your employer will benefit seriously, balancing everything can from the experience. Elizabeth be a struggle, and that’s without enjoys working with children and including any extracurricular meeting other teenagers through activities that many teens her job. A big part of working is participate in. The trick is to allow the atmosphere and the crew time for everything: school, leisure, who works with you, and that’s an work, and sleep (the last one I find upside many people don’t even is always the first to get cut). And consider. Contrary to popular summer jobs are great, because belief, working can be fun! If they allow for so much more time you work with people you like, for work so and it doesn’t impact then your job can be even better. on school and extracurricular Elizabeth originally applied for the activities during the school year. job because she was asked to, but now she does it because she likes it Next, I asked Elizabeth how she and because it’s helping her to save got her job. She explained that for post-secondary school. Most she went to Harbour Ridge Youth people that I know either have Camp every summer when she was summer jobs because they need to younger, and then when she was save money or – another common old enough, she was encouraged cause is because their parents told to actually apply to be a leader. them to. Although the second may She got the job right off the bat, not be ideal, there’s an upside to and continued to apply every year everything, and if you can learn to after that. From what I’ve seen, a love your job, then you can make lot of the people I know have gotten the best out of it! their jobs through connections like parents, people they know So, like many, I too am in the boat who worked there already and of applying for a job. But whether from things they’ve done since your job is part-time or summer, they were young, like Elizabeth! you just have to remember to keep And it’s great if you’ve got that a positive mindset about things opportunity, but if you’re like and remember that if you work me and don’t have those kind of hard and love your job, it will love connections, then all you can really you back! do is try to have a great résumé. If you’ve never had a job before then

Confessions of a Hockey Mom

Habs and Bruins in the Spring

By Kathrine Burrows

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s I watch my son stickhandle the puck towards the goalie in the pre-game warm-up, I take a few moments to think about the journey that has brought me to the Stone Mills Arena. To be accurate, my 8-year old’s hockey stint has been several years, even generations in the making. My maternal grandfather had season tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, and frequently took his daughter (my mom) to the games, then later, his grandchildren. I even went once, although I’m much more of the knitting and cooking type. My mom continued to watch NHL games on TV and soon my brother was playing on the Tamworth team. Of course, I got dragged along, current novel in tow to amuse myself. Fast forward a few years and now I have children of my own. My 8-year old has always been athletic and has grown up watching Grandma play hockey. So after a couple of decades and a few other places to call home, I have returned to the Stone Mills Arena once again, this time with a new title: Hockey Mom. Definition: taxi driver, cheerleader, and finder of lost elbow pads. It has been rewarding to watch my son’s self-esteem grow as his hockey skills improved. He learned to follow the rules and what it means to have good sportsmanship. He made several new friends, which will last long after the ice melts. And he may have finally learned to keep two hands on his stick! As the hockey season draws to a close for a few months, I have to admit that I have been very impressed with the volunteer-run organization. My son was on the ice an average of three times per week, which still allowed me time to do most of my housework. The hockey fee even included ten sessions of power skating lessons, which I remember used to be a separate cost, back in the day. The coach held a meeting and gave parents

the option of entering tournaments throughout the season. Although some travelling was involved for games, similar to rep teams, the Inter Community Hockey League (ICHL) plays locally. We had games in Gananoque, Deseronto and Godfrey – no need for the expense of hotel rooms. I even re-discovered my own inner hockey fan. The team maintained a website with stories and articles about games played and the kids were excited to see their names and photos published. I volunteered to write some of the articles and was able to get involved in a way that used my strengths, an opportunity I truly appreciate – just don’t ask me to put on skates! There are many great benefits to minor hockey in Stone Mills. The teams are very competitive in the ICHL – most teams are in the top two for their age category. Registrations can be done online at Subsidies are available through the Stone Mills Township (please call them for details). Parents and other family members have the opportunity to volunteer to help run the league and are reimbursed for the training cost when part of the coaching/bench staff. The Association hopes to run some fundraisers this summer to keep the cost of registration affordable. All of these and more are great reasons to register for minor hockey in Stone Mills. And they are an important part of why I will register my son again next year. But to me, the most important reason is so that the next generation can become part of that circle. When I look at that round black piece of rubber on the ice, I think of my son, who carries on the tradition of being a fourth-generation hockeylover, who plays in the same arena where his uncle used to play and his grandmother still does. I am thrilled to be back in the area, to know that my life has come full circle – I just didn’t know that circle would be a hockey puck.

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or many hockey fans, spring signals the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And perhaps more than ever, spring brings an epic showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. Habs and Bruins in the spring! Can it get any better? This year marks the 34th time the Habs and Bruins have met in the post season. Not only is this more than any other combination of teams in the National Hockey League, or NHL, but this is more than any other two teams in any other sport. These matchups have led to a sometimes healthy sometimes hostile rivalry between the two of the original six teams. Going into this season’s matchup, the Habs led the overall meetings with twenty-four wins out of a possible thirty-three. Though the Habs lead the overall matchups, the last time these two teams met in the playoffs in 2011, the Bruins were the victors in seven games and eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup – hockey’s most coveted prize.

loyal fan bases that play a role, especially on their respective home ices, the Bell Centre in Montreal and the TD Garden in Boston. Both arenas are thought to have some of the best atmospheres in hockey, creating some of the most exciting places to win, or lose, in the playoffs. And with the recent Habs victory over the Boston Bruins in this year’s playoffs, we add yet another chapter to their long history. And while the Bruins finish their season at the hands of the Canadiens, the Habs move on to the Eastern Conference Finals, Bruins and Habs fans alike can hope for another matchup in the following spring. Because with their track record, that is more than just a possibility.

And with this series came the ninth Game 7 the Habs and Bruins have played in together, again, the most between any two teams in any sport. The Habs led this with five wins out of a possible eight going into this series and emerged with their sixth Game 7 victory against the Bruins by the end of it. Many argue that the seventh game is the most exciting aspect of playoff hockey and with nine under their belt, it is clear that Habs and Bruins matchups are some of the most exciting in sports. This most recent series brought with it its own excitement. Hostility has risen to an all new high among these two teams in recent years. In 2011, the controversial hit on the Habs’ Max Pacioretty by Bruins’ Zdeno Chara helped spark some of this tension and since both of these players continue to play for these teams, the drama carries on. Also adding to this series was the showdown between arguably two of the best goaltenders in the world: Canadien Carey Price and Bruin Tukka Rask. While Rask was acknowledged recently for his skill by being picked as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, essentially the NHL’s goaltender of the year award, many feel that Price was snubbed in the same category, sparking the Habs to rally around their first class goalie.

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Meet Lessons Learned Kaiden Richmond By Blair McDonald


anadians everywhere are surely breathing a sigh of relief and a sense of triumph that we persevered through what seemed like one of the longest winters of recent memory. As usual, I’m writing this from Kamloops (my home away from Tamworth for new readers). While I have many things that I wanted to feature in this column, in the end, I went with an Australian movie I saw last week called Mary and Max. The movie came out back in 2009 and it was one of those movies that I had been told I “ought to see” but for whatever reason (perhaps, unconsciously, because it was an animated movie) I put on the backburner.

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hat a great start to an acting career! Nine year old Kaiden Richmond from Yarker was chosen to appear in a major motion picture, Crimson Peak, directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toronto. Scenes from the gothic horror story set in the early 1900s in England were filmed in Kingston’s historic Market Square on April 7th. Local casting calls were sent out; male and female extras were needed and there was a specific call for young boys. His agency, Soho Management sent Kaiden’s picture in and he got the job! Kaiden’s mother Angela Richmond was researching acting and modeling possibilities in the area when she came across the Soho Modeling Agency. Angela thought that, “Acting classes was an excellent way for him to open up and express himself in different ways.” He was already taking guitar lessons in Odessa and acting or modeling would bring a balance to the already active boy’s life. Kaiden loves fishing, boating and fourwheeling and hanging out with his family at his grandparents’ cottage. Born in Barrie Ontario Kaiden and his family moved to Yarker seven years ago. His father Kiel, who works as a Manufacturing Engineer in Belleville grew up in the area: his maternal side of the family (Jaynes) have lived in the area for generations. Along with his mother Angela who is a registered practical nurse in a nursing home in Kingston, the family includes four year old sister Sydney. The experience of being on the set of a major picture production was great for the impressionable nine year old. “I liked the experience of being in a real life movie. At first I was really shaky, but then I got used to it. It was a lot of fun.” Kaiden spent two hours being fitted for the period costume of a 1900s upper class boy. It consisted of many articles of clothing many of them made of coarse wool. “I’m glad I wasn’t born in the olden days. It would have taken me an

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hour to get dressed every morning and I’d be itchy all day long.” Kaiden who worked a twelve hour day and was paid the standard $11.50 an hour for all extras put the money towards a purchase of an X-Box. He wants to continue to do more acting. “I want to see myself on TV and I like making my own money!” Now these are two great incentives to pursue an acting career: fame and wealth. I’ll be looking closely at the film when it’s released hoping to catch a glimpse of the young actor.

Without giving too much away, the film tells the story of the lifelong relationship of two pen pals living on different sides of the world: Mary, a young sociallyawkward girl from the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and Max, an older, solitary hermit, living in the cold, anonymous streets of New York city. Over the course of their life they end up forging a lifelong friendship through letters, carefully sharing their hopes, fears and peculiar interests all the while, battling their own social obstacles. In one of my favourite scenes in the movie, after a disagreement with Mary, Max writes to her explaining that he will forgive her

for something she has done simply because “we are all imperfect and consequently we all make mistakes” – a simple, yet profound moment of compassion on Max’s behalf whose gravity is rarely felt in today’s world. The letter continues with Max explaining that what makes the act of friendship powerful and unique is the fact that friendship – unlike family relations – is always a choice. One doesn’t merely have friends, but selects and chooses friends that are compatible, meaningful and like-minded. Closing out his discussion of friendship, he ends the letter to Mary with the following: “My therapist once told me that everyone’s life is like a very long sidewalk. Some are paved, some have cracks in them, others have banana skins and cigarette butts. Your sidewalk is like mine, but probably without as many cracks. Hopefully one day our sidewalks will meet.” Isn’t this an appropriate metaphor for the journey that all of us are on? While not all of us have literal sidewalks under our feet every day, the metaphor still rings true. Perhaps this summer, we can all get a chance to reflect not only on the “sidewalk” ahead of us but also the ground beneath our feet (cement or otherwise).






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It’s Rhubarb Season By Bev Frazer

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his year’s fifth annual GrassRoots Growers plant sale, held on May 24, was a great success. Many people donated plants and even more people came to the sale to buy; many customers from past years and lots of new faces as well. The opening bell rang on the dot of 10 a.m., and unlike last year’s gale force winds, the weather cooperated and couldn’t have been nicer. The thunderstorm held off until mid afternoon, well after the sale was over. There was an amazing variety of plants – vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and house plants. Once again we had a children’s table from which children could select a free plant. Since children will be the nurturers of the future, it’s important to encourage them to start a garden while they are young. Proceeds from the plant sale help fund the events held by the GrassRoots Growers during the year, and there have been some really interesting evenings – seminars on growing sweet potatoes and another on garlic;

a demonstration of preserving techniques; another on how to start seedlings; roundtable discussions where local experts answer questions from the audience on horticultural issues; presentations on alternatives to lawns and how to encourage a strong local food system. All of these events have been open to everyone on an admission-free basis, largely due to the success of our plant sales. We want to thank the helpers who brought it all together and the many people who donated plants to the sale. Have a successful gardening season, and see you at next year’s sale!


hubarb is a vegetable but often used as a fruit. It comes in many varieties and consumers often assume that the red stemmed rhubarb is sweeter than other colours but colour and sweetness are not necessarily related. Rhubarb is most often used for pies, tarts and sauces while herbal remedies make use of the leaves and roots. When buying rhubarb from our local farmers, choose fresh crisp stalks, peel off any stringy coverings and trim the ends before use. Stalks can be stored for 2-4

weeks in the refrigerator. Stand the stalks in cold water for an hour or so to refresh them before cooking. Rhubarb is a very prolific plant and this year it seems there is a bumper crop; so many wonderful loyal customers have been coming into The River Bakery and offering us an abundant assortment of healthy rhubarb ensuring that all rhubarb products made at The River Bakery this season are made with local produce. Rhubarb used in the following recipe can be either fresh or frozen.

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Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup milk 1-1/2 cups chopped rhubarb 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/3 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup sliced almonds (for topping)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a bundt pan and grease it well. 2. Beat together – brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and lemon juice until 3. 4. 5. 6.

smooth. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to liquid mixture (step 2) alternately with milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in rhubarb and 1/2 cup almonds. Pour into greased bundt pan. Topping – combine white sugar and butter or margarine in a small bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup almonds. Sprinkle over top of the batter evenly. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the cake tests done. Cake will be moist. Enjoy!!

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pleasant hour or two wandering the aisles of the temporary galleries: the art fairs, festivals, sales or shows, are in for a lovely experience. You’ll discover work, mostly by local artists, in clay, ceramic, paint, pencil, ink, fabric, wood, metal, paper, tiles, dyes, cement and then some in a host of artistic styles.

grew up in a house full of women who knew how to sew. My sister once took a piece of drapery material, sat down at a treadle sewing machine and in one evening produced the gorgeous dress she wore to her high school formal. My grandmother kept us warm at night by sewing scraps of leftover material from an Easter outfit, a New Year’s Eve party dress, a bridesmaid gown or a length of flannelette into soft quilts for our beds. My mother bought fabric at the discount place in Hamilton and produced clothes worthy of Vogue. By my tenth birthday, I was sewing some of my own clothes because that’s just what we did at our house, and sewing was fun! Cut fabric into weird shapes, introduce those shapes to the sewing machine, and presto – a new outfit to wear to the family reunion is born.

Here are a few hints to enhance your visit to the art events you attend: Make your time at the art fair an experience instead of just a shopping expedition. Talk to the artists. Part of the pleasure of being an exhibitor is meeting new people and talking to them about their passion. Chances are that the felted purse that caught your eye has a story which the artist would love to tell you, or you might be curious about the technical aspect of creating the work – the artist is happy to explain how it’s done. You might come to better understand the investment of time and skill involved in crafting the pieces you see.

The magic of turning chaos into order is a big part of the enjoyment of the creative process. It happens in the studio all the time. I take big pieces of glass, cut them into specific shapes, piece them together according to a plan and with a good dose of inspiration, I’ve created a piece of stained glass art. Order from chaos. It amazes me every time.

If you see something that would be a lovely gift for your friends’ wedding, but you’re worried the colour of the piece may clash with their decor, or it’s too big to fit over the mantle, or you really wish it was rectangular instead of square, please don’t walk away – talk to the artist. The perfect piece may be hiding under the display table because of lack of display space, or the artist might be able to make a piece to your exact specifications before the wedding day.

The result of taming the chaos in my studio is that a lot of glass art goes on display in our home. Sun catchers hang in front of our windows making a clear view of the great outdoors a challenge at times. Glass works hang from plate racks and perch on window ledges. Glass centerpieces grace the dining room table and when I notice that our gardens are in need of attention or they’re bare of blossom, flashes of garden glass art colour the empty spots. The inventory of glass art – the pieces that are at the moment homeless – get wrapped and packed into large boxes while they await adoption.

Some exhibitors do not or cannot process credit card sales at these shows. Bring cash. Some of us accept personal cheques. On the whole, we’re understanding folk and might hold pieces for you until you can get to the bank machine if you ask us nicely!

In a week or so, those boxes will grow in number as the pieces in our home are taken down from their pegs and packed up. The art and craft fair season is upon us and I will bring my wares to market!

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Flash of red and amber glass in the garden. coping with all that needs to get done to prepare for a show, some of the common sense things might be overlooked. Sue’s Rules for Being a Vendor at Art and Craft Fairs: Visit the art show you’re interested in ahead of time. Do your research. Check to see how well the event is advertised and whether it is well attended and organized, before making a commitment to pay for a space in order to be a vendor the following year. It gives me a heads up on which space I might like to book and whether the event is a good venue for the kind of work I do. Offer pieces at several different price ranges. I think it’s important to recognize the spending limits of potential purchasers. For example, there may be a child who shows you a couple of toonies and asks, “What can I buy for my mom with this?” That same child will grow up to be an adult with an income and we want that child to understand the pleasure of purchasing and living with art. Have business cards or pamphlets with your contact information readily available. Some of your business may come from people who like the style of your work, but are thinking about a custom piece. With legible information at hand, the client can contact you at their convenience by reading the email address or telephone number on the card or pamphlet and not have to interpret what you’ve scribbled on the back of last week’s grocery

list you found in your back pocket. Think about how you will display your work. Vary the height of your work. Try not to overcrowd your space. Price your work clearly. If possible, set up the display table ahead of time to see how it will look at the show. Bring a cash float. I bring $5 bills, loonies and a few quarters since I work out all my prices to be exact dollar or half dollar amounts including the HST. Math is not my strong suit. I try to make the payment part as easy as possible. Wrap the piece you sell so it will not be damaged before the customer gets it home. You may wish to offer customers a safe place in your booth to store their large, awkward – to-carry or heavy pieces, until they’re ready to leave the show. Ideally, have a helper with you at the fair so you can leave your space during slow times. Visit other artists and look at their pieces. I always buy at least one piece from each show I attend as a vendor. I want to support this community of artists to which I belong, and also I’m a fan: I enjoy beautiful work made by an artist I’ve met. Of course, have fun. You’ll meet a host of great people on both sides of the display tables and with good luck you will experience a profitable day. Sue Wade creates order in her studio in Tamworth and might just be exhibiting at an art fair you attend.

Raising Red Squirrels By Leah Birmingham


hen you work in the wildlife rehabilitation field, your take – home work projects are a little different from other people. Don’t get me wrong there is a pile of administrative type projects, similar to other lines of work. Luckily there is the much more rewarding, sometimes stressful and heart breaking projects as well. My special project this spring has been raising a litter of orphaned Red Squirrels. Originally there were five female two day old Red Squirrels brought into SPWC by a concerned family who had accidentally killed their mother while dismantling a dilapidated shed. They did not know why she had remained in the shed during the demo, risking her own life, until they came across her nest. Saddened by their find they starting seeking help and came across Sandy Pines. When they called, Sue Meech, encouraged them to keep the babies warm (a key step in the rescue of orphaned neonates) and come as soon as possible. Upon their arrival Sue and I gave each other a knowing look. If these squirrels were going to live, someone was going to lose a lot of sleep to ensure they have the best chance possible of survival. We also both knew that it would require someone with experience, as it is not easy to pull such young and vulnerable infants through the first few weeks of life. So at the end of my shift I bundled them up in a tiny container, nestled into a soft fleecy blanket and took the necessary supplies home with me. Since they had been found so quickly after their mother’s untimely death, they were well hydrated, and in good body condition with very little trauma. For the first couple of weeks their progress seemed painfully slow. Feeding them every three hours, day and night makes you eager to see the results. The results I was looking for were things like their ears and eyes opening (they are born furless with their eyes not fully formed and

their ears closed) and fur starting to grow on their nose and toes. All the little landmarks that remind you that this state of sleep deprivation will end ... eventually. Each of them is given an identifying mark; at this stage of life when they are hairless we often use nail polish as it seems to stay on for quite awhile. When they grow hair, their markings become little hair clippings. Since we generally don’t give names to the wildlife in our care, they end up being referred to by their markings, such as left, right, center, bum, nose and so on, depending on how large the litter is we have to get very creative sometimes! They are weighed daily and the amount of milk replacer (a formula specifically designed for orphan squirrels) they get at each feed is adjusted as they grow. All was going well, which surprised me because when I took them into my care, and decided to trade my sleep for their second chance; I had accepted the notion that they may not make it. In fact my resolve was such that if two out of the five survived I felt that was a success and worth the energy I had put into them. When they were all going strong by the end of two weeks I became even more invested in seeing this project through. By now they were a little stronger, and our interns had started at SPWC. Our interns are quickly trained to the art of late night/early morning feeding, and the patients requiring overnight feeds become their responsibility. So I could have justifiably passed their care over, but since so many of my sleepless nights had gone into their growth, I was hesitant to pass all that hard work over to anyone else! Caring for them at work was actually the most challenging. This might seem strange since I work at a wildlife rehabilitation centre but at home I have few distractions and keeping to their feeding schedule is relatively easy. However at SPWC teaching new staff and interns on top of managing patient

Baby red squirrels sleeping. Photo courtesy SPWC. care, as well as working towards the new wildlife hospital, are all consuming tasks, especially when you are getting about five hours of broken sleep every night. Case in point – the day I took a Red Tailed Hawk with a fractured wing into the local vet hospital for an x-ray. While I was away the squirrels’ little container had shifted from being half on a heating pad, to fully on the heating pad, and on top of a particularly hot spot. By the time I was back and had checked on them, their container (which was plastic) had a hole melted in the bottom and inside their fleecy nest they were a ball of hot sweaty pinkies. I cooled them off quickly and they seemed to handle the incident well, but that is just how precarious our work is. Hours of effort and in an instant all of them could die. They survived, but several days later, the smaller two started to go off their feeds, not wanting their milk, and started showing signs of an upper respiratory infection. This started during the 1 am feed, and even though I had started antibiotics less than 12 hours later, the smallest succumbed and died. Disappointing, but not surprising. The rest of the litter picked up and from that moment on it has been a series of hitting their benchmarks. My favourite benchmark of course was when their eyes opened; this is when it’s acceptable to stop the 3 a.m. feed, and no longer necessary to stimulate them to urinate and defecate. Yes, that is right, when young mammals are in the nest, their mother ingests their urine and feces to prevent the nest from becoming soiled and attracting predators. So most little animals have evolved so that they do not urinate unless their genital region is stimulated. In the wildlife rehab

world we do this with a moistened piece of toilet paper. If this does not happen their urinary tract may back up and flow into the kidneys causing renal failure. Frankly this is the real reason they must be tended to every three hours, they can survive without a feed, they may not grow as fast, but as long as it is only one missed feed, they’ll live, but if you don’t tend to their full bladder – that can be fatal. Fast forward to tonight, they are about six weeks old, and no longer seem as interested in their milk feeds. Instead they prefer their rodent chow, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit and veggies, along with branches from a variety of local trees. This will be their last night as my take home project, tomorrow they will stay at Sandy Pines until they are ready for release. Over the next couple of weeks they will wean from squirrel milk, get acclimatized to living outside, practice climbing, jumping, digging and recognizing natural food sources. I am sure some people think it is crazy to put all this energy into a bunch of squirrels, but to me they are a critical part of our ecosystem. Red Squirrels in particular are known as the tree planters of the forest, and by the end of this summer, these four girls will have planted a lot of seeds, some of which will one day become another critical resource in our woodlands. Leah Birmingham is the Assistant Director at SPWC. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, she helps manage patient care and treatment, as well as coordinating a successful Internship Program, handling media relations, and assisting Sue Meech with management of the staff and operations of SPWC.



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Birds at Bon Echo By Ian Tanner, Natural Heritage Education Leader


he unique geography of Bon Echo Provincial Park makes it a great place to view our avian friends throughout the year. Peregrine Falcons may be the most notable birds that reside in Bon Echo. Twenty years ago Peregrine Falcons were re-introduced to Mazinaw Lake by Natural Heritage Education Coordinator, Denise Wilkins. During the spring and summer months Mazinaw Lake echoes with their distinctive kakkak-kak calls. They can be seen flying frequently along the edge of the cliff or perched high on a tree surveying the skies. The falcons at Bon Echo often prey on Blue Jays and Ring-billed Gulls, diving from high in the air and capturing their food on the wing. When the Peregrine Falcons migrate south for the winter there is a marked increase in gulls at the Narrows and the beaches. Another bird of prey that dwells in Bon Echo is the Barred Owl. Most people who spend a night or two in the Park will hear this bird call “Who cooks for you...who cooks for you all”. Barred Owls are among the most vocal of owls and are also quite common although they are notoriously difficult to spot during the day. A unique feature about owls is a peculiarity of their feathers. The wing feathers are very soft and therefore are not efficient for flying speed. However, they produce a quieter flight reducing the chance of being heard by their prey. Another unique feature is the location of an owl’s ears. One is located higher on the owl’s head than the other, allowing them to triangulate the position of their next meal far more accurately than were their ears to be symmetrical. If you are heading out to Joeperry Lake keep your eyes peeled for Ospreys. These hawks have a diet that consists almost entirely of fish and they will hover above the water before plunging in to grab a meal. Another bird that spends its life looking for fish is the Belted Kingfisher. These brilliant blue birds perch on branches above the water and dive for small minnows and frogs. The Common Loon is also present in Bon Echo’s waters. While they live on Mazinaw Lake,

your best chance to see them will be on Joeperry, Bon Echo, or Kishkebus Lakes. These birds are uniquely adapted for pursuing fish underwater and can hold their breath for several minutes, travelling hundreds of metres while submerged. Barn Swallows also call Mazinaw Rock home. These aerial acrobats are now a threatened species due to the decline in foraging habitat, loss of available nesting sites, and pesticide spraying reducing the number of insects needed for food. These birds however can be seen most days at the Narrows. They swoop and dive catching insects just above the surface of the water. If you watch carefully you can see them drink while airborne, gliding close to the water and scooping up a mouthful. These small birds are great builders, nesting directly on the cliff. They build their nests by carrying mud, a little at a time from nearby streams and ponds then mixing it with saliva and lining it with moss and feathers. A number of woodpeckers can be seen among the trees at Bon Echo. The smallest is the Downy Woodpecker, a black and white bird with males sporting a tiny red patch on the head. It has a long barbed tongue and glue-like saliva which help it catch insects. The largest is the Crow sized Pileated Woodpecker which is mostly black with white flashes on the neck and a flaming red crest on its head. Woodpeckers chisel holes in trees to reach the insects and grubs living in them. Large rectangular holes are telltale signs of Pileated Woodpeckers. A woodpecker can be identified by its distinctive “swooping” flight. Woodpeckers will flap their wings once or twice then fold them in, resulting in a wave-like flight.

Barn swallow. Photo by Jess Matthews. Warbler. These birds are olivecoloured above with bright yellow below and black spots and streaks along their sides. Prairie Warblers prefer hot, dry environments, nest in juniper bushes on Mazinaw Rock, and are at the northern edge of their breeding habitat. Many of these birds call the Park home throughout the summer but can be difficult to spot among the leaves and undergrowth. For this reason I recommend familiarizing yourself with a few different birdcalls, such as the calls of the Red-eyed Vireo, the American Robin, and the Wood Thrush. More may be added as you become familiar with a few. Fall is an exciting time to look

for birds in Bon Echo. With the changing weather not only are the leaves disappearing but many birds are also migrating through the Park on their way to wintering habitats. Last fall we were lucky enough to spot a Red-throated Grebe swimming in Mazinaw Lake, as well as Broad-winged Hawks, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Wood Ducks. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or someone just curious to see how many bird species you can spot, bring along a field guide and binoculars on your next visit to Bon Echo. You’ll be rewarded by a remarkable variety of sightings and songs.

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An Unexpected Visitor – a Carb-Craving Bear Story and art by Cam Mather


fter living in the bush for more than a decade and a half surrounded by thousands of acres of forests, I am no less enthralled with the wonder of it all than the day I arrived from the suburbs. Right now the whippoorwills are particularly “vocal” around our house. I am told they are an endangered species but not at Sunflower Farm. This bird’s call can be heard over a Gun’s and Roses concert and they particularly like to roost outside our bedroom window and become vocal at about 4:30 a.m. On Sundays I close the window hoping to get another hour’s rest. Shortly after 5 a.m., Jasper our Wonder Dog started to make whimpering sounds downstairs. This type of whimpering is often caused by the cats who enjoy tormenting him, but then he started barking so I went down to investigate. Jasper had warned his previous owners about a barn fire, so his bark is not to be ignored. When I got to the bottom of the stairs I knew something was amiss because the chickens were out of the coop and in the pen. I was pretty sure that Michelle had locked them up the night before, but they were out and extremely agitated, squawking and cawing like, well, a Guns’n Roses concert. As I walked past the living room window I saw the back end of an animal in the chicken coop. From the perspective of someone who loves the amazing eggs our ladies provide us with each day; this was not a good thing. I rushed out the back door and decided to toss a tomato stake at the coop, (the first thing I could grab) to flush out the intruder. My concern was that it might be a porcupine, and I know that they can throw their quills! I stood waiting for the animal’s grand exit and was stunned and amazed to see a large black bear emerge from the chicken coop’s doorway. This was not a cub. I’m not a bear expert but we see them often in this part of the world and I think it was more than two years old. Regardless, it was huge. Have you ever see one of those horror movies like Aliens where the creature emerges and stands before the main character and you sort of jump in your seat and think, “I didn’t see that coming!” Well I have to tell you, I didn’t see this coming. The fact that this massive creature could emerge from this tiny doorway that I had built to allow my little chickens to get in and out of their coop was quite awe-inspiring. Then again, bears hibernate in little caves don’t they, so there has to be a certain degree of dexterity and shape shifting in their skill set. So there I was, standing in my summer weight pajamas, several meters from an extremely large black bear, who was looking at me as if to say, “What’s your problem?”

Something primordial kicked in at that point. Something in my DNA analyzed the situation and told me, “This is not one of those “fight” situations, this is a “flight” necessity. So I was quickly back on the porch pounding on the aluminum door politely asking the bear, with the most appropriate language for a Sunday morning, to kindly leave our humble chicken coop and return to its natural place in the woods. Endorphins are a powerful drug. And what I learned as I watched this lumbering creature jump the chicken wire fence and tear through the raspberry patch to the woods was that you could never outrun a bear. They are insanely fast. I blame myself for the bear’s visit. I recently purchased some ‘totes,’ – 250 gallon plastic tanks with an aluminum frame, to hold rainwater for the gardens of our CSA. These totes had previously held “sardine oil.” The second one had a fair amount of residue which I had drained into buckets and carried off and dumped in the woods. Really Cam? You live surrounded by bush and you’re dumping sardine oil? Note to self: perhaps clean the tote more thoroughly before bringing it on to the property. Secondly, the chicken pen did smell a bit like a garbage dump. It’s a weird thing but the layer mash we buy from O’Neill’s Feed Mill (now TCO) has wheat in it. Our oh-so-fussy chickens tend to eat everything else but. So by the spring there is a large amount of wheat all mixed up with straw under the coop and in the pen and it smells really bad. It shouldn’t, it’s just wheat, but it does have a pungent odor. The garbage dump smell along with the sardine oil was like a big neon sign for a hungry roving bear to come over for breakfast. And if you’re now thinking, “What a citidiot!” I’m with you! The amazing thing is this: bears are omnivores. They eat anything. It wasn’t until my heart rate returned to normal that I realized that by the time I got downstairs, eleven chickens were outside the chicken coop and one bear was inside the coop, and there were no casualties. The bear seemed more intent on eating their layer mash, a mix of yummy carbohydrate-laced breakfast granola-like goodness, than the quarter chicken dinners that must have scrambled over and past the bear to get out of their coop. I own a shotgun. Many would have reacted with firepower. When I think of the time it would take me to get to my storage locker, find the storage locker key, get the trigger lock off, get a blank shell into the chamber and then go back downstairs to fire off a round into the air – well, the screen door seemed to do a perfectly respectable job of suggesting to the

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Lily the Fairy: True Colours Shining Through By J. Huntress


ecently I was happy to see two children’s books on display and for sale at Stone Mills Family Market. One book was a beautifully illustrated story book called Tales of Lily, the Purple Tinker Fairy (18 different stories from contributors throughout the world) and the other was a colouring book showing Lily the Fairy on a colourful adventure. Felisha Storring (a.k.a. Lily the Fairy) has written and designed these books, and Gus Kosmopolis drew outlines for the figures in the colouring book. When I spoke to Felisha, she explained that “Fairies are born when young children laugh.” She has watched her inner fairy grow over three decades to inhabit The Land of Fae, a magical countryside of fields, lakes, and forests. The fairies in Land of Fae have given Felisha, her husband Ian and their two sons inspiration to help others learn to love, protect and conserve the land and wildlife of Shield Country. I first met Lily the Fairy and her boys, son Kadence (10 years) and Ian Jr. (Ian’s son of 12) at the Tamworth Christmas Craft Fair in 2013. They were helping Lily, who wore a diaphanous white tutu with wings and held a magic wand with a flower at its tip, as she was being photographed with children. Felisha told me that the boys were instrumental in bringing Lily to Tamworth; they had seen a friend’s mother entertain children at a birthday party so they encouraged Felisha to try this new career. They had seen how difficult it was for her to become successful with her jewellery business yet they sensed that people would pay to see a beautiful fairy at parties and promotional events. Lily the Fairy’s stories convey a

message of magic but also a strong environmental message. Children are encouraged to care for the natural world. She teaches new ways that can save the Earth: cleaning up waste lands, helping to preserve the natural world and learning to recycle. She hopes that children will respect animals and together with their friends, they can work to help make the environment better for their own futures. The idea of creating a new and happier identity for herself, after years of being intimidated by classmates, was inspired in part by Lady GaGa’s various entertainment personas. Felisha began to connect with other young people over the Internet who shared similar experiences and who were building “alternative selves” some of them Gothic and some fantastical. Felisha met other “fairies” throughout the world and they all shared the same desire to protect the earth for young people and to help young people make better choices for the environment. Scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger writes in her recent book of essays The Global Forest: “They (the children) will be able to communicate with one another across the globe, even though they do not know one another. Their recognition factor will be youth itself. These children too will have the gift of the dream. In the dream they will have clarity of vision. From this dream they will understand what has happened to nature. They will understand it and comprehend what their parents have done. Many of these

Violet Larkin, Lily, and Leah Kirby at the Tamworth Library. children too will have the gift of prophecy. Then the children of this generation will want to help the planet and nature in a collective way....” (The Forest and the FireKeeper, 2010, D.Beresford-Kroeger). Felisha chose to become a “Tinker Fairy” — one who aids people in their affairs and decisions. Her mother, always supportive of Felisha all her life, had transformed into a Flower Fairy, one who is beautiful, observant and patient. Felisha had tried to support herself by making jewelry and working in the Graphic Arts to promote models and businesses and at age 19 she met her “harbinger of fate”, Cindy Lauper, the renowned pop singer/composer. Ms. Lauper told her she would soon find people who understood her and that she should be true to herself, especially in her work. Felisha left California to return to Texas and in 2005—in need of a

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new design for her web site, the artwork of an interesting Canadian digital artist, Ian Storring, caught her eye. played matchmaker and shortly afterward Ian Storring was travelling to Texas on a bus for three days to meet Felisha. “It was love at first sight,” she told me. Their love endured long separations due to distances for four years until they married in 2009 at Bolt Castle in the Thousand Islands. It wasn’t until 2011 when Lily was able to get her Canadian residency and bring her son to Tamworth to be with Ian and his supportive family. Two years later, Lily the Fairy would emerge from the old stone farmhouse in the Land of Fae. Currently planning to write more books for children, Lily is for hire in her role as “Tinker Fairy— Walkabout Hostess” at children’s parties. She daubs face paint on willing children, lets them dress up and participate in her tales about pirates and fairies. She has an Enchanted Fairy package (also called a Princess Party) which can last for three hours; she poses with children for photos and can make arrangements for custom e-card videos. She will accept commissions to make special “Fairy Jewelry” such as a necklace with a miniature unicorn’s horn and bracelets containing small bottles of fairy dust. Go to her web site at or call 613.379.2539. It’s not every day that we can find a “General Fairy for Hire.” She will be part of the Canada Day Parade on July 1, 2014. There was a free “Lily the Fairy” Storytelling/craft making event at Tamworth Library on Saturday, May 24. An additional half hour was added to the program, along with posing for “selfies” with children— this was Lily the Fairy’s donation to the Christmas Events Committee’s/ TECDC spring event. (True Colors Shining Through written by Cindy Lauper)

Congratulations to the Winners of the First Ever SCOOP Photo Competition T he Scoop would like thank all the participants who entered our first Scoop Photo Competition. It was a very close finish with only half a point division between the three winners. The judges were Cathy Burrell, Graem Coles and Jim Peets from the Napanee Photo Club and Barb Pogue from the TECDC.

The Scoop congratulates the following winners!

to George Kramer from Verona who came in third with “Tundra Swans”.

Honorable Mentions go to Abbie Hermer from Enterprise for “Mothers Cup of Tea”, Lyndsey Murray-Nybom from Odessa for “Daughter’s Veggie Garden Prep, Shelly King from Yarker for “Faded Memories” and Jeffrey Wales from Selby for “Do I Have Something in My Teeth”.

First Prize of $100 goes to Linda McQuay from Yarker for her photo titled “So What Do You Want Me to Do?”

A very special thank you goes out to the TECDC (Tamworth & Erinsville Community Development Committee) for sponsoring the competition and providing the prize money.

Second and Third prizes of $50 each go to Lori Forester from Ingle for “Before the Morning Rain in Ingle” and

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Who’s Outsmarting Who? By Alyce Gorter


y neighbor says that if he didn’t have a farm he wouldn’t need a job. Although he says this more or less in jest, there is a lot of truth to the statement. It takes a lot of money to run a farm. However, if you choose the right type of livestock for your farm (which means whatever species/breed/ colour/etc that is currently popular on the market), if the price of feed crops doesn’t bankrupt you, if the weather cooperates, if there isn’t an outbreak of some disease that sends the market for your stock into a downward spiral, if your machinery stays functional long enough to get the plowing/ planting/haying/etc. done, if you stay healthy enough to keep up the eighteen hour work days and if you’re married to a schoolteacher or nurse, then yes – you can make a living off farming. Most people who contemplate the farming life have a certain degree of understanding of how difficult it is to be a “successful” farmer under the best of circumstances. If they don’t, the government will quickly heighten their appreciation of these facts by informing them that to qualify as a farm there must be an income of $8,000.00 from farming endeavours. Do you have any idea how much it costs to generate $8,000 from a farm? Not usually a high return on the investment dollar! Why, then, would a “wannabe” farmer increase the odds against success by purposely investing in a breed of cattle that does not rank high on the market? Ask a Scottish Highland cattle owner. Although the Scottish Highland may have moved out of the “exotic breed” category, with their long, shaggy hair, lengthy horns and slow growth rate they are still not a popular choice for beef farmers. They do not fetch high prices at the sales barn if any are unfortunate enough to be sent there. But those people who are fortunate enough to get to know one of these docile, gentle, curious creatures, quickly understands their appeal. And their sense of humor.

Enterprise area and raises a small herd of Highlands. Each member of the herd is named – a common practice among many Highland owners! Here is just one example of how these beloved animals keep him ... um ... entertained. “Fergus, our first born, has developed an interesting habit of wanting to be with the chickens. In the first part of spring I placed a series of bungee cords across the chicken run door with the intent of keeping all furry flock members out, yet allowing feathered fowl unfettered access to the coop. About a week ago on my way to collect eggs, I found Fergus on the inside of the run, all bungees still in place. Fergus just stood there in the doorway on the wrong side of the bungees looking out. It was as though he wanted to be incarcerated. I removed the stretchy bars one by one and ushered him out of his cell. Hoping to fix the problem, I added a few more cords across the entrance, decreasing the spacing between them, thinking that would become an impenetrable barrier for him and still allow access for the layers. For a while the quick fix seemed to work. Fergus appeared to be content going under the chicken coop with his little brother, Harvey and with the chickens, they would curl up and catch a nap. Last night however on my way to collect eggs, I was surprised to find a shaggy brown bundle curled up against the coop inside the chicken run. Again, all bungees were still in place. I once again removed all stretchy bars and went in to waken Sleeping Beauty. Without fanfare Fergus

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Fergus in the chicken run, with Fiona. Photo by Terry Berry. opened his eyes, slowly raised his hind end getting to his elbows and after a short stretch he just stood there on all fours wondering what the fuss was about. I again ushered him out and replaced the bungees, adding a few more to shrink the spacing even more with hopes he would think this barrier was impenetrable. Once this fix was accomplished, I went on about my business collecting eggs and watering the rest of the livestock. On my way up to the house I turned looking back at the coop. There was Fergus standing at the entrance to the run contemplating his next move. I was hoping he’d give up and move along to something else. With little hesitation, Fergus nuzzled his head in between the bungee cords. Lifting his front legs, he stepped into the opening and got half his girth through. For a couple of minutes Fergus just stood there between the bungees

half in and half out proving to me that mere stretchy cords weren’t going to contain him. The chickens weren’t concerned and were filing past him going in and out at will. Once Fergus made it all the way through my “impenetrable” barrier, I decided to give up and move on to something else. Fergus went back to his spot in the run, curled up and went back to sleep. In the game of Who’s Outsmarting Who? (a game I never wanted to play), the cows unfortunately are up 2 to 0.” I want to thank Terry and all those farmers and “wannabe” farmers who keep up the increasingly difficult struggle to maintain their smaller farms; who give names to their livestock and understand each animal’s individuality, see the humour in life and who are willing to share it with others.

We’ve Moved to the Country! Meet the Rankines By Christine Oastler


n the edge of South Frontenac County, David and Angela Rankine have built their “forever home”. From the road the house is hidden by a copse of trees: ash, maple, ironwood, eastern white pine and white cedar trees. The familiar green and white house number is the only sign that someone lives there. Angela’s favorite memories as a child are of a country home where she walked beside a stream in the company of her family. Her Dad called a giant rock, her thinking chair. Because she wanted her eighteen-month daughter, Eva, to be able to find her own thinking chair, she and her husband David moved into their own country home last December. In the first months they lived there they didn’t have a television and they still don’t have one. They are too busy with country living especially clearing the land. To relax they sit in cedar Adirondack chairs and listen to the forest sounds around them. This winter, the Rankines enjoyed bundling Eva up in a backpack and going out on a four kilometer snow shoe trail that stretches out from their backdoor. The pleasure of being in the wilderness has brought the young family so much joy and laughter.

The night I visited their home we went out onto the deck and listened to the sounds of the country, the frogs, the birds singing to each other and a felt the gentle yet crisp spring wind. Even from the deck the tall trees blocked out the view of the road. “We didn’t want a cleared, road-front lot; we wanted to be able to enjoy the trees in our lifetime.” Like many first time country home-owners they have learned a lot about digging wells and how each choice you make has such a direct effect on our eco-system. They are trying to live a more natural lifestyle. They both love the Limestone Organic Creamery and stop off on their way home to buy milk that comes from local cows. Angela tells me: “It is an incredible experience, like stepping back in time. People remember you. The prices might be a tad more but the customer service and the experience is incredible, worth the extra nickel.” Their priorities have changed now that they live in the country. They enjoy how the view out their spectacular windows has quickly replaced their need to hang art on their walls. David feels that,

“Looking out the window you see the seasons change. We have living art!” He used to get Eva up just so she could see the sunrise over the tree line. As the sun sets on South Frontenac, where will you find David, Angela and Eva? Perhaps sitting on the deck, listening Angela, David, and Eva Rankine at home. to the Photo by Barry Lovegrove. sounds look forward to he or she enjoying of the country or planning for their country “forever home.” the future as the Rankines are expecting their second child and

Angela teaches Grade 1 and 2 at Sydenham Public School, and David is a Kindergarten Teacher at Lord Strathcona Public School. Commuting from the country into the city doesn’t require a GPS. David enjoys taking different routes home preferably sticking to back roads. Angela explains that as a Teacher you never really leave work behind, but “when you have a long drive you reflect on your day. Then, there is peace when you get home.” In 2008, David accepted a job as an organist and choir director at Newburgh United Church. He quickly fell in love with the community. Originally a selftaught organist David received several scholarships from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, studied for two years, completing two Royal Conservatory Exams. Just as the Rankines blend their life between country and city David also shares his musical skills between both worlds as he is also the organist at the Rogers K-Rock Centre for the Kingston Frontenacs. David, as the former director of the Young Choristers Limestone Choir, continues to share his love of music as the choir director for Newburgh United Church. David says, “I choose music to enhance the worship service and to provide a challenge for the singers. We’re very pleased with the outcome.” He is blessed that his singers give-up two hours every Thursday to prepare for twenty minutes of liturgical music.

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A Nature Walk Through a Small Hamlet Story and photo by Lena Koch


arker is a small hamlet today but it was once a prosperous little village many years ago. Nowadays many people who live here have to drive distances to get to their jobs or to shop at the big stores in the city. However, it has still maintained a certain charm with its surrounding lush forest, and wonderful hiking trails that were once the old railway. The Napanee River flows right through Yarker and the waterfall that brought prosperity to the village, is now a pretty place to stand and watch all year round. The hamlet is quiet except for the morning and late afternoon, when everybody rushes back and forth to work. But around the waterfall the first flowers of spring have made their appearance while the water flows quickly heading south-west towards Napanee. Along the hiking trails spring flowers appear in different colours. Cheerful dandelions are abundant. Snowdrops are long gone having made room for Lilies of the Valley and Forgetme-nots. Daffodils and other bulbs have waited all winter but are now eager to poke their heads out towards the warm sun. And of course, the carpet of Trilliums, the official flower of Ontario, appears once again to our delight. Many people do not know that they should not be picked because they will not bloom again for seven years. They are true nature flowers and don’t belong on a table in the house.

must be on the lookout for ticks which can be dangerous if they are carrying Lyme disease. But right now, we only have to enjoy the excitement of spring

Walking along the river is peaceful and relaxing. The trail crosses the marshland of the river district and many birds are here to breed now. Yellow finches and grosbeaks sing their wonderful songs while perched in trees now covered with green leaves that seem to have sprung up almost overnight. Red Wing Black birds love the area and their sound can be heard all over the swamp. Some seagulls look out of place, having wandered north from Lake Ontario. A cardinal calls his mate. A few deer linger at the edge of the forest, one of them almost ready to give birth. The butterflies are out and dancing in the sun to celebrate spring. Along with this serene and peaceful world come the unpleasant appearance of black flies and mosquitoes making a nuisance themselves and pestering the hiker as well as the animals. But they too are an important part of nature providing food for the birds – even if humans are not very impressed with them. Hiking and wandering through nature also requires that we educate ourselves about certain plants and animals: poison ivy and wild parsnip appear attractive but they can make people very uncomfortable, at times even sick. And of course, we


which has finely arrived after a long, hard winter.

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New Facelifts in Verona By Alison Vandervelde


ave you driven through Verona lately? It seems like everywhere you look people are working on their properties, making things look better, sprucing things up. It’s not a coincidence that these projects are all being undertaken at the same time. The Township of South Frontenac adopted a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the village of Verona in 2011. The uptake has been remarkable. To date, twenty-two projects have been completed through the program with $50,341.84 in awarded grants resulting in a total investment in the community of $709,453. Visit www. for a Before & After photo tour of the renovated village. The Township of Central Frontenac adopted a CIP for Sharbot Lake in 2012 and a number of awarded grants are already making a difference across the village. In the Township of Frontenac Islands, Marysville’s CIP has started accepting applications for funding and it is expected that the first grant will be awarded shortly. The planning process for a CIP in North Frontenac is underway and the first meetings will take place this summer.

CIPs were first identified as a priority through the County of Frontenac’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, and it is through partnerships between the County and member Townships that CIPs have become a useful tool for community development throughout the Frontenacs. In the Frontenacs, CIPs work like this: with input from the community and Township Council, the County’s Land Use Planning staff develops the draft Community Improvement Plan. Once the Township is satisfied that it reflects the community’s needs and future vision, it adopts

the plan. The County and the Township both provide a sum of money and the Township manages the program, evaluating applications and awarding grants according to the prescribed criteria. Plans differ from place to place, depending on the goals of each specific village, but the overall idea remains the same – programs and incentives are put in place to enhance the livability and character of the village, through improvements to individual properties (via upgrades to appearance, accessibility, energy efficiency, etc) and through community-wide initiatives to improve affordable housing, heritage aspects, and recreation and commercial space, etc. The Verona CIP has demonstrated the true value of CIPs, both in the street for the casual observer and through the hard numbers on paper. With this early success it is natural that Frontenac County and its member Townships will continue to make use of this practical land use planning tool to continue to strengthen our resilient, diverse rural communities.

Before (top photo) & After (bottom photo). Photos courtesy Township of South Frontenac.

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Youth Diversion Seeking Mentor Volunteers


outh Diversion is a Kingstonbased not-for-profit organization that works with youth, families and the community to assist youth to develop and grow to their fullest potential.

experience working with at risk youth, and we also offer letters of reference for the volunteers.” In addition to the mentoring program, Youth Diversion works in the community and in the schools to provide opportunities for youth and to help youth who experience difficulties to navigate through what can be a difficult few years in their lives.


Youth Diversion delivers six different programs in the City of Kingston as well as Frontenac County.


“Among the first programs we ever had going was our mentoring programming. It requires volunteers who are willing to commit two to three hours a week for four to six months to spend with a young person between the ages of 11 and 17, and it has proven to be an effective program for a lot of people over the years,” said Jackie Franklin, the Manager of Volunteer, Resources for the agency. She said that a number of youth in North, Central, and South Frontenac are now looking for mentors, which has led to a push for improved recruitment in the County.

Among its programs are a Youth Justice program and the KAIROS alcohol and addictions program, as well as SNAP, a program for youth who have been suspended from school, and the MEND program for conflict resolution within the schools, among others.

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Become a Turtle Midwife!! (Men Can Be Midwives Too!) By Denice Wilkins


urtles are disappearing faster than any other species on earth. In fact, seven of Ontario’s eight native turtle species have been classified as “Species at Risk.” This sad fact is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation as well as road fatalities. You can play an important role in turtle conservation by getting involved in a simple stewardship activity right in your backyard. Do you (or anyone you know) have a resident turtle that annually digs her nest on your property? You can help ensure her offspring survive to waddle their way to the water this fall by using a Turtle ICU (Incubation Care Unit). As many as 80% of turtle nests can be lost to predators such as raccoon, skunk and fox. The animals are attracted by the nest’s strong scent, making the eggs most vulnerable to predation immediately after they are laid and for approximately the next 10 days to 2 weeks. If the nests can be successfully protected during this time, the eggs have a much greater chance of survival. That’s where the Turtle ICU comes in. By covering the nest with the ICU immediately after the female has laid her eggs and removing it in a couple weeks, predators will be

thwarted and the eggs will survive to become hatchlings. The Quinte Field Naturalists are selling the turtle nest protectors for only $10. You can hardly buy the materials and make it yourself for that price (add to that your time) plus it comes with detailed instructions for use (year after year) and a 76 page Turtles of Ontario Stewardship Guide produced by the Toronto Zoo. As a bonus, before and after each nesting season, the ICU makes a great compost sifter!! You can make a difference to local turtle populations! Turtles will start nesting beginning the end of May into the beginning of July so get ready! For more information and to get your Turtle ICU (makes a great gift too) contact Quinte Field Naturalists, Denice Wilkins, 613/478-5070 or denicejohn@live. ca. Quinte Field Naturalists gratefully acknowledge the financial and in-kind support for this project from the Hastings Stewardship Council, the Centre Hastings Secondary School Construction Technology class, the Toronto Zoo and Rashotte’s Home Hardware in Tweed.

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Denice Wilkins with students from Brad Olson’s Construction Technology class at Centre Hastings Secondary School, with some of the 50 Turtle ICUs they have built over the winter. Photo by Lacy Meeks.

July 10-13: ODESSA FAIR Midway, tractor pull, horse pull & show, demolition derby, cattle & poultry shows, displays, bingo and vendors all at the Odessa Fair. Entertainment provided by Jeff Code & Silver Wings, Friday 7:00 pm and Al Scriver & Hard Tymes, Saturday 8 pm. Come and watch the Odessa Fair Parade 9:30 am sharp from ESSchool to the Fairgrounds. Purchase your pre-sale midway coupons and save, available at the Pop In & Savages Home Hardware, Odessa. St. Alban’s Anglican Church Ladies will be selling homemade pies inside the main building. Volunteering at the Fair or events during the year is a great way for high school student to complete some of their community volunteer hours, call Ron Swain 613.540.4163. Check out our website:

Film Maker Honored Story and photo by Richard Saxe


ormer Tamworth/Erinsville resident and award winning documentary filmmaker, John Zaritsky was honored at this year’s Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival – the largest documentary film festival and conference in North America. This year, over 190,000 enthusiastic filmgoers attended – a new record. Hot Docs paid tribute to John Zaritsky with this year’s Focus On retrospective. Four of John’s films were screened:

of the Colorado Rocky Mountains some inmates volunteer to spend 90 days taming wild horses, providing therapeutic rehabilitation for both prisoners and mustangs.

Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo: A poignant and powerful documentary about the interlocking destinies of two young lovers shot down during the siege of Sarajevo. The conflict that paralysed Bosnia during the 1990s comes into focus through their story.

“To be able to celebrate John Zaritsky is a delight,” said Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook. “John is an iconic Canadian filmmaker whose career spans more than thirty years – and his work is broad and rich. We are thrilled to be able to honour him at this year’s Festival.”

Leave Them Laughing: Diagnosed with ALS, Carla Zilbersmith, a 46 year old writer, singer, performer and wickedly funny smart-ass is determined to embrace every single moment of the time she has left.

John’s 1982 film, Just Another Missing Kid won an Academy Award for best documentary film. The actual Oscar is perched on the mantel in his current house in downtown Vancouver. He is currently working on a film about eccentric people and says there is no shortage of subject matter.

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Waterside Summer Music Festival 2014 Season


he Waterside Summer Music Festival began in 1994 as a fundraising venture for a small Island church and has evolved into an independent notfor-profit organization determined to present high quality music in a wonderful Amherst Island setting. The 2014 line up of five great concerts reflects the ability of Artistic Director, Beverley Harris, to attract highly gifted musicians to perform virtuosic programs in the intimate setting of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. In recent years, Waterside has benefitted from its association with Loyalist Township that provides administrative support and charitable donation status for our donors. The website, www. watersidemusic. ca, provides all of the details but the Waterside Summer Series 2014 schedule is summarized as follows: Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Cecilia String Quartet

with clarinetist, James Campbell Saturday, July 12, 2014 – David John Pike, baritone, and Joni Henson, soprano, with piano accompanist, Michel Szcesniak Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Denise and Marc Djokic, cello and violinist respectively, and David Jalbert, piano Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Lara St. John, violin, and Serouj Kradjian, piano Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – Janina Fialkowska, piano. All concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (approximately 2 km south of the Stella ferry dock). The ticket price of $35.00 includes GST. Reserved tickets may be ordered by calling 613.384.2153 and can be picked up on the day of the concert.

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(WESTERN DAY) Saturday, August 16 10 am - 3 pm Main St., John Zaritsky (left) with Tamworth’s Henry Saxe outside the Royal Ontario Museum where Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo was screened to a full house.

“Inspiration and Exploration” 18th Annual Show Join us for this year’s Annual Kingston Fibre Artists Show. The show takes place at the Kingston Public Library, in both the Wilson room and the foyer of the Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street, in Kingston Ontario, from 28 August to 25 September, 2014. We also wish to extend a warm welcome to the public to our opening reception, held on September 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free of charge and refreshments will be served. This 18th annual show features the most recent work of Janine Gates, Janet Elliott, Frankie Le Monde-Meunier, Hilary Scanlon, Kit Vincent, Wilma Kenny, Bethany Garner, Elinor Rush, Mary Ev Wyatt, Margaret Morris, Phillida Hargreaves, Robin Laws Field, Sandy Garner, Susan Farber, Sylvia Naylor and Tina Barnes. Many of these Kingston-based artists have been working, meeting and exhibiting together for 18 years.

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Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada June 27, 28, 29 in Tamworth


anada’s only outdoor festival celebrating the Irish language through traditional music, song, dance, poetry and drama! Irish (Gaelic) speakers of all ages are polishing their dancing shoes, practicing their songs and memorizing stories and poetry in anticipation of the 4th annual outdoor Irish language and cultural festival. The three day open-air festival near Erinsville and Tamworth features events in traditional singing, dancing, music, drama and literature all performed through the medium of Irish (Gaelic). The friendly competitions during “Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada” are held at the only officially recognized “Gaeltacht” (Irishspeaking community) outside of Ireland, “Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir”. This lively festival is modeled on “Oireachtas na Gaeilge” in Ireland, and anyone who is familiar with that festival will be at home at Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada. All of the competitions are open to every age and skill level with the emphasis on promoting, fostering and celebrating indigenous Irish language arts and culture in Canada. North American audiences will be treated to competitions featuring sean-nós singing and dancing that

Western Day in Tamworth


he Old West returns to Tamworth on August 16th and there will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Concession Street will be closed off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for a range of westernstyle activities. Some of the highlights include: Children will be able to make their own deputy badge, and get their face painted. There will be a variety of games throughout the day: three legged race, balloon toss, find the straw in the straw stack, pie eating contest, fishing pond, and a fashion show for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl.

perhaps they may not have seen or heard before. Set dancing will also be included, as will singing in Irish (Gaelic) in styles other than seannós. Musical categories feature solo performances in harp, uilleann pipes and groups compete in céilí bands and in Celtic choirs. Irish language competitions will feature storytelling, dialogue, oration and “lúibíní” (a musical dialogue between two people).

There will be a “big kids” horse race. Make your own non-motorized horse, the funnier the better, (from a broom stick to a sawhorse, use your imagination), and this race

There will be country music from local talents, the Irish Club is setting up an old “school room” with Irish lessons, and there will be a Cow Patty Bingo game. BAD BART will also make appearances throughout the day and deputies will have to catch him and take him back to jail. Everyone has to wear some sort of western clothing; otherwise the deputies will take you to jail. You can pay a minimal fine for your release, or we will sell you something western to wear. Everyone is welcome. This is a free day for families except for food. Burgers and dogs will be sold by the Canada Day Committee and the day is partially sponsored by the Tamworth & District Lions Club.

The Richmond Landfill Site:

A Threat to Greater Napanee’s Environment By Stephen Bruce Medd

While historically catering to native and fluent Irish speakers, organizers of the Canadian festival are reaching out to the recent Irish speaking Diaspora and current students of the language. Each year an open invitation is extended to all Irish language groups in North America and abroad who would like to participate with entries or judging.


ecent scientific evidence (agreed to by the Ministry of Environment) has established that the Richmond Landfill is leaking leachate into the groundwater far off-site. Leachate has contaminated six off-site private domestic wells, which together with a significant swath of countryside are contaminated to above limits of the Ministry of the Environment’s Reasonable Use Policy. The contaminated groundwater contains numerous chemicals, including an industrial chemical called 1,4 dioxane which has been classified by the US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable carcinogen. The leaking Richmond Landfill and the proposed massive BREC Landfill pose a clear and present threat to the future of Greater Napanee and our closest neighbours: Tyendinaga Township, Deseronto and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has called it arguably one of the worst places in Ontario to build a landfill because of the complex fractured bedrock Polluting activities like massive landfills will attract other polluting industries. The lands that they occupy and adjacent lands become sacrifice zones, which suffer ongoing air quality and water quality impacts. The Richmond Landfill is contaminating a groundwater aquifer that was once used for residential purposes and agricultural purposes like irrigation and watering livestock. The economic lifespan of BREC is 20 years. The contaminating lifespan of BREC is hundreds of years. Our agriculture and tourism industries have longevities measured in generations – so why would we undermine these long term enterprises for the sake of 20 years of short term profit, which would be flowing to a US-based company?


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Leachate from the Richmond Landfill is presently trucked into Napanee, pumped into the sewer system and then processed at the Napanee Water Pollution Control Plant. The provincial government only requires the analysis and treatment of a small percentage of the tens of thousands of chemicals found in leachate. As the eastern gateway to the Bay of Quinte, Greater Napanee is blessed with four beautiful waterways: the Napanee River, Long Reach, Hay Bay and Adolphus Reach. These waters bring economic benefits to our community as well as great pleasure to fisherman, boater and hikers. Why then would we allow untreated leachate chemicals to slowly build up in the water and sediments of these natural treasures? Over the years many people have invested their heart and soul, time and money into making Napanee a vibrant sports town and a place of healthy living. Many other people have committed themselves to building a top-calibre hospital we know as the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital, another beacon of healthy living. The starting point for good health is nature’s infrastructure: clean water, air and soil. If we take a healthy environment for granted when deciding what developments to support, then we undermine important priorities like sustainable economic development, cultural development and the promotion of healthy living. Napanee can do its part in managing waste by enhancing residential composting and recycling; and by attracting private investments to build a regional material separation facility or enclosed composting facility. However, the complex fractured bedrock in our region makes it an unwise and unhealthy choice for massive land filling.


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41st Annual ODESSA 2014 Car Show, Flea Market & Craft Sale Sat. & Sun. June 14-15 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Odessa Fairgrounds Celebrating 50 years of Mustang Antique cars & farm tractors, crafts, flea market, antiques, & more! Pedal cars – a new attraction

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The museum is open ‘till Labour Day, seven days a week The Sharbot Lake Farmers Market from 10AM to 4PM. Can open by special request after runs Victoria Day Weekend through Labour Day. No charge for admission, donations graciously Thanksgiving, 9 am – 1 pm at the accepted. Website: Sharbot Lake Beach. Email: JUST 39 BUCKS FOR A BIZCARD AD. $110 FOR 3 “Hope, Purpose & Belonging in Long Term Care” ISSUES. YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT!

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Visit for more information. Farm vendors are invited to consider this great opportunity to sell produce, or even garden overflow from “backyard farmers.” Potential vendors can try things out as Occasional Vendors for only $10 per Saturday, up to three times.

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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

Bus Trip – June 16th Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

Travel with the Cloyne & District Historical Society to remember the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. The airconditioned coach will leave Cloyne at 8:30AM, Northbrook at 8:45AM and Kaladar at 9:00AM. $50.00 per person includes bus, entrance to the museum and the guided tour. Pre-book with J.J.(Red) Emond 613.336.8011

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Baskets by Naneen Baskets by Naneen is offering different workshops throughout the summer. All hand-woven basket workshops include free lunch, and participants leave with their finished basket. 613 • 379 • 5958 For more info call 1-613-478-2952.

Tamworth & District Lions Club Summer Events July 1st – Canada Day BBQ. 4 – 7 p.m. – all proceeds to Canada Day Events – Ball Field July 12th – Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Day – Beaver Lake Lions Park July 16th – Senior Groups Invitation to Pontoon Boat Rides and BBQ – Beaver Lake Lions Park Aug. 16th – Annual Fish Fry & Corn Roast – 4 – 7 p.m – Tamworth Arena June/July 2014 • THE SCOOP


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Public Library Programs AmheRSTVIeW June Puppy Tales – Wed @ 10:30am Lego Club – Thu @ 6:30 & Sat @ 10:30am Locally Speaking – Planning a ‘staycation’ this summer? Discover some must-see tourist sites right here in L&A! June 16 @ 3pm

July Lego, Looms & Literacy – Mon@ 2pm Lego Club – Thu @ 6:30pm and Sat@ 10:30am Puppy Tales – Wednesdays @ 10:30am Summer Reading Club Theme Program – Wed @ 2pm

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nAPAnee June Lego Club – Tue @ 6pm Puppy Tales – Wed @ 10:30am Storytime – Sat @ 11am Locally Speaking – Planning a ‘staycation’ this summer? Discover some must-see tourist sites right here in L&A! June 18 @ 3pm

July Lego Club – Tue @ 6pm Lego, Looms and Literacy – Tue @ 2pm Puppy Tales – Wed @ 10:30am TD Summer Reading Theme Program – Thu @ 2pm Lego Club – Sat @ 11am Storytime – Sat @ 11am



Lego Club – Wed@ 6:30pm Storytime – Thu@ 11am

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72 Edward St, Flinton, ON FREE LUNCH!!

Donation of non-perishable food items greatly welcomed! Door

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For more information call: 613-336-8934 X 257


Lego Club – Thu @ 4pm

Lego Club – Thu@ 4pm TD Summer Reading Drop-In – Sat @ 1-4pm

10:00 am until 12:00 pm

July Lego Club – Wed @ 6:30pm Storytime – Thu@ 11am TD Summer Reading Theme Program – Thu @ 1pm

Early Years Centre Summer 2014 Program Schedule

Busy Feet—

Monday’s 10:00—11:30 a.m. Strathcona Paper Centre—Napanee Closed August 4, 2014

Bath Playgroup—

Thursdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Bath United Church 402 Academy St. Bath Closed Month of July reopens Aug 7, 2014

Napanee Playgroup— Wednesdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church 25 Bridge St., Napanee Closed Month of August reopens Sept. 3, 2014

Lego Club – Wed @ 6pm




Lego Club – Wed @ 6pm Summer Reading Club Drop-In – Sat @ 9am-12pm

Lego Club – Wed @ 7pm Storytime – Fri @ 11am

Yarker Playgroup—


Early Years Centre— Monday, Wednesday & Friday for Drop In 1178 County Rd 8 Playroom Open to Families Napanee 9:00—3:00

YARkeR June Lego Club – Tue @ 6:30pm

July Lego Club – Tue@ 6:30pm TD Summer Reading Theme Program – Wed@ 1:30pm

SouTh fRedeRICkSbuRGh June Lego Club – Thu @ 6:30pm

July Lego Club – Thu @ 6:30pm TD Summer Reading Drop-In –Sat @ 2-5pm

Summer Reading Club Theme Program – Mon @ 6pm Lego Club – Wed @ 7pm Storytime – Fri @ 11am

Newburgh Playgroup—Tuesday’s 9:30 –11:30 a.m. Newburgh Community Hall Closed August 19, & 26, 2014

Tuesdays—School Readiness Program 9:00—11:30 am And 1:00—3:00 p.m. Sorry both programs are full. Thursdays—Let’s Play with Baby 9:30 –11:30 Geared to families with babies 18 months and younger Older Siblings Welcome.

Td SummeR ReAdInG PRoGRAm The TD Summer Reading program will be offered at all 8 branches and registration will begin June 23rd for children ages 0-12. Children will be encouraged to read 10 books or 1000 pages before August 16th and will be rewarded with stickers, prizes and an awesome End of Summer Reading Party!

Wednesdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Yarker Free Methodist Church , Yarker Closed Aug 20th & 27th May go on some field trip please call.

Friday Playgroup 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Watch for a poster for special programs at the above playgroups during the summer!


Daddy & Me Amherstview, Flinton, Erinsville, Northbrook, & Saturday Playgroups will be taking a summer break for July & August. Please call us or check out our website to see when they resume.

Special Events organized at the Early Years Centre Call or ask our staff for other events that are not yet confirmed School Bus Safety Day at EYC Aug. 15th.

School Bus Safety Day

At LARC’s Early Years Centre Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am 1178 County Road 8 Napanee

The children will be watching a short video on school bus safety and enjoy a bus ride down to H.H Langford school and back. This would be an excellent way to teach your child to be safe and make your child feel comfortable riding the school bus.

If you like more information please call Trish or Jennie at the Early Years Centre


Cherry blossom art made for Mothers Day by the JK/SK class at Tamworth Elementary School. Photo courtesy TES.


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Registration not required but would be appreciated.

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Foster Lambs By Sally Bowen


’m writing with a shivering lamb on my lap.

A lamb can lose its mama for many reasons. Triplets may be born, and the ewe may have only enough milk for two. The ewe might seek shelter in a storm, and the stronger lamb, perhaps older by less than half an hour, will stick to mama’s heels but the younger lamb will get lost. Two ewes might give birth close to each other, then later claim all but one of the lambs for their own. Hypothermic conditions aggravate the vitality of the newly born. So the shepherds check the fields several times a day and bring back to the homestead any who are lonely, hungry and very cold. When a foster lamb is first introduced to warm reconstituted milk, it doesn’t taste, smell or feel right. Usually the first reaction is either passive resistance, or ptooey.

farm for the pleasure of visitors during the summer. The others go to small farms who are building their flock by bottle feeding orphans, sometimes on goat’s milk. The one on my lap is shivering less, and has started to holler for food. Perhaps this year’s Lazarus. For more information call Topsy Farms at 613.389.3444 or 888.287.3157.

Their instinct is to go under a warm ewe’s belly, to find a full but flexible nipple, to bunt hard if necessary to encourage the milk flow, and to sip often. Instead they are offered a powdered ewe’s milk substitute reconstituted with warmed water, a black rubber nipple, a beer bottle and people. The beer bottle is used because we have a collection of old “stubbies” which fit nicely in the microwave; they are made of strong glass and easy to clean. Thanks to one Islander we have a lifetime supply.

Chatty aka Chocolate, not yet getting the technique right. Photo by Megan Hines.


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But hunger is a wonderful motivator to accept change; to learn new skills. After a couple of small feedings the lamb’s natural vitality almost always helps it to revive. Cuddling and insulation help.

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Soon they join the bouncing 3 or 4 day olds in their pen, who yell for food whenever someone passes. When let loose, they’ll follow at heel, gluing to the person who is now the source of all good things. This spring they have been a wonderful source of entertainment for families – and grandchildren – who have come to visit at our invitation. We will keep two on the


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!

Watch our Facebook Page for Rib Nights and more throughout the summer Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The River Bakery is proud to support local business, arts and as much of our menu as possible is locally sourced! WISHING ALL A SAFE AND WONDERFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY

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George Fox at the Legion Story and photo by Barry Lovegrove


but some that we can include the World Champion and JUNO award winning Blues/Jazz Harmonica player, Carlos del Junco, JUNO award winner Stephen Fearing with Andy White, Emm Gryner with Trent Severn, and CMA award winner Del Barber.

musical evening with George Fox was a great way to finish off the Tamworth Legions Spring Concert Series. The Legion hall was filled to capacity and the audience was thrilled. George’s performance was perfect in every way. He even got Tamworth resident Kim McCutcheon on stage with him to help out on the rhythm section. Not only that but he came out into the audience and sang to Mary Kennedy on his knees. It was definitely a night to remember. Concert organizer Mark Oliver was telling me that they had over 400 attendees last Home and year at the four Property spring concerts for Madison Violet, Maintenance Home and Peter Karp & Sue Property Year Foley, The Laws & Maintenance Keith Glass and of Round course George Fox. Service They came from as far south as Watertown, as far north as Ottawa, from the east as far as Cornwall and from the west, Port Hope.

Our thanks go out to Mark Oliver, the Tamworth Legion and the TECDC for bringing such great entertainment to this area at prices that can’t be matched. We know that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes, and we appreciate it!


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George, accompanied briefly onstage by local Kim McCutcheon.

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SNOWBIRDS Beaver Lake home is perfect for snowbirds! Not large so not a lot of maintenance. Open living room and kitchen areas, master bedroom, smaller room could be 2nd bedroom, big laundry room and very nicely done 3 season room on the water’s edge. Wood stove to keep it cozy, on demand hot water and even the fishing boat is included. Don’t miss out, call now.


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CALLING ALL SABRES • General excavation - land clearing, basements, retaining walls, trenching, etc. • Septic systems - design and licensed installer • Landscaping • Trucking - sand, gravel and topsoil • Demolition - buildings, barns, etc. For all your excavating needs call RICK at

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Wells for home, farm & industry Rotary & cable tool drilling • • • •

Prompt service Free estimates Pump installations & service Wells decommissioned & abandoned

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10 weeks of power skating and skills included in registration SMMHA offers lots of ice time for each player to develop Great coaches and staff All teams play in the Inter Community League which means we travel to other local arenas Clinics and private training available by request at home rink by professional OHL coach Tournaments Get involved with your kids! PLAY HOCKEY!!! Make a difference in your community

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