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pring is new growth and the smell of fresh earth. Why not commemorate spring by creating your own vegetable garden? You get to be out in the fresh air and sunshine, full of anticipation for your own food. All you need is a few square feet of the great outdoors, a water source (try a rain barrel), and a little time. Your grandparents did it, and so can you. Consider your health. Vegetables sold in Canadian supermarkets today contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago. The family’s diet from a garden is more diverse, and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The food you grow in your own yard is definitely the tastiest and the healthiest. Best of all, you can grow it free of chemical pesticides. Consider the outdoor classroom. Backyard gardens teach children about the origin of food and the connection to their dinner plate. Kids can help plant, water, weed, and harvest – a great opportunity to play in the dirt and get the chores done. Also, the little gardeners are more apt to eat the fruits of their labour than vegetables that show up in a grocery bag. Think about it. When you toss a homegrown salad or serve up a stir-fried medley of vegetables, you gain a real appreciation of the path from your backyard to your plate.

Most CSAs grow organic food and provide a diversity of vegetables and herbs in season. Some also offer berries, eggs, or meat, either with the CSA share or purchased separately. For more information and a list of local suppliers, visit the Ontario CSA Farm Directory at csafarms.ca.

Consider the choices of different plant varieties. A tomato grower who supplies a large market needs to grow varieties that ripen all at once and are tough enough to survive shipping, whereas a home gardener can select tomatoes for flavour, colour, and harvest time. The older varieties are far more nutritious than commercial types. Ripening tomatoes on the vine is a lot more appealing than the commercial practice of gassing them to redness.

This spring: get dirty, get healthy, and get supporting local food.


When looking for garden plants and seeds, support your neighbourhood organizations. Many local garden clubs host sales in May or early June. You can take advantage of locally grown plants and seed lovingly saved by hand, and the prices are reasonable.

Native Plants (non-edibles): • Fuller Plants in Belleville fullerplants.com • Natural Themes in Frankford naturalthemes.com

If you absolutely can’t have a garden, rent a plot in a community garden or invest in someone else’s, called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). You pay a market gardener a one-time fee (per share) before the start of the growing season and, in return, you receive weekly food boxes. Everyone wins. Local family farms don’t have to take out expensive bank loans to provide you with fresh, nutritious produce. Waste is reduced because market gardeners can grow the amount needed for their customers, a known quantity.

Native Trees: • Lemoine Point Nursery in Kingston jane.murphy@sympatico.ca • Cataraqui Conservation crca.ca or Quinte Conservation quinteconservation.ca • Hastings Stewardship Council hastingsstewardship.ca Seed, untreated: • William Dam Seeds for organic and heirloom varieties www.damseeds.ca

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goods but it continues to grow and “dogs” with Dalton. Sounds like a expand especially now under their new show: Dogs with Dalton… nevnew owners: Dalton Cowper and er a dog’s breakfast! Beverly Frazer. As a team they work The website for the Relong hours but it is quickly evident gal Beagle www.regalbeagleunthat they are doing what they love. leashed.com offers a wealth of inBy Jerry Ackerman, Bert Wagar, and Madeline Marlin Snider Many of us still recall the formation for dog lovers. and 5 in one year, and Grades 6 and 7 a Jerry Ackerman: original owners Poppy Harrison The website for the Bakery is in year later. really wanted to go to school. But I and Greenland who opened progress: www.riverbakery.com Looking back, I have to credit my aunt couldn’t. My David brothers were born in for what she sent to Mum, and my uncle June and July while my buddy Bert doorsbabies. boasting “they made for letting me challenge him at checkers, and I were their December We that had to and that Eaton’s catalogue before we sent wait eight months to be old enough. Top photo: Dalton and Bev. bestwas bagels in Eastern it to the privy. Bert’s sisterthe Gwen in school, and heOntario.” Bottom: Dalton, Anita, and Bev. had two younger brothers to play with. I Over tothelearn years themyBakery changed didn’t. I wanted what Bert Wagar: Photo credits: Barry Lovegrove. brothers were talking about. owners but the quality of the food Jerry and I were the same age and he had eld S.S. #13 class photo from 1950. Tallest in centre is Rita King. In front of Although I didn’t know it then, our a few things over one thing I had and the baked items only got betsioned asme, thebut culmination of a five Sheffi her is Doug King. In front of Doug is Ronnie Higley. On her right are Marguerite house, two ramshackle logger houses over him was walking to school. Sheffield Fern King in front, alongside Tom Higley. On her left are Jacqueline pushed together withBev clapboard on a S.S. 13, (King’s School) located ter. Now and Dalton, with the year plan whenwasthey firstatmoved to King, andHigley, Mary King, and Gerry Higley. Bob Wagar is missing – as usual! sandy hill, was special. Besides a family Fifth Depot Lake and was twice as far for Bible, we had BOOKS. Also magazines him. Quite a long way in winter. aid of David, who still does the bulk Kingston. While working at a fullchildren, I went back to supply teaching and novels my aunt sent to Mum. One of A funny thing happened in school with and got my Honors Degree in English the books really interested me, 33 The little white schoolhouse was set back of the baking, have expanded the time position, Dalton managed toour next teacher Miss Marlin. Just a few from McMaster. The last 20 years I taught Lessons in Flying. This was something I about 50 feet from the California Road before classes ended, she said, a gifted class of children. could dream aboutand learning. maybe fine playground and menu offer aThen greater varietyand of gavefitusinaseveral years of part-time workminutes “Now, I want you each to write a poem.” my brothers would want to hear that I baseball diamond. Beside the school was Ken retired from Massey Ferguson and take-out a learning morewhere aboutthedog trainingWhat? Write a poem? How? “It’s easy,” knew something theyitems. didn’t. Bev And always hasa mountain of bedrock she said. “Just like this: I knew a boy, his we live in a retirement home here in maybe… someday I could fly, just like a children scratched their arms and legs Brantford. Last August we celebrated our warm smile to greet who with boarding experts in There Kingston.name was Bert, and every day he bird. Let’s see what I’d need: Goodeveryone Eyes and sometimes broke some bones. changed his shirt.” Everyone broke out 70 anniversary with three children, (yes, I had that) and Lots of Education was a swamp on the left side, where enters and many Dalton believes that their spouses, three grandchildren, and (not yet, but I was The moreBakery than willing.) So, of her Jerry and I would “squirrel ourwhen way” dogs arelaughing. We knew that none of us had more than one shirt. three great-grandchildren. I learned to read. toward home, seeing how far we could recipes are now in demand. Annette boarded, theytheare embarking on travel before touching ground. The And it all started at that schoolhouse at Madeline Marlin Snider: I learned something else, too, and that school had a shed at the back where along with Anita their ownand holiday from home. 5 Lake! was how toWilson, think about numbers. Sure, I Wilson, wood was stored the bats spent theirThey I taught from 1942-1944 at Sheffield S.S. could count – how many cows to round daylight hours. Those bats did not want welcome the patrons and provide join the Cowper dogs who live there13, and remember all the details that Bert up, and with my dog’s help, bring them us disturbing them. Further back were Sharbot Lake Farmers Market wrote, and confirm that it’s indeed true home for milking, and how many times the outhouses – girls on the right, boys first class service. Customers pop (all seven of them) for the duration that Jerry was the youngest student I my uncle would let me win at checkers on the left. An obstacle course in winter, 2016 Market Season ever passed from Grade 8. When I went before wiping me off the board (three). but in the springtime you could hear the by to pick up a bagels, bread, mufof their stay; they become a part of to teach there, I was 17, scared and But when he opened that huge book that bullfrogs croaking. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. worried, but I took a summer class in came in thefins, mailpies from Eaton’s, and and a wide variety of other the dog pack. Dalton’s love of dogs Toronto and was 18 by September 1942. I pointed to two different items and asked There were two rows of desks facing the the kids and parents were “Jerry, if we send for two of teacher,was whoevident stood inwhen front he of the May 21: baked goods orthese theyand can sit down rhymed off hisfound wonderful, so I took summer classes the one of those, how much money do we blackboard behind the teacher’s desk. We have to send I would have to filunch gure itfrom the didn’t know what the Dabney, drawer in Saxonnext three years. and?”,have a delicious own exactly dogs names: Opening Market and Plant Sale out myself. We couldn’t afford to send for the desk contained (until it was too late). I stayed with the Sniders and went back expanding The old favou(the my newbie), Kilty,I Cooper, even one item, but I didmenu. learn that When Jerry, brotherPorter, Floyd, and October 8: to Croydon on weekends. Mary Snider numbers have meaning. That’s been stopped to pick some apples on our way (my future mother-in-law) was a rites, such as the much-loved lemon Lacy and Louis Target (yes, he is so useful every day of my life. home, Effy Clark told Mr. Ferguson we wonderful cook. Her husband Emerson Final day, Thanksgiving Market stealing, but we had been told it are still available but look were for okay. special hisdrawer own came last name). worked away on construction and his At school, Itarts was disappointed to see there was From he thathas desk a health was not well enough to work the weren’t any books, just readers that were long hard strap. We were each whacked www.sharbotlakefarmersmarket.ca what’s A big hit has been the There Labs, threeweBeagles,farm. Their son Ken had taken passed down fromnew. grade to grade. three times on are eachtwo hand. Because since Grade 8. They also However, I saw a very big advantage – I considered ourselves innocent, and that or find us on Facebook ribsgrade thatwas are offered a Bloodhound andwea Coonhound; allresponsibility had a younger daughter, Irene. could listenslow-cooked to what the next an injustice had occurred, stole the learning. I managed to finish Grades 4 strap and chopped it into three pieces. Friday nights as part of a prix fixe of them serving as excellent hostsI always ers, had thisaislota huge relief knowingatthat of work to prepare Even though there were only BUCKET TRUCK SERVICES - FULLY INSURED menu with five delicious courses. welcoming the other dogs into thenights. pets usually are in good hands. 10-12their students, all eight gradesEven were represented. I walked a mile each Dalton, well known for his kennel. as a youngster, Dalton was drawn way every day except when snow or rain. drove me. for his own family’s year-round boarding kennel for Some dogs may never haveThentoKen dogs, caring School Board Wilbert as a dogs called the Regal Beagle on experienced this before, but dogsThe dogs and forconsisted those heofwalked Clark, Emerson Snider, and Elliot Wagar. used to go job withwhile themgrowing to the up. Bev Hwy. 41, had already brought the love to socialize with other dogs.Ken part-time meetings at the school. same level of attention to detail and Since they are free to mingle and also loves dogs and Labrador ReAt the end of three years, Ken decided he we had a love for quality organic pet foods roam in a safe environment, theyhad enough trieversfarming, have a and special placebecome in her engaged. We were both 20, got married in with little or no preservatives to their learn to enjoy the comfort of a rou-Enterprise, heart aswith shethe always had aatloving reception my Lab parents home (Murney and Verlie) near kennel. I share Dalton’s love of dogs tine that includes a nap and, yes, aCroydon. growing up. and can appreciate the attention he weekly campfire night on SaturdaysWe moved toThe kenneland hashave many home Brantford spent TRIMMING, REMOVING, TOPPING, the last 70 years here. 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Why we garden

Lessons learned

By Mary Jo Field

By Blair McDonald


ardeners garden for all sorts of reasons. It may be for the beauty of trees and flowers, or because we want to grow and eat our own food, or simply to be out in the fresh air. Whichever aspects we most enjoy, spring weather lures us outside to dig in the dirt. We are happy again. The Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers will hold their seventh annual plant sale on Saturday, May 28, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Lions’ Park in Erinsville. Because all the plants are donated by GRG supporters we can never be sure what will show up. Usually, the perennials outnumber annuals; sometimes the basil plants are snapped up quickly; always there are divisions of unusual ornamentals or seedling varieties one may not find at commercial nurseries. Come early to select from an interesting variety of vegetables, herbs, annuals, and perennials – not too early, though. The 10:00 am start time is strictly adhered to, out of respect for those who wait patiently in line. GrassRoots Growers is happy to receive labeled donations of plants and seedlings for the plant sale. Funds raised go towards engaging speakers for our admission-free events, as well as other projects. Visit our website below to learn where donations of plants may be dropped off. Because I start hundreds of tomato plants from seed, most of which go to the GRG plant sale, I can tell you a little about tomato varieties. Of course, I am not the only tomato seed starter, so there will be many varieties, but I hope to promote some enthusiasm for growing delicious and beautiful heirloom tomatoes by describing some of their attributes. First, a few words of definition. What is an heirloom (or heritage) tomato? It is a variety that is openpollinated (OP) and has been around for more than a few years. Unlike antiques, it does not take 100 years to qualify, but let’s say for the sake of consistency, the variety needs to have been around since before 1950 when the process of modern hybridization of tomatoes began in earnest. What does open-pollinated mean? It means the variety has stable genetic material and will come true every generation. Tomatoes are selfpollinating; they do not require pollination by bees or other insects. Each flower has both male and female parts, and each plant produces fruit genetically identical to the parent plant. Seeds saved from these fruits will produce the same variety of plant next year. Unless there is a rare random mutation or a stray bee carries pollen from one plant to the flower of a different variety, the fruit produced will be the same every year. Hybrid tomatoes, on the other hand, grow from seed produced by “crossing,” usually with human intervention. Pollen from one OP variety is applied to the pistil on the flower of another OP variety. Fruit produced from this process will contain seeds known as F1 hybrids, and these seeds will produce plants and fruit


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that show the dominant characteristics of each parent. The seeds from the next generation, however, are unpredictable, and may be quite dissimilar to the parent. To obtain the same plant, one has to start with the “crossing” again. So you can see why hybrid seed is more expensive to produce, and why most home gardeners don’t save seed from hybrid tomatoes. Red is the colour most people associate with tomatoes, however, the spectrum of colours is broad. The flesh can be pink to red, pale to dark yellow, orange and white, or green. Skin will be clear or yellow. Clear skin over red flesh will appear as pink while yellow skin over red flesh will result in a scarlet red tomato. Purple or brown tomatoes have red flesh with some green chlorophyll remaining in the gel. Skin colour changes the outer appearance of all hues of tomato flesh, resulting in a veritable rainbow on your plate. Then there are the multicoloured, striped, or swirled tomatoes. But I am running out of space in this article. Beauty on the plate is one thing, but it’s really all about the taste, isn’t it? If all you’ve had the opportunity to taste is the red, commercially grown tomato of our youth, you can be forgiven for thinking they are all the same. A sample tasting of different tomatoes will open your mind to an amazing diversity of flavours – tart to sweet, fruity to earthy, intense to mild. Texture and juiciness also come into play, along with the thickness of the skin or ratio of seeds and cavity to flesh. As with wine, Scotch, or beer, taste is on the tongue of the individual. Only trying them will let you find your favourite. Some of my favourite tomatoes that will be available at the GRG plant sale in May are: • Kellogg’s Breakfast – huge orange fruit, rich flavour, a wonderful balance of sweet and intense • Pantano Romanesco – Italian heirloom, large, bright red fruit, nice tomato flavour • Matt’s Wild Cherry – small, very sweet snacking tomato • Jaune Flamme – French heirloom, tangerine colour, 2-inch fruit with intense fruity taste • Black Plum – good for fresh eating and sauces Nothing says summer more than a plate of multicoloured sliced tomatoes with a bit of basil. Maybe a bacon and tomato sandwich comes close. That’s why I garden. Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a community-based group. Our mission is to encourage interest in local and organic gardening for both the home garden and the market garden; to raise awareness of issues surrounding food production; to improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life; and to provide networking opportunities for gardeners. We welcome new members. Visit our website at te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com.


ocial media is one of those terms that seem to pop up everywhere. If we are not on social media either sharing, posting, responding, or tweeting, we are talking about it: “Can you believe so-and-so posted that?” Or, “Did you see what so-andso wrote? Why does this person take so many photos of their meals?” The conversations are endless. This past winter I have been teaching a course on social media at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC that examines its role and function in today’s world. After all, there isn’t a thing that the internet hasn’t transformed in our daily lives. We cover such topics as its effects on the news industry, education, entertainment, politics, marketing, communication, and even our sense of self. From a social standpoint, one of the big questions is whether social media is making us more insular as humans. In other words, is the internet making us less aware of the outside world and only more aware of the things that matter to us? Hence, more selfish and paradoxically, less connected. Concerned critics of social media, while praising its speed for sharing information across the world, suggest that our common sense of the world is eroding through these networking sites because they function as what New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls an “echo chamber” of like-mindedness. Similarly, UBC journalism professor and former BBC journalist Alfred Hermida claims in his book #Tell Everyone: Why

We Share and Why it Matters that in today’s media-centred world users tend “to choose media that meet and reinforce their preconceptions and prejudices and avoid ideas that challenge them.” After all, if the proverb “like attracts like” were true, why wouldn’t this kind of behaviour show up online as well? Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein agrees with these concerns, but takes the argument even further. For him, the insular world of social media may be leading us into a future where we can simply block out anything that doesn’t conform with our worldview (most of us, I’m sure, have already discovered that function for an annoying friend on Facebook). Our social media bubbles tell us a lot about the people we know and care for, but it remains to be seen whether those endless updates, posts and YouTube links are developing us, and more importantly, connecting us with the things that really matter. For Sunstein and others, the fear is that a more fragmented and intolerant society is just around the corner. A nation of distracted media users is disastrous for the health of its citizens. Furthermore, a nation that is only listening to what it already believes might even be worse.

Ode to a Farm Girl She was only a trapper’s daughter But all the horsemen knew her Now she seems to have caught the farming bug And nothing I know of can cure her. So I says to her one day, “What’s new?” “Herd of cows,” she fast replied. “Of course I’ve heard of cows,” I said I’m not THAT citified!” “No, no, says she, a cow herd Do you understand me now? “I don’t care if a cow heard, I’ve no secrets from a cow!” I really wanted to heifer know That I thought she was being rude But I didn’t want to horn in on her As I saw she was in a moo-ed I wanted to warn her of farming woes And bring her to her senses; In case she was getting in past’er’eyes But that might have built some fences. So, I never uddered another word Or steered her. And if she’s successful I’ll always be nice and give her advice And I promise I won’t shoot the bull! By Jerry Ackerman

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hrough the years, many lost and abandoned animals have, in one way or another, found their way to my door. Numerous cats and kittens unable to sustain themselves and fearfully turning to humans for help – not quite trusting a race that had betrayed them in the past; a nanny goat accompanied by a German Shepherd dog; horses that had found a gap in pasture fences; a batch of rabbits dumped confused and bewildered in the middle of the road; an emu; a pot-bellied pig; dogs of all breeds and sizes from a deerfly-crazed Jack Russell, to Huskies, Hounds of various descriptions and Ben.

Ben was a medium-sized “farm dog” – no distinguishable breed with a double coat of long, black hair and a plume of a tail that nearly always wagged gently over his back. Although each animal’s story is unique, Ben’s may top them all. In a hurry to reach an appointment one afternoon and not wanting to be slowed down by a strange, possibly smelly (or drooling) dog in my truck, I waffled about stopping when I spotted it by the side of the road. I pulled up beside him and opened the door wide enough for him to see me but not enough for him to jump in. “It’s like this,” I said, “I’m on my way to an appointment and won’t be back for a few hours. If you really do need a home, be here when I get back.” I drove off and forgot about him. Hours later, I headed for home. The dog was waiting exactly where I had last seen him! Now, a realist would tell me that he was expecting whoever dropped him off to return for him and that is why he remained in that spot. Believe that if you like, but Ben chose to come home with me. My brother-in-law loved him immediately so Ben moved to suburbia, with leashed walks, a large fenced-in backyard, and once in a while a “spa” day to relieve him of some of that hair. But his favourite experience was coming back to the country whenever his “family” went on vacation. There was much to capture a dog’s interest, lots of room to walk, no neighbours and no fences. It was obvious that he preferred the country setting, so in his senior years, Ben came home to be my brother’s beloved companion. Ben was not a dog to wander so it came as a surprise when on a dark, cold March night he could not be found by 8:00 p.m. My brother reported that he had heard him barking from the direction of the back woods but, as my brother is blind, he could do nothing to follow the sound. Ben was also not a dog that very often barked. He was obviously in trouble – but of what nature? My husband headed for the fourwheeler, my brother sticking close behind. I grabbed a flashlight, making a beeline through the woods to the large pond beyond the trees. There, the beam of the flashlight caught the reflection of

Ben, before (above) and after (left) a “spa” day. Photo by Mike Smith. Ben’s eyes from a large open area of water 27 feet out from shore (I carefully measured it later). He had one paw up on the ice and at that point all he could do was whimper. He was failing fast. I snatched a long branch from the shoreline, laid down across it, and started inching out across the ice. At that point, my two miniature schnauzers, their legs and bellies clumped with snow and ice, decided to join the rescue. They were definitely not going to see me or their friend Ben either (a) have fun without them or (b) get hurt while they stood idly by. Their added weight on the ice only caused further stress to that fragile surface as it groaned and creaked around us. When I could finally reach Ben’s paw, he could do nothing to help me try to drag him out of the water. I clutched him by the scruff of the neck, but the weight of his waterlogged body was pulling me closer to the hole. Where does strength come from at those times to help you do the

impossible? Using every ounce of power in me, I slowly rolled over, hauling Ben gradually out of his icy trap. Fortunately for all of us, the ice did not give way. Too heavy to lift and unable to move a paw or open his jaws, we dragged him frozen and stiff to the four wheeler. As he laid on the kitchen floor unresponsive, we employed the hair dryer and polar fleece blankets, murmuring encouragement, trying to save what appeared to be a lost cause. Two days later, Ben was back on top of his world, black tail waving proudly over his back as he sauntered around taking care of business once again. Although he died in December 2009, his memory lives on. He was a good dog.

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Do You Remember: Washday on Monday? By Glen R. Goodhand


ife in “the good old days” was not simple—but it was simplistic. Although the pace was different from that of the modern world, although it was not frantic, it was busy. Every hour during the day, which often began at 6 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m., was filled with activity. Schedules were essential because there were few labour-saving devices to abbreviate tasks. No place was that more obvious than in the domain of what an old song calls “the everyday housewife”. It was more truth than a mere quip that “A man doth work from dawn ‘til sun, but women’s work is never done!” That is why she had to have every task strategically pegged to keep up with the demands upon her time.

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So. The rule of thumb was “Washday on Monday, Ironing on Tuesday, Mending on Wednesday, Marketing on Thursday, Cleaning on Friday, Baking on Saturday, and Rest on Sunday.” Part of that agenda was tradition. But Monday as washday was also practical. It gave the rest of the week for clothes to pass inspection for Saturday night—and even more so for Sunday—which, in the majority of homes was the day to attend church. And the expression “Sunday-goto-meeting” clothes was almost law for the first half of the 20th century. There were times when the normal process of drying washed apparel was postponed because of rain—and a poor substitute venue, such as in the porch, became “plan B”—thus derailing the regimen. And with both ironing and mending to follow in sequence, the earliest start possible in the week was ideal. Whether the actual method of getting rid of the dirt involved a washboard, or a tub with a gyrator, the process was

pretty much the same. Because hot water from a tap was a rarity—certainly in rural areas—a sufficient amount had to be heated on a wood stove in a copper “boiler.” If an old scrub board was used, the water was transferred to a galvanized tub where the operation took place. Even if the undertaking was by means of mechanization, another container was essential for rinsing the soap from the pulverized material. No lady of the house who was saddled with the former primitive method ever had to take a Charles Atlas course, or resort to aerobics. The forceful twisting of the soaked material built muscles more embarrassing to display than to crave. In that era, the word “dryer” was used only as a comparative of “wet.” The faithful clothesline was the normal destination following the former two steps. These more archaic designs never heard the squeak of a pulley. Three were often strung parallel to one another from wooden “T”’s planted in the ground. Certain unwritten rules—a washerwoman’s “code”—governed some basic procedures relating to this part of the procedure:

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Community saves café from closing By Sally Bowen


community-organized diner will be opened on Amherst Island in May, growing from the roots of the former Stella’s Café. The people were determined to keep their meeting and eating place open. Owners Anthony Gifford and Judy Bierma (daughter of an Island cheesemaker) created an environment with lots of welcome, Island history, lending library, music and food, but would now like to be customers, not workers. Labour and bills were challenging. They said “the dream of creating a small community within the larger one, to have a place for people to come together and visit; to be of service to Islanders and also to provide welcome to visitors is vital to us.” They invited the community to take over the operations. A “Job Fair” was held in the middle of the winter for people to volunteer for a choice of demanding tasks and 45 flooded the school gymnasium – a great sign of enthusiasm. Sub-committees have been working since

then on management, menus, maintenance, marketing, staffing, and training. The plan is to hire a maximum of four students, hopefully with grant support, with a rotating roster of volunteers supporting each aspect of the work. Everyone will be trained to meet safe food handling guidelines. Renamed The Back Kitchen by public poll, the diner will be open for extended weekends in May and June, and then will be open an ambitious 7 days/week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in July and August. The intent is to continue the popular Friday evening music events and singalongs. Terry McGinn is from one of the long time Island families, and a market gardener. Terry says “it is essential in a small community to have places to go to just sit and chat. I am pleased that the menu will include ‘seasonal salads’ and just-picked vegetables from my garden.”

Bonnie Caughey belongs to another traditional multigeneration family. She is working on the menu committee. They plan to keep the food simple, and to have flexibility in what they offer: on the same day, chicken might be in a salad, on a bun, or in a grilled sandwich. They’ll have Email: info@topsyfarms.com traditional burgers Web: www.topsyfarms.com and fries, but with an topsyfarms.wordpress.com


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He is confident that the not-for-profit diner will be a boost to the local economy too, buying and hiring locally as much as possible. Overall project leader is Lorna Willis, a professional in the food business, and resident for many years. She says “sharing food is the best way to build community. I’m excited about the potential of the diner to become a meeting place for residents and visitors.” We have a tradition that when two or more gather, we feast on Amherst Island. Come by foot, by bike, by boat, or by car, and enjoy our Back Kitchen.

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Art-E-Facts: Stories told through museum objects By Andrew Minigan and JoAnne Himmelman, Curatorial Staff, L&A County Museum & Archives, Napanee


he L&A County Museum collection continues to grow and each artifact tells an intriguing story that connects to the County’s past. This is the theme of a new exhibit that can be viewed in the reception area of the museum. The new exhibit, Art-E-Facts, showcases artifacts from the museum collection and reveals their stories through the idea that history is a never-ending stage play with each piece playing its part to tell the story of Lennox and Addington and the people who owned and used them. This exhibit features six cases and new stories will be revealed every couple of months. On centre stage is a 1934 Shirley Temple doll, made in the likeness of the Depression-era child star, complete with doll versions of costumes from her famous films. Early Shirley dolls are made of a substance called “composition” which combined a secret mixture of wood fibres and various types of adhesives and fillers. Used in the days before the mass production of plastics was possible, composition dolls tended to “decompose” when they were well loved by children. Dolls surviving in excellent condition were likely not frequently played with. The original Shirley doll came in four sizes. She had hazel eyes and curly, strawberry-blonde hair. The first doll was dressed in a polka-dot dress like the one the real Shirley Temple wore in the film Stand up and Cheer.

(McKim) and Edmund Switzer, who were married in June 1873, and settled in Switzerville. The ornate lamp with painted shade and reservoir is popularly known as a Gone with the Wind lamp, as this style of lamp was featured in the epic 1939 film. However, something to note is that this lamp style is incongruous to the period of the film. This particular style of lamp was not seen until the 1870s, coming into vogue by 1890. Act Two of our play showcases a wellloved violin, played by local fiddler, Irvine Thompson of Sharp’s Corners. You can almost hear the music that Thompson bowed at local Saturday night barn dances. Thompson was also a keen horseman and established a rodeo with his horse Duke when he moved to Rochester, New York in 1928 to work for Eastman Kodak. This violin carries the mark of Rembert Wurlitzer, at the time the world’s leading expert on antique violins, from his appraisal and restoration shop in New York City. The talents of Irish-born hand-weaver Richard Coulter are demonstrated in a splendid and unique quilted blanket. Wool check weavings have been pieced to create a blanket, and then two blankets have been positioned back to back, quilted and edged with diaper twill binding. The result was a rather heavy blanket that would keep one warm on those cold winter nights.

The tradition of the local hand-weaver almost disappeared during the Irish Famine, but survived in parts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway, Ireland. As Irish families arrived in waves to Canada in the mid-nineteenth century, they brought with them their craftsmanship and incorporated it into their new homes and communities. Richard Coulter, born in 1803, Donegal, Ireland, was a weaver by trade. By 1851, Richard Coulter with his wife, Eleanor, and two sons, Andrew Along with the colourful quilt is an oil and John, had emigrated from Ireland. lamp [c1885] from the parlour of Martha The family lived in Roslin, Ontario for a short while, before settling on a farm east of Tamworth in 1858. Member of Parliament for Hastings-Lennox and Addington Our play of artifacts 20B Richmond Boulevard comes to a close with the story of Robinson & Greater Napanee, ON K74 4A4 Company of Napanee. Toll Free: 1-866-471-3800 Constructed in 1863, Tel: 613-354-0909 on the corner of Dundas and Centre Fax: 613-354-0913 streets, the threemike.bossio@parl.gc.ca storey brick and stone A 1909 crazy patch quilt, with its whimsical array of colourful fabric, is from the Newburgh home of Bessie and Almore Hyland. In early days, crazy patch quilts were made as a way of using every last scrap of useful material. This quilt evokes an afternoon of women coming together to turn scraps of material into useful keepsakes, perhaps to give to a young bride or new mother.

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Bowler c1910

Shirley Temple Doll 1934

Parlour Lamp c1885

Crazy Patch Quilt 1909

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building was leased to partners Robert Downey and Robert Rennie who established Napanee’s first commercial “dry goods” store. It was operated as the Robert Downey Company until 1887 and then, J.W. Robinson purchased the business from Downey and changed the name to Robinson & Company. At its height, the Robinson Company employed 35 people. The store consisted of three floors, specializing in millinery and other fashion accessories, sewing notions, ready-to-wear clothing, personal sundries, and home furnishings. It operated as The Robinson Company Limited until 1927. The Robinson & Company story features a bowler hat (c1910). The bowler hat was made for the store by Buckley and Sons of London, England. This style of hat was invented by the Bowler brothers of London, who were commissioned to create a new design of hat for the Earl of Leicester’s gamekeepers. The new hat was designed to be worn outdoors, during hunting and similar activities, where the round, low crown and narrow brim helped to avoid snagging on brush and branches. The hat became very popular with all walks of life. It was so popular in America that it was called “the hat that won the West.”

The Robinson Company c1912

Also featured is a gold silk and chiffon evening gown (c1912) with beaded bodice and apron skirt. This gown beckons you into the days leading to the Titanic voyage and beyond to World War 1. During this time, fashion bids adieu to the Edwardian Era of very soft, feminine fashions with flowing trained skirts, ruffles and lace and the unnatural “S” bend corseted silhouette. By 1910, the silhouette of ladies dresses had simplified and became columnar, and hair was fashionably piled on the head in wavy curls. Other objects displayed in Art-E-Facts include – WW1 Saddler’s Kit, vintage toys (1960-1970), hand-crafted teddy bears, and a Robinson & Company souvenir spoon (1915). We invite you to come explore Art-EFacts at the County Museum where the objects’ secrets are revealed in greater detail. The County Museum also features a variety of fun and lively monthly programs that engage both an adult and family audience. Please check out our program listing at www.countymuseum.ca.

A Natural View Slide Lake Loop, not for the faint of heart By Terry Sprague


have aspirations of hiking the Slide Lake Loop at Frontenac Provincial Park this year, just to show my new artificial hip who’s boss. Okay – maybe next year. It will be my third time, the most recent being in May just a couple years ago. Fond memories of a difficult, but memorable trek over some gorgeous and rugged habitat. The view from the top of the 150-foot high granite mountain on this trail is spectacular. Below, Slide Lake shimmers in the light breeze, sunlight casting blackened shadows of trees and surrounding boulders eerily upon its surface. Through binoculars, one can make out the miniature forms of painted turtles as they bask in the rays of the sun. It is wild country at its best and so remote that the chance of bumping into another hiker is unlikely. My first hike along this trail at Frontenac was in 2003 when I was 58 years old. I found the hike challenging, even then. Strange, how the climb over this rocky terrain, considered the most rugged in the entire 14,000-acre park, got so much more difficult in just a decade! Park literature describes the nine-kilometre hike as “extremely difficult.” There is no reason for me to dispute this after crab-walking and bum-rocking our way to the finish line, a hike that took us seven hours. We were not in a hurry, though. We stopped often to take in the phantasmagoria. Hikes at Frontenac are not meant to be marathons; they are meant to be savoured.

In Frontenac Park speak, nine kilometres is considered a stroll. Most of the trails are 12 or 15 km in length – nice, pleasant walks that can be completed in five or six hours. The trail we were on is only a small inner loop of the much longer 21-kilometre Slide Lake Loop, on the Park’s eastern side, off Old Perth Road. Call this inner loop an entry level or a junior walk, if you want, but despite its shorter length, it is no less challenging. Completing the hike is only one of the day’s challenges. Reaching the trail is another. Like so many other trails in the Park, access is from another nearby trail, which means one has to walk several kilometres before even beginning the hike! The Slide Lake Loop is accessible from a couple of other trails both “a fur piece” from the start of the trail. Thirteen years ago, we opted for the water access and canoed for an hour and a half on Buck Lake from a tiny boat launch along Old Perth Road to reach the trail. On our most recent effort, we parked our car along Old Perth Road, followed a two-kilometre section of the Rideau Trail, and commenced our hike in lowland – once farmland between 1853 and 1940, we learned from literature. It all started coming back to me, even the red trilliums, right where I remembered seeing them in bloom ten years earlier. It was a great way to warm up before the trail got really down and serious. It was near perfect weather – scattered clouds to keep temperatures tolerable, and a slight breeze to keep any black flies at bay. The lack of appreciable wind

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Some easy terrain before the trail really gets rugged. Photo by Terry Sprague. allowed us to savour the wavering trill of toads, and the unmistakable songs from migrant pine, Nashville, and black-andwhite warblers. The haunting flute-like notes from an invisible hermit thrush wafted in on the slight breeze from an adjacent wooded area. Despite a precipitous climb, and slopes so steep it was necessary to lower ourselves in reverse, there was wildlife. We found two lime-colored smooth green snakes, one of which was cooperative enough for a close-up photo. A young water snake also crossed our path, as did a garter snake. What we didn’t see, we saw evidence of their passage. Deer, incredibly, walk these steep inclines, only scant inches from a sheer drop of a hundred feet or so. Squirrels, chipmunks – all were present in this unforgiving terrain, created more than a billion years ago on what is known as the Frontenac Arch. There were flowers, too – both trillium species, spring beauties, and one of the earliest still blooming, the dandelion-like coltsfoot. Slide Lake is neatly tucked in behind a narrow ridge of granite that separates it from the much larger Buck Lake. In earlier days, pioneers logged on this side of the Park, floating the logs across Slide Lake where they were shifted across the 25-metre rocky ridge. To get the logs into Buck Lake, Slide Lake had to be raised to float the logs closer to the ridge where wooden rollers anchored securely into

the rock were used to coax the logs over the edge; hence, the name of Slide Lake. Some didn’t make it and these inadequately tethered logs sank where they remain to this day. Once in Buck Lake, the logs were boomed and floated to a sawmill on Mississauga Creek to be sawn. In sharp contrast, the terrain where we came in from Perth Road and, subsequently concluded our hike, was once farmland, relatively flat. After all these years, it had refused Nature’s attempts to naturalize it into forest. Meadow grasses still grow where ploughs once turned over the sod for crops as recently as 1940. In that time, an almost one-kilometre long lake, large enough to show up on Google Earth, was a farmer’s field until abandoned in 1940, after which natural succession had taken over and produced a small forest. Beavers moved in about twenty years ago and flooded it to become the now treeless lake that it is today. If planning to do this hike, take lots of water (we ran out with another three kilometres to go), good hiking boots, a walking stick or walking poles, and pack some Ibuprofen. You’ll likely need it! For more information on birding and nature, check out the NatureStuff website at www.naturestuff.net. Terry Sprague lives in Prince Edward County and is self-employed as a professional interpretive naturalist.

IS YOUR FAMILY PREPARED? the township of stone mills encourages all residents to be prepared in the case of an emergency. it is recommended that each household has an emergency kit with enough basic supplies to last at least 72 hours. Please visit our website www.stonemills.com for further information and a list of supplies recommended for an emergency kit. April / May 2016 • The SCOOP


YARKER, COLEBROOK & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Presents the Annual COMMUNITY MEETING April 1O, 2016 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Riverside United Church Get involved Join us for an informative afternoon Colebrook Dam Restoration Project presented by Bill Kirby Earth Day 2016 presented by Allison Storring Softball League & Yarker Sports Complex a report by Trever Abrams L&A Land Stewardship presented by Amanda Gray Socialize Refreshments Need info? Contact Eric Depoe 613.572.4500


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The Earth needs YOU every day! By Joanne McAlpine, Yarker Colebrook and District Community Association


am writing this article on a very cold day in February. I am home sick with a cold/flu and it’s – 40 with the wind chill I’m told, so what better thing to do than fantasize about spring. When I think about spring, I think about opening the windows, airing the house out, springcleaning, new life, and Earth Day.

and debris thrown out of cars and along the roadside in our small community with seemingly little consideration for the impact. There were Tim Horton cups, beer bottles, plastic bags of dog poo, broken glass, Styrofoam containers, newsprint, and many unidentifiable things.

This year in the Yarker-Colebrook area, the local Community Association (www.facebook.com/ yarkercommunityassociation) has chosen Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 am – 12 noon as our Earth Day clean up.

Imagine how many more bags we might have filled with more volunteers!

Last year, a group of twelve volunteers did an amazing job, filling thirty-two large Township bags of garbage from alongside County Road 6 and the village streets. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish as far as Colebrook by noon. It was a very hot day and related afternoon activities had been planned.

If you live in the Yarker-Colebrook area and would like to join in on the clean up, please contact me at mcalpinejo@gmail. com or just show up at 8:45 a.m. on April 30 at the Fire Station parking lot in the center of Yarker. Can’t volunteer on April 30? That’s okay… more important that you support efforts to keep the roads and streets clean of garbage and recyclable material all year round.

Simply keep a plastic bag or box in your car at all times and put your garbage and recyclables in that. Once filled, add it to your weekly or regular drop off at your local landfill. The one I like the best is Camden Landfill located off County Rd. 4, between Camden and Centreville. Eco Store & Naturopathic Clinic East The workers there are so cheerful (even in 46 Dundas Steet East, Napanee lousy weather), 613.308.9077 funny, and helpful. They pitch right in, Your individual path to optimal health. often assisting people in dumping their

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Hope to see you on April 30, but if not, the Association expects, at the very least, a lot less garbage in future strewn about our community. Please use the landfill – that’s why it exists. Keeping the Earth

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The Township of Stone Mills Fire Department would like to remind residents to always use safe practices when having a camp fire or brush fire Follow these fire safety tips whenever you have a fire: • • • • • • •

Check for local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning Follow the rules according to the burning by-law: see new Burning By-Law 2015-810 never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start the fire Do not leave a fire unattended Have fire extinguishment materials on hand, including a water supply, shovels and rakes Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds pick up Do not delay a call for help – call the fire department (911) immediately at the first sign of the fire getting out of control Please visit our web site at www.stonemills.com under Emergency services for a complete copy of the burning by-law and Forest Fire meter reading. Please also feel free to call our 24 hour Fire Advisory Line for information regarding current conditions.

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Spring rescue

Take a deep breath

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arfield, our orange cat, is napping in the sun. His eyes, however, are not completely closed, and he blinks just slightly whenever something moves. He is getting into a hunting mood, watching for small critters like chipmunks and mice. He is patient and has a lot of time. He is also lazy, because he has eaten too much all winter. Fat keeps you warm, and he has always eaten more than he should. But now, he is lured by the sun and his hunting instinct reappears. A little head comes up from a nearby hole in the ground. Small beady eyes look eagerly back and forth to inspect the surroundings. A tiny chipmunk, no bigger than a field mouse, has left his mother and siblings to see what goes on in the big world above ground. He is still a baby and mama hasn’t yet noticed that her little one has run away. Curious it looks around. He recklessly jumps out of the hole, and begins to run playfully among the tree roots. He suddenly realizes that he has ventured too far from his protective home. Panic overcomes the little creature and he calls for his mother with a soft chip-chip voice. Mama must probably still be busy feeding his siblings. So the little chipmunk freezes, helpless in an alien world. His movements have not escaped the orange cat’s eyes. Garfield rises gently,

and with slow, graceful steps, he creeps towards our young chipmunk. A small jumping squirrel has been watching our cat too, and now witnesses the big orange beast approaching his baby cousin. The chipmunk, in his fear, scrambles up a tree. But our cat can climb trees too. Mama has now noticed that one of her babies is missing. She sticks her head out of the hole and sees him up in the tree, with the cat coming closer. She seems to be debating on how to distract Garfield to bring her baby back to safety. Our brave jumping squirrel decides that it is time to help. Half the size of his larger cousin, and only double the size of a chipmunk, he can jump with great leaps from tree to tree, further than his bigger cousins and faster too. He jumps down his tree and runs right into the path of the cat, in the hope that Garfield will follow him. It works. The cat is distracted and tries to race after the squirrel. But the squirrel is much faster than the cat. Garfield’s winter fat slows him down. The little runaway chipmunk sees his chance, and quickly gets back down to the safety of his hole where mama is waiting for him. I hope that he has learned his lesson and will first learn survival skills before his next adventure out in the world.

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or university and college students, exams are coming up. I know the topic of exams has been approached repeatedly—do your best, don’t cram, get sleep, and all that jazz. But I think the real trick is to know what you’re capable of. Personally, I know that I can write an exam on very little sleep as long as I study enough; some people are the exact opposite. You also need to know what to expect from yourself, and be reasonable there. You can’t get 100% in everything, no matter how hard you try— when I expect that, I know that I’m just being stubborn. Not everything will always be your best subject, and that’s okay, as long as you’re learning something that you’re interested in, and learning about yourself. That being said, you also need to know when to get help, something I’m really bad at. I have a habit of being stubborn and assuming I can do everything by myself, including lots of extracurricular activities, and then I get lost and confused and I’m not sure what to do. If you reach out to those around you – whether it’s your supervisors, friends, family, or teachers – and ask for help, in whatever way they can provide it, you’ll find that everything becomes a lot easier. Not all help will be directly academic; maybe it will just be letting you take a shift off to study, or maybe it will be listening to you when you’re upset; all of that can lead to an easier experience. You also need to help yourself, and know when you need to take a break to just get some “me time” or sleep, or just take a moment to destress—you’ll thank yourself later.

Finally (and this I think is the most important), you need to remember that one little bump in the road isn’t the end of the world. One bad mark, missed opportunity, or awful interview isn’t going to be the end of the road, there is still a long path to travel and your dreams are still very much in reach. But who knows, maybe you won’t stay on that road, and you’ll end up somewhere completely different. No matter where you end up, if you do what you’re passionate about, you’ll love it, maybe even more than your original plans. So, as exam season approaches, don’t fret: just take a deep breath in and trust yourself.

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ou’re sixteen or so and most likely male but maybe not. It’s any early morning winter weekend between 1960 and 1975. The air is cold, crisp, fresh and the newly fallen snow beckons. Somehow you wangle the use of the family car – a manual rear-wheel drive of some description with three on the tree, probably with four doors or maybe – a station wagon, and with any luck, no snows. On your drive, you may pick up some friends or better yet ‘your date’ – it’s time to impress! And then you’re there; a beautiful and seemingly endless expanse of snow covered shopping mall parking lot. These are the halcyon days before Sunday shopping and the litter of alphabetized light standards. There’s no need for the lot to be plowed so the gods have left it for you.

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Driving slowly to a far corner you stop in neutral with the engine idling, roll down the window (no electrics here) and turn off the radio. You savour the chill, slowly engage the clutch – you don’t want tire slip – and carefully accelerate. At 30 mph – no metrics either – you crank the wheel over and take your foot off the gas. The rear tires break loose and you’re off! The spin is slow at first but mass in motion can’t be denied and the world whips by; a kaleidoscope of buildings, clouds, distant trees, your laughing passenger and the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of air and tires. At sixteen, there is nothing like it! And then as friction takes over, you ease the wheel back, straighten things out, slowly accelerate, hang an elbow out the window and bask in your passenger’s approval...

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Memories forged in Flinton By Glenn Davison


spent a lot of time with my grandfather Jack Davison at his garage in Flinton when I was knee high to a grasshopper. My grandfather owned the blacksmith shop, which had been Alexander York’s garage and a blacksmith shop too. He worked as a blacksmith and mechanic, and I have fond memories of helping him in his shop. I would stand on a wooden box and crank the hand crank forge. He would heat up the steel and then he would use a hammer, the forge, and an anvil. He made horseshoes, his own nails, and many of the tools that he actually used. He showed me how to temper metal out of forged steel and how to weld before they had mig, tig, acetylene, stick welders and everything else. If you look very closely at an old wagon wheel today, you might see how it was welded by a blacksmith. It seems hard to imagine how blacksmiths long ago were actually able to weld without all of today’s fancy technology and tools, but really, it was quite simple. My grandfather would take a piece of steel, put it in the coal-heated forge, crank it, and when the steel came out, it would be white hot, not red hot, white hot with sparks flying off it. Then he would hammer that piece until it was pencil thin, take the other piece and do

the same, sprinkle white boroxide powder on them, put the pieces back again on the anvil and pound them – and they would never come apart. My grandfather’s anvil weighed about a hundred and fifty pounds and was made by a company in Toronto that made anvils and the forges that matched. Every part of an anvil has a purpose and my grandfather taught me what they are and showed me how to use them. The base of the anvil is totally different from its other parts. It’s the hardest part, and the end of the anvil is called the horn. That’s where he shaped all the horseshoes, rings, whippletrees and whatnot for horses. Then there is what you call the cutting table. The cutting table drops down from the face and is a little bit softer, and that’s where he would cut metal. All the hammering was done on the face, which is the hardest part of the anvil. There are two holes in an anvil. One hole is square and is called the Hardy hole. He would heat a little square piece until it was red hot, white-hot, put it on the Hardy hole, hit it with a hammer, cut it, and it would make a perfect cut. The other hole is called the pintel hole and was used for bending steel. My father Earl joined my grandfather

when he was old enough to go to the garage. My grandfather taught him how to forge steel, in other words, how to temper and harden it. All of the steel that drilled the rock cut going off Highway 41 onto Highway 7 at Kaladar was forged and hardened by my father for hand drilling. There’s a special way to do it. He would put coal in a great big pot until it got red hot. This steel had a hollow centre so that the chipped stone would come up the hollow centre. He would sharpen the steel and temper it and in tempering, it showed all different colours. He taught me, so I can temper metal too. He would then pound and twist, pound and twist, and finally drill the holes for the dynamite that blew out the rock cut near where Arnold York’s store used to be, years and years ago.

The unbeatable price of free By Barbara Roch “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”


o nutrient dense, they leave others in the dust, “weeds” are often overlooked and even despised. Vitamin for vitamin, mineral for mineral, native plants are often superior foods to the vegetables we may grow, simply because they are uniquely suited to their soil and environment. Transplants from elsewhere, seeds, saplings or shoots are, well alien, often requiring fertilizer. Sometimes, in other countries, our weeds are their prized, cultivated delectables. Learn to identify edible weeds from reliable sources (guides, books, decent online info). When you go to weed your vegetables or flower beds, you can eat the edible ones on the spot, cook ‘em up, preserve in various ways, or freeze for winter use. Here’s a new line of work for enterprising folks – whether single or in groups: approach the farmer or market gardener before herbicidal application,

do the weeding, and eat, process, or sell the “goods” at farmers markets or to chefs. Profitable, healthy, and altruistic (consider the herbicidal impacts). Farmers: put up a sign: FREE WEEDS – U Pick ‘Em. How less labour intensive it is simply to forage, in woods, hedges, fields, by quiet unsprayed roadsides, and clean streams. Imagine the thrill of the treasure hunt whether solo or with family or friends, while getting exercise, oxygenating, and relieving stress out in nature. Observe closely and watch plants growing throughout the year (most easily identifiable when flowering or in seed), to know which to harvest young in spring – and their roots. This is true 100 mile eating, no dependence on fuel for transportation. It’s also a way of dealing with invasive plants – if you can’t beat them, eat them. Be 110% sure. When trying any new food, try a tiny amount first and wait in case of an allergic reaction; also take into account any medical conditions and medications. Be safe and sustainable (take only a little or

none where sparse). Eating from nature is enjoyable, popular, and provides nutrient, color, and interest. Chefs everywhere are experimenting and so can you. My interest has been lifelong, beginning with my European background. Giving foraging tours and “wild” gourmet meals brings me pleasure in sharing the wealth and fun with you. There’s one inside “foraging study group and soup by the fire” scheduled for April 9. Outdoor tours in the region start soon, meals as well, and an “Edible Flower” event takes place on Mother’s Day (a family affair?) Space is limited: please call me at 613.354.7503 or email bahi@cogeco.ca Happy spring!

Cloyne District Historical Society Coming Events Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m. Barrie Hall in Cloyne James Morgan has researched people from the area who fought and served in WWI Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Mammoth Garage Sale at the Barrie Hall in Cloyne Monday, May 23 at 1 p.m. Barrie Hall, Norm Ruttan brings tales of old Glastonbury and older area families Saturday June 18, at 11 a.m. Cloyne Pioneer Museum opens for the season with a BBQ and Pickled Chicken Stringed band(bring lawn chair)

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Storytime – Mondays @ 10 a.m.

Tech Talks – Monday – Thursday by appt. PuppyTales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. The Learning Circle – Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. Maker Club – Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. Book Club – April 21 @ 2:00 p.m. Maker Club – Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Tech Talks – Monday – Thursday by appt. Computer Classes – Mondays @ 10:30 a.m. registration is required at 613.354.2525 PuppyTales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. The Learning Circle – Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m. Maker Club – Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. Book Club – May 16 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Maker Club – Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Tech Talks – Monday – Thursday by appt. PuppyTales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. The Learning Circle – Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m. Maker Club – Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. Book Club –April 18 @ 2 p.m.

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Maker Club – Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. Book Club – April 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS Memoir Monday: Join us on Monday,

April 25 @ 7:00 p.m. at our Amherstview Branch Library for a presentation by Millie Morton, author of Grace: A teacher’s life, one-room schools, and a century of change in Ontario. The author, a sociologist raised in Stirling, Ontario, chronicles the life of her remarkable schoolteacher mother.

Maker Club – Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. Book Club – May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS Craft Works (A Maker Club for Adults): This program will include an

Altered Book Craft, Lego Creations and Colouring, and will take place May 24 @ 10:30 a.m. Amherstview Branch, May 24 @ 6:30 p.m. Napanee Branch, and May 26 @ 1:00 p.m. Tamworth Branch. Registration is required 1 week prior to the event: phone Patricia at 613.354.4883 ext.3510 or email Prichard@lennoxaddington.on.ca 2nd Annual Local Author Showcase and Big Book Sale: Saturday May 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the Napanee Branch. All are welcome. Check out www.countylibrary.ca for more information and additional programs.

ere we go again, on the cusp of a year packed full of superhero movies. We’ve already seen Deadpool’s merc with a mouth hit theatres in February to enormous success and there are plenty more to come. Superhero flicks have always moved me. The idea of one person or group of people risking themselves to help others has always caught my attention. I just can’t help but be romantic about it. And we have some big guns hitting theatres this year. In March, we saw Superman and Batman battle it out. Superman has always stood for justice and he has the super juice to carry out those ideals. Batman also fights for justice but has the use of his tech and billionaire bucks. We’ll also see a large portion of Marvel’s cinematic heroes appear in Captain America: Civil War. Among those featured will be the war hero himself, as well as Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant Man, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, and Spiderman. Again, these heroes will be duking it out, each fighting for what they believe is right. May will also bring X-Men: Apocalypse, the last in the new prequel trilogy. In it, we’ll see the team of hero mutants face off against their greatest enemy yet. Later this year, DC’s darkest superhero band will hit the big screen in Suicide Squad and Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the title role in Doctor Strange. Superhero movies have always been

blockbusters. People of all types flock to theatres to take in the extraordinary acts of these sometimes apparently ordinary people. Some might argue that it’s because of our desire to see good triumph, to watch justice prevail, or to witness some kindness in the world. But it just might be more than that. It’s about being strong anyway you know how. We see heroes of all shapes and sizes realize the ways in which they can do good. Whether it’s Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s sense of justice, Black Widow’s physical abilities, we all have strength within us. And it’s about using that strength to stand up for what we believe in. In a world where we may not like what we see, this is an especially important lesson to learn. We need to know that we can always stand up for our beliefs and that, most importantly, we have the strength to do so. If we see a wrong in this world, we need to do something about it. We need to channel our inner superheroes and face the issues head on. Whether it’s climate change, racism, women’s rights, or any other injustices occurring in this world, we need to stand strong. And maybe for once the superheroes will take a page out of our books.

Grandmothers by the Lake Eighth Annual Plant & Bake Sale Sat. June 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Paul’s United Church, Harrowsmith


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Tech Talks – Monday – Thursday by appt. PuppyTales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. The Learning Circle – Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. Maker Club – Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. Book Club – May 19 @ 2:00 p.m.


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The SCOOP • April / May 2016

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The SCOOP // April / May 2016  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // April / May 2016  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...