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ately, there has been no shortage of complex challenges in our lives. Most can make one feel powerless. More recently, an issue much closer to home has emerged, and it is one that begs for local, individualized input. The issue is that of rural school closures and specifically, the proposed closure of every Limestone District Board of Education elementary school in Stone Mills Township. This school board, not too long ago, commissioned an American based firm Ameresco, to conduct a study that would serve as a framework for “improving” student placement into local schools. Basically, the plan brought forward has two stages for Stone Mills. Phase 1 is to close Yarker Family School and send those students to Odessa Public School. Phase 2 is to close Centreville, Enterprise, Newburgh and Tamworth schools (as well as Selby Public School located just outside of Stone Mills) and bus the students to various locations. This second stage included a hint that perhaps a new school could be built north of the 401 and some interpreted that to mean Centreville. The LDSB has several thousand empty spaces in their school system. Why build a new school? The notion of a new school being built came from Ameresco, a firm with a history of being a participant in the construction of new schools. It turns out that the Provincial preference is to locate new schools on lots that have municipal water and sewage and Centreville like the rest of Stone Mills is fresh out of those locations. The answer to why build a new school is related to the way the province makes money available to the Board. At this time, the province is providing money to build new schools (even if you don’t really need the space) but not for repairing or renovating existing structures. That budgetary component is what is driving this issue. As much as you might find it hard to believe, the school board does not have to consider anything but their budget when they make these decisions about our schools. All the evidence that supports small schools, that shows the negative impact of long bus rides, all the research that concludes what we all know about how school
closure affects communities; none of it gets taken into account! The process that is used to gather public input regarding a decision to close a school can only be described as bizarre. It would be hard to create a more dysfunctional system than the PARC (Pupil Accommodation Review Committee) approach. The committee is made up of parents and a school Principal and through a handful of meetings and countless volunteer hours of research, makes recommendations to the Trustees about a course of action. The Trustees have the final say in the matter and do not have to accept the recommendation of the committee. In our local case, the Trustees are scheduled to vote on the Yarker Family School decision in May. If they continue with their plan to close it, it will likely cease service in June 2018. The process to close Enterprise, Newburgh, Centreville, and Tamworth begins later in this calendar year, and if unchecked, these schools could start closing as soon as June 2019.
dilemma. Mike Bossio is involved and supportive as is Randy Hillier and the local Rural Schools Matter team is part of the expanding network. All of the advisors that have been involved agree that the most impact in getting these school closures stopped will be if Premier Wynn’s and the LDSB’s mailboxes are overrun with heartfelt letters of criticism. This is where we can make a difference. Write letters to the Limestone District School Board (Director Debra Rantz) as well as to the Premier (Kathleen Wynn). Not everyone can get to meetings and rallies, but everybody can make time to write a couple of letters. Let the director know for example, that the value of a small community is more important than a new school located an hour away. Inform the Premier that the method they use to disperse money to school boards is flawed and needs to be changed and that a moratorium on school closures should be implemented until that change takes place.
Keeping local, rural schools is critical for the future of all our communities. The The Township of Stone Mills Council has decisions under consideration have been extremely supportive of this effort serious implications. The current path to keep schools open. They assisted the will lead to the “ghettoization” of rural volunteer committees at the very communities, and the decline will be beginning and most recently, Stone Mills swift and obvious; no school followed by Township hired a consulting firm to no library followed by no development study the impact of closing the giving way to no community. Enterprise, Yarker, Newburgh, Centreville, and Tamworth schools. The I encourage every household to take a findings went to Council quite recently, few minutes and create two letters and and the Township wasted no time send them to the LDSB and Queen’s Park. pressing the issue with the LDSB. The It will make a difference and one that you study predicts a loss of 3.2 million dollars will be able to detect every time you see a year in the Township. Comparing that your local school’s playground full of to the Township’s annual budget of 5.3 children, ten years from now. million dollars provides a sense of the magnitude of devastation coming if this is not Open for the Season April 1st stopped. Many people say the decision is a done deal. But there is a beginning of a huge uprising of resistance all across Ontario; the development of as big an outcry as has been made about electricity rates. This is a provincewide rural Ontario
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New Drop-In Centre Needs Your Help Valerie Lynds
id you know that the former Kennedy’s TV and Appliances building in Tamworth will soon have a new tenant? The building at 2 Concession St S (at the corner of Bridge St E & Ottawa St) will be the home of a new community venture, called New Legacy Centre. It is expected to open its doors in April. (April 2 is the date targeted for the grand opening but might be rescheduled – check the website at newlegacycentre.ca). This new drop-in and resource centre will be totally operated by volunteers and will rely solely on the generosity of the community. It will provide a free food program very similar to a food bank, and will also have a used clothing and footwear closet. Volunteers will be on hand if someone wants to drop in for coffee and conversation, work on a puzzle or craft, or pick up a book, food, or clothing. Students are welcome to drop in during lunch hours or after school. Eventually, we hope to provide tutoring. Open hours will depend on how many
people of the community have time that they are willing to volunteer. We also hope to give high school students an opportunity to earn their volunteer hours. This venture will be funded by donations made to Christ Church for New Legacy Centre. Donations of $20 or more will be issued a tax receipt. The Centre is also in need of shelving units for food, books and craft supplies. If you would like to help supply or build, please contact Valerie Lynds. If you think you would like to volunteer your time at New Legacy Centre, please attend a two-hour safety protocol
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Sneak Peek at Spring/Summer at the Library Catherine Coles
pring will bring many changes to the L&A Libraries. Our Odessa and South Fredericksburgh branches will be closed effective April 1, but we’ll be expanding the hours of our Bath, Tamworth, and Yarker branches. Starting June 1, all three branches will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Not only does this mean these branches are open longer hours, but they are also open consistent hours – a much-needed improvement per patron request. This isn’t the only significant change you’ll notice at the libraries. We’re also ramping up programs, virtual collections and other special services.
For Children & Families Tamworth residents should note that we are bringing our popular Maker Club to the Tamworth Branch each Wednesday (6:30 p.m.). All the rest of our regular kid’s programs will continue as usual, except Yarker’s Maker Club will be moved to Mondays (6:30 p.m.). We’ll be celebrating United Way’s “Success by 6” week with a series of parties across our branches. Families are invited to join the Paw Patrol crew at the Amherstview (May 2) and Napanee (May 3) branches at 11 a.m. There will also be a Royal Tea Party in Yarker on May 4, a
Pirate Party in Bath on May 5, and a Teddy Bear Picnic in Tamworth on May 6 – all at 11 a.m. Finally, we will once again be launching the TD Summer Reading Club. This great program, which runs at libraries all across Canada, is aimed at tackling “summer learning loss” during the summer months spent away from school. Participants will encounter reading suggestions, prizes, activities, and events – all summer long! Registration begins June 17 at all branches in L&A.
For Adults Our book clubs, tech talks, and Art in the Library events (Napanee) will continue as usual throughout the summer. We’re adding monthly Craft Works sessions in Amherstview, Bath, Tamworth, and Yarker. Contact the host branch for dates/ times and to register. Ancestry & Beyond with County Archivist Kim Kerr is back by popular demand. This time running in Amherstview (May 16, 3 p.m.), Napanee (May 15, 10:30 a.m.) and Yarker (May 17, 3 p.m.). Call the host branch to reserve your space and bring your device if you have one. This spring, we’ll be launching a new series of workshops called “My Digital Library.” The workshops, of which there will be nine in total, are to be held across L&A. They are intended to help library users master various aspects of the library’s virtual services, including navigating the public access catalogue, accessing research databases and downloading digital materials through Overdrive and Hoopla, our newest e-content platform.
Bring your personal devices if you have them! Check out our forthcoming program guide for a list of dates/times/ locations.
For Readers Our popular adult reading programs continue over the coming months. The OLA Evergreen Award’s 2017 shortlist was announced earlier this year and is still going strong. One Book, One L&A, our community reading program, will enter its fourth year when it relaunches in May. Our featured book for 2017 will be Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany! This is the first in a new cozy mystery series titled Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. You can reserve this title at your local branch of the County of L&A Libraries or from our (new and improved!) website at CountyLibrary.ca. Individuals, book clubs, organizations, employers – everyone – is invited to take up the challenge of the One Book, One Community initiative and organize their own way of “getting on the same page” by reading this fun title. The OBOC program will culminate with the library’s 4th Annual Author Gala with Vicki Delany, which will be held in October during Canadian Library Month, on Saturday, October 28. This year, our Local Author Showcase & Great Big Booksale will be held on June 10 to coincide with Napanee’s Riverfront Festival. Stop by the Napanee Branch to stock up on books to read in the lake/ pool/bath (i.e. not library books!) and hear from the talented writers in our region. We’ll also be launching a special Canadian Reading Challenge this summer to celebrate Canada’s big 150th. Complete a series of CanLit challenges and show us your completed list (in person or on social media) to be entered to win a CanLit gift pack.
For Everyone! Last year, we began circulating a family
On behalf of the Rural Schools Matter Committee, the Tamworth Legion and the Tamworth Erinsville Community Development Committee would like to thank all those who donated items, bid in the silent auction, contributed food, made cash donations, worked as volunteers and all those who attended the Fundraiser Dance and Silent Auction on February 25.
This event raised $3500 that will be used to continue the effort to keep our local schools open.
pass that would allow library cardholders free entry to the County Museum & Archives. We have since expanded this program to other museums and educational attractions. You can now reserve passes to Brockville’s Aquatarium (discounted admission) and the National Gallery in Ottawa (free admission) – and there are more passes on the way! Also new to the library (as of April 1) is Hoopla as mentioned above. This platform will give library users ondemand access to movies, full music albums. eBook, eAudiobooks, TV episodes, comics and graphic novels. It’s all available to our patrons in one all-inclusive mobile app (or via the Hoopla website). The platform is simple, intuitive and best of all, there is NO WAITING for titles. The collection contains half a million titles and is growing every day. It will not replace our current e-book platform Overdrive; rather it will supplement it. Access it through our website at CountyLibrary.ca starting April 1. All of the services, programs, and events mentioned here are free with one exception (the 4th Annual Author Gala). If you haven’t visited the library lately, we welcome you to join a program, check out a book (in person or virtually) and make the most out of your (free!) library card.
CLOYNE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Monday, April 17 at 1 p.m. General Meeting in the Township Hall in Cloyne. Please bring an item of historical interest to display and describe. Enjoy other’s curiosities, share some stories, and stay a while. Everyone is welcome. Attendance is free. Monday, May 15 at 1 p.m. General Meeting. Check our website for the program. www.cloynepioneermuseum.ca Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. Giant Yard Sale at the Cloyne Township Hall. Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Season opening and Canada 150th celebration at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum. Join us for music, BBQ, and festivities.
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National Contributions Remembered by Local Farm Nancy Bruinsma
Napanee area farm located on Deseronto Road, now known as Gold-Wing Ranch, has strong ties to the history of Canada. In 1784, Mohawk Chief John Deserontyon, who fought with the British during the American Revolution, was given a portion of the land by the Crown for his military allegiance to the British. Later, Sir John A. MacDonald owned and/ or held the mortgage on the property from 1847 to 1875, including the year he became our first Prime Minister. About six years later, the farm served as a Canadian Experimental Farm Station, owned by the Rathbun Family providing information on such topics as sugar beet production, soil quality, water quality, and fruit production. During the First World War, the farm transitioned to a new role to serve the County. The Royal Flying Corps used the farm as a pilot training camp, known as Camp Rathbun. Sadly, over 50 men lost their lives while training between 1917 and 1918. A local paper reported that a German spy was killed by a firing squad by the oak grove near Sucker Creek. To this day, it is tradition to not cut the hay in front of where the barracks once stood, the alleged burial site. The current farm owners, the Kimmett family, can trace their roots on the
property to 1933. This summer, on June 10, the Kimmetts are welcoming the public to their farm to celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWI Pilot Training and to remember the brave young men who lost their lives locally. This is a grassroots non-funded heritage event in celebration of the WWI RFC Pilot Training Camps in Canada and to pay an ode of remembrance to all the airmen stationed while in Deseronto (Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbun). Over the next two years, in remembrance of the 55 Airmen and Cadets who died during WWI in Deseronto, they will fly flags at half-mast at the farm on the anniversary dates marking their deaths.
Three of the nine hangars located at Camp Rathbun; the Kimmett family have a part propeller from a pilot training biplane (Avro 504K). Courtesy Library & Archives Canada.
The Canadian government designates Canadian participation in the Royal Flying Corps as an event of national historical significance. Despite this designation, a request by the Kimmett family to have flags and flagpoles donated by the federal government to mark this anniversary have been turned down. The Kimmett family is seeking the community’s support to help bring recognition and to preserve this local identity and history. They hope to save this forgotten heritage, to boost an appreciation for our Canadian roots, and to remind our community about the sacrifices made by our Canadian Forces/ Military. For more information about this event, please visit the Kimmett Family Farm website at www.kimmettherefords. com.
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Inside the mess hall at Camp Rathbun. Today you can still find bottles, cutlery, cups, and plates from the mess hall buried in the fields. Courtesy Library & Archives Canada.
Eternal Spring Springs Eternal Oh, how I like the earthy closeness of the South edge of the ag building at this time of year! From the tables of soil and seeds between the auditorium and the greenhouse, beside the scoops and bags, bins of peat moss and rich earth, sit the small full boxes like boy scouts in salute eager to carry out their assignment. As I walk and sniff and look, I inhale the rich fumes of the pungent life-giving environment. In my glance toward the greenhouse I find the tall green stalks of mature grain, trays of wheat and oats and daffodils — richest promise, deepest thrills — offering reinforcement to the Planter’s hopes and encouragement even to His tiniest seed.
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board accepted them as viable.
ormally, I would spend March 8 marching for women’s rights, but this year I marched for something else. Something perhaps as much a women’s issue as anything else, but not specifically so in this context. On March 8, International Women’s Day, I walked the sidewalk from 5 – 6 p.m. on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston outside the Limestone District School Board.
None of this is rocket science, and all of it has been thought of and researched by community volunteers. In a normal review committee meeting, there are over one million dollars in salaries watching the committee of parent volunteers trying to save Yarker Family School. The best these salaries came up with was closing the top performing school in the board.
It was our second rally at the board offices in hopes of convincing the trustees that Yarker Family School (YFS) must be kept open. As I’m sure most have heard by now, Yarker school is being reviewed this year for closure with a plan to send the students to Odessa Public School. The fight against this plan has been months-long and often feels as progressive as beating one’s head against a brick wall. We have written letters and emails, we have done research, we have written reports, we have had media coverage, and we have waved picket signs. We held an information night to spread awareness in the community, and a fundraiser dance to help maintain the resistance.
Instead of seeing an opportunity to improve and enhance student achievement and well-being across the school board by seeing what was working so well in this small, rural setting, and modelling it to the rest of the schools in their jurisdiction, they saw an opportunity to quickly get rid of a school they thought no one would care about.
The alternatives presented to closing Yarker Family School include: increasing the grades to include 4s, 5s, and possibly even 6s; adjusting the boundaries to include more students in the YFS catchment area; closing Odessa Public School and distributing those students amongst the five schools in Stone Mills; bringing in French Immersion programming; bringing in outdoor education programming. There are arguments against all of these options. Including extra grades would mean multi-grade classrooms and a different approach to teaching. This is only an issue when it’s not properly supported. Adjusting the boundaries might mean longer bus rides for some children. Harrowsmith Public School is at ~105% capacity, it is closer to Yarker than Odessa is, and its boundary is only, I believe, 3 km from YFS. Odessa Public School is several times larger than Yarker. Its closure, therefore, would save the school board, and the province, several times more money than closing Yarker in operating and maintenance costs. French Immersion requires a minimum number of students to justify the programming in a school. Interest in this type of programming in a rural setting has never been investigated, and there’s no reason to assume that Yarker couldn’t attract 22 students to take French from across the Township. The same goes for outdoor education. YFS is, in fact, perfect for outdoor education, as there is no gymnasium, so the culture of being outdoors is already there. The important thing is that these options exist and it’s time the school
There are circumstances here that are, to some degree, beyond our control. It is one of the most oft-heard excuses when speaking to trustees about this. It’s the provincial government’s fault. The funding formula dictates that schools have to close. I, for one, am getting tired of hearing this excuse, because it is an excuse and nothing more.
ave you heard a grandparent talk of bygone days of hardships of improvising, “making do,” and doing without? The Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives will take you into the lives of early settlers to our area, and is just a scenic drive north on Highway #41. The authentic collections of artifacts on display were once used in developing this country. Glass washboards, coal oil lamps, two-man crosscut saws, bucksaws, ice saws, bow saws – we have them. We also have a cream separator, hand crank washing machine, wooden harvest rakes, and feed chopper – all representative of a period when “leisure time” was an unknown commodity. The Museum also houses an old time classroom, complete with wooden desks, glass inkwells, straight pens, old school books and even our own “School Marm”. Our kitchen, parlour, clothing, and toys provide glimpses of home life. Farming, lumbering, mining, and early business artifacts are also carefully displayed.
The following tentative dates remain in the Pupil Accommodation Review process for Yarker and Odessa: • March 21 – PAR committee working meeting (Yarker Family School, 6:30 p.m.) • April 12 – Rural Schools Matter rally (LDSB board office, time TBD) • April 24 – Final Staff Report presented to the Board (LDSB board office, 6 p.m.) • May 9 – Meeting to receive public delegations (Yarker Family School, 6 p.m.) • June 5 – Board Decision (LDSB board office) Please join us on April 12 as we rally again at the next LDSB board meeting. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at email@example.com.
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Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Sat June 24th until Labour Day. A visit to the Museum makes for a great outing on a wet or cool day. Bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables on the grounds. Stroll through the park area or along the shore of Benny’s Lake. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, we will be collaborating with others in the community for festivities, music, a smudging ceremony, barbeque, and more. Our season opening will take place on the Museum grounds on Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Be sure to join us then.
I would challenge the school board to buck the trend and engage meaningfully with the communities they’ve put schools in to find real solutions to keeping schools and their communities thriving.
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Locally appropriate souvenirs and books are available from our gift corner. Come and visit our past. Stay as long as you like. Look around. Ask questions. Come back again and again.
Innovative problem solving is supposed to be one of the things that take prominence in how we educate our children these days. There is nothing innovative about closing YFS, and it doesn’t solve any problems. Funding from the province is doled out on a per-pupil basis, so closing Yarker won’t increase that funding but will just move it around. Top-up funding is still granted for rural schools, but that’s been cut in the past year or two with a view to phasing it out in the near future. The reality is that cuts to funding and changes to accommodation review have made trustees think their only option is closure.
Pioneer painting, one of many exhibits at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives.
Interlopers It’s spring and the Grackles are back; a cloud of beaks descending Displacing the locals; winter hardened but few in number Some larger birds circle overhead then silently leave Complaints will be made and discussed on power lines.
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Families are already referencing our Archives for their genealogical research. We have had folks from as far away as Winnipeg visit in search of a long ago connection.
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Stuart McLean, Psalmist of Canada Dustin Crozier
great Canadian treasure left the earth this February 15. He is not physically with us anymore, but his body of work will live on in recorded form as long as Hydro One continues to provide over-priced energy for us to amplify it and we have ears to hear it. His voice was golden – an instantly recognizable nonchalant drawl that was its own accent. It cemented itself in our psyches as we listened to CBC Radio broadcasts recorded around the country or if we were lucky enough to watch him in a live performance. The Vinyl Cafe was a world that we all felt like we could all find a place in. Dave, Morley, Sam, and Stephanie along with all of the rest of the cafe’s quirky neighbours and friends portrayed a Canada that was peaceful, funny, compassionate, and gracious. He crafted Canadiana like Charles Schulz drew a tableau of America in his Peanuts cartoons. Like so many Canadian icons that we hold particularly dear, he never got big in the United States and then moved to Los Angeles or New York to live out his “grown up” career. He wrote our shared history and performed in places like Picton, Gananoque, and Sioux Lookout; not just in Toronto. Like Don Cherry or the Tragically Hip, many people south of the border will most likely whisper a “who?” when we talk about his passing. It is, of course, part of the Canadian DNA to go unnoticed by America as our Prime Minister’s recent trip to the White House demonstrated. Find out what the White House press
secretary has to say about “Joe Trudeau,” and you will understand what I am talking about. But I digress. King David, of the Bible, was described at his death as “the sweet psalmist of Israel.” As the composer of most of the book of Psalms, he recorded a heritage of his country, faith, and people. Thank you, Mr. McLean for recording the heritage of your beautiful, bountiful, physically cold, and emotionally warm country of Canada. You were our nation’s teller of stories – the psalmist of the North. You were Canada through and through.
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Does Early Spring Mean Global Warming? Lena Koch
pring has arrived, and winter is saying its goodbyes. Winter started late this year, and it seemed like everyone was talking about global warming. I will leave that to the experts but can tell you what I have observed over the last few months. Last year’s winter started mild, and Christmas was almost like spring. The cold began to set in on Groundhog Day and lasted for few weeks. This year, the weather was even milder. Our few cold snaps lasted for only a few days each time. In mid-February on one of my daily walks with my husband and dog on the Cataraqui Trail, we were leaving our property and heard a whistling in the air. At first, we thought it was geese, but looking up, we saw two Tundra Swans flying north. The swans migrate through Ontario, travel as far south as Chesapeake Bay, Maryland and are supposed to return in late March to early April. But these swans were one month early – did they get their dates mixed up? That same day, we heard a different sound in the air – a musical trill above us. Although the marshland was still frozen, we were sure that we had heard the sound of a Red-winged Blackbird. Yes, it was one! And not just one, but a whole
flock in the bare trees. Typically, these birds leave between September and October for the southern US and do not return to this area until the beginning of March. For years now, many Canada Geese have chosen not to leave the area to fly south, and it looks like the ones that were born last spring in our area had stayed over the winter. Hearing their calls coming from the still partially frozen marshland this late February, made us realize that they were already starting to look for partners. Do the birds know more than we do about the weather and our climate? My eyes spotted something brown and white on the willow trees. Could it be pussy willows at this time of year? Yes, the willows had indeed started to produce their lovely little blossoms, so soft to the touch. Is all this global warming, or just nature’s changing moods?
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Do You Remember: Dime Stores? Glen R. Goodhand
hey were referred to as “5 and 10 cent stores”, “five and dime stores,” or just “dime stores,” but they were as popular as dollar stores are in the new millennium. The prices evidenced in the names summarized their sales policies. Each item for sale carried a price tag of anywhere from five to 10 cents.
step in opening the chain which added “10 cents” to the title— thus initiating the “five and dime” concept. In short order, they were opening a new outlet every 17 days. By 1947, there were 3,000 Woolworth stores worldwide, with 144 of them in Canada. In time, his large department stores were known as Woolco.
It all started with Frank W. Woolworth, who was an employee of Moore & Smith Stores. On one occasion, the Moore store found itself with an overflow of unused stock. Management commissioned Woolworth to devise a strategy for a “clear-out.” His plan was simple. He advertised “everything on this table for five cents.” It worked. In fact, he was directed to purchase more stock, which was also to be peddled in the same fashion.
Kresges came next. Its founder, Sebastian Kresge, was employed by McCrory’s, an early 5 and 10-cent chain. After two years, in 1899 he opened his first S.S. Kresge store, imitating his former employer—a five and dime establishment. By 1912, he owned a chain of venders, and five years later, his holdings blossomed to 150 retailers. In the long haul, his smaller shops morphed into K-Marts, which eventually dotted the cities and large towns in Canada and the USA.
This success prompted the young entrepreneur to wonder if an outlet which sold only low-priced items might succeed. In 1879, he put his plan to work and opened his “Great Five-Cent Store.” It failed—as did his health. But ten years later he engaged the help of his brother Sumner, and they commenced the first
In 1920, the first Metropolitan establishment was founded by F.H Brewster, eventually becoming one of the biggest chains of its kind in the Dominion, with 85 outlets in four provinces. Brewster had already operated a “5 and dime” under his name, commencing in 1908 in St. Thomas,
Ontario. Headquarters of the corporation were located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In time, the name was shortened to “Met,” symbolized by a sign with a big “MET” inside a red maple leaf. Tragedy seemed to follow the red and grey, with several stores ruined by fires and a disastrous explosion in Windsor where 100 people were injured.
Part of a 1930 Napanee Selrite store ﬂyer. Courtesy L&A County Museum and Archives.
In Canada, Zellers was the last of the “big four” dime stores to commence business, first in Ontario, then all across Canada. In 1931, Walter Zeller from the Kitchener
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area advertised his outlets as “Stores for Thrifty Canadians.” The familiar dark green marquee with the raised gold letters became a familiar sight in towns and cities in the Dominion. Zeller had gained experience commencing in 1912 as an employee of Woolworths, and later Kresges and Metropolitan. In 2013, most Zellers closed and were replaced by Target. Items readily available in these discount markets varied. Housewares, like towels and soap; sewing supplies; cups and glasses; cutlery; stationery items like writing tablets and pencils; shoelaces; sheet music; small booklets; and postcards were some of the wares available. Even toys, like small tin cars, and Kewpie dolls were sold. Later, toiletries and candy were added.
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It seems surprising that any significant merchandise could have been sold for a nickel or a dime. But it has been calculated that 5 cents then was equivalent to $1.13 now. Voila—the equivalent of Dollarama and friends. And, even as a “buck” is often now a buck and a half, or two bucks, in those establishments, dime stores gradually raised their rates. Woolworth was first to add 15 cents to their price line in 1920. The Met increased their limit to 30 cents in 1930. By 1935, the limit was removed completely. Some stores changed their ads to read 5 cents to $1.00. Such was the case with Napanee’s two establishments of this kind. In fact, although they were affectionately referred to by the generic term, “dime stores,” they were promoted as “5 cents to a dollar” stores. The larger of the two, “Selrite,” located on Dundas Street near Mayhew Jeweller’s present location first opened for business in 1926. The second of the twogeneration ownership, Mr. R.A. Sinclair, still resides in town. Former employee, Bill Pollard, recalls the 1930s when eight high school girls worked on Saturdays as extra clerks. The other outlet, which was simply the “Napanee Five to a Dollar Store,” competed a few doors down, until it moved to 131 John Street in 1967. Rejeana MacEachern operated the business with the help of her family.
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L&A County and the Battle of Vimy Ridge Kim Kerr
his April 9 will mark the 100th anniversary of the day Canada demonstrated to the world its strength and determination as a nation at war. Sadly, thousands of Canadians paid the ultimate price a hundred years ago during the capture of Vimy Ridge.
Survey for War Work of Lennox and Addington, 1919. Nancy Jane Ball, John Leslie Ball’s mother, filled out this survey distributed by the Lennox & Addington Historical Society in 1919. Soldier’s families, or soldiers themselves if they made it home, filled out the surveys that would eventually be used to write the book The War Work of Lennox and Addington by W.S. Herrington, 1922. Nancy Jane describes her son as sleeping in Flanders Fields.
Young men from Lennox & Addington signed up for the war in unfathomable numbers at recruitment offices in Tamworth, Napanee, and Kingston. The soldiers that perished at Vimy were there of their volition. It wasn’t until August 1917 that the Military Service Act became law in Canada forcing all eligible men between the ages of 20 and 45 to join the war effort. Joseph Fortier (25) of Flinton, William Arthur Henderson (30) of Lime Lake, Richard Murray Marlin (20) of Roblin, and James Stoddart (19) of Croydon all died on April 9, 1917. More than 65 soldiers from L&A County fought at Vimy, and more than half of them perished later in the war.
John Leslie Ball (1891-1917) of Vannachar as private, . LAHS Collection, L&A County Museum and Archives. Ball died 12 April 1917 during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (N-1718)
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was Canada’s shining moment in the Great War, but the families of our county suffered greatly for it.
David Russel Hearns (1894-1917) of Napanee, 1916. David was a private in the 80th Battalion and died during the aftermath of the initial push to capture Vimy. (N-1889)
Charles Adam Gregg (1897-1917). Private, 4th CMR , LAHS Collection, L&A County Museum and Archives. Charles was from Vannachar and was killed in action 17 April 1917 at Vimy Ridge. (N-1867)
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The 6160 Project: Part II Steve Williams
efore we offered to buy the property [at 6160 County Road #4], I phoned the Stone Mills Township office to find out if there were any outstanding orders on the building – you know, things like danger, uninhabitable, condemned, that sort of thing. Everything was clear on their books. When I later spoke to Jake, our Building Inspector, he indicated that there should not be any issues. He knew we had the skills to do an effective job as we had worked with him before. He also indicated that the Township would be very happy for work to be done to the property. We obtained a permit to start the work, and I must say that both Jake and Stone Mills Township were so helpful and supportive. We believe the fire that gutted the house occurred in July 2011. Fortunately, most of the worst of the fire-destroyed materials had already been removed. Furnishings, personal items, even the drywall had all been disposed of years before. Even the electrical wiring and service panel, plumbing pipes, furnace, and heating ducting were all gone. The few items left, including the water softener, hot water tank, and bathtubs, were worthless. They went into one of Ken Hannigan’s dumpsters, or to the scrap metal recycler by Bill Evans. That is not to say that the place was clean. Far from it. The large items may have been gone, but nothing had ever been picked up or swept. When I stuck my head up through the attic hatch, I found the reason for a lot of the strange aroma. The wild animals that had occupied it used it also as their personal waste disposal. The fouled area was relatively small, no larger than about fifteen feet on a side. All of that insulation had to come down and go into the dumpster. There was remarkably no sign of any animals currently on site.
missing pieces of soffit (usually white tin, ventilated, you see it when you look up under the eaves). Animals had access there. The rain gutter was falling off three sides along the roofline. It was salvageable, and I reinstalled it. Bill Evans spent a few hours weed trimming the front yard, so it was possible even to move around. Marie and I picked up loads of debris from all around the property. If you can think it, we found it and discarded it. Every time we entered the building, we were hit with the smell of devastating fire from five years before. Another task was to make the place safe and get rid of all the offensive odours. We removed the charred structural members and anything else that was questionable. That made things much better. Next was to repair the huge hole in the floor. We ordered our first load of lumber. A couple of dozen 2x10s for building new beams and floor joists and a few sheets of 5/8” T&G (tongue & groove) sub floor material were soon in place to fill the void in the floor. Then I rented a commercial sprayer so we could spray the BIN paint that is used to encapsulate and kill offensive odours. The house was never previously accessible to the upper floor from outside, so we converted a front window (which was conveniently missing) to a new front door. It’s now a “split” entrance where you enter to a landing,
Two dumpsters hauled away most of the refuse. Then came the jackhammer. I hate jackhammers. A day spent hanging onto one of them hurts. And it was the absolute hottest day we had last August. But it had to be done. The floor was cracked everywhere and felt springy underfoot. I don’t know how many tons of concrete are in a floor, but we moved it all out, by wheelbarrow, with help from our daughter Crystal, son-inlaw Dan, and Nathan Frizzell too. None of them will ever volunteer to help again! While the concrete was out, I dug and repaired the septic drain to a new location so the main level toilet and sink would drain properly. Meanwhile, we ordered and took delivery of about seventeen windows and doors. Every one of the existing units was either already broken or so damaged that it had to be replaced. So before the dumpsters disappeared the old windows were discarded as well. Of course, none of the
Marie and her jackhammer. new windows were the same size as the old ones, so every opening had to be adjusted so they would fit. We have been working at this for almost four months. We have mostly new doors and windows, a make-shift ramp up to the new front door, and can safely walk all the way around the outside of the house. People can “see” the house from the road. Folks we may or may not know sometimes honk as they drive by when they see our vehicle on site. It’s pretty neat really. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Oh yeah, more work.
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A Natural View When Birds Arrive Much Too Early Terry Sprague
ne would have to be totally out of touch with the outdoor world if they didn’t notice the early spring migrants long before spring even officially arrived this year. No, I am not talking just red-winged blackbirds and grackles, but others that put in their first appearance weeks ahead of schedule.
It started with meadowlarks in our area on February 26, several weeks ahead of schedule. Then it was the northern pintails at Presqu’ile Park, also early, followed by earlier than usual woodcocks on the 28th, and killdeers on the same date. It was a good thing that tree swallows didn’t jump on the bandwagon too, as the thermometer dipped to January temperatures only a few days later. Although record early for some, we can expect to see such early arrivals when the weather conditions are right, like they have been this spring, but the discovery of a pine warbler on March 18 one year in a picnic area along the Trent River in Trenton was a complete surprise. We tend not to think much about insectivorous warblers in March – we don’t even think of them much during April, although a few do arrive late in the month. They are predominantly May migrants. That’s when we get psyched up for warblers. Pine warblers are hardy and have been known to appear at bird feeders in winter, and they are indeed early migrants. But, not this early. This one was in full song and acted like a migrant rather than one that had overwintered – a very early migrant, by at least four weeks. One mid-March day in 2012, on the Tetsmine Lake hiking trail at Frontenac Provincial Park, we chalked up an unbelievable list of five frog species calling away in collective happiness – chorus frogs, wood frogs, leopard frogs, mink frogs and spring peepers. Some of them were a month early. So, what are the implications when wildlife responds to weather that goes up and down like a yo-yo? For frogs, no real problem since the early ones are specialized to handle weather when
temperatures plummet. They simply return to a torpor and wait for conditions to improve, while those species that typically sink to the bottom of ponds are still snoring away waiting for the water to warm up to heated swimming pool conditions. For some, like insectivorous tree swallows, it can spell doom. Tree swallows can resort to berries, but at this time of the year, the previous year’s crop has been all but consumed by the winter population of other species. The thousands of robins that overwintered all over eastern Ontario this year were hard on them, and few are left. Berries are not as palatable to desperate tree swallows as soft insects, we suppose, but indigestion is likely a better option than interment, if berries are still available. We all remember the tragic deaths of many thousands of tree swallows that perished in the Belleville and Trenton area on April 15, 2003, when a late snowstorm with sleet persisted for several days. In Trenton, hundreds of tree swallows were seen skimming the surface of the Bay of Quinte for the few remaining insects that were available. By morning, all were dead, in one case, a nest box found crammed full of almost 40 tree swallows that had likely crawled in to escape the cold, only to succumb to suffocation instead. It was tragic, but later migrants soon filled the void. It happens sometimes. But what about long-term changes, where global warming is upsetting migration patterns? For centuries, migration has operated like a finely tuned clock. Over the years, we have even established average arrival dates for migratory birds, and binoculars are poised on those dates to catch sight of specific migrants – now, we don’t know when to expect anything. Killdeers in February, tree swallows in mid-March? What’s going on here? So, does the early bird really get the worm? Not always, especially in the case of woodcocks during that fateful April spell in 2003 when large numbers of them were seen desperately probing for worms in roadside ditches – the only soft
When birds arrive too early in the spring, some can resort to berries, if there are any left. Photo by Derek Dafoe. mud available to them. Doubtless, many died. Species that have adapted to subtle changes over millennia are now being expected to make adaptations to climate change quickly because of the swift rise in temperatures. Failure to adapt spells doom to their survival as a species. Tree swallows and other insectivorous birds may arrive too early, or conversely, too late, and find their regular diet of insects, plankton or fish either lacking or absent. Some birds are specialized feeders and must time their arrival just right to harvest their favourite food. There are advantages, of course, to migrating early. If the weather cooperates, then the early birds have the first choice when it comes to breeding habitat, and if the weather continues to favour them, they have the ability to increase their brood size or be able to squeeze in another brood beyond their usual one, two, or three. It seems that we are in the early stages of global warming, or climate change if you
prefer. Call it what you may, but we are to blame. Bird species are already demonstrating the effects of some of these changes in regions ranging from the Arctic and Antarctica to the tropics. These changes can be tracked from the level of individual species all the way up through entire communities, and the evidence that is available so far shows that global warming is already affecting some birds and, ultimately, biodiversity. There is a general scientific consensus that global warming has already had a profound effect on biodiversity and will continue to be a primary cause of the loss of biodiversity. Habitat destruction and fragmentation are currently still the greatest threats; however, we will have to wait before we can understand fully the implications of global warming and what species, especially birds, are able to adapt. 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.
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t had proven to be a bit of a struggle during the night to keep the slippery sleeping bag on top of the air pad, but that was the only cushion between me and the hard, wooden floor. When I woke during the night – which was frequently— it was because of my body protesting against its loss of even this small comfort. I would then probe gently with my foot to see in which direction the errant pad had fled and then hitch my sleeping-bag-enrobed self back onto it. My fleece pyjamas and thick wool socks were necessities. By placing my jacket over my head, I could cut off the cold night breeze wafting past my ears, and by using a sweater as a pillow, I could find a small degree of comfort. I would find out the next day that it is quite remarkable how well a person can function on very little sleep!
cooked over a Bunsen burner – campfires are not allowed in this part of the Adirondacks – preparation of our water supply and daypacks filled with protein bars, homemade beef jerky, apples and trail mix and we were ready for our second day of adventure. The plan was to scale Mount Marcy, the tallest mountain in New York with an elevation of 5343 feet. It is Number One on the list of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks that determined Trekkers seek to climb. The information about Mt. Marcy says “requires stamina”. They aren’t lying.
What was the climb like? The trail in most places is an eroded trench singlefile in width with evergreen branches brushing your legs in many places. Erosion from traffic and rain has exposed rocks and boulders, which compose almost the entire base of the trail. So, picture walking up a steep set of stairs for 4+ hours where no two steps are the same height – some might be as low as a few inches and some so steep that they require scaling on hands and knees. And The morning was chilly and grey with as we climbed, we watched the cloud showers forecast for the area. A hearty cover move in knowing it was bringing meal of freeze-dried “Breakfast Skillet” added challenge to our day. Sure enough, around mid-morning, the rain started, and soon we were drenched through. As long as we kept moving, we could County Rd 1 E, Box 89 stay warm, but as Newburgh, ON K0K 2S0 we neared the Phone: 613-378-2220 summit, the winds Fax: 613-378-2221 picked up in NewburghPharmacy@gmail.com Store Hours: intensity Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. threatening to peel Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. us from the rocky
slope. As if this wasn’t enough, we were then beset by hail – rain, hail, and high wind: Welcome to Mount Marcy! The descent was as challenging as the ascent, as we were now dealing with rocks and exposed tree roots slippery from the rain and a stream of water coursing down the trench. Our icy fingers, encased in sodden gloves, made it hard to manage our poles. As we stumbled over rocks and tripped over roots, falls were not uncommon during the 3+ hour return to camp. The worst one found me lying in a shallow trench, surrounded by high tree roots, with my head pointing down the mountain and my feet upwards. I had quickly learned not to expect any help from my “buddies”, and my expectations were, once again, not disappointed. Back at the lean-to, we dumped water from our A challenging trail on Mount Marcy, the tallest boots, rifled our packs for the only mountain in New York. dry clothes we had, ate supper and climbed into our sleeping bags in an maintaining so much in this park. attempt to find comfort and warmth. It Volunteers like Nathan, John, and Iain was a futile attempt. who we met on our way down the mountain as they were heading up to Friday, October 14, 2016 close Johns Brook Lodge for the winter. As soon as daylight was upon us, we broke camp. Even the thought of pulling on cold, wet hiking boots was enough to chill us, but with remarkably good humour, we gritted our teeth and prepared for the five-mile journey back to our car. And, since you are reading this, you know we made it back home safely. In reviewing this adventure, many things merit mention: —The beauty that surrounded us no matter what the weather. —The camaraderie among the fellow Trekkers that we met on the trail – they were few and far between but always with an interesting mountain story to share. Knowing we could leave our backpacks in the lean-to without worrying about theft. After all, I guess, who wants to carry an extra load up or down a mountain. —The incredible fortitude, determination, and love of the outdoors that the many volunteers have shown in their work of establishing and
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Memories of Flinton Glenn Davison
amon Bryden had pigs, cattle, and three teams of horses. Everybody did. At his barn, there was a well about 8 feet wide, and 10 or 12 feet deep, that had to be blasted to get down through the rock to get water. One time one of his horses, a black one, backed up, sat on the edge of the well, and fell down the well. They took corn stalks and chucked them down the well to keep the horse from hurting itself. The water wasn’t deep enough to do any damage. Damon sent someone out to get my Uncle Doug with the tow truck. I was probably ten years old at the time. I hopped in the truck and went with my uncle to the farm. We drove in, he climbed down the well, put a harness around the horse, dropped the cable from the tow truck down, hooked it on, pulled the horse up out of the well, got it straightened up, checked it over, and away it went out in the field. We went back to Grandma Davison’s, and she had just made homemade bread. It was delicious. ***
Growing up here was wonderful because there was so much to do and everybody did so much for us, the children. It didn’t matter if you were United, Anglican, or Catholic because they all worked
together to do stuff for kids. The one thing I remember about Father Ferguson, besides the bingo games, was that no one drove faster than he did. I remember one time he was coming up what we call the Bridgewater Road, now the Flinton Road, and he ran off the road. Of course, he smacked the car. His dog jumped out, and it didn’t come back for two days. Father Ferguson got his car fixed, and on the road he went again. But what I remember the most is that they did so much. Everybody did so much for us when we were growing up and was willing to teach us anything we wanted to know. So the person that I am today is because of everyone who was in the village at the time I grew up. *** Stewart Trepanier taught me how to plow. I wasn’t a farmer. Good grief. We became the best of friends. He came over when I was plowing over by Sommerville’s on the Clarke Line. He parked his truck and came over to me. He asked me if I knew what they called the lumps I was leaving. He said they called them “beaver blankets.” What happened was that I didn’t have my plow set right, so when I would turn a furrow, it would just throw a big chunk of sod. He showed me how to set my plow up correctly, and after that, he helped me do hay, and I helped him.
ature Matters! is a project organized by PEPtBO that brings together local environmental, naturalist and outdoor organizations in a series of public events. The Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) is a globally significant area that comprises over 40 km of Lake Ontario shoreline and 90 square kilometres of land and water habitat. Join with local groups for a whole season of events and activities. We invite the community to appreciate, celebrate, and protect the natural world in and around the South Shore IBA. • Every Saturday morning in May, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., educational programs for families at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) • Saturday, May 6, 12:01 a.m. to Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby • May 13 – 22, Spring Birding Festival events, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) • May 15 to 19, 8 a.m., Birding around the County excursions, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists • Sunday, May 21, Big Day in the IBA, guided walks in the IBA • Sunday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Birding Tour of the County (bus trip)
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• Monday, May 22, 11 a.m., Annual Black River Canoe Trip (Milford launch) • June 10 – 11, Noon to noon, 2017 BioBlitz, Miller Family Nature Reserve • Monday, July 3, 9 a.m. to noon, South Shore Flowers and Butterflies – hike, (corner Lighthall and Army Reserve Roads) • Friday Nights in July and August, starting at 6:30 p.m., Graveyards and Gallows Walking Tour, Macaulay Heritage Park • Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mariners’ Park Museum 50th Birthday Bash • Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Traverse Lighthouse Walk • Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Long Point Honey Tour and Taste • Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dog Days of Summer, Mariners’ Park Museum • Saturday, September 16, 12 p.m. until all the feeders are spoken for, Build a Bird Feeder at the Milford Fall Fair • Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Small Pond Arts Scarecrow Festival • Saturday, October 7 and Monday, October 9, Migration Matters events, PEPtBO • Friday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dark Sky Viewing at PEPtBO (rain/cloud date, Oct. 21)
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Sharbot Lake Farmers Market Announcing the opening of Sharbot Lake Farmers Market’s 2017 Season on May 20! Following tradition, the Market will hold its Annual Plant Sale on May 20. Farm-fresh produce in season, fair-trade organic coffee, baked goods, maple syrup, frozen meats, local crafts and more. The Summer Market runs Victoria Day Weekend through Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sharbot Lake Beach.
Lennox & Addington Horticultural Society In association with the Lennox & Addington Library Services, we will hold a Special Event at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Napanee Library, 25 River Road. Our special guest speaker will be Alexandra Risen, author of Unearthed – Love, Acceptance and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden. In May our meeting is on Wednesday, the 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the Fire Hall, 66 Advance Avenue, Napanee. New Farming will be presented by guest speaker, Mike Janssens.
Future Uncertain for Yarker Family School Gail Knowles
ver wonder why the Yarker Family School was chosen for possible closure by the Limestone District School Board? Part of the reason might be its low Facility Condition Index (FCI). Besides all of the school’s other excellent attributes, the Yarker Family School has a very low FCI of 20%, which is good. It means the school is in relatively good shape and has a considerable life expectancy ahead of it. This percentage is one of the lowest in the Limestone District School Board’s inventory of elementary schools. The FCI is based on the Ministry’s Condition Assessment that is done every five years. Details about the school are available on the Ministry of Education’s website at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/ parents/renewal_data.html Yarker Family School’s Facility Condition Index is low, due mainly to the investments made in the Yarker Library (2012) and the Full-Time Kindergarten (2014). There are many larger schools with much higher FCI numbers that are not being considered for closure (Odessa
41%, Amherstview 43%, Prince Charles 48%). The Facility Condition Index is calculated by dividing a school’s 5 Year Renewal Cost by its Replacement Cost. In the case of the Yarker Family School, the Facility Condition Index is 20% (5 Year Renewal Cost of $404,219 / Replacement Cost of $2,014,789). Renewal Needs are expenses for a school’s critical repairs and include a wish list of expenditures that would bring a school up to standard. The Ministry’s Condition Assessment Program is linked directly to funding through various renewal grants. When a school is closed, the 5-year renewal costs disappear. So, why would the board want to close a school with an FCI of only 20% and 5-year renewal costs of only $404,219? It all comes down to the province’s various capital funding programs. When school boards apply for capital funding, more money is forthcoming from the province if the cost of renewing their schools is high. If a school board closes a school that has few operational needs and is inexpensive to maintain, the board’s overall renewal needs are driven
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up. Schools that are in poor shape and that need expensive repairs are kept open to bolster the board’s funding application. School boards across this province are desperate to reduce their capital renewal backlogs. The LDSB renewal backlog is estimated to be in the $350 million range. Is this why Yarker Family School is targeted to be closed? Because the YFS does not offer enough of a financial incentive to take a bite out of the board’s backlog? Wouldn’t it make better financial sense to keep newer schools open with fewer maintenance issues than the other way around? It might even reduce the LDSB’s large renewal backlog too. The use of capital funding to clear up the renewal backlog was confirmed at the regular LDSB meeting of January 11, 2017. “In response to a question, Manager [of Facility Services] Fowler clarified that Renewal Funding is money received by school boards on an annual basis for regular maintenance, capital items or operational needs. SCI [School Condition Improvement] funding is additional money specifically to deal with the
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backlog of major renovations and replacement needs.” Not only would saving schools that are in a reasonable good condition like the ones in Stone Mills Township be a better use of taxpayer dollars, but our children could also continue to receive a good education close to home, fully supported by their teachers, parents, volunteers and the community. We need to work together to change the current Harris-era capital renewal funding guidelines that reward school boards that close schools with few maintenance issues to keep their renewal costs high. The Ministry may have added money to the pot, but the rules haven’t been changed. Until they do, schools in good condition will continue to be targeted for possible closure. If you would like to voice your opinion, send as many letters and emails to the Premier, the Minister of Education and your member of parliament as you can, post to their Facebook pages, ask Trustees for their support and place phone calls. Our children’s’ future depends on keeping our local schools open, and that depends on you.
Frontenac County Schools Museum The Museum is a community resource that maintains a collection of documents and artifacts from the early schools throughout the Frontenac County area. Present day students and community groups can experience the re-enactment of earlier classroom happenings with “school marms” and “school masters” and all the resources of that time. Donations from teachers, former students, parents, and community groups are needed and would be much appreciated. Please support this fund. Donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 2146 Kingston ON K7L 5J9 www.fcsmuseum.com
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Honk If You’re Glad to Be Home Lessons Learned Ron Betchley
urely, of the many transitions one must experience when leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the big city and taking up residence here in these beautiful rural settings, the most notable must be that of sound, or more succinctly the absence of sounds. For when leaving the urban effrontery to the human ear, the transition is immediate, complete and none more notable than at night. Shortly after our arrival here, to assure myself that I had not lost my hearing altogether I would create noise, a simple striking of one object against another to judge the acoustical degree of hearing. After dark, the silence was deafening. Sleep did not come easily to one so accustomed to being serenaded by the sounds of car horns, screeching brakes, and low-flying jet planes for so many years. Even so, in time when sleep did come it was short-lived courtesy of new sounds like that of the night shift racoons that instinctively know there has to be food somewhere by. And in their devil-may-care search for it, replicate the sound of Fibber McGee’s closet.* This as we all well know continues until the sun’s imminent arrival mercifully sends them packing. Although age had taken its toll on my audio perception, at the time of our transition I believed my hearing might have become more acute, there being no further need to tune out the many abusive noises of the city. Initially, having been introduced to and totally immersed in the many new and beautiful sounds heard daily in the trees about our sylvan aviary, the chirping chords of Mother Nature’s replete orchestra, I quickly learned to take the time to listen and totally enjoy all her concerted performances. And none more captivating than on a spring day not so long after arriving here when I was enveloped by this raucous and unfamiliar sound of honking. Not the honking of gridlocked traffic left behind but a melodious if somewhat hoarse, uncoordinated, and repetitive honking sound, an inept wind section of this metaphorical orchestra if you like. In seeking to locate the source, I glanced up into the sky and was astounded to see a vast delta-shaped formation of a flock of Canada Geese flying low and immediately overhead, trumpeting their delight at returning home from their
winter playgrounds. Snow Birds personified. Their unison in flight formation was spectacular. My eyes were darting about to take it all in, my heart pounding as if I had come upon a phenomenon never seen before. One should understand that our exposure to the world of our feather friends had amounted to stepping out onto our eighth-floor balcony and shooing away the urban pigeons who, although exhibiting a not unpleasant cooing sound, seem to deliberately deposit the most unpleasant aftermaths of their lunch all over our balcony. As to this mesmerizing honking aerial formation above me, no number of photographs ever presented on this subject in the likes of National Geographic nor any of the videos screened on the educational nature TV shows often watched over the years could have readied me for such a personal, wondrous and exhilarating encounter. What a grand and inspiring moment of flight sight and sound, exceeding even that of a military fly pass. It was real, it was surreal it was breathtaking. Quickly realizing that this dramatic moment could be but fleeting, I hollered aloud, beckoning my partner to hurry out of the house to witness this inaugural sighting. With the echo of the clatter of the screen door behind him and he showing signs of relief in finding no catastrophe, he joined me in silence, standing there head tilted mouth slightly ajar, witnessing first hand this marvellous natural annual migration.
ithout a doubt, George Stroumboulopoulos is one of Canada’s leading media personalities. Strombo, as he is so often referred to, was in Kamloops last week to speak at the International Days event at Thompson Rivers University. As part of his visit, upon learning that our school had a Journalism and Media program, he asked if he could speak to our current crop of students, for what seemed like no other reason than to share his experience working in Canadian media for the last twenty odd years or so. There were many inspiring and insightful stories from his two hours of talk. He covered everything from the U.S. election (how could he not), the music industry, turning down a hosting job with Canadian Idol (wrong fit), his departure from Hockey Night in Canada (again, how could he not) and his philosophy for cutting a path into the media industry. One of his most memorable stories came in response to a question about what he had learned from the music industry through his experience working with MuchMusic and CBC. His answer was
simple: have good songs, great marketing, and hustle hard. In support of his claims, he told the crowd that he is one of the only broadcasters who will never make fun of Nickelback (sorry, Mark Zuckerberg and “serious” music journalists). Why? As Strombo tells it, when Nickelback was trying to make it, he recalls how they were one of the hardest working bands in Canada – multiple gigs in one day (driving hours between major cities) and non-stop press junkets. In the end, their work ethic got them to the top of the rock charts. Say what you will about their music, Strombo has no doubt that their songs and hustle pushed them to stardom. In the end, his advice remained true to the adage that from hard work good things will come. Be an explorer, experiment with the mediums (YouTubing, podcasting, etc.) that are available to you, know your history, and see what happens. He even reminded the crowd of how people rarely work hard enough to accomplish their dreams. There was no shortage of #letsgetreal moments. Strombo’s path isn’t one that any other can just follow, and that’s precisely the point. His path was his, while yours is right in front of you.
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As this first of what was to be three such formations flew off to the north, my eye caught a glimpse of a neighbour situated across the road from us standing and looking in our direction. Obviously, my loud holler had taken him away from his gardening chore, and I could see he was totally oblivious to the grand spectacle occurring in the sky above him. He looked first at us, paused, and then, not like pedestrians do when encountering someone looking up at a building, he looked skyward to see what it was that had brought about such excitement and loud vocal commotion. Exhibiting a broad smile and with a trowel in hand he turned, raised a wave to us and let out a short laugh, fully understanding that we, the neighbourhood newbies, had but just commenced one of what was to become many such lessons in “Mother Nature 101”.
Taking a Break Grace Smith
ometimes it’s important to take a break. To pause and to take a step back. Sure, it can be great to have a lot going on and to be the ultimate taskmaster. But not when we forget to think about ourselves. We work for others, and we push and push until there’s nothing left. It took me a long time to learn this lesson. As the eldest of six children, I’ve spent most of my life in a caregiving role. As a woman, this probably isn’t going to change anytime soon. I continue to help care for my younger siblings. I provide support for the sisters that I currently live with. And eventually, I’ll start caring for my parents as they once did (and continue) to do for me. I’ve always felt good taking care of others, especially those close to me. I
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want them to do well, to succeed, and to be happy. It’s important to me. But sometimes we don’t always acknowledge our mental health. We forget that it’s okay to take some “me” time. To do the things that make us happy or relaxed. And not just when we’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, but regularly and often. I still run around constantly trying to meet the needs of those around me. I cook dinner for my sisters, so they’re getting enough to eat. I help my little brothers with their homework. I check in on my best friend whenever possible. But now, every so often, I take a break. I binge watch that show I’ve been eyeing on Netflix. I curl up with a book. I bake some cookies. I get a good night’s sleep. I go for a run. Sometimes I do nothing at all. I highly recommend it!
Spring pine marten at Mew Lake, Algonquin Park. Photo by Bonnie Bailey.
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Bull’s Eye: Learn About Lyme Disease Susan Moore
ever, headache, nausea, joint and muscle aches (and far worse if left untreated): Lyme disease is a bad companion. I have a friend who has been dealing with these symptoms for almost two years. Because most medical doctors in Canada are not well equipped to diagnose and treat Lyme disease, my friend suffered through a whole year of debilitating illness. Many days she could barely get out of bed until she finally obtained expensive diagnosis and treatment in the United States. Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, the culprit is the blacklegged (or deer) tick. Long Point on Lake Erie used to be the only tick-infested area, but recently, Eastern Ontario has seen an increase and expansion of blacklegged tick populations. Currently, the Kingston
Top 5 tick habitat precautions: 1. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from getting inside your pants. 2. Check your clothes for ticks often. Ticks will climb upwards until they find an area of exposed skin. 3. Wear light-coloured clothing to make it easier to spot ticks. 4. Walk on pathways or trails when possible staying in the middle. Avoid low-lying brush or long grass. 5. Apply insect repellent to your skin and clothing, particularly at openings such as ankle, wrist and neck.
area, Thousand Islands region, and parts of Lennox & Addington County are hot spots for this tick. While not all ticks carry Lyme disease, early removal of all ticks is crucial because infection does not occur until an infected tick has been attached for at least 24 hours. For tick removal: Gripping the tick with thumb and forefinger and tugging at it is NOT recommended. The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation has several removal methods on their website at canlyme.com/lyme-basics/ tick-removal, and there are specialized, inexpensive tools for safe removal of ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease usually begin between three days and one month after being bitten by an infected tick. An expanding red rash that looks like a bull’s-eye is a clear sign to begin prompt antibiotic treatment, which is usually effective. Lyme disease symptoms (if left untreated) can progress to conditions such as heart palpitations, chronic fatigue, central nervous system disorders, and paralysis. With chronic Lyme disease, every system of the body may be affected. On Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m., the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council will host an evening presentation on Lyme disease by Dr. Andrew Peregrine, a clinical parasitologist from the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph. Dr. Peregrine will provide a comprehensive briefing on the emergence of ticks in this area, including the factors of climate change and wildlife movement, as well as the elements of
Lyme disease. The event takes place in Napanee at the Strathcona Paper Centre. The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health unit will be there with an information display and recommendations for Lyme disease prevention. Tick removal “keys” will be available at the presentation for about $10. Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, has lobbied Health Canada and the federal government for five years now to provide a strong diagnosis and treatment program for this disease, and introduced a private member’s bill in 2014. However, a Federal Framework on Lyme disease is still in the works, which, according to May, needs a serious overhaul. In the meantime, with hiking weather approaching, it is up to each of us to be vigilant about Lyme disease. For more information, contact Susan Moore at lastewardship@ gmail.com or visit Public Health at www.kflaph.ca or the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation at canlyme.com.
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