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Katherine J. Burrows, Catherine Coles, Dianne Dowling, Kirsten Geisler, Glen R. Goodhand, Alyce Gorter, Robin Hutcheon, Joseph Imre, Bert Korporaal, Susan Moore, Marcella Neely, Mark Oliver, Susan Rehner, Nicole Senyi, Lauder Smith, Terry Sprague, Grace Vanderzande, Kassidy Young All photos contributed, unless otherwise noted.


scaping the heat by heading to the water is a summer ritual. With a multitude of lakes and rivers, large and small, at our doorsteps, our connection to water is never far away for Lennox & Addington County residents and seasonal summer visitors. For the young and old, for relaxation or adventure, there’s an aquatic activity and setting for everyone in our magnificent region. This issue of The SCOOP celebrates our wonderful waterways. Our cover strikingly captures an adventurous swimmer, cooling off with a refreshing plunge into Mellon Lake earlier this summer on an excursion with his local paddling club. Everyone else in the group cautiously jumped in feet first, but that wasn’t daring enough for 78-year-old Dugald, who dove in headfirst! A variety of articles in this issue touch on water in one way or another. Terry Sprague shares the memorable story of his ten-day paddling trip on the Rideau Canal and tells of the entertaining wildlife and remarkable

scenery he got to experience on this once in a lifetime adventure. We profile the Depot Lakes, a series of spectacular lakes in our region that provide bountiful opportunities for those who enjoy the great outdoors. We also learn of the growing problem of soft plastic and rubber baits littering our local lakes, and of the simple steps we can take to keep from harming fish and polluting our waters. Readers are informed of an upcoming bus tour of the upper and middle Salmon watershed, where passengers will learn about the origins of the Salmon River while discovering historical and recreational opportunities along the way.

the early 20th century that became an important part of Napanee’s history. To round off our theme, we present two poems that explore the authors’ personal connections with water, at times mysterious, soothing, turbulent, and exhilarating. Whether you prefer swimming, fishing, splashing, paddling, boating, or diving (feet first or headfirst), we encourage you to head outdoors and enjoy your favourite watercourses this summer. And, once you’re back on dry land, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of the SCOOP!

Joseph Imre recounts the history of the legendary Red Devil, a pioneering powerboat from

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78-year-old Dugald Carmichael dives headfirst into Mellon Lake on a Cataraqui Canoe Club paddling excursion this July. Photo by Steven Manders. Steven is the author of The First Spike, a book about the early railways, tramways, roads, historic canoe and logging routes of Eastern Ontario. The First Spike is available for purchase at the Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives in Napanee. 2

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The SCOOP // August / September 2018  

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 // August / September 2018  

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...