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Jacqueline Bartnik, Catherine Coles, Diane Creber, Dianne Dowling, Glen Goodhand, Alyce Gorter, KFL&A Public Health, Bert Korporaal, Braydon Lajeunesse, Susan Moore, Mark Oliver, Susan Rehner, Rob Renaud, Terry Sprague All photos contributed, unless otherwise noted.

o you recognize the creature on the cover of this issue? If not by its appearance, we bet most SCOOP readers would instantly recognize its unmistakable song, often heard in our region in late summer. Its song can be described as a high-pitched whining drone that lasts about 15 seconds, starts soft, gets louder, then tapers off at the end. Reminds many of the penetrating buzz of an electric saw. Sound familiar? It’s the insect Neotibicen canicularis, also known as the Dog-day Cicada. The common name comes from the fact that this species exhibits peak singing during the time of the year when the star Sirius, of the constellation Canis Major (the big dog), is prominent in the night sky. These typically hot and muggy days of July and August are referred to as the “dog days” of summer, and in this issue, Terry Sprague teaches us all about the cicadas, katydids, and other insects that make the “background music” of our summer days and nights. We have a wide-ranging assortment of articles in this issue – something for everyone, we hope. If you’re a local

history buff, check out the fascinating story of the Philoxians of Marlbank, which now houses a gallery and museum of relics and artefacts. Nature lovers will appreciate learning about the history of the Kingston Field Naturalists, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Civic-minded readers will find out about the recent citizen-led “Green New Deal” Townhall events held in Stone Mills and the plans for a new Repair Café. Music fans will marvel at the talented musical acts lined up for the TECDC’s 2019-20 concert series. (Tip: Get advance tickets now, as some events already have waiting lists!) Chuckle at Alyce Gorter’s humorous account of an unexpected “windfall” of firewood. Find out the race results from the thrilling Canada Day Soap Box Derby. Discover


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A Dog-day Cicada, one of the many insects of late summer who serenade us by day (cicadas) and by night (crickets and katydids) with their noisy chorus of chirps, buzzes, and drones. Photo by Dan Mullen.

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the all-time favourite summer reads of staff of the County Libraries. Don’t feel like reading? Grab a pencil (or pen, if you’re feeling confident) and try your hand at solving a fun word jumble, sudoku, or crossword on our puzzle page. We hope you enjoy this summer issue of The SCOOP (and what’s left of this year’s insect serenade), and we’ll see you in October!

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The SCOOP // August / September 2019  

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 2019  

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...