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peace where there was strife and fected each one of us in a unique way healthy our adult lives will be. Famicompassion where there was intoler- and we could see how we had been lies are the source of much anguish ance. We try to forget the old hurts changed by that loss. Even though and pain, but they can also be the est to where I now live on Buck Lake. this cemetery is that there is no church and instead focus on the pleasure of we each had our own complaints source of strength, courage and supInthelastcoupleyearsthecemeteryhas and never was one. It seemed to have expanded into shared the bluebird history box field, and been arbitrarily down on this mother, we shared a comintimacy, trust.plunked about our port. Often we only recognize this andnewnameshaveappeared,possibly lonely stretch of back road to serve the Family life is complicated and rich mon understanding of who she was years later when we think about the people like myself - a new wave of what sparselocalpopulation,whichmusthave Newfoundlanders callthe “comefromgrown if the number infants and unless we understand theslowly forcand ofthe forces that had created her impact our parents had on our lives, aways”who want to stay close to their andchildrenburiedthereinthelasttwo esnewthat family, personality. We seized the oppor- the interaction between the siblings homesformed for eternity.that nuclear centuries is any indication. I can only Sowhen StanTeeple, asprightly imaginethe heartbreak ofwomento and/have an honest discussion we will never truly understand ourtunity and the unique way each one of us By Angela Saxe 82-year canvasser for Heart and Stroke orchildrenwhodiedbychildbirthorby selves. about our family and at the end of chose to react. stopped in one day, I asked him wheththe great variety of infections referred er he was related to the Teeples the time toas“fever”. Thestones,that oftendecorated Summer is inthe when time, we felt more compassion Summer is almost over; the Opinicon Cemetery. That was the bewithhandsortreesis symbolizing life,are inter is Coming” garlic and put in some spinach for an work on a hobby or home project? families get conversation together.thatThey gather notthejust for our mother, but also for school bell rings and I’m back at ginning of a longer particularly touchingwhen ageisreof the noble early spring harvest. I’m ready! Those five hours to kill before going the cemetery tothe life formotto me. As corded in scant years and months and atbrought the family cottage; they go campourselves. work. Richard and I will again feel itturnedout,Stanwasnow onthecem-of when ofseveralchildren from family thethegraves North, Canadians are obsessed by weather to bed can be painfully boring and ing, they attend weddings rethe summer the absence of Yet family living close etery board—a group of people who theand same small family are lying sideDuring by theafter Starks, George R.R. Marfor reason; we maywe notat-have isolating. nothing beatsbya winlook sellingplotsfrom andmaintaining side. Theearliest stonedates fromgood 1872 unions and they go on family trips. tended two different events where but we will continue to get vicarious the nowprovincially-owned itisgenerally speculated thatolder tin’s medieval cemetery. fantasy but series: Fire hurricanes but our winter storms can ter’s night in the country during the After retiring from his career as a wild- have markers have been lost. Since my own children grown, former partners of We ourconsult family Environwere pleasure seeing the large extended and Ice. They live in dread of its arbe pretty nasty. full by moon when the snow sparkles lifebiologistforthegovernment,hereBefore I left Stan he showed me I’ve always loved watching families present. Many years had passed families who live in our community. turned housewhere hewas born world, his family winter tree dating backment to when hisCanada’s weather forecasting rivaltothe because in their and glistens and our moon-shadows lake as it warmed to the new sun. Our landing of the Loyalists in Ontario in just down the road from what I hadThey came to and the area around while I’m holiday. can the anger and that once exWeunder will at Petheas fallwecountry first stop hurt was St. John’s Church in Bath, 1784 thesee leadership of Major can last aon orCemtwo.grandfather Not so be herethat and, of course, The Canadian Farmkeep usthem company walk along always thought ofdecade as the Teeple 1825. I commented I had not seen an Anglican church originally built in ter Van Alstine UE. When a child died seen visiting museums and galleries. isted had now diminished. We had fairs, at the baseball diamonds and at etery. hisgreat grandfather’s inthecemin southern Canada, yet we too await stoneers’ Almanac. This year the almanac the silent snow-packed roads. 1787 with the cemetery circling the during the journey crossing the lake, I decided to visit Stan this spring etery took me to the backin of his They go whale watching; theyso hehike been our late teens we all and the hockey arena enjoying the time building on both when sides. As we walked the group established the first Loyalist itsfindarrival with forecasting unusually cold Most children look forward to winto out more about this trepidation, old cempropertyanxiety toseethestoneheis haderected through the cemetery we noticed the burial on the same site. In 1884 up mountains and bike trails. idealistic, in love with theyground have together and hopefully by build etery where of his relatives lay along where his grandfather is said toyoung, be bur- weather. and themany need to be prepared. Cana- met: stormy For eastern Canada ter not only because they can AcademyGalleryacrossthestreet(see: theOntariogovernmenterectedanobeburied and,at a little more about howand the at ied:highway JohnTeeple,diedOctober 12,1883, They’re the airport ourthat partners, optimistic about our creating new happy memories. J.Huntress’s and walkedover for lisk to honour the Loyalist landingforts, site dians are anon-denominational hardy people and weThese aredays means lots article) of precipitation – snowmen and play road hockbylaws thatgovern Aged 81years. lawsprevent atour ofthis fabulousspaceandbeautiandeventuallytheoldheadstoneswere rest areas. Families spending time future, clean of disappointments. cemeteries overtheyears. in us staying forof eternitysnow, in our ownsleet, ice, rain…the whole caproud have of changed our survival afrom climate ey or go ice-fi shing with their dads, ful art work. Ars longa vita breuis, Barb embedded into a stone wall that runs At one time, the province proposed to backyards and when asked, Stan contogether but also actively creating There was genuine in the quoted as wepleasure got back intowith the car: Art thelength ofthealso cemetery. Desertedatof the holiday seawhich my mother, freshly arrived tastrophe! I love winters heavy but because abandon these small old cemeteries; cedes that he too will join the other lasts, life is short. How true! this time of year, we could well imagine memories those children will and kisses we all this hadcaused Stan’s parents todecide upthe roadinhugs theold Opinicon from Greece, once said,Teeples “Is acarry counsnowfalls because it’sexchanged great for skison. AfterleavingBathwecontinued how crowded the park must be during tobeburiedelsewherefearingthatthe Cemetery among the bluebirds. with them for the rest of their lives. and we all felt the the along thepoignancy Loyalist Parkwayof to Adolthesummer months,andtheir howpeaceful try fi t only for polar bears.” She was ing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and Whether families celebrate HaOpiniconcemeterywouldnolongerbe We chose an early spring day for phustown - a must-see destination on it must be to take a quiet walk through cared for. ItWhen is ironic that theirshe youngourbackroader andheaded down tothewe snowmobiling. my mother passed moment: once had been a family partly right and learned quickly of course But I dread nukkah, the Solstice, Kwanzaa or our tour - this is where the oldest monthe old cemetery. estsonisthepersonwholooksafterthe Loyalist Parkway (Highway #33) eager ument dedicated to the United Empire We then back-tracked and that oflast preparation oncoming freezing rain. Even though signals Christmas, children look forward to away springburial myfor and I grounds sharing meals and chores, we it went upkeep this expanding sitesiblings in the todiscover oldburial andcemLoyalists is located. We pulled into the turned onto the Quaker Hill Road Storrington Township. required foresight: eteries in one ofbuy the oldestthe parts ofcancellation Oncold weather of school buses – the time when their families gather United Empire Loyalist Heritage CenOne of the curious features of tario, but also to enjoy the view of the Continued on page 13 tre andgreat Park to visit the site of theof first stunew warm boots for the children, much to the pleasure to feast on traditional foods, to light knit wool sweaters for their growing dents and teachers alike, it brings the candles and tree lights and of bodies, get the shovels out, buy that with it “white knuckle driving” course, to exchange gifts. large bag of salt for slippery steps. the most Canadian of experiences. 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n October 12th of this year, one of our popular writers, Debbie Fenton passed away suddenly at her home. I heard the news the following day and like many who knew and worked with her, we were left feeling shocked and saddened. I met Debbie several years ago; she was a Teacher-Librarian with the Limestone District School Board and had taught at Ernestown HS in Odessa for many years most of them as an English teacher. She had a great sense of humor and loved books. Our librarian meetings were always fun for unlike the stereotype of the dour librarian, Debbie was hysterical and would have us in tears of laughter. Never letting an opportunity pass me by, I enlisted her as a writer for The Scoop. Since she had recently retired and had plenty of time to write, Debbie would send me two, three articles at a time. As our readers might remember, she had the uncanny ability to take ordinary,

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he Christmas Holidays is a great time of year to be a dog. The kids are super excited, parents are stressed and not really paying attention and the snow certainly helps to cool off their overexcitement. On top there are loads of goodies just lying about easy for the lickings. But the truth is that the holidays are more dangerous for dogs than one would think. Just about every edible toxin bad for dogs is out on display and often dogs get them without anyone noticing. Dogs that have been good all year are often found nosing a table or counter. Chocolates in a bowl on a low coffee table, a tray of festive cookies with macadamia nuts and Poinsettias are just some of things to keep away from Bowser during this holiday season. Other hazards that are not toxic but very hazardous are Christmas trees ornaments, sandwiches with toothpicks and electrical cords that can easily be chewed. The party your dog may be attending this year could prove to be very expensive if you are not careful. A trip to the Emergency Pet Hospital for chocolate poisoning could easily run

upwards of a $1000. If the toxin is unknown it could make treatment a further challenge as each toxin can come with its own strategy of treatment. I know it isn’t easy to keep an eye on the dog when you’re making sure the kids are behaving, the in-laws are getting along and that dinner will be served on time. Some of my clients who found themselves at the emergency room last year have decided to board their pets this year during their Christmas party, or they have organized a play date with a neighbour’s dog. I even know some owners that take full advantage of all the guests and distractions and challenge the dog by proudly putting their dog on leash for the party and using the time as a training exercise. I even have some clients that send their dogs for day camp so we can “tucker” them out before they go home to behave well at the party after all “a tired dog is a good dog.” If you choose to use the party as training exercise be sure to remind your guests that they came to see you and not the dog. If every guest comes through the door and says

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hello to Fido first he will definitely get the wrong idea. It will likely exasperate the behaviours you are trying to avoid. I know that sometimes it is easier to train the dog than the guests. So if you have a particular guest who always insists on doting on the dog first, a call ahead to them to explain your plan might be in order. However the easiest way is to post your message to your guests at your doorbell. It might look something like this one below: Welcome and Merry Christmas We are training Snickers!!! Please remember! NO LOOK NO TOUCH NO TALK At least until she is completely calm! Thank you for helping us teach Snickers to be a great dog! One downside to having the dog at the party is that guests give them too many treats and inappropriate scraps; often the rule is the bigger the party the bigger the dog’s belly! So make sure that there are healthy small treats available for guests to give the dog when he performs a task like sitting or shaking a paw. I recall

one party where a pal of mine felt it wise to sneak a Hot Jamaican Patty to my dog Chieftain; needless to say it was a long cold night for both of us. I was lucky it was just several long cold trips to the park than one expensive trip to the emergency room. If you really want to be sure check with The ASPCA website there is a link to the Animal Poison Control Centres. You might be surprised what you have around the house that could be dangerous for your dog. Here are two links below: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ poison-control/people-foods.aspx (FOODS) http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/ (Plants) Have a safe and Happy Holiday with your pets!

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the duration of the stay. has already contributed to the sucHelping out at the kennel is cess of the kennel for four years and Cody Kew, a Tamworth native who is a valued and trusted asset. Stuhas already contributed to the sucdent Sean Bodzasy, like other stucess of the kennel for four years and dents in the past, was able to comis a valued and trusted asset. Stuplete his volunteer hours there and dent Sean Bodzasy, like other stuis now assistant dentsanother in the past, was Dalton able to can comrely on. plete his volunteer hours there and By J. 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Sounds like a troll flying over the bridge to waters climate nomic change,roller-coaster I became grumpy and extroll with his horns and clubs him The website the Renew show: Dogs withfor Dalton… nevand cantankerous as newsreactions of torren-to below, thuscurling allowing all the goats the to knee-jerk with two stones sending galperienced Beagle www.regalbeagleuner a dog’s breakfast! a beckoning tialclimate rain storms, change, flIooding, becamedrought grumpy travel troll to flying over the pasture. bridge to waters Theoffers website for the Releashed.com a wealth of inthuspictures allowing goats and cantankerous as newswarnings of torren- below, Amazing inall thethe local pa-to periods, and tornado gal Beagle www.regalbeagleunformation for dog lovers. tial from rain storms, flooding, drought pers travel tolarge a beckoning pasture. came my radio. 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Such sights are Top photo: Dalton and Bev. at Firemen’s Field one Satwhich oldest and of three baseball Bottom:the Dalton, Anita, andlargest Bev. special to me because I see Photo credits: Barry goats crossing a Lovegrove. bridge over a river urdayanimals morning. Such sights are and children as inspecial to me because I see nocents; neither group has animals as inyet learnedand thechildren greed, rivalry nocents; neither group has and power strategies of older yet learned the greed, rivalry creatures. The children have and power strategies of older not yet donned tuxedoes, silk creatures. 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Friends of Salmon River: Ribbon of Life

Tribute to Andy Glendenning A True Friend of the Salmon River

By Susan Moore

ome people have the ability to inspire us and Andy Glendenning was one of those. On November 15, 2011, he died in the arms of his workmate, wife and best friend of 27 years, Donna McNeil. Sadly, he succumbed to his third round of cancer. Donna writes: He believed in the Salmon River and, of all the places we could have chosen to retire, we were drawn to Tamworth. Andy was a poster child for recycling and used his chainsaw for the forces of good (taking dead standing hardwood to heat our home and cleaning up after hapless beavers). He couldn’t imagine living life without all four seasons. Andy’s great passion was to move quietly by foot, on snowshoes, cross country skis, by canoe, or by kayak, and study everything around him. He photographed as much as he could, and had the patience to wait for what might present itself. He planted hundreds of trees on our property. His practical skills were endless, from carpentry to electrical, small engine repair, and

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healthy shoreline protects • Provide those landowners with reports on habitat, vegetation both the Salmon River and present, erosion signs & solutions, the value of your property. structural features (stairs, walls, Together, Friends of the Salmon etc.) and recommendations to imRiver (FSR), the Tamworth/Erprove shoreline health insville Community Development • Follow up with landowners to Committee and Stone By Linda(T/ECDC), Selkirk help them implement their recMills Township are promoting the ommendations Ribbon of Life shoreline protechat does a Bakery and • Create and coordinate an imtion program. Landowners on the provement program, based maina Dog Boarding Kennel Salmon River in Tamworth north to ly on low-cost or no-cost purchase have in common? Food, Beaver Lake are eligible to be on the and planting of trees and shrubs. certainly but that’s not all. Two of Ribbon. Other simple activities not requirour neighbours are managing to Ribbon of Life is a voluntary pro- ing input from regulatory bodies combine the help two seemingly gram that will preserve dispathe rate businesses quite well. area. will be considered. Participants will river and the shoreline buffer The areas food industry highly receive a comprehensive package Natural buffer protect is water prepared by biologists from the Cencompetitive. New restaurants quality, reduce soil erosion, stabilizeand tre for Sustainable Watersheds. The to open up proriverbakeries banks, continue help prevent flooding, viding a variety of food while many program recommendations are not and provide increased habitat for compulsory and each landowner is long established wildlife. Shorelines eateries are onecontinue of the to free to decide on any action. patrons inproductive our local townships, mostserve ecologically placWe are applying for funding to covbut The River Bakery on Concession es on Earth: The first 30-50 feet of er all costs of the program. FSR and in surrounds Tamworth not only up to landSt. that lakes andlives rivers its hard-earned reputation of serv- T/ECDC will contribute funds and support 90% of the life that is born, Stone Mills Township will provide ingand slow cooked, raised fed there. fresh food without support for other funding applicapreservatives well as surveyed tasty baked Phase One of theas program tions. goods but it continues to grow 10 river properties on the south edgeand Contact Susan Moore at 613-379expand especially under their of Tamworth and is now almost com5958 or moorepartnersusan@gmail. new owners: Dalton Cowper and plete. com to: Frazer. a team they work In Beverly Phase Two, we As will: 1. Have your shoreline property be long hours but40 it is quicklypropevident • Survey the next shoreline included in the Ribbon of Life that they are doing theyraillove. erties starting at thewhat old iron Program way bridge (just of recall Moss’sthe Many of north us still 2. Volunteer to help inform landMill) in Tamworth and working original owners Poppy Harrison owners of this opportunity. north to Beaver Lake who opened and David Greenland Ride the Ribbon. their doors boasting that “they made the best bagels in Eastern Ontario.” Over the years the Bakery changed owners but the quality of the food and the baked items only got betsioned as the culmination of a five By Milly Ristvedt ter. Now Bev and Dalton, with the year plan when they first moved to aidesterday of David, who still does the bulk working at a in fullwas lovely and mild, haveKingston. seen a fewWhile strange vegetables of and the Ibaking, have expanded position, Dalton was finally able to finish the the time Tamworth Santa Claus managed parade on to putting veggie garden to 4th. years of part-time work menu andmy offer a greater variety of December fit in several bed take-out for the winter. lastalways of the has a GrassRoots Growers nextdog scheditems.The Bev learning more about training parsnips dug andeveryone some who uledwith event will be aexperts treat forinanyone warmwere smile toup, greet boarding Kingston. lettuce andThe arugula seedand planted loves sweet potatoes (and dogs who are enters Bakery manyinof her whoDalton believes that when hopes of early spring greens. Last doesn’t?). Scheduled for Tuesday, recipes are now in demand. Annette boarded, they are embarking on yearWilson, I left some parsnips overwin21st,holiday at the Tamworth along with to Anita Wilson, February their own from home. They ter (the ground froze before I had a library, this workshop willwho be given welcome the patrons and provide join the Cowper dogs live there chance to get them all out), and they by Brian Burt and Ken Allen. first class service. Customers pop (all seven of them) for theBrian, duration wereby a wonderful in spring. of Burt’s to pick up treat a bagels, bread,The muf- owner of their stay;Greenhouses, they become will a part of garlic went inand a couple ofvariety weeks ago, greenhouse propagation and fins, pies a wide of other discuss the dog pack. Dalton’s love of dogs and now that it’s getting cold enough Ken, author of Sweet Potatoes for the baked goods or they can sit down was evident when he rhymed off his for frost heaves, tomorrow I’ll add a Home Garden, will tell us everything and have a delicious lunch from the own dogs names: Dabney, Saxon blanket of straw mulch. else we need to know about growing expanding menu. The old favou(the newbie), Porter, Kilty, Cooper, It’s sometimes a challenge to get these delicious tubers. rites, such as the much-loved lemon Lacy and Louis Target (yes, he is so garden chores done before it turns We are also thrilled to confirm that tarts Pressed are still for available but years look for Ed Lawrence, special he master has hisgardener own lastand name). too cold. time a few what’s new. A big hit has been the There are two Labs, three Beagles, ago, I prepared a bed, covered it with well-known voice of CBC’s Radio slow-cooked ribs thatonare offered Noon a Bloodhound andphone-in a Coonhound; mulch, and planted garlic a sunny weekly garden show, all Friday nights as part of a prix fixe of them serving as excellent hosts 22nd of December. It turned out to will be our guest speaker, April 23rd, menu with five delicious courses. welcoming the other dogs into be one of my best garlic crops ever. 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Tamworth the Dalton, known kennel. The garden is full of well surprises, as for his Legion. 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companionship as well. Each dog then finds his niche in the pack for the duration of the stay. Helping out at the kennel is Andy Glendenning Cody Kew, a Tamworth native who has already contributed the sucall-around tinkerer withtoanything cess of the kennel for four years and with moving parts. And he loved is a valued and trusted asset. Stuliving here on Salmon Ridge, in the dent Sean Bodzasy, likehelp other home we built with the ofstulodents in the past, wascommunity able to comcal contractors, in the of plete his volunteer hours there and Tamworth, in this part of Ontario. is now another assistant can Andy spent endless hoursDalton watching rely on. over and canoeing in the Salmon I caninenjoy River: aOne riverway keeper the both best their of businesses when I goand to pursense the word.isThe river our chase fresh will bread, smoked community miss Andy:almonds he was or specialty I bring one of one of a kindcheese, and a True Friend my dogs, sit on the patio and talk the Salmon River. “dogs” with Dalton. Sounds like a new show: Dogs with Dalton… never a dog’s breakfast! The website for the Regal Beagle www.regalbeagleunleashed.com offers a wealth of information for dog lovers. work, I The website for the Bakery is in do believe progress: www.riverbakery.com there is no luck withTop photo: Dalton and Bev. out you Anita, and Bev. Bottom: Dalton, being pre- Barry Lovegrove. Photo credits: pared to handle that moment of opportunity as it presents itself. Sometimes we mistakenly think that a door will open for us because we are standing in front of it. But opportunities work in mysterious ways and come in many disguises. What we call a door is really just our attention to the moment as possibility. Every time you walk through a new door you never know where it might lead. And sometimes, we don’t even see that the doors we are walking through are in the midst of changing our lives forever. For all those moments where we are waiting on fate, perhaps, in the end, it is fate that is waiting on us.

Lessons Learned By Blair McDonald

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s some of you know, this column now comes to you from the other side of Canada. For how long, we’ll have to wait and see. In late August I made the move out to Kamloops, BC from Tamworth having accepted a teaching position with the Department of Journalism and Communications at Thompson Rivers University. Of course, every move has its hurdles, but so far everything is going well. While still adjusting to the subtle changes in climate, geography and time zones, I am making the best of my newfound opportunity. So far, the only other (former) local I’ve seen out here has been Avril Lavigne, who was in town with her Black Star tour. She put on a great show and I was glad to lend a bit of hometown support to someone now known the world over. Another notable event included attending an informal talk with another of Canada’s leading ladies, Senator Pamela Wallin. She gave a wonderful talk to a small crowd of ers, this is apeople huge relief knowing that about forty about her career their pets are in good hands. Even in journalism, her move into politics and hopes forDalton Canada’s as aher youngster, wasfuture. drawn of caring the things foundfamily’s intertoOne dogs, for hisI own esting was for howthose she got her start dogs and he walked as in a journalism. told us how all part-time jobShe while growing up.itBev started onedogs day when she filledRein also loves and Labrador for a sick friend on the CBC. Untrievers have a special place in her beknownst Wallin, who was then heart as shetoalways had a loving Lab working as a teacher, that fill-in growing up. would later a thirtyThe translate kennel hasinto many home year career as one ofairCanada’s most comforts including conditioning, notable television journalists. homemade and branded organic I amand always I hear treats CBCamazed radio forwhen their listenstories like this. Upon leaving, ing pleasure. Some visitors of theI couldn’t helpstay but for think about or how canine kind a month 6 that story really is a teachable moweeks at a time. There is a feeling of ment. that Senator comfortYou andcould safetysaycommunicated Wallin just “got lucky.” Perhaps. by the resident dogs to newcomers But whether or not you believe in and plenty of time to enjoy human forces greater than your own at

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Just a Home Town Girl

By Sabrina Collins, NDSS Student

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s I became a young adult, I began to notice the world around me in greater detail than when I was younger. For example, I noticed how Christmas is becoming even more commercialized than ever. As soon as November rolls around, we are instantly bombarded with seasonal television specials, commercials and ads about the newest cars to buy in time for Christmas, homes decorated with magnificent bright lights, plastic Santas on front lawns and stores playing wonderful Christmas carols. All of this is meant to get you into the merry Christmas mood. But, I think it’s time to stop and think about the impact this is having and what it means to all of us. For instance, we all try to out-buy one another. My parents do it all the time. One might get me a new DVD that I wanted, and the other will give me a cheaper DVD that was from the two-for-one section. Then whoever got me the cheaper version will try to do better next year, and the year after that, and so on and so forth. It doesn’t stop with parents however, but with friends as well. It seems as if the way we try to prove our friendship to one another is to buy expensive gifts. Whatever happened to: It’s the thought that counts? Or was that ever the case to begin with? Why do we feel the need to prove ourselves to our friends? If they were our friends in the first place, they would know that we cherish them and that they are dear to us. Presents do not set us apart from one another; it is our actions that set us apart. It is how we treat people, and if we want to give gifts, it should be from the heart, and not because of the price tag. Gifts are discarded and eventually forgotten, whereas true friendship and true love for one another is forever. Secondly, something that none of us can deny is that businesses tend to push Christmas on us by upping their advertisements. For instance, a game company might release a new game just around the time kids start to work on their Christmas wish list. They’ll give us deals that we just cannot turn down no matter how hard we try. Take Leon’s Ho! Ho! Hold

the payments, you hear it all the time on the radio and see it in your daily newspaper. Companies may not care whether you end up maxing out your credit card; they are really only interested in making the sale and Christmas is the best time to get people to open their wallets. Have you ever noticed that around the third week of November Christmas songs get stuck in your head? You find yourself singing them on the way to school, the way to work, or in bed when you are trying to get to sleep. How could this be? It’s not even Christmas yet! Well, next time you step into the mall, really listen to the music, sure it might be playing very faintly, however you will notice that it’s actually playing...Christmas carols! This is a perfect and surefire way to get you thinking: I should buy so-and-so this for Christmas. You don’t even realize how this thought found its way in your mind, but you suddenly walk into a store and leave with a present or two. It’s a sneaky tactic, and it works every single time. Is it a bad thing? Not necessarily, if you have tons of money. The thing is, it works on everyone, even on me. I am a student in high school who has to rely on weekly allowances, so I don’t have a lot of cash to spend. Most students aren’t exactly rich, but when the time comes to go to Wal Mart and we hear “Jingle Bell Rock” playing ever so softly, we get the overwhelming feeling to buy something...anything. But as I said before, companies are only interested in your wallet. It’s unfortunate that we are overwhelmed with Christmas advertising; even though it may be subtle or very obvious, take note of the atmosphere around you while you are singing carols and buying gifts for your loved ones and think, is this what Christmas is all about? Have we pushed the true meaning of Christmas aside? Think about it.

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ydenham, Ontario. Two schools, a gas station, a grocer, and a general store. Located right in between Harrowsmith and Kingston, you’ll miss it before you even realize where you are. But that’s the way we like it. On the surface, Sydenham is nothing special. It’s not known for anything, or anyone. Ask anyone from the village though, and you’ll hear a different story. Having lived in Sydenham my whole life, I feel I have authentically experienced what the town has to offer. As I look back on my childhood, I find it hard to imagine a better place to grow up. A three-minute walk to school every morning is hard to beat. I used to love walking down Loughborough Public School’s main hall, the graduation composites lining the walls. Looking at them with friends, I would proudly point out my grandfather, father, aunts, and cousins. Pretty much everyone you’ve gone to elementary school with for ten years will join you across the street. Sydenham is a very tightly knit community, which you can feel when you walk through the doors of Loughborough or Sydenham High. Growing up, I never really noticed anything special, but it is obvious to me now that the village and the schools are very intertwined. Many Sydenham alumni still live around the area, and take great pride in the school’s achievements. I believe you would be hard-pressed to find a school in the city with half as much community support for academic, art, or athletic events, a truth I attribute solely to the inherent camaraderie of a small village. Some may say city living is superior; museums, boutiques, and restaurants galore, all within a ten minute walk. Everything that you need, in abundance and at your fingertips. While these are valid benefits, I believe that a view of a farmer’s field is far better than that of a strip mall, that seeing familiar smiles everywhere you go beats maneuvering your way through throngs of nameless faces, and that spotting a deer on your lawn is more magical than flickering neon lights.

My favourite qualities about Sydenham are the simple pleasures. The hidden charms of a small village that get taken for granted until you visit a big city. The starry, smogfree sky each night. Feeling completely safe walking down the main street. And, of course the Canada Day and Christmas parades. A few fire trucks, a float from the Legion, and 20 or so old cars. Hard candies and paper flags, thrown out from many little pairs of hands. Hearing the sirens of various emergency vehicles progressing down Stagecoach Road, growing louder until you can spot the lead float. Looking down the street, seeing all your neighbors lining the road. There’s nothing like it. I was reminded of one of my favourite aspects of Sydenham last night. As we pulled into Foodland, I spotted the tail end of a red Lincoln. I smiled at my sister, we both knew what that meant. I entered the store, and began scanning the aisles for my grandma. Upon seeing her in the deli section, I ran up beside her, and was greeted with a delighted smile. I love how the community is so interconnected. Invariably, when I mention the surname of a classmate at a family dinner, their family tree will be drawn up within minutes. My cousins, dad, aunts, and grandmother have lived and gone to school in Sydenham for almost 50 years, and are always eager to put two and two together when it comes to multigenerational Sydenham families like themselves. Once it is determined whether we’re discussing the Balls from Inverary or the Balls from Bellrock, we can move on to their ages, spouses, and offspring. This coming September, I will move away for University, leaving behind this wonderfully warm village. I’m thankful for the experiences that have become part of who I am.

Love and Protect Turtles Turtles, and reptiles and amphibians, are important indicators of the health of our environment. Consider helping with one or both of the items described; it is only a small investment of your time and will benefit future generations and our world. TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT #1 The Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme has entered into an online contest to raise money for turtle conservation via Shell Canada’s Fuelling Change Grant Program... and we need your help! By visiting http://fuellingchange.com/main/project/255/Turning-the-Tide-for-Turtles you have the opportunity to vote for our project Turning the Tide for Turtles! Voting only takes a few moments and the project with the most votes wins $50,000!  To vote: 1) Click the red “REGISTER” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 2) Sign up for a free account

3) Follow the link sent to your email account to vote 4) Click the “VOTE NOW” button beside our project - “Turning the Tide for Turtles” and enter in 10 votes!  Voting is open from now until April 30, 2012, but the sooner you vote the better! If you make purchases at Shell (gas or otherwise), you can redeem the codes on your receipts to apply even more votes to our project. If you don’t want to take the time to enter your receipt codes online you can mail your receipts to us or email the codes and we’ll enter them for you. With your help we can protect more wildlife and offer landowners more assistance to create and restore habitat. Sign up and Vote for “Turning the Tide for Turtles” Today! Need help voting? Contact Crystal Robertson, Adopt-A-Pond’s Stewardship and Social Marketing Coordinator, at crobertson@torontozoo.ca.

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participants can have a huge impact by signing this petition and asking others to sign it too! Please print a new petition for every 10 signatures you collect. Petitions with signatures can be mailed to: Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles (FROST), PO Box 49, Mactier, ON, P0C 1H0.   Thank-you for your continued support of our Turtle Tally monitoring programme www. torontozoo.com/adoptapond/turtletally. asp and turtle conservation in Ontario!


Scoop Backroader: Sailing Off to Amherst Island By Barb Wilson and Angela Saxe

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etting to Amherst Island is a forty-minute drive from Tamworth: straight down County Road 4 to the Loyalist Highway, turn right and pull into the ferry docking site. I know because my husband and I use to take turns driving down to the ferry boat to pick up our sons who had gone to the island after school on Fridays, their knapsacks filled with textbooks, their sticker-covered guitar cases in their hands. Teenage life for young men meant being part of a rock band and both of them trekked over to the island to meet up with their friends and band members whose parents gladly handed over the use of the upper loft of the barn and the icehouse to the aspiring musicians. Occasionally, we made the trip over to the island to drop off construction material or huge speakers and amplifiers returning with groggy, surly teens who refused to speak until they had gone home and slept for the rest of the day. Those days are now long gone, but when Barb and I were planning our next Scoop Backroader, we decided to go to Amherst Island. I had never toured the island and as it turned out, Barb had never been there. The first thing I did was call Sally Bowen, the very patient mom who had generously fed all those teenage boys, and asked her for a list of suggestions: where should we go, who should we speak to? What an enthusiastic response! We quickly learned that Islanders are proud folks who love to tell us mainlanders that they live in the most fantastic place in eastern Ontario.

Tundra Geese & Canada Geese As the saying goes: Five minutes late and you’re an hour late so we arrived at the ferry dock with enough time to gaze off towards the island that many who had sampled its charms had advised me to visit. Angela’s suggestion of touring Amherst Island seemed fitting for us as it completed the southern part of our 100 K day travel mandate. And it is an island, something that has always attracted us in our previous road travels for their often exotic uniqueness. Amherst Island turned out to be a vibrant example of how people, whose isolation pulls them together as a community, are eager to sing the praises of their island to visitors. Geographically it is situated midway between Prince Edward County and Wolfe Island, a 15 minute ferry ride from Bath, just west of Kingston. Ideally located. The ferry delivers us into the hamlet of Stella but we head west along the shore road to Topsy Farms, owned and operated by Sally Bowen and Ian Murray and four other shareholders,

for the past thirty-five years. As soon as we arrive we are whisked off to the barn to watch about 800 woolly backed lambs being herded into the barn where they will be examined by a keen eye and sensitive hand: the larger ones are separated from the herd ready to be sent to the abattoir and the rest are returned to the pasture. About 800 naturally farmed lambs behave, well, like sheep. Ian gives us a quick explanation of what is involved in processing sheep for wool and raising chemical and hormone free meat that is sold at the farm and exported to a market hungry for quality ovine products. We see so many that we are astonished to hear that there are another 1200 out in the fields.

Sally’s hand-made wool hats In the Wool Shed, a retail outlet and office, we run our hands over luxurious sheepskins, knitted goods and some funky felted sculptures made from Topsy wool, meanwhile Sally corrects a few misconceptions we have about wool. When I mention that I find wool too itchy to wear she explains that the itchiness comes from commercial processing done with chemicals that strip the lanolin and split the fibers - this causes tiny barbs to form that irritate the skin. The wool here is processed naturally and a sampled scarf on my bare neck is amazingly soft and comfortable. Many knitters come here for this prime wool for that reason. Although Sally is one of the busiest people on the Island she has arranged for some other Amherst Islanders to talk to us. Judy Bierma and Anthony Gifford are happy to tell us about Stella’s Café, a 3-season bustling café that serves wonderful home cooked food, baked goods from island bakers and it also functions as a coffeehouse. Regular guest musicians attract both Islanders and tourists and on Friday nights in the summer, many musicians converge at the Café for a “down east” style kitchen party. Everyone is welcome to either listen or play along. Hmm, maybe next summer we’ll come back since the café is closed for the winter until Judy and Anthony return from their winter home in the Bahamas. Like many who call Amherst Island home, they are seasonal residents, although Judy’s father was a master cheese maker for one of the island’s cheese factories when the island had several thriving dairy operations. In fact the population swells from about 400 full time residents to over 1000 in the summer months and it is easy to see why. Back in the car, we tour around the perimeter of the island, stopping at the south shore where birders go to The Scoop

catch sight of migrating birds as they fly south in the fall, or north in the spring. We eat our picnic lunch on large slabs of limestone rock edging the shoreline as we look out towards New York State. Further inland Owl Woods is a popular destination renowned as habitat for many species of North American owls. Living there all year round are: the Eastern Screech owls, the Long-eared owls, and the Great Horned Owls. The Snowy, Boreal and Barred owls can be spotted as they stop there during their migration. Having received a hot tip about a flock of Tundra Swans in Preston Cove, we drive to the cove and sure enough there they are. Bushwhacking into the cove we try to sneak up on them. The sight and sound was exhilarating as the flock of sparkling white Tundra Swans, interspersed with a flock of Canada Geese, took flight right in front of us and then one by one they returned to the cove to our delight. We are car touring but Amherst Island is a cyclist’s heaven with its flat roads and long vistas of lush fields, sheep, distinctive stone fences, historic limestone buildings and some upscale newer lake front homes worthy of a magazine feature. The twenty kilometers from one end to the other, and 7 K at its widest point, provide a full day trip for cyclists with several stops along the way to refresh before catching the ferry back to the mainland. The roads are quiet in November but those we do see often have the decal AI on the back of their car, making it seem like a small country and confounding motorists from elsewhere. In Stella, we stop at the Neilson Store, a restored heritage building which houses both the Weasel and Easel Handcrafts and Gallery and the Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre. Angela talks to Mayo Underwood about the cooperative nature of the gallery, the artisans and the experience of Island living. Mayo is originally from the States where she had a plant nursery business specializing in heritage plants. After meeting Doug Green, who is an award winning garden author living on the Island (he writes a garden blog, offers online gardening courses and answers readers’ questions), she sold her business and moved to Amherst Island where they are both very much involved in island life. She is a potter and knitter and enthusiastic promoter of artists and craft people in the greater area; the gallery sells only hand made items and keeps a percentage of the

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sale price to cover the cost of the upkeep of the gallery and a n y thing left over is donated to the Amherst Island public school. Meanwhile I spoke to Dayle Gowan, a member of the AIMS (Amherst Island Men’s Society), the organization that took on the restoration of the building and Museum, shows me around the museum. Time lines, photos, artifacts and the original store counter inform the visitor about life in earlier times on Amherst Island. Kauensgo means “big long island” in Huron but the name changed to Tonti Isle during the French period. With British rule it became Amherst Island named after Lady Amherst, who incidentally has a pheasant named after her as well as an Island. After the American Revolution many Loyalists came from the States to settle in the colony and remain true to the crown. Sir John Johnson was granted the island in 1788. But interestingly, the Earl of Mount Cashell wins the island in a card game. The Irish arrived during the potato famine and the population swelled to its peak of 2000 in 1842. But for many it was a stepping-stone to other parts of North America and when the system of mainland roads developed, the need for extensive marine transportation waned as did the population. Today’s inhabitants enjoy year round ferry service since 1971, and a strong, proud community of heritage families and newcomers from may parts of the world. Amherst Island even boasts its own radio station, CJAI 92.1 FM that is nestled into a former milk shed at Dayle Gowan’s farm. A wide variety of Islanders, including the broadcaster Peter Trueman, have had shows over the years since its first airing five years ago. Completely volunteer run, the station offers an eclectic variety of music, talk, and public announcements and even live musicians in the studio. On the mainland in Kingston you might be able to pick up some cool jazz, Dale’s show, The Udder Morning Show or an interview with a local musician. The radio station helps to knit this community. “Associations are strong, interdependent and very active because we need each other and it works here,” offers Sally Bowen of Topsy Farms.At the end of the day, we realize that we could have stayed longer, possibly stayed overnight at The Lodge in Stella or the working sheep farm, Foot Flats Cottage and Farm. We hope to return next summer during the WaterSide Classical Music Summer Series or the Emerald Folk Festival or, we can just drop by for a wonderful evening of island food and great music at the Stella Café. There’s something here for everyone! www.amherstisland.on.ca Photo credits: Angela Saxe

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Dave Chase: Recycling Wood into Music By Barry Lovegrove

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henever we think of recycling we think of plastic, glass and metal etcetera, but what about old wood? Sure we hear and read about wooden beams from old buildings and barn wood being reused in construction but Dave Chase has found another unique way of recycling wood. It started a few years back when his son Jason said that he wanted to learn to play the guitar. Dave with his ingenuity and natural creativity immediately thought: I bet I could make him a guitar. With that in mind, he salvaged some wood and the keys from an old piano and after studying some books and getting some information from the Internet, he made his first guitar with a Gibson Les Paul style in mind. It worked out so well that he made another one resembling a Gibson SG using the same materials. In the meantime a friend gave him an old beat up Gibson J45 acoustic that had unfortunately seen its last days. Dave took it apart and studied how it was made then he made his own acoustic guitar. From his research he learned that different types of wood produce different tones and sounds, so when he stumbled upon a one inch, four-foot long plank of African Zebra wood in a local wood store, he knew this would be perfect for him. He left the store excited with the vision of what

that plank of wood would look like after he was finished. Unlike the solid body guitar he had made before, making an acoustic guitar was completely different. Jigs and special clamps had to be made to form and bend the wood. As you can see from the photograph, he’s ready to assemble it. Well word gets around and pretty soon a friend who he works with and who lives just north of the Salmon River told him that he has a log of Northern Ash sitting in one of his back fields; it was destined to be cut up for fire wood but he was welcome to have it. Needless to say Dave didn’t hesitate to accept his friend’s offer. He took the log to a sawmill and had it cut into planks and then it was stored to let it air dry and season before it could be used. While this was taking place another friend who played in the band, Midnight Special, offered Dave a Fender Stratocaster guitar neck. It didn’t take him long to put two and two together to come up with the idea of making a Stratocaster body out of the Northern Ash. When the planks were ready, he hand cut, carved, shaped, routed slots for the electronics, sanded, lacquered the guitar body and finally fit the Stratocaster neck to it. After setting up the action and intonation he plugged it into an amp. The sound

Dave and his recycled wood guitars. L-R: Gibson SG copy made from piano wood. Centre, Acoustic guitar under construction body made from African Zebra wood and to the right his Stratocaster copy made from Northern Ash. was phenomenal, a moment that was well worth waiting for. Dave has taken some old wood from a piano and a log of wood that was destined to be burned as firewood and recycled them into instruments that will last forever. The nice thing about stringed instruments is that they get better and sound better with age. Dave has not only saved those old pieces of wood but he has given them a new life - a life of enjoyment for those musicians who will one day play his guitars.

Dave works in Quality Control at Goodyear and lives in Centreville with his wife Lori and two children Jason and Allisyn. He told me that, “One day when I retire I know what I will be doing, working with my hands and making custom guitars.” Oh and by the way he said that his daughter was now interested in learning to play the guitar. I wonder who will be getting the next Dave Chase Special. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove

Off The Grid and Lovin’ It By Cam Mather

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e spent five years looking for our dream home in the country. We found it in the woods near Tamworth and amazingly it had all fifteen of the items on our wish list, including solar power. In fact it was “off the grid”, 6 kilometers from the nearest electricity pole. That was thirteen years ago and what began as a dream to get out of the suburban grind has turned into a quest to make ourselves as independent as possible. Shortly after moving here in 1998 a neighbor asked if went off-grid out of concerns over the Y-2K millennium computer glitch which was to bring about the end of the civilized world. In fact that hadn’t even occurred to us. While the problems of Y-2K were much greater than the media reported it wasn’t until August 14, 2003 that we started to become aware of just how tightly wound industrial society has become. When the power went off for 50 million people in Ontario and the northern U.S. it became abundantly clear to me how susceptible to disruption our society has become. I was listening to the CBC at 4 pm when it went off the air. I didn’t think much about it and switched to listening to CDs. Michelle’s niece and husband were visiting and we had a lovely dinner while the fridge was keeping our food cool and the pump was providing water to flush our toilets and wash our hands. When our daughters finally turned on the TV at 8 pm

we became aware of the chaos that had become modern society. No stop lights. Disrupted communications. Food spoiling. For rural people no water. The list is long and kind of concerning. Of course in Ontario we spent the week on reduced power as they tried to restart and reconnect our nuclear plants that had to shut down and disengaged from the grid when the blackout hit. This was about the same time I started reading about peak oil and the concept that at some point we will have extracted half of the oil that’s in the ground. What’s left will be deeper and harder to extract. It appears we hit peak in 2006 and we all watched the Deepwater Horizon oil well dump millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months last summer. We’re drilling for oil three kilometers from the surface because that’s all we have left. So we started looking how much energy we used and how we depended on it. We added more solar panels and installed a solar hot water heater. Then we started looking at our diet and how so much of our food traveled a long way to our dinner plates. So we started making the gardens bigger and planting things like berry plants. I love sweet things and it seemed that much of the produce we were eating was coming from a long away. We also invested in a freezer that allowed us to freeze much of the bounty that our gardens were producing. And each time we were able

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to make a direct link between our investment in things like more solar panels, and the freezer that they powered that allowed us to eat more locally and be in control of what went into our food. I think of the impact of an ice storm like the one we experienced in 1998 on our grand parents. They may have spilled some milk on the walk back from the barn, but their farmhouse would be warm from the wood they cut, they’d have water from the well, and they’d have food in the root cellar and barn. So why is it that an icestorm has such a devastating impact on us today? When the power goes out we are incapacitated. We can’t heat our homes, or pump water, or keep lights on, or food cold, we just kind of sit there, hoping they’ll come back on soon. I believe there is a rising awareness of the challenges we face from resource depletion and climate change and the on-going economic crisis. I think people want to make themselves more independent but don’t always know where to begin. The tools exist and I outlined them in my book “Thriving During Challenging Times, The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook.” For years I have been doing workshops throughout the province to provide

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Cam’s off-grid retreat people with a strategy on how to make themselves more resilient to what seems to be an ever increasing number of shocks to our system. People leave empowered and motivated to make changes. This year I’ve decided to offer the most hands-on training you can get at our house. The full day workshop will look at everything from how we power our off-grid home with the sun and wind, to how we grow food and water it in our sandy soil and store it. Plus I’ll discuss strategies on dealing with the financial uncertainties we face today. I’m hopeful that seeing just how well you can live without someone else providing all the essentials like heat, and light and water and food, will motivate others to take the next step towards independence. The more people that do this in my community the more resilient we’ll all be. Our fall workshops were sold out and we will be running them in the spring. You can get more details by calling 613-539-2831 or visiting www.cammather.com. Photo credit: Cam Mather


KIDS & PARENTS CALLING ALL PARENTS!

County of Lennox & Addington Public Library

Children’s Programs

By Laurel Cruise-Alkenbrack

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haracter Education is essential in maintaining a safe and respectful community at Tamworth and Enterprise Schools. Jim Jordan Author of ’Plug the Tub’, Motivational Speaker & Entertainer offers anti bullying programs to schools, administrators and community members all across North America. Jim and Reportbullying.com created a dynamic keynote for PARENTS to help them further understand child behaviors and to learn motivating techniques when their children become unplugged. Jim Jordan’s keynote to parents was well received on Tuesday Nov 1 at Tamworth Elementary School. Parents from both Enterprise and Tamworth attended the evening session that Jim presented to reflect on how their parenting style affects their

child’s confidence and why it is so important for children to speak up. Topics addressed included Communication strategies/ Determine an attitude/ Aggressive & Assertive/ Get to know your children/ What is Bullying/ signs that children are bullied/ Why does the bully do what they do/ What can we do as parents when our children tell us they are victims/ Parents role/ Bystanders role- the students that are watching the bullying. Jim also presented to both the primary and junior/intermediate divisions the next morning at two special assemblies. The focus was Friends helping Friends – Stop Bullying. Our staff appreciated the support of our parents and community in keeping our students safe.

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Tamworth Branch Kid’s Club- Wednesdays @ 615-715pm Come to the Tamworth Branch for an exciting evening of crafts, stories and games. Registration at 613-3793082 is appreciated.  Dropin participants are always welcome.

Camden East Branch Toddler Tales- Mondays @ 1030am A story time for children 1-4 years, and their caregivers a 30 minute program focuses on simple stories, rhymes, songs and action plays. Registration at 613-3782101 is appreciated.  Dropin participants are always welcome.

If Buses are cancelled in your area, then playgroup will also be cancelled. If it is a stormy day and you do not have school age children please listen to the local radio station for cancellations or call our office. South 613-354-6318 ~ North 613-336-8934 ext 257

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Puppy Tales- Thursdays @ 1030am Read your favourite stories to Matisse, Child Therapy Certified, Bichon Frise Children will enjoy reading stories, singing songs, and participating in craft activities while interacting with this gentle dog. Registration at 613-3542525 is appreciated.  Dropin participants are always welcome. Homework Help Get homework help at the Napanee Public Library from a qualified teacher!  We can help you with math, writing, science, social studies and more. Please call 613-354-2525 for more information.

Yarker Branch Bedtime BuddiesTuesdays @ 630pm This weekly story time program is designed for the whole family.  Children, their adults and best “bedtime buddies will enjoy the “pyjama party” atmosphere of this sleepy time activity that includes stories, songs, and bedtime snacks. This program will restart in the new year.

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A Natural View  

                                                                                  By Terry Sprague   UP BEFORE FIVE – THE FAMILY FARM    y wife has often accused However, the book is mostly about me of taking an intermi- the good times, of a dog that smoked nable length of time to a pipe, and the time my parents were complete projects. Such was the case mortified after I presented a gift of a with a book I just had published two blue, plastic pottie at the neighbours’ months ago. baby shower and announced that My mother and father passed away it had once been mine, but I hadn’t in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Al- used it much.  I remember my father most a decade earlier they had urged sitting on an overturned tomato crate me to write a book, relating our farm- under the Manitoba maple, handing experiences when we enjoyed so sharpening hay mower knives. My many pleasant memories of toiling mother asking a puzzled city boy who in the fields together, going on pic- spent a few nights with us one Janunics, and actually sitting down to a ary, if he wanted to take a stone to meal, together, as a family. In their bed with him. Heating a large rock in retirement, they noted that the days the oven of the cookstove, wrapping of families and neighbours working it in a cloth and placing it under the together in the fields was a rapidly covers at the foot of the bed was how disappearing feature of our society. we kept warm at night. Small farms, like we owned on the south shore of the Bay of Quinte, in Prince Edward County, were disappearing. So, were the small fields and small machinery. The writing was on the wall. It was rapidly becoming less about small fields and mom and pop endeavours, and more about gigantic tractors and wildlife rich fencerows being unceremoniously bulldozed to Cows transform small farms into one huge field. The farming scene was changThe book is a collection of stories ing into big business. It was time to close the stable door for good and about spring tillage, harvesting hay hang up our pitchfork. So, when and my nephew’s tragic mistake at more money than we had ever seen the age of 13 claiming he could lift at one time in our lives was dangled a bale of hay. He was subsequently in front of us, we snatched it with no hired for six years to help in the harvest of the hay. He now owns a Home apology.  I spent most of last winter in my Hardware store in Morrisburg and home office, immersing myself into still remembers those days. the memories of that wonderful era of As farmers, we were animal lovers, neighbour helping neighbour, fam- and that extended beyond the Holily picnics, threshing bees and filling steins and Herefords to a plethora silo. It wasn’t hard to do. Although of farm pets including skunks, racmy parents retired and moved into coons, robins and sparrow hawks, Picton, my wife and I retained an goats, squirrels, even a pet pig who acre off the one corner of the farm. I was trained to papers. It’s about could still walk the fields, albeit over- Christmas and how Chico, a fox tergrown with red cedars and ash trees, rier, would check on a rawhide beef and recall the days of spreading ma- chew under the Christmas tree and nure, baling hay, combining grain not touch it until Christmas mornand picking tomatoes. A kilometre ing. And a black lab, who was so walk down the road brought me to terrified of water that, when tossed the homestead where I could stare at off the dock in an effort to bathe the dairy barn and remember our en- her, she swam out to sea and we tire family helping to deliver a calf in had to bring her back with the boat. the middle of the night, or working in the hay mow next to a hot metal roof on an unforgiving July day, as bale after bale of hay worked its way up the elevator from the wagon below. I remember a school chum recognizing my father in the mow, but asking who that “other man” was on the wagon. It was my mother, dressed in a plaid shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap. The 200-page book, generously sprinkled with over 60 photos from Chico the 1950s and 1960s tells the story of how small farms were the social A few excerpts from the book:  “Dad was seldom heard to swear. fabric of the community. Mostly, the book is about our farm and is filled But he did often come up with some with humorous day-to-day misad- colourful and unusual expletives ventures. There is sorrow too, like whenever a cow failed to cooperate. the time we watched one of our best A cow was sometimes referred to as cows bleed to death from a lung hem- reprobate or, his personal favourite, orrhage, or trying to come to grips a trollop.” “ On another rainy night, I awoke to with the death of two young pilots of a T-33 jet trainer that exploded when the sound of my father’s name being it crashed in a field just west of our slurred out seductively, followed by several long blasts of a car horn and a house.

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couple intoxicated verses of Farmer in the Dell. Cautiously, I peeked out my upstairs bedroom window and recognized the truck as belonging to a neighbour from the west end of Big Island. There had been a drinking party somewhere, and on this night, Dad was the questionable target. However, Dad attributed the sound of the horn to a boat entering the harbour at Baycrest Marina, and failed to respond to the outstanding performance being delivered in his honour.” On drawing in hay: “Generally, the loads arrived to the barn without incident. Once, after piling the load rather high to eliminate a return trip to the field for the remaining dozen bales or so, cautiously, I pulled the overloaded wagon out of the field and onto the laneway. As the wagon lowered itself into a dip in the laneway, I looked back in time to see Dwayne who had been perched on the uppermost bale slowly start to disappear, spiraling slowly around as though he were in a huge drain of some sort, and the entire one side of the load begin to slide to the ground. I found Dwayne still perched atop the bales, but now at ground level, unaffected by the unexpected descent, and still chewing on a stalk of timothy.” On naming cows: “Old Shaky was a walking miracle. She was a bundle of nerves and for this reason was placed at the far end of the stable away from the constant noise and traffic associated with milking. Startle this cow, which sometimes involved little more than speaking, and her joints and bones would rattle like a human skeleton hanging in a hospital lab. There was little fear when milking this cow as she was quite incapable of administering a kick. If her leg did lift into position, the joints would lock, leaving the poised leg dangling like a useless two by four. Within a few seconds, a joint somewhere would crack and her leg would return to the floor. Many of my friends who would not otherwise enter a barn, did so just to witness this cow’s peculiar attribute.” I remember: Sitting next to the cookstove in winter. We would drop the oven door to a horizontal position and sit facing the stove with our feet on the open oven door; the smell of a freshly, manure-spread field on a misty morning; my winter alarm clock - it was my mother shaking the grates on the woodstove to drop the ashes into the ash pan

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Terry with Jersey below; the smell of new mown hay; cleaning out our septic tank, burying my clothes , then realizing we had to have a whole new system after all; listening to Gordon Sinclair and the news on CFRB-Toronto; seldom getting a cold. Anything worse than a cold was merely a bad cold. Only city people got the flu - farmers got the grippe; walking back our lane after milking and listening to the vesper sparrows sing; cow salt - breaking off chunks where the cows had licked it into arched hooks, and sucking on it while I worked; Coco-cola in glass bottles for 10 cents at Kenny Carter’s General Store in Demorestville, 7 cents if you returned the bottle; the intercom from the barn to the house. Mother always had to remind us that egg customers often dropped in, and that the colourful language, belching, and other disgusting noises had to stop. For more information on birding and nature and guided hikes, 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. Photo credits: Terry Sprague.

Up Before Five – the Family Farm is available at $20.00 from the Tamworth Bookstore, and at the Napanee Beaver. The book can also be ordered by mail ($25.00) from the author (23 Sprague Rd., R.R. # 1, Demorestville, Ontario K0K 1W0). Phone 613-4765072 or e-mail tsprague@kos.net


L&A Textile Archaeology By Jane Foster and Dennis Mills

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ncovering the Survivors, an exhibit of early nineteenth century handwoven textiles made in Lennox and Addington County and area, will open to the public at the Lennox and Addington County Museum, 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee, on Friday evening November 18, 7 –9 p.m. The exhibition will continue to January 7, 2012. Handwoven textiles were a necessity for a comfortable life on the frontier in the nineteenth century. Weavers, who used linen fibres processed from flax crops and wool fibres carded from sheep fleece, created them. Since most handwoven textiles were used and re-used, many don’t survive. However, those that survive today include early coverlets, blankets, shawls and bed linens. The exhibition will showcase examples in local collections, as well as the Museum’s. The exhibit provides a window to the weavers who played such a significant role within their communi-

ties. Some of the weavers, including Peter Fretz from Montgomery County, on the western frontier of New York State, and others from Ireland and Scotland, were professionals who relocated here, bringing extensive knowledge and skills. They left behind complex and sophisticated achievements, reflecting the social, cultural and historical traditions of their time. Other weavers often working within family groups, including the Jacob Schryver family from Pennsylvania, made textiles for their daily domestic use and offered their talents to nearby neighbours. Their creations, The Beauty of the Lake, Lady’s Delight, Distant Beauty, Dog Tracks, and Freemason’s Felicity added warmth and sophistication to basic log cabins or small Ontario cottages. While originally created as necessities for life on the frontier, these textiles can also be appreciated as works of art displaying dramatic patterns and colour choices.

The identity of the weaver can sometimes be deduced from the technical achievement of the coverlet, blanket, shawl or bed linen created from widths of cloth, patiently woven on two and four harness looms. Some, such as Samuel Pentland, an Irish immigrant who settled on Amherst Island and later moved to Huron County, left behind weaving patterns while others are known only by family tradition. Others, like the Jacob Schryver family, left behind textile processing and weaving tools. Matching Lennox and Addington weavers to specific examples using census records and stylistic comparisons is detective work. While sometimes recorded as weavers, they are often only listed as farmers. While it may only be possible to deduce an attribution to a weaver, most examples have been dated to specific time periods and linked to early families and communities in the County. The handweaving tradition begins

Handweaving close-up to disappear from the area by the time the stately Courthouse is built on Thomas Street in the mid-1860s. During the second half of the nineteenth century, increased industrialization and better transportation, including the Grand Trunk Railway that bisected the southern townships of the county, allowed Lennox and Addington residents to access a variety of mass produced textiles. But even so, ties to the past were strong and family members continued to use the handwoven creations of their ancestors or put them carefully put away in blanket boxes. Today, they are a joy to be shared for their aesthetic appeal and technical achievement. They are sure to delight.

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Come Celebrate The Joy of Christmas with us at

Christ Church Tamworth On

December 9th at 7:00pm

Wishing you all the best of this Festive Season.

PERFORMANCES BY THE FRIZZELLS THAIS LAWSON BARRY LOVEGROVE

friends, family and community

A time of Joy, Fun and Laughter that the whole family will enjoy. Singing along to well known Christmas Carols and Traditional Christmas songs. Take a little break from all the hustle, bustle and business that can take place this time of year. Hear the true meaning of Christmas told through the scriptures.

No Charge: Please bring along a non-perishable Food donation for the Lions Christmas Baskets that will be distributed by them in and around this area. *** More info call Barry: 613 379-3003 *** The Scoop

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A Little Horsin’ Around By Heather Spencer

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he relationship between horses and girls is legendary. Some little girls are just born with a pull towards the four-legged beasts. Parents will hear the cries of: I want a pony, long before their daughters are asking for the newest fashions or toys. What is it that draws us to them? Some boys like to ride also, but it is not the same. For them, it is about speed and having a dirt bike with legs instead of wheels. Girls just view horses differently. Most animals are categorized as a “flight or fight” animal. No doubt that a horse is a flight animal and would rather run away than face danger head on. Because of this, a horse can be brow beaten into losing its own free will: a common training method of long ago. Women tend not to use this method. Instead, they take the time to get to know the animal’s personality and quirks, and work on gaining respect through trust. Horses are curious animals and are eager to learn. Trying new things at a slow and comfortable pace, so he knows he will not be harmed, is a great way to build a bond. Very little girls see a pony as an extra-large version of a stuffed toy,

where they can brush and braid his mane, decorate with ribbons, and enjoy his soft coat. Visions of unicorns dance in their heads. When she learns to ride, it can be a group sport leading to competitions, or she may set small goals for herself. This is a confidence-building sport for all types of children, whether they are introverted or extroverted. Maybe she has just cantered around the ring a full circuit for the first time. Maybe nobody else knows this is a huge accomplishment for her, but she knows it, and her horse can sense that he has done well also. As a teenager, the barn becomes a place where everyone is accepted. It doesn’t matter if you are the most popular kid at school, it is about how you behave at the barn and how you treat your horse. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing a timid teen complete her first small jump; after landing it, a huge smile spreads across her face. It isn’t how she compares to anyone else, it is that girl’s own success. At any age, your horse becomes your confidant. As a teen, the barn is a refuge from school pressures. As an adult, when you have a bad day,

going to the stable and brushing your equine friend is comforting in a way that only a horse owner can comprehend. When you are in the saddle, concentrating on the tasks at hand, all other worries disappear. Even as an adult woman, after a particularly difficult day, I want nothing more than to head to the barn and see my horses. Some days I hope I will have the barn to myself to just brush my furry friends and tell them how special they are to me. There is nothing that warms my heart more than to have my hoofed buddies greet me with excitement of what our time together will bring. If you’ve never understood the connection between women and horses, perhaps you need to head to a stable and find out for yourself the amazing special powers these creatures hold. Heather Spencer is the owner of a retail store specializing in cowboy boots and riding equipment. www. HarrowsmithHorseCountry.com Photo credit: Suzy Lamont Audrey Rae Saxe-Cameron started her riding lessons at Under the Cross one month prior to her 4th birthday. Her instructor Beth is teaching her to

control her pony and learn to: walk, trot, post and two point. At the beginning of each lesson, Audrey has to groom the pony, Bonnie and tack her up; at the end of the lesson she has to untack her and give her treats. At home, Audrey is responsible for leading her own pony Lucky and putting on his halter and she is also responsible for grooming him. All that work doesn’t deter Audrey; she loves every minute she spends with her ponies. “I like riding horses a lot because it’s fun. Horses are really, really pretty and I never want to stop seeing them. When I grow up, I want to be a horse back rider and do jumping.”

Meet Leonard Hinch Turkey Sightings By Barry Lovegrove

By Mel Galliford

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eonard is a very quiet unassuming man always ready to hear or tell a joke. If you ever get into the situation where he wants to tell you a joke listen very carefully as he speaks very softly and be prepared as he’s usually laughs at the punch line before you get to hear it. Half the time you end up missing the most important part of the joke and can’t help but laugh along with him, as he’s just that type of person. Leonard is seventy-four years old and still working on the family farms. He has a farm on County Road 4 that is just over one hundred acres, and on the other one where he lives on Hwy 41 just north of Erinsville, there’s about three hundred acres of pastureland. Leonard and his wife Catherine have three children: daughter Carol and their three sons, Tom, Terry and Tim. “Farming around here is not like it use to be,” Leonard tells me. “Over the years the price of beef hasn’t changed but the cost of living keeps going up and up especially Hydro and gas. I worked ten years for Hydro and thirty years for the County in the roads department, sanding the roads in the winter and all the other jobs that go along with it. My Grandfather bought the farm on County Road 4 in 1910. When times were good we were raising about thirty-five head of beef cattle. Now I just have a few head of cattle and a couple of horses. I had a setback in 2003, I got pretty sick but thanks

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Leonard Hinch to Dr. Hota in Napanee Hospital and some good advice that he gave me, I have been doing very well since then.” Leonard is a man of routine. You can catch him most mornings having breakfast at the A1 Corner Store in Tamworth and he usually drops in at The Lakeview Tavern in Erinsville for a beverage on his way home in the late afternoon. If you’ve seen the cover of the Tamworth and Erinsville Telephone Directory, you’ll see a picture of his farm on Cty Road 4 with quite an auspicious cloud hovering over it. You will often see him in the morning feeding the cattle or cutting some brush alongside his small weathered red barn close to the road. If he is there, don’t be shy just give a little hoot on your horn he always waves back. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove.

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i l d turkeys everywhere! Gone from Canada by the early 1900s, the wild turkey has made an impressive return since its reintroduction in the mid-1980s. Flocks of the large birds, numbering up to forty, have been sighted by many in fields, backyards and forests. This is not surprising since we are in the middle of their range, and estimates place their numbers at around 80,000 in Ontario. There is no doubt that this is one of the great success stories of wildlife conservation and restoration: a native species that was completely extirpated from Canada and only survived in a few areas of the continent, has been quickly restored to much of its original range. And these are the original Eastern Wild Turkeys, the same ones native tribes hunted and that European colonists discovered; there are other sub-species in the south and west, and some hybrids as well. Many have celebrated this return, and some hunters consider turkeys the finest and most exciting game. The hunt is strictly regulated, requiring a wild turkey license, only available after taking the Wild Turkey Hunter Education Course and passing a written examination, with a limit of two birds for the spring hunt.

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Wild Turkey The birds are not without their detractors however, and some have accused them of raiding farmer’s fields, while a flock of rogue gobblers has been attacking innocent walkers and drivers in and around Barrie, according to a June Toronto Sun article. Barrie’s mayor and several councilors even raised the issue and looked for possible solutions to the avian assaults. The birds are after all decent-sized opponents, with a large male weighing up to 11kg. While many here and elsewhere (including several Sun readers, as their comments revealed) would have a quick solution to this “problem” (including a good stuffing recipe and lots of wild cranberries), others may be paralyzed by fear of these angry birds or, are too concerned about their protected status to take action. But Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources confirms that using “lethal force” is an appropriate way to protect your property should damage occur (provided all laws and regulations are followed). Feeding the birds is also generally not recommended.


Ingle:

The York/McLaughlin Neighbourhood By Cora Reid

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he Ingle neighbourhood takes in the west lots of the 9th concession of Camden East and the southwest corner of Sheffield Township. Most of the families settled in the 1830’s. John Laughlin, who was born in New York State in 1783, arrived in Ernestown with his UEL parents, Alexander and Mary. John married Elizabeth Stover, daughter of Martin Stover, UE. They sold their property in Ernestown in 1835-6 and took up lot 1, concession 2 in Sheffield. At this time, John became known as McLaughlin, same as his descendants. Daniel York who had been discharged from the Loyal Rangers went

back to his family in the U.S.A where he married. When he returned to Canada in 1806 with his wife, Polly, he had five sons and three daughters. No location has been found for his homestead but he died in Sheffield on the 24th of June, 1846. It was Daniel’s sons, Frederick and Richard York, who settled in the Camden and Sheffield area. Richard York married Mary McLaughlin, daughter of John McLaughlin while John’s son, Martin McLaughlin, married Rachel, daughter of Frederick York. There are many descendants of these Yorks. There were a number of York & McLaughlin marriages.

Ingle area c. 1878

Ingle sign in front of McLaughlin farm In 1836, a log school (Sheffield S.S. 1) was built on land donated by John McLaughlin for a school and cemetery. Eventually a framed school replaced the log building. In 1850, forty-seven pupils were enrolled: in 1867 there were fifty-four. S.S. 1 was a union school with Camden East Township. In the 1840s, [Episcopal] Methodist Circuit Riders from Napanee visited Sheffield. Services were held in the school and a shed was built to shelter the horses. (The shed was later moved to the McLaughlin farm.) This congregation was on the Roblin Charge and then transferred to Tamworth Charge in 1906. In 1908 a new frame school was built a short distance west of the cemetery. It was used until the 1960s when pupils began attending the Tamworth School. This frame schoolhouse is now a private dwelling. A post office established in the area as early as 1857 was named Baldwin. Frederick York’s daughter, Mary, was the wife of James Baldwin. Robert Paul was Post Master from 1857-1859 and Gordon P. York

(son of Richard) from 1860 to Dec. 28, 1870, when it closed. (The 1860 Walling Map showed a store in the same location.) Ingle Post Office operated from 1893 until 1913, then closed. The earliest headstone in the cemetery was dated 1845 and the last 1940. Surnames found at this cemetery are: Akey, Barragher, Berry, Bradshaw, Brown, Crouse, Marlin, Martin, McAdam, McKnight, McLaughlin, Mowers, Palmateer, Pringle, Scouten, Storr, Varty, Wahill, Walker, Yates and many Yorks. If anyone is interested in the York family and Daniel York’s struggle for land in Ontario, Google Rebel Tory or Loyalist Patriot? Daniel York in the American Revolution and a Brief History of the York Family of Lennox and Addington, by Rob Fisher. (Source: www.yorkfamilyheritage. ca/yorkhistory.pdf) Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove

TOWNSHIP OF STONE MILLS NEWS HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Stone Mills Fire Fighters Council and Staff for The Corporation of the Township of Stone Mills wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. It is our pleasure once again to extend a very sincere Thank You to all members of our local volunteer associations with a special Thank You to the members of our volunteer fire department. It is largely through the efforts of our volunteers that we have a safe and enjoyable place in which to live, work and raise our families. The Township of Stone Mills Municipal Office will be closed on December 26 and 27, 2011 and January 2, 2012. The standard winter hours of operation of our waste sites will remain unchanged as a result of the holiday season.

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If you have any questions, please contact The Municipal Office at 613-378-2475 Darlene Plumley, C.A.O. Clerk Township of Stone Mills www.stonemills.com

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LAKEVIEW TAVERN

Tanya Meszaros awards Bob Thompson at The Lakeview Tavern’s 2011 Annual Big Buck award. It weighed in at 226 lbs. The Biggest Doe brought in by Ray Thompson weighed in at 127.5. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove.

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Tasty Memories

Lakeview Tavern 2011 Big Buck Contest: Thank you to our sponsors!

By Bev Frazer

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hristmas is made of memories – memories of years past and years to come, memories with family and friends. One of my most vivid and fondest memories as a young child is making traditional sugar cookies – Santa Claus, reindeer, stocking, angels, stars and bells. These were the cookie cutters we used as far back as I can remember – solid green, heavy plastic! As I am the youngest of six children, my clearest and yes, my fondest, is of me and my brother Christopher, making the dough, rolling it out, “cutting” each cookie. We then carefully baked them and then the best part – decorating them. We decorated the cookies with “icing sugar” icing or sugar cookie icing. My Mom let us colour the icing any colour we wanted, but we mainly stuck to the basics and traditional colours of Christmas. The time would seem to fly with my brother beside me, Christmas music playing in the background, and as I remember it; we never argued or fought – showing true Christmas spirit. Our cookies were placed on the tray of goodies brought out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I was so proud of them and of course they tasted the best because we made them. It didn’t matter how they looked, it mattered that we made them together. This tradition of baking together has followed through my family, maybe not these cookies, but baking all the same. As you know, it’s not what you’re baking that is important, but the time you spend together with the ones you love. It’s a wonderful memory to have and share and I thank my Mom for creating this for me. So, dig out those cookie cutters from the back of the drawer and get started on some great Christmas memories. The River Bakery Café & Patio would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!

SUGAR COOKIES Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies Ingredients 1 and 1/2 cups butter, softened 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt Directions 1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. 2. Beat in eggs and vanilla. 3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for one to two hours at least. 4. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. 5. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cookies are done when slightly brown on the bottom. 6. DECORATE!!!

ICING Ingredients 5 cups confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar) ½ cup and 2 tablespoons shortening 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon milk 1 and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Directions 1. In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and shortening until smooth. 2. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. 3. Color with food coloring if desired.

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Thank you to all the Hunters and The Lakeview Staff Congratulations to this year’s winners! Biggest Buck Biggest Doe 1. Bob Thompson 226 lbs 1. Ray Thompson 127.5 lbs 2. Leonard Hinch 222 lbs 2. Mike Vent 126.5 lbs 3. Greg Simpson 220.5 lbs 3. Terry Hinch 125.5 lbs

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Cactus Finds a Home By Golden Bough Media

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ver the years the big cactus had never stuck me… even when we carted it out and in every summer. But, alas, it is now a metre high and needs more elbow (spine) room. And it’s already November. So I phone around for a new home. The first reply is categorical: not only our cactus but all cacti are rejected. The second rejection is ideological: “Plants outside, humans inside.” It’s looking bleak for the bristler. Even our savvy post-mistress can find no takers. But I can’t leave an old friend to freeze outside so for reasons unknown I phone a farmer who has a bright airy entrance to his barn. Of course he wants the cactus. A further surprise: the tropical plant that normally graced his entrance had been left outside the previous night and frozen. Out of the blue then comes a replacement bristling with potential

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and authority. What are the odds? This plant success story can be witnessed at the McLaughlin farm where young Stewart’s brown eggs now enjoy the enhanced security of an armed guard.

Cactus relocation


Curling

Winter: An Old Friend

By Gayle Johnson

By Grace Smith

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t is an exciting time at the Napanee and District Curling Club.  Not only have many exciting events already taken place at NDCC, more are to come! Readers may remember that just a little over a year ago, Napanee Curling Club, along with Greater Napanee, hosted the Ontario Tankard.  This provincial championship was a huge success. Not only was there great curling competition - won by crowd favourite Glen Howard, but in terms of hospitality, Back row: Gayle Johnson, Janie Ryan. entertainment and number of volunFront row: Louise VanHeighten, teers involved, it was amazing.  Due Phyllis Babe to the over 150 club volunteers for this event, the Napanee Curling Club ritories of Canada will descend on benefited financially.   This in turn Napanee, with games being played has led to other exciting changes at at the SPC and at the club.  Prepathe club. ration and planning for this event Shortly after the Tankard had has been underway, almost since wrapped up, committees were struck the Tankard competition wrapped within the club to receive input from up. With our newly renovated club, club members and decide where we are ready to host the country! these funds would be spent.  It did Again, though, we are looking to not take long for everyone in the club our community and our club to volto agree that there were updates that unteer for this event.  Even more needed, and now could, be made. volunteers are needed for the wide All summer long, a team of hard- variety of duties that hosting an working volunteers, led by house di- event like this requires. rector Bill Ryan worked to renovate Volunteer duties include everythe kitchen, bar and lounge area of thing from preparing and serving the club.  This was no simple reno- meals, to selling tickets, to on-ice vation though; the renovation began duties.  This is a once in a lifetime with the installation of a new, used, chance to get involved in a national gas stove. After purchase it was event, and witness some of the curldiscovered that a range of updates ers that are sure to go on to repreneeded to be implemented.  With sent our country, not just this seathis as a basis, the entire kitchen son at the World Championships area was updated, an industrial in Sweden, but at the Olympics and dishwasher installed, and the kitch- beyond!  If you are interested in volen area was enlarged so that catering unteering, see our website at http:// for our many large bonspiels would www.ndcc.ca/ or contact volunteer be easier with more space to move chair, Sandy Eastlake at s_seastaround.  Kitchen director, Lana Jae- lake@kos.net. ger, has been busy giving lessons on Tickets for the event are now on proper, safe use of these appliances. sale, with weeklong passes $100 and With those changes required to weekend passes $50 available by bring our kitchen up-to-date, reno- calling 613-354-4423 or by visiting vations proceeded to the other areas www.curling.ca/championships/juof the lounge.  Due to the increased niors. size of the kitchen area, the bar was Another exciting event that was moved from near the kitchen to the held at our club was the Talent and other end of the lounge.  A brand Treasures fundraising event.  This new bar, complete with storage for auction of donated talents or treawine glasses, removing the pop dis- sures by club members was held on penser, plus installing a draft ma- Sunday, November 20th, and was chine was designed.  Our new bar open to the public.  For only $5 evarea has indeed been modernized eryone was able to join us for a piece and is getting great reviews. Other of homemade pie, tea or coffee and improvements made to the lounge bid as auctioneer Neil Lambert led area include replacing the carpet the live auction, or wrote in on silent with tiles, and installing new mod- auction items. ern light fixtures. While all of these renovations and On October 20th an appreciation major events are exciting, we can’t luncheon and open-house was held forget the fun, competition and soto thank the 35 hard-working vol- cialization enjoyed by our members unteers, as well as give everyone a in our regular curling draws. Monchance to inspect all of these won- day night is Men’s Night with 19 derful updates. teams competing, Tuesday morning League play began earlier than nor- Up & At’em mixed with 18 teams mal this year due to another exciting while evening mixed has 9 teams, event coming to Napanee District Wednesday morning Senior men’s Curling Club.  Again, in co-opera- has 14 teams, Wednesday evening lation with the town of Napanee and dies 9 teams, Thursday afternoon laThe SPORTS ASSOCIATION, a ma- dies has 9 teams, Thursday evening jor curling competition is coming to men’s 10 teams and our social Frithe Strathcona Paper Center and the day night mixed with 21 teams.  As curling club.  February 4 - 12, 2012, you can see, there is lots of opportuNapanee will host the M & M Cana- nity through the day, or evening to dian Junior Championships.  Thir- join us for the fun of curling. teen male and thirteen female teams representing the provinces and ter- Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove. The Scoop

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h, winter is here. At last. And it couldn’t have come any sooner. We were just starting to lull into the lazy haze of a long, hot summer when the cold quietly crept in and woke us right up and out of that rut. Our first warning was the changing leaves on the trees; the safe greens were modified into something more, something brighter. Each fluttering paper-like piece of nature was a subtle alert that change was coming. And soon. Next, we started rising with the sun to find glittering beauty adorning everything its slender fingers could touch. Frost caressed the ground we walk on, the vehicles we drive, the world we live in. And finally, the sun began to say goodbye much earlier in the evening, leaving us to bask in the warm darkness of winter. Then at long last, standing at our doorstep is winter. The first snowfall surprises—and excites—everyone. We wake up on that historical morning and we seem to know that something monumental has happened, we just don’t know what yet. Then we run to the window, peer outside carefully and behold the wonder of winter. And then everything spirals out from there. Numerous afternoons are wasted away on the outdoor skating rink. Couples pair off for a drawn out, cuddly twirl around the pond. Young kids push chairs around in an attempt to learn how to skate—while their parents follow closely behind. And people of all ages gather, throw in their sticks, and play Canada’s game. That love of hockey carries into the privacy of our homes as well. We huddle around the TV to watch our favourite team light up the ice or we argue over whose team is better—Habs or Leafs—but no one ever wins. We dress up enthusiastically in our team colours, hats and jerseys and express our love of the game. Our spirits soar when we win, but plummet if we lose, leaking into the night. But no matter who wins, everyone gets a toasty mug of hot chocolate with shortbread cookies. It’s the perfect, cosy snack on a cold winter night. But we have to be careful we don’t burn our tongues; we don’t

Winter sleigh ride want it too hot. And we all love curling up on the couch with a soft blanket, a blazing fire, and a good book in hand. Letting the words sink into you as you absorb the inviting warmth from the fireplace is a feeling like none other. Simple, but completely satisfying. Playing in the snow is yet another reason we adore winter. We pile on the clothes, layer after layer. We add simple finishing touches to our masterpiece: long scarves and fuzzy hats and mittens. And then we venture outside. Who doesn’t love falling into deep powdery snow and forming the simple body of a snow angel? Or walking the same path as someone before you; following in someone else’s footsteps? And those are just the simple things. Making snowmen is an activity for people of all ages. Building snow forts and having snow fights are all required winter activities as well. But perhaps the most important outdoor winter fun can be experienced when we all pack up together and head to the nearby hill for some tobogganing adventures. Sledding down a hill at neck-breaking speeds can be both thrilling and entertaining. The warmth flows as we hear kids screaming all around us, see snow flying, and feel the laughter reaching out. Sweat lingers below the many protective layers of warmth. We had stopped letting the cold interfere with us a long time ago. Our fingers are aching, our feet sore from walking, our cheeks are blossoming and noses turning a rosy red, but we don’t care. We’re where we want to be, when we want to be, and doing what we love to do: braving the cold like any good Canadian and lovingly embracing winter the way it should be—as an old friend. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove.

Recommended Minimum Ice Thickness for New Clear Hard Ice. No ice is without some risk. Be sure to measure clear hard ice in several places. 3" (7 cm) or less STAY OFF!

4" (10 cm)

5" (12 cm)

ice fishing one vehicle walking cross country snowmobile or ATV skiing

8 -12" (20-30 cm) one vehicle car or small pick-up

12 -15" (30-38 cm) one vehicle medium truck

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THE SCOOP Holiday Gift Directory As Christmas approaches and the holiday frenzy begins, consider buying local this holiday season. By buying local you support your neighbours and friends, and ensure our local economy continues to thrive. Local businesses are the heart of any community providing employment to nearby residents. Often they are run by owner/operators who are an excellent resource for helping find the perfect gift for the special someone on your list.

Artina Mocs 352 Main Street, Bath, 352-5314 www.ruralroutes.com/5931.html Barry Lovegrove, Photographer & Watercolorist 379-3003, barrylovegrove@gmail.com www.barrylovegrove.ca Bee Queen Honey & Candles Box 377, Tamworth, 379-5555 www.beequeen.ca The Blue Cove 45 Dundas Street W., Napanee, 3545742

Burnside Christmas Tree Farm 7685 Hwy. #2, 4 km east of Napanee, 354-2442

Brenda's Bursta Baskets R. R. #1, Bath, 389-1333 www.burstabaskets.ca Calypso Moon Alpacas 367 County Rd. 15, RR 1, 379-5862 www.calypsomoonalpacas.com Century Ago Antiques & Linens 824 Palace Road, Napanee, 354-1130

Chocolate Tree 2762 County Road 27, Enterprise, 3795157 Country Quarter Quilt Shop 111 Industrial Blvd. Napanee, 3548878 www.countryquarter.net Creative Gifts & Baskets 6 Speers Blvd, Amherstview, 389-1862

Creative Memories 6652 Wheeler Street, Tamworth, 3795963

Five Corners Craft Centre & Devon Tea Room 3 Concession Street South, Tamworth, 379-2745 www.devoncafe.ca Flowers by Barbara 3 Dundas Street E, Napanee, 354-5626 www.flowersbybarbara.ca Flowers by Smarts 23 Dundas W, Napanee, 354-4811 www.smartflorists.com Garden Art Emporium & Studio 1346 Centreville Road, Centreville, 3785295

G.E. Williams Antiques R.R. #1, Napanee, 354-4448

The Great Piddlesbury Country Barn & Gallery 9771 Hwy 33, Bath, 373-2885 www.thegreatpiddlesbury.com Hannah's Maple Syrup 1247 Maple Road, Odessa, 386-7572

Harrowsmith Tiffany Gifts Shoppe & Collectibles 4910 Hwy 38, Harrowsmith, 372-1368

Heritage Point Antiques & Gifts 384 Main Street, Bath, 352-9938 www.ruralroutes.com/heritagepoint Heronwater Antiques & Collectibles 357 Main St., Bath, 352-3411 www.heronwater.ca

Hollow Tree Farms 347 Freeman, Yarker, 377-6793

Lillian's Ceramics 6472 County Road #2, Odessa, 3867247

Little Creek Honey & Crafts 7756 County Road 2, Napanee, 3542666 Liv Simple Farms Enterprise, 358-5835, livsimplefarms@ gmail.com www.livsimplefarms.com  

LouAnne's House of Gifts 31 Dundas Street West, Napanee, 3544990

Milestone Antiques 389-5783 bath.ruralroutes.com/milestone Nature on Hold 9B Dundas Street East, Napanee, 3541390

Orchard View Artisans 9689 Loyalist Parkway, Bath, 373-8876 Parham General Store 10951 Road 38, Parham, 375-6335 Philoxia's Gift Shoppe Marlbank, 478-6070 philoxia.com

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Apples - The Noblest of Fruits By Angela Saxe

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he e-mail read, “My son called last night…he very sheepishly told me that he ate the best apple pie of his life at your place. So what did you put in it??????” My sister-in-law’s question about her son’s claim continues an ongoing dialogue between us about apples and apple pie-making that we have been having over the past thirty years. We’re both committed and widely respected pie-makers and even though we aren’t competitive, we do like to compare.

My answer back to her e-mail: “The reason my apple pie was so delicious was because I used Duchess apples from a friend’s orchard. I collected some windfalls and used them in the pie along with some Cortland’s. He was right; they made the pie taste unbelievably delicious!!” Never having heard of this apple before, she consulted a co-worker whose husband is passionate and knowledgeable about apple cultivars and has personally collected thousands of varieties. He identified the Duchess apple tree that has grown quietly in the village of Tamworth for decades as the Duchess of Oldenburg variety, not to be confused with the Duchess of Bedford, the Duchess of Gloucester or the Duchess’ Favourite. It is of medium to large size with a base yellow colour, covered with a pattern of broken red stripes and its flesh is creamy-yellow, tender, crisp, and juicy. This apple dates back to the 1600s from the Upper Volga River in Russia and is believed to be the grandparent of both the Northern Spy and the McIntosh. A perfect cooking apple, but also tasty enough to eat fresh. He said that the owner of the Duchess tree should enjoy his good fortune for it is considered a rare tree in our area. We can be excused for thinking that the apple, malus domestica, is an American fruit since it can be found growing wild in old pastures, in neglected orchards next to old homesteads and in suburban backyards, but the truth is that the apple’s wild ancestor, malus sieversii, originated in central Asia. Botanists believe that Kazakhstan is the apple’s original home. Apple trees producing over 7,500 varieties cover thousands of acres all over the world and come in all shapes, sizes and colours – some are the size of giant oaks. Since the Silk Route passed right through Kazakhstan, travelers and nomads carried wild apples with them on their journey west over a period of thousands of years. Over the years people experimented with different varieties, always trying to cultivate

an apple that was sweeter and more attractive. In his book Wild Apples, Henry David Thoreau observed: “It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.” How true, for apples have played a role in the human imagination for thousands of years from mythology when the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules) had to go to the Garden of Hesperides and pick the golden apples off the Tree of Life which was guarded by the dragon Ladon. Meanwhile, one of the longest and most brutal of wars began because Paris of Troy awarded a golden apple to Aphrodite as a prize for being the most beautiful goddess; she bribed him with the promise of having Helen of Troy thus triggering the beginning of the Trojan wars. One of the most powerful stories in the Bible revolves around the apple; God clearly and unequivocally forbids Adam and Eve from picking and eating the apples from the Tree of Knowledge, but they do and are quickly expelled from the Garden of Eden. Whether the apple is the most desirable of fruits or the symbol of rebellion and sin, it has also played an important part in the domestication of our continent and the man greatly responsible for this was the early frontiersman John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. A strange, tall figure who went barefoot, clad in a burlap coffee sack shirt and cut-off pants, with a tin pot on his head, Chapman carried thousands of apple seeds across western Pennsylvania to Ohio and onto Indiana. An astute businessman, he started tree nurseries in unsettled areas next to river tributaries. As the settlers made their way west, there he was ready to sell them saplings for their farms. Eventually he hired someone to tend the young saplings and sell them, while he moved further west planting new nurseries. His seeds produced wildlings: the apples, referred to as spitters, were tart and astringent and only good for making hard cider. No wonder Chapman was such a welcome presence in the frontier - he was really bringing them a source for making alcohol! Chapman planted so many trees from seed that there were bound to be some exceptionally good ones. These became the ancestors of the American apple: Red Delicious, Baldwin and Rhode Island Greening, to mention a few. The only way to ensure that these cultivars were duplicated was by grafting, thereby eliminating any genetic deviation. Because each apple contains seven or eight seeds and each one contains genetic material different from its parents (extreme heterozygotes) apples are now routinely grafted. Without sex between plants (cross-pollination), the genetic material is preserved and passed down for generations. Unfortunately, this restricts the species’ genetic diversity and its natural ability to adapt itself in a new environThe Scoop

ment and to defend itself against its natural enemies: fungus, insects, and viruses. By the time Chapman died, there were thousands and thousands of apple trees across America. Although they were mostly inedible, that didn’t stop the settlers from making hard apple cider and apple cider vinegar. Considering that most settlers had once emigrated from the British Isles where cider had been a popular beverage for centuries they knew exactly what to do: They pressed the apples, allowed the juice to ferment in a barrel for a couple of weeks and drank it when it suited their taste. Pretty simple. The greatest threat to the apple came at the turn of the 20th century when the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in their zeal to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol, encouraged the destruction of apple orchards. Apple trees were cut down in great number; they were only saved when the apple producers rebranded their fruit as a health food. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!! Today as many more people are tending their own gardens and trying to eat locally grown food many home gardeners are picking apples off their trees not just to eat them, but also to make apple juice and apple cider. This year when Peter Tylus in Tamworth picked the Duchess apples from his trees, along with Macs and some transparent greens, he set out to learn the art of cider-making. He bought a cider hand press similar to those used in the 19th century with a screw press and a single tub. He and his wife then picked bushels and bushels of apples, making sure that the apples were sound and avoiding windfalls. The first step was to wash the apples, discarding any rotten fruit. Then, using a hand grinder, the apples were then ground into pomace which was then shoveled into a tub that had first been lined with a cloth bag. When the tub was full, the bag top was folded over and a sturdy pressing plate was laid on top. The screw was then turned manually, forcing the juice out the bottom of the tub and into collecting vessels, in this case plastic. When the juice slowed down, Peter applied more pressure until no more juice came through. At this point, he reversed the screw, the dry pomace (pulp) was removed and the process was repeated. Using your own apples means that the juicing occurs over a period of time as each variety of apple ripens. “I didn’t realize how much work and time is involved,” said Peter. “Next year, I’d like to make it more of a communal activity. Neighbours and friends helping to press the apples and getting a portion of the final product makes a lot more sense. Also, I think I’ll do what another neighbour did and use a motorized grinder.” Extracting the apple juice is the first step in making cider, next comes the testing and blending and then the 2-step fermentation process. There are many good books to consult – Peter used Sweet & Hard Cider: Making

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it, Using it & Enjoying it, by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols – as well as some excellent sites on the Internet. It certainly is labour-intensive, but as Peter told me, “I love the process more than anything else. I have a better appreciation for how good cider is made – it’s another artisanal product made lovingly and painstakingly and in a world where so many things are processed, it’s wonderful to taste something made slowly and with care.” This fall, apple trees across the countryside were laden with fruit. In our modest orchard, the McIntosh apples were flawless and their snappy, crisp taste was a treat that we’ve waited to enjoy for the past ten years. Dropping by Peter’s to pick some Duchess apples pleased me tremendously: gathering fruit is part of an autumn ritual that connects us to the seasons and to the human need to see where our food comes from. Rolling out the dough, cutting up the apples, baking the pie, making “the best pie ever” – it can’t get better than that!

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emember the sight of Christmas cards hanging like garlands across every mantel and door frame and sitting on every available table space? All were chosen with care and sent for only a few pennies with a personal note and signature. Sending cards was a Christmas tradition in many households and the work involved (writing a personal note, addressing the envelopes, licking the envelope and the stamp) spanned over several evenings. And of course, there was the need to meet Canada Post’s mailing deadline. A wave of relief was felt when the cards were properly bundled with string and lovingly dropped into the red post box that promised a secure delivery of seasonal greetings and updates to friends and families locally and “across the pond”. As we honored our veterans in November, I took a moment to look at the multitude of letters sent home from my Father when he was overseas, to his new wife - my Mother. From the feel of the tissue-paper texture to the hints of emotions in the style and content of what was written, these were special, poignant and now historical posts. So what has changed, other than the price of stamps? Well, many homes now have at least one computer. Many Christmas letters are now prepared and printed for a general mailing, often via the Internet. Some creative people also design their own greeting cards with a digital signature and send them via cyberspace as well. The demise of cursive writing is still not on everyone’s radar and in most schools it is not removed entirely from the curriculum yet, but I think that we are heading there. When no E-device to text with nor the right “app” to prepare documents that are facsimiles of the early Hallmark greeting and thank you cards, there is still sometimes a need to be able to put pen to paper. What that

looks like is very different than in the past. Most students now print rather than write and only when necessary. Teaching handwriting skills still occurs in Grade 3 and still expected in Grades 4 and 5, but by Grade 6 some teachers accept papers that are merely legible. Later still in high school, the keyboard replaces the pen and the mastery of writing skills with any flourish or creativity is discarded. David Booth, a veteran teacher and professor at the University of Toronto published his take on the current state of communication and stated “We can mourn all we want but the font is the future. There are lots of people clinging to the wreckage and the notion we’re going to go back to it. We won’t.” Other studies by neuroscientists note that this change is impacting how the brain works. Handwriting (as most of us remember when taking lecture notes) helps us remember and reminds us to focus. New neural links are created as handwriting becomes a historical footnote but it remains to be seen whether they will be as effective in developing motor memory. Our handwriting is unique. A close friend of mine writes quite beautifully and when the envelope arrives I know immediately who the sender is. Fonts are universal and sterile. Neuroscientists have shown that once our mind can distinguish who the writer is, it can trigger an emotional response akin to that we experience when seeing a familiar face. Booth added tellingly in his report: “Each stroke of the pen captures a moment in time. And like a dancer’s pirouettes, none will be exactly the same. The first letter in the word Welcome will be different than the one dashed off in an exasperated Why not.” Way back in the 60s Marshall McLuhan coined a phrase that foretold much of what is happening in technology today: The medium is the message. To be honest, at the time

that sounded odd and not all that clear. Now, with all the different types of media, it is crystal clear. When someone tweets me about their early morning run in the 140 characters allotted, I can’t conjure up any picture in my mind. The message looks something like this: @suzyq late 4 wk ran 2k this am a record 4 me cu soon at DKs 2 shop lol. On top of that Suzy may well have broadcast this identical message to all her “followers.” As the recipient I do not feel very special nor am I particularly engaged or interested. A slightly longer text message from a phone or a “pm” on the Internet would be a little more informative, but still not likely to evoke much of an emotional message. Christmas is a time when books are given as gifts and for many of us those are priceless gifts often with a personal inscription. We still have libraries of books in our homes and re-read the very precious ones. This year many people will get Nooks and Kindles (Electronic book readers). Electronic access to most books via bookstore or library sites is now possible so reading then takes place on a tablet instead of a physical book. As if we don’t already stay at home enough, we now have one less trip to the store or library! Some of us are holdouts for the feel of the paper and binding and even the rarefied smell of an antique book that others enjoyed before us. Despite what the naysayers are telling us, there is still good news. Educators have told me that most students, unless requiring special accommodation for special needs, are still encouraged to develop handwriting skills and a solid work ethic. I was pleased to hear that one group

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Whimsical Whirling Snowflakes ARIES  March 21 – April 20 A wash of pale moonlight A cold December night Trees edged in snow Rows of street lights glow A relationship may have been a bit chilly for the past few weeks but glowing terms of endearment are coming your way. Put maximum effort into employment projects but include your partner in any social functions that include the work place.  A sudden burst of inspiration will put you in a position of authority on a project.  Take some time to think about your hopes and wishes for the future. TAURUS  April 21 – May 20 Flurries skitter And glitter Around street lights On wintry nights Dashing to and fro, that is you Taurus so much to do and so little time. Don’t just skip along, go at a steady pace and put off major decisions for now.  You will be able to impress others now so dress to do that and go forth with confidence through your daily routine.  Wonderful times and days are on the horizon. GEMINI  May 21 – June 21 Pale stars shine At twilight time Blue tinted snow Covers the meadow The year is winding down.  You have accomplished a great deal and there is no reason to feel blue.  The stars send a warning to take care in your dealings with others; some may be a bit touchy these days.  Have fun without great expectations and everything will change from blue to rosy red for you.  Take the chance to escape into the fantasy realm through music or writing. CANCER  June 22 – July 22 Watching morning snowflakes While eating corn flakes The kids outside call Come play while snowflakes fall Bounce out of bed, throw open the blinds, behold a new day that heralds the beginning of a great month for you. You will be motivated to accomplish tasks that you have put aside. For the most part there will be harmony with family and coworkers now.  Long term plans should be reviewed and perhaps some put into motion.  Begin the process of positive change. LEO  July 23 – August 22 Snow is falling Blue jays are calling For me to remove snow From feeder and ground below Let life roll along, shovel the snow, sip coffee and watch birds through your window.  Manipulative situations may occur this month so be prepared to keep your opinions to yourself and your emotional side in check.  A moderate approach in most situations will see you through this month.  Set you sights on your to- do list and enlist input from a few friends. VIRGO  August 23 – September 22 Snowflakes on a moonbeam slide Fall softly on and beside Others that have drifted down To blanket our sleeping town Time passes, things pile up, one on top of the other and then you discover that you have been sleeping at the switch.  Get organized and take care of any backlogs that are hindering your progress.  Search and dig deep for answers to questions that are perplexing you.  Look for adventure, if you are unattached go to where singles mingle, otherwise take a weekend trip with your one and only.

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LIBRA  September 23 – October 23 Snowdrift waves frozen In passive motion Block the road To my abode You can alter some of the obstacles in your way.  Do not let pessimism stop your progress, just move, go around or over whatever is blocking you, but not at your home base, tread carefully in that area.  Tackle all jobs that come your way this month as your energy level is high now.  You can push yourself a little bit to reach your desired aims.   SCORPIO  October 24 – November 22 Handmade calico kittens In hats and mittens On a bake sale table Sell without a designer label Chin up, your financial picture is about to change for the better. Luck and love are coming your way.  Make the most of opportunities and try to create a few on your own, do not hesitate to ask for one or two special favours. Take the initiative when necessary and success most likely will amble along behind you. SAGITTARIUS  November 23 – December 21 Trees are dressed in ice Icicles hang from eaves Folks think it would be nice If trees were dressed in leaves Do not fret about minor problems.  Concentrate on personal aims, get a makeover or buy some new clothes.  Try not to indulge in wishful thinking, get out and make things happen never mind what was or might have been, make your world better now. CAPRICORN  December 22 – January 20 Snow in July Oh my Birds all atwitter Folks in a dither Mixed trends are on the horizons and changes are coming into your life.  Keep a clear head and don’t make snap decisions; the work place may be a bit hectic for the next few weeks, steer clear of difficult people.  Home life on the other hand should be cozy and happy, you will enjoy entertaining friends. AQUARIUS  January 21 – February 19 Shine on twinkling star I watch you from afar I make a wish now and then One may come true, but when. Think positive and don’t be afraid to think big.  Stop watching the world unfurl from afar and move into position to make gains.  Your natural charm will work wonders for you both in your home setting and at work.  You may wish to travel in the next few months go ahead and satisfy your spirit of adventure. PISCES   February 20 – March 20 Your tomorrows Are fashioned today A good deed glows After sunset’s fading ray Don’t become obsessed with success or let your materialistic emotions guide you.  More will be accomplished by giving, being compassionate and caring, you are more fortunate than you imagine and good things will come in abundance if you have a caring attitude.  Your tomorrows will unfold with happy times and reunions with old friends.


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