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Here’s The Scoop... By Angela Saxe

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wo months have gone by since the last issue of The Scoop and in that time I watched the sky fill with squawking Vs of geese heading north and tree buds swelling and then bursting into leaf. The tulips and daffodils in my garden have bloomed and withered and the blossoms on the forsythia, cherry, apple and viburnum appeared in their startling beauty to be replaced by the heavily scented lilac. A Canadian spring is so powerful; nature’s strong willed determination to begin again, to grow and multiply is so engrossing one can be forgiven for not paying attention to what people are doing. I’m too busy working outside all day to listen to the radio and too tired at night to watch the news. But this spring as I raked and dug, planted and seeded, what I was turning over in my mind was the unfortunate truth that the most pervasive and destructive force on our Earth today is the human capacity for greed.

than the lives of their workers. The clothing manufacturers cared more about their profit margins than the conditions in which their products were made and consumers care more about getting a good deal than about the lives of those who create what we consume. This system revolves around the almighty dollar and it’s only when a tragedy like this happens, that people take note of the plight of exploited workers.

The inordinate desire to possess wealth in the form of goods, objects and land is destructive because not only does it go beyond basic survival and comfort, it really necessitates that others get less.

And we’ve been given the philosophy to support human greed. In 1986 American stock-trader Ivan Boesky defended greed in his commencement address at Berkeley’s School of Business Administration when he said: “Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.” This speech later inspired the film Wall Street, in which the character Gordon Gekko states: “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good…greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” How very different from Thomas Aquinas’s words: “It’s a sin directly against one’s neighbor, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them.”

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh which killed more than 1,000 workers stunned the world – not merely because it was an accident causing death, but because it was such a powerful example of human greed. The owners of the building cared more about profits than the safety of their building. The factory owners cared more about the lucrative contracts they had negotiated

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But ultimately, we are implicated as well. All of us - ordinary, well-meaning, hard working people, desire material goods and if we can get cheap, attractive clothing, why not? Our excess desire to possess wealth in the form of clothes, vehicles, electronic devices, furniture is possible because people somewhere else in the world get paid very little to produce these goods, and we’ve been given easy access to borrow the money to shop with.

I also think about Mike Duffy and his cohorts in the Senate who got caught taking more than their fair share, money than came from you and me working and paying taxes. I think about their greed as I dig my spade into the ground. One of my flower beds has been overwhelmed by Physalis alkekengi, commonly known as Chinese lanterns; their beautiful orange pods and heartshaped leaves makes them an attractive plant, but deep underground their thick white roots have spread everywhere, choking off other plants, wrapping around my lilies, taking up the vital soil

Maybe some of us are like the lilies and peonies of our garden that want to thrive and expand to their full potential; these plants need to have enough water, soil and nutrients for their comfort but are quite happy to stay in one place. Meanwhile others are like Chinese lanterns that grow and thrive by continuously spreading into their neighbour’s territory, taking more than what they need until they dominate, and eventually destroy, their environment.

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Strawberries of Summer The Paulridge Berry Farm By J. Huntress

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fifth-generation farm is a wonder in today’s world. Philip and Ruth Paul, their three children and seven grandchildren, are part of the third, fourth and fifth generations of Paulridge Farms. Philip’s grandfather Vernon began farming in the Centreville area before being attracted to better farming conditions for his family and cattle on land in the rolling countryside near Napanee in the early 1920s. Vernon had one son, Donald, who attended Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph in the late 1930s, and his wife had three sons, two of whom would grow to inherit Paulridge: Ralph and Philip.

the coming year. A couple of new varieties are rotated into the fields each year.

Currently there are four types of farming practiced at Paulridge Farms: the dairy farm and the produce farm are maintained by Philip’s brother Ralph, his wife Janice and their family. The berries and field crops are maintained by Philip and Ruth, and for thirty-five years they have grown and sold the summer berries beloved by so many in the area.

He outlined the schedule for this year’s production. The winter straw has been removed from existing plants and new root stock was purchased and collected. At the end of April, the Pauls were preparing to plant two new strawberry root stocks and to place irrigation pipes between all the rows. Blossoms from the new plants will be removed by hand in May, and from the end of May until mid-June a staff of twenty part-time high school and college students will be hired to assist. They will help customers, weed, train runners and give tractor rides taking “pickers” to the fields. Some will also help in the sales area near the parking lot.

Ruth Wilbee Paul was also raised on her family’s farm in Brussels, Ontario. Her family loved music, and Ruth’s father had his own orchestra, the Ken Wilbee’s Orchestra, which played at dances throughout Southwestern Ontario in the late 1940s until the 1980s. Today her widowed father of 91 years still hears the dance music in his heart and soul and recently celebrated the first anniversary for his second marriage. That too is a wonder. Paulridge Berry Farm devotes sixteen of its 1000 total acres to growing berries; the remaining acreage is designated for field crops of soybeans and wheat. Strawberries take nine of the sixteen acres; purple raspberries grow on the remaining seven acres. The strawberry plants must be replaced every three years by new root stock and raspberries are dug up and replaced every five years. The first year of strawberry root stock life is not harvested so plants may develop strong roots and produce better fruit for the future. A raspberry plant’s fruit is ready to harvest two years from planting. When young strawberry plants produce blossoms in the first year, each blossom is cut off by hand and composted so plants will have more energy and nutrients for

Philip told me he uses “Solid Set Irrigation” to protect and sustain the berries, drawing water from two manmade ponds close to the fields. Portable metal pipes are annually set down between rows and they are not moved until late autumn. Spraying water at night is done when frost threatens the blossoms in early spring and during the summer’s excessive heat. “This type of irrigation has not yet failed us; we also mulch plants and rows with straw, winter and summer, to preserve moisture.”

Strawberries should be ready for sale by mid-June, weather permitting, and raspberries should appear in early to mid-July. “There are challenges for everything here,” said Philip. “There are no guarantees, but this year seems to be following a normal schedule.” Maintenance continues until fall when students return to school, and straw (as much as 200 bales per acre) is laid over the fields after the irrigation pipes are removed. During our late spring-morning conversation, we were joined by Philip’s and Ruth’s eldest daughter Erin, a teacher in Belleville, her husband Dr. Scott Mundle (he designed their excellent web site www.paulridgeberryfarm.ca) and their three young children. The Pauls’ son Ken and his wife Christine, maintain their own berry farm: Fruition Berry Farm, just north of Kingston and their other daughter Julie, who is an oboist in the

Kingston Symphony Orchestra and music teacher - all come in summer to help when things get busy. Philip recalled that when he did summer work in the fields of a Simcoe, Ontario apple/berry farm while attending Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph in the 1970s, he met Ruth, a University of Guelph Fine Arts and English graduate in 1971. Ruth laughed as she remembered how reluctant he was to tell her of his dream to return to Paul Ridge to farm. “That was a little bit of a surprise to me, but we loved one another and married that year.” In 1972 Philip graduated from Guelph with a degree in Horticulture and they moved to the Palace Road farm to begin their family. Janice (Ralph’s wife) also had young children, and we both wanted to stay at home and raise our kids. Together we came up with the idea of “a berry farm” and both our families worked together to make it happen. It has been a great and wonderful life and it’s been a privilege to be able to include everyone in this,” she said.

Ruth and Philip Paul. the growers of their food and learn their planting methods. We don’t see individuals buying massive volumes of berries at once as in the past (for preserves, pies, etc.) but we are selling more berries than before for fresh consumption. I hope we can keep this family business growing.” Ruth’s final words attest to the importance of buying/eating locally produced food. “I support the 100 Mile Diet--it’s a grand idea. People should support their local growers because it does help everyone. I’m concerned about how few full-time farmers are left; young people should understand how living on and from the land is a good life. By all working together, everything came together for us and we are grateful for our good fortune.”

Philip told me that people came from the very beginning--many for “the farm experience”. They wanted to pick field berries for their fresher quality instead of buying them from supermarkets in town. Advertising was by word of mouth, telephone, radio announcements and The Beaver. “We were on a party line and during berry season we would sometimes receive hundreds of calls a week, inquiring about directions and hours; it became so busy we had to hire one person as a receptionist.”

Do take friends and family to Paulridge Berry Farm, 2114 Palace Road between Odessa and Napanee. It will be one of the best summer activities for adults and children. They can fill containers with field-collected berries and take them home to eat; adults pressed for time can purchase pre-picked berries. Visit the web site first at www.paulridgeberryfarm. ca for information, directions, picking times, etc. or consult The Scoop for picking time announcements. Bring containers (not cardboard) and pay by cash or debit card. Remember, the farm is NEVER open on Sundays--the Pauls and their staff need one day of rest from toiling in the fields.

Erin and her brother and sister are introducing 21st century ideas such as an attractive and informative web site for marketing; diversification of crops, and future expansion plans. Erin said, “You could almost say berry picking is fashionable now. People want to meet

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Paul had a few final words on the importance Photo credits: of Barrymaintaining Lovegrove. diversity in our crops, including promoting many small plots of garlic and growing different varieties. He recommended several cultivars which do well in Canada – the porcelains, rocamboles, purple stripes and artichokes, the latter being particularly drought tolerant. For anyone interested in growing garlic, Paul said the best books are The Complete Book of Garlic by Ted Jordan-Meredith or Growing Great Garlic by Ron Engeland. Subscribing to The Garlic News, of which Paul is founder and publisher, would also be helpful. More information can be found on the website www.garlicnews.ca, including directions to their open house on June 23, 2013 in Maberly, Ontario. It will be a terrific opportunity to network and get updates on the latest advances in garlic culture and research on the fight against the leek moth and the bulb and stem nematode. Tamworth-Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a community-based group whose main activities are to encourage interest in local and organic growing of both food and ornamental plants. We strive to raise awareness of issues surrounding food production and to improve our practical knowledge of gardening in all its glory. You can view pictures of past occasions and get details of future initiatives and events on our website shown below. Unless otherwise stated, all events are admission free with donations welcome at the door. We welcome new members. Visit our website at te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com.

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A Message on Massage By Thomasina Larkin, RMT

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lthough massage therapy is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada, recognized for the vast array of conditions it can treat, there are still a lot of questions and misunderstandings about the practice. Often, when people first think of massage the image that comes to mind is having to get naked and having oil rubbed all over one’s body. However, this is a very limited picture. Many modalities within the practice can be done without oil while keeping one’s clothes on can still provide a profound positive effect on one’s health – it’s just a matter of knowing which type of massage is best suited to one’s needs. As most insurance companies cover massage and almost anyone can benefit from it, the following article will help to explain the various modalities and what one can expect from them. As long as the therapist is registered, a receipt can be provided for insurance purposes no matter what modality is employed. Not all registered massage therapists (RMTs) perform all types of massage, and there many practitioners out there who are not registered.

Swedish Massage

This is your traditional feel-good massage, which is performed by a series of soothing lifting, kneading and gliding techniques. Swedish massage applies oils on bare skin and is available at most spas and resorts around the world. It is recommended to have a relaxation massage once a month to encourage circulation, boost the immune system and keep stress levels down. As stress is a major contributor to disease, relaxation massage is a key preventative measure.

Therapeutic Massage

In addition to its relaxation benefits, massage can be used to treat the symptoms of many conditions. Most commonly RMT massages are sought for back and neck pain, chronic pain, injury rehabilitation and whiplash. But many are surprised to hear it can also successfully treat TMJ dysfunction or jaw clenching or clicking, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, sciatica, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, frozen shoulder or more. These types of treatments are only provided by registered therapists who have an extensive background in anatomy, physiology and pathology, and some therapists have additional specialized

training in some of these areas.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stones can be incorporated into any massage, but are generally used as an addition to Swedish massage. The smooth stones are heated and used to promote deeper relaxation of the muscles, improve circulation and calm the nervous system. The stones are both used as an extension of the hands during massage and are also placed on energy or chakra centres to help rebalance the body and mind.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and non-invasive technique used to treat pain, rehabilitation and neurology. The therapist has a deep understanding of the subtle movements of the cranial bones, and gently works with the skull, spine and the rest of the body to detect subtle disturbances and identify areas of dysfunction. Some of the most common ailments treated with CST are whiplash, headaches, sinus problems and allergies, colic and hyperactivity in babies and children, vertigo, tinnitus, and ear, jaw or eye conditions. Treatments are performed fully clothed and without oil.

Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy

Fascia is the tissue that gives your body its structural shape or form, and it is determined by years of muscular activity or postural habits. Fascia is a layered spiderweb-like material that connects everything in your body: skin to muscles to organs to bones, etc, from head to toe. If you took all the fascia out of your body and spread it out in a single layer it would cover 26 footballs fields! That is a lot of stuff to get stuck, and fascia is a main storage place for old traumatic events or injuries, which are often a source for chronic pain and dysfunction. Myofascial release loosens the fascia, allowing you to be more flexible and to let go of tensions that get stuck in tissues. Clients may start to notice significant postural changes, will often feel taller, and will breathe easier and feel more open. Techniques are best performed on bare skin without oil.

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Hurry, the School Bus is Here! By Angela Saxe

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t’s not the bright yellow I remember best, but the sound. The strain of the engine as it slowly and painfully groaned its way up the steep hill; then the screech of its brakes as it stopped at our driveway. One son was already there, waiting, while my youngest was still putting on his jacket and grabbing his knapsack. “Hurry up. You’re going to miss the bus!” I’d say as he, true to his nature, would walk slowly up the long driveway where his bus driver patiently waited for him. Of course, hours later, he would fly down the driveway when the bus dropped the boys off to be met by our dogs, tails a-wagging, thrilled to see them again. Anyone driving in the early morning or mid-afternoon is undoubtedly familiar with the sight of the yellow school bus as it slows down traffic to pick up or drop off students: Parents standing along the side

Getting to School on Time When a new brick school in Tamworth was opened in 1912, many of the one-room, country schools scattered through the area began to close as pupils transferred over to the Tamworth Continuation School. Those close enough to the school walked or bicycled; some of those who lived further away boarded with families in the village and others came by horse and buggy or cutter and their horses were stabled in a barn near the school. For many who lived a fair distance away, children were transported by horse drawn vans: on wheels in the summer or on sleighs in the winter. In the 1930s, I remember four such vans. These traveled on Roger’s Road, the Ballahack Road, the Arden Road and the Shibagua Road around to County Road 4. In the 1940s trucks with a cap built on top replaced the horse drawn vans. Quite a change to the yellow school buses we see on the roads today. - Cora Reid

of the road waiting to meet their child, kids pressing against the back windows making funny faces at the motorists lined up behind them. Without an alternate mode of transportation (other than when teens are finally allowed to borrow their parents’ car) school buses in rural areas are really an essential service. Because we’ve chosen to live in the country our children can’t take a city bus or ride the subway and or walk for kilometers down deserted country roads, for obvious safety reasons. And for most working parents, ice and snow storms bring the additional prospect of school bus cancellations: good news for the kids but a major inconvenience as parents scramble to find child care early in the morning. Unlike urban public transit, school buses depend on part time drivers with flexible hours. In our area, this is perfect for many farmers who wish to supplement their income; they can do their early morning chores first and then head out to do their morning runs. This flexible schedule also suits stay-at-home moms looking for part-time work. I loved the fact that the drivers who were responsible for my children’s safety were also our neighbours who knew all the students and their families and who did not hesitate to pick up the phone if there was a problem. A little history: The first school bus was a horse-drawn cart, introduced by George Shillibeer in 1827 for a Quaker school in London, England and was designed to carry twenty-five children. In North America, the Wayne Works Company of Indiana started building horse-drawn school carriages that many people referred to as “school trucks”, “school hacks” or “kid hacks” (a hack is a type of horse-drawn carriage) by 1886. In 1914, Wayne Works mounted a wooden kid hack onto an automobile chassis, creating the precursor to the first modern motor school bus. Passengers sat on the perimeter facing the center rather than the front of the bus and in order to enter and exit, the passengers used a door at the rear – a design that must have been used to ensure that the horses were not startled. By the 1930s in many parts of North America, all steel-bus bodies with additional exterior rails for structural rigidity appeared on the roads, improving passenger safety. Glass windows replaced

Canadian horse-drawn “schoolbus”, circa 1910. Photo source: LIving Archives. the standard canvas curtains and the invention of the “California top”, featuring a slightly curved reinforced metal roof with windows separated by pillars at regular intervals formed the basic design of the school bus we all know today. School buses posed significant hazards for children especially young ones who had to disembark and then cross in front of the bus to get to their home. Even though most provinces and states had traffic laws requiring motorists to stop for school buses while children were loading and unloading, tragic accidents occurred. Over the years the system of flashing lights and a stop sign has been developed to keep children safer as they cross the road. And of course, the yellow colour of the school bus, officially named the “National School Bus Glossy Yellow,” became mandatory because it is easy for motorists to see it in the semi-darkness of early morning and late afternoon.

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The Price is Right By Sue Wade ur community celebrates the work of many talented artists who create with a host of different media. Imagine employing technique, talent, inspiration, creativity, ability, judgement and hours of labour to build a work of art. For some artists, one of the most challenging parts about creating a piece of artwork is what to put on the price tag once the work is all done.

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You may have stood in front of a piece of art that is for sale, admiring the subject matter, the technical aspects, and the beauty of the whole package. Your eye may have noticed the small vital statistics card posted beside the work that tells you who the artist is, the title of the work, when it was done and how much lighter your wallet will be if you decide this piece is coming home to live with you. Did you think the price fair, exorbitant or surprisingly low? How did the artist decide what price to ask for this piece? Here, I speak for myself, as I have come to realize that there may be just about as many methods of arriving at a price as there are artists. Pricing is an art in itself, one that mostly gets easier with practice and experience as things usually do. For an artist like me who has no gallery staff to help price my work, I know I’ve got it right when my gut tells me that a buyer will be receiving fair value for this work, and when the price of this piece is in proportion to the price I’ve put on other pieces. Every now and then, however, I get a chance to work on something out of the ordinary and all bets about how easy it’s going to be to arrive at a fair quote are off. Let me tell you a little story to illustrate... Some time ago, when my pricing skills were just being developed, my first Tiffany style lampshade quote was requested. This is a big deal in a small glass studio. Building this sort of lampshade is quite labour intensive. Before preparing a quote for this project, I talked to the client about the design features he wanted to see. He was asked the basic questions about desired size (huge), shape (unusual) and colours (spring tones). This was going to be a big, challenging project. Figuring out the cost of materials and incidentals was no hardship, but what to charge for the hours of thought, research, trial and error involved in design, and the labour involved in building the lampshade? How long was this going to take me to build and how could I be compensated for this enormous amount of work and still be fair to the customer? I was stuck when it came to quoting a dollar figure for this project, so I turned to others, visiting several places that supply materials for stained glass artists. The good folks who worked there were artists too and chances were they had built and sold a comparable lampshade or two in their careers and would be happy to divulge their magic pricing formula. I visited four supply stores and got four answers different enough to make me wonder if perhaps all had misunderstood the question. According to these folks, this Tiffany style lamp should cost my client anywhere between $850 and $4000. Two of the artists flat out refuse to make lampshades such as this anymore because the cost is usually more than the market can bear. The only thing on which 8 | THE SCOOP • JUNE-JULY 2013

these artists agreed is that there is no magic pricing formula. Strike one. Googling “How to price artwork” produced 89,000,000 sites to peruse. I looked at a slew of those sites - even jotted a few notes about value and putting emotions aside and coming up with criteria. I read “do A, B and C” on one site, and “don’t ever do A or B and run as fast as you can from C” on another site. Strike two. Because I am nothing if not determined, I next sent a survey to a dozen or so glass studios here and there around the continent, explaining my dilemma and asking for help. Uncontrollable laughter cannot be effectively transmitted via email, but I picked up its vibe when the surveys started to return to my inbox. What didn’t return to my inbox was the definitive method of pricing the project. Strike three. The inning was over, but the game not lost, thanks to that aforementioned determination. Even though no artist with whom I spoke committed to telling me “Charge this amount for this lampshade”, there were basic pricing lessons learned in my search that are good for potential customers to know: • Artists choose their own criteria when deciding the dollar value of their work. Cost of materials, the size and intricacy of the work, the time it will take to complete and other considerations will be weighed differently by different artists. • There is usually good reason for two pieces of art that share a similar nature to be priced differently. It may be as simple as that fact that Artist A used one material in the piece, and Artist B used a more expensive material. When I need blue glass for a particular panel, my choices of blue glass can cost anywhere from $8 to $50 per square foot. I like to use the glass that’s best suited to the design, but what glass I choose will of course make a difference in the overall cost of the piece. • There surfaced one overarching theme in my lampshade pricing quest: Don’t undervalue your work. This is a unique piece of custom art which is being considered, neither a trouble light purchased at the local hardware store, nor the knock-off product of questionable quality produced by the truckload and sold for a fraction of the cost of custom artwork. • Like placing a litter of kittens, artists want their work to go to a good home and really, really do try to price things fairly. Looking at art is like listening to a story with your eyes. A piece of art should mean something, should do something to you - make you catch your breath, or relive a memory, comfort you or rile you to action... Therein lies its value, not in how many dollars it costs. There have been people who believe they’re getting the deal of the year when they buy one of my pieces, and there have been others who, while they may have been too polite to run screaming when they saw the price on the tag, probably wanted to. For some people, the work that “speaks to them” is valued regardless of the price on the tag, and for those who don’t hear or like the story

of a particular piece, the price is moot. It’s tricky, this whole pricing thing, but I can offer you - a potential purchaser of artwork - some general advice when a piece of artwork calls you loudly enough for you to consider owning it: Trust and respect the artists when it comes to how they’ve valued their work. For the most part, they’re real people who merit that trust and respect. Chances are, they’ve done the best they can do when they’ve put a number on that price tag, that they haven’t pulled a whimsical, outrageous number from a

hat, but have deliberated and put a fair value on their piece. Of course, you won’t know what art there is to appreciate here in Eastern Ontario unless you get out and see some. May you find many wonderful stories in the galleries and art shows and stores that dot our community this summer. Listen well. Sue Wade tells stories in glass at her studio in Stone Mills. You can reach her at slw@sageleafwhimsy.com.

THE TAMWORTH LEGION: WHO We are aNd WHaT We dO!

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 458 in Tamworth would like to thank the community for its continued support. The Tamworth Branch, one of about 1700 in existence, was started in 1947. Over the course of those 65 years, the Legion has not wavered in its role of being a service provider to veterans, community and youth. While veterans are directly supported through our commitment to the Legion Villa, a residence located in Kingston, we offer an “outreach” program that assists veterans in need. Branch 458 is very active in promoting the recognition of D-Day and Remembrance Day in honour of our veterans and we are very appreciative of the public participation in these events. We support the Tamworth Erinsville Community Development Committee, the Tamworth Canada Day Committee, the Tamworth Lions Food Drive, and Lennox & Addington County Hospital for a local focus and several large registered charities such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Kingston Hospitals Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Spina Bifida Association for a wider outreach. We host the Santa Claus Parade and Santa’s visit with children, support an annual public speaking contest for students, operate Remembrance Day poster and poetry competitions for nearby schools, assist with self esteem programs for students, work cooperatively with Parent Council groups and contribute to minor sports programs on a regular basis as well as sponsoring the local Scout Troop. Additionally we have contributed to the Beaver Lake Swim Program, the Community Safety Net – Fire Safety program and to Almost Home. As a community service organization we are always open to new members. You do not require a connection to any aspect of military life to participate in Legion activities. The reality is that very few active members have a military background. If you think you might be interested in being part of this group of volunteers please call the Legion at 613-379-5399 to acquire answers to any of your questions and to find out about being a member. It’s good to belong. That being said, our facilities are also available for non-member, public use. The Legion hall , with a capacity of 120 people, is available for wedding receptions, reunions, dances, Awards ceremonies and other functions. The evening rental fee is $200.00 plus HST and includes the bar services and the use of the kitchen. Different fee arrangements may be available for regularly scheduled activities. The Legion offers a generous list of weekly scheduled activities available to the public for their participation. Tuesday: 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Darts Wednesday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bridge Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Line dancing Thursday: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ZUMBA Gold Thursday: 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Darts Friday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bridge

Additionally, the Legion provides Shuffleboard, Billiards, Cribbage, Euchre and Special Community Breakfasts, Dart Tournaments as well as once a month hosting BINGO on a Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Again please contact us 613– 379–5399 to obtain the latest schedule.

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Frontenac’s Recreational Trails T By Anne Marie Young

he former Kingston– Pembroke Railway was once an economic driver through the County of Frontenac, meandering through the hills, forests and farmland from downtown Kingston to Renfrew. The K&P was affectionately nicknamed the “Kick and Push” given that it sometimes had to reverse for a second attempt at climbing steep inclines. Though it never actually reached its namesake destination, the K&P allowed raw materials to be shipped from the remote northern areas of the County to Kingston and beyond. The railway was also an efficient, economical and novel form of transportation that connected County residents with the world beyond its borders.

Totally abandoned as a rail line in the 1980s, the rail bed sat idle for many years until the County of Frontenac’s development of the K&P rail bed began a six-year process with major land acquisitions in 2007. In 2009, a Trails Master Plan and Frontenac K&P Trail Implementation Plan were approved by County Council. Annually since 2009, Trail Network Development has been identified as a priority project through the County’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process, as trails bring economic growth and tourism opportunities, increase the health and well-being of residents who use the trail, preserve green spaces and natural features, and provide a venue for showcasing local history and attractions. In 2013, the County of Frontenac will be redeveloping the Frontenac K&P Trail from Hartington through to Verona, with plans for resurfacing as required and the construction of a bridge at Hardwood Creek. The first section of the Frontenac K&P Trail was resurfaced and officially opened in August 2012 and stretches from Orser Road (where the Kingston K&P Trail ends), northwest through Harrowsmith to Boyce Road in Hartington. On this redeveloped section of the trail, users can enjoy wooded areas, farm land, wetlands, ravines and rock cuts. The scenic view of the wetland at Millhaven Creek bridge changes with the seasons and often a variety of birds and other wildlife can be encountered.

Boredom Busters A By Isabel Wright

re you among the many kids and teens who eagerly anticipate summer every year, only to be crushed by boredom when Facebook ceases to be entertaining? Have no fear! If you look around, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied this summer. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Go outside! The summer weather won’t be here for long, so be sure to take full advantage of it.

Photo by Alison Vandervelde. to help improve body, mind and soul. Communities in Frontenac County can take advantage of the economic, tourism, transportation, environmental and social benefits that the Frontenac K&P Trail will offer. Individuals and families who participate in recreational trail activity will enjoy health and social benefits. Trails attract a significant number of tourists contributing to the wellbeing of local businesses and economies. Studies show that tourists have an increased interest in the outdoors and nature-based activities, and they are willing to travel to pursue special interests and experiences. An influx of tourists can lead to development opportunities such as additional Bed & Breakfasts, campgrounds, motels, retail opportunities for equipment sales, outfitting opportunities and special events. Not only do trails attract new businesses, they can also lead to increased job opportunities and lifestyle benefits that keep residents in the area, resulting in dynamic communities that support sustainable local economies. Anne Marie Young is the Manager of Economic Sustainability, County of Frontenac.

• The Sheffield Conservation Area is a lovely park with areas for swimming, walking, and boating. Also home to the Night Sky Viewing area! It is located along County Road 41 between Erinsville and Kaladar. • Just north of Cloyne, Bon Echo Provincial Park is great for spending time with family and friends. Swimming areas, canoe rentals, bike trails, and boat tours of Mazinaw Lake (and the amazing native pictographs!) make it the perfect place for a day trip or for a few nights of camping. • Go for a bike ride to get some exercise and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of summer. Bring a picnic with lemonade and sandwiches for a great afternoon with your friends!

Is the weather failing you? Spend a day inside and offline by sitting down with a good book. Try some of these: • The Guests of War Trilogy (Kit Pearson): a British girl is sent to live with a family in Canada during World War II. • Inkheart (Cornelia Funke): a story for those who love books—and in this case, literally disappearing into them. • The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak): an amazing story about a foster girl living in Germany during World War II. • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Steven Chbosky): the coming-of-age story of an introverted high-school freshman named Charlie. • Just In Case (Meg Rosoff ): after a near brush with death, a teenage boy becomes compulsively anxious, and reinvents himself in order to escape. • The Blue Girl (Charles de Lint): an

Over the next few years, the County will continue to work towards opening the Frontenac K&P Trail to Sharbot Lake and developing other trails throughout the Frontenac area. In 2013, the development of a Concept Plan is being pursued which will identify all existing trails in the County and investigate opportunities for loops and linkages connecting resources like the old canal system on Wolfe Island and the adventure trail in North Frontenac. Why is the County investing in trails? Recreational trails benefit individuals, families and communities. Trails make our communities more livable and improve our economy through tourism and civic improvement; they preserve and restore open space; and provide opportunities for better physical activity

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Are you musically inclined? Get your groove on with some of these suggestions! • Try out a new instrument! Joe’s Musical Instrument Lending Library, located in Kingston, has a range of musical instruments and sheet music available to borrow. • Gather your musical friends and have a jam session- you never know what you might come up with! You could even try busking in Kingston- make sure you get your licence first, though. • If making music just isn’t your thing, experiment with your listening habits. Branch out and listen to new music on websites like Grooveshark, Vimeo, 8tracks, or Youtube. • Music festivals are always fun to visit with friends! Check out the Skeleton Park Music Festival at McBurney Park on June 22nd.

Missing school? Coursera offers hundreds of university courses online- for free! There are lots of amazing courses being offered this summer, on topics including social psychology, acoustics of electronic musical instruments, classic sci-fi and fantasy novels, and online gaming!

Start a club! Ask your friends to spread the word, and arrange meet-ups. You’ll have fun socializing, and probably practice some skills or learn something new. • Know how to play chess? Even if you don’t, chess groups are great for learning and practicing. • Like to read or write? Start a book club, critique group, or just meet up to give book recommendations and encouragement. • Are sports more your thing? Meet up to play soccer or shoot some hoops. • Clubs can work for many interests—all you need is a theme and some people! These ideas are only a starting point. Good luck!

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Buck Lake Boatilla For Easter Seals By Bruce Archibald

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t’s anchors away for the Buck Lake Community to commence its 9th annual fundraiser to send children with physical disabilities to Easter Seals Camp Merrywood on Big Rideau Lake. This year’s event will take place on Saturday June 29 on scenic Buck Lake and as in previous years, will consist of a Boatilla tour of the Lake followed by a community BBQ and cheque presentation to Easter Seals representatives at Hidden Valley Camp Grounds. This community event began 9 years ago when a small group of Buck Lakers got together with the dream of providing children with physical disabilities the opportunity to partake in outdoor activities on Buck Lake. Together, they decided to hold a community fundraising Boatilla and BBQ to help raise funds for Easter Seals to help send children with physical disabilities to Camp Merrywood. That first year in 2003, the Buck Lake Community raised over $3,000 and sent one child to camp. Each year, the event became better known and more members of the community have become involved. To date, after 8 years, the Buck Lakers have raised over $86,000 and sent 43 children to Camp Merrywood. A founding principle of the Buck Lake Community was that all monies raised by the Boatilla would be dedicated to sending children to Camp Merrywood. Due to their specialized care, it costs $2,000 for a child to attend the 10 day overnight Camp Merrywood program. 100% of all funds generated have been donated to Easter Seals Ontario. Not one cent of funds raised over the years has been diverted to compensate for expenses associated with the Boatilla

and BBQ. These expenses have been met by the kind contribution of goods and services from individuals, groups and community businesses which believe in this cause. For its small size, the Buck Lake Community has achieved impressive results both in terms of the number of children it has sponsored for Camp Merrywood and in building a sense of community awareness for a great cause. The mission to send children to camp has grown to a passion for those involved and has resulted in ownership of the Boatilla by the Buck Lake community. For its dedication and generosity, the Buck Lake Community received the 2011 Easter Seals Spirit of Giving Award, an award which recognizes associations who have unselfishly promoted the mission of Easter Seals by generating significant revenue and increasing awareness of the organization in the community. Over the years, the annual Boatilla has achieved positive results in building community relations within the environs of Buck Lake and this has been a significant benefit alongside meeting the needs of children with physical disabilities. The annual Buck Lake Boatilla has been built on a legacy of dedicated and successful community involvement to help send children to Camp Merrywood. The focus of the community and its supporting activities remains unchanged since its inception which is, “all about the kids!” Bruce is a member of the Buck Lake Boatilla Committee

CALENDAR OF JUNE-JULY EVENTS Every Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. over the summer: Sharbot Lake Farmers Market at Sharbot Lake Beach. June 1: The Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra will be filling the stage with their music during the market (10:30 -11:30 a.m.). June 4 & July 4, 7-9:30 p.m.: The first two of three free cooking workshops this summer by Andrea Dickinson, local food instructor, demonstrating cooking with local food from the market. Oso/Soldiers Memorial Hall, Sharbot Lake, sponsored by Sharbot Lake Farmers Market and funded by the County of Frontenac. June 4 Cooking Workshop: We begin to enjoy what the Farmers’ Market has to offer and what is soon to be in season throughout June. Our first session will begin with a lesson at the BBQ – cooking well using your gas BBQ by learning a “BBQ as oven” technique that will inspire confidence at your next gathering. Tandoori Chicken with a cooling Cucumber Raita is on the menu, as well as Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with a Maple Vinaigrette. Dessert in June would be incomplete without a Rhubarb-Strawberry Double Crisp, as well as creating a multi-use delicious Strawberry Butter – great for toast, pancakes or scones. Hello summer! July 9 Cooking Workshop: This month’s workshop continues with another lesson at the BBQ –“ Perfect BBQ Ribs” – we will take a step-by-step look to becoming a “Rib-meister” – prepping, spice-rubbing, roasting and grilling . . . perfection takes effort! To complement this menu, a Green Bean, Feta and Almond Salad with a Sherry-Honey-Herb Vinaigrette is perfect. Let’s finish it off with a “no bake” Icebox Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Sauce – a quick and delicious dessert that won’t heat up your kitchen. If time permits, we will squeeze in an excellent “take to a picnic” salad – a Warm New Potato and Roasted Pepper Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette. June 30: Look for Sharbot Lake Market local food walking in the Sharbot Lake Canada Day parade.

Thank You! The Beaver Lake Swim Program would like to thank you for supporting our BBQ and raffle. See you in the summer! swimbeaverlake@gmail.com

A quiet horseback ride through the fall woods, taken just off Desmond Rd, by SCOOP reader Brenda Kerr.

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Faithful Friends of Bon Echo Park 1988 – 2013 By Derek Maggs

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013 marks a significant anniversary for the Friends of Bon Echo Provincial Park. Twenty-five years ago a small group of volunteers initiated an organization that has impacted Park visitors ever since. Their commitment to preserve the natural heritage and cultural history of the Park has resulted in innovative programs which hundreds of thousands of Park visitors have enjoyed. Impetus for the Friends group came from Park Superintendent Ed Buck who approached the Pioneer Club of Cloyne asking them to consider the formation of a support group. The challenge was accepted. The signing of the official agreement between the Friends and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources took place in a ceremony in September 1988 at the Dollywood Visitor Centre. The Friends recognized the many assets of this beautiful Park. The diversity of its flora and fauna, its pristine beaches and waterfronts, the majestic eastern white pines and the grandeur of Mazinaw Rock with its geological history, 900 year old cedars and the pictographs left by earlier inhabitants attract over 180,000 visitors annually. Various approaches aimed at increasing appreciation of the Park and the preservation of its heritage have been utilized by the Friends. Their financial support has enabled the Natural Heritage Education (NHE) program to double its staff each summer. NHE staff offer daily children’s programs, guided hikes, interpretive boat tours of Mazinaw Lake and Rock on the Wanderer, amphitheatre programs including unique presentations and the publication of trail guides. Together all programs attract and contribute to making Bon Echo Provincial Park one of Ontario’s best. Many enterprising projects have been initiated and carried out by the Friends. Operation of two tour boats has provided an educational and picturesque experience to Park visitors. The Friends took over the Mugwump ferry service in 1989 allowing visitors access to the Cliff Top Trail where the breathtaking panoramic overview beckons. A year later the Friends commenced operation of the Wanderer, providing an interpretive boat tour highlighting the area history, the geology, flora, fauna, and fungi of Mazinaw Rock and a close-up view of the native pictographs. The Wanderer and the Mugwump currently provide interpretive excursions for over 16,000 visitors each summer. For 18 years the rewarding tour boat service was provided by dedicated volunteers serving as captains, deckhands and later as interpreters. The Friends have continued to provide the trained staff to fill these positions as required by government regulations. In the early 1990s the Friends operated the canoe concession with two local business partners providing another manner to allow visitors to enjoy the lake and approach Mazinaw Rock. This is currently operated by Bon Echo Canoe, owned by Bruce White. For the last ten years Bruce has donated canoes to the

Friends for their annual raffle. The Greystones Gift and Book Shop opened in Dollywood Visitor Centre in 1989 and moved to its present location in 1993. The shop specializes in merchandise chosen to enhance the appreciation of nature. An Art Gallery was added in 1996 to display original art of Canadian nature and wildlife. In 2006 the Friends financed major renovations in Greystones by strengthening the structure and expanding Original volunteer mugwump captains. Photo courtesy Friends of Bon Echo Park. the store area while maintaining the historic ambiance of this classic cooperation with corporate partners century cottage. In 2007 the Friends has enabled us to serve visitors better. In the 1990s researchers discovered that named the gallery the Colin Edwards Our Trail Ambassadors program has Mazinaw Rock was home to bonsai-like Memorial Art Gallery in recognition of encouraged enjoyment of Park trails ancient cedars some of which are over Colin’s long-time service as Director, through improved facilities and signage. 900 years old. With the aim of providing volunteer and artist. A major project this anniversary summer protection for the cliff and its rare species is the renovation of the amphitheatre the Friends launched the “Adopt-anThe Friends engaged their first Executive seating and building/stage. Ancient Cedar” project. Numerous small Director in 1995. The organization plaques were installed in Dollywood was growing and there was a need for The greatest asset of the Friends of Bon Visitor Centre in recognition of the gifts, structure, coordination and liaison Echo is its people. The indispensable often in memory of a loved one. In excess between the Park, the volunteers and resource of faithful volunteers and of $10,000 was raised over ten years. the public. The numerous programs members is continuing to be fundamental This enabled the Friends to produce the and volunteers required a focal person to the many facets of Friends initiatives full-colour edition of The Rock: Bon Echo to provide leadership and carry out the and accomplishments. New members, Provincial Park’s Silent Sentinel. decisions of the Board of Directors. both young and older are sought, needed and welcome. Please come and join us! Funds have gone into a number of other The highlight for many is the annual www.BonEchoFriends.ca. projects that include producing trail Bon Echo Art Exhibition and Sale. guides and educational resources, the Initiated in 1995, an active committee Derek is Executive Director of the Friends of Peregrine Falcon release, the restoration meets regularly to orchestrate this Bon Echo Park. of the Cliff Top Trail, Amphitheatre event. The art show continues the rich programming, most displays in the heritage of original art left to us by the Visitor Centre, new trail head signs, aboriginals in the Mazinaw pictographs, interpretive cairns and kiosks, the the Group of Seven who painted in the restoration of the Greystones Cottage 1920 - 30s and the many artists who and the provision of educational continue to capture the beauty of the bursaries for local high school graduates creation through their handiwork. Over and Park student staff. 100 volunteers orchestrate this three day event featuring food, live musical Eight years ago the Friends initiated entertainment, Sciensational Sssnakes!! twice-weekly barbecues at Main Beach. and children’s activities. The quality of As this operation grew it was moved to the juried original art continues to bring the Lagoon shelter and is now providing more and more of the public to the show. a much anticipated service every Saturday and Sunday. The annual raffle JOIN US ON THE PATIO OR IN OUR A strong component of the Friends’ has featured attractive donated prizes, AIR-CONDITIONED DINING ROOM work is composed of education relating all of which relate to Park activities. to the Park’s heritage. The Friends have ICE COLD BARKING SQUIRREL The Friends have applied for selective published two books: Massanoga:The Art & STEAM WHISTLE ON TAP government grants and corporate of Bon Echo (1999) and The Rock: Bon Echo CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME NEW MENU! assistance to increase their activities and Provincial Park’s Silent Sentinel (2006). projects. 613-352-3600 The former captures the rich history 360 MAIN STREET BATH of the many artists who have painted Recent initiatives include a drive to loyalistgrill.ca Bon Echo and the latter serves to alert increase corporate membership. This has LICENSED ~ FREE PARKING readers to the importance of this micro ALL MAJOR CARDS seen local business support grow from geographical area. two members to over thirty. Increased

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Seed to Sausage One of Canada’s Top 20 Artisans By Kate Kristiansen

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ocal Sharbot Lake business, Seed to Sausage owned by Michael McKenzie and his father Ken McKenzie won the Ace Bakery Artisan Incubator Award for their specialty-cured meats. The Artisan Incubator celebrates the joys of artisan food, the importance of local, sustainable food producers and the vital contributions artisan entrepreneurs make to communities across Canada. Seed to Sausage won this award for its overall business and its development of quality products, specifically their chorizo and saucisson sec. Michael, who is an Ottawa native currently residing in Kingston, owns this wildly successful family operation. During his Canadian military career he was stationed in Kingston and decided to make this his home. “While I was travelling in the army, I had the opportunity to see and experience different foods. I always loved salami and had made several versions of my own. I shared my efforts with friends and a few local chefs and got great feedback,” said McKenzie “But, I was often away for six months at a time, not even getting home for a day. I missed my family. When my son Sawyer was born I had eight months off so I took this time to experiment further with curing meats,” said Michael. After sharing his recipes with local chefs and friends he heeded their advice and turned his passion into a business. The Seed to Sausage meat production business operates from their processing plant at 12821, Hwy 38, Sharbot Lake where they produce over forty-two different artisan cured meat products. They make mouthwatering fermented sausages varieties, including garlic and red wine (from a bottle of Sandbanks Baco Noir wine), apple sage and maple walnut sausages along with salamis, and duck prosciutto. They also produce specialty bacon, such as molasses black pepper, chipotle chili bacon, old-fashioned double smoked bacon and garlic juniper. “Simple honest food with exceptional quality is always our goal,” said Michael McKenzie. “Take, for instance, our

apple and sage sausages. I have someone hand pick the apples and peel them. While other sausage makers may add premixed spices and water, we add nothing but (antibiotic and hormone free) pork, apples, and a bit of fresh apple cider.” “In the beginning, I had so much to learn from determining sales structures, distribution – making the food was a small cog in the overall operations of the business.” Seed to Sausage takes the health and safety of their customer very seriously. They are regulated by strict OMFRA licensing conditions and they ensure that their production and products meet and exceed these standards at all times. “Any new business has challenges and ours has evolved through the help of Frontenac Community Future Development Corporation program. Anne Pritchard and the team are so supportive. Anything we needed - they helped find solutions, such as grant proposals for e-commerce, workshops for social networking – I could call them up and they would help us find a way,” said Michael Today after only three years, the Sharbot Lake business is featured on the menu at 24 Sussex, The House of Commons and many other dining experiences from local Kingston restaurants to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Winning this national award is no small feat, judged by top Canadian tasters such as Anita Stewart, the Canadian culinary activist, author and University of Guelph food

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laureate among others – these experts know good food. This family-owned business also gets some help from other members of the family. Michael’s mother, Anna, assists in the kitchen and product packaging, and more recently by providing child care while Megan (Michael’s wife) manages the retail store. On May 18th, Seed to Sausage retail shop opened again for the season. Michael is proud of this accomplishment: “When Sawyer was just eleven months old we opened the retail store in Sharbot Lake, now here we are again, our daughter Eloise is eleven months and we are reopening for another season with even more offerings than before.” Over 1200 people visited during the May long weekend - as a food lover this was the place to be. The smoky smells wafted throughout the air, as everyone travelled through the various food stalls. Michael built a clay oven for Chef Grace from Atomica to cook her gourmet woodfire pizzas and le Chien Noir, Chef Derek was also on site with tasty soft tacos and lobster risotto balls along with

beverage providers: Beaus and Kitchen Sippy microbreweries and Sandbanks winery. The sun was warm and the main tent was filled with happy people sitting back and taking in the live music from local musicians, Ruenan De Groot and Haratches. “We are happy to be part of the Sharbot Lake community. All the local businesses are really supportive of each other. In the summer time the region doubles in size with all of the tourists,” Michael told me. The Seed to Sausage retail store is open for the summer (after the kids are out of school) from Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6pm. A wide range of gourmet food items are available at the store, from across Canada and from this region such as: handmade pasta, cured meats, Canadian harvested sea salt, Limestone Organic Creamery milk and cream, Reinink Family Farms organic eggs, fresh baking and many other yummy finds. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter: visit www.seedtosausage.ca to see upcoming events and new product information. Kate Kristiansen is a freelance writer and owner of Hummingbird Studio.

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Meet Mike Garrett By Barry Lovegrove

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illie Nelson’s popular song “On the Road Again” captures the love many of us feel for being on the move, touring and traveling the country’s highways and rural roads. Mike Garrett, Stone Mills Public Works Supervisor has been driving Stone Mills roads for almost forty years and I’m sure if Mike could get a dollar for every kilometer of township road he has driven over the span of that time he would probably be as rich as Willie. In the summer of 1974 Mike was finishing up a job in construction and, being an avid deer hunter, he decided to stay put till after deer hunting season was finished then start back to work again. Well it just so happened that there was some work that the Township of Sheffield was doing at the time. John Way, who was the Supervisor then, asked him if he would be interested in a bit of work for a couple of weeks. Mike thought - Why not, so he started working on Neville’s Point Road. Spring fell into summer which fell into autumn and well you get the point - he’s still there. John soon became a very good friend and back in those days the crews were small and were like family. Mike’s dad was also pleased that he had a local job so that he could help his brother on the seven hundred acre farm just north of Erinsville. “I get up pretty early these days, so when I leave my house I make my first road trip to Kaladar. It’s important to check the roads up there especially during winter mornings. Things can look perfect in some areas but when a snow squall blows through it can get pretty bad because of the nature of the land with all its ups and downs and ridges - blowing snow can cause havoc. “Even in Centreville, the snow conditions on one side of Basswood Hill on County Road 4 can be completely different from the other side. I’ve gotten to know what areas get bad just through my years of experience. I’ve seen a lot of changes here from when I first started. In those early days there was usually a crew of about five in the small municipalities. I started out driving trucks, snow ploughs, running the equipment, graders and whatever else was needed on any specific day. “After I had been working for about sixteen years John Way went into business so I took over as Roads Superintendent.

Being Superintendent is still the same as being a truck driver but I had the added responsibility of organizing the books and helping with the budget. When amalgamation happened in 1998 my title changed to Supervisor. Three municipalities amalgamated: Sheffield, Camden East and the Village of Newburgh. They kind of pulled the name out of a hat and called it Stone Mills because each village had so many old stone buildings and mills that the name Stone Mills seemed to work. Due to the amalgamation all the drivers merged together into one so right now in Centreville there are seventeen snow plough drivers. My title now is Public Works Supervisor along with Jeff Thompson and we work under the supervision of Public Works Manager Keith Miller. About five years ago the workload and stress was getting to be too much for one man to handle so the job was split and John and I do the same job and interchange responsibilities through the year. Just recently we went hi-tech and they installed GPS systems in our vehicles. That has really been helpful; it helps to keep track of the trucks and reporting trouble areas. Over and above that I still keep a hand written notes of what I do and where I have been each day. I then transpose my notes into a log book. I have been doing this for years so if there is ever a problem somewhere I have it recorded and logged and can look it up by date and time.

pleasant way and we would say we were working to clear all the roads. After a few days, we twigged onto the fact that she must live on that section of road. We finally managed to plough her out. “Our equipment wasn’t as good back then as it is now and there was one stretch when I went five days straight. We slept in the snow plough or on chairs in the garage because we knew that if we went home we might never get back to work. When it got close to meal time we would slow down and people would bring us out some food and drink.

“Over the years I have driven thousands of kilometers - just how many I wouldn’t like to guess. I have left a lot of rubber on our main roads and side roads. The roads in our township are a lot better today along with the equipment. I find that some people aren’t as patient as they used to be but we do our best and as far as I’m concerned we do a darn good job. Yes this November 2014, I will have put in forty years and I can honestly say that I have worked with a great bunch of guys and gals. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world”.

“I can remember back in the early seventies we had some really bad storms. Snow drifts would be as high as the telephone wires. We were out all day and night and it seemed like we were plowing forever. There was this one road in particular and we didn’t think that anyone was living there at the time. Well someone had moved into a house without our knowledge. Then we get this really nice lady calling us to ask when the snow plough would be passing. John Way was the supervisor of the day and he had answered a couple of her calls as had I. None of us thought to ask just where this lady lived and this was before the time of call display. She would ask in such a

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seldom use insect repellent while on any guided hikes that I lead since I find the fog of toxins enveloping me more annoying than the insects they are designed to repel. On the rare occasions that I have used any, it was an experimental natural product that was given to me to test – actually an entire case of it. The new product was a liquid mixture of catnip and evening primrose and while it repelled every flying insect within a wide radius, it also repelled the very people I was leading while seemingly attracting a multitude of cats whenever we passed a house. I thought of that offensive natural product one very warm day last year when the deer flies had at least one member of our hiking group running back to the car, arms flailing madly. In the cool, deciduous forest just beyond, a chorus of wood thrushes, veeries, vireos, orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks spoke of much cooler climes, accented by a backdrop of ovenbirds, chestnutsided warblers and the occasional scarlet tanager with its hoarse robin-like calls. We were in wild north country at its best and it is always so encouraging when large properties like the one we were on are purchased for no other reason except to keep it wild and undeveloped. A conducted seven kilometre interpretive hike the following day along a former railway line-turned-shared-use trail was more routine. Our little group of 21 participants was kept busy as my coleader and I pointed out wildflowers and birds singing from nearby agricultural fields. Biting insects were kept at bay by a gentle breeze and wispy clouds kept temperatures pleasant. From one cultivated field, a vesper sparrow sang his jumble of notes from a fencerow; it is fittingly described by Peterson as “more throaty than a song sparrow”. Participants were encouraged to keep moving as a kettle of a dozen or more turkey vultures circled menacingly above our heads, cleverly riding the thermals with nary a wing beat. We need more trails and wild places like this to walk through, but it is a tough sell to those who suffer from a new malady known as nature deficit disorder. We desperately need to get away from electronic devices, backyard barbeques,

and televisions not permanently, but just for a little while (I cancelled my subscription to Bell TV some time ago). We need to reacquaint ourselves with the natural world around us as we are losing it so quickly. I find it encouraging to see such a high percentage of seniors subscribe to the guided hike program that I offer each year, for it speaks loudly about our yearning to acquaint ourselves with the natural world around us, and to keep us active. Many seniors are seasoned walkers. I know of one 70+ year old who jogs eight km every day. One person in our program is well past his mid-eighties and likely shakes his head in disgust at able-bodied souls who park illegally in handicapped zones and sprint into the grocery store. Another 86-yearold on our Millennium Trail hike last year completed a seven km hike without even breaking a sweat and he was most always right on my heels. Truth is, I am jealous. I want to experience the senior years like some of those who register for my hikes. Last year, I stared in amazement and admiration as an 80-year-old on a guided hike near Tamworth clawed her way up a steep granite escarpment. Upon reaching the top, she broke into an infectious smile as she gazed around her at the parade of fall colours in the forested valley below. When I reach 80 I want to be just like her and many of the others on our hikes who regard age as just a number and continue hiking long distances, challenging trails and conquering obstacles. While many on our hikes have no health issues, others do. Arthritis comes up frequently during conversations behind me, and someone has Parkinson’s. Others may have different health issues but they say nothing; today there are no health concerns, as they consume

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Enjoying a natural area beside the Salmon River. whatever medication they need, and forge bravely ahead, refusing to give in. These people will live forever because they exercise and are always in a positive frame of mind. I was with some friends a while ago on an eight km trail at a nearby park and we talked about this – retirement, keeping active. We talked about acquaintances we know who retired and became old well before their time, due to inactivity and lack of exercise. Doing nothing is wrong at any age, but as we get older, inactivity results in becoming more withdrawn and apathetic about life in general. Learned helplessness. It starts when we lose faith in our own ability to do anything effectively. On our hikes, we talk about many things, but what is clear is our passion for walking. Not only for the exercise – one estimate is 100 calories burned for every kilometer – but also for the experience of being out in nature. There is a spiritual connection within nature that can help us make sense of this crazy world we live in. It takes a while, but eventually we learn how vitally important and connected everything is in nature. Everything we stumble upon, whether bracket fungi on downed trees, a caterpillar on a leaf, a salamander under a decomposing log, or a fall warbler snatching insects, are important links in biodiversity that

are strategically interconnected. How important everything is that we see. It is only during our bumbling efforts to improve or alter, that we upset this natural scheme of things. After spending five hours or more exploring this connectivity on some of the hikes in Frontenac Park, we return to our cars exhausted from the effort, but refreshed mentally. Hikes like this do not age us – they actually make us feel younger and more informed. An abundance of hiking trails and natural areas to explore will keep us in shape and feeling healthy. It will make us immune to the occasional prickly ash scratch, or the unexpected appearance of a boggy section along a trail, or the sudden arrival of a rain storm, or the heart stopping appearance of a black bear as has happened to us on occasion. And few of us are truly bothered with deer flies or mosquitoes as we are so immersed in the moment looking at everything that’s around us. The red bumps on our necks and arms and legs will disappear soon enough, but the memory of our experiences will linger with us for some time. 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.

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very year we do pregnancy tests on our “ewe lambs” - those who were born the previous May. Among the approximately 1400 lambs born last spring, we choose the best three hundred females to be put to the rams in December. However, we know that not all of them have been successfully bred. We want to keep only those females who are gravid, and sell the others in time for Greek Orthodox Easter – this year it fell on May 5th. It just costs us too much to keep non-productive animals. On the farm it doesn’t pay to be coy when the rams arrive. Also it is important for us to cull any lambs that are not bred at one year of age, as we wish to select for heritability factors. Having just the right genetics in the flock is always the goal that we strive for. After 38 years of selective culling, we are much closer to achieving the ideal Topsy ewe. The pregnancy testing process is pretty interesting. We use an ultrasound machine which emits a different sound when sound waves bounce off amniotic fluid in the uterus. We have to make sure the lambs have empty bladders so as not to confuse the machine readings. Our shepherd Christopher needs a good

wand contact on the lamb’s belly in order to hear a regular beep, so he squirts the area with cooking oil. The machine emits a continuous note if the amniotic fluid is detected. Ideally the testing is done before the fetus is too large. The rams are in with the ewe lambs for twenty-five days, so the first testing occurs at about ninety days from the 1st day of breeding. Of course there are no guarantees, and because we want to make sure that we keep all those who are carrying a fetus, all the lambs which did not show pregnant with the first testing are retested after two weeks. The first test showed that 225 out of 300 ewes had been bred. It took three people six hours to complete the first process. The second test, two weeks later, found an additional twenty-two. Just before the lambs are shipped off, the remaining seventy-five lambs, that apparently were not pregnant, were tipped up on their bottoms and their udders checked. This third test may indicate a few more are carrying fetuses that the machine did not detect. We found three pretty definites and a couple of other maybes. They will stay as well and hopefully they will add more frolicking lambs to our flock. This year we hope to have over 1500

Spring lambs. Photo by Don Tubb. lambs, born in May and early June to over 1100 ewes. Despite very regular checking of the six groupings of birthing ewes, perfect parenting does not always occur. We often have triplets, and some mamas just can’t raise all three, especially if they are of very different sizes. Sometimes a ewe “loses count”, nurturing the first lamb born and neglecting the second, who becomes weak and hungry. For those and other reasons, the occasional lamb is brought to the house for bottle rearing. During this year’s lambing, we had just two for the first couple of days - but one evening six suddenly appeared - the result of a bad mama muddle and some ewes moving to new pastures and losing one. The foster lambs are bottle fed four times a day, with a powdered sheep’s milk formula that approximates ewes’ milk. It takes surprisingly little time for the lambs to learn to come running, blatting

and eager, when our grandsons appear with their bottles. Some lambs learn quickly to follow at heel, seeking food and play. A few foster lambs may be adopted back into the field - our shepherd is good at persuading a ewe that to dote on one of the foster lambs. The rest stay with us for a few days until strong enough to go to a new home. We have adoptive families lined up to provide a home for the foster lambs once they are strong and well-established on the bottle. They will raise a small flock, or just keep them healthy and happy for the summer. These foster lambs provide wonderful entertainment for young families visiting Topsy Farms and the Wool Shed. If you wish to come, please phone ahead if you hope to visit lambs - there are no guarantees. You can follow Sally’s blog at the Topsy Farms website: www.topsyfarms.com

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Sweet Potato Beauties Story and photo by Cam Mather

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ast year I decided to get serious about my sweet potatoes.

seriously affected the cosmetic appeal of the final product.

I had been growing them successfully for a couple of years, but my production had been inconsistent. I have grown some dandy, perfect, awesome looking sweet potatoes. I’ve also grown some massive, gnarly, wrinkled, and crazy looking ones that tasted fine but looked terrifying. I was okay about eating the bizarre looking ones, but since I’d be supplying them to my CSA members I wanted to make sure that they were pretty as well as delicious.

Also, they may not have been getting enough heat. Sweet potatoes are a tropical tuber and they love heat. Here in Ontario we’ve been getting hot summers but my sense is that at the beginning and at the end of the season I may be missing the boat as the days cool off and the nights really get cool.

So I followed the suggestions in Ken Allan’s book about growing sweet potatoes. Ken Allan is a local author/ gardener who specializes in sweet potatoes. He’s the “local sweet potato guy.” I’ve always wanted to be one of those “experts” in a field … that “’fillin-the-blank” guy: totally immersed in and knowledgeable on every aspect of a subject. I think people around here see me as that “renewable energy guy” thanks to the numerous Green Energy Fairs that I have organized. And that’s good. But with interests in energy and food and sustainability and personal resilience I’m afraid I’m more of a generalist. So last summer I decided to upgrade my sweet potato growing skills. One of the problems in the past has been water. In previous summers I’ve been so busy dealing with drought conditions in the rest of my vegetable gardens, that I have a tendency to overlook the sweet potatoes. They “look” like they handle droughts, but I think a lack of water has

So last year I decided to grow them under plastic. I went with clear plastic as recommended by Ken Allan. He suggests that black plastic does help, but it absorbs a lot of the heat that you really want to pass through and get deep into the soil where the roots are forming sweet potatoes. So I bought a 50’ roll of 6 mil plastic that is 8 feet wide. I cut it in two 4-foot wide strips. I had hilled up the soil in advance with the hope that this would provide an environment conducive to growth. I figure if they’re growing in tough, untilled soil, they’re more likely to go gnarly. After tilling my sandy soil it was light and fluffy - which is what I’d want if I were a sweet potato plant! Then I watered the soil like crazy. Once the plastic was on, it was going to be tougher to get moisture in there, so I really wanted to make sure the area was well watered. I’m a big believer that you need to keep soil moist so that its capillary action will allow water to move over a large area when it’s introduced.

I also decided to put down a length of drip irrigation hose under the plastic. This way the water was able to get right into the plants. The plastic is going to help prevent excessive evaporation, and the flat area on top of the plastic allows water to accumulate and go down through the plastic to the roots. But with my sandy soil I’m paranoid so I went with the backup plan of drip irrigation. I secured the plastic along the edges with soil. Then I went down the row and cut holes every 12 inches, just big enough to fit a sweet potato cutting. I put my fingers down the hole to spread the soil apart. Once I inserted the cutting I tucked the soil around the root ball as best I could and put a couple of handfuls of sand around the plant. This was done to help direct water to the roots and to help hold the plastic down and stop it from flopping around in high wind. I used sand dug from a deep hole on my property hoping that it will have fewer weed seeds in it, so it’s one less place for me to have to worry about weeding. I also had a whack of straw that I had scrounged from a barn, so I put a deep layer of mulch on each side of the plastic. I hoped that it would also help to reduce weed growth and then as it decomposes, it would help to build up my sandy soil. As the season went on last year, the sweet potato plants seemed to do quite well. The plants were lush and green and thanks to my preliminary work in putting in the drip irrigation hose, I was able to keep them well-watered, even during our

Cam with his 2012 sweet potato harvest. six weeks of drought. I am happy to report that all of these efforts paid off in a big way! Last year’s crop of sweet potatoes was the best ever! The potatoes were plentiful and most importantly they were nicely shaped with fewer overgrown “gnarly” ones that are so hard to peel and prepare. In my blog I wrote that it was like “Christmas” in the sweet potato patch, as I harvested such a bumper crop of wonderful-looking potatoes. Our trays of sweet potato “slips” are under the grow lights and in the windows, ready for planting. I’ll be following the same steps as last year and hopefully we’ll enjoy another amazing harvest of these delicious and nutritious potatoes! Cam Mather is author of “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook”. Read about more of his gardening exploits at his blog, www.cammather.com

When Is a Weed... By Mary Jo Field

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ot a native plant? Actually, most of the time. For many people, myself included, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear “native plants” is “weed, wild, invasive”. Apparently we’re wrong. The ubiquitous dandelion – not a native plant. Garlic mustard – not a native plant. Creeping Charlie – not a native plant. Weeds, yes, but not native to North America; all were introduced, some quite deliberately, from other parts of the world. It turns out almost all problem weeds are nonnative, with milkweed and goldenrod being exceptions to this rule. We need to “get over” our reluctance about native plants. The person who started me thinking about the true nature of native plants was Lorraine Johnson, who spoke at the Tamworth Legion as a guest of Tamworth-Erinsville GrassRoots Growers on April 15, 2013. Lorraine has been an advocate of gardening with native plants for decades. As the author of several books, contributing author to horticultural magazines, and now a lecturer on native ecosystems at York University, Lorraine was more than qualified to share her insights. It was a great evening, with informative slides and handouts, and subject-appropriate refreshments provided by Marilyn McGrath.

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Why garden with native plants? Because 30% of our food requires pollination by insects, and our insect pollinator populations are under threat. Pollinators need bio-diversity, and sadly, we are becoming a nation of monoculture. Lawns are a monoculture. The absolute best way to attract and support pollinators is with native plants. Nonnative plants do provide nectar for adult insects, but not for the larval-stage insect; native plants are needed to feed the insect in earlier stages of its life. Also, native species of plants generally require less supplemental watering than nonnatives, and less fertilizing. So we can save time and money, as well as helping maintain the food chain, by introducing more native plants in our gardens. In addition to those practical and pragmatic reasons, we somehow connect better on a spiritual level with our landscape when we see what grew here prior to European settlement. Who needs to see the exact same plants at the entrance to every town across the country? It is too much homogeneity for my taste. There are native plants suited to every locale and terrain as well as to every gardening style. Shady, sunny, wet or dry, wild or tidy, there are plants for your site. Some plants on the native list may surprise you – foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) comes to mind. It has become

quite popular in the last few years and is now widely available at nurseries. This brings up another important point – purchase native plants from reputable nurseries where you can be confident they have been grown from seed rather than dug from wild areas. And do not dig up wild plants, which are unlikely to survive transplant shock and can be enjoyed by others if left where you find them. Starting wildflowers from readily available seed is also an economical option. For anyone interested in learning more, Lorraine has written three books on the subject of native plants: 100 Easy To Grow Native Plants For Canadian Gardens; The New Ontario Naturalized Garden; and Grow Wild! She also recommended Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Bellamy for more information on pollinators.

Upcoming Events Tamworth-Erinsville GrassRoots Growers continues to host events we hope will spark interest in gardening. Our most recent event was the annual plant and seedling sale, held on Saturday, May 25 at Beaver Lake Park in Erinsville. This year there was also mushroom compost for sale by the Lions Club, plus books and magazines, and a special area with free plants for children.

Lorraine Johnson speaking at the GrassRoots Growers evening. Photo by David Field. On Saturday, July 20 we will host our second annual tour of two local private gardens. For privacy reasons we do not publish the exact location of the gardens, but I can tell you one is near Roblin and one is on the outskirts of Tamworth. Only 20 places are available for this event and over half are already spoken for, so it behooves you to act now by calling Brenda Stinson 613-379-3089. The tour starts at 9:00 a.m. and finishes at 1:00 p.m. The price is $10 per person and includes refreshments. For more information on the garden tour, and pictures of previous events, visit our website at www.tegrassrootsgrowers.weebly.com


Heavens Above By Barry Lovegrove

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n May 16th about thirty stargazing enthusiasts gathered at 9:00pm to take in the glory of the night sky at The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area north of Erinsville. It seemed so appropriate and timely because our very own Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield had just parachuted back down to Earth on May 13th from the ISS (International Space Station) after spending five months orbiting about 370km above us. We are very lucky to have the Dark Sky Viewing Area. Apparently there’s no better place in southern Ontario to view the night sky and it’s right on our door step. Terence Dickinson who is a renowned astronomer had a great evening planned for us. As soon as the sun went down Jupiter was starting to show up in the western sky. It didn’t take long for Terence to set up his large telescope and focus in on it. We were all able to take turns looking at it close up. If you looked carefully you could see Jupiter’s moons in a straight line. When

everyone had had their turn Terence changed his telescope position so that the Earth’s moon could be seen almost directly over head. There was about a quarter of its surface showing that evening and you could see and make out all the craters very clearly. While people were viewing the moon’s surface Terence gave a fantastic first hand tour of the sky using a high powered laser light. It was like being in a live planetarium; the sky was clear and the stars were very bright. Terence pointed out the different constellations using his laser light explaining each one in detail. Then came what I call the highlight of the evening. Terence turned his telescope to the south so that he could focus in on Jupiter. To me it just looked like any other star twinkling away amongst the thousands of stars in the dark blue abyss. I asked Terence to shine his laser light on Saturn while I took a long exposure photo. It just looks like a dot from where we were but through his

Terence setting up his telescope. telescope it was as clear as a bell. What an experience. One of the women who saw it for the first time shouted out “WOW it’s fantastic!” The evening was truly a learning and hands-on event or should I say eyeson event. Thank you L&A for building the Dark Sky Viewing Area and a special thanks to Terence Dickinson for enlightening us about what is up there in

the heavens - something which we take for granted most of the time. Photo below: I took this image of Saturn highlighted by the green laser light which was being pointed out by Terence Dickinson. The actual photo of Saturn with its rings was taken by Terence earlier this year. Thank you Terence for submitting a beautiful image.

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Misguided Goals By Sebastian Back Grade 12 student, Sydenham High School

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ur generation’s goals and motives are terribly skewed. We have a preoccupation with physical appeal - beauty reflected on billboards and in magazines. This preoccupation keeps us in situations we don’t like, with people we don’t like and away from the happiness that we are searching for. For instance a man gives his partner trinkets and money because our media glorifies physical beauty above other attributes thus confusing him and stopping him from realizing that the physical aspects of his partner are not enough to make him happy. Because of our misguided goals we have developed a set of inverse methods for solving our issues. We have opted to compensate for all of our transgressions and shortcomings as opposed to directly addressing them. Even though our priorities lie in physical beauty, we take joy in fast, greasy food. The latter puts a cramp in the former since if one wants to be a thin, healthy-skinned demiGod(ess) fast food really gets in the way. It produces a considerable amount of extra fat and doesn’t provide any real nutrients which become evident on one’s midriff and complexion. Logically we cannot have copious amounts of fast food and still look good. But in this society we can! Because of makeup, liposuction and plastic surgery we do not have to sacrifice good figure for unhealthy food. From this is born a culture in which if we really should cut back on something (food, alcohol, drugs) for the good of our physical and mental health, we don’t have to because we have other drugs and procedures which will allow us to keep functioning and looking our best. We have swindled ourselves into thinking we can have everything we desire. Not only this, but we believe we can do so without consequences. In

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You’re Moving Too Fast “There is more to life than increasing its speed!“ - Mohandas Gandhi By Reba Pennell Grade 12 student, Napanee District Secondary School

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ver the past few weeks I have realized the truth of Gandhi’s quote. In this day and age people are moving at such a fast speed, barely anyone can keep up. We are always busy and we always have to be somewhere. Nobody really has time to stop and think anymore. We don’t think about life or where we’re headed. We may think we do but really all we do is just go, go. We might think that there is all the time in the world because we are young but the truth is that life can change in a split second; nobody knows where life is headed anymore. Think about the last time when you didn’t feel as though you had to be somewhere: whether it is to the gym, or to the mall, or to a family or friend’s place. There are always things to be done and people just don’t believe that there is any time to stop and think. The problem begins when there is no down time, and then stress takes over. What happened to me was that I was so busy I hardly slept and I had a lot of mood changes. When this started happening, it took a real toll on me and all of a sudden I was a lot worse than when I first started out. Like the quote says there is a lot more to life than increasing its speed and there are things we can do to help ourselves. Since summer is coming up, we can go to

the beach or go shopping and get a new outfit. I read and cuddled my cat; I didn’t watch any television - even for half an hour. It was just me and my book and it helped me a lot. What also helped me a lot was yoga. I credit yoga with helping me to get rid of my stress. Another thing that I found to be really useful was running. I recently found an article, “50 Reasons to Run” and that got me thinking about why it’s helpful to run. I run to get rid of stress, to let go of my problems and to be free. Over the past few weeks I have felt myself becoming less and less stressed and I think the main reason is because I finally realized I was stressed. Now though I know to take time for myself; to have fun and to just breathe. So if you feel yourself getting too overwhelmed with a lot of things then just remember to take time for yourself. Live life to the fullest, laugh too much, smile a lot, don’t let things bring you down. Be yourself and be happy; because you never know what could happen next.

Free Summer Concerts Coming to Verona “Music in the Park” The Verona Community Association (VCA) has announced a series of three, free summer concerts. Billed as “Music in the Park”, the concerts will be held at McMullen Park and Beach in Verona. The first concert scheduled for Sunday June 23, from 1 pm to 3 pm, will feature ‘Lisa Vee’ singing Jazz and The Blues. Subsequent concerts will be held on Sunday July 28 with ‘The Monarchs’ playing 60s to 80s Rock and Roll and Sunday August 25 with ‘Faithful Friends’ playing Gospel music. All concerts are free. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. The canteen will be open for refreshments. This year there will be a Barbeque starting at noon. The Verona Cattail Express will also be on hand to take the kiddies for rides. “This is a wonderful event. McMullen Park Beach is a terrific venue for an open air concert,” says Joyce Casement, director on the VCA. “It looks out over the water and is shaded by large trees. It is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the cool shade by picturesque Rock Lake.” The Verona Community Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to promoting social and community events in and around Verona. VCA events include the annual Verona Cattail festival in August, Christmas for Kids, Free Skate, Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Fishing Day. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact VCA president Debbie Lingen at 613-374-2091. JUNE-JULY 2013 • THE SCOOP | 21


Rites of Spring

Living for Others

By Beverly Frazer

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here is no other s e a s o n than spring that can perk up the palate. The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and the trees and shrubs are flowering. The sights and sounds of spring lead us straight to mouth watering tasty fruit, how wonderful is that! This is a light and airy dinner idea for all to enjoy. Whether you’re up at the lake crowded around a picnic table with friends or out camping at the foot of the Canadian Shield it will undoubtedly hit the spot. Obviously it is best paired with your favorite wine or micro brew. We recently enjoyed it with Crabbie’s Scottish Ginger Beer and I can tell you it went over well.

Strawberry Vinaigrette on Baby Greens with Walnuts and Strawberries What You’ll Need: • 1 cup fresh pureed strawberries or sugar-free strawberry preserves • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper • 1/2 cup olive oil • 1/2 cup water

ife can be hard sometimes. This is especially true when you lose someone you love.

I can honestly say that I had never really experienced a true loss until this spring. My grandfather, or as we all lovingly called him, Pa, passed away in late April, losing his third and final battle with cancer. The news of his illness was sudden and unexpected. We were told that he would not suffer for long and to say our goodbyes.

What To Do: 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the preserves, vinegar, mustard, and pepper until thoroughly combined. 2. Gradually whisk in olive oil then water. Serve immediately, or keep chilled until ready to serve. Makes 2-1/2 cups dressing. This is a very versatile dressing and is great to try with different fruit as they come available. It’s terrific over any tossed salad, but we suggest serving it with mixed baby greens that you top with crunchy walnuts, sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges. A diced grilled chicken breast works great for those who just cannot eat without their meat. This salad serves best with fish and poultry. We recently had it with seared tuna and I am still wishing I had seconds! Here’s to Spring. Bon Appetit!

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Those two weeks were painful. We desperately wanted him to be happy, but at the same time, we selfishly wished for more time. When he did finally pass, it was even harder. The loss of Pa seemed to be all around us, crushing us with grief, but we chose to wipe the tears away and remember Pa as he would have wanted us to remember him: living for others. Pa was a man who was happy when he was helping others. He thrived by making the lives of those around him as good as possible. It was what made him who he was. Pa was constantly giving and providing, but asking for nothing in return. He was the type of grandfather who set up a Christmas tree in March so that three little girls could experience Christmas in Florida or cut the seaweed around the island to protect tiny feet from the slimy monsters lurking just below the surface or spend hours playing computer games with his grandson, Christopher, unleashing both his love and his inner child. Pa also gave people every opportunity to succeed—he set his son, Chris, up in his own business and gave his support

whenever he could to his grandchildren, whether it was listening to them rant about school or giving them tips for the soccer field. He used his skills to make others happy—his hobby of woodworking produced several hope chests because he thoroughly believed that all young women needed a place to keep their dreams—and in his last weeks, he even offered to teach me how to drive a motor boat to ensure that I passed my boating test. Pa put others first—he must have watched the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas special a hundred times with my sister, Erin, to make sure she was happy even though he didn’t particularly enjoy Christmas movies; he hosted my Mom’s wedding through an oddly cold spring day; and he supported and related to my sister, Megan, over their shared anxiety issues in a way that no one else could. He was the type of man who spent hours preparing his famous beef stew for others to savor or make the effort to save a little girl’s Scooby-Doo stuffed animal from the clutches of the lake when she dropped it down the gap between the boat and the dock; he put her world back together. Pa was a man whose heart was filled with love—he showed this everyday of his life, but perhaps this was especially apparent in his need to text his granddaughter every morning, ensuring that she woke to the warmth of his feelings. Well, Pa, we beat you to it this time. We will always love you first and more.

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All attendees will receive a gift bag and prizing at the tournament. Hole #2 $15,000 hole-in-one ($7500 to the winner & $7500 to Southern Frontenac Community Services) Hole # 12 3 nights / 2 rounds stay & play vacation to TPC San Antonio Hole # 14 Set of Razr X Black Irons 4-SW Hole # 4 Set of Razr X Black Irons 4-SW

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Grandmothers’ Plant and Bake Sale D By Susan Howlett

o you like browsing at plant sales, impoverished. In many communities, looking for something different? small and large, the grandmothers have Something you won’t&find at most formed support groups to deal with “Hope, Purpose Belonging in Long Term Care” of the garden centres? On Saturday, June issues such as feeding, clothing, and 1 the fifth annual Grandmothers’ Plant & sending their grandchildren to school; Bake Sale will be held in front of Tiffany health care; AIDS education; grief Gift Shoppe in Harrowsmith at 10 a.m. counselling; and skills development for sharp (no early-bird sales). Home baking self-sufficiency. and a wide variety of plants grown by the Grandmothers by the Lake and their It is for these grassroots projects, supporters will be offered at modest initiated and run by African women, prices to benefit the Grandmothers that the Grandmothers Campaign of Campaign -- a very deserving cause. the Stephen Lewis Foundation raises funds. The money we raise not only Grandmothers by the Lake is one of over helps to support these vital projects, but 250 grandmother groups across Canada also bolsters the African grandmothers’ dedicated to helping the grandmothers strength and courage to continue in sub-Saharan Africa who have been with their struggle, knowing that the severely impacted by the HIV/AIDS grandmothers of Canada care. pandemic. The Grandmothers Campaign, launched in 2006 by the Stephen Lewis We believe that the grandmother Foundation, raises money for grassroots movement is one way to make a projects begun by and for those African difference in our world. grandmothers who are, in the words of Stephen Lewis, “the unsung heroes” So come to the sale, pick up some 47 Dundas St. Eand• Napanee of Africa. Despite having to cope with interesting plants delicious home the deaths of their own children, these baking, and if you’re interested, talk to 613.354.6601 grandmothers must carry on with members of Grandmothers by the Lake www.napaneechamber.ca the task of raising their orphaned about what our group does. See the plant grandchildren in communities that and bake sale poster in this issue of The are devastated by the AIDS virus and Scoop for contact information.

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Dates: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June 2013 The North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville Ontario Registration: go to http://www.oireachtas.ca/claru-bea.shtml

Featuring Performances and Competitions in: Speaking Drama Singing

Writing Dancing Instrumental Music

Special Guests/Gaeltacht Personalities: Máirín Uí Chéide Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha Loretta Ní Churraighín Mícheál Newell

Meaití Jó Shéamuis Lábhras Sonaí Choilm Learaí Ray Mac Manais John P. Kelly

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Grace Centre, 4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham $10 per person Singer and multi-instrumentalist, Glenn Foster, born and raised in Sydney Australia, will be presenting a concert of songs that tell a story of Australia from the Dreamtime through penal colony to nationhood to today. Glenn was also a resident of Sydenham and Arts Head at Sydenham High School for 30 years. This will be a fundraiser featuring song, story-telling and images on the history of Australia. Glenn will be accompanied by Jason Pedherney, didgeridoo player from Westport, ON. Advance tickets are available at the Rural VISIONS Centre, Memory Lane Flowers & Gifts and Sydenham One Stop. Tickets will also be available at the door. This fundraiser is organized by the Grace Arts Committee in support of arts programming in South/Central Frontenac. JUNE-JULY 2013 • THE SCOOP | 23


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By Blair McDonald

ome days it is hard to determine if life is getting faster or the weather is just getting better at deceiving us with its transitions between seasons. Given the sensational weather I’ve been experiencing here in Kamloops it is easy to forget that it is only early May. Last week, we had three days in a row with temperatures that climbed into the low thirties thus making my transition from curling one week and playing beach volleyball the next, odd – to say the least. Luckily, Kamloops is blessed with a significant amount of sunlight and very little rain compared to our soggy neighbours in Vancouver. As I learned the other night, leave it to Kamloops to turn beach volleyball into a dusty sport with post-game symptoms that include itchiness, a sore throat and a dry cough. Nonetheless, this dusty town has its charms and the dry, hot weather is exceptional when compared to the rest of Canada. And oddly enough, many here don’t complain about the heat in the same way that Australians actually do (I’ll save this discussion for another time).

It’s funny how easy it is to get caught up in the dramatic changes of weather without realizing that these exceptional days are the exception and not the rule. For instance, the other night I was driving by the Mount Paul golf range when I thought that I better get playing golf soon before it gets too late in the season, only to realize moments later that I’m not quite sure what the hurry is given that summer hasn’t even officially started yet. This morning as well, (actually, I’m writing this from a hotel in Victoria) I packed up the car for an always

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adventurous trek down BC’s legendary Coquihalla Highway to Vancouver (yes, there is still snow at certain parts of the summit) only to realize that I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt with the weather forecast for a high of 11. Oops. But perhaps it’s a Canadian thing. I still remember when I was living in Australia when there was a similar dramatic change in the weather. When the spring heat wave had run its course, there I was still wearing my shorts as if the summer was here and there was no turning back. When suddenly the weather went back to normal, I’ll never forget when one of my Aussie housemates, seeing me still wearing shorts said to me (to which I am still puzzled): “That’s such a Canadian thing to do.” Well, the jury is still out on whether or not it’s a Canadian or a Blair-thing to do, but regardless, this rollercoaster of late Spring/early Summer weather shows no sign of letting up, let’s just see if we can keep our excitement in check.

e humans get easily tired of bugs. We hide from bugs, we run from bugs, and we generally try to repel as many bugs as possible. But our dogs can’t always hide from the bugs or find ways to repel them; they count on us for that. Dogs are sensitive to bugs, especially flies and mosquitoes. If your dog spends a great deal of time outside, it would be kind to consider a bug repellent especially one made especially for dogs. Here is a recipe that easy to make and apply, best of all it is safe for us and dogs.

Simple Home-Made Bug Repellent Spray 1 Large Lemon 2 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary One Quart of Boiling Water 1. Remove water from stove or microwave. 2. Slice lemon as thin as possible and place in water with the fresh rosemary. Cover with a towel and let it steep overnight. Strain and pour into spray bottle. 3. Spray liberally onto pets as you rub the hair in both directions or if the pet is sensitive or afraid of the spray bottle, you can soak a washcloth and rub it on that way. Use as needed. Works great for fleas, gnats, flies and mosquitos. You can find fresh rosemary at your local grocery in the organic section of the produce department. Keep refrigerated. For additional bug repellent recipes check out the link below. wellnessmama.com/2565/homemadenatural-bug-spray-recipes-that-work/

To help save your dog from an itchy scratchy summer keeping Benadryl around to alleviate swelling or an inflammation caused by bug bites can be very helpful. You can give Benadryl at 1mg per pound and up to three times a day. It is always best to talk to your veterinarian about the dose for your particular dog. If swelling from any bug bite occurs around the mouth and throat it is important to monitor it as it can affect breathing. The proper application of Benadryl could just save your dog’s life, especially if you are camping or at the cottage and are some distance from a veterinarian. When in doubt always call your veterinarian. If your dog shows signs of stress after a bite, a small dollop of honey in their mouth can help calm a frightened uncomfortable dog. Benadryl can also be helpful for seasonal allergies symptoms. For more information on Benadryl for dogs follow the link below. benadrylfordogs.info/benadryl-for-dogs/ Dalton is the innkeeper at the Regal Beagle ‘Unleashed’ in Tamworth.

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The Fabric of Living H By Merola Tahamtan

aving recently finished my spring cleaning, I went through a large trunk filled with fabrics I have accumulated over the years. There are meters and meters of fabrics; many of which belonged to my mother and I save these for special projects. I gave some fabric to my daughter Pareza, so she can sew her purses and doll clothes with her new sewing machine given to her by her grandparents. She loves to sit beside me and sew and of course, I strongly encourage her to learn a variety of sewing skills. She also loves to take trips to the local fabric stores and browse amongst the hundreds of bolts of fabric.

Fabrics in a room do not stand a l o n e ; they work with all the other decorating elements to create a mood and energy that tells a story. A key part of a pleasing decorating style is to use one dominant fabric. When there are too many contrasting fabrics in a room and not enough of a single fabric, the eye is confused, causing an unsettled feeling. All too often you see furniture upholstered in a confusion of prints and textures, making you feel as though you’re in a showroom of furniture covered in a variety of different textiles. In most living rooms, the upholstered pieces should all be covered in the same material. I believe this brings the room balance and harmony. Once you have chosen a key fabric, all other materials, whether textures or prints, will be subordinate and should be smaller in scale. As with music, the melody dominates and everything else supports the composition. Pick small, modest, simple patterns as complementary materials to enhance, refine, and enrich the key fabric. Plaids and checks can create a subtle country appeal and dots and stripes all add simple charm. Fabrics you are attracted to will naturally have a colour palette similar to the art hanging in your room, but it diminishes the art to deliberately select materials that match a colour, or several shades, of a painting. Paintings should always be free to move around from place to place and room to room and not be taken for granted, stuck in one location. Art is not wallpaper, glued in place. By moving your artwork around, you can see it in new light, and appreciate it in places that may have more visibility. The rule that “one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel” applies to textiles. One sad fabric, even on a single pillow, drags down the whole scheme. All fabrics should be in harmony, pleasing to the eye. By observing how classical rooms are put together, you can see the interconnection between one textile and another. Fabrics in a room must get along, not be competitive or too loud.

Consider adding subtle details as accents to upholstery without being showy. When you want to elevate a small bench, footstool, or pillow in stature, you can add a gimp cord or tassels without making the piece look overdone. A narrow binding in a soft tint may be more effective than a bold contrasting fabric. When you are choosing a piece of material, fondle it and enjoy the way it feels, and let its colour and pattern speak to you. Trust your intuition. Choose fabrics that create the atmosphere you want. Just as Claude Monet designed

SWF I By Ivy Vinette

got nothing for ya. Nada.

Maybe after the last round of dates I had, I subconsciously asked the universe to hold back on the types of men it had been sending me. So, Mr. Universe, is that all you’ve got for me? Maybe this is why I’m single. Or maybe I didn’t put myself out there enough and I’m left with a bunch of “missed opportunities.” Like the day I drove by a dude in distress, who was behind the wheel of a stalled U-haul on Princess Street. I had my foot on the brake and my head cranked around in surprise of just how cute he was... I was slowing down, seriously debating whether I should stop and offer my expertise in starting U-hauls, until I finally erred on the side of not being late for work. I’ve regretted not stopping ever since. I’ve passed by a couple of other innocent unknowing candidates during my travels around neighbouring hoods. I saw a sweaty fit guy jogging outside of Yarker, and I think he smiled at me... Should I have stopped and yelled out the window, “Nice gym shorts, man! I like exercise too!” If someone did that to me I’d probably run even faster to the nearest house and call the cops.

and then planted his dream gardens at Giverny, so you can create any mood or spirit you wish, and choosing an ideal fabric is a whole lot easier than the backbreaking work of a master gardener. If you’re drawn to a fabric, don’t immediately look at the price tag. Try to get a true sense of its energy and karma. Hold it up to the light and look at the colours bursting with sunshine. Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised by the cost per meter. If you fall in love with a fabric and its price is beyond your budget, consider using it for pillows, a footstool, or a small chair cushion. There is a saying “If your fabrics aren’t fading, you should move.” We should start out with colours as fresh as crayons in a box, and accept the inevitable bleaching over time from the light and warmth of the sun. It’s real, and the fact that our spaces are regularly kissed by the sunlight is a blessing to be continuously appreciated. No new material is as charming as one that has been loved by sunshine. The energy from the sun penetrates the textile and, however subtle, is felt. Just like the faded jeans teenagers love, so too should bleached-out fabrics, a symbol of hours of sunlight, be cherished. To live in the dark to protect your textiles is a sad waste of potential vitality. Fabrics can truly define and create a mood and ambience to a room. Pay close attention to the selections you make, and see the grand scheme for the overall effect. Merola Tahamtan is an Interior Stylist in Home & Business Design, Home Staging, Painting, Colour Consultations, Organization and Window Treatments. You can reach her at 613-561-0244 or merolatahamtandesigns@live.ca or visit her at her office in the Lenadco building.

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Then I saw another cutie pushing a lawn mower near Newburgh. I like handy guys, and I have a huge lawn. “Hey baby, wanna mow my lawn?” Naaah... Not cool. I’ll be the first to admit I am a huge dork. So should I fully embrace that inner weirdo in me and let it out when it urges? Were those missed opportunities or was

there really no chance to begin with? There is a line between taking a chance and being desperate, and when I decided to open myself up to finding love again I often found myself in different situations wondering, “Is that cute or could it be interpreted as psycho?” -- Ahh, the fun times of being a single female. The longest relationship I’ve ever had started with what could’ve been a “missed opportunity”. I was at a pub with a girlfriend and this scruffy, dark, dreamcome-true guy was sitting at a table adjacent to ours. I couldn’t keep my eyes off him and I kept talking on and on about him to my friend. Enough liquid courage later and as we were leaving I dropped a napkin on his table with my name and phone number. He called that night to set up our first date and we continued to date for three years. Despite my efforts to deepen our relationship, it stayed about as casual as it started until I finally cut the little string that was dragging me along. That’s it. I’m gonna rope one in this time. No more missed opportunities. Every handsome face in the hardware store will have a happy “Hello, how are ya?” Every buff big boy on a bike will be beckoned by a bodacious babe. Every dude in distress will have a damsel at his desire.

Napanee Business Improvement Area Corporation

taste OF NaPaNee FestIVal The Napanee BIA in association with the Canadian Diabetes Association is proud to bring the Taste of Napanee Festival to Downtown Napanee. This event will take place on Saturday July 27th from 10:00am-3:00pm! The purpose of this event is to showcase Greater Napanee restaurants, caterers, and local and area artisans. As an added twist, we have invited Gourmet Food Trucks to come into Downtown Napanee to take part in this event. Live music, and entertainment fit for the whole family will be going on during the day. There will be the Talents of the Town Farmers Market taking place on Market Square while this festival is going on, so there will be much to see in Downtown Napanee on July 27th. The BIA is still in the recruitment stage of getting interested restaurateurs, caterers, and artisans to take part in this great event! If you are interested in taking part in this event, please contact the BIA Office immediately! napaneebia@bellnet.ca 613-354.9508 JUNE-JULY 2013 • THE SCOOP | 25


Kids & PareNTs

County of Lennox & Addington

Early Years Centre 

Public Library Children’s Programs NAPANEE BRANCH

CAMDEN EAST BRANCH

Book Club 1: 1st Wednesday of every month Book Club 2: 3rd Tuesday of every month Keep watching for the exciting new things that will be happening during the summer! Writer’s Club: Every other Tuesday

Toddler Tales: Mondays 10:15-11:00 a.m. Story, puppets, and flannel board stories.

TAMWORTH BRANCH Father’s Day Craft: June 12th Wednesday 6:30-7:15 p.m. Pre registration is required by June 5th. 3793082 or at the library or email tambrch@ lennox-addington.on.ca

AMHERSTVIEW BRANCH Story Time: Wednesdays 2 sessions 10:15 or 11:15 Tot Tales: Fridays at 11:15 following that parent and tot swim at the Henderson Pool Lego Club: Runs the first Thursday at 6:30 pm and the first Saturday at 2 pm of each month. Registration is required.

Summer 2013  Program Schedule  Bath Playgroup—

Thursdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Bath United Church 402 Academy St. Bath Closed Month of July reopens Aug 6, 2013

Napanee Playgroup— Wednesdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church 25 Bridge St., Napanee Closed Month of August reopens Sept. 4, 2013 Newburgh Playgroup—Tuesday’s 9:30 –11:30 a.m. Newburgh Community Hall Closed Month of July reopens August 6 Yarker Playgroup— Wednesdays 9:30—11:30 a.m. Yarker Free Methodist Church , Yarker Closed July 17th and August 31 Early Years Centre— Monday, Wednesday & Friday for Drop In 1178 County Rd 8 Playroom Open to Families Napanee 9:00—3:00

Children Welcome Vicki Keith

Thursdays—Let’s Play with Baby 9:30 –11:30 Geared to families with babies 18 months and younger Older Siblings Welcome.

As part of a class project, Amherst Island Public School’s Primary Class students (grades JK to 4), read a book from the school library about fellow Islander, Vicki Keith who gained international fame as a marathon swimmer. Ms. Keith was invited to visit the classroom to view the projects and to talk to students about her Great Lake swims. She was so impressed with the student projects; she asked if she could display them later this summer while on a cruise celebrating the 25th anniversary of her swimming the Five Great Lakes.

welcomed Vicki Keith back when she came to collect samples of work from the Primary class for the cruise next month. The students had been given freedom to choose how they wanted to respond and record, what they had learned from her inspirational talk. Their work ranged from song lyrics, computer game designs, letters, artwork, and portraits.

Friday Playgroup 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Recently Amherst Island Public School

We are very proud of them!

Vicki may also display some of the work at the YMCA in Kingston, where her “Y Penguins” swim teams are based, until the cruise next month.

Tuesdays—School Readiness Program 9:00—11:30 am And 1:00—3:00 p.m. Sorry both programs are full.

Watch for a poster for special programs at the above playgroups during the summer! “Amherstview, Flinton, Daddy & Me, Family Fun, Northbrook, Tamworth & Saturday Playgroups” will be taking a summer break.

Special Events organized at the Early Years Centre Call or ask our staff for other events that are not yet confirmed School Bus Safety Day at EYC Aug. 16th.

(a short trip on a School bus to practice getting on/off the bus will be a part of our day)

All Playgroups will be back to a regular schedule starting the week of September 9th.

For more information please contact

LARC Ontario Early Years Centre

613 354 6318 Website: www.larc4kids.com

To Be the Best You Can Be Photo courtesy of Amherst Island Public School.

In times of economic change, there’s always pressure to change our style of education in the belief that bigger institutions are better. Far too often we hear of school closures in favor of a more modern super school where students are relocated under one roof to meet today’s financial restraints. So, it is refreshing to know that there still exists a small country school with the smallest teacher to student ratio of all other schools in the area and where personal educational achievements are quite high. Here at St. Patrick’s school in Erinsville, it is not surprising that the school motif this year is To Be the Best You Can Be. You don’t have to search far to find evidence of this philosophy in the students’ daily activities. Having full access to all modern technology on a regular daily basis students enhance their knowledge to maximize their success. A small school setting means that students are taught in multiplegrade rooms generating the pleasant home-style atmosphere where younger students learn beside their older peers. Having such a setting enables students to learn both from the teacher and from older students. Being allowed to learn and play together, students reach their

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maximum potential of collaboration. In a small school setting one might think that students would lack the opportunity to partake in many school sporting activities. In fact the opposite is true, since each child is invited to try out for the teams. St. Pat’s students always return from competitions with a positive attitude knowing they did their best and were very thankful for having the opportunity. Students are also involved in fundraising for community events like the Terry Fox Run, United Way and Lions Food Baskets often surpassing their goals. They also participate in the Legion’s Regional Public Speaking and Remembrance Day competitions coming away with many top place finishes. As you can see that Being the Best You Can Be is very obtainable even in a small school like St. Pat’s. To find out more about student learning in a faith-filled environment please contact the school. Submitted by Don DeMarsh Catholic School Council Chair St. Patrick Erinsville


Free Classifieds Free to private individuals or not-for-profit community groups. Ads are accepted by phone at 613-379-5369 or by email at stonemills.scoop@gmail.com. FREE: 8 sheets of 1/2” OSB. Pickup in Tamworth. 613-379-5369. WANTED: Starlings - dead or alive. Reward 613-478-5829. WANTED: Looking for a new or used Noah’s Ark Tupperware toy. 613-4844922. FOR SALE: Pair of sliding closet doors, frosted glass with espresso wood frame. Paid $280. plus tax from Home Building Supplies; will sell for $135. Email merware@kos.net, or phone 613-3792551. FOR SALE: CIH 8435 Silage Special 4x5 hardcore baler, one owner, $11,000; Case trail sickle mower, $300; 9’9” 1465 New Holland haybine, one owner, $9000; 12’ Case rubber-tired seed drill with grass box, $600; Baja 400 automatic 4x4, 1400km, $2000 obo. 613-876-0535 or 613-396-5202.

FOR SALE: Yellow fibreglass canoe, 16 ft, $400. 613-539-2831 or email michelle@ aztext.com for more details. WANTED: Studebaker memorabilia. Items such as manuals, brochures, old dealer calendars, pens, pencils, lighters, watches, etc. Norm 613-968-4400. WANTED: Do you have a generator tied into your electrical panel with an approved transfer switch? If so, I’d like to get a picture of it for a book I’m writing. Cam 613-539-2831 WANTED: We are looking for 2 sets of old stairs (to use outdoors). Susan or Steven: 613-379-5958. OFFERED: Exercise classes, Barrie township hall (Cloyne). Mondays and Thursdays at 6 pm. Everyone welcome! Tabatas, pump, and latin dancing (zumba). Cost: $8 a class or $45 per month. More info: Shelley Lough 613478-6602 or Terri-Lynn Storms 612 478 4720.

Free Summer Concerts coming to Verona “Music in the Park” The Verona Community Association (VCA) has announced a series of three, free summer concerts. Billed as “Music in the Park”, the concerts will be held at McMullen Park and Beach in Verona. The first concert scheduled for Sunday June 23, from 1 pm to 3 pm, will feature ‘Lisa Vee’ singing Jazz and The Blues. Subsequent concerts will be held on Sunday July 28 with ‘The Monarchs’ playing 60s to 80s Rock and Roll and Sunday August 25 with ‘Faithful Friends’ playing Gospel music. All concerts are free. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. The canteen will be open for refreshments. This year there will be a Barbeque starting at noon. The Verona Cattail Express will also be on hand to take the kiddies for rides. “This is a wonderful event. McMullen Park Beach is a terrific venue for an open air concert,” says Joyce Casement, director on the VCA. “It looks out over the water and is shaded by large trees. It is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the cool shade by picturesque Rock Lake.” The Verona Community Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to promoting social and community events in and around Verona. VCA events include the annual Verona Cattail festival in August, Christmas for Kids, Free Skate, Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Fishing Day. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact VCA president Debbie Lingen at 613-374-2091. Answers to the crossword on the Puzzle Page (page 28):

CANADIAN IRISH LANGUAGE LEARNER OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by: Ireland Canada University Foundation Glór na nGael Cumann na Gaeltachta Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada

Application/Nomination Deadline: 1 June 2013 For more Information: http://www.oireachtas.ca/comortais-bea.shtml

Winner Receives:

The Title of “Irish Language Learner of the Year” to be held for one year The right to act as official ambassador of the Irish Language in Canada for one year Perpetual Trophy (Glór na nGael) Gold Medal (Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada) Gaeltacht Scholarship (tuition, board, accommodation, estimated value $3,200)

Previous Winners:

2011: Stiofán Mac Thréinfhir 2012: Críostóir Seoirse (Meaghan Ní Eachaín accepted the Gaeltacht scholarship)

Hospice L&A

9th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Saturday, June 8 Briar Fox Golf & Country Club, Marysville. 4 Person Best Ball Scramble, 1pm Shotgun Start! $100 per person Registration includes: 18 Holes of Golf, Cart, Dinner, Contests, Fantastic Prizes, Silent Auction Table, Raffle Prizes.

Contact Kim to register: 613-354-0833 kim@landahospice.ca

Sunday, June 2

Gospel Sing

Enterprise Free Methodist Church 6:30 pm Featuring: Gary & Denise Frizzell Vernon Scott & Friends Nick & Gwen Chajkowski

40th Annual

Odessa 2013 Car Show, Flea Market & Craft Sale Sat. & Sun. June 15-16 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Odessa Fairgrounds

Antique cars & farm tractors, crafts, flea market, antiques, & more! VENDORS WANTED For more info contact Paul Babcock 613-386-7091 prbabco@sympatico.ca

Refreshments & Fellowship to follow.

Proud supporter of local nursing homes

Information contact Ron 613-358-2536

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the sCOOP wrItING CONtest deadlINe has BeeN eXteNded The deadline for the Scoop Writing Contest has been extended to July 1st, 2013. Let your creativity flow: write a family story or describe a real life experience, write a poem or imagine a different world. Use your knowledge of rural life and write about life in the country.

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Reservations recommended Come enjoy a meal in my dining room... You’ll be glad you did See you soon, Melissa Evans Proprietor

Don’t miss this opportunity to be published in “one of Ontario’s finest little papers” and win a generous prize.

Enter the

and WIN $100

Writing Contest

TOPIC: Rural Life

Entry must focus on life in a rural environment in the countryside or village. Contest Rules: Two categories: Teens (13 – 18) or Adults (19 +) Submit a piece of ORIGINAL writing in any genre: fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction (essay or memoir) no more than 750 words in length. Only one entry per person. Contest open only to residents of Lennox & Addington, and Frontenac Counties. Submissions must include a completed entry form and must follow one of two formats: a. Digital copy of the submission is to be emailed to: stonemills.scoop@gmail.com Format: Include a cover page with writer’s name, title of the piece and word count. Submission is to be double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry. Please use Microsoft Word, Times Roman script, 12 pt. ** Do not put your name on the manuscript pages. b. Hard copy of the submission is to be mailed to: The Scoop Writing Contest, 482 Adair Road, Tamworth, ON, K0K 3G0. Format: Send two typed copies of the entry, printed on 81/2 x 11 paper, one side only, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry. Include a separate cover page with writer’s name and title of the piece. ** Do not put your name on the manuscript pages No hand-written copies will be accepted! Deadline for final submission is July 1st, 2013 *NEW DEADLINE* Late submissions, and submissions that are incomplete will not be accepted. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of originality and quality of writing. There will be one winner in each category. Each winning writer will receive $100. The winning submissions will be published in the August-September issue of The Scoop and on The Scoop website at thescoop.ca. A photograph of the winners will be published in The Scoop as well. Only the winners will be contacted before the publication of the AugustSeptember issue of The Scoop.

The SCOOP Writing Contest is Sponsored by the TECDC The Tamworth/Erinsville Economic Development Committee

Stone Mills Fire Department

ENTRY FORM

Please complete and attach to submission. Category (select one): TEENS

Age ___ / ADULTS

 Age ___

Title of Submission _________________________________________ Word Count ______________________________________________ Name ___________________________________________________ Mailing Address ___________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Phone ___________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Signature of applicant (permission to publish winning entries) _________________________________________________________ Signature of parent/guardian of Teen under 18 years of age JUNE-JULY 2013 • THE SCOOP | 29


you to our first viewing of thePhotographers summer season. AWelcomes Charming Place forpublic Special Event We invite you and your family to come and enjoy the spectacular views, Bring your photographer of choice or we can take pictures, and relax a while under the sun!

www.LCPlandscaping.ca ~ LCP@LCPlandscaping.ca 613-388-2588 or Toll Free 1-877-844-0936

Green Up and Clean Up!

refer you to a local professional photographer. Come and discover your new favourite garden retreat!

Call us for any lawn or yard help. Check website for full range of services.

Saturday, June 16th Gardens open at 10AM

We provide unique garden venues for small weddings, Call for directions family portraits, setting for cards

We have fresh supplies of Black & Red mulch, rich black earth & compost for garden & flower beds. We can clear and roto-till gardens and flower beds, large or small.

Mon. - Fri. 8-5 Saturday 8-4

Napanee Soil Centre

Imagine This Gardens 31 3rd Concession Road / Adolphustown, Ontario 613.373.2309 www.imaginethisphotogardens.com

7 Snow Road

(behind Service Ontario, beside OPP Office)

OPP Service Ontario

Advance Ave.

Snow Road

Centre St.

We have what you need to get things growing!

Napanee District Community Foundation

• Sprayed Polyurethane Protection • Truck Bedliners • Trailers • Industrial Coatings • Truck Accessories NEW LOCATION!

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47 Dundas Street East, Napanee, ON K7R 1H7

Ph: 613-354-7333 F: 613-354-4613

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18th Verona Cattail Festival

Fun for the whole family SATURDAY AUGUST 10 & SUNDAY AUGUST 11

MUSIC - LIVE SHOWS - EXHIBITIONS GREAT FOOD - MARKETPLACE - CAR SHOW The live on stage entertainment (eleven featured bands) will cover a wide range of tastes from Country to Rock and Roll, from Celtic music to Gospel FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION VISIT

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DAILY ADMISSION $5.00 WEEKEND PASS $10.00 CHILDREN 12 & UNDER FREE ADMISSION PRESENT THIS AD AT THE TICKET BOOTH FOR $2.00 OFF A WEEKEND PASS (no cash value) VERONA CATTAIL FESTIVAL 4504 Verona Sand Rd, VERONA, ON


The Piggery Gallery A unique country gallery featuring an exciting showcase of hand crafted gifts and accessories by local artisans.

QUALITY WORKMANSHIP : 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE Stone Patios - Walkways - Staircases - Retaining Walls

OPEN HOURS: Thursday 2-7 pm & Sunday 11-5 pm

613-378-6423 53 Wartman Road, Newburgh, ON (Stone Mills Twp)

James Birmingham

www.thepiggerygallery.com

613.561.4233 abovethewaterline.ca

NAPANEE OUTLET STORE

EXPLORER’S

MARKET

Looking for that perfect wedding gift? Does the Cottage need a new look?

Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

27 Kellwood Crescent, Napanee Phone: 613-354-5649

For map and information visit ...

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Saturday’s Bi-Weekly

MARKET SQUARE - Centre Street Greater Napanee, Just behind Town Hall

9:00AM – 3:00PM

Join us all summer and visit the wide variety of Market Vendors in attendance!! ∙ Fresh local foods ∙ Creative local crafts ∙ Home & body essentials and MUCH MORE!

Saturday’s – Bi-weekly Schedule

June 1st , 15th, 29th

July 13th, 27th

August 10th, 24th

September 7th, 21st

DOWNTOWN NAPANEE ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR YOUR PET’S NEEDS RETAIL • OBEDIENCE • DOGGIE DO’S GROOMING 21 Dundas Street East 613-354-9171 www.petpanache.ca Check us out on Facebook JUNE-JULY 2013 • THE SCOOP | 31


Kingston: 3-1111 Princess St. 613-549-7977 Sydenham: 3161 Rutledge Rd. 613-376-3439 With each new patient Dr. Cook will donate $20 to Chiropractors with Compassion! Chiropractors with Compassion have raised over $2 Million in the fight against children’s poverty around the world.

SUMMER SPECIALS Receive a NEW PATIENT Spinal Checkup and 2 weeks of adjustments for only $20 Save 95%!

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To redeem this special, please call our office for an appointment before July 31, 2013 and mention this certificate. This certificate must be presented on the date of the initial visit. No cash value. Expires July 31, 2013.

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