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A newsmagazine that celebrates rural life in the communities north of the 401 and south of Hwy 7. Published six times yearly by Stone Mills Scoop 482 Adair Road Tamworth, ON K0K 3G0 Voice: 613-379-5369 firstname.lastname@example.org Circulated for free to about 7000 households by Canada Post. Subscriptions by first class mail in a plain brown envelope: One year: $30 + HST = $33.90 THE PUBLISHER / DESIGNER Karen Nordrum email@example.com THE EDITOR Angela Saxe firstname.lastname@example.org THE ROVING PHOTOGRAPHER Barry Lovegrove email@example.com All photographs are by Barry Lovegrove unless otherwise noted. THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE Kate Clarke, Andrea Dingwall, Laura Duncan, Mary Jo Field, Jane Foster, Mel Galliford, Alyce Gorter, Debbie Howell, Judith Huntress, Reverend Elaine Kellogg, Thomasina Larkin, Barry Lovegrove, Cam Mather, Blair McDonald, Susan Moore, Josef Reeve, Blair Richards, Angela Saxe, Linda Selkirk, Grace Smith, Terry Sprague, Merola Tahamtan, Tamworth Canada Day Committee, Isabel Wright
Here’s The Scoop... By Angela Saxe “There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.” - Michel de Montaigne, French Philosopher
n the previous issue of The Scoop, Mel Galliford’s short introductory piece on Trapping: Keeping a Legacy Alive elicited a strong reaction from some of our readers. You can read two of the letters we received in the Letter to the Editor section of The Scoop. Each writer articulated a point of view that challenged the premise of the article: that trappers have a role to play in our rural areas and they carry out that role with respect and a desire to minimize the animal’s pain. Trapping is a controversial issue – we knew that, but it didn’t stop us from printing that short piece or this issue’s follow-up article on trapper Mike Murphy. In my response to Anne
Lou Martin Coyle from Camden East sent in this photograph of a Bald Eagle. She saw this magnificent bird and took the photo in mid February while leaving her cottage on Bob’s Lake. She was thrilled because this was the first time she had ever seen one. If anyone else out there in Scoop Country has any interesting photographs, we would love to see them. Send them on...
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Cover photo: Winners of The Scoop Writing Contest: Isabel Wright (Youth) & Alyce Gorter (Adult), outside the Tamworth Library. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove, 2012.
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diversity. There are personal beliefs that set people apart and there are social mores and laws that define a country’s identity. People can hold radically opposing views on a range of topics: race, religion, politics, morality, medical ethics, crime and punishment – and that is just part of a very long list. Do we promote and defend the right for individuals and groups to have a diverse range of options and realities, or do we limit and repress views and beliefs we do not believe in? I’m very aware that my views and choices may not be shared with my neighbours. But, I truly believe that shying away from controversy robs us of the opportunity to have a healthy open discussion, where ideas can be exchanged and respected. We welcome our readers’ comments and we will continue to celebrate rural life in all its diversity.
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Henderson’s letter I wrote: Many people have strong views on the morality of killing animals, and I respect that, but The Scoop aims to present the immense diversity of life, lifestyle choices and occupations in rural areas in a balanced, non-judgmental manner. I’m not saying that we agree with these practices, it’s just that they exist, they are legal and they are regulated. We’ve done stories on deer hunting, fishing, ATVing...stories that upset some people...but these activities are a part of rural life and we believe that our mission statement to celebrate rural life has to be inclusive and respectful of people’s choices. In her second response Anne said: “Publishing letters critical of some of the featured activities provides a platform for dialogue--so healthy for a community and for your readership.” Recognizing individual as well as group differences lies at the heart of
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Letters to the Editor Dear Scoop Editor,
Re: Mel Galliford’s Article- Trapping: Keeping a Legacy
First of all, thank-you for sending Scoop to Amherst Island. It’s a great paper, and because of it, my friend and I have gone up to Tamworth & area several times for lunch and shopping. We enjoy the articles and the ads. I have a comment on one of the articles in the April-May 2012 issue, though. “Trapping: Keeping a Legacy Alive”. (Mel Galliford) I’m not going to debate the worth of this “legacy”--depends on your point of view, I guess. However I take issue with Mike Murphy’s statement that “most trapping does not involve cruelty to animals”. Has he ever had a steel trap clamp shut on the flesh and bone of his hand or foot, holding him there in the heat or the cold, dying and in pain, till someone came along to kill him? Or had it happen to someone he cared for? Likely not. I fervently hope not. As for his statement that “most trappers...are deeply attached to the animals they harvest”, what kind of attachment is that? How can you be attached to the animals whose lives you are ending with cruelty for the dollars you are going to get for their sad bodies? Harvest? As though their living bodies were fruit or vegetables. Trapping is a dirty little secret, based on the suffering of animals so that humans can parade around in the fur of the victims who died such miserable deaths. No need to justify it in the newspapers. Thank-you for reading my point of view.
As a person who works with wild animals on a daily basis I have faced many a debate with hunting advocates and I realize that both sides have merit. I have met a handful of hunters that I believe truly practice conservational hunting, and utilize all that the animal they have sacrificed the life of. My husband’s Grandfather was the first person who truly altered my impression of hunters; he raised a family of 9 children on the meat he hunted and the fish he caught. He was never wasteful and had a strong respect for the lives he took. I am tolerant of hunting, and understand its place in our society. As humans we are omnivores, and many meat eaters purchase meat that has traveled great distances after being raised in factory farms and dying a horrible death, leading to the argument that hunting is a far more humane method of meat eating. Out of all the forms of hunting that man has utilized, the least humane has to be trapping. The pain and suffering the furbearing animal undergoes is in no way ethical, or justified. Should we be harvesting them for their fur pelts, while they can barely find enough land to inhabit? Why do we need fur pelts? We have ample access to materials that don’t rely on the sacrifice of a wild animal. I have seen first-hand animals trapped in leg hold traps, and snares that were not monitored daily as the “regulations” state they are supposed to be checked. Really how humane is an imposed 24 hour trap check, if it is unenforceable. What if the trapper works (which most do), and cannot get out daily to check the line? If it was your pet would you consider it humane for them to be caught in a leg hold trapped for 24 hours? These furbearing animals suffer greatly, until mercy finally appears and takes their life. Mankind has a legacy of many brutal acts of violence that we have evolved away from; perhaps trapping wildlife can one day become extinct. “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t Miss Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations!! Sunday, June 10 Join us for Breakfast and a group viewing of the Queen’s favourite TV program, Coronation Street at the Tamworth Legion 9:00 a.m. until noon.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated June 2nd at The Lion’s Beaver Lake Park and The Lakeview Tavern. Mary Donohue is holding a commemorative plate behind beautiful cakes made and designed by Marg Kennedy.
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Congratulations to the Winners of the Scoop Writing Contest The first Scoop Writing Contest was a great success and we’d like to congratulate our winners: Isabel Wright won in the teen category for her poem, More and Alyce Gorter took the prize in the adult category for her memoir, Me and Grandma Moses. Isabel lives in Tamworth, attended St. Patrick’s school in Erinsville and is currently in grade ten at Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute. Alyce Gorter’s family has lived in the Fifth Depot Lake area for three generations. She raises Scottish Highland cattle and an eclectic assortment of horses and loves to spend time with her nine grandchildren.
and we’re also publishing Leslie Shannon’s entry The Joy of Country Cursive, as a letter to the editor – please make sure you read it.
Barbara Roch’s poem Spring Haikus received an honorable mention
Judges: Jeannie Harrison and Angela Saxe
More By Isabel Wright, Winner (Youth)
Jeannie and I enjoyed reading all the entries and making the decision on which one should win, was difficult: the quality of the writing was truly impressive. We were thrilled to discover how many fine writers we have in our rural communities. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the contest and we’d like to thank the Tamworth/Erinsville Economic Development Committee for their generous sponsorship and support.
The sun is beaming heat onto the hodgepodge of pavement, some cracked, but little pristine. Salmon River gushing, the bridge near my house absorbs the sound and carries it under my feet. Few cars passing by, you barely have to look twice, but I do anyways, so I don’t forget when I’m not here. Fall’s leaves still brush the sidewalk; some people haven’t raked them up yet, and my house is one of those that keeps fall’s reminder at its feet.
Me and Grandma Moses
Look outside for inspiration, at first glance, all that’s there are the trees and a few houses and stone; when you see again, there’s more here.
By Alyce Gorter, Winner (Adult)
ife in our household was rather like a Grandma Moses painting – colourful, busy and everything just a little off kilter. If there was an easy way of doing something my father would avoid it like the plague assuming, I guess, that there was bound to be a catch. This credo held true for tapping trees as much as it did for any other aspect of our lives, so maple syrup season was anticipated with as much enthusiasm for the final product as it was dread for the process of obtaining it. So, the game plan would look something like this: Wait until all the people who would have to do the sap-gathering were away. Then take one man – Dad – who was the only one who could recognize a denuded maple tree from every other naked, deciduous tree in the woods; an elderly, short-legged woman who already had far too much work on her hands; an over-weight, middle-aged couple who, unfortunately for them, just happened to time their family visit with the first stirrings of sap in the trees and got pressed into service and, who, fortunately for them, lived an eight-hour drive away and would be leaving as soon as the last bucket was hung. With this crew, about 300 buckets got hung in a sugar bush that covered approximately 500 acres of mostly swamp. The leader would tap a few trees that had never been tapped before in our lifetime, preferably not close to any others on which buckets were hung. When the south bush was tapped the buckets were hung on the south side of the trees and when the north bush was tapped the buckets were hung on the north side of the trees. That way the gatherers would have to walk completely around each maple tree on the property to see if it had been tapped or not. Then, if things were working out in accord with Dad’s school of thought, the snow would all melt so there would be no trail to follow from tree to tree. The gatherers would now consist of, the “leader”, who drove the 4-wheeler, shouted orders and berated anyone who missed a bucket (with the idea, I guess again, that it would sharpen the guilty
party’s powers of bucket-detection), and any number of family members from age 4 to 84 who could be conscripted through fear or sympathy. When it came time to gather, the leader would load up the troops and, with approximately 14 people flapping wildly from toe holds on the 4-wheeler and trailer, we would tear off for the bush. The leader, of course, had a safe seat on the machine and could easily cross muddy creeks, grind up and down hills, forge through ditches and bulldoze his way through brush with impunity. However, if you were not the driver – which, unless you were The Leader, wasn’t ever going to happen -- and tried to secure your position with a handhold, the milk cans would rap smartly against your fingers making you doubt your fondness for maple syrup and your sanity in signing up for this experience.
Spring Haikus By Barbara Roch, Honorable Mention (Adult) Look up to blue sky: papery white spires ringed black, yellow birch buds spring. Yellow perched birds sing: in the merry month of May, building nests are they? See the coloured wool woven into nests so high: birch crowns in blue sky!
For some reason unknown to any of us, we would now be working madly against the clock. We would leap from the still-moving vehicle with gathering pail clutched firmly in one hand and the free hand outstretched to grab the nearest bucket as though trying to maintain top position for The Great Race. We would ignore branches as they whipped across our faces, bringing tears and whimpers but no slackening of our pace. We tripped over camouflaged tree roots and sharp, broken stumps that sliced bloody gashes up our shins being careful not to spill a drop of this more-precious-than-blood liquid. Our blood anyway! We roared enquiries at each other as to who gathered what and where without listening to the answers and while crisscrossing each other and checking each bucket twice.
*** Look at river flow ribboning around the land, green as blue can be. Crowning Camden East rushing blue white waters fall: heron stands stalk still. Tiny peepers trill wet woodland’s shady canopy. Look up to blue sky! *** Look down to moist ground: bluebell leaves bright greenly glow, cock-eyed robin sings.
Please, don’t get me wrong. A lot of people enjoy Grandma Moses paintings and don’t mind things a little off kilter. Some like nothing better - -with the weather above a fanny-freezing fortybelow -- than being out in the woods with a fairly good reason for being there. But, only those with a sense of humour or a slight bent toward the masochistic ever wanted to visit us two years in a row during tapping season!
See trilliums thrill, in cathedral forests sway, painting leaves are they? Yellow daffies spear wafting smells of spring’s new year. Look into soft air!
By Grace Smith
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ome is a subjective term; it can mean many different things to many different people. I have been to a wide variety of places during my short nineteen years, but none of them reached that epitome of comfort and security required of a home. But I believe that after years of searching, I have finally found it. My family is originally from Sydenham and they have lived here for a very long time, but until recent years, I had never experienced smalltown life. I grew up in Kingston with my mom and two sisters, Megan and Erin. Though the city is not a bad place to live, it lacks the comforting warmth of a quiet, rural village. When our family expanded with a remarriage and the births of the three more siblings, our small house in the city wasn’t quite large enough to accommodate all eight of us. We needed to move. An important decision had to be made and after some careful deliberation, we chose to return to the house that my mom had grown up in. This particular house had been in our family for years and years and was located in Sydenham, a small village located about twenty minutes north of Kingston. My parents thought this was what was best for all of us. There were some difficulties we faced while adjusting to the move. For Megan, Erin, and I, we had to leave behind all of our friends and the only school we had ever attended. We had to start over in a town where everyone knows everyone. But once we pushed past our personal hardships, we realized we also needed to adjust to the positives
of life in a small town: A place where people go out of their way to be kind to others. A place where everyone gives an acknowledging wave to those passing by, even when they don’t know them. A place where everyone feels safe. Since we became a part of the Sydenham community, we have all melted into the educational tradition of the village. All of us kids have attended or are attending Loughborough Public School and Megan, Erin, and I have found our place at Sydenham High School. SHS is a place everyone in our family has come to love—where we’re free to be who we want. Both schools have helped make all of us who we are today. It has been six years since our family made the move to the village of Sydenham. We’ve embraced small-town life and become a part of what makes this place special. My parents had been right all along—this has been what was best for all of us. We were given the opportunity to join a community, to discover more about ourselves than possible, and to shape our futures into whatever we want. And having said that, I can proclaim this with absolute certainty; I know exactly where my future lies. No matter where my life may take me, I will always return to Sydenham. I will always come home.
hances are that as you are reading this, I am out on the TransCanada Highway making my way from Kamloops back to Ontario for the summer. Having never driven across Canada before, I am looking forward to seeing places that most often we only ever point to on maps. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect, but I am looking to make the most of it. In preparation for the trip, that really only became a possibility over the last month, I naturally have asked friends and colleagues about places and sites to see. For the most part, everyone says the same thing: see this, avoid that, stop here etc., and all of it comes with some good advice that I plan to use. However, what struck me the most is how conflicted people are about the virtues of the prairies. For most the verdict seems to be that these are ‘drive-through provinces’ with little to see and even less to do. The advice is rudely clear: ‘Keep on going’ or ‘You should be able to make good time through Saskatchewan.’ For some, it’s big sky country, for others it’s big time boring country. I’ve always been one of those people
that when someone says, ‘Move on, there’s nothing to see here,’ it only makes me want to look harder. While I’m not certain as to what the prairies have to offer, I’m excited to create my own perspective on the matter. Country fans know that Jason Aldean’s hit song “Fly Over States” is about this same thing, praising the virtues of Mid-West life that urban onlookers see as nothing but the middle of nowhere: “miles and miles of back roads and highways connecting small towns with funny names.” The song champions all the things that make the Mid-West what it is and in doing so, brings a new perspective to how we think about places that most often we would never give a second thought. As I head out this week, I can’t help but think that there must be more to these so-called ‘drive-through provinces’ than meets the eye, whether I can turn it into a hit song like Mr. Aldean, that we’ll have to wait and see. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish Grace all the best as she leaves for university and thank her for writing for The Scoop, both as last year’s SHS student writer and as a contributor this year.
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pril 21: a high of 6 degrees after a lovely 21 the day before, heavy, dull grey clouds overhead and a light, constant rain. Staying indoors on this miserable day means doing those household chores that we’ve been avoiding all spring. Then, I get an idea. Why not leave all the chores behind and go for drive, take the back roads and see what we can discover, who we’ll meet, what adventures lie ahead. It doesn’t take much to convince my husband to join me. We feed the cat, put the dog in her pen and off we drive, heading west. Leaving Tamworth we go north along highway 41 until the turnoff to County Road 13, which we always refer to as The Marlbank Road. The road curves gently through the landscape, passing small farms until it reaches the hamlet of Marlbank. But, first we stop at the Golden Bough Tree Farm which is open to the public this weekend. Years ago when Richard and I moved to the area from Montreal, we rented a farmhouse while searching for a piece of land on which to build our own home. The brick one and a half story farmhouse sits right on the road at the top of a hill; to the south of the house is the barnyard where our young sons were introduced to the pleasures of living next to cows and horses. During the seven years we lived there, we tobogganed down the steep drumlins, caught tadpoles along the creek and hiked up the ridge to the hardwood forest – the Marlbank valley was a magical place to us as we settled into a rural life raising our young children. Our neighbour to the east was Josef Reeve who was busy creating a bit of his own magic. Many years later the seedlings he nurtured have grown into stately trees and customers from near and far rely on Joe for rare species and more common Canadian varieties of trees and shrubs. The trees are always healthy and strong and never fail to delight the homeowner; many of our own trees can trace their ancestry back to the Golden Bough and some now stand over 30ft tall. We drove down the driveway and were met by Ian Thorn who has been working at the tree farm for the last 30 years, making the trek from Toronto every spring and fall, to dig, transplant and sell trees. As he walked with me he pointed out the various beds filled with seedlings. “Everything from the seeds to the 25 foot trees are organic, even the hand-held roto-tiller,” Ian tells me as he pats his shovel. He loves the satisfaction that comes from raising trees and doing some intense physical labour. “Seeds are collected from a variety of places. From the Mont Pleasant cemetery in Toronto to the Botanical Gardens in Montreal, the Kemptville Experimental Farms in Ottawa to the Royal Society of Master Gardners. The seeds are germinated indoors, either in the kitchen or in the basement, and then moved into nursery beds outside and eventually into small seed beds. The seed beds are constantly being improved with healthy quantities of peat, moss, sand and wood ash in order that the seedlings get the nutrients they need right at the start. “Eighty acres of land now contain a variety of trees, not only those that are native to the area, but also species from around the world: a blue spruce and a yeddo spruce. Golden Bough is part of a network of growers who do experimental plantings from nurseries from around the world: right now we have a rare magnolia that has been planted in a protected area
to see how it grows in our climate.” There was a lot of activity as customers drove in to pick up their orders; Johanna was doing the paperwork and answering a variety of questions about caring for the trees while Leo was busy with some field work. Not only does every tree order have to be dug up, but the smaller trees also have to be dug up in the spring, sorted and replanted for the next season. This is the second spring for Leo; he left the city to do the back-breaking work during the cold spring weather, but he loves it: “Untangling roots is a great way to reconnect with the earth after living with the stresses of the city.”
existing bakery with equipment was being advertised in the village of Tweed. They immediately went on a road trip to Tweed to check it out, fell Jodi Keethler and Guselle St. Jean of Sweet Temptations in love with the town and the bakery. “We went home very excited, filled with ideas. living in the Marlbank area and drove We knew this was it,” said Guselle. up to Tweed where I noticed a building “The community has been supportive that would suit my purposes. I was from the first day,” said Jodi. “We have immediately attracted to this beautiful regular customers who drive to Tweed stone building that had originally been to pick up their orders. We even have a department store once owned by the customers who drop by to pick up Quinn family. Tweed is a well situated, their specially and very popular tourist area; people ordered cakes come through on their way to their and pastries cottages or up to Ottawa. I thought it as they travel was a perfect location!” from Toronto to The Quinn building is ideal for a gallery: Ottawa. We’re high ceilings, a large space to exhibit big ver y excited canvases and smaller rooms with a more because there’s intimate atmosphere to view a variety a company in of craft items. Paul is currently showing Toronto who twenty-eight painters and thirty-seven is selling our artisans and he is always looking for more s h o r t b r e a d . talented artists to show. Paul’s enthusiasm and passion for the T h a t ’s t h e direction we arts is self-evident as he shows us around want to move the gallery. “I’ve never worked so hard in towards. After a my life; I love it. I love meeting artists and year and a half, showing their work to customers who we’re ready to come in.” branch out; The rain had by now stopped but it was Leo, Johanna, and Ian at Golden Bough we’re sending still cold and damp. We got back into the samples out to car and headed back to Tamworth – the As more people were coming in to get restaurants and businesses in Belleville long way. Our first decision was to take their orders, we continue on our way, and Kingston.” the Sulphide Road into the village of by-passing Marlbank by turning onto Over the last year I’ve tasted quite a Sulphide and from there we meandered the Luffman Road and then onto the few of their goodies: their gluten-free the back roads passing Otter Creek Road, Asselstine Road before picking up the chocolate cake is to die for, and their then on Kinlin Road near Prevost Road, road heading towards Tweed. The land tarts, cheesecakes, squares, meringues, we came across a section of interesting in this part of Hungerford Township is croissants, shortbread and scones are topography. Round loafs of bedrock a mixture of wet lands, rough farmland, simply delicious. Guselle is very proud hugged the edge of wet lands – they rolling hills, drumlins and spruce woods. of her baked goods: “Everything we bake were amazing. If it was drier outside, I It’s hard land to farm as the fence rows is from scratch. There are no additives, would have looked for a way to reach that stacked high with rocks prove but it serves no pre-packaged ingredients. Everything ridge and then we could have had a little well enough for pasturing cattle. We turn is fresh and homemade. People notice picnic. Instead we opened up our bag down Cary Road edged with bright marsh and they can taste the difference.” of sweet goodies and sampled each one marigolds to the East Hungerford Road Unfortunately we were too late to buy while driving east. Eventually we came that eventually meets the Clair River. We their speciality breads that are usually out onto McGrath Road and then onto have no plan, no map; we turn right or sold out by mid-day. Jodi told me that we Highway 41. left on a whim and stumble across the had to call ahead and reserve one. Of course our household chores Richard and I bought muffins, scones, were still there when we returned, but Bogart area, eventually finding ourselves on the Stoco Road heading towards Stoco squares and cookies. Exploring the back somehow we were willing to tackle them Lake. The Poplars Golf course looked lush roads builds an appetite and we were after having spent time in a lush, exotic and green – a popular destination for ready for some lunch and then we could tree farm where massive trees have been golfers in the area. sample our desserts. We noticed a new germinated, tended and grown from We drove into the village of Tweed and place in town, Murphy’s Bistro, so we tiny seeds with so much love and hard again were struck by its charm: the main thought we’d be adventurous and give work. It was heart-warming to see the street is lined with red brick Victorian it a try. Richard had a delicious Italian enthusiasm of two women who love to style houses before the downtown wedding soup made up of meatballs, bake and who do it with such pride and core of shops and businesses offers a orzo, chicken broth and veggies and I creativity and then several doors down, wide selection of services to the 1,800 had the Tuscan club sandwich with the to meet a man whose passion for the arts residents. The Tweed Heritage Centre is grilled chicken. Before heading out of supersedes the immense effort and hard a must-see stop because of the wealth of town, we dropped by Quinn’s of Tweed, work it takes to operate a gallery. tourist information, research documents a fine art gallery curated and owned by Driving down an unknown road always and genealogical resources it offers but on Paul Dederer. opens up possibilities and it frees us from this day, Richard and I are on a mission. Paul opened the gallery July 1, 2011 the proscribed and time - focused world A good friend of mine from Tweed had and it is filled with paintings, drawings, that we live in. Good for the soul! introduced us to the delicious offerings gift items, jeweller y by from Sweet Temptations, a bakery run by Canadian visual artists and Guselle St. Jean and Jodi Keethler and artisans. There’s something we were as excited to talk to the owners here for anyone’s taste. He as we were to do some serious shopping. had previously owned a design Guselle and Jodi shared a dream of landscape company in Kingston opening a bakery; Guselle had worked but his passion for photography with chefs and bakers in Ottawa over the and the years he had dappled in past 25 years but while Jodi’s background the art market led him to open was in customer service, she had always a gallery where he could show enjoyed baking with her grandmother. his photographs as well as the And after meeting and working with work of Canadian visual artists. Always curious to find out Guselle, she claims to have learned a great deal from attending “Ecole St. how people find themselves in Jean.” Their search for the right location new communities, I asked him ended when they saw an ad on Kijiji: An how he landed up Tweed? “I was Paul Dederer of Quinn’s of Tweed The Scoop
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he sign on the corner in Tamworth said it all – “Welcome Ed”. Gardeners love Ed Lawrence. And on April 23, at Royal Tamworth Legion, gardeners from the Tamworth, Erinsville and farther afield lived up to expectations and came in great numbers to see and hear Ed Lawrence. It was no surprise that there was a capacity crowd, because all 120 tickets had sold out almost as soon as they went on sale. The effort put into setting up the hall and decorating with seasonal flowers paid off, and the anticipation and enthusiasm in the room was palpable. After a brief welcome by Milly Ristvedt along with an explanation of the purpose and mandate of the GrassRoots Growers, the stage was turned over to Susie Meisner, our host for the evening. Susie in turn introduced Ed Lawrence, the recently retired head gardener of the National Capital Commission, author of the book Gardening: Grief and Glory, and horticulture expert on the gardening phone-in show “Ontario Today” on CBC Radio on Mondays at 12:30 pm. If the audience had come only to see a witty and humourous performance reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy at their best, they would have gone home happy, because Susie’s comments brought out the comic in Ed, and Ed was quick with snappy comebacks that made for playful banter throughout the evening. But we were also treated to an informative session that began with the basics of pruning. It seems that proper pruning is awfully important: when judiciously used, it will make our gardening easier and our plants less likely to fall prey to the nasties that make us want to apply those dreadful (and now mostly illegal) chemicals. A handy rule of thumb for pruning – follow the five D’s; that is, prune when a plant or part of it is dead, diseased, damaged, dangerous, or just desirous of pruning for aesthetic reasons. Always prune close to a leaf node, leaving the healthy node attached to the plant. And never prune off more than 25% of a plant in one year; take a bit off each year and your plants will be happier and healthier. Another important point conveyed a number of times for emphasis – set your lawnmower to cut your grass no less than 3 inches tall, and do not rake the clippings but let them stay where they are to decompose and fertilize the lawn, reducing and possibly eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers. After a break for refreshments, an hour was devoted to answering questions from the audience which were picked at random from Milly’s compost bucket. There were good questions indeed, but more importantly, they provided another opportunity for scintillating badinage that kept the audience amused and
attentive. And it was apparent from the depth and breadth of answers that Ed Lawrence has few equals in knowledge of plants. He fielded questions without hesitation on subjects such as the best materials to use for mulch, lilacs, companion planting, lily beetles and crop rotation, and devoted an interesting few minutes to the impacts of the use of pesticides, particularly on children. He certainly conveyed his strong reservations about the use of chemicals on our plants – don’t do it! The audience was obviously impressed with what they learned, as a large number rushed to buy Gardening: Grief and Glory and have it signed by the author at the end of the evening. It is chock full of helpful information, and for the proud owners of a signed copy, will provide lots of happy reading, including some formulae for homemade, environmentally-friendly, treatments for our plants. And as I was putting the final touches on this brief article, I tuned in to hear Ed Lawrence on CBC. Someone (Hazel H.) from Sydenham called in with a question. Ed recalled his evening with us – “Yes, I remember the Tamworth Legion over the liquor store. What a lot of history there!” Nice to know we made an impression on him! There are many people who deserve a lot of credit for their part in pulling this event together, and for fear of offending by omission, I am not going to name names. Rather I am just going to give a big “Thank you” to all; you know who you are. And a big thank you, too, to everyone who attended. The funds raised from this event will be used in part to cover the costs of maintaining the recently planted trees and parkette in Tamworth, and to allow the GrassRoots Growers to continue to offer free-admission events of interest to our community. Tamworth / Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a not-for-profit organization of community members with common interests in gardening organically, encouraging the growing of food, supporting agriculture, and increasing knowledge in these areas. Check out our new website at http://te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com
Many Hands Make Light Work By Linda Selkirk
fter meeting with volunteers with varied interests and passions, and hearing from many whose lives have improved every day by volunteers, it is quite evident that our volunteers form the cornerstones of our communities. Parent volunteers help out in classrooms; volunteer firemen save our homes and businesses; services like those offered by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army touch a multitude of needs from emergency assistance to housing assistance; food banks and women’s shelters help and protect the less fortunate or those in harm’s way; shelters give animal companions love and new lives; counseling services are there to aid those with guidance; programs and services for mental health, addictions and troubled youths; coaches teach our children teamwork and sports skills; Legions remember our military with respect and provide communities with a myriad of programmes and entertainment; and our hospitals are friendlier through the work of volunteers at the help desk, at the tuck shop or as escorts within the hospital. That scratches the surface of what volunteers mean to us. Students now begin their volunteer efforts early on with a required 40 hours of community service in order to earn their high school diploma. I noticed an e-mail just today from MADD’s Whitehorse Chapter and was impressed to see they were seeking volunteers for a litter clean-up day – taking care of the city as well as working to end impaired driving. Appended to the email was a note offering to provide reference letters for students to show this volunteer time – a win-win situation. In speaking with Louise Arsenault of L&A Seniors Outreach Services Inc. she convincingly made the point that this group could simply not exist without their volunteers. They have 280 plus volunteers in all programmes except for respite care. Last year 22,000 volunteer hours were recorded along with many other hours not reported. SOS is in Napanee just past the hospital on Bridge St. Some seniors have been affected negatively by our economic times so whether it’s providing food, balancing a chequebook or simply offering warm and interesting companionship, there are many ways that volunteers can help. Bereaved Families in Kingston serves
all of us including Greater Napanee and L&A. Group support programs for those who have lost a loved one are facilitated by trained peer counselors who have been through a similar experience. One on one chat sessions are also provided (all at no cost) and there was a recent potluck dinner where their many volunteers got together for camaraderie. Never hesitate to call them – they are there to listen and help. One of the ways to volunteer at BFO is to help at Bingo games which happen regularly. This is a fun way to volunteer! I was grateful to have a chance to interview Patsy Lane of Lane Veterinary Services in Moscow. This is a modern professional animal hospital for both farm animals and pets and is always a very busy place. Hence there is usually a volunteer on hand to assist. Unlike many organizations, the requirements for being accepted as a volunteer are stringent as many students vie for the opportunity to work with animals. To be considered, a student must have an interest in a career in veterinary science, either as a veterinarian or as a veterinary assistant. I do recall a very close friend of mine who thought he had these attributes and it was quite a surprise when he realized he was not quite as comfortable around farm animals, preferring to work with small pets. He switched career tracks but continued to help caring for small animals as an avocation. There is a huge advantage working at a rural clinic: few surprises at the time of entry to university. Family members in crisis may need interventions or assistance - e.g. women’s safe housing, anonymous programmes of myriad sorts; and help battling numerous addictions. The Kingston Safe and Sober Coalition, comprised of volunteers from all segments of our lives include firefighters, police officers, health professionals, the MOT and other experts, meet regularly to find enhanced ways to keep us safe. This multiyear initiative is guided by Kelly Johnson and Tanya Beattie of KFL&A Public Health. Public Health offers information on so many aspects of our lives that they have to engage a large number of talented volunteers for their many initiatives. The 911 road signs were ordered and placed by this group to
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protect you and your neighbours from people less than diligent when drinking and boating or driving. Of course, there are many charities we have seen thrive for many years with donations from people like us. The Red Cross and Red Crescent, United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society have great events and fundraisers year round – it’s just hard to decide where your money should go with so many organizations competing for our very important dollars and volunteers. It is somewhat of a miracle that so many generous members of our society forgo more selfish pursuits or leisure activities to volunteer their time to help others. It may sound trite but our world would be a very different place without dedicated and passionate volunteers in so many arenas of our lives. New and valuable organizations are in their early days. I spoke with Yvonne Harvey of Canadian Mothers of Murdered Children, who spearheaded this group after losing her lovely daughter Chrissy in a horrific murder, and I was also privileged to hear Kristen French’s Mom speak of the horrors they have endured knowing what happened to their young daughter. What impressed me most from my conversations with them was that the heart-breaking impact murder has on families is not represented in entertainment programs that we watch on films and on television. This organization is primarily at the national level but it is now planning chapters in all provinces. Soon they will want your help in your area. Keep an eye out for CPOMC – another wonderful way to give back. Our local volunteers not only beautify
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our towns but bring businesses and tourists to aid our economy. Look at the docks at the Lions Club Beaver Lake. Look at the new playground equipment. All thanks to the Lions Club. They help people every day without announcing it from the rooftops. Food baskets are provided at Christmas and the Boy Scouts participate also. The Tamworth Erinsville Economic Development Committee is responsible for fabulous, welcome signage, a brilliant new park right by the bank, the beautification of old buildings (e.g. old Erinsville train station) and more. The Grassroots Growers offer presentations to help people choose non-GMO seeds and offer planning advice and have now taken on the responsibility for caring for the great flowers along our main streets throughout the summer and at Christmas. Susan Smith has now introduced a wide variety of new opportunities for those living at Adair House in Tamworth. Their lives are being enriched by yet another terrific volunteer! If you don’t like formal organizations, keep an eye on your senior neighbours and see where you can help. Watch the children at play and help them stay safe. Donate warm clothing to the OPP drive in the Fall so all children can go to school warmly dressed. Be the one to call parents informing them of the wonderful clothing awaiting them – I’ve done it and it is heartwarming to hear their appreciation for something many take for granted. Most volunteers have an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction when they deliver meals, respond to calls on a children’s help line or staff a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline. Thanks to them all!!
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Hands on Nettles
Spring Sprung in Sydenham By Kate Clarke
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ne person’s noxious weed is another’s prized herb; no other plant fits this bill like the stinging nettle. There is a lot of fear around stinging nettles. They are not “out to get you” rather nature has her way of protecting the most precious of plants. Thistles fall in this category, as do prickly pears, prickly ash, hawthorn, and nettles; all very useful as food or medicine, all are fiercely defended. I have grown to love the sting of nettle. I take my gloves off to pick them, partially because the sting seems to help with my rheumatoid arthritis and to me it’s really not that bad. Many people choose to keep their gloves on and the sting often upsets children. Though the cure is not too far away, a leaf from burdock or plantain is usually enough to completely remove the sting. Stinging nettle is one of the first wild greens to emerge in the spring, marking the beginning of backyard foods. These deep green leaves could be easy to miss or disregard, if it weren’t for their bite. The leaves, heart shaped and finely toothed, arranged opposite to each other on a square-shaped stem, range from emerald green to deep dark green and sometimes are slightly purple. The whole plant is covered in fine hairs. Nettle likes to spread; their long white roots travel close to the surface of the ground, searching for any vacant patch to push up their new shoots. Usually about four feet tall, under ideal conditions they can become a towering nine feet. The flowers are green clusters, that become green bunches of seed. Being a plant with personality, it would be a challenge to mis-identify. I consume nettles nearly everyday! Often referred to as the original superfood. Nettles beat out spirulina, in the plant of iron competition, and are also high in magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, C, and K. Nettles taste great! It is not recommended to eat them raw, cause they will sting your mouth, but once dried or cooked the sting is completely removed. They are best picked before they go to flower (now) and can be dried in bunches for tea in the winter. I steep a handful of nettles in a liter of water over night, then I drink this dark green beverage all day long. Some people prefer to steep it for a shorter period of time and drink it steaming hot. This tea is used for coughs, allergies, urinary tract issues, prostate, anemia and many more things. The roots and seeds are also used medicinally. Herbs that help us are benefiting the world around them also. Growing nettles in your garden enriches the soil around them. To make a natural fertilizer, all one has to do is pick a pretty bouquet of nettles and leave them in a bucket of water until it starts to smell funny, then
water your garden with it. Adding nettles to your compost pile is a way to boost its potency. Biodynamic gardening methods suggest burying nettles (before they go to seed) for a full year and digging them up the next year, as a garden additive this is considered SUPER COMPOST. This herb has been used since ancient times. A useful fiber plant, our ancestors wore nettle clothes, slept in nettle sheets and ate nettles off a nettle tablecloth. Roman soldiers are said to have beat their legs with nettles to toughen them up. The L atin word “urtica” means “to burn” and the act of urtication is the therapeutic beating of the body with nettles after a sauna. The sting from the nettle draws blood to an area, thereby inspiring the body to pay more attention to the needs of that area. A complicated chemical mixture, containing formic acid, histamine, seritonin and choline, among other things, causes the sting. There are said to be over 60 uses for nettles. The truth about why they are in so many barnyards is that someone, long ago probably planted them. The native nettle species and the European are very similar, have interbred to a large extent, and to most people (including myself) are indistinguishable. There is also a wood nettle, it looks similar, yet more delicate and stings you just the same. It is said to taste different but I have not tried it. Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds are valued herbs cultivated by our ancestors. This is the case for nettles, I am yet to find a plant that serves no purpose, and nettles serve many. When trying a new food or medicine for the first time it is wise to start out slowly. Trying just one cup of tea or a few bites of steamed nettles. See how your body reacts. If you are taking medications, researching possible interactions is advisable, especially those relating to blood pressure. Blair Richards is a Chartered Herbalist and Plant Geek who lives in Marlbank. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
alking into Sydenham High School, it is immediately obvious what time of year it is. Posters urging graduating students to be this year’s valedictorian line the halls, track and field athletes board the bus for another meet, and stressed students complete final assignments in the library. Combined with the sudden wave of beautiful weather, the impending summer vacation is almost tangible. The end of another school year is always accompanied by mixed feelings t h o u g h , especially for the graduates. While it is the conclusion of four long years at school, and the taste of new educational ventures is in the air, it also marks the end of some amazing experiences. Friendships were formed, lessons were learned, and many memories were made over our time here. Some have elected to return for a fifth year, but for others like myself, this next month at Sydenham will be the last. It’s daunting to think about moving out of the comfort of our small village and into bigger cities. While I’m only moving into Kingston to attend Queen’s come September, any change is scary. It’s sad to think about saying goodbye to everyone in a month, and simultaneously bidding farewell to our high school years. While this season can be one of sadness and “lasts”, it is also one of renewal and rebirth. Cheerful blossoms spring up around the village, and the local stores bring out the ice cream. Chilly Goose Ice Cream, a whimsically decorated shop in the heart of Sydenham opened in early May. This is my favourite season in the neighborhood for many reasons. May and June are when the charms of Sydenham re-appear after a long, cold winter. There’s nothing nicer than a quiet evening walk through the village or on the trail, you’ll probably even see a neighbor or two on the way! If you’re lucky enough to live on one of our beautiful lakes, the boating season has begun. To me, watching the first boats of the season zip through the water is one of the most significant signs of summertime, the smell and cool breeze from the lake is so refreshing. Loons paddle lazily on the glass of the lake at dusk. As the weather gets warmer, the skiers and tubers add to the fun as well. Summer also brings wedding season. Having been to several outdoor weddings, I can honestly say that
celebrations don’t get as beautiful or as enjoyable as a summer ceremony set outside. There is nothing better than a wedding set against the peaceful backdrop of a backyard garden, or perhaps a lake. It is spotting celebrations like this that make me feel lucky to live in a small town like Sydenham. This is also the time of year that Dance Fitazzet puts on their annual recital at the Grand Theatre, which is a wonderful display of local talent. Girls, including myself, have been working all year to prepare to showcase our dances. It puts a smile on my face to walk through the village and see young children taking their first wobbly attempts on bicycles, proud parents cheering behind them. Neighbors sit on their porches on a breezy summer evening, and wave even if they don’t know you. Though I find myself beginning to stress about exams and school in the fall, I know the charms of the summer season in Sydenham will keep my spirits up throughout this bittersweet time. Kate Clarke is a Grade 12 Sydenham High School student. OUT IN THE STICKS ART GALLERY
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Embrace Green Energy! By Cam Mather
ur provincial government took a bold step with their Green Energy Act, something all Ontarians should be very proud of. Unfortunately there are many people in the province who seem to be experiencing some difficulty adjusting to the new reality of actually seeing where our electricity comes from. Did they prefer it when Ontario Power Generation hid the nuclear plants behind huge dirt berms so that they couldn’t see the nuclear plants as they drove past them on Hwy. 401? But nuclear plants are there and as we witnessed in Fukishima Japan, when something goes wrong with a nuclear plant, the results are often catastrophic. I live off the electricity grid, so I make all my own electricity with the sun and the wind. I love the look of solar panels. And I really love my wind turbine. I love knowing where my electricity comes from and I have an appreciation of just how hard it is to make. It forces me to use it more wisely and efficiently. I will also admit that it was a huge adjustment to get used to the wind turbines on Wolfe Island. While I think that those wind turbines are great, I readily admit it took some effort until those big beautiful wind turbines just became part of the landscape as I look at them from Kingston. But this is what happens with new technology. It takes time to adjust but eventually it just blends in. Ugly, industrial, massive, high-voltage electricity towers surround us. You see them all the time. They are an almost constant sight as you drive along Hwy. 401. When you drive to Toronto you run parallel to a power corridor for about 50 miles from before Coburg to the Darlington nuclear
plant in Oshawa. Well actually you probably don’t see them, because you’ve been looking at them for so long, that you tend to not even notice that they’re there. There is no peer-reviewed study anywhere that says these green energy projects affect your health adversely. The radioactive tritium that our CANDU reactors release into our air and water is another issue. Because of the design of our reactors, tritium is released in levels 10 times higher than is allowed in the U.S. and 100 times higher than is allowable in Europe. It was in my drinking water when I lived in Burlington. A study by a nuclear expert from Europe suggested that no pregnant woman or child under 5 years of age should live within 5 kms of a CANDU reactor. I’m sure there are experts on the other side of the issue that would claim this is not true, but what’s apparent is that the generation of electricity, no matter what is used to generate the electricity, has consequences. If Ontario Hydro had paid for our nuclear reactors when we started building them in the 1970s your electricity bills would have been significantly higher for decades. But they floated bonds and it wasn’t until Mike Harris finally decided that we needed to pay the true cost of electricity, that we started to pay them back on the “Debt Retirement” line of our electricity bills. Despite the rumours you might have heard to the contrary, green energy has had very little impact on your electricity bill. It’s paying for nuclear reactors and upgrading an ageing infrastructure that’s the problem. When a company puts up a wind
turbine, or some solar panels, they pay for the installation. They also pay for insurance. This isn’t the case with nuclear plants. Taxpayers pay for nuclear plants, and taxpayers pay the insurance on them because no company would ever take on such a risk. When we buy energy from a wind turbine or a solar panel, we only pay for the electricity that they produce. The company who put the turbine or the solar panel up shoulders all the costs and risks. And when we start decommissioning those nuclear plants, taxpayers will pay the billions of dollars needed. You might think your electricity is expensive but you’ve never paid the cost to dispose of the nuclear waste those CANDU reactors are making. It will be tens of billions of dollars and the plutonium will be lethal for thousands of years. This is the legacy we’re leaving for our children and future generations. We are leaving them waste that can kill them unless they can figure out a way to permanently dispose of it. No government in the world has figured that out. And as we learned in Japan when the power goes out and you can’t keep the pumps circulating water over those spent nuclear rods, it is released with catastrophic consequences. When a wind turbine comes to the end of its life, we can melt down the steel of the tower and make something else with it. People seem obsessed with the potential for bird kills around wind turbines, but birds have been killing themselves flying into man-made structures since we started building them. This includes those hydro towers in the power corridors that we don’t notice anymore. And tall buildings. Ten thousand birds were killed when they flew into the
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put that in perspective, an apple has about 3.5 grams of fibre. When you experience constipation, start the day with a tall glass of water with lemon juice in it, first thing after getting out of bed. Many people find this is enough to solve the problem. It’s kind of a two-way street: to get the most out of your food, you need good digestion and to have good digestion, you need to eat good food. Alcohol, coffee and junk food all wreak havoc on the digestive tract. Avoid eating a diet too low in fats; it might surprise some folks to hear that dietary fat is necessary for digestion- it stimulates the release of bile from the gallbladder. To function properly, your digestive tract works in concert with the billions of bacteria that line it. These are what the word “probiotic” refers to. Next time you are prescribed antibiotics, be sure to ask for a probiotic supplement as well; every doctor should be prescribing them. Taking probiotics with your antibiotics reduces side effects and protects against yeast infection. (An aside: for women taking antibiotics, look for vaginal probiotic suppositories). Yoghurt is not an adequate source of probiotics when you are taking antibiotics because the dosage of beneficial organisms in yoghurt is too small.
towers at Lennox Generating Station in Bath one night. A woman is suing the City of Burlington and Hydro One because one of the many cormorants that are killed by high tension wires in Beachway Park fell on her while she sat on a beach chair reading a book. Birds are constantly flying into the windows of my house, and sometimes they hit the window so hard they die. We have cats that kill birds. Should we ban cats? Or windows? I think we all need to mellow out about green energy; especially those of us who are older. We owe it to the next generation to accept that there is a consequence to electricity use and being able to see where our electricity is generated is a good start. We will not run things the same way on green energy that we have with nuclear and coal. Those two weeks of summer weather that we experienced in March this year should have convinced us that climate change is a clear and present danger. Try an experiment. Next time you’re in your car, start noticing the electricity poles. They will follow you down every road you’re on. They are ugly and unsightly. But they have been there for so long that they just blend into the landscape. In no time at all your mind will be doing the same thing with wind turbines and solar farms.
A Gut Feeling By Andrea Dingwall
firmly believe that our food is our medicine- but if you are not digesting your food properly, a whole slew of symptoms can result: heartburn, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, to name a few. If you are experiencing any digestion-related symptoms, it may be a sign that you need a gastrointestinal tract tune-up! Here is a primer on some quick fixes for common digestion woes, plus some tips that everyone can use.
Heartburn is most often caused by low stomach acid. That is right, low acid. If your acid is low, the sphincter at the top of your stomach does not close properly. The conventional treatment for heartburn is to reduce the acidity of your stomach, which protects your esophagus but puts you at risk of poor mineral absorption and, over time, reduced bone density. The number one thing I recommend to those suffering from heartburn - cut caffeine. That means no coffee (even decaf), no tea and no chocolate. Reducing stress and getting good sleep are also musts. If you are stressed, your digestion system is dampened down and your stomach secretes less acid. When you have heartburn, try using de-glycerated liquorice tablets. These are available at
I find that bloating is usually due to one of two things: food sensitivity or poor dining habits. The most common food sensitivities are gluten, dairy, alcohol and sugar but any food is a potential source of irritation. My sister found that she can’t tolerate chicken. By “poor dining habits”, I mean what people do while they are eating. If you are eating while trying to finish up some work, answer phone calls and drive to work, your body is not focussed on digestion. Sit down to your meals. Do not multi-task. Pleasant talk is fine, but avoid watching television, reading, or working while eating. Peppermint tea or enteric-coat peppermint capsules can provide relief.
Even the healthiest people get constipated from time to time, especially when travelling. As a rule, be sure to consume plenty of fibre and get plenty to drink. Fibre is plentiful in whole fruits and vegetables. It can also be supplemented easily but do not use psyllium supplement. I have never seen good results with psyllium so I recommend inulin. Adults should be getting 25 grams of fibre per day. To The Scoop
As we age, our “digestive powers”, if you will, diminish. If you find that your digestion has become weaker over time and you experience more frequent indigestion, it may be time to start taking bitters. Bitters are tinctures made with intensely bitter herbs. They are taken diluted in water, about 1015 minutes before a meal. They taste terrible but that bitter flavour primes your digestion- you start salivating, your stomach secretes acid and your gastrointestinal tract starts its rhythmic movements. Digestive symptoms are usually annoying but not life threatening, which means that we often ignore them or cover them up with over-thecounter medications. My opinion is that digestive symptoms indicate that something is not quite functioning properly; your digestion can act as a sensitive indicator of your health. Getting your digestion on track will help you stay healthy. Andrea Dingwall is a Naturopathic Doctor licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy. Her practice is in Sydenham.
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Responsibility In the Backyard By Terry Sprague
ast year, I had the pleasure of speaking at a horticultural c o n fe re n c e o n B a c k y a rd Naturalization at Peterborough’s Trent University. It is a subject that I have groomed and nurtured over the years and it has evolved into a popular six-week course that I teach each winter. It was an exhilarating experience to share my enthusiasm for maintaining properties the natural way and to listen to the thoughts and experiences of the over seventy people in attendance. When my wife and I first moved to our lot thirty-five years ago, there was not a tree or a shrub anywhere on the property. It was, in fact, a corner lot where two agricultural fields met – one with timothy hay, the other a field of oats, both yet to be harvested. We wanted what we had when we lived at the original farmstead – stately trees, conifers, shrubs and bushes, and all the birds and associated wildlife we had always enjoyed. We needed to get started right away with an intense planting program as we were not getting any younger.
However, we decided that while honey locusts were as useless as……well, you know the rest of the phrase…., they did add to the overall effect of what we were attempting to create. We learned quickly that “native” was often just a generic term used by growers – a current buzz word that could be put to use as a marketing tool, much the same as “green” or “natural” or “organic”. We learned to believe nothing until we had done our research. From those two oversights, we did more research on native plants, comfortable in the knowledge that the only real mistake in life is the one from which we learn nothing. Today, most of our two acres is a forest of native trees and shrubs, including silver maple, white ash, white spruce, serviceberries, honeysuckles, currents, gooseberries, and grey dogwood. We still throw in a few nonnative shrubs now and again to justify why we have a clump of lilacs (I heard that catbirds love to nest in them). From the days when our lot was so open that killdeers even appeared nervous to remain on our property, we now have a
In addition to plantings, feeders will attract a wide variety of wildlife. Photo credit: Cathy Fleming.
The fellow at the nursery told me that the tree I was staring at was a native red maple. It seemed like a good place to start. It shouldn’t take much to guess what that thing evolved into! Our little red maple became a Norway maple, a non-native tree species frowned upon these days due to its invasive nature. A few years later, I went to another nursery and determined to have only native trees and shrubs on our property, inquired about locusts as I knew they grew fast, and fast growing trees were what we were seeking. We were advised to get honey locusts. We purchased not one, but three, honey locusts. Honey locusts, while native to southwestern Ontario, are not native to here. Their more familiar cousins, black locusts, are even further removed, native only to mid-eastern United States. To add insult to injury, in the 20 years we have had these “native” locusts, they have attracted virtually nothing except occasional perching birds, and the autumn crop of 12-inch long seed pods allegedly consumed by rabbits and deer, although I have yet to see either under its branches. Mostly, it attracts me, every autumn, as I rake up wheelbarrow loads of seed pods.
list of over 100 species that have visited our yard, 23 of which decided that our efforts were worthy enough of nesting. Among the nesters have been brown thrashers, catbirds, chickadees, eastern bluebirds, yellow warblers, and our first warbling vireos nested in the now stately silver maples just last year. We learned from our experience that non-native trees and ornamentals are okay when planted sparingly. Not only do they contribute to the overall effect, but they provide a haven for insects which, of course, provide a food source for birds. I remember spending many an hour on our farmstead, with my binoculars aimed into the foliage of our three weeping willows as migrating warblers feasted on the emerging insect larvae. And the
Cedar waxwings: Plant it, and they will come. Photo credit: Ian Dickinson.
lowly red cedar that grew like so many weeds on our farm, was actually capable of attracting birds too, cedar waxwings and robins feeding on the berries, while chipping sparrows and mourning doves nested in its boughs. And the Norway maple on our lot? We now sit in our lawn chairs under it, gazing in wonderment on our success in attracting wildlife to our premises. Above us, robins nest in the branches, and on winter days, the tree provides the necessary limbs to hang our feeders, while above both downy and hairy woodpeckers probe for over-wintering insect larvae. What a treat now to spend any free time we have, watching these trees and shrubs, and decades of hard work, finally pay off. However, the Naturalization course I teach each November is perhaps a misnomer, because we look at so many other things we can do to become more responsible, and to make use of what our property produces. For example, our garbage (one bag every six weeks) contains no compostable items, and certainly no recyclable items. It was always a no-brainer to compost peelings, coffee grounds, even paper napkins and facial tissues, as discarding them seemed like such a waste of resources since they could be composted and used in our garden. Three composters are usually going full tilt all the time, accepting any kind of refuse that will break down, including shredded paper, all of which can be turned into black gold for the garden. And while we are at it, let’s dispel that persistent myth that composters smell. Composters do not smell, if composting is done correctly. We have even extended this philosophy of retaining as much of our waste as possible, to include our backyard trees. All broken and pruned branches are stock piled, and one of the very last jobs we do in the fall, is fire up the wood chipper and covert this woody material to a fine mulch. The new mulch works well around shrubs, and if left to decay for a year, will add nutrients to the vegetable garden and flower beds. Leaves are also mulched with our recycler lawn mower and forced back into the ground to serve as fertilizer. We find that the leaves mulch better if left until they are dry and crisp causing the
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leaves to break down into almost a fine dust. It just makes sense to make use of this free material. Why bag it and put it at the curb? However, we do leave a few branches to add each year to our brush pile in the back corner of our lot. A brush pile is ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, and really – that is the Number One reason most people take this course. They wish to attract wildlife to their premise and also to learn how to manage the wildlife they do encourage. If over population should happen, by using the four basic requirements of wildlife: food, water, shelter and space, and by working within their system – not ours, we can either encourage or dissuade species of wildlife. We also look at nest boxes, bird feeders, butterfly shelters, bat boxes, mason bee boxes, nesting shelters, even holders that dispense nesting material. At the end of the day, there is a feeling of peace, tranquillity and well-being as we sit back and watch the biodiversity on a property come to life. 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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A Wonderful Day for Canada and Me By Judith Huntress n a recent April afternoon my husband and I and a good friend walked into Kingston City Hall, along with many other anxious adults and children, to attend the Ceremony for Citizenship, the second Citizenship Ceremony held there this year. I was nervous and excited because I had waited nearly five years for this day. Sixty-four other citizens-to-be from all over the world, and their families and friends, climbed the grand staircase to Memorial Hall where the ceremony was to occur. At the top of the stairs Chris Peters and Deb Masters, the two Citizenship and Immigration Canada Officers (C.I.C.) for Kingston, met us and collected our landing papers and residence cards before showing us to our seats. Memorial Hall, constructed in 1844, is impressive in scale and architecture. I looked up at its beautiful domed ceiling and the stained glass windows depicting Canadian heroes and veterans from the Allied Defense of liberty and justice in the First and Second World Wars. At the front of the hall was a stage surrounded by oil portraits of the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, and other famous Members of Parliament as well as Mayors from the city’s past. I looked around at the people and families awaiting citizenship. They had come from so many countries in the world: South Africa, Germany, France, Africa, China, the Middle East, Latin America, and India. I imagined that many had experienced times of fear, hardship and estrangement in their home countries to arrive here. The daring, the will and sacrifice of one’s native land for a completely new life in Canada showed in every immigrant’s face. All our efforts to assimilate, possibly
learn new languages and memorize parts of Canadian history were about to be rewarded in a ceremony which would cause every one to echo my husband’s remark, “Citizenship is a beautiful thing.” Two R.C.M.P. officers at the beginning of the ceremony marched on the colours (flags), followed by Judge George Springate, Senior Justice for Citizenship & Immigration for the Federal Courts of Canada,* the Clerk for the Ceremony Chris Peters; and three representatives from Ted Hsu (MP for Kingston & The Islands), John Gerretsen (MPP for Kingston) and Mark Gerretsen (Mayor of Kingston). Few in the audience at that time knew that Judge Springate had earlier that day conducted a small ceremony at Kingston District Association for Community Living in which a sign language interpreter was used, awarding Citizenship to a young deaf and autistic man and his two parents who had lived here for 26 years. ** The Judge warmly welcomed everyone, and in fluent French and English began to tell us what the Oath of Citizenship means. He emphasized our responsibility to contribute our best efforts to being good citizens and asked all of us to affirm the Oath in both languages before we walked to the front of the platform to receive our Certificates of Citizenship and small Canadian flags. (We also received small lapel pins from the representatives for the Mayor and MP and MPP -- each person, if desired, could pose with the Judge and the RCMP for a photograph.) One could tell that the Judge loved this ceremony. He exclaimed that it was “a wonderful day for Canada” and in both languages began to cite the rights guaranteed to each citizen
in Canada’s Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thoughts, beliefs, opinions and expressions of those opinions; the freedom to assemble peaceably, and freedom of association. He added that he hoped we would abide by the Laws of the Land and regularly exercise our right to vote. By doing this Canadians affirm their hope for the nation and demonstrate pride in being Canadian. After a brief silence everyone present began to sing “O Canada” before dignitaries on the stage departed to the back of the hall where coffee was served and red balloons were given to children. Regrettably, this ceremony may have been Kingston’s last for awarding citizenship.. The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Canada is due to be closed on June 1, 2012, because of Federal Budget cuts. New immigrants will need to fill out required forms on the Internet and seek counsel by telephone. Ceremonies in the future will be held in larger cities. Smaller communities, some which may need additional labor forces for their survival, may wither from not having new and young people to refill the jobs older generations held. The innovation and new skills immigrants can bring to Canada will be to no avail and go elsewhere in the world and our prospects for economic growth will lessen. I feel a new happiness since the Ceremony took place and I am excited that I will be able to vote. It certainly took me long enough to “Get Back” to Canada since my first landing and two distinct periods of residency in Manitoba and Ontario. For the past five years in Tamworth I have been fortunate to meet and make friendships
with people from countries such as India, Madagascar, United Kingdom, Madagascar, Norway, Japan and other countries. I feel I have been able to give something back to the community by helping to make a Christmas Parade, contributing to a wonderful Book Club, writing for the Scoop and keeping my mind open to participating in new projects. I can now more fully participate in programs to help school children and try to help new immigrants to the area (the initial need to learn about banking practices, shopping, schools and health care programs, etc.). Being a Canadian at this time is an optimistic prospect; the late Jack Layton would have agreed. I am as awestruck as I was in 2007 when my husband and I saw a double rainbow in the distant sky over the garden. Today I marvel at the vast potential for Canadians and I hope that every one will put his or her best efforts into compassionate actions that could make a better community grow. Then we all can share a national pride based upon good will and justice; wonderful days for Canada will be ahead. *Judge George Springate--for an account of Springate’s amazing personal journey from Montreal Policeman and football player to Senior Justice for Citizenship/ Immigration, please go to Google.ca and then to Coolopolis/George Springate. **Kingston Whig-Standard of May 1, 2012
How To Break Out Of Prison By Josef Reeve, Marlbank
n the Kingston Whig Standard’s recent seven pages on the closing of Kingston Pen, I was intrigued to read about Christopher Reeve (aka Superman) flitting about one of the prison’s guard towers in his 1978 film. A decade earlier I too had spent an eventful night also involved with a film, with my legs straddling the top of the same prison wall, by the same photogenic guard tower. Furthermore, my surname is the same as Chris’s. Two Reeves; same prison tower: what gives? As an A.D., assistant director (the guy who makes everything happen on peanuts) with the National Film Board, I was involved in a series of films sponsored by Prisons Canada for training guards. The major project was a reenactment of the justly famed Mickey MacDonald break-out; the fake body, the smuggled rope, the grapple: we did all the details. The four-point grapple itself I’d had manufactured in the Film Board shop, with an eyehole at the end for the rope. Our completely untested idea was to toss the grapple up and over the wall from the inside of the prison and hope it caught on an edge up there. And I mean up, for the wall inside is dug down and far higher than it appears
from the outside. Furthermore it was the original masonry wall and not the present concrete slab. So picture a film crew – earnest director, A.D, cameraman, grip and two actors dressed as the escapees in prison garb. I can still remember both the actor’s names, probably because they taught me to what lengths theatrical people will go to get a job. Rex Sevenoaks was a genial South African Brit (for years he announced all our international tennis tournaments), while the younger actor was a cocky Lebanese-Canadian from Ottawa named Larry Zahab who has not been seen on major marquees since. Both actors claimed they were capable of climbing a 15 metre long rope up a wall. In fact their resumes read as if they were trained commandos. But first we had to get the rope up there, and in this part at least we were almost sensationally lucky. The first time I flung it, the grapple caught on the over-hanging weather-plate on top. I then climbed up (just like old Mickey MacDonald) to secure the rope. First Rex tries it and the old boy gets about six feet up, before sliding earthward. Zahab, to his credit, got up maybe nine feet. The Scoop
We have a dilemma. It’s 3am. Two large klieg lights illuminate the inside wall of Canada’s major maximum-security penitentiary. The prisoners are restless having done their darnest through the previous week to harass the production. Furthermore, in one of those intergovernmental mysteries, the Warden most emphatically does not want us in his prison, let alone filming in it. “But it’s for guards,” we explained to no avail. He loathed us. Meanwhile the rope is dangling down through a light fog into the aura of klieg lights where there is no evidence of trained commandos, but instead a puddle of worried film makers and two completely unrepentant actors. (Maybe that’s why they’re called actors.) But our director is a steady guy named F. Douglas Jackson, who later made many HBO films. Doug quickly strips Rex or Larry of his garb and puts it on our nimble grip, Jimmy Charbonneau who, in his only role in cinema, then scrambled up the rope like a monkey to join me briefly on top of the wall. Filmed from the rear, Jimmy sufficed as the escaping con and saved the film. So indeed it is a marvel that Chris Reeve/Superman should show up on
top of the same wall a dozen years later with Gene Hackman (Lex Luther) under his arm. Small world. Yet another strange event occurred on the night of our filming. I can see it now, a topdown Cadillac convertible headed east on King St. at the foot of the wall. Somehow the driver notices light over his shoulder leaking from inside of the prison and for some reason he slams to a stop, turns around in his seat, looks up and yells, “Hey Mac, do you need a hand!” Maybe he was Lex Luther.
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ions International President Wing-Kun Tam challenged Lions around the world to plant one million trees to demonstrate the strength of our global network. That is less than one tree for each Lion member. Why trees? Paul Fowler, Bob Emmons, Lion Joe Nolan, Ed Courneya, Lion Brian Weese, Lion Wayne Rice, Lion It’s no secret that trees help Lee Fraser, Lion John Woods, Lion Frank Okenka and Lion Debbie Howell the environment, but you may be surprised by all the benefits that planting a tree can provide. Trees are like the lungs of the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. They also reduce erosion to save soil, help preserve local water sources and provide habitat for wildlife living under more and more stress. Simply put, planting trees in your neighbourhood really is one of the best things you can do for the local environment. To date 8,262,335 trees have been planted world wide. The Tamworth and District Lions Club along with the Township of Stone Mills planted 125 white spruce and white pine trees Quality Second Hand Books: Bridge Street East at Peel, Tamworth throughout the township, Neville Point, Beaver Lake Lion’s Park and at the Fri-Sat-Sun, 11 am - 4 pm 379-2108 Tamworth Soccer Field on a cold and blustery day in April 2012.
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Sue Wade: A Glass Act By Barry Lovegrove
recently had the pleasure of visiting stain glass artist Sue Wade who lives just north of Tamworth on the Arden Road. It was a lovely drive on a spring day; car windows open, taking in the cool but fresh country air. Sue told me that I would have no trouble finding her place, “Just look for the array of solar panels on the left hand side of the road. They are in our front field.” After receiving a warm welcome at the door she showed me into her studio. Sue has converted a spare bedroom into an extremely functional studio with everything she needs at her fingertips. The walls are covered with photos of previous works of cut glass art and sketches of ideas that one day will be patiently crafted into one-of-a kind creations. Sue showed me some of her sheets of glass that were sorted by colour and texture and stored in racks. Looking at the profusion of colour I couldn’t help but think of Jacob’s coat of many colours. She went on to tell me
that, “When they are made, different colours of molten glass are poured together and with slow stirring, colours are blended into different shapes and forms. That way no piece is ever the same, giving originality to every sheet.” “I find that when I look through sheets of coloured glass, I see things in them that inspire me and gives me ideas.” “Thirty-two years ago, we were living in Brampton and the house had a beautiful large window which was very nice but it looked straight into our neighbor’s large window. I had always wanted to do something about it without blocking the light. Then one day while reading the paper I noticed that there was a twelve-week stain glass course starting up at Sheridan Collage. Perfect, I thought; it was something that I had always wanted to do. I went down to the college straight away and enrolled. It was just what the doctor ordered. It got me out of the house and satisfied my artistic cravings. I just loved it, right from the first time I scored a shape into a sheet of glass with my glass cutter. The teacher there was excellent
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and always encouraged us to think outside of the box and experiment. “To this day I have never looked back or regretted taking that course. It opened up a new life for me; a new way of seeing things. When my husband Bill and I are traveling I’m always on the lookout for unusual pieces of glass or glass objects that one day I can incorporate into an original and different looking creation.” Sue showed me an antique glass dish that she picked up in Florida and said that someday it will get used. “There is a poem that I came across a long time ago, I don’t know who the author is but it has inspired me in many different ways and I use it to create cut glass images. It is called Be Like A Tree. One of its lines is: ‘Reach upwards, grab hard to the ground and bend with the wind.’ Stained glass creations always offer nice surprises when you hold it up to the light.” “I have to thank my husband Bill, who builds websites. He created one for me and because of the website it has brought me a number of commissions that are now scattered across Canada and the States. I was contacted by a woman who had noticed on my website that I do quilt-blocks out of glass and her great, great grandmother had designed a quilt-block many years ago and she wanted her father to have one. She sent me a picture of the original quilt that is now in a museum in Minnesota. We
worked together on-line choosing the different glass shades and colours and when it was finished I shipped it off to her in Indiana. It’s really fun working with people and creating something special. I love what I do. It makes me happy”. Just as I was about to leave Sue gave me a couple of sprigs of rosemary that she had just freshly cut and put into water. “Let it sit in some water for awhile till it sprouts roots then plant it and enjoy its aroma each time you go past it.” A gift from the heart just like her beautiful creations of glass waiting for their right home. See more of Sue’s works on her website: www.sageleafwhimsy.com
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White Water Advocates By Laura Duncan
ver the past year Whitewater Ontario, a volunteer organisation representing the whitewater paddling community, has been stepping up its river advocacy role in an effort to recognise and maintain existing river access agreements as well as negotiate new river access agreements. The newly formed Whitewater Ontario Advocacy Committee has been working hard to encourage communication between paddlers and landowners to secure an informed and mutually respectful relationship.
While most of Ontario’s waterways are on crown land, access to the rivers can involve crossing public or private land. Whitewater sections of rivers are usually run in one day so paddlers have to run a “shuttle” between the “putin” where they start and “takeout” where they finish. This allows cars left at the river putin to be picked up at the end of the day, without leaving any paddlers or gear stranded. Bridges where roads cross or come close to the river (or public access points) are popular and
allow paddlers to leave a shuttle vehicle in a parking area. Whitewater paddling in Ontario is heavily reliant on snow melt and rain. This makes the spring a prime time for paddlers because runoff from melting snow contributes to the rivers being high. Rivers around the Madoc section of Highway 7 are particularly exciting in the spring. The popularity of these runs has spawned an annual whitewater canoe and kayak festival named Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival or M.A.C.K.Fest for short. The festival weekend sees well over 100 paddlers come to the area from across Ontario and beyond to experience the area’s whitewater and celebrate paddling. Classic Highway 7 runs include the Beaver, the Upper and Lower Black, the Salmon and different sections of the Crowe. Each river has a different river access situation. A popular surf spot on the Crowe is called Crowe Bridge where a wave forms under a road bridge adjacent to a private home. After seeing paddlers enjoying the surf and chatting with them, these landowners granted permission for paddlers to park at their property and access the surf spot via their private land. The Whitewater Ontario Advocacy Committee provided the landowners with signage outlining this agreement and asking that paddlers respect the privilege of access. This signage is up during the spring melt but is removed during the summer months to stop cottagers and tubers accessing the river through their property during the off season. The landowners recently provided a testimonial outlining the positive experience this agreement has been for them (see www.whitewaterontario.ca for testimonials and more information). At the Crowe River Fish Hatchery, Whitewater Ontario and local paddling group Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers supports the Fish Hatchery Road Association and has installed signage acknowledging the organisation and informing paddlers of the agreement in place. On the Black River in Queensborough,
landowners have been providing access to the river across their private land for many, many years. More than that, they have supported paddlers and taken the opportunity to raise money by selling burgers and pies to hungry boaters during the popular spring months. This money goes towards a drop-in summer program for children at the local community centre. In March of this year, this access agreement was formally recognised with the installation of a commemorative sign acknowledging the landowners and the local community for their ongoing support. Again, see the website for coverage of this event and press clippings. On the Salmon River, putin access circumstances recently changed due to a change in land ownership. A new putin access point had to be found and communicated to the paddling community to prevent paddlers from trying to continue to use the old access point. Fortunately, a public launch site was available further upstream. Unfortunately, this starting point added a challenging and sometimes dangerous paddle and portage over beaver dams and spring lake ice, which could previously be avoided. At the Salmon River takeout on Woodcock Mills Road there have been ongoing access challenges. There is a narrow road which crosses the river over a very low bridge. Paddlers are unable to fit under the bridge so portage around and continue paddling down the swifts or they can end their day at the bridge takeout. Due to the narrow road, the discomfort that some landowners have with paddlers leaving cars on the roadside, and a few unfortunate instances of cars blocking driveways, the Advocacy Committee has had to work hard to communicate with both paddlers and landowners to encourage respectful use of the river and parking etiquette. With the fantastic support
of Keith Millar at the Stone Mills Township, the committee was able to create signage which the township installed. These signs indicate where paddlers should not park and encourage them to use a small pullout for drop off and pick up only and not for parking. While the volunteer efforts of the Advocacy Committee have been recognised amongst paddlers and landowners alike, the committee appreciates that it is up to individual paddlers and landowners to be respectful of each other and to work towards a collegial and positive relationship. The committee tries to hear the concerns from all involved and find a resolution that is amenable to all parties. The committee also only represents the small community of whitewater paddlers in Ontario. It does not represent tubers, flatwater river trippers or fishermen. While these groups may access the river at the same access points, their purpose is very different and the time of year their activities take place is also different. There are many different types of river users and each has equal rights to access the river. We would like to see all river user groups and landowners working together to encourage safe and respectful river access like that at Crowe Bridge and the Black. River users must be respectful of private property, appreciate access privileges, park thoughtfully and behave courteously. Landowners must be respectful of river users, educated and informed about river access laws and statutes and aware of the different user groups on the river. Ontario’s rivers should be enjoyed by everyone both on and off the water.
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Choosing Wellness By Thomasina Larkin, RMT and Certified Nutrition & Wellness Specialist
or about a decade, the 10 leading causes of death in Canada have been heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide. In the late 20th Century, most people died because of communicable diseases, environmental hardships or poor standards of living. Today, most deaths result from poor lifestyle choices. Fortunately, the key word here is “choices”. Living a healthy lifestyle is a matter of personal choice and is something available to us any time. We can choose to consume junky food or we can eat more fruits and vegetables. We can choose to sit and watch TV every night or we can get up and go for a walk or do something active. We can choose to deal with stress by feeding our aggravation with negative thoughts and words or we can let it go and start to relax. The lifestyle we choose now gives a very accurate reflection of what our health might be like in the future. And with estimates that stress contributes to or causes 98% of illness, there’s no better time than the present to start making a healthier future. Start small, take baby steps and gradually grow yourself a healthier way of living. By making one small change a
week you can easily manage and measure your goals. If you reached your mini goal one week, awesome! Add another little change to make the following week. If you couldn’t succeed at something, just move on to something else without getting discouraged. Each of these small goals will eventually add up to a tremendous feat. Some examples of small changes to make are: get enough sleep; try not to add sugar or salt to your food; brush and floss your teeth after eating; drink less than two alcoholic beverages a day; drink enough water; be tolerant
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might not be able to do later in life. Focus on weight-bearing cardio exercise and resistance training to build your bones and prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Stay away from fast foods (this is tempting at this time in life when you’re busy in a new career). Focus on eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Your body and performance may be starting to change.
The best way to ward off extra weight is by staying active. If you can’t get alone time to exercise, involve your whole family: play badminton, soccer or catch. Dance, hike, swim together. A healthy family is a happy family!
Focus on staying away from eating refined and pre-packaged foods. Opt instead for whole foods to maintain a healthy body weight.
To ease the hectic lifestyle of career, relationships, kids, expectations, etc, try getting into meditation. Give yourself three entire minutes every day to sit with your eyes closed and not think about anything.
Your body may seem to be settling and you may be seeing signs of aging. This is a great time to check with your doctor about your risk of diseases and to set baselines for your overall health.
Fat storage becomes more prevalent. If you weren’t active before, this is a good time to start. Exercise will help prevent weight gain, normalize blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, lower your resting heart rate and improve respiration.
Eat well. Focus on portion control. Healthy food choices keep the immune system strong.
Work, an aging parent or a teenage kid may be giving you stress. Invest in yourself with a new hobby. Maybe train for a 10K run!
Depending on your investment in exercise and healthy lifestyle, you may start to experience some degree or illness.
Exercise is still just as important, but you may have to consider new modes such as walking, aqua fitness, cycling or yoga. Regular activity promotes circulation, helps remove toxins and rejuvenates tissues.
Fill your body with highquality foods to keep it running well. Remember to include macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and hydration into your diet.
Find balance by continuing to challenge yourself while still taking time to indulge yourself in leisure.
If you have exercised throughout life, you should feel healthy and strong. Let’s keep it that way!
While others may be slowing down, daily life activities are easy for you. Do resistance training to maintain your strength and flexibility exercises to maintain your mobility. If you didn’t exercise before, start now and your body will still adapt and grow stronger.
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Stay challenged and search for new ways to stimulate yourself. Maybe get involved in your community or help others somehow.
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of others; express yourself; eat enough fibre. You might even want to get nerdy and make a chart to record your achievements. Remember, the first step towards a healthy lifestyle is making the choice to be well. Once you start realizing how the decisions you make affect your health, you are on the path to your highest potential..
An Evening with Lorne Elliott By Barry Lovegrove
t was hard to keep a straight face when Lorne Elliott performed at the Tamworth Legion back in April. Lorne’s comedy was funny and had you rolling in laughter with his
up to date political antidotes. No bad language just purely executed humor. And let’s not forget hit guitar playing, his tongue twisting lyrics and his comical facial expressions that
emphasized every word. No need to drive all the way to Kingston; it was an enjoyable evening out right here at the Tamworth Legion.
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Ministering a Small Community By Reverend Elaine Kellogg
e were in the middle of a power outage. It would last for three days, but we did not know that yet. It wasn’t a big deal. We were used to the power going out from time to time, and so we just adjusted. The weather was cold and damp, but not minus 30 or anything extreme, so we carried on. There was one problem, however. There was a funeral scheduled, and it was going to be a bleak affair without power. I was the minister in that community, and I went to see the widow and apologized that there would be no heat, no lights and no organ music in the church for the funeral, but there wasn’t much we could do. She did not seem upset; after all, she lived in the community too, and was dealing with the loss of electricity in her own home as well. About half an hour before the funeral service was to start, when I was busy doing my usual routine of greeting people to the church, I became aware of some unexpected activity at the front door. I looked out, and there were several volunteers from the township fire department setting up their generator. In a few moments, the church was ablaze with light and organ music. No one had asked me, or anyone else involved with planning the funeral, if we wanted the generator hooked up. The firemen simply assumed it would be helpful. It was. We proceeded with the service, with the family feeling better supported in their time of grief. At the end of the funeral, when the mourners were filing out the door, the firemen shut the generator down, so the noise would not intrude on the solemnity of the moment. That was a typical small community functioning at its best. Everyone in the community knew a funeral was taking
place, everyone knew there was no electricity, and key people were aware of how they could help out, so they did. The fire fighter who initiated the generator rescue was a person who I knew well. He was not part of the congregation where I served, but he did keep track of me and my ministry, usually with an abundant supply of jokes. The jokes were often along the lines of, “Could you have a talk with the ‘man upstairs’ and arrange a nice, sunny day for …” He also attended every funeral I led, and every supper the church organized. In return, I took my business to him when I needed work done on my car. Living in a small community means being a good neighbor, supporting each other in the day-to-day bits that make up a life. In a small community, everyone has a role to play, the firefighters, the minister, and everyone else. In a small community, the role of the minister involves being an integrated part of the whole community. Roles overlap in a small place; one person could be a member of a church and chair of some committee there, belong to the local service club, volunteer in another worthwhile program “in town,” and be a necessary participant in driving grandchildren to soccer practice. In some ways, my ministry is to the whole community, not just those who are members of my church. In a small community, effective ministry means connecting with what is going on in the whole community, not just in the church. I never know when someone I have met through a school event, at the time of a wedding, or in a community spring cleanup may have need of some ministry that the church can provide. In a small community, a lot of
ministry is informal and spontaneous. I was doing my grocery shopping one day, thinking about 1% milk and Wilton cheese, when I met someone who I knew casually, and we got to talking. Within two minutes she was in tears, and confessed that her daughter and son-in-law had just separated, and she was devastated, and didn’t know what to do. We talked for a while longer; she explained more of the situation and how she was feeling; I offered her some little bits of perspective and encouragement in her grief. And then we went our separate ways, and went back to our grocery shopping. You might think of that conversation as just two people talking in a grocery store, but I tend to think of that encounter as a ministry moment. In fact, a lot of rural ministry happens in this way. When the minister lives, as well as works, in a small place, many opportunities to be a face of compassion, encouragement or support present themselves, often when I least expect it. Everyone who lives in a small community knows that privacy for individuals and families is difficult. (Some might say that privacy is impossible, but I don’t go quite that far.) This is both boon and bane to the work of ministry. The difficult part of this is the temptation for gossip and nosiness to get out of hand. The beautiful thing about everyone knowing everyone else’s business is that there are multiple ways to show caring and concern. I have
been the recipient of this caring, the person who has organized and delivered care to others, and the one who watched others look after their neighbours. There is nothing like it, when neighbours respond to neighbours with generous and caring hearts. This may be the greatest gift of ministering in a small community, that we get to know our neighbours in ways that do not unfold on the same level in a larger community. The residents of the community also get to know me quite well, including all my failings. I make mistakes, apologize as best I can, and then we get on with life. After all, this is how we learn to live together in community, accepting one another for who we are, with all of our failings and strengths, needs and desires, individual quirks and beautiful characteristics.
Building a Cedar Rail Tepee Simple Garden Project By Merola Tahamtan
here is a certain charm to the old cedar rail. As you drive along the picturesque country roads you can’t help but admire the cedar fences on historic farms built some many years ago. I have always wanted to incorporate cedar rails into my landscaping and since our move into the countryside of Forest Mills a few years ago, I have started to fulfill my vision.
I started with a cedar rail fence behind our garden, tepees for our garden peas to climb up and an arbor leading to our chicken coop. My three kids and I decided to surprise my husband for his birthday a few weeks ago with another tepee, this one for flowers. I thought morning glories would look wonderful climbing up the sides. It’s a simple project that anyone can
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do, and takes as little as an hour to complete. First step was to find three solid cedar rails and cut each bottom flat to make it stable to stand and to make the rails even in height. Space the three rails in a triangle to the width you desire. Make it come in at the top. You may need a ladder depending on the height of your tepee to secure the top of the three rails together. Using a drill and 3 ½” wood screws, secure the three rails by drilling through the rails, making sure to go through all three. You may need to use a couple and go through at each side. Once secure, wrap black wire (fencing wire) around and twist tight. This gives you added strength, and an authentic look, like they used back then to make cedar fences. Now to add the horizontal rails; measure the distance from the two vertical rails, and cut the horizontal rail to your required length, leaving it a little larger that the width. I like to cut mine so they are cut at an angle on the ends, with the width larger at the top. Secure with wood screws and wrap again with the black wire. Depending on your height and the look you are trying to achieve, add more horizontal rails on this side, and secure again. Continue
until all three sides are done. Now to find your cedar tepee the perfect place in your garden. I planted morning glory seeds along the base of the rails, so once they are sprouting, you can train them along the tepee to have a canvas of beautiful flowers later in the season, or perfect for hanging a flowering basket in the center. Simply tie rope to the top, and loop down to secure basket. A simple project that can add country charm to any garden. Merola Tahamtan is an Interior Stylist in Home & Business Design, Home Staging, Painting and Window Draperies. 613-561-0244 Follow her on twitter @ MerolaDesigns.
20th Anniversary Year Tamworth Canada Day Celebrations An open letter from the Tamworth Canada Day Committee
anada Day Celebration in Tamworth on Sunday July 1 will be a special event for the Tamworth Canada Day Committee. This is the 20th year that the committee has organized special celebrations and the committee hopes this will be a grand time with added attractions and a dazzling fireworks display that promises to be the best show our crew has assembled. Along with our parade, music at the park and downtown, the air castles, Lions Barbeque, and kids games we are opening up the ballpark space for venders in order to give the mature crowd more to see and enjoy. The formula has been very consistent through the years because it has worked so well and the time does seem to fly between parade and fireworks at the end of the night. Much of the success has depended on the use of the ballpark and the things that have been done have been developed because of the shape and size of the Tamworth Ballpark. It really is a wonderful outdoor space to have our celebrations. For many
though, they are happy to stay home or at the cottage and then see all the fireworks easily from the deck or out in the boat. However, this year’s fireworks display will be best viewed right in the park. Many of the fireworks will be low level, multiple rapid fire displays that can’t be view far away. The show is really put together for the enjoyment of those that make the effort to be at the ballpark taking in all of our activities. Much of the new events for this special Canada Day are in the planning phase at this time. This year also marks a time of change and hopefully renewal of this well organized and extremely resourceful group of people. Several of the members including the one that started the committee in 1992 will be retiring from those duties at the end of this calendar year. Lindsey Hannah, Jennifer and Peter Couvreur and Pat Gaensicke have decided that this is the year to conclude their long standing involvement and step aside in favour of some younger people with young children of their own that have that same feeling of dedication to our community. A new committee may completely change the celebration structure or continue doing what we have been doing. We hope this renewal will bring about more input from the community and especially the participation of many of the now grown
up kids we have entertained all these years. Now is the time for people to step forward and get involved to be prepared to be a part of this rewarding volunteer activity. Our committee has been so lucky to have so very many resourceful helpers who have assisted us in countless ways over the years to accomplish what has been a remarkable annual event for such a small village. These were not committee members but people who just wanted to help. Some of them were unrelated to members, but many just sort of got roped in because they were spouses or more often that not, children of the committee members who gave us thousands of hours of their time in order to help us get all the jobs done. We have had the free help of licensed electricians, carpenters, pyrotechnic consultants, people with expertise just too numerous to even try to compile an accurate list. We have had many people on our committee that have moved on, and new members join. We guess somewhere in the range of 40-50 people have served on this committee. Most of you are unaware of the efforts year round that the group has worked at in order to raise the money needed to fund a day that costs between $10,000 and $15,000. We usually receive a small grant from the federal government which varies from year to year and some years none. For 15 years the committee
catered picnics and anniversary celebrations at Goodyear in Napanee involving 12-16 volunteers over several days of organizing setup and cleanup. There have been car washes, barbeques, yard sales, working the smoky bingos in Kingston, pledges from local and regional businesses and many generous individual donors and cake sales. The Tamworth Lions Club generously donate the proceeds of the BBQ on July 1st. We are so proud to have always maintained Canada Day in Tamworth as a low cost, mostly free family fun day with no beer tent, no entry fee, and no parking fee. Please make a point to come out for a special anniversary celebration in Tamworth on Sunday July 1. As always, the parade starts at 4:30 follow it to the ballpark and stay with us for an amazing fireworks show and a few surprises we feel we owe you. Thanks for 20 years of your support. If you wish to join this fantastic committee, please contact Lindsey Hannah at 613-379-2999 or Jennifer Couvreur at 613-379-2222.
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Please also be aware that 1.25% of unpaid taxes will be added as penalty on the ﬁrst day of default and/or on the ﬁrst day of each calendar month thereafter. Failure to receive your property taxes bills does not exempt property owners from payment of taxes or penalty/interest. If you have not received this property tax bill for your property by the ﬁrst week in July, please contact the tax ofﬁce and a copy will be provided to you. For more information on your property taxes please call 613-378-2475
Stone Mills Township Fire Advisory Line Once again the open air burning season is here. It runs from April, 1 until Oct. 31. Residents are responsible for safe burning, and must follow the burning by-law 2008-435. If you would like a full copy of the burning by-law you can pick one up at the Stone Mills Township office, or download a copy at www.stonemillsfire.ca. The Stone Mills Township Fire Department has a Fire Advisory Line for all Residents to call to check if there is a Fire Ban in place or if it is advisable to burn or not to burn. Please call either of these two numbers: Local 613-379-5255 Toll free 1-877-554-5557
Protect Your Home, Protect Our Wildlife By Leah Birmingham
here are a myriad of conflicts between humans and wildlife but there are also a variety of resolutions for each one. At Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC) we have noticed key situations that arise repetitively every year. A call to SPWC before deciding on a solution often saves the home owner a lot of money and encourages the animal in question to move on. I hope to share some of our insights and help you be free of unwanted tenants while reducing the negative impact you have on our local wildlife populations Solving wildlife conflicts can be easier than one may expect. The most important factor is your willingness to take a few days to solve the problem, rather than expecting a quick and immediate fix. With a little patience and determination, wild animals who have sought refuge in your home can be persuaded to move on their own accord. Immediately after your unwanted tenant has left the building, the reason for their decision to move in must be found and fixed. Sometimes it is simply shelter and a safe place to hide-out with their newborns. Most often it also involves a food source as well. If you are feeding the neighbourhood feral cats, you can expect to attract a wide variety of wildlife. Some are brought in close due to the cat food, and other larger predators are drawn close for the other food source - the cats and kittens. Farm animals and livestock that are not protected by solid caging may also attract wild animals that decide to take up residence nice and close to the constant supply of food. Life is hard for most animals, surviving day to day in a world ever more encompassed by humans makes it that much harder to find suitable accommodations and food sources. When the experts speak of the pressures put on wildlife populations due to environmental and human influenced changes, they often mention that in order to survive changing times a species must ‘adapt or die’. Many of the wild animals who become a nuisance have learned how to adapt to a life in close quarters with humans. One of the greatest wildlife adaptors has to be raccoons. A species that at one time was close to endangered status is now one of the most successful animals for adapting to mankind’s alterations to the general landscape. They have been able to find both food and habitat in our urban and rural settings. Most often when a raccoon has taken up residence in your house it is a female with her newborns. Especially during the spring and summer months, which is why they should never be trapped and relocated at this time of year. Raccoon mothers have multiple dens, and if the current one becomes unpredictable, they will
diligently move their young to the next den. Homeowners can simply use lights, sounds, and scents that fluctuate when they come on and make the nice quite den she’s using very busy and potentially dangerous. Timers can help with the on/off of the light and sound sources. The light should be placed as close to her nest site as possible. Don’t expect her to take off in the daylight hours; as nocturnal animals they generally do not travel in the daytime unless forced to do so. Keep the lights and sounds (CBC radio works well, generally it has different voices and is mostly talk radio) fluctuating in a random pattern and she will start to doubt the safety of this site. These same tactics can be used for most wildlife nuisance situations. I have even suggested these strategies to discourage unwanted beavers to a pond, and was pleased to get a call back about a month later; the beavers had moved on their own accord, no actual intervention was required! SPWC gives public presentations when requested; during these events I generally get a chance to hear what is and what isn’t working for most people. With skunks in particular, one audience member was adamant that the smell of strong ammonia was an excellent deterrent. Their dens are usually under porches, which can pose many problems; there is nothing worse than potentially being sprayed every time you leave your house! Truthfully, the skunk is likely not startled by you anymore (she knows when you come and go); she may have conflicts with the family dog though. Old margarine containers, with holes cut into the top and rags soaked with ammonia inside should be placed in the den site. Same as with the raccoon, lights and sounds that fluctuate and point in her den will encourage her to move on. Another tip from one of my previous speaking engagements was the use of bat houses to attract bats out of the house. A naturalist in the audience guaranteed me that bats would prefer to live in a well-placed bat house vs. your attic. So the solution to bats roosting in your attic is strategic placement of well contracted bat houses (Google search will find you some specs on how to make a bat house). Other methods can be researched on the www.batworld. org. Lights, sounds and smells placed into squirrel nests in walls will help too. Unfortunately with squirrels it can be
hard to find their nest, often it is in the holes and cracks of the house’s fascia, but sometimes they make it fairly far into the wall. If they are keeping you up at night, you likely have Flying Squirrels which are currently on the Species at Risk list in Canada. They are also nocturnal therefore tend to be the culprit when noises are heard throughout the night. It would be cruel to exclude this animal at this time, and likely you would be just as disturbed by the sound of the young struggling for their lives after Mom was removed, followed by the dilemma of how to remove the rotting orphans from inside the wall. Ideally, find their access point and wait several weeks until you can be sure that the babes are leaving the nest with Mom, at this point a one way excluder can be easily made and put over the hole. The last nuisance wildlife to discuss, but certainly the most controversial would be the Eastern Coyote. A species that did not exist in Ontario until mankind cleared the mostly forested landscape of Ontario and created prairie like expanses, allowing the Coyote to breed with the Eastern Wolf and inhabit the landscape. We also bounty hunted and slaughtered Wolf populations due to our ignorance and fear of these shy canines, opening up more territory for the coyote. If coyotes are a problem, it is due to lack of sufficient habitat and hunting grounds, thus driving them closer to humans who sprawl away from cities. Another reason is an easy food source. Unprotected livestock provide a very easy meal, and most wild canines want to conserve their own energy and take on the easiest hunt. Deer can actually inflict fatal wounds to coyotes; sheep don’t, so logically they become first choice for dinner. Researchers such as Dr. Brent Patterson (Coyote and Wolf specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources), are shedding light on how and why coyotes hunt in order to learn how to tackle the human/ coyote conflict. There are local farmers
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who have had success with fencing that is tall (5 feet) and buried 2-3 feet. This may be expensive; it can be done for only one or two fields that the sheep are herded into when coyotes are in the area. At this time the other pastures are cultivated for the sheep and fed to them while in the safe field. After a frustrating time trying to get dinner and not being successful the coyotes will move on to another food source. They only have so much time before getting hungry enough to find new hunting grounds. With all of these solutions in mind, the very best way to avoid having nuisance wildlife is by prevention. Keep your home protected from the outside, and don’t leave attractants such as garbage and food in your yard. Wildlife may visit, but they won’t stay! Whatever your wildlife issue is, please contact SPWC either by phone 613354-0264 (lines can be very busy at this time of year so be patient), or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for free advise on the most humane solution. If we are not able to help solve your problem we will certainly point you in the direction of an expert who will be able to help. Remember this animal may be a nuisance to you, but you are likely contributing to the scenario. Do what you can to find a safe and affordable resolution for both of you.
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Gold & Silver at NDSS MusicFest Congratulations to the Napanee District Secondary School Jazz Band and Jazz Combo on their recent performances at the MusicFest Canada National Festival in Ottawa. Under the direction of Greg Runions, the Jazz Band was recognized with a Silver award and the Jazz Combo received a Gold award. MusicFest Canada is a week-long event that brings together more than 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians - 300 ensembles.
Napanee Playgroup Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church 25 Bridge St E Napanee, ON Newburgh Playgroup Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Newburgh Community Hall 2 Factory St Newburgh, ON
Let’s Play with Baby Playgroup Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Ontario Early Years Centre 1178 County Rd # 8 Napanee, ON K7R3K7 and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kaladar Community Centre 113047 - Hwy 7 Kaladar, ON
Secondary Summer Session Begins in July Jazz Band: (Back row, from left) Jordan Reid, Mike McIlroy, Taylor Collado, Rob Kaiser, Mercedes Morris, Ben Saunders, (middle row) Keith Barstow, Jessica Murphy, Jimmy Hannah, Hannah Barstow, Lindey Touzel, Kaitlyn Keller, Sara Conway, (front row) Chantelle Tulloch, Kelly Harvey-Mykula, Jake Anderson, Olivia Hughes and Greg Runions.
Summer Session will be offered by the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) at Bayridge Secondary School from Tuesday July 3rd - Friday July 27th. Classes will run daily from 8:20 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. On-site courses will be available for students who wish to upgrade their marks, or for students who wish to “reach ahead” to earn credits for courses they have not previously taken. In addition, co-operative education opportunities and e-Learning courses will also be available to students. Registration materials, including Information about course offerings, are now available in the Student Services Departments at all secondary schools. Students can register for Summer Session until Wednesday June 27th at any LDSB secondary school.
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For students not currently attending an LDSB school, Summer Session materials can be obtained at Limestone Education Centre (LEC), 164 Van Order Drive, in Kingston until June 27th. Students can also register at Bayridge Secondary School, 1059 Taylor Kidd Blvd., on Saturday June 30th (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.), Sunday July 1st (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) and Monday July 2nd (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.). Please note that all Summer Session programs will only run if there is sufficient enrolment. For more information, please contact: Mr. Steve Ward, Summer Session Principal 613-542-9871 ext. 145
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The Finkle Carriageworks By Jane Foster
y 1851, Henry Finkle, grandson of Henry Finkle, U.E., Bath, had located to Newburgh. Henry and his wife Jane Ricaby, built a Greek Revival style house just west of the intersection of Concession and Main Streets, where a cluster of shops and services was developing. Their son, Clarence Hilton Finkle, was born the following year. Eight more children followed before Jane’s death at age 41 in 1863. Henry remarried Martha Shibley. As the prosperity of the surrounding farming community developed, industrial and commercial enterprises established in Newburgh. Newburgh was well situated for the development of industry. Here, the Napanee River branched offering thirteen potential industrial sites in less than a mile. The Finkle Carriageworks, where Henry manufactured carriages and wagons, was situated along the north side of Factory Street. Waterpower was drawn from a dam across the northern branch of the Napanee River. By 1858, the year the village incorporated, Finkle was one of three carriage makers serving the needs of the surrounding rural population. By 1857, he was also operating a line of stagecoaches in partnership with Madden, connecting the villages of
Napanee, Kingston and Tamworth. Since, Newburgh, was inaccessible to lake schooners and steamers, and had also been unsuccessful in its bid for a station on the Grand Trunk Railway, Finkle’s stagecoaches provided vital links to the hinterland and larger centres. Four domestics lived with Henry and Martha Finkle in 1871, including three members of the Lewis family, two of whom were employed as blacksmiths and one as a general labourer, and David Babcock, a stage driver. About 1881, Henry’s son, Hilton, still living at home, joined the firm as a carriage maker. Henry Hunter, an American immigrant, a young man about Hilton’s age, also lived with the family, working a stage driver. By 1885, the Finkle complex included three frame factories and two blacksmith shops. In 1885, Hilton married Helen Spafford. Their brick Italianate house with its projecting bay, built just west of his father’s house, reflected the growing confidence of a young businessman. Hilton and Ellen employed two domestics, Joseph Scott, an English immigrant, who worked at the livery, and Maggie Webb, an Irish immigrant, to
Finkle Carriage. Photo credit: Lennox & Addington Museum and Archives
help with household chores. By the 1901 census, Joseph Scott was still working for the family and another servant girl, Anna Hicks, was employed. The Finkle works escaped the disastrous 1887 fire that destroyed eighty-four buildings along Newburgh’s Main Street. Fred Bell, a Desmond farmer, recalled that C.H. Finkle made buggies, cutters, light and heavy sleighs. Several men were employed and by 1906, Hilton also employed three or four men to make harness. The same year, he was also operating a large livery at the corner of Mill and Grove
Streets. Fred Bell recalled that Finkle kept twenty horses or more at the livery. He ran a stage route to Kingston by way of Camden East, Wilton and Odessa and also a stage route from Napanee to Kingston, often driving three horses abreast. On route, Hilton’s stagecoaches stopped at the Dominion Hotel, Odessa. Hilton continued the trade until 1910 when Finkle started using a motor bus, the first in this area. By 1911, he had retired to Kingston, where on the 1911 census, he is listed as a “gentleman”.
Readings at The Tamworth Bookshop Saturday July 14 @ 2 pm: Poets Susan Gillis and John Donlan Saturday August 4 @ 2 pm: Novelist Harold Hoefle, author of The Mountain Clinic (Oberon) Susan Gillis is a poet, teacher, and member of the poetry collective Yoko’s Dogs. Volta (Signature, 2002) won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her most recent books are The Rapids (forthcoming from Brick) and Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids (Gaspereau, 2012). Whisk, in collaboration with Yoko’s Dogs, will be published by Pedlar Press in 2013. Susan divides her time between Montreal and a rural hamlet near Perth, Ontario. John Donlan is a poet living near Godfrey Ontario. His collections of poetry are Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (House of Anansi, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale Press, 1999), and Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008).
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SUMMER RAINBOWS ARIES March 21 – April 20
Chase a rainbow Just for fun Watch a river flow Sparkling in the sun Chase your dream just little longer, you are almost there. You achieve much when left to your own devices. Follow your heart, listen to your intuition and have faith in your decisions. Go off and make things happen for you and remember that you have the ability to create what you need.
LIBRA September 24 – October 23
All of our rainbows All of our tomorrows Whirl in the vertex Of our life’s vortex Everything is rotating rapidly around you so let the good times flow. With a little effort on your part some days can be made to be almost perfect. Keep an open mind about what a loved one has to say, working as a team will bring success. Go along quietly for the next few weeks then shake things up a bit; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 22
TAURUS April 21 – May 21
GEMINI May 22 – June 22
Garden spirits flutter around White blossoms float down They create a blossom shower Believed to have a magical power Ideas are fluttering around but ask questions even if you think you know the answers, you might receive unexpected benefits. Your creativity will enable you to create a whimsical, magical atmosphere so that you can convey your vision to many listeners. Togetherness and working with a team will bring success.
CANCER June 23 – July 23
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We are binary stars Revolving around each other Me from Venus, you from Mars Yet we love one another Keep conversations moving and don’t get bogged down in details. Someone is opposing your views on a project, take a stand but remain open to new ideas that may cause you to adjust your plans. You are enduring and caring so make some time for yourself and that special someone and zoom in on a goal that you both care about.
LEO July 24 – August 23
I saw you and A light turned on As if it was planned My loneliness is gone Brighter days are ahead. Get out of your routine and go off and make things happen for your benefit. You have been focused on a task and have been 100% involved to the point of neglecting loved ones. Explore some different paths to achieve harmony with family and friends. You have worked hard and accomplished much, it is time to sit back and relax with the people you feel comfortable with.
VIRGO August 24 – September 23
The sound of wind and rain Is very much a wild refrain It heralded the month of June Not exactly June’s signature tune Your talents, potential and style will stand out so strut down the avenue and ignore all the bluster and do not let anyone rain on your parade. You could have moments of unpredictable energy that will help in a creative endeavour. Let certain people know that you will not be manipulated and will walk your chosen path.
The wild roses of June With silken petals and perfume Ramble around the countryside Coveted by many a June bride You are aware that someone covets your ideas and is intent on sniffing out any secrets you are holding back concerning a project. Let them ramble around but be aware of what you have to offer and zero in on what you want. Keep reaching out to someone who interests you, there might be an unexpected benefit.
Rainbow coloured clouds Float on a sunset Four seagulls brash and loud Become a sun-hued quartet Your intuition is screaming for you to look beyond the shining cloud of tranquility that hovers around you. Remember, all that glitters is not gold so look beyond the sunny comments and you will find that someone is pushing to get something from you. Do not blow the situation out of proportion, just deal with it.
SAGITTARIUS November 23 – December 21
Dusk descends And blends With the night sky Fireflies appear by and by Bright spots are popping up in all your endeavours. You can blend business with pleasure for the next few weeks and explore different paths to reach your goals. There is light at the end of the tunnel for you regarding finances. You will experience some unplanned changes and some very nice surprises in the next month.
CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20
Daffadowndilly Your name sounds silly Other flowers on the hill Know you’re a daffodil You have created a superior façade but now is the time to let your real personality shine through. It is time to believe in yourself, do not let the past influence your future. What matters is what is important to you, and you are capable of showing yourself to you peers in a good light.
AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19
Let our thoughts take wing Like an exaltation of doves Spreading our wings and ascending Above and beyond ourselves You can soar above the crowd and see beyond what others in your circle see. Trust your instincts; be imaginative in the way you present anything you have to offer. Don’t be sidetracked, you need a clear view of what others expect from you.
PISCES February 20 – March 20
Strawberries and blueberries Raspberries and cherries Pickers fill baskets For homes and markets A cornucopia of joy is on your doorstep. This is the time for you to harvest good things from past endeavours. Choose your opportunities wisely and don’t make hasty decisions. Unexpected changes are coming your way; let them come in their own time, live for now.
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