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The OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 SCOOP www.thescoop.ca celebrates rural life JohnHall Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum
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Here’sTheScoop

By Angela Saxe

Napanee, by Barry Lovegrove. Here’sTheScoop By Angela Saxe R ecently I had a discussion with some

R ecently I had a discussion with

some friends about the sense of

belonging. Do we have a strong

sense of belonging and if so, how, where and with whom? It certainly generated

a lot of different ideas on how we see

ourselves in relationship to others and to

the communities we live in.

Most people would say that they belong

to a family. A group of friends they’ve known since school. The sport team that meets every week or the volunteer organization they support. They feel

a strong sense of belonging in their

workplace or to the church they attend. The ties may be very intense or loosely associated, but most people would say that they have a sense of belonging somewhere or to someone.

Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, an American author and research professor at the University of Houston believes that we

are “biologically, cognitively, physically

and spiritually wired to love, to be loved and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to.” Brown’s contention is that

if we either choose not to belong, or we

are prevented from doing so then the

ensuing isolation can be destructive not just to ourselves but to the community around us.

A civil, democratic society has a

responsibility to its citizens to ensure

that we all have the opportunity to belong

to a group of like-minded people if we so

choose. We should be able to accept each other’s choices and not feel threatened just because they are different from our own. I believe that this is the essential value of a pluralistic, multicultural

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in the area! Contact Angela Saxe: angela.saxe@gmail.com society. The Quebec government’s proposed Charter of

society. The Quebec government’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values disagrees. They assert that in a secular society when individuals who belong to a particular group are identifiable by wearing specific symbols of their faith, they in fact threaten everyone else.

If we are confident in who we are and

what our values are, we cannot feel threatened by anyone who belongs to

a different community or who has a

different point of view. Our sense of safety and independence cannot come

at the expense of anyone else’s sense of

belonging.

Several years ago, when my mother was hospitalized in Montreal, she was seen by a variety of health care providers. One doctor wore a hijab; one wore a sari. A male nurse was a Sikh and wore a turban. There was a physiotherapist who wore a skull cap. And the night nurse was a Jamaican woman who wore a cross around her neck. I was impressed by the diversity of people from around the world who were all working together to care for their patients. At no time did my mother (who was a very devout Christian) ever feel threatened by the religious, ethnic or cultural symbols of the people around her. Yet these people if the charter is ever passed into law will now have to make a choice between their sense of belonging to a particular religious or ethnic group and their livelihood.

One of the things that I love about the community I live in is that when we arrived over thirty years ago, we were different; we were newcomers from the city and we didn’t belong to this small village nestled in an agrarian landscape amongst people who could trace their ancestors back to the original settlers. Yet, we settled in and started making connections and building relationships with our neighbours, with other families, with shop keepers and as the years went by, we started to feel as if we belong here. It’s important to remember that a community that not only welcomes but facilitates the sense of belonging helps to build a vital, energetic and healthy society.

A Walk on the Wild Side J ohn Hudson spotted the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale)

A Walk on the Wild Side

J ohn Hudson spotted the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) while it sunned itself on a piece of metal roofing which was lying on the ground. The salamanders are nocturnal foragers so it was a treat to see it

lying there in the sun. They usually like to spend daylight hours under logs and leaf litter and at night they hunt for worms and other invertebrate on the forest floor. During the cold spell in late August it left the nearby woods and inched its way into the sunshine where I was able to take its picture.

way into the sunshine where I was able to take its picture. Blue-spotted salamander photographed at

Blue-spotted salamander photographed at Angela Saxe’s home north of Tamworth.

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Dulle Griet, aka “Mad Meg”, painted by Pieter Brueghal in 1562. pollution are not restricted

Dulle Griet, aka “Mad Meg”, painted by Pieter Brueghal in 1562.

pollution are not restricted to municipal boundaries. For example, leachate, the toxic fluid that comes from the bottom of the closed Richmond landfill is processed through the Greater Napanee Utilities. The Concerned Citizens discovered a biosolid originating from this facility is being delivered as fertilizer to distant farms in Stone Mills and Tyendinaga townships.

On August 15, 2013 the Napanee Beaver wrote a feature article called Waste Soil project Deferred - about the postponement of Napanee’s Councillors’ zoning vote for a soil and wastewater recycling facility to be located on Goodyear Road. No operating approval has YET been granted by the Ministry

of Environment. City Councillor Shaune

Lucas said, “Every specific question (for the project) didn’t see a specific answer.” And Deputy Mayor Roger Cole said that votes for zoning approval for the soil and wastewater remediation facility are to be deferred until September 10--a short postponement period for citizens with questions.

time and effort for benefits to pay knowledgeable lawyers to defend their concerns in Courts of Law and to organize carpools to attend local council meetings to voice questions. From such cooperation it is possible that new solutions and ideas can be presented; new employment can be suggested and better ways of engineering can be discussed. Call this “runaway idealism and community action.”

Brueghel depicted the urgency of Flanders’ situation nearly 500 years ago but it took several centuries for his paintings to become studied and respected. Today’s energy situation in Canada is also urgent--in a different “petrol-state” way. A warning went out from Lac-Megantic and citizens throughout Canada are starting to ask hard questions of energy companies, their processes and equipment and transport. Mad Meg has not been spotted yet but her resolute spirit is starting to be felt. As William Carlos Williams wrote, “Brueghel saw it all.”

ADDENDUM: The famous playwright and theatrical director Bertolcht Brecht built the lead character for Mother Courage from Mad Meg and used Dulle Griet as inspiration for the sets of that play which he wrote in 1939. In the 1960’s the American poet, William Carlos Williams, wrote a volume of poetry: Pictures From Brueghel and Other Poems. Canadian poet Al Purdy has paid tribute to Brueghel and other painters in some poems from The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, 1960’s.

Just like the “Energy East “Transcanada

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which monstrous fish await with open mouths to dine on soldiers’ flesh. A 17th century art historian, Carel van Munder described viewing this scene as “looking at the mouth of Hell” and understanding “the tragicomic spirit of survival”. Later art historians and viewers interpreted the painting to be a bitter and satirical “denunciation of greed and other sins.” In the red sky of the background, fires and explosions proliferate and silhouettes of tiny devils dance atop platforms. Distorted bats and birds fly through this atmospheric smoke and Mad Meg, with a grimace on her face, travels through this wasteland as fast as she can.

It is not hard to take Brueghel’s Dulle Griet and compare it to the photographic scenes Canadians saw on July 7, 2013, one day after a runaway train carrying oil tankers full of volatile crude oil shipped from North Dakota to Quebec overturned and exploded in the small rural town of Lac-Megantic. Flames illuminated the sky for days; the centre of the small town was totally destroyed and 47 persons were killed in the night. 48,000 fluid barrels of unrefined crude oil burned for days, releasing dangerous toxic gases and pouring carcinogens into the town’s water sources. It was one of Canada’s worst oil disasters in a summer that also saw an oil spill in Alberta from the June floods. Enbridge’s 2012 reverse- flow proposal for “Line B” carrying Dilbit Crude from Hamilton to Montreal brought Enbridge crews to farm fields near Kingston where they started to dig checking the condition of old existing pipelines.

Northern Gateway pipeline advocates (Alberta to Kitimat, BC) continued to pressure British Columbia to approve flow westward and international energy companies offered bounty to Newfoundland for prospective fracking very near the borders of Gros Mor National Park. Finally, there’s the mid- July TransCanada proposal: the “Energy East” pipeline project to carry Alberta Crude through existing aged pipeline across the Prairies to the Maritime provincesforloading/shippingforexport. Is it any wonder that BP called its Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 “Deepwater Horizon”? The Louisiana Gulf exploitation and mammoth spill now spreads tentacles to Canada’s Arctic (a continental horizon!) and accidents could occur in the future.

Locally we have Jeff Whan of Croydon writing in August/September 2013 SCOOP, “So the Battle Rages On”. He and Carolyn Butts of Tamworth, have been resident “Mad Megs” writing for papers and posting information about specific nearby land, water and

air pollution problems. They are part

T he great Flemish painter, Pieter

Brueghel, lived a short life

(1525-1569) as most people did

in Flanders as the Medieval period in the Western world came to an end. Kings and Queens, Lords and Dukes all possessed armies that fought one another, massacring peasants and ransacking villages, conquering more land and filling the treasury of the royal empires. A widespread gloom hung over the population and each peasant family, children and adults, toiled hard raising animals, foraging for fuel, and growing food crops. Living conditions were harsh and unsanitary, causing sporadic plagues. Bishops and priests of the Spanish Inquisition Tribunal arrived in Flanders and arrested and tried many people accusing them of being heretics – those who opposed church dogma. The

guilty were tortured and imprisoned for heresy.

The most famous Flemish artist of the Middle Ages was Hieronymous Bosch. His satirical paintings were unique and bizarre pictures of Heaven and Hell, each populated by fantastic and monstrous creatures. His paintings had implicit moral messages which gave support and hope to the peasants who saw the works. Bosch’s art was an inspiration to Brueghel and both artists’ paintings have survived until today, issuing a warning about wages and excesses of greed and power, religious fervor, vice and violence.

In 1562, Brueghel painted a large work (48”x62”, oil on wood panel, exhibited at Museum Mayer van den Burgh in Antwerp, Belgium) which he titled Dulle Griet. Later art historians would call it “Mad Meg.” Across a dark and fiery landscape, an over scaled figure of an angry peasant woman (Mad Meg), her nose sharp as the beaks of Brueghel’s distorted birds, bounds across the center of the picture. She wears an iron helmet and armor breastplate and wields a spear in one arm and carries a bag of silver and metal objects she has looted in her other arm. Behind her figure a group of pillaging troops is being beaten by a group of vengeful village women and in the right corner of the picture an entering troop regiment faces a moat in

of the picture an entering troop regiment faces a moat in Detail of “Mad Meg”. of

Detail of “Mad Meg”.

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TheCanadianPianoMuseum

By Barb Wilson

T ons of pianos - to be exact, thirty pianos and twenty-one organs fill the Edwardian home of piano

technician John Hall and his wife Margaret.

John Hall, a well known Kingston and area piano tuner is a man with a passion and that passion is piano history. And that passion has driven him to collect specimens and aptly start the Canadian Piano Museum in a house built by John Stevenson, a 19th century Kingston piano manufacturer and politician. From the minute we arrive, it is clear that John Hall is keen to tell us his stories about the manufacturing of pianos in Eastern Ontario and how he came to be the curator of this unusual collection of antique pianos and organs here in Napanee.

This stately three-storey home at 138 Robinson Street, architecturally Italianate by description, has several large rooms crammed with every kind of piano you could imagine. In fact, John quipped, “I like to say that we live in a piano museum while my wife Margaret says that there is a piano museum in our house.” And indeed, the family lives in the former servants’ quarters –seemingly servants to the pianos at times. Why this location? The connection with piano builder John Stevenson, a familiarity with the area and finally the solidity of the beams and joists of the house made it very suitable to house the myriad of pianos that John has collected over the years. He admits to having difficulty turning down donations even though he may never use them. Those live in a storage facility for retired pianos.

Old pianos are hard to sell. “Twenty years ago the market was quite different than it is today.” People want the more convenient electronic keyboards that don’t need tuning or too much maintenance and are easy to move!” But, he points out that most people recognize the superior acoustics of a real piano even though it may be impractical in their homes. One should ideally have both for different applications. John and his whole family recognize how difficult it is to move a 300-500 lb piano, up and down stairs and into tight spots.

John systematically takes us from room to room giving the history of each piano, and demonstrating their different sounds with his competent playing. In the first

room we are introduced to the square

piano which is actually rectangular and

a precursor to the upright which came

along later as a space saver. The spinet followed.

John points out pictures and memorabilia on the walls and gives us a fascinating mini lecture on the history of piano building in Kingston, which seems to have been a hub of piano manufacturing in the mid 1800s. The old Commercial Mart or S&R building as most of us know it, housed several different builders over a period of about 75 years with names such as Weber, Fox, Wormwith, McMillan and yes, Stevenson. Award winning pianos were produced and many top woodworkers as well as technicians were employed for most of the last half of the century, some of them coming from the renowned Heintzman factory and even from Steinway in the United States. But the piano in the Star Trek corner of the room that seems to tickle John is a Vulcan piano. John has tuned

it with a scale that sounds “alien” when

he demonstrates it, playing his own

otherworldly composition. And there is

a signed picture of Leonard Nimoy with

John and the Vulcan piano displayed prominently among other Star Trek memorabilia, to the delight of Star Trek fans.

We move to the main parlour, which seems to contain the bulk of the collection and possibly the most beautiful of pianos- --grand pianos, square pianos and the first generation of upright pianos. It is clear that John loves all these pianos and has spent many hours not only tuning but painstakingly restoring some of the more luxurious of them. He is moved when he tells us how some pianos cannot be restored or tuned because they have cracked plates, which often happens in moving or as the result of climate. One intricately carved exquisite piano is sadly beyond repair with a cracked sound board.

We hear tinkling in the next room and are introduced to musician Emi Nakazawa, John’s apprentice tuner, who has been with him for two years. After reading an article about a piano technician with 40 years experience, she and her husband decided to pay him a visit. “I was very impressed with John’s knowledge of pianos,” she enthuses. She decided to become a piano technician under his tutelage.

She decided to become a piano technician under his tutelage. Emi Nakazawa, John’s apprentice tuner at

Emi Nakazawa, John’s apprentice tuner at work. Credit: A. Saxe.

John’s apprentice tuner at work. Credit: A. Saxe. John Hall, Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum.

John Hall, Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum.

Learning to tune is not as easy as it

might seem. It is an art, like playing an instrument; you are always improving with experience. John cautions, “If you stop, you lose your skill, and have to work your way back.” So, those of you who think you might be able to learn

to tune your own pianos—you can’t, at

least not easily. Besides, the many tools are very expensive.

John’s teacher and mentor is Ted Sambell who at 91 is still tuning and improving even though he was a preferred tuner for Glenn Gould many years ago. John thinks he will never be as good a tuner

as his mentor but feels that his forte is

rebuilding pianos and now feels that he

could design and build one of his one ( he studied engineering in University). But Piano History is perhaps his main interest now. In fact, he has published

a tract for the Kingston Historical

Society entitled, One Hundred Years

of Piano Making in Kingston. “Did you

know that Princess Margaret played the piano?” asks John as he points to an old photograph showing her sitting at the same type of piano as the one standing in front of us.

We continue from room to room viewing

all sorts of keyboards: a player piano for

which John has hundreds of rolls, and organs, melodeons, harmonicas which interestingly use metal ‘reeds” similar to those in some organs. There is even an early attempt at a portable piano built in the 1940s modularly for easy shipping. However, the plastic components were impossible to replace so the idea died - although John thinks they were onto something. The bodies of many of the pianos are exquisite pieces of furniture often intricately carved and using such exotic woods as burled walnut. Some are in a less than pristine state. But contrary to what many think, a painted piano does not sacrifice the sound quality as the wood and plate are the resonators so you can fit that old upright into your décor after all. Every piano is unique both in sound and appearance.

“I am naming each room after a Canadian composer or pianist,” John claims as we head into the Healy Willan Room (he was a prolific and renowned Toronto composer and organist) which contains an organ that John particularly enjoys playing for its wide range of tone and dynamics. After stopping briefly to examine John’s

father’s old harmonica collection, we move on and John continues to educate us about the different types of organs:

reed organs like the Melodeon were used in churches in the early 19th century because they were light and provided all that was needed to accompany a small church choir and congregation. The more complex pipe organs are still being made in Canada. In fact, in 1949, Northern electric was licensed to make Hammond organs in Belleville. Pianos, however, have not been made here since the 1980s.

John leads us through the kitchen (which Margaret insisted be a piano-free zone) to a pleasant back deck to answer our questions. What advice he would give to people about care of their pianos?

“Because of our extremes of humidity here, ideally a piano should be tuned twice a year but you can go a year or two without harm. Most people get it done once a year but if the piano has not been tuned for a few years, it may require a second tuning a few months after. The best time to tune is the beginning of the dry season or the beginning of the humid season. After the heat has been on for a short while is a good time.” Humidity is an issue as are extremes of temperature so he recommends heat pumps over air conditioners. Because heat sources dry out the air, some humidification in winter is good practice.

As well as being a church organist, John is still tuning pianos in the area and he charges just over $100 for a basic tune on a local piano. Grands, special pianos, and travel time will raise the price. But a well tuned piano is a joy to play so it’s definitely worth it.

John could conceivably talk about pianos for much longer than we had time for. He is a dedicated servant and seems to have an emotional as well as intellectual connection with his “charges”. Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment to come to The Canadian Piano Museum and enjoy the fruits of his hard work and passion. Much as he loves his collection, sometimes when he and his wife are moving a heavy piano he thinks “Why not flutes?”

You can reach John Hall at the Canadian Piano Museum at 138 Robinson St. in Napanee. johnhall@canadianpianos.ca. b. (613) 354 7117 / h. (613) 354 5066

“ShouldI bother?”

WhenYouShouldn’t Just Let NatureTakeIts Course

By Leah Birmingham

M any of the calls we receive at SPWC are not the first call that was made by the person who is

desperately seeking help for an injured wild animal. Often they have tried local humane societies, veterinary clinics, animal control agencies and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Those calls generally get them directed to us, but along the way these caring individuals have often been told to leave it alone and “let nature take its course.” There is nothing natural about a vehicle travelling 80km, or a wire snare set for a coyote, or a big window that birds often fly into. This advice leads to the same discussion at SPWC of whether or not “nature” caused the initial injury to occur. Either way, our philosophy differs from those the caller may have received before talking to SPWC. We feel compelled to help these

suffering creatures regardless of why or how they were injured. Just simply the fact that the animal is struggling with pain, likely somewhat immobilized, and not capable of surviving without some help in the form of medical treatment, nutrition and shelter, is reason enough for intervention and assistance. When the rescuer of the animal hears our views, they are generally very relieved as some of those earlier phone calls may have resulted in ridicule for their desire to help.

Once the phone call comes in, the rescue process is rolling. Firstly, the wounded animal needs to be contained. For some people this means overcoming many of their own fears, mostly of the unknown reaction from the animal, but also from fear of causing further injury or suffering. Unfortunately, the latter is a necessary evil that may happen, but regardless, the animal needs help from humans, and along with human help comes a level of danger. Containing injured wildlife can either be surprisingly easy (since injured animals often lack the energy to put up much of a fight), or if the animal still has certain faculties (like the ability to fly or swim away), capture can be impossible until the animal has succumbed further to its injuries. We help talk people through capture, giving them tips and insights as to the best methods to use, based on our extensive experience with a multitude of species.

Since SPWC covers such a large area and we don’t have the resources to have a rescue team employed, if someone is going to help that suffering animal, it likely has to be the finder and/or their friends and family. Once contained (ideally in a cardboard box), the next step is transport to SPWC. The best-case scenario for the animal is if the finder can bring it directly into SPWC, this is the fastest course of action. If the finder cannot transport the animal, we begin the process of calling volunteers from our Volunteer Driver’s List. This can take a while because our volunteer drivers list is far too short, with never enough available people from any specific area. In many scenarios, the injured wild animal is coming from afar and a series of volunteers have to be arranged in order to get the patient to SPWC without overtaxing any one volunteer in particular.

When the patient arrives at SPWC they are assessed with a full physical exam, after their assessment skilled staff determines which would be the best course of treatment. This generally involves pain medication, antibiotics, and sterile fluids administered under the skin to help compensate for dehydration. The animal is then placed in a safe, secure, cage with heat if needed. Often the stress of capture, transport and physical exam has left the patient weak. Sometimes we cannot even perform a full physical as the stress level can overwhelm and lead to death due to their poor physical condition. Especially with birds and certain mammals such as White Tailed Deer which experience high stress to begin with. If their assessment reveals injuries, which will prevent full recovery, and eventual release back into the wild, the patient is humanely euthanized.

Euthanasia and death are not subjects most people are comfortable discussing, as a vet tech I have experienced a lot of euthanasia; from having to make the decision for my own loved pet to assisting veterinarians during euthanasia in an animal hospital; grieving with the family as they say goodbye to a dear friend; to making the decision for a suffering wild animal. Whatever the scenario by the end of the day, you are often drained of energy, but feel a sense of strength

are often drained of energy, but feel a sense of strength Map Turtle that came in

Map Turtle that came in after it was hit by a car. Courtesy SPWC.

that came in after it was hit by a car. Courtesy SPWC. This Red Tailed Hawk

This Red Tailed Hawk had to be euthanized when her leg wound did not heal, and in fact got worse over time. Courtesy SPWC.

result. That reaction often intensifies

if the rescuer caused the trauma. Some

people resort to insults and name-calling while they deal with their own personal emotions, people bond quickly to the animals they rescue and upon the loss, they go through the stages of grief. One scenario that demonstrates this situation was a Red Tailed Hawk from

last fall, she came in after a family had

a wildlife “management” company set a

snare for a coyote that is visiting their property (not attacking or threatening, just visiting). When they were checking the snare the next day they found a Red Tailed Hawk entangled in it instead of the intended coyote victim. We tried hard to help this hawk regain use of her leg. She had nerve damage, tendon and ligament damage, circulation damage, and after several weeks, her leg continued to lose function and maintaining circulation was very difficult while keeping the leg immobilized to help the tendons and joints heal. Her talons were becoming necrotic, and dying off. She would not regain the use of her leg, which is critical for a Raptor who has to seize their prey and fly away to a safe location to eat. It also prevents the bird from using one leg to grasp the food while eating and the other to balance and remain standing. To release this bird would be unethical as she would simply starve to death later, and likely suffer from long-term pain. It was suggested that amputating the leg and keeping the bird in captivity would have been a better option. Not for this bird, she was wild, and resented all interactions with humans. She would

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for being the person that helps animals find peace from pain, and release from their injured body. It is always a somber event, riddled with emotions.

All too often, it is a sad reality for injured wildlife that must be in peak condition to survive the harsh world they face daily. For predators, they must be agile enough to chase and capture their prey, and for prey species they need to be able to respond quickly to evade predation. Broken wings and limbs, brain trauma, sight impairment can all be injuries that prevent full recovery. With these types of injuries, it can be difficult to fully determine the extent of them on arrival so they are kept pain free and comfortable, while their recovery is closely monitored. We always err on the side of caution and give the animal the

benefit of as much time as their stress level will allow. We root for them and hope that they can make a full recovery, sometimes this

process can take weeks or months to determine. If in the end the patient has to be put down, we may be hugely disappointed, but we do not spend a lot of time mourning, there are many other patients requiring our assistance.

Another consideration for whether or not a patient should be put through time in captivity rehabilitating from their injuries, is the season. At this time of year, both migration and hibernation become a factor. Will this little songbird have time to recover from a broken wing and then fly across the Great Lakes and the U.S. towards his winter location? Will this turtle be healed enough to hibernate for the winter? Will this chipmunk have enough time to build a cache large enough to sustain it through the winter? Will it have a den built in time? Will this mangy (caused by a skin parasite) fox grow enough fur to keep warm in the harsh climate it lives in after the three- week treatment? Do we have the caging and diet needed to properly care for this animal throughout the winter? So many factors come into play when choosing the fate of a wild patient.

When the rescuers call back to find out how the patient is doing, they often do not respond well if the end result was death. They can be especially upset if they receive the news that the patient has been euthanized. Arguing with our decisions and listing all of the reasons why they disagree, or feel that a life in a sanctuary would have been a better end

DuckDecoys

By Michael Saxe

T he onset of fall and the cooler weather brings many familiar events back to Eastern Ontario.

Kids head off to school on cool fall mornings, pumpkins are carved and migratory birds fly overhead, en route to their winter destinations. With the movement of the birds comes another tradition – the duck hunt, an experience with a set of traditions all its own, some modern, some dating back thousands of years.

the Cree along the shores of James Bay. With the arrival of European immigrants a new chapter in the tradition was written as the settlers learned and borrowed from native hunting practices. In Europe the tradition was to use live birds as decoys but the early settlers were quick to realize the advantages of an artificial bird. The Europeans, with their own traditions of woodworking and craftsmanship, began to produce beautifully carved and crafted wooden decoys – the precursors to the decoys we are familiar with today.

– the precursors to the decoys we are familiar with today. A splendid merganser decoy by

A splendid merganser decoy by Bill Hart of Belleville, early 1900s. Credit: Jim Stewart, from “The County Decoys: The Fine Old Decoys of Prince Edward County, Ontario”.

The use of decoys for duck hunting in North America is a practice that dates back more than two thousand years. North American natives initially used arrangements of stones, sticks and mud to entice prey. This method, while effective, was temporary and eventually led to more permanent creations made of woven grass. Both of these techniques, developed centuries ago, are still used by

With this new tradition in decoy craftsmanship came with it a tremendous diversification in decoys. While there were factories mass-producing decoys as early as the 1880s, the geography of the area, the type of birds found there, as well as the cultural heritage of the carver and the region resulted in more specialized, localized varieties of decoys.

These beautiful pieces were carved by local hunters, guides or boat builders – many of whom became quite well-known for their work.

Bill Chrysler of Belleville, D.W. Nichol of Smith’s Falls and Reg Bloom of Kingston were just a few of the decoy carvers whose work has come to be viewed as excellent representations of decoys from our region. All decoys were originally produced with the intent of being used as effective bird lures. While they were utilitarian in function, the pride in craftsmanship is often evident and because of this, many pieces have come to be regarded as folk art by collectors, fetching hundreds,

if not thousands of dollars at

auction.

According to Steven Lloyd, in an interview for Collectorsweekly. com, bird hunting has evolved

a great deal, even in the last

century. Prior to 1918 and the institution of the North American Wildlife Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, there were little to no limits on the hunting of migratory birds in North America. Hunters could hunt whatever and whenever they wished – which means that there are more than just duck decoys out there, although

there are more than just duck decoys out there, although County hunters dressed up for a

County hunters dressed up for a photograph of their large bag of waterfowl, late 1800s. Credit: Dick Bird, from “The County Decoys:

The Fine Old Decoys of Prince Edward County, Ontario”.

decoys for herons, owls and swans are much more rare. The amount of waterfowl used to be so plentiful that once lured, the birds could simply be netted or grabbed. As time has marched on, both hunting practices and decoys have changed. Dwindling bird populations and modern hunting weapons have altered the way in which birds are hunted and decoys, no longer hand carved, are factory produced hundreds or thousands of miles away from the hunting grounds. Hand-carved bird decoys are no longer tools, designed to float in rivers and lakes to attract prey, but are viewed as collector’s items, often destined for the shelf or the auction block.

But the world changes. It is perhaps

unrealistic to expect things to stay exactly the same forever. And while the hand-crafted decoy is a thing of the past, we still hang on to its history and, more importantly, to the duck hunt itself. For it isn’t simply the material things that

create tradition, it is the people and what they do as a community that maintain traditions in a changing world. In the coming weeks the hunters will once again set off in the early morning hours and we will hear the sounds of the hunt echoing across the shores of our rivers, lakes and wetlands of our communities.

Historical information from Ontario Decoys II by Bernie Gates.

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By Cam Mather

I heard a great story recently about summer in Tamworth 50 or 60 years ago. Local youth would head

to the 4 corners in Tamworth during their summer holidays to find some work. Farmers would arrive and take a crew back to their farms for things like bringing in hay bales. This was back in the days when square bales were loaded into the lofts of barns and strong backs were a prerequisite. For the farmers it was first come, first served and there was never enough labour.

Fast forward to today when diesel fuel has replaced those strong backs and round bales wrapped in petroleum (in the form of plastic) are moved with the incredible energy of stored ancient sunlight. And the youth today in rural areas are hard-pressed to find local work. The solution for many families is to get a second or third car so their teens can drive to fast food outlets in the city for minimum wage part-time jobs. Again, all made possible through the miracle of cheap fossil fuels.

So what if we ran out of this marvelous oil? What if we’d extracted the easy oil and all that was left was deeper and harder to extract, using increasing amounts of energy to extract decreasing amounts of potential energy? The fact that oil was about $20 a barrel decades ago and it’s $110 a barrel today, there are signs that maybe we are entering that time when we are past the peak of the easy oil and into a period of decline.

The irony for so many of us living in rural areas is that we’re surrounded by people growing food, but few of us actually eat anything that was grown nearby. Our diet comes from thousands of kilometers away. Our local farmers are trying to maximize their return by selling into a market, which may see their harvest end up in another country. So we have become dependent on other countries for much of our food. Peach growers in the Niagara region couldn’t compete with Chinese and Greek canned peaches so the government paid them to plow under their orchards. Now you can’t find Canadian canned peaches. Meanwhile China’s use of pesticides is so heavy that many bee populations have been eliminated, meaning that peach blossoms have to be pollinated by hand. By people rather than bees. Does that sound like a logical way for people in Stone Mills to get their canned peaches?

Tire credit card and they don’t plant 500 acres worth of corn seeds from a seed packet. Farmers need capital, and the economic crisis of 2008 showed how quickly capital markets can freeze up. No capital, no new tractors and no big seed orders on credit.

During the food crisis of 2008 when $148/barrel oil and brutal droughts drove up food prices, many countries that previously exported food staples like wheat and rice stopped doing so. They wanted to feed their own populations first. Even though we’re surrounded by food in the fields, our food supply is not really that secure.

So it seems we have to do two things. We have to make ourselves more resilient in terms of our food supply. We have to source more of it from our own communities. And I’m not just talking about an annual foray to the you-pick strawberry patch and the bit of corn you might buy from a local farmer. We need to actually start sourcing a decent number of the calories we consume from our neighbors. And some of those farms need to be of smaller scale, less dependent on massive infusions of capital for seed and equipment, and less reliant on fossil fuels. Right now in Stone Mills there are small backyard gardens and large-scale farms but not much in between these two extremes. Having smaller farms that grow a range of food on a human scale will build up our resilience. They make us less dependent on foreign food, fossil fuels and the credit markets.

Secondly we need to find a way to provide our youths with local jobs where they learn some practical skills like growing food. The challenge is that most local farms are entirely automated and don’t need the human power. There is some you-pick and smaller operations but they only need help for a couple of weeks here and there. We need to find a way to aggregate this local requirement for labour to provide a summer worth’s of work for students.

And that is the goal of the Stone Mills Local Food Project. Increase our food resilience and create opportunity for youth employment that doesn’t require

a drive to a distant fast food restaurant. We need to do this soon. We have a window now during the transition to

a low carbon future where we have the

Our local farmers do an exceptional job producing crops, but they are heavily

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Go West at the Old Oak

By Alyce Gorter

B orn and raised in the backwoods by poor, non-farming parents, “getting a deer” meant meat on the

winter table. Hunting was not a sport. It was a fact of life.

But, as we contemplated the approaching deer hunting season we wondered whether we would be able to hunt that year. There were considerations: Our ‘gang’ would consist of a father with very painful feet, a daughter who had never shot anything, a son who didn’t own a gun, a son-in-law who could get lost in the back yard and a miniature poodle for a tracking dog. Due to schedules, our hunting time would be restricted to only three days -- opening day and two Saturdays. Inclement weather could prevent us from actually hunting any of those days. We would have the expense of four licenses; and finally, we questioned the chances of such a group actually getting a deer. After taking all of this into consideration, we unanimously decided to go for it.

Now, since Dad had rented out almost every acre he owned, we had precious little property on which to hunt. Therefore, it was extremely important that we follow Dad’s instructions and stay within the boundaries of his land and we had to figure out a way to

effectively cover that territory. To ask for a map or to surreptitiously scribble down

a few key points on our sleeve would

be sue to incur a look of utter disbelief from Dad. He couldn’t imagine that one

of his children could be so simple that s/

he couldn’t remember to follow his easy directions.

Well as could be expected, there were

a few problems with his plan: Dad’s

directions usually included an oak tree

as a reference point. Well, he was dealing

with a group that could barely tell the difference between a coniferous and a deciduous tree. Only Dad had a good understanding of where to locate north, south, east or west when in the bush;

and the property we had to cover was

about 95% water. Not a big body of open, peaceful lake, mind you, but a deceitful, smirking, unending length

of marsh, swamp, and beaver ponds that

snaked across the terrain always luring us farther from familiar parts as we

attempted to find a crossing.

Not unexpectedly, about five minutes into the third run, hubby and the dog disappeared. Now, I knew the dog could

find its way home but Dad instructed me

And this is where

the story changes depending on who is

telling it. I’m sure Dad told us to head for the south side of the big pond. Dad says he plainly told me to head for the north side of the big pond. Believe who you will.

I rounded up hubby and we struck off

trudging up and down, over and around every sort of wilderness object until we got to what had to be the right location! We started the run. “Keep in touch,” I

admonished hubby, “whistle and call from time to time so I’ll know how fast you’re going and where you are.” Sure enough, five minutes later hubby and the dog had soundlessly disappeared again.

to go find hubby and

At this point losing hubby was the least of my worries. What bothered me more was that my boots were about half a size too small for me. I’d been on my feet for 3.5 hours carrying a heavy shotgun and my toes felt like someone was pushing slivers into them with a hammer. Walking was almost impossible. And that’s when I heard the gunshot. I started to run.

Well to shorten up the story, after my husband and I cleaned the deer, it was up to me to find Dad and my brother. “Hubby has a sore ankle,” said I, (totally true) “and was wondering if you could pick him up with the four-wheeler.”

“ Why?” asked Dad. “He’s way over on the South side of the pond. We’ll have to find another way to get him out of there.”

“I don’t think he’s that far.” I argued, “He

couldn’t have wrestled an 8-point buck across the pond.” Dad looked up at me his eyes wide as saucers, “He got one?!” he exclaimed. He was no more surprised than the rest of us.

As it turned out, hubby was exactly where Dad said he was which, apparently, wasn’t where he should have been. But if he had been where he should have been we wouldn’t have gotten a deer.

It was a good hunt and we’ve got some great memories.

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Steven, a Fullbright Scholar, has performed and studied throughout the US and Europe, and has accomplished numerous firsts.

DAVE WICKERHAM in concert: Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Dave is one of our most popular visiting artists, and is coming for his sixteenth successive return engagement. Need we say more?

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StuffingtheTurkey

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of fun organ music! StuffingtheTurkey By Beverly Frazer I f you ask anybody, they will say

I f you ask anybody, they will say Thanksgiving brings out their Mother’s best cooking. We wait all

year and start drooling the second the leaves start to turn. You‘ll hear people say: My Mom makes the best ‘garlic and chive mash potatoes’ and another will say: My mom’s gravy is to die for, and for others it comes down to the turkey itself. But what is turkey unless it is stuffed full of goodness.

There’s been a long standing argument at our house as to whose mother makes the best turkey stuffing. But having tried Mrs. Cowper’s stuffing this past year the trophy hands down goes to her. Sorry Mom. Her recipe will keep everyone coming back for seconds. It is in such high demand at Thanksgiving that she always makes a separate casserole dish or two as back up. Crisping the top, she brings it out just as one of us watches the last spoonful settle onto someone else’s plate. Here is a stuffing worth loosening your belt for. Top it with gravy and you are on your way to heaven.

Mrs. Cowper’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

4 tablespoons butter or non-dairy margarine to keep it dairy-free

1 medium onion, chopped

3 celery stalks, cut crosswise in ¼” slices

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground sage

1 teaspoon savory

1 teaspoon thyme

10 cups dried unseasoned bread cubes

1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 egg

¼

cup fresh fine chopped parsley

6 breakfast sausage (remove casing

and fry until fully cooked) Chop into

¼ inch pieces (optional)

InstructIons

1. Turn oven to 350 degrees, (cook time 40 minutes in uncovered casserole dish)

2. Incorporate all the dry spices and bread cubes together

3. In a large buttered fry pan sauté onions parsley and celery for five minutes on medium heat

4. Add the cooked sausage meat to the wet vegetable mix

5. Delicately fold the sausage meat and onion mixture into the spiced bread cubes. Be careful not to crush the bread cubes

6. Slowly pour in the cooled chicken broth and fold into the mixture carefully again

7. In a small bowl whisk an egg and add it to the mixture until fully incorporated

8. Stuff your bird and fill a casserole dish. Cooking time for ‘in bird stuffing’ will depend on the size of your bird. For a casserole dish 40 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees or until crisp on top. Remove from oven and serve.

This a great recipe that works well with Capons Turkey and Chicken

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Recycling, Reusing or Ridiculous? By Sally Bowen New compost pile framework using off-cuts. Courtesy Sally Bowen.

New compost pile framework using off-cuts. Courtesy Sally Bowen.

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Recycling is evident everywhere on our farm. A horse-drawn milk wagon became a tow-able, warm-up shack for construction (with an old pizza oven for warmth). Parked in our back yard it was used as a duck brooder, a boys’ clubhouse, then rebuilt into a sauna with scrounged cedar wood lining and another reused wood stove. Our Wool Shed was once a milk/ice house, then was used for farm storage, a candle production shed, an ATV shed, boys’ music room, and now a neat little outlet shop. Our water wagon was once the body of a neighbour’s dump truck. (We haul a huge tank by tractor to the field where it is needed.) One loader tractor is an amalgamation of two elderly tractors. We are now scavenging an ATV and another tractor for parts.

Scrap bits of metal have been stored for years, then found to be just the thing for some patch job. The pole for our Purple Martin house was made out of a grain auger tube. But sometimes we get ridiculous. Each bale of yarn for the Wool Shed is wrapped with double thicknesses of string. For some years, we’ve painstakingly saved those, wrapping them in a knot-filled ball, used for tying n e w s p a p e r s , tomato plants, bundling herbs etc.

Our Depression- era parents would be proud.

they set fit right in with today’s

philosophy of recycle and reuse, don’t waste. Sometimes that happens on a fairly large scale.

Our men were offered the job of taking down the two-storey grain elevator in

Emerald in exchange for the wood. Since

it had been built flat board on flat board

(instead of edge on edge) we gleaned something like six MILES of mainly

useable boards. We re-floored the second story of our barn, and then built

a very useful shearing area. Mezzanines

were built which immediately filled with “stuff that will come in useful someday.” The shearing area stores our Wool Shed products 360 days/year, and is emptied for shearing five days a year. When Jake rebuilt the barn this spring, there was not one significant purchase needed. Virtually everything was scrounged.

A portable saw mill was hired to cut our own logs into boards for our use. The off-cuts make effective compost containment, turning dead plants, weeds and roots into great compost to feed the garden.

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By Blair McDonald

F or me, the arrival of September feels like the time of fresh starts. I know what you are thinking:

“Well, that’s because you’re a teacher.” True, working in education really does make the first Tuesday in September a

New Years of sorts – depending on how you look at it. For some, I’m sure the saddest New Year’s party imaginable. But, in general, I think regardless of whether or not you are in school, there is a collective transformation that everyone goes through in September.

This fall, I have been given the honour of teaching a fourth year course which focuses on significant discussions in the role of journalism in society. We cover major voices from the history of the 19th and 20th century on topics like: the freedom of the press, censorship, truth and objectivity in the news, and the effects of television and Internet on public opinion.

As not to drone on and on about the course itself, in late August when I was getting the reading list for the course together, I had a meeting with a Professor who had previously taught this course – who, for the sake of this story, must be noted is of the Baby Boomer generation. When he looked at my first reading (a chapter from John Stuart Mill entitled, ‘Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion’ dated 1859) he laughed and said: “It’s too bad these texts have the dates listed beside them. It’s going to be a hard-sell getting students to read something that old.”

I guess I never thought of the Mill reading being a problem in that way. My intention was clear: his [J.S. Mill] concerns are not matched by any contemporary and, at the same time, as original as ever. Besides, it is not the date of something that makes it old- fashioned, it’s the prejudices behind it.

Camille Paglia noted this same dismissal of the history of ideas some twenty years ago in her assessment of the education system: “Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the great past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.”

In the end, the class did the Mill reading last week, and there was no ‘ageism’ to be found. While relevance might be the new contemporary judgment of information, there is also something to be said for why great books of Western culture continue to be relevant: their insights about the human condition transcend particular moments in history and reveal something at the core of our nature.

When it comes to major ideas, age shouldn’t be a determining factor. If all we ever look at is the revolving door of the present, it’s hard to see where are current beliefs are going to take us. As paradoxical as it might sound, I’m in agreement with Paglia on this one: the past really is our door to the future.

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This holiday season come and enjoy the traditional events being celebrated in our village.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 --- 5:30 P.M.

Christmas Carolling - Tree Lighting - Refreshments

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Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions Club Christmas Hamper.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 --- 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Village Christmas Craft Fair

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Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions Club Christmas Hamper.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 --- 1:00 P.M.

Royal Canadian Legion #458 Santa Claus Parade

Starting at The River Bakery and finishing at the Soccer Field on County Rd. 4. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions Club Christmas Hamper. Photos with Santa and refreshments at The Legion Hall after the Parade.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 --- 3:00-7:00 P.M. Kids’ Christmas Karaoke

Karaoke and Treats for the Kids plus a visit from Santa.

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BringingBacktheBees

BringingBacktheBees Squash Bee Peponapis pruinosa. Credit: Sheila Potter. By Susan Howlett and Susan Moore B ees

Squash Bee Peponapis pruinosa. Credit: Sheila Potter.

By Susan Howlett and Susan Moore

B ees are in the news these days. We’ve been hearing more and more about the threats they

pesticides makes them more vulnerable

to disease.

face: pesticides, corn seed treated with

However, the talk in the media

But,

as

Chan

pointed

out,

there

are

neonicotinoids (a nerve disrupter),

actions

we

can

take

to

protect

and

colony collapse disorder, winter kill, and

encourage bees.

 

parasitic mites, among others. There are many threats to bees these days and people are justifiably worried.

concentrates on the honeybee, a very

First and foremost we should stop using pesticides – they kill beneficial insects such as pollinators along with the target insects. Honeybees are removed from areas being sprayed, such as orchards,

important pollinator from Europe, and

but wild bees are exposed to the toxic

a

well-loved honey producer. But the

chemicals. In particular we need to get

honeybee is only one species of bee found

rid of treated seed and protest the use of

in

Ontario. Most of us know little about

neonicotinoids (nerve poisons, banned

our 400 plus native bee species which are also pollinators. They include the familiar bumblebees, mason bees and sweat bees. Unfortunately, our native bees are also facing many threats and suffering severe

in Europe). Farmers need to have a choice, and currently all they can buy on the commercial market is treated corn seed.

losses.

On Sunday, September 15, a well- attended day-long seminar on bees sponsored by the Stewardship Councils of Eastern Ontario was held in Perth, featuring native bee advocate Susan Chan. Also included on the program was a round-table discussion with Susan Chan, retired Agriculture Canada research scientist Ted Mosquin, and beekeepers Jocelyne Steeves, Phil Laflamme, and Claude Tardif.

The focus of Chan’s talk was our native bee species. She began by identifying the five families of bees found here and describing some of their distinctive habits. We learned that some burrow into rotting wood, some live in holes in bare ground or in abandoned rodent holes, some make their nests in old raspberry and blackberry canes, some cut circles out of rose leaves, or collect the fuzz

from certain plant leaves to line the cells

of their nest. Most of the wild bees are

solitary; a few are colonial. Some species

are specialists, for example, the squash

bee which collects pollen and nectar from squashes and pumpkins. Others pollinate

a wide range of flowers in gardens,

orchards, fields, and woods. Some bees are managed by farmers to pollinate

specific crops – the alfalfa leafcutter bee

is one. Bumblebees are another example;

they are used to pollinate greenhouse

tomatoes and cucumbers. As Chan points out, wild bees are often more important as pollinators than honey bees. Many

of our fruits, vegetables and berries are

pollinated by wild bees.

Unfortunately, human activities are threatening the survival of many of these wild bees. Their food sources and nesting sites are often eliminated by modern management practices, such as the removal of hedgerows and the destruction of flowering weeds from roadsides and field margins. Like the honeybees, wild bees are killed by pesticides. Even non-lethal exposure to

To promote government action, visit ontariobee.com and select Act Now and access the petition, Save Ontario’s bees:

ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Another important step is to leave hedgerows, field edges, and natural areas undisturbed to protect important habitat for pollinators. These areas may look “weedy” to some people, but for bees the weeds and flowering shrubs provide food, and the undisturbed ground and vegetation provide nesting sites. Persuading local jurisdictions to weed whip road verges if necessary rather than spraying them with herbicides will also help protect bee habitat.

Chan urged us to plant a variety of bee forage plants, including wildflowers, weeds, heirloom flowers, and flowering shrubs that are attractive to bees and that bloom at different times through the growing season. Some of the ornamental flowers commonly found in gardens offer no nectar or pollen. Try interplanting your vegetable garden with herbs, especially dill and lavender, and let your mustard and brassicas (such as broccoli) go to flower. For ideas, visit Pollination Guelph (pollinator.ca).

Participants at the seminar received the booklet A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario. It contains detailed information about wild bees and how we can help them, and it lists species of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and herbs from which bees obtain nectar and/ or pollen. This very informative booklet, authored by Susan Chan, is available from Farms at Work by contacting sue@ farmsatwork.ca.

The day concluded with a visit to a

nearby farm where participants scoured

a field of squash looking in the spent

blossoms for squash bees and visited a field of honeybee hives managed by local beekeeper Phil Laflamme. We returned home with a new appreciation for bees and a desire to protect them.

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Girl of

Limberlost and Son of Poseidon

intended to add the new acquisition to my box of props that I take along on guided hikes. Figured it would be useful on one of those hikes where few things show up and an emergency item is required to add interest to the hike.

That’s when I entered my office to do some work and met a large Polyphemus moth fluttering in front of my eyes which then landed on the light fixture. Sure enough, the abandoned cocoon that I had placed on the light fixture, had a small opening at one end, where this creature had emerged, unfolded his wings and dried off. I carried him outside and placed him on the sun deck railing so

he could get on with what’s left of his life

– roughly two weeks: Hardly worthwhile

coming out of the cocoon. What amazed me was the size of this moth and that he had somehow been compacted and folded enough to fit in this cocoon that was barely an inch in width and a little more than an inch in length. The sundeck railing is five inches in width, and his wings extended beyond either edge.

So, what’s with the unusual name? Well, Polyphemus was actually the mythological gigantic one-eyed son of Poseidon and Thoosa in Greek mythology, one of the Cyclopes, mentioned in The Odyssey by Homer. The moth itself is actually fairly common and, superficially, resembles the more familiar Cecropia moth somewhat in that it has two large eyespots on its hind wings, which give the Polyphemus its name. Eyespots also serve as startle patterns, a form of distraction should a predator come along. Even its light colouration serves as a camouflage to some degree, despite the moth’s huge size.

This is not the only animal that uses these startle tactics. Most startle patterns are brightly coloured areas on the outer body of already camouflaged animals. A good example of the use of startle patterns is

the gray tree frog. If you find one, and it is difficult, as they change colour, to match their background, check its leggings. They are bright yellow. When it leaps,

a flash of bright yellow appears on its

hind legs, usually startling any predator

away from its prey. In the case of the Polyphemus and the Cecropia moths, the false “eyes” are believed to be a form of mimicry, meant to misdirect predators. The predator thinks it is meeting its

prey head on, only to see it successfully flutter away in the opposite direction.

Story & photo by Terry Sprague

the opposite direction. Story & photo by Terry Sprague Imperial Moth larva. Credit: Isidora Spielmann. nature

Imperial Moth larva. Credit: Isidora Spielmann.

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T he photo of the caterpillar that

Scoop editor Angela Saxe sent me,

taken by Isadora Spielmann, was a

mystery. Covered in tiny white spiracles,

the caterpillar’s identity was lost in the carpet of these white protuberances. So,

I sent the photo to friend Joe Bartok in

Tweed who seldom has been stumped by other mysteries I have e-mailed him in the past. Pretty sure that this was an Imperial Moth, he was however curious about the white bumps, whether they were natural or parasites. He forwarded the photo to a website called BugGuide, and inquired about the white spiracles. They replied, “The white bumps you refer to could either be the scoli (fancy word for spines) or the spiracles, both normal features. This caterpillar looks healthy but could still be parasitized.”

Insects have evolved numerous ways to ensure survival. So expertly do some match their

background, it is often difficult to spot them, even after the location of an individual has been pointed out. Others are transparent allowing the background to filter through so there is no need for the insect to seek out habitat that resembles itself. Any old place will do. Others like the Monarch butterfly contain cardenolides,

a toxin that it obtains from

milkweed plants, and carries it through the larval stage and into the adult stage. Birds and other predators soon learn to avoid Monarchs. The very similar Viceroy butterfly is not in the least bit poisonous, but uses its resemblance to the Monarch butterfly

as a defence. The recently arrived Giant

Swallowtail butterfly six years ago – even larger than my Polyphemus moth – has a defence that is guaranteed to thwart the efforts of any predator even as a larva. First, it resembles a large bird dropping which is usually sufficient to turn off most birds from pecking at it. And, if that doesn’t work, it uses chemical warfare, producing a foul odour from its tiny body that permeates the air around it.

My moth likely lasted only a few days, having lived out its short lifespan, but not before finding a female (mine was a male, obvious by the feathered antenna) which will lay its eggs singly, and seemingly at random, on the lower surface of leaves. Although the larva feeds voraciously on leaves, it does not feed with thousands of others of its own

species like the forest tent caterpillars do that invaded one section of forest along Moneymore Road near Marlbank three years ago. The Polyphemus is common enough, but certainly not invasive. It tends to scatter eggs here and there, rather than concentrate them in masses on individual leaves; consequently, the number of caterpillars on any one tree

is usually low. It feeds in solitude, and

then, constructs its characteristic cocoon wrapped in leaves on the tree. Here, it overwinters as a pupa in its large, thick, tough, silken cocoon.

In late May or early June, the moth emerges from its cocoon where it spent

the winter and commences its short life

in the wild – or, in the case of the moth

I had – in the office of our home, after being unceremoniously jostled about, likely many miles from where it had spun

its cocoon, confident that it would not be

disturbed.

Meanwhile, if you get a chance, check out Joe Bartok’s website blog, “Tangled Web”,

at

joebartok.blogspot.ca. Contained in it

is

some really fascinating information

about plants and insects that many of us simply overlook in our travels. I think his

quote from naturalist Louis Agassiz, says

it all, “I spent the summer travelling; I

got half way across my backyard.” For more information on birding and

Moreover, the caterpillar was identified as Eacles imperialis pini, an Imperial moth species that feeds specifically on pine. What was amazing, attributable primarily to the speed of the Internet and electronic messages, it took only the better part of a day to pin an identity on this creature. Naturalist Gene Stratton Porter’s “A Girl of the Limberlost” features E. imperialis prominently in the plot development.

Butterflies and moths are fascinating, but in the larva or cocoon stage, their

identity can be a little challenging. Two years ago, I walked into my home office

to find a huge moth fluttering in front of

my face.

Earlier I had received an e-mail from a Picton farm supply staff member about

a strange cocoon someone had brought

into their store. The store sold bird feeders, so surely they must know the identity of a cocoon! It spent several days jostled about on a shelf between farm catalogues and order forms. I was quite

certain that the object that I now rolled around in my fingers was the cocoon of

a Polyphemus moth, but I would need

to take it home with me to verify. The cocoon was placed in the back seat of the car where it rode around for three days before I remembered to bring it into the house where I was able to verify it as a Polyphemus moth.

I left it in my office, and later placed it

atop a fluorescent light fixture above my desk where it sat for a few more days. I

fixture above my desk where it sat for a few more days. I Polyphemus Moth adult.

Polyphemus Moth adult. Credit: Terry Sprague.

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After asking what the procedure was he said in a jolly voice, “Come on down, bring the kids and yourself, I will have everything you need right here.” Our nine year old grandson TJ and Vanessa his sister, who just turned seven, were so excited when I told them we were going fishing.

When we arrived at Grey Stone Farm Trout Fishing, Bill was there to meet us. That’s when the adventure started. We followed Bill in his truck driving slower than walking speed along his country trail wide enough for a truck or car for about half a mile into the bush. T J and Vanessa felt like we were driving for hours till Bill stopped and indicated where we could park. TJ and Vanessa were out of the car just full of exitement before you could shout “let’s go fishing”. By the time I got out of the car the children were already at the trout pond. Bill literally took them by the hand and explained and showed them everything. Just then Bill threw a handful of fish food into the pond. All of a sudden the still waters of the pond came alive with speckled and rainbow trout jumping and splashing for the food as it hit the water. A sight to be seen that I have never witnessed before. Of course this just added to the excitement of getting things going. Bill handed both of the children rods and baited the hooks with corn. He then showed them how to cast into the middle of the pond. For safety reasons we all went one at a time so as to enjoy the moment watching the grandchildren catch their first fish. It didn’t take long for TJ’s float to start bobbing and then take a run under the water. He gave his rod just a quick jerk to set the hook and the fight was on.

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S aving endangered animals is never

simple, but for one particular

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heavily upon the presence of grazing cattle. Eastern loggerhead shrikes are critically endangered songbirds that were once found across Ontario in short prairie grasslands and alvars. Now, the fields around Greater Napanee are one of only two strongholds left for the Eastern loggerhead shrike in Canada. Survey results from the Greater Napanee area this season found seven breeding pairs. While this was a small increase from last year’s results, it is still an extremely small number.

Loss of habitat is a problem faced by a lot of declining species and this is also the case for shrikes. Shrikes are even more vulnerable due to their reliance on managed habitat, which was traditionally done by grazing cattle. Cows are an integral part of the grassland habits by keeping the grass short and the trees at bay, which is vital for allowing the shrikes to hunt prey in the ground. In recent years, changes in land usage and agricultural practices have left many fields void of cows. As a result, these unique habitats are becoming increasingly rare, as quickly advancing trees such as Red-cedar are taking over the grasslands.

Efforts to save the shrike are being undertaken by Wildlife Preservation Canada. They are a non-profit organisation that fights extinction with a hands-on approach to endangered

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species recovery. For the last 12 years WPC has released captive bred shrikes into the wild in Ontario to aid the wild population. These releases started in the Greater Napanee area last year and continued this year with another 35 birds released. The breeding program has been largely successful with a high proportion of released young returning each spring after migrating. But now with a lack of cows, the Shrike Biologists are facing new challenges. Napanee Shrike Biologist Jonathan Willans says, “Red cedars are a big problem at the moment. Without grazing cows in the fields, the trees are taking over, the habitat is becoming unsuitable and the shrikes are being pushed out.”

Willans is now working on tackling the problem of cedar over growth and has started the process of selectively clearing areas of key habitat this week. “There is a short window of time between September and March when the birds have migrated south that is ideal for restoring shrike habitat. Now we have to act fast and get as many land owners and volunteers on board as possible to help selectively clear cedar. While we want to remove trees, we don’t want to have fields that are completely clear of Red- cedar, as the shrike use them for nesting and perching.” He also noted that the key to creating and maintaining good shrike habitat was to leave some large trees standing, while clearing the smaller undergrowth. There are different ways to maintaining habitat such as pulling

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brush hogs over the smaller cedars, but also manually removing larger tress with brush cutters and chain saws. The selective removal of cedar and opening up the fields will not just benefit shrike, but it will also help other declining grassland birds such as Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks.

The decision was made to make a stand against the cedar after this year’s wild population saw continued predation of wild fledglings and adults. Willans comments “The wild shrikes had poor fledgling success this year, as some of the young were taken by predators. We also lost some adults due to predation as well. Many of these predators, such as Merlins, Blue Jays and Crows, breed and live in the Red-cedar forests that boarder the nesting sites. By pushing back and clearing these stands of Red- cedar, we hope to decrease the amount of

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Efforts to save this species are made even more perilous by the bird’s migration. Each year in early September, the birds travel to South East USA. As the exact location of the shrikes overwintering grounds are not known, efforts to help the shrike for now can only be undertaken in Ontario’s known breeding grounds.

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By Mary Jo Field

O n July 20, GrassRoots Growers held its second annual Mystery Garden Tour, so called because

the attendees are not told which gardens they will be touring until they reach the meeting point on the appointed day. Again this year there were two very different gardens to visit, making it an interesting four-hour ramble with many lovely surprises. It was a perfect day weather-wise. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some pictures to tell the story.

Our first stop was Bumblerock Farm, an organic farm west of Roblin. Owners Karen and Maarten ten Cate produce honey and grow numerous heirloom, open-pollinated vegetables on two acres of cultivated land. The ten Cates are committed to conserving seed from their vegetables to preserve the old heirloom varieties. If you shop at the bi-weekly farmers’ market in Napanee you might have bought some of their organic vegetables and honey. Next year they plan to also take part in an evening farmers’ market in Harrowsmith.

A garden hidden away on the shores of

Beaver Lake was the group’s next stop. Hosts Murray and Margaret Wood, despite having been up since before dawn to deal with a storm-downed tree

in their driveway that left them without

power, provided a warm welcome and a gracious tour of their acreage. Margaret

provides the design direction and Murray the labour in this partnership, and it is obviously a labour of love. Until one sees it, it is hard to imagine such an extensive garden exists in the Tamworth

/ Erinsville area. After one sees it, it is mind-boggling to think about the passion and energy that goes into creating and keeping such an extensive garden in such beautiful condition.

The day ended with light refreshments and time to relax on the Wood’s deck overlooking the lake.

GrassRoots Growers is very grateful to Karen and Maarten ten Cate and to Margaret and Murray Wood for allowing us access to their properties, for their time spent in preparation and for guiding the group around and answering many questions. They were extraordinary hosts.

GrassRoots Growers’ events are the result of the efforts of many people who devote time and energy to them, and we thank them all. This year’s Mystery Garden Tour was coordinated by Brenda Stinson with help from Colleen Martin- Fabius, Hilda Cowan and Barb Mahood.

Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a community-based group. Our mission is to encourage interest in local and organic gardening for both the home garden and the market garden; to raise awareness of issues surrounding food production; improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life, and provide networking opportunities for gardeners.

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A young member of the tour enjoys a shady moment under a pergola in the Woods’ garden.

A long view in the Woods’ garden, with daylilies, lilies and Echinacea.

the Woods’ garden, with daylilies, lilies and Echinacea. Healthy squash plants at Bumblerock Farm brought admiring

Healthy squash plants at Bumblerock Farm brought admiring looks and questions.

at Bumblerock Farm brought admiring looks and questions. Our next offering: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at

Our next offering: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Tamworth Library, ”Preserving the Harvest – Canning, Freezing and Drying Your Garden’s Bounty”. Angela Moore, a local gardener and preserver will discuss a variety of food preservation methods, after which Angela and other experienced local preservers will answer your questions. The evening will include a tasting of some preserves. Admission is free. Bring your questions, your experience and your favourite preserve recipe.

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I n a previous life as a nursery school

teacher, I learned early that the

yellow family car, and I must admit it was easy to find in any parking lot, but

I can say with

some certainty my mother was expecting to drive a slightly more sedately coloured vehicle.

My most recent glass design challenge was a head-scratcher because of colour. It’s a large landscape piece of glass that my client wants - a piece portraying the water and sky and wind and rocks of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands. Now, I’ve designed and built landscapes before, but this client’s challenge was in asking me to build the piece with no colour. None. No water blues, granite greys, leafy greens. Not a hint of that at all. Zero colour.

This request knocked me for a loop

- required me to run away from my

comfort zone and ignore the importance of colour, concentrating instead on texture and opacity and the lines separating the pieces of glass. It forced

me to be completely colour blind in order

to see more - a novelty for one to whom

colour is important!

Here we are in a season famous for its colours. Leaves have changed from fresh clean spring greens, through the strong, dark greens of summer and into the

dusky deep greens of leaves breathing their last before morphing into autumn’s jewels. Fall in Eastern Ontario is a gift of colourful artwork to all of us who live and visit here with Tom Thomson views right outside our windows, galleries for absorbing the work of Thomson and so many others artists who paint, photograph and draw this season. Walk, bike, drive, and explore this little piece

of heaven to give your eyes a feast of the

colours of golden-orange pies, purple side-of-the-road wild asters, multi-hued apples, steel grey skies behind sunlit golden trees. Fall in love with the true colours of our world slipping away from summer.

Sue Wade sorts through racks of green glass in her studio just outside of Tamworth.

majority of preschoolers already have

a favourite colour. Give a three-year-old the choice of what colour that week’s play dough should be and the choice is usually definite: Bailey always chooses yellow. Dakota always chooses red. Jordan always chooses purple. Morgan always chooses blue. For whatever reason, these are the colours of their comfort zones - their feel good, true colours.

My true colour is green - that range from sage to avocado green if one must be specific. It draws my eye like an earth magnet to an iron bar. Give me a choice of a dozen wingback chairs of different colours, and I’ll pick the green one, anticipating cozy, comfortable times relaxing in its green depths.

Colour is important.

The world in my glass studio is one of interacting and changing colour, a world of watching different kinds of light pass through or reflect from a piece of coloured glass. Whether the light drifts through or blasts through or tumbles through or bounces off will change the colour, tone and depth of the glass - alter its mood. Because one must respect what this changing colour does to a finished piece, it takes many contemplative hours in glass supply stores and in the studio to find the perfect bit of glass for each piece in the design.

This colour game is played outside the studio of course. You probably know it well. From choosing which spring- blooming bulbs will look best in your garden to searching for the paint that matches the spare bedroom quilt to finding the right colour scheme for your wedding reception, colour is important.

My father was colour-blind. He could build furniture like a master carpenter, grow enough produce each year to feed a small nation and figure out how to turn a bunch of garbage from the back shed into an awesome go-cart for his grandson, but the man was completely inept at finding a necktie that wouldn’t clash with his suit. Send him to the cupboard for the burgundy tablecloth and he’d return with the deep blue one over his arm and a questioning look on his face. He was asked to choose a paint colour only once that I recall. We did get used to the blazing, need-to-put-on-sunglasses-

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Don’t Miss these Events at the Tamworth Legion

Terence Dickinson on The Night Sky Over L & A

Terence Dickinson on The Night Sky Over L & A

Author of 15 Astronomy Books / Editor of SkyNews Magazine Member of the Order of Canada Former Astronomer, McLaughlin Planetarium, ROM Commentator, CBC Radio and Discovery Channel Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Donation at the door – proceeds to help buy a Library-based lending telescope

BINGO Remembrance Day

Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 11

Cenotaph Service at 11:00 a.m. Reception at Tamworth Legion following service

 
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Stephanie Cadman Band

Stephanie Cadman Band

Award winning step dancer; Plays fiddle in Belle Starr and Bowfire Lead roles in Swingstep, Broadway’s 42nd Street National Tour, Mervish’s Needfire and the dance show Stepcrew. Daniel Lapp, of Spirit of the West is also appearing with Stephanie for this performance. Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm / Tickets $20

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Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Community Christmas Concert Take a break from the hectic

Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Community Christmas Concert

Take a break from the hectic season and treat yourself as the Kelli Trottier Band presents some of your favourite Christmas and fiddle songs. Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. Everyone welcome with donation at the door. Pay What You May (Suggested donation for those who can $20.) Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions’ Christmas baskets.

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. - noon

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Get rid of distractions. Although it seems basic, you’d be surprised how much easier your math homework is when you log off from Facebook. When I’m studying, I always have to turn off my phone, so that I don’t get distracted and start texting. Turn off your phone, disconnect the Internet, turn off the TV and pause your music. Not only will your work get done, but it will be of a much higher quality since you’re distraction-free!

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It’s Time to Be Honest

By Julieanne DeBruyn Grade 12 Sydenham High School student

K icking off a new semester means

hearing the same boring lecture

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before about academic honesty. Come

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Unfortunately, most students don’t take academic honesty as seriously as they should. It’s a fact that most students have plagiarized in one way or another, whether we are willing to admit it or not. Plagiarism is a familiar method for cutting corners in high school. Donald McCabe (Rutgers University) surveyed twenty four thousand students at 70 different high schools and 95% of them admitted to participating in some form of cheating, whether it was on a test, copying homework, or plagiarizing. In many situations, students don’t even realize that they are being academically dishonest, which is why, especially as students move into their senior year, they have to start to take responsibility and learn more about academic honesty.

Teens need to realize that as they move on to post-secondary education, the mistakes that slid by in high school will not be tolerated in college or university. We need to realize that the many consequences of academic dishonesty, such as expulsion, or receiving a zero are real. And most of all, we need to realize that the embarrassment and guilt you will experience when you get caught plagiarizing is real.

Teachers and professors know how students plagiarize. Most of them have had numerous run-ins with these situations. They will be able to detect plagiarism - if you’re bold enough to take

the risk. My question is: why take the risk? Think of it this way: what’s worse? Taking an extra half hour to put your assignment into your own words and properly cite your work or plagiarize, getting caught, and having to break it to your parents that you were dismissed from your program? It seems obvious that the extra half hour isn’t going to kill you, and it could save you your mark, or from being expelled.

Many high school students turn to plagiarism when they don’t feel confident enough with their own work or they are working within a tight schedule.

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A s the north wind begins to

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again for the Christmas Events

Committee to bring you news of the forthcoming seasonal events: the Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Saturday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Mills Library), the Santa Claus Parade (starting at 1 p.m.), and the Village’s Christmas Craft and Vendors’ Fair (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), both occurring on Sunday, December 1st. Children’s visits with Santa take place after the Parade in Legion Branch 458.

Are you interested in making a festive float or a decorated vehicle for the Santa Claus Parade? Or are you a craft artisan or vendor from the area who would like to reserve a table at the Christmas Craft and Vendors’ Fair? The Christmas Events Committee wants to hear from you!

Like so many community events, volunteers, both young and old, always help to make the event a success. There are so many tasks that need to be done: volunteers to participate in the Parade’s organization would really be appreciated but there is always the need for assistance the day of the event.

Parade entrants create a spectacular sight and get everyone in the mood for

the upcoming seasonal festivities. The Parade will once again proceed from the Medical Centre parking lot at Adair Road and Concession Street moving north through the village to the soccer fields; the Craft and Vendors’ Fair will be located in the Village Library. Entry forms for the Parade and Village Christmas Craft Fair can be obtained from M. McGrath (613-379- 2727), Lorraine Prue (613-379-2684), Kathy Hutcheon (613-379-2959), or Carole Maleska (613-379-5018). The Christmas Events Committee is requesting a $10.00 donation for a float/vehicle entry; craft artisans can procure a table and space for $15.00. All proceeds will be donated to the Lions’ Christmas Hamper Fund for Food Baskets.

Families can get an early taste of the excitement by attending an evening of caroling outside the Library with The Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Choir and then by watching the lighting of the village Christmas Tree. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd. Inside the Library everyone can enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies.

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brings a change in weather and light – a harbinger of the autumn days to come and the downtown streets of Tamworth now reflect the glorious change of seasons. The poles are festooned with corn stalks, large sunflower heads and tied with a large orange ribbon; a beautiful reminder that the village sits in the middle of agricultural land and as well, it reflects a community that celebrates its heritage and appreciates beauty.

The Boosters is a community group that fills baskets with flowers during the summer and hangs pine boughs and wreaths in the winter. These folks are proud of their village and we’re thankful that they take the time and energy to bring charm and beauty to our streets.

A big thank you to Sean Milligan who cut down the corn stalks and Cheryl Gaffney, Lorraine Prue, and Teresa and Ron Kennedy who did the decorating.

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moose

tags.

Justice of the Peace Joanie Glover heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brighton, on September 12, 2013.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013- 2014 Hunting Regulations Summary, available ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll- free any time, or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS

(8477).

call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). TheClancyFamily The Clancy family at their farm in Camden

TheClancyFamily

anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). TheClancyFamily The Clancy family at their farm in Camden Township, circa

The Clancy family at their farm in Camden Township, circa 1897 (L-R): Irvine, Gordon, Albert, Cornelius, Gertrude, Frank, Matilda, Viiolet, Sophie, Grace, and Agnes. Courtesy Meredith Hunter.

M ichael Saxe’s article From the

Archives: 19th Century Traffic

Reports printed in our last issue

of The Scoop August/September 2013 elicited a response from one of our readers.

Meredith Hunter, and her partner Bob Dougherty, have lived for more than thirty years in the house of Cornelius Clancy who Michael referred to in his article about accidents involving horses.

“Here is the old photo of Cornelius and Matilda Clancy & family. They are standing in front of our house, which was their home and dairy farm. Please note the two family horses included!! Maybe it was one of those horses who bolted and tossed them into the river. Also attached is a list of the family

names. The two boys on the left went to Queen’s medical school, and became physicians. We were told that the other children were all ‘educated’ as well:

teacher, pharmacist, carpenter. They went to the Newburgh Academy on the road to higher education.

We were also told that Cornelius went to the California gold rush in 1850s. He had asked Matilda to go to California with him but she declined. When he returned, he built our house apparently, and they married in 1870. He was born in 1840, and died in 1905; she was born in 1849, and lived until 1936. They are buried in the Newburgh Cemetery.”

Meredith Hunter

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Erinsville Playgroup!!
Lego club: Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
Movie time: Saturdays 1:00 p.m.
napanee book club: 3rd Monday of
each month 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Puppy tales (with Karma, the story
dog): Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.
OCTOBER
Preschool story time: Wednesdays
10:15 a.m.
tot tales: Fridays 11:15 a.m.
Lego club: Thursday October 3rd 6:30-
Beginning October 21, 2013
Do you want to…
TAMWORTH BRANCH
7:30 p.m. & Saturday October 5th 2:00-
3:00 p.m. Registration is required.
Avid readers Book club resumes
Thursday October 17th. Call 613-389-
6006 for more information.
Have fun with your child?
Meet other parents and children?
Expose your child to new experiences in a safe environment?
Play, sing, laugh, share, and try new things?
children’s Programs: Wednesdays
6:30-7:00 p.m.
Oct. 2-30: Board Games
Nov. 6-27: crafts
Then, come along and try our playgroup. We have a great space, lots
of toys, and as part of our playgroup time, we do craft,
circle and have a singing time.
CAMDEN EAST BRANCH
Monday mornings 9:30 until 12:00
St Patrick School Gymnasium
toddler tales: Mondays 10:15-11:00
a.m. (ongoing).
NOVEMBER 2013
Preschool story time: Wednesdays
10:15 a.m.
tot tales: Fridays 11:15 a.m.
Lego club: Saturday November 2nd
2:00-3:00 p.m. & Thursday November
7th 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is
required.
Avid readers Book club resumes
Thursday November 21st. Call 613-389-
For more information contact 613-336-8934 ext. 257
Or 613-354-6318 ext. 27
6006 for more information.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE September 2013-June 2014 ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRE – 1178 County Road 8, Napanee
PROGRAM SCHEDULE September 2013-June 2014 ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRE – 1178 County Road 8, Napanee

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Let’s Play with Baby Thursday’s 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

(geared to parents & children up to 18 months. Parenting workshops, group discussions & Mother Goose program. Older siblings welcome in the playroom as well)

Public Health Baby Talk Drop In (4 th Tuesday of the month)

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Prenatal Classes-KFL&A Public Health

Classes Throughout the Year Call KFL&A Public Health 613 549-1232 to register

Friday & Saturday – Playgroup 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Daddy & Me Playgroup

Tuesday’s

5 -7 p.m.

Come visit with other dads, and play with your children. Join us for dinner, served around 5:45 p.m. Begins on Sept. 10th

Playroom open for playtime

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(unless another program scheduled)

Outreach Playgroups

AMHERSTVIEW Tuesday Playgroup 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Amherstview Community Hall

108 Amherst Drive, Amherstview

BATH Thursday – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bath United Church

402 Academy St., Bath

NAPANEE Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church

25 Bridge St. East, Napanee

NEWBURGH Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Newburgh Community Hall

2 Factory St., Newburgh

YARKER Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Yarker Free Methodist Church

2841 VanLuven St. Yarker

For More Information on Ontario Early Years Centre Programs, Upcoming Parenting Workshops or Programs in Erinsville, Flinton, or Northbrook

Please Call 613 354-6318

Fax: 613 354-1293

Website: www.larc4kids.com

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Student Artwork

Students in Mrs. Stephen’s grade 4/5 classroom explored the art of Kandinsky, who is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Students experimented with geometric shapes and bold colours to create wonderful works of expression. The entire classroom art gallery was displayed at Tamworth Elementary School’s Open House on Monday, September 30.

Elementary School’s Open House on Monday, September 30. Artwork by Darcee. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School.

Artwork by Darcee. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School.

30. Artwork by Darcee. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School. Artwork by Justiss. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School. 22

Artwork by Justiss. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School.

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invite you to share in the following
Sunday a ernoons with them
For sALE: Decades of magazines
- 200 old Cottage Life & 100
Harrowsmith. $300 obo for the lot.
Phone 905-374-2632.
For HIrE: Small Kubota tractor
which comes with an operator.
Perfect for landscaping, drainage and
clearing. Let us know your needs and
we will fulfill them. Steve @ Dynamic
Digging: 613-539-8015
Monthly Jamboree
WAntED: Studebaker memorabilia.
Items such as manuals, brochures,
old dealer calendars, pens, pencils,
November 10 - Hunters Ball
For sALE: Garlic - naturally grown
garlic. 8 varieties, $8/lb. Seed stock
available. RR3 Roblin. Phone 613-
396-5202 or lisadlloyd@gmail.com.
lighters, watches, etc. Norm 613-968-
December 8 - Christmas Potluck Party
4400.
January 12 - Winter Wonderland
WAntED: Nice home for seven
healthy mixed-breed sheep. $500.
Contact goldenbough@lks.net.
For sALE: Two girls bicycles
(suitable for teenagers). Excellent
shape, fairly new. Phone 379-5244.
oFFErED: Exercise classes, Barrie
township hall (Cloyne). Mondays
and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Everyone
welcome! Tabatas, pump, and latin
dancing (total body). Cost: $8 a class
or $45 per month. New members’
discount for the first month is $40.
More info: Terrilynn Storms 613 847-
6666 or 613-478-4720.
February 9 - Valentine’s Day
March 9 - Irish Hoe Down
April 13 - Swing into Spring
May 11 - Youth Showcase
June 8 - Youth Showcase Finals
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June 29 - Lions Fish Fry
Would like to say THANK-YOU
to The Lion’s Club, volunteers,
and the community for helping
support this program.
August 8,9,10 - Grand Old Enterprise Jamboree,
Centreville Fairgrounds
August 24 - Family Day & Family Fishing Derby,
Centennial Park
For information call:
President Steve 613 386 5312
Secretary Deb 613 378-1553
Lion Fred 613 530-5859
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have gone insane in captivity, held in a
cage and living a life with chronic pain
and anxiety. Sue Meech, the Founder/
Director of SPWC has taught me, “There
because it succumbed to its diseased or
injured state), is along the lines of “What
a waste of time, I guess I shouldn’t have
bothered.” In this scenario, we reassure
the concerned person that their efforts
are never a waste of time. At least the
suffering creature died hydrated, with
pain medication, in calm, quite location,
and sometimes those who appear
doomed, make an amazing recovery.
For all those who don’t make it the ones
that do are so worth the effort. Not to
mention it can be incredibly hard to
determine whether or not the patient is
suitable for rehabilitation until they are
undergoing treatment. Some species can
be lying at the side of the road for days,
dropping their metabolism and surviving
in extreme amounts of pain, when a
passerby notices that they are actually
still alive. Turtles can survive with
extensive shell damage, if they are given
the right care and rehab. It has been said
that the only reason to give up on a turtle
is if its head is severed! Porcupines also
is a fate worse than death”, and for this
bird, it would be a life imprisoned in
a cage, tended to by humans daily. It is
not SPWC’s mandate to be a sanctuary
for maimed patients who have to live
go into this low metabolic state, and once
their body temperature is raised, pain
medication on board, they can make a
full recovery, even if the appeared dead
for days.
event, and often very inconvenient for
the person who found this poor suffering
creature. But we implore people to accept
this one-time small hassle, and offer this
struggling animal your time and efforts.
One day you may be releasing it back to
the wild reveling in its release and a job
well done by all.
a lifetime in captivity, to most of our
patients that would be the epitome of
hell.
So the answer to the question “Should
I bother?” is YES you should, if the
Another response heard after the finder
finds out the patient died (even if it was
roles were reversed, wouldn’t you want
someone to help you? Coming across an
injured wild animal is never a planned
Leah Birmingham is the Assistant Director
at SPWC. As a Registered Veterinary
Technician, she helps manage patient care
and treatment, as well as coordinating a
successful Internship Program, handling
media relations, and assisting Sue Meech
with management of the staff and
operations of SPWC.

Puzzle Page

New York Times Crossword

by Raymond Hamel / Will Shortz ©The New York Times

Across

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velvety clusters

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