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It’s only Rock & Roll...
By Mark Moran, Publisher
What’s bugged me about every other
“seniors” magazine I’ve ever seen is that
they try to be two things at once — with
articles about challenges as we age on
the inside pages, but with a flashy photo
of Lady Gaga in a meat dress on the front
cover. Yes, she actually wore a meat dress
once... who could make that up?
So here’s your latest issue of Welcome
to The Club and our cover story is about
the local, live music scene. I’m going to
defend this decision (and it’s a bit too
late to change it now anyway) but you
are always welcome to let us know how
we’re doing, and what you’d like to see
in ‘your’ magazine. I’m very serious...
please feel free to call or write anytime.
Playing music locally is something
I know about very well, having done it
almost all my life. There is a newsworthy
momentum building in our local music
industry and my first instinct was to
send the story to the Sarnia Journal. It’s
a fantastic paper and, while I suppose
we’re all in competition, the Journal’s
excellent local coverage is the kind of
competition I greatly admire. But then
the article kept growing and growing and
I realized that I just happen to publish
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a magazine and, while it may not be a
perfect fit, you’ll probably forgive me. I
also reasoned that I’m over 55 and more
and more of my fellow musicians are my
age, older or getting close.
It also occurred to me that someone
who turns 80 this year was 16 when
Johnny B Goode went #1 and 24 when
the Beatles crossed the ocean in 1964.
You had a choice to love or hate disco
and may have completely avoided Devo
and Milli Vanilli. You may have lived the
greatest rock and roll life of anyone! If you
didn’t, well... don’t shoot the messenger.
There’s also an excellent article by
Cathy Dobson about the stunning
changes and lottery success that has put
Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre a decade ahead
of where supporters hoped it could be.
And of course we also have a number of
timeless articles from the archives of our
sister publication, Daytripping.
So please look it over and let us
know what you think. I’m writing this
in December and fear that we will all
have more free time than we’d like in the
coming weeks, so I hope this magazine,
‘your’ magazine, is a welcome escape.
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1. Which of the following island nations is farthest west?
a] Puerto Rico b] Curacao
c] Aruba d] St. Maarten
2. Which artist is famous for his statue The Thinker?
3. The first World Cup of Soccer (Football) was held in which country
a] Brazil b] Uruguay c] France d] Germany
4. Which province was the last to join Canadian confederation?
5. What is the average distance (in kilometers) that women and
children walk for water in Africa and Asia?
6. What 1960s singer starred in, and sang the theme for, the spring
break film, “Where the Boys Are?”
a] Peggy Lee b] Connie Francis
c] Doris Day d] Patsy Cline
7. Which country has not fought a war since 1814?
8. What is the International Air Transport Association airport code for
a] HRW b] HTR c] LHR d] LHW
9. Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji are the names for writing systems
used in which country?
10. Which Apollo mission landed the first humans on the Moon?
a] Apollo 7 b] Apollo 9
c] Apollo 11 d] Apollo 13
11. What is the standard distance of a drag race?
12. How much time did Jonah spend in the belly of the whale?
13. What is the commonly held title of a queen’s husband?
14. The original lyrics to Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti were “Tutti Frutti.
good booty.” True or False
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Manjit Singh and his wife Balwinder
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They’ve done all that despite being
cautioned to shut their restaurant down
entirely to wait out the pandemic.
“Everyone was scared about what
would happen but I said no, these are
extraordinary times and we’re going to
work really hard on takeout and delivery
and keep it all going,” said Singh.
Just 10 years ago, he and his wife
Story and photo by Cathy Dobson, Point Edward
Breakfast specialist Adam Lalonde, left, owner Manjit Singh, Indian cuisine cook Jaspal Singh,
and Georgina Dunn at the new Point Edward Sitara location.
opened Sarnia’s first Indian restaurant,
Sitara Indian Cuisine on London Road.
The odds may have been against
them since neither had any restaurant
experience—both were healthcare
workers—and they didn’t know if
Sarnians would get excited about
But over the years, they proved
Sarnians have an insatiable appetite for
Sitara’s Southern and Northern Indian
food. The original London Road location
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“In 2020, we were probably one of
the busiest restaurants in the city and
knew we would be okay even with the
pandemic,” Singh said. Last May he
took the business to the next level and
bought a building rather than lease.
The plan was to consolidate by
closing the London Road and downtown
locations and moving all operations to
the corner of Lite and Front Street in
Singh and his business partners
purchased the former Open Grill
building where the kitchen was much
bigger with plenty of room for food
prep and the traditional Indian tandoori
Sitara also began operating a food
truck last summer to serve up samosas
Twenty-seven work for Singh now, a
big increase since he started with three
employees in 2012.
The new location can seat 200 but
Sitara is keeping capacity at 75% to
“play it safe and ensure our customers
are comfortable,” Singh said.
Downtown’s Sitara closed but the
original Sitara on London Road remains
open to handle the demand for takeout.
In Point Edward, Canadian and Indian
breakfast has been added for the first
time. When Singh learned how popular
the Open Grill’s breakfast was, he hired
two long time Open Grill employees,
Adam Lalonde in the kitchen and
Georgina Dunn in the dining room.
“I hired them to do breakfasts
because I knew nothing about Canadian
breakfast, to be honest,” he said. “But
it’s funny how things work out. I’d never
tried eggs benedict before and when I
did, I asked how that would taste with
butter chicken sauce.
“Now 80% order eggs benedict with
butter chicken sauce.”
Singh and his wife have retired from
their healthcare jobs to dedicate all their
time to their fast-growing business.
Their success is based on a
willingness to learn from others and a
sincere dedication to give back to the
community, he said.
“Business isn’t just the money part,
it’s service to the community. For me,
that’s the only way to do it.”
That’s why Sitara delivered nearly
2,000 free, individually-packaged
meals to local healthcare, grocery and
hospice workers during the pandemic.
“I knew workers at Bluewater Health
were under so much stress that I
convinced the hospital to let us deliver
meals during the first, second and third
wave,” he said.
For that, Singh was recognized by the
Rotary Club of Bluewaterland with the
Paul Harris Fellowship for his volunteer
work. He was also named a Local
Business Person of the Year by Alignable,
North America’s largest online referral
network for small business.
That’s quite a distinction considering
there were 25,000 nominees and 33 in
Singh said he was grateful for the
support of other businesses that voted
for him in the Alignable competition.
“We are totally blessed and receive
amazing support from the community,”
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BRIGHTS GROVE Shoppers Drug Mart 20% OFF Thursdays 65+ 519-869-4224
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PETROLIA Bargain Shop 20-30% 1st Wednesday of month 60+ 519-882-0057
Country Yarns 15% OFF See ad in The Club all ages 519-882-8740
Gramma’s Candy Store 5% OFF Tuesdays 60+ 519-882-1212
Heidi’s Your Independent Grocer 10% OFF Tuesdays 60+ 519-882-2211
Hogan Pharmacy 20% OFF Wednesdays 60+ 519-882-1840
M&M Meats 10% OFF Tuesdays 60+ 519-882-4316
PT EDWARD Twin Bridge Lighting 15% OFF Mondays 55+ 519-344-3535
SARNIA Bulk Barn 10% OFF Wednesdays 65+ 519-542-6668
Custom Plumbing 10% OFF Every day 65+ 519-337-1545
Generation Paint Company 15% OFF Every day 65+ 519-330-4424
Giant Tiger 10% OFF Ist Monday of month 65+ 519-336-0831
Goodwill 25% OFF 2nd Monday of month 55+ 519-541-9273
London Road Pharmacy 20% OFF Thursdays 60+ 519-491-6778
M&M Meats 10% OFF Tuesdays 60+ 519-542-8398
Michaels 10% OFF Every day 60+ 519-542-3200
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Petsmart 10% OFF Grooming on Tuesdays 65+ 519-542-2822
Peavey Mart 20% OFF Last Tuesday of month 55+ 519-542-4091
Pet Valu 10% OFF Last Thursday of month 65+ 519-541-0468
Russell Street Home Hardware 25% OFF See ad in The Club 60+ 519-383-0688
Salvation Army Thrift Store 25% OFF 1st Wednesday of month 60+ 519-344-3781
Sarnia Pharmacy 10% OFF Tuesdays and Fridays 65+ 519-337-3215
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The Fasting & Prayer
Conference includes meals.
Scouts are saving aluminum
cans, bottles, and other
items to be recycled.
Proceeds will be used
to cripple children.
The sermon this morning:
'Jesus Walks on the Water’.
The sermon tonight:
'Searching for Jesus’.
Ladies, don't forget the
It's a chance to get rid
of those things not worth
keeping around the house.
Bring your husbands.
Don't let worry
kill you off -
let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason
sang: 'I will not pass
this way again,'
giving obvious pleasure
to the congregation.
For those of you who have
children and don't know it,
we have a nursery
Next Thursday there will
be try-outs for the choir.
They need all the help
they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie
Carter were married on
October 24 in the church.
So ends a friendship
that began in their
A bean supper will be
held on Tuesday evening
in the church hall.
Music will follow.
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A cup of tea was more than just a drink
to my immigrant parents. It was an elixir, a
calm place in a storm, a blessing of nature.
It was almost a religious experience. As
with any process that smacked of ritual,
there were iron clad rules. There were
ways to make a good “cuppa” that I, as a
kid, could not understand. First the water
had to be fresh from the faucet and the
kettle had to be emptied – no mixing of
fresh water with stale water. After the
kettle had reached a boil, the tea pot itself
had to be rinsed with freshly boiled water
after which spoonfuls of loose tea (tea
bags were an invention of the devil) had to
be put into the pot - one spoonful for each
person plus another for the pot. Milk and
sugar were then added to one’s cup. During
World War II tea was scarce and sugar was
rationed, so careful consideration had to
be made of the supply of these ingredients.
Sometimes my mother entrusted me
Tea, and ME
to put a kettle on and when I did, if not
watched, I ignored the “fresh water”
dictum and no one was the wiser, although
I never told anyone of my short cut. The
tea tasted the same! That “boil only fresh
water” and the amount of tea to be added
to the pot piqued my curiosity. If they
could not tell I had heated water that was
already in the kettle, would they be able
to detect any difference if I also included
some gently used tea leaves left from the
last brewing should I
manage to be entrusted
with the entire process.
I did it and they could not.
As I suspected, no one
was the wiser. So much
for the quasi-religious
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By Glynn A. Leyshon, London
from Daytripping July-Aug 2011
Part of the mystique of tea drinking
was the barbaric idea of serving tea to
someone in bed – as though that were a
kindness. My father who worked shifts
would arise very early and thoughtfully (?)
deliver a cup of tea to the bedside of my
mother, wake her up, then leave for work.
What sadist thought that one up?
Sugar was another conundrum during
the war. My father would drink at minimum
four cups of tea a day and liked to have three
teaspoons of sugar in each cup –
a not insubstantial amount
day in day out. My mother
made copious amounts of
jam each fall using fresh
fruit, which we devoured
completely each year.
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Jam, of course, requires a lot of sugar.
Thus came a conflict over the rationed and
scarce sugar. My mother partially solved
this by accident. She was about to throw
out a cup with a flaw in it – the bottom of
the inside of the cup was rough – probably
due to some incompleteness in finishing.
In any event, it was rough enough that my
father, stirring his tea, felt the same gritty
response to his spoon that undissolved
sugar created. Thus, my mother would
put one teaspoonful of sugar into his cup
before serving, and he would stir and sip
contentedly just as though the tea had
been laced with three spoonfuls. We had
sufficient sugar for plenty of jam making.
Yes, there was a lot of mumbo jumbo
about making a good cup of tea. Today
I drink tea made in the microwave oven
and with a, gasp, tea bag. I swear I hear
someone turning over in some distant
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Old age, I decided, is a gift. I am now,
probably for the first time in my life, the
person I have always wanted to be. Oh,
not my body! I sometimes despair over
my body... the wrinkles, the baggy eyes,
and the sagging butt. And often I am taken
aback by that old person that lives in my
mirror, but I don’t agonize over those
things for long. I would never trade my
amazing friends, my wonderful life,
my loving family for less gray hair
or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve
become more kind to myself, and
less critical of myself. I’ve become
my own friend. I don’t chide myself
for eating that extra cookie, or for
not making my bed, or for buying
that silly cement gecko that I didn’t
need, but looks so avant-garde on
my patio. I am entitled to over-eat,
to be messy, to be extravagant. I
have seen too many dear friends
leave this world too soon; before they
understood the great freedom that
comes with aging. Whose business
is it if I choose to read or play on
the computer until 4 a.m., and sleep
until noon? I will dance with myself to
those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, and
if I, at the same time, wish to weep over
a lost love... I will. I will walk the beach
in a swim suit that is stretched over a
bulging body, and will dive into the waves
with abandon if I choose to, despite the
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pitying glances from the bikini set. They,
too, will get old. I know I am sometimes
forgetful. But there again, some of life
is just as well forgotten and I eventually
remember the important things. Sure,
over the years, my heart has been broken.
How can your heart not break when you
lose a loved one, or when a child suffers,
or even when a beloved pet gets hit by
a car? But broken hearts are what
give us strength and understanding
and compassion. A heart never broken
is pristine and sterile and will never
know the joy of being imperfect. I am
so blessed to have lived long enough
to have my hair turn gray, and to
have my youthful laughs be forever
etched into deep grooves on my
face. So many have never laughed,
and so many have died before their
hair could turn silver. I can say "no,"
and mean it. I can say “yes," and
mean it. As you get older, it is easier to
be positive. You care less about what
other people think. I don’t question
myself anymore. I’ve even earned
the right to be wrong. So, I've decided,
I like being old. It has set me free. I like
the person I have become. I am not going
to live forever, but while I am still here, I
will not waste time lamenting what could
have been, or worrying about what will
be. And I shall eat dessert every single
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By Agnes Burroughs, Dorchester • from Daytripping May-June 2008
When I was a little
girl, growing up in a rural
community, the general store
was ‘the’ place to be. The mixed
scent of kerosene, apples and
wood assaulted your nostrils
as the bell above the door
announced your presence.
Creaky solid wood floors let
everyone know what part of the
store you had ventured into.
You could pick up a pound
of nails for your latest wood
project, a lace hanky with
embroidered flowers for your
sweetheart’s birthday, or a pair
of shiny shoes for a wedding on
Everyone was a handy man back then,
and could get plumbing parts to fix the
stopped up sink, oil filters for the tractor,
shingles for the roof and electrical wire
for the lamp. There were wheelbarrows,
tires and belts hanging from the ceiling in
the hardware department, above the kegs
of nails of every size. Right next to those
could be the fabric section with bolts and
bolts of colorful fabric from burlap to
gingham to oilcloth for the kitchen table.
Remember that smell.
“Would you be needing a couple
pounds of flour, or a 50 pound bag this
time? We just got a new supply of white
sugar in, and you should see the patterns
on those bags, going to make real fine tea
towels once you launder them a time or
two. I hear by way of the party line that
Miss Gertha is ailing again with the gout.
Those are mighty nice eating apples, but
not much for making pies, did you see the
new car that the Nichol’s family just picked
up over to Ingersoll? That new minister
sure has some high fallutin ideas don’t you
think? How is the new baby doing after
that bout with croup?” All this information
was freely given and appreciated when
you came into the general store for your
There were shiny mouth organs,
metal toy cars, dolls with real glass eyes,
marbles, kazoos, yo yo’s, toy guns and a
whole parcel of other trinkets inside the
glass case that you had to press your face
up to for better viewing.
Christmas time was extra special at
the general store, because they would
bring in wonderful items like oranges,
hard rock candy, wagons, walking dolls,
cowboy hats and extra nice gift items for
the whole family. One year I had earned
$3.00 babysitting a whole pile of kids for
an evening. I was able to buy lace hankies
for my Mom, regular work hankies for
my Dad and candy for all the kids for a
For a nickel, you could fill a small brown
paper bag with a real tummy ache’s worth
of licorice, gumdrops, jaw breakers, tootsie
rolls and lemon drops.
I don’t remember there being a
pharmacy or drug area. Didn’t anyone
get sick, or did we just use the good old
recipes like goose grease on your chest for
a cold and lots of fresh air, sunshine and
clean laundry to get ourselves better?
The way I see it, all of the things at my
General Store were necessities. Everything
had a purpose and would be used, reused
and passed on if it had any life left. Each
visit was an adventure to be talked over
and revisited many times over the month.
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As we travel our country roads, we come
across them in the most unexpected places
- - in the middle of a cornfield, surrounded
by picket fences on the edge of a small town
or even near off-ramps on busy highways.
They are the burial grounds of those
once loved, but now more often than not,
forgotten by generations who have no
memory of their lives.
Many times I have pulled over to the side
of the road and taken a little time to explore
these sacred places. I find their solitude
welcoming and for a few moments I can
lose myself in the past, wandering among
slanting headstones that are for many, the
last remaining evidence they once passed
I feel compelled to read each name, to
acknowledge that decades and sometimes
more than a century after their death,
someone wonders about their life. A life
that is now reduced to nothing more than
a little dash that separates a birth date from
the year of death.
I have my favourites.
One near my home is graced with a
beautiful old tree, its weeping branches
stretching out as if protecting the aging
tombstones. At another, I sometimes stop
to close the ‘witch’s gate,’ the revolving
gate that is said to keep out bad spirits. On
a recent visit, the stillness was interrupted
by the cackle of black-birds. They rose as
one and blackened the sky as they took
wing over the nearby fields, leaving only the
ghostly whisper of the wind in the branches
of tall pine trees.
On other roads, I pass pioneer graveyards,
where greying moss-covered headstones
are neatly arranged in a row, tallest in the
middle. A stranger happening upon these
consecrated grounds can learn a lot about
the community he is passing through. The
carved names bear the familiarity of their
homelands - perhaps Britain, Ireland or
Germany. Evidence of their hardships are
witnessed by the ages written on those that
mark the final resting place of children. On
many, the winds and rains of time have all
but erased their tiny angel guardians.
There is one more special graveyard that
often haunts my memory and is perhaps
the reason I’m drawn to others. There are
no headstones and very few people left who
even know it exists. Only two bodies are
buried in what we call, ‘the little graveyard
field’. The only marker is a stand of small
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trees that are a little taller than the scrub
brush that in recent years has replaced the
plowed field. She was a baby child and he
was a young man. I only remember the
stories, told by relatives whose memories
were already fading. It is said they died from
a common disease of the time.
As children, we gathered apples from
the only other tree in the field. Each spring
brown rows of plowed earth neatly circled
the apple tree and the clump of trees
that marked the graves. The field and the
nearby barn were part of a plot of land
homesteaded by my great-grandparents.
As more seasons and years pass and the
brush in the little field grows thicker, it is
now I who pass on the stories so that those
buried in ‘the little graveyard field’ will not
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Then you’re brought back to earth when the doorbell rings,
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1) Raising teenagers is like nailing JELLO to a tree.
2) There is always a lot to be thankful for it you take time to look for it. For
example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
3) One reason to smile is that every seven minutes of every day, someone
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4) The best way to keep kids at home is to make the home a pleasant
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5) Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly car payment is due.
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Curtain Opens on a
New Era for the
Brian Austin Jr. says he sometimes
feels like he’s in a completely different
building when he looks around at all
the recently-completed renovations
and upgrades at The Imperial Theatre
in downtown Sarnia.
All new washrooms, new flooring,
new paint, a new roof, new seating
and a new PA system were installed in
the last year.
As general manager, Austin Jr.
readily acknowledges how fortunate
the community theatre has been
during the pandemic.
Public support for monthly 50/50
draws proved a runaway success. And
that money was spent on extensive
renovations that were completed
quickly while COVID-19 shut down the
“When the first lockdown
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happened, we had just announced a
five-year capital campaign to raise
$1.5 million,” Austin Jr. explained.
“And now we’ve been able to raise
that money and renovate all our public
spaces in just one year.
“I am just so grateful.”
Initially, the pandemic threw all
public venues like The Imperial
Theatre into survival mode.
In March 2020, the first lockdown
forced Austin Jr. to refund more than
$300,000 in ticket sales. With no
live performances, the challenge was
to pay the theatre’s three remaining
staff, cover the building’s overhead
and try to continue with renovations
that were started.
Early on, the obvious steps were
He turned down the heat and
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cut hydro bills in half. A few small
productions were staged outside
on Christina Street. But nothing
generated the cash needed to keep the
Then inspiration struck.
Austin Jr. was on Facebook and
noticed the Toronto Blue Jays had
huge success with a 50/50 digital raffle
in the pandemic’s early days.
“Our in-person raffles during our
intermissions always made a couple
hundred dollars, so I thought, ‘Why
not?’ and took it to the board.”
Once the onerous paper work
involved in a third-party raffle was
sorted out, the Imperial held its first
monthly 50/50 draw in October 2020.
Initially, it generated a respectable
but not spectacular $10,000 or so a
Then suddenly sales exploded and
the take-home prize grew to over
$60,000. As Austin Jr. put it, the raffle
became big enough to actually change
For seven consecutive months, the
prize money exceeded $100,000 and
surpassed $300,000 a couple of times.
“I remember saying my personal
goal was to see the prize reach
$100,000 and we did that in spades,”
“I am so humbled by the support of
our patrons and the community.”
By late 2021, The Imperial had paid
out an impressive $1.7 million
in prize money and pocketed
$1.3 million once various fees
and marketing costs were
The monthly 50/50 draw
eclipsed all other fundraising
activities in the theatre’s 25-
In fact, the Imperial’s
$1.5-million, five-year capital
plan was realized in just one
year primarily because of
the 50/50’s success. Just as
astounding, all the projects in
that five-year plan were more
quickly completed because the
theatre was empty for such an
Austin Jr. says he believes The
Imperial’s 50/50 is so lucrative
for a number of reasons.
“I think we have a bit of an
edge because we’re used to
selling tickets,” he said. “We
also have a huge data base so
we can email about 38,000
people every day to promote the
And a lot of hard work has gone
into promoting it, he added. “We build
a lot of hype around it and do a ton of
On top of the 50/50 draw, The
Imperial took on another unique
fundraiser last spring and began selling
pairs of the theatre’s 25-year-old seats
to help pay for 618 replacements.
That generated $10,000, said
Austin Jr. “We considered it a fantastic
response. A lot more people than
I thought are attached to those old
chairs. They said they associate them
with their first date or a special show.”
The new burgundy seats are “really
cushiony” and come with aisle lights
built into the arms and cupholders.
“The cupholders really seem to be a
big deal,” Austin Jr. laughed.
As pandemic restrictions are
reduced and live shows are being
staged for the first time in nearly two
years, Imperial Theatre patrons are
being welcomed back to a completely
accessible, more environmentallyfriendly
and more lavish venue.
Austin Jr. describes it as state-of-theart
and anticipates more out-of-town
artists will be attracted to performing
there because of the PA improvements.
And, should anything shut out
audiences again, a new audio suite
has been added to live stream and
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Suffering from middle-aged insomnia,
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Intrigued, I read on.
“This weighted ‘Hush Blanket’ induces
sleep and is a revolutionary fix for
Revolutionary? Ha! My Grandma
made the first “Hush Blanket” 70 years
ago. It was a quilt that had to weigh at
least 30 pounds.
My bedroom on the prairies was so
cold in the winter that I could carve my
initials on the frost that had formed on
the INSIDE window pane. You didn’t
need curtains because the ice was so
thick it blocked out the light, the first
“frosted window,” so to speak.
My Mom used to slide one of those
heavy rubber red hot water bottles
wrapped in a towel between the sheets
at the foot of the bed, but it did nothing
to warm up the rest of the mattress.
Hopping around on one foot, trying
to put on your flannelette pajamas
or nightgown (usually made from old
sheets) and then crawling in was a frigid
eye opener. But then it was Grandma’s
quilt to the rescue.
You snuggled in under the flannelette
sheet, topped by a wool blanket with
satin trim, the bedspread, and then
Grandma’s quilt. It was a patchwork
creation, made from dribs and drabs
of material, some as old as Grandma
herself. Some were backed with denim,
others with thick cotton or linen. Some
had tufts of wool sticking out of each
patch. Some had been carted over
from the “old country.” But they all had
one thing in common: they
weighed a ton and once
under them you literally
could not move and
slept in the same
position all night.
The quilts were great
for curing a fever. You
could sweat one out
in a single night.
You’d be soaking wet
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but it was so cold outside the sheets you
didn’t dare try to throw it off, instead
trying to inch your way around to find a
cooler spot on the bed.
But the best thing was the “tickle
blanket” otherwise known as the
universal pacifier. That satin edge was
so soothing. As a pre-schooler, I used to
suck my thumb and rub it along the side
of my face as I was going to sleep. As
I grew older the thumb-sucking stopped
but the tickling did not. Over the years,
the corners became frayed, and at times
a little ratty looking. The tickle blanket
didn’t get washed much because it was
too difficult to put through the ringer
washing machine. Mom would wash
the satin edges and hang it out on the
clothesline to dry, carefully re-sewing the
corners to get the perfect crisp “tickle”
edge. Grandma’s quilt had to be laid out
on bales of hay or the ground to air out
in the summer because it was so heavy
it likely would have pulled the clothesline
pole right out of the ground.
I would love to have Grandma’s quilt
right now, although it would be murder
for a menopausal woman. I never knew
what happened to it or when it simply
I still do have my own “tickle blanket.”
The corners are less grubby, but when
the sandman is missing, its corners take
me back to simpler times and I’m soon
sawing logs, although I no longer suck
How many of you remember
Grandma’s quilt and the tickle blanket?
Editor’s Note: There are still several
of these patchwork, weighty blankets
in my family, passed down from my
grandmother and even my great
grandmother. They may be
tattered in spots and some
patches worn right out, but
are still loved and used
regularly. I particularly
love the patches of
Grandpa’s pants and
Grandma’s dresses that I
remember them wearing
when I was young.
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through statements and dialogue that
was deliberately paradoxical. The first
collection of subjects or koans was
made public way back in the 11th
and Zen Koans century.
From China, koan practice immigrated
For Seniors to Japan in the 13th century. A famous
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Otherwise, we get too set in our ways, once listening to a politician speak at
too fixed in our thinking. It’s important a public gathering. When he finished,
to be open to new learning. Thus, I’m I tried to clap my two hands together
back in yoga class. The eldest in our but only one hand moved. Aha, I was
group is Joan who is 82. She is the star on to something. It was only a matter
of the class.
of time before the eureka would occur
Our teacher is keen on meditation, just like Archimedes in the bathtub
so I suggested that we study Zen koans when the water overflowed or was
to add a new dimension to our regular that Pythagoras? No matter. It’s just an
program of asanas, breathing exercises analogy.
and relaxed meditation. A koan is a I will provide you with an example of
puzzling statement or a story, used in a brilliant modern-day koan. Historically
Zen to aid meditation and promote the Dalai Lama holds political and
spiritual awakening. My spouse has religious leadership over Tibet from
often stated that I need awakening of Lhasa, a city in the People’s Republic
one kind or another. In fact, not even of China. Lhasa literally translates to
the alarm clock in the bedroom seems “place of gods” in the Tibetan language.
effective in that regard. I confess that I The 5th Dalai Lama ruled in 1642 and
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religious successors lasted until the
Okay, the Dalai Lama walks up to a
hotdog vendor at a Toronto Blue Jays
baseball game. The vendor admires the
monk’s yellow robes and asks, “What’ll
The Dalai Lama ponders for a
second and responds, “Make me one
with everything.” Get it? One with
everything! Neat, eh? I suppose it would
work just as well with “a hamburger
with the works.” I thought that the Dalai
Lama was a vegetarian. I suppose that’s
the truly puzzling part of the koan.
Another good baseball koan is “Who’s
on first?” This koan can get tricky. Before
you know it, you are totally confused. I
watched two guys named Abbott and
Costello try to figure it out for over
seven minutes, but “who’s on first” led
to “what’s on second,” “I don’t know”
on third, “why” in left field, “tomorrow
pitching,” “today catching” and “I don’t
give a darn” the shortstop. Actually, it
was quite amusing.
Tony, one of my retired pals, came
over to see me the other day, and I
thought that I would try out a Zen koan
on him. I told him the one about the
sound of one hand clapping, but he
didn’t get it. He was puzzled. “Explain
it to me,” he said. “Okay,” I replied but
first I suggested, “Would you like a cup
“Sure,” he replied.
I boiled water, threw a couple of tea
bags into the pot, poured in the hot
water, steeped it, and then started to
slowly pour the tea into Tony’s cup, and
when the cup was full, I kept pouring.
Tony shouted, “Hey, it’s full; you’re
spilling tea all over me and the floor; no
more can go in.”
“Aha,” I said. “You see, just like this
ordinary cup, Tony, you are simply too
full, over-flowing with yourself. How
can I explain Zen koans to you unless
you first empty your cup?”
By this time, Tony had tea stains all
over his pants, and he was not amused,
so he left. Of course, I thought that I
had been brilliant, but obviously, my
wife was correct when she predicted
that some people are never ready for
I was in the local public library the
other day when a lady walked in and
asked the librarian, “Do you have
The librarian replied, “Do you have
the mind of a child?” Wow, I was
impressed. That was almost as good
as “the sound of one hand clapping,”
which I’m still working on.
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Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Cauliflower Cheese Soup
1 medium cauliflower
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup buer or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese*
Buered bread crumbs for garnish
(from Point Edward
4 lb sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks, 5 to 6 sweet potatoes
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup half and half
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup buer or margarine, at room temp. 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1 1/4 tsp salt
In a pot, combine sweet potatoes with enough salted water to cover. Over
high heat, bring to boil. Cook unl tender, 10 minutes. Drain; return to pot.
Meanwhile, in nonsck skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon unl
crisp, 6 to 8 minutes; drain on paper towels. Crumble. In microwave-safe
bowl, combine half and half and maple syrup; microwave on High unl
warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Mash sweet potatoes with buer unl smooth.
Gradually mash in maple mixture. Sr in salt, cumin and pepper. Reserve
1/4 cup bacon and 1 teaspoon chives. Sr remaining bacon and chives into
potatoes. Transfer to dish; top with bacon and chives. Serves 8.
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1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
Cook cauliflower in chicken stock unl tender. Do not drain. Cool a bit. Run
through blender to desired texture. Set aside. (I don’t put it in the blender).
Melt buer in saucepan. Add onion and sauté unl limp. Do not brown. Mix
in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk; heat and sr unl it boils and thickens.
Add cheese and cauliflower mixture. Sr to heat and melt cheese. Garnish
with buered bread crumbs. Add parsley as an ingredient or as a garnish.
NOTE: For cream of cauliflower soup, omit cheese. Makes about 5 cups.
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Here’s to living life to the fullest (until about 9 pm).
Publisher’s note: This is a long
article but I hope you’ll enjoy it, even
if it’s a bit off topic for some readers
of a 55+ magazine. As I write this on
Dec. 29th, new restrictions have been
introduced with 50% capacity at clubs
and restaurants and much of what I write
here might not be as relevant when you
read it, but if that’s the case I hope it
will ring true sooner than later. It’s safe
to say that all of the establishments I
mention here will (once again) need our
continued patronage to get back on their
feet. I also want to pay respects to George
Webber who was a legend in our industry
and recently passed away. Thank you for
supporting local business and live music.
London Ontario was recently
named a UNESCO City of Music by the
United Nations educational, scientific
and cultural organization, becoming
the first city in Canada to receive the
designation. I had no idea that
Jeff Black & Nicole Morley outside Night Life - photo by Megan Nichol
this prestigious title existed but
they’ve earned it. Budweiser
Gardens is pulling in some of Is Sarnia-Lambton the
the best acts on the planet,
Aeolian Hall is an acoustic
Live, Local Music
treasure and the Forest City has
earned national praise as hosts
of the Canadian Country Music
Awards and even the JUNOs.
Kudos to the city, to Tourism
London and in particular
to Chris Campbell, who through his
work with Tourism London, Budweiser Capital of Canada?
Gardens and his own company (Music
City & Music Tourism Consultancy) had venues and countless other musicians. time. The Corunna branch of the Royal
this vision and has pushed for years Jeff, by the way, is a singer, guitarist, Canadian Legion also has an afternoon
with unrelenting tenacity to make it and bassist who plays as a solo act quite jam, usually the last Saturday of the
happen. That said, I’ve stayed countless often but is a part of several bands and month.
nights in London both recently and over also performs in a magnificent duet As he drives a bit further into Sarnia
the years, am always looking for a band, with Nicole Morley.
he sees lights shining up in the sky,
solo or duo act to go see, and usually So as Jeff is driving north he may maybe the lights of a local Broadway,
have difficulty finding one. I’ve long go through Port Lambton, Sombra, but no, it’s just the petrochemical plants.
believed that larger cities are plagued Courtright and Mooretown and think Go a little further Jeff and you’ll find
by bands that will play for free and that there’s no place to play or hear a few downtown Sarnia and a whole host of
you get what you pay for. If the music live tunes, but lo and behold he reaches places, most of which you’ve played. I’ll
is not good people won’t come, your Corunna where Two Water Brewing mention Up N’ Downs on Front Street
regulars will stop coming, the venues Company has regular entertainment first, out of respect for the number of
will suffer and the industry as a whole including most, if not all, Thursday years and days each week that they’ve
nights. Just one or two musicians supported local, live music, but there
Then I look at Sarnia-Lambton where usually, but there’s nothing wrong with are many more. Night Life on Christina
I’ve been a professional musician since that. Antonio’s Pizza across the road Street may be newer to the scene but
1985, and I think we might have more also has entertainment from time to Jeff has been playing there quite a bit
venues to play in per
on Thursdays, and lately on
capita than anywhere
Sundays with drummer and
in Canada, maybe with
singer Brian Cox. Drums and
the exception of Saint
guitar are not a common
mix, but they make it work.
That might sound like
Other venues in or near
hyperbole, and maybe it
the downtown include Wild
is, so how about we take a
Wings, Collide, The Insignia
stroll and check them out.
Hotel, the original Refined
Let’s Go On Tour!
Fool Brewing Co., Tin Fiddler
Jeff Black is a very well
Brewpub, Maud’s Variety, the
known local musician
Moose Lodge and a whole
who lives in Wallaceburg
host of other venues that go
but drives north to our
live on each First Friday. This
neck of the woods quite
list quite often includes the
often for gigs. One
Sarnia Legion, Blackwater
heckuva nice guy, too. I’d
Coffee, Downtown Market,
like to take a tour of our
the Lawrence House, Grind
county through his eyes,
Cafe and others.
since he’s a “real” pro—
Venture a bit north along
one that plays music
Borderlite trio on the outdoor stage at Ipperwash Beach Club
Sarnia Bay and you’ll hear
for a living, knows most (l-r) Ed Roane, Pete Meharg, John Tiernay - photo by Sheila Tiernay live music year round at
Paddy Flaherty’s and next door at Big
Family Brewing Co., then also across
the road at Alternate Grounds Cafe
& Dockside at the Sarnia Bay Marina
in the warmer weather. Yes, we’ll be
including summer venues in this list as
well, hoping that they’ll all be back in
2022. Venturing into Point Edward for a
spell you’ll discover Stevie D’s, and Jeff
Black knows this place all too well. He’s
one of many very talented musicians
who go there on Wednesday evenings
to jam. I finally had the opportunity to
take part recently and it was a pleasure
to play with a number of top-notch
players I’d never met before. Owner
Steve Dumont has turned the restaurant
(formerly Bottoms Up) into a prominent
entertainment venue and agrees that
there is an incredible local music scene,
particularly because of the large number
of single and duo acts there are. We
discussed if the pandemic has perhaps
given people the time to hone their
talents and the courage to step
onto the stage. A local Facebook
page called The Quarantine
Sessions - Connecting Through
Music has seen countless
musicians, many of whom
had never played in front
of people, broadcast one or
many songs for all to see.
Kevin Churchill founded that
group along with James Miller
and says, “I really believe we are in a
renaissance period for live music and
the arts. I’ve never seen so many venues
offering live music and bands and solo
acts and duos doing their thing. Is it a
local thing? I don’t know but I do think
it is pretty special!” Dumont added that
tipping musicians has become more
commonplace and it has made a big
difference in allowing venues to bring
in entertainment at an affordable rate.
Stevie D’s has live music on other days/
nights as well.
Still in Point Edward, Los Puntos
Cantina was hosting small acts last
summer and the Match Eatery &
Public House at the Starlight Casino
has been known to as well. Back into
Sarnia proper you’ll be able to down
a pint while listening to live music at
Two Amigos, Twisted Arm Bar & Grill,
the newer Refined Fool Brewing Co. on
London Road and Imperial City Brewing
Co. Out in Brights Grove you’ll find
summer patio entertainment at The
Oaks and also on Wednesdays at the
Brights Grove Summer Market.
So by the time he’s driven around
Sarnia and Point Edward Jeff is just
amazed at the number of places he can
play, but he has lots of time, and gas is
cheap these days, so he heads back out
in the county to see what else he might
find and winds up at Rüstr. What’s a
Rüstr you might ask? This is on London
Line near Mandaumin Road where three
musicians Bil Eldridge, Mike Beggs and
Steve Kiernan have transformed the
former Bluewater Optimist Hall into a
live music hall, indoors and out. The
indoor venue seats about 100 people
and has hosted many local acts but is
also geared to ticketed events featuring
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acts that are travelling close enough to
the area to make Sarnia a stop on their
The addition of Rüstr to the local
music venue has made a significant
difference from what I see. For example,
they have a Sunday brunch with live
entertainment (and great food) from
10am to 2pm. I wondered how far in
Canada someone would have to travel
to find that offered anywhere else, and
then discovered that it’s also offered at
Refined Fool downtown and at Greens
(oops, that one is downtown on Christina
St. and I missed it). One key thing here
is the time at which entertainment is
offered. Most bands in London still
start at 10 p.m. and play until 2 a.m. on
weekdays and I’m in bed by then. Since
this article is in a magazine for 55+ I’ll
assume that I’m preaching to the choir
on this one.
So Why All this Music? Why Now?
For starters it can be attributed to the
pandemic. The number of patios that
can now be licensed has gone through
the roof (hopefully to stay that way) at
a time when craft breweries and local
wineries are coming of age and farm
markets are more popular than ever. The
“Shop Local” philosophy has married
all three of those things together. This
Joan Spalding - photo by Dan Peer Photography
“Golden Age” is taking place in other
areas of Ontario and Canada, but I’ll
continue to argue that Sarnia-Lambton
is doing it best, but could do it even
The pandemic also brought about the
aforementioned Quarantine Sessions
and a new pool of talented musicians
that are now brave enough and have
built up the repertoire needed to take
their places on stage.
The timing is also making live music
more popular. In Sarnia we’re finding
live music at numerous places starting
at 2 or 4 in the afternoon, or from 7 to 10
p.m. It’s long overdue! The generations
that grew up on live music still love and
will support live music, and our venues
have realized that this is the audience
they need to attract. The younger
generations didn’t grow up with The
Campbell St. Stations or the Courtright
Hotels or the Kenwick-on-the-Lakes—
it’s a shame that this new, golden age of
live music may have a shelf life, but we
may be just beginning to
see the best years of it.
The musicians are
older as well, and
this is another key
component. There are
certainly many talented
Chris Molyneaux, Demi
Krall and Rodney James
Medwid to name just a
few, but there are far too
many seasoned artists to
mention that are leading
the way and will be for
years to come. I’ve often
joked that after 35 years
I’m basically playing
the same songs for the
same people. That’s not
completely accurate but
it isn’t far off.
Whether or not this is sustainable is a
good question. Will supply and demand
dictate that not all these establishments
can support live music? Will there be
fewer patrons if COVID goes away and
locals can leave for the US or
other destinations? If COVID
gets worse and we’re all locked
down again, will the music
industry bounce right back
when the time is right? Your
guess is as good as mine.
Speaking of the lockdowns,
even the darkest days of the
quarantine couldn’t stop some
of us. Scott Manery started
broadcasting three hour
concerts on Facebook live from
his basement on Saturday
nights (Scott also has a great
radio show called Nine Hours
North of Nashville, Sunday
mornings on CHOK). I followed
Scott’s lead and started a live
show on Tuesday nights and
can’t tell you what a rewarding
experience it’s been. To top
that though, as of December
26th, 2021, local country
music legend Joan Spalding
had been live streaming a
3:00 afternoon show for an absolutely
incredible 634 days straight.
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So... imagine that Jeff hasn’t been to
Petrolia since the Squire Hotel closed
down and has been longing to see
what’s up in Canada’s Victorian Oil
What the heck is with all these craft
breweries, he might exclaim. There’s
one here too. Black Gold Brewery
opened last year and has regular
entertainment inside or on the patio.
Helen‘s Hideaway Family Restaurant/
Haywood’s is right next door and has
entertainment most weekends, and
Crabby Joe’s had a fabulous outdoor
stage a couple of summers ago which
we hope comes back. Even the Petrolia
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Farmers Market has entertainment on
Saturday mornings and Tuesday nights
when the air is warm enough to play.
A bit further south in Oil City Jeff finds
that there’s absolutely no place to play,
but Alvinston has Armor’s Ale House.
Painkiller Jane warming up for the Trews in a parking lot on Front St. in 2013
(l-r) Jamie Dufour, Mark Moran, Heather Wellington, Pete Michieli
Then he turns tail and heads back north
to Wyoming where the Legion has had
entertainment on some Saturday nights
for years. Covid put a stop to that for a
while but they’re back up and running
to some extent. A new restaurant called
LOCA also opened and my good friend
Adam Miller was their first of hopefully
many entertainers. Wyoming is where I
started my own music career years ago
with bands like Trax, Damn Straight,
Done Deal. I’m currently with Painkiller
Jane and also have a duo with Colleen
Beauregard in addition to a solo act I
bring out from time to time.
From there Jeff continues north
and finds Alton Farms Estate Winery
on Aberarder Line south of Forest and
it’s on one of the sunny afternoons
when they have—you guessed it—live
entertainment on the patio. Around a
country corner still just south of Forest
he’s going to drive up the laneway
to Stonepicker Brewing Co. which
routinely has acts outside on warm
days and inside year round. The Forest
location of Skeeter Barlows also has live
acts and a bit further up the road in
Port Franks he might just find his old
pal Mark Blayney playing at Grogs
Restaurant. They’ll spend some
time talking about the amazing new
outdoor stages at Widder Station
in Thedford and at the Ipperwash
Beach Club. There are also a number
of campgrounds in this area that
hire bands during the summer, not
to mention all the fairs and festivals
in every corner of Lambton County.
Oh, we’re not done yet though. Jeff
ventures up Highway 21 where Brian
Dale might be doing his regular gig
at the Pinery Flea Market, which
will be hopefully open again this
summer after a two-year hiatus.
Brian is a staple in the Grand
Bend music scene, often seen at
numerous venues including playing
with friends at the Lake Hound
Restaurant. As you can imagine, the
number of venues in The Bend can be
plentiful but often changes. The Rotary
Club has also built a fabulous stage on
the beach and feature weekly Summer
Sounds concerts, often on Sunday
nights with the hopes of keeping people
in town a bit longer.
Grand Bend sits right
on the county line so
we could dip our toes
a bit north and try to
claim the Oakwood
Inn or White Squirrel
Golf Club. There’s
also Huron Country
Playhouse but we can’t
mention that without
celebrating two more
They may not often
feature local bands
but you’ll never hear
better music than you
do at Sarnia’s Imperial
Theatre and Victoria
Brian Austin has done
an incredible job at
the Imperial of bringing in an array of
talent, including numerous household
names. My personal favourite is the
Classic Albums Live series where a
group of selected musicians come in to
play an album so perfectly that you can
close your eyes and barely be able to
tell that it’s not the recording. Fans of
the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd,
Queen, etc would fall in love with this
production, but get your tickets fast
for those shows! And in Petrolia, David
Hogan and David Rogers as artistic
directors have established Victoria Hall
as one of the best and most reliable
performance centres in the land. Music
Director Mark Payne and an all star
cast of superbly talented artists never
disappoint and crowds relish in the
opportunity to see many of the cast
members return in different roles.
I think that’s it. I think we’re done,
Jeff. Good thing you don’t drink brother.
You can drive home safely after your
tour through Sarnia-Lambton’s awesome
collection of music venues. We came up
with well over 30 places to play with
Jim Chevalier with Canada’s Voyageur guitar
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regularity, not including the theatres,
one-time events or fairs and festivals
like Ribfest, Bluewater Borderfest, etc.
Oh wait, what’s that, we missed one?
How could we possibly forget about the
Duc D’Orleans II which cruises up and
down the St. Clair River in the summer
with live bands a few days or nights
each week, and is also one of the most
enjoyable places for musicians to play.
It’s always an adventure with Ken and
Sherry and their fabulous crew.
So How Do We Get Even Better??
If there’s more opportunity for live
music to flourish it would be in Sarnia’s
city-owned facilities. We hope to see
music come back to life at the Agora
Stage in Centennial Park, in Canatara
Park and especially at the Progressive
Auto Sales Arena which has the ability
to host large shows that would attract
tourists, but is barely ever used to its
full potential. In the last show I saw
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there, Elton John played for three hours
straight, by himself. There were no
other musicians, just Elton John. I have
no idea how Sarnia got that lucky, but
we did. We also had 14 years of Bayfest
which grew to become a world class
concert series and tourism bonanza,
but it ended 10 years ago. It would also
be nice to see Sarnia and other towns
block off their streets on occasion for
more live music festivals.
Tourism is important and I for one
believe that having this many live, local
music venues can attract music lovers.
As I write this in December 2021,
Monday is the only day without live
entertainment in our area. On many
days of the week you can see two, three
or more performances starting as early
as 10 a.m. and almost all are free (but
Scott Manery & the Barnburners at Ribfest
2015 - photo by Mike Sexton
Call Don at
I’d write something better here, but I forgot to!
please tip musicians). I would love to
travel to another part of the province
and stay one or more nights just to enjoy
live, local music but, if there are other
places with this much entertainment,
none of them are letting us know about
it. But.. are we telling others?
That’s my point and the goal of this
article. I’ve heard countless people
complain over the years that there’s
nothing to do in Sarnia-Lambton and
that we don’t have much of a music
scene. They’re completely wrong and
always were, but our music scene is
better than ever right now and we may
in fact be the Live, Local Music Capital
of Canada. We should be promoting
it as a tourism product and may have
aces up our sleeve in this department
as well. Tourism Sarnia Lambton’s
Executive Director Mark Perrin has loads
of experience as an event coordinator,
and Digital Marketing Coordinator Adam
Veen plays in two bands, Rumblefish
and Aces High. I believe a key to this
is to have one place where locals and
visitors can find a calendar of all events,
large or small, in one place. Music, craft
shows, fairs, beef dinners, everything.
Doing this is extremely difficult in these
uncertain times and organized event
calendars were much more common
before the advent of social media.
However, if you have a complete and
up-to-date list of attractions, in this case
music, then you can promote it as a
unique tourism product and put “heads
in beds” which is the primary goal of all
tourism marketing. In this case we could
also keep people from leaving our area
since they would know just how much is
happening in their own backyard. I hope
TSL and their community partners will
work on this because it’s something that
is not being done in any other market
that I’ve ever seen, and it would give us
a strategic advantage to attract visitors.
In the meantime you can find
valuable information on who’s playing
where at www.sarniarocks.com and the
Supporting Sarnia Lambton and Live
Music Sarnia Facebook pages.
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If you’ve made it this far, thank you
for reading and my apologies if there
are any venues that I’ve somehow
missed. Please support live music
everywhere and remember to tip
musicians if you like what you hear. I
pray that no businesses will have to shut
down in 2022 but, if that’s the case, I’m
confident that they can all rebound if
we do our part to help them.
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By Beryl Beckett • from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2021
The Land Girls are pretty well known.
The British issued a postage stamp in
their honour. and the BBC made a movie
about them. The Canadian Farmerettes?
Not so well known… even ‘hardly
known.’ It’s about time we change that.
Farmerettes in Canada worked the
fields left empty of labour at a time
when most males were in the Armed
Forces during World War II. How do I
know? I was a Farmerette! Four teenaged
girls from Petrolia, Ontario became
Farmerettes. Maybe some of you knew
us: Lois and Jean Duncan, Mona Dougall
and me, Beryl Anderson. I’d love to say
we were patriotic but truth be known
we got out of school early, didn’t have
to write final exams AND we got paid! A
whole 25 cents an hour… though we had
to pay room and board at the camps out
of our pay. We wanted adventure and we
figured it would be like camp. Not quite.
So off we went…Jean and Mona were
sent to St. Davids, Vineland while Lois
and I went to Goodwins Farm Camp,
all in the Niagara region. We cut fields
and fields of asparagus, usually in the
morning, and worked fields and fields
of strawberries in the afternoon. Not
walking and bending but stooping
continually. I’m surprised I’m still not
Anyway, one vegetable I didn’t like was
asparagus. Come dinner time, we were
starving. First off: cream of asparagus
soup—couldn’t even try it. So I waited for
the main meal: creamed asparagus on
toast. Believe me, I polished it off. By the
end of the meal I really liked asparagus.
Dessert? You guessed it. Strawberries.
At Goodwins we had a Japanese
family interned there… a lovely family,
the Mitsuis. Mr. Mitsui had been Mr.
Goodwin’s sergeant in the Canadian
army during World War I. In World War II
he was considered an enemy of Canada.
Different wars, different worlds. I can
only imagine the hurt of Mr. Mitsui.
We worked hard but we also had
fun travelling around the Niagara area
via thumb. We hitchhiked all over,
even to Buffalo, NY (where we almost
got arrested). We’d hitch rides into St.
Catherines where we’d spend evenings
drinking chocolate cokes (don’t knock it
‘til you try it) at the Dianne Sweet Shoppe
and meeting boys. Almost every weekend
we’d hitch rides to Niagara Falls.
Then Lois and I got transferred to
Vineland Camp where we thinned
peaches, picked peaches and packed
peaches for the rest of the summer. We
began to feel we lived on ladders leaning
against peach trees.
So why tell you about Farm Camp and
Farmerettes? A small but dedicated group
of people are trying to get the Canadian
Postal Service to issue a commemorative
stamp honouring the Farmerettes, but to
do this they need to know there would
be an interest in the history of the
Farmerettes of Canada. They suggest
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As the bus in which I was a passenger
passed our local hospital, the little
boy on the seat in front of me leaned
against his mother’s arm. Up to then
he had remained very quiet and still.
“Daddy doesn’t love me, does he?”
he said suddenly.
“How can you say such a thing!”
exclaimed his mother in surprise.
“He doesn’t!” insisted the little boy.
“Don’t ever say that again,” scolded
the mother. “You know he loves you
“He never said so when I came out
of hospital like you did.”
“Of course he did,” the mother
answered without hesitation.
“When?” insisted the boy. “I
never heard him.”
“Well, don’t you remember when
Daddy spent the whole evening
fixing your train? That’s when
he told you he loved you.”
The little boy wrinkled his
nose and glanced suspiciously
at his mother. “Is that when Daddy
said it? I didn’t hear him.”
Of course the little boy didn’t
understand but I felt sure his mother
would somehow explain in a way that
would be clear to him. Unfortunately,
I had to leave them for I had already
arrived at my destination.
I thought about that brief conversation
between the boy and his mother for
quite a long time afterwards.
Not everyone can express their love
in words. To some people “I love you”
is one of the hardest things to say.
But there are many ways of “saying”
I love you.
The mother who sits for long hours
mending her son’s favourite jacket
or alters a dress for her daughter so
that it fits to perfection. The young
wife who spends hours making the
dessert she knows her husband loves,
or the husband who brings home little
unexpected gifts of flowers or candies.
Then there is the humorous
A friend of mine has a wonderful
husband. On her club nights he
will wash the dishes, feed the
children, put them to bed and
do anything else that needs to
be done, without so much as
a sigh. But when it comes
to those three little words
she longs to hear, all he can
manage is: “I think I’ll trade you
in for a new car.”
“I used to be quite upset about
it,” Mary told me, “but now I
understand. He is telling me he
loves me - but in his own funny way.”
So when we long to hear those
three little words - I love you - let us
remember there are other ways to
“say” this that are just as significant
and meaningful if we will only train our
hearts and minds as well as our ears to
The little boy whose father spent
the evening mending his toy train will
one day understand this, even if his
mother is unsuccessful in explaining
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It was made with patience. Every bead
was chosen with care. Was it the right
colour? Was it the right shape? Did he use
just the right amount?
Painstakingly, he strung the beads on
the pipe cleaner. In my mind’s eye, I can
see his little tongue hanging out of his
mouth as he threaded the pipe cleaner
through the circle of the bead, like he was
threading a needle.
One minute in a child’s time is like
five minutes for an adult. It must have
seemed like forever. One bead, two
beads... twenty beads. Choosing just the
right beautiful colours and just the best
Although he is only four years old,
he puts so much thought into his
masterpiece for Granny. He knows her
favourite colour and attempts to create
a masterpiece meant especially for his
Getting it just the right size to fit her
wrist and tying it off so as to never lose
any of the “precious” stones to the floor,
is a feat of future engineering skills. Dad
has taught him well... one day he might
follow in his footsteps.
After sitting back and admiring it, and
making sure it is just right, he packs it
away for his 2000 mile plane trip out east
to Granny and Grandpa’s house.
At just the right moment, he digs it out
of his suitcase and presents it to me—
With a look in his eyes of pride and
much love he hands his handiwork to me.
At first I question why? It’s not a special
occasion like my birthday or Mother’s
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Granny’s eyes fill with tears knowing
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By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia
Here is a true story. We will call her
Frances. Frances is in her mid 80s
and she has three doctors. A general
practitioner, a heart specialist, and a
doctor looking after her arthritis—a
rheumatologist. She sees them all
regularly. Periodically, as her condition
changes, she gets new prescriptions.
Her GP is monitoring her Type 2
diabetes and the doctor has her on two
medications to control that condition.
From her heart specialist she has
a medication to thin her blood, a
medication to help control her blood
pressure, and a medication to help
control her cholesterol. From her
rheumatologist she gets a medication
to control inflammation and one to
control joint pain.
That is how it started. Now as
time passed each of these doctors
changed and added to Frances’
list of medications. Frances was
complaining of poor sleep, so her GP
gave her a sleeping pill. The pain in
her joints was getting more intense,
so her rheumatologist increased her
pain medication. Frances herself was
watching an infomercial and decided to
order an over-the-counter med to also
help with her sleeping.
These doctors, all well intentioned
are fixing the issue in front of them.
They are unaware of what the other
doctors are prescribing. The pharmacist
is filling the script and not checking
to see if there could be bad drug
interactions. Perhaps there are multiple
At this point we count 17 medications.
This is Polypharmacy, and it is a big,
big, challenge for seniors and healthcare
in general. The overprescribing and
overuse of medications in our senior
population is called the second
pharmacological epidemic, the first
being the opioid crisis.
You see doctors know how to
diagnose and treat, while pharmacists
understand best medications, and drug
interactions. The chart shown illustrates
the differences in the training of doctors
Let’s get back to Frances. She has been
dealing with a great deal of dizziness and
confusion in recent weeks. So intense
are these bouts of dizziness that she
remains in her armchair for most of the
day. Frances was attributing the brain
fog and dizziness to her old age—she
just sucked it up. She should not have.
Constant, persistent dizziness is not
a condition of aging. It is, for Frances
and similar cases, being caused by the
17 drugs in her system.
Getting up from her armchair one
day the dizziness became so intense
she lost her balance and had a bad
fall. Hospitalized for a time, she was
moved a Long-Term-Care (LTC) facility
to recuperate. Once there, a multidisciplinary
health team came around
her and coordinated all aspects of her
care including her medications. The
LTC doctor and pharmacist took over
her medications and reduced the 17
to…wait for it…five. Yes, five. Frances
recovered from her fall-induced injury,
and the chemical cocktail that had
been coursing through her veins.
Paradoxically, her son reported that the
fall was the best thing that could have
happened to his mom. “I got my mom
back!” he told the leaders and staff at
the LTC community.
This true story was shared with me
by Andy Donald, owner and CEO of The
Health Depot, and a Certified Geriatric
Pharmacist. Andy is on a mission to
improve the health care system for
seniors by reducing and eliminating the
scenario I just described. “We need to
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the patient first. No one is to blame. It
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things is baked into the system.”
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It all began when I went
to Barrie because they were
going to bury Barry who had
died from eating a poison
berry, not from beriberi as
first reported. As executor,
I’d been asked to write a
report on the funeral rite
and I wanted to make sure I
got it right. First I talked to
his fiancé Mary who, not surprisingly,
was less than merry now that she was
no longer going to marry Barry. Also,
so I wouldn’t err, I had to resolve
the question hanging in the air…
who was Barry’s heir? The situation
was confused because Barry’s cousin
Claude, had clawed his way into the
equation, the clod. It also looked like
Claude’s mother Bea would also be a
problem because she seemed to have
a bee in her bonnet. If Bea, who was
Barry’s aunty, was anti my report, it
would certainly up the ante.
Another problem I had to check was
a missing cheque Barry was supposed to
have received from a mysterious Czech.
I also had to talk to Barry’s brother
Harry who, ironically, was no longer
hairy now that he had joined the Hari
Mary said, “He’ll be a problem,
the heel, because he had an ongoing
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my preliminary report.
To throw them off the
scent, I sent the message
that Barry didn’t have a
cent to his name.
When I was a tot, I
was taught that, after
you hook a fish you
should keep your line
taut so, to get to the meat
of the matter, I asked them to meet me
in Barry’s office where, I promised, I
would mete out the answers. I entered
the room with my report wrapped in
plastic as protection against the rain,
rapped firmly on the table and waited
until I had their rapt attention. Pushing
back my chair I rose and announced,
“I’m sorry folks, but you’re no richer
than your forebears were in days of
yore. Barry left all of his money to his
children from a previous marriage.”
Those children were Gord, who had
been gored by a bull after he threw a
gourd at the animal; Hugh, whose eyes
were the same hue as Gord’s, and who I
felt would hew to the party line plus the
twins Lou and Lew who were so close
they even went to the loo together in
lieu of leaving each other, even for a
There was a moment of stunned
silence before their lawyer asked,
“You mean they’re not going to inherit
I told them I was sorry and with that
they tried to rein in their emotions and,
as they trudged slowly out into the rain
they realized that Barry could still reign,
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to have falls as we age. Falls occur when
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on the ground or lower than where we
started. Approximately 30% of people
over the age of 65 fall each year. One
in five may require medical attention
which can affect their ability to perform
daily tasks such as getting into a car,
rising from a chair, or carrying groceries.
Preventing falls is important to stay
There are several things that may
contribute to falls: poor balance, poor
By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher
vision, and dementia to name a few. The
good news? Many falls can be prevented!
That’s were my physiotherapy work
comes into play. I get the privilege of
educating clients with simple steps to
help keep them safe of falls.
Here’s what you can do to lower your
Taking part in regular exercise reduces
the risk of falls. Ensuring your exercise
program include both strength and
balance exercises. Walking, gardening,
swimming are a few great ways to stay
active. A registered physiotherapist can
assist in setting up your exercise program
that is specific for you.
HOME SAFETY MODIFICATIONS:
Making sure the floor is free of clutter
and tripping hazards. Remove
scatter rugs. Arrange furniture
for ease of movement. Keep
commonly used items
within reach, so you are
not bending too low. Ask
someone to your home
to help make sure it is set
up as safely as possible.
Your vision and
footwear and general health
can all have an impact—check them out!
Review all medications with your doctor
or pharmacist. Even some over-thecounter
medications can increase your
risk of falling.
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keep you independent! Stay Active!
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SIGNS FROM GOD
These were found on signs outside of churches.
WHOEVER IS PRAYING FOR SNOW
A bad compromise is better
than a good lawsuit.
A bad workman never
finds a good tool.
A big nose never spoiled
a handsome face.
A clear conscience is a good pillow.
A crooked log makes a good fire.
A door must either be open or shut.
A drowning man clings to a blade of grass.
A fool's speech is a bubble of air.
A good tale is none the worse for being twice told.
A great fortune in the hands
of a fool is a great misfortune.
A handsome shoe often pinches the feet.
A lame man won't walk with one who is lamer.
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A muffled cat never caught a mouse.
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celebrated her 98th birthday with family and
friends on Oct 13th. She lives at Thompson
Gardens in Corunna, previously from Wilkesport.
Helen and her sister Dorothy Pet who is 96 have
hand quilted over 100 quilts since moving into this
Seniors Home. Helen is an inspiraon to all.
to my wonderful
Rered from Tourism Sarnia Lambton
aer many years of hard work and
dedicaon to the community. Leona
was a key part of TSL and is
reknowned for knowing everything
that was happening for people
travelling in Sarnia-Lambton.
Firefighter Ken Henry, and his wife, Nancy, were
recently honoured for 50 years of service by the
Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department.
During a recent ceremony at the Petrolia Legion, Ken
was presented with a plaque from the office of the
Ontario Fire Marshal, both his 45 and 50 year bars
to go on his service medal presented by Nelly Green.
He was also gied a wood carving of a PNEFD
Maltese cross and an engraved watch presented by
PNEFD Chief Jay Arns. Greengs were brought by
dignitaries at all levels of government. Speaking in
thanks, Firefighter Henry spoke about some of the
changes, challenges and champions of his 50 years
of volunteer service.
with some of the 60 plus birthday
cards he received for his 60th
birthday on October 8th. Ron’s
four children organized this
Bob, of Wyoming and a member of
Petrolia Toastmasters, was recently
awarded a MEMBERS MAKING A
DIFFERENCE award from District 86
Toastmasters. This award recognizes
that Bob has volunteered with RAYJON
for more than 20 years and has been a
part of more than 40 eyeglass clinics in
Hai, Mexico, Dominican Republic and
other third world countries.
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My Lefthanded, Backwards,
Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short Stories
Well, back in the old days, I was
pretty much terrified of girls. I knew
I liked what they had to offer, but was
pretty uninterested in actually seeking
them out. Didn’t like to put them in
the awkward position of having to
crush my dreams and didn’t like to
be put in the position of having my
dreams crushed. Problem was that
I’d made new friends in high school,
and these guys were obsessed with
chasing girls – it was pretty much all
they thought about – except possibly
how to get hold of some liquor and
get drunk – because that was starting
to happen as well – but that’s another
story. Anyway, if you were intent on
chasing girls, it meant that you were
likely going to end up going to dances
– and, if you remember, dances were
not my favourite activity.
However, in order to be one of
the crowd, I knew I’d have to attend
dances. So, I bucked it up and went
to the first few dances of the school
year. Everything was going okay
because I would sort of hide off to
the side of the event and let my
buddies have their way with the girls.
In those days, most dances featured
a live band, so it was always good
to watch the band – mainly because
things were happening in that area
of my life as well – but that’s another
story, too. And, so, I ended up in my
Sunday best at the annual Valentine’s
Dance. Not really too worried, but
knowing I’d need to keep my guard
And the dance was going okay, and
I was doing my usual hiding, when
something unfortunate happened.
One of my newfound buddies wanted
to dance with this certain girl in the
worst way – but she had a friend she
was with…and none of the other guys
seemed to be around. So, he asked the
By John Gardiner
The following is an excerpt from “My Lefthanded,
Backwards, Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short Stories”
by Wallaceburg writer John Gardiner, who grew up and
came of age in Hanover, Ontario during the 1950’s and
1960’s. In this memoir, Gardiner tells the story of his
growing-up years with a series of colourful anecdotes
about the way life used to be. More of the writer’s work is
available at www.johngardinerstories.com or by contacting
the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Attend the Valentine’s Dance
inevitable question in a circumstance
like this. Would I go with him and ask
the friend to dance. I said, “No, man,
I don’t actually dance.” He responded
that it was a dance I was attending
and he’d buy me a “ten-to-go” bag of
French Fries after if I’d do it. So, off
we headed across the dance floor. And
before I knew it, I was dancing. It was
a slow tune and for my generation of
dancers what that meant was that all
you had to do was grapple with your
partner – there were no real steps but
it was good if you kept your feet to
yourself. I made it through the song,
whereupon the girl I had asked said
her thanks and headed off. I don’t
remember how my friend made out,
but I had done my duty….and I’d
danced with a real live girl and lived
to tell about it.
Now the thing was that at the
annual Valentine’s Dance, they had
a tradition at old HDHS and that was
that near the end of the night, they
crowned the “Queen of Hearts.” And
the way they did this was by putting
all the girls’ names in a big empty
thing, then drawing out one of them.
And, of course, they pulled the name
of the girl I’d danced with. So, she
headed off up to the stage to receive
her honours. And when she got there,
something truly horrible happened.
They asked her who she had last
danced with – and, you guessed it, it
was me. And, suddenly, I was on stage
and I was the “King of Hearts”…….
Wow…..They slapped a cardboard
crown on my head and shoved a
sceptre into my hands and I was all
set. Truly one of the most traumatic
things that has ever happened to me.
I did survive, but it was a close call. It
taught me that I’d need to do a better
job of hiding as I journeyed through
life. Hide well, my friends, because
there are bad things in life and they’re
just waiting out there to get you.
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My Daily Work Out
Here I am at eighty, I need more exercise,
Doctor says its good for you, keeps you fit and wise.
So I got up this morning and "dragged my heels" a bit,
Now that's a great beginning, should really keep me fit.
Then "jumping to conclusions" and "climbing walls" I know,
Will help build up my muscles and help my spirits grow.
I push my luck and get to work, "and 'round in circles run,"
While "bending over backwards" that's really not much fun.
Making "mountains out of molehills" & "swallowing my pride,"
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I'll "put off until tomorrow" and go crawl into bed.
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1 Ned Miller From a Jack to a King
2 Claude King Wolverton Mountain
3 Marty Robbins Devil Woman
4 Patsy Cline She's Got You
5 Marty Robbins Ruby Ann
6 Patsy Cline Crazy
7 Carl Butler Don't Let Me Cross Over
8 Walter Brennan Old Rivers
9 Jim Reeves Losing Your Love
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1 Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales
2 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You
3 The Tornados Telstar
4 Elvis Presley Return to Sender
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Life Taught Me... Have a sense of humour.
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MPP – Sarnia-Lambton
Building A Better Sarnia-Lambton
Presenting petitions at Queen’s
Park on behalf of seniors living
in Ontario land lease
Bluewater Country in Sarnia.
Proudly attending a Righteous
Among the Nations ceremony
hosted by Israel in Toronto, which
recognized the heroism of late
Lambton County residents Jan and
Elsje Snippe for saving a Jewish
boy in the Netherlands during The
Recognizing the 100th anniversary
of the Sarnia Cenotaph and the
restoration of the 100-year-old
“Tommy” statue after it was
Visiting local industry with the
Minister of Energy (centre) and Rob
Thompson, NOVA Chemicals VP
Welcome to 2022 – and congratulations to The Club on a very
successful first year. As the sophomore year of this unique
publication kicks off, I know we’re all excited to see what
informative, entertaining and humourous features The Club team
will deliver in the next 12 months to its thousands of 55+ readers!
Although 2021 continued to provide many challenges, almost
everyone I’ve spoken with in recent months has been more
positive and upbeat as life in Ontario returns to normal. Even if
we’re not completely out of the pandemic woods yet, I think all of
us are feeling more optimistic about the future.
With the end of Ontario’s 42nd Parliament coming this spring,
there is still plenty of work to be done at Queen’s Park, including
a new budget that will set the stage for the province’s future. As
your Member of Provincial Parliament since 2007, I have always
advocated strongly for everyone in Sarnia-Lambton, ensuring
that our local issues are front and centre. Additionally, over the
past several months, I’ve been honoured to make numerous
funding announcements in support of programs that are directed
specifically to the needs of those 55+, many of whom are living
on fixed incomes.
Just a reminder that if you have concerns related to any
provincial matters, my Constituency Office staff is always
available to help. Please check out my contact information at the
bottom of this page and feel free to stop by my office, call or
email any time.
I’d like to extend my best wishes to all The Club’s readers for a
healthy and prosperous 2022. Stay safe and be well!
Talking with workers at the
former Lambton Generating
Station prior to the proposed
demolition in early 2022.
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Celebrating the 150th
anniversary of First Baptist
Church in Petrolia with Pastor
Contact Bob Bailey
Participating in the Ontario
Trillium Foundation event in
Petrolia to celebrate Lambton
County Developmental Service’s
$53,000 grant for a new
Discussing local economic issues
with the Associate Minister of
Small Business and Red Tape
Reduction (left) and Terri O’Brien,
owner of local business Feather
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T he Winsomeness of Winter
By Janet Robinson, Burlington • from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2021
I have to admit, I am not a fan of
winter. I tend to hibernate during the
cold months, awaiting the warmth of
spring, and the emergence of the beauty
of flowers and greenery once again.
I gather my books together for good
reads, peruse new recipes to try, and
live the indoor life with the satisfaction
that I am warm and comfortable.
Yet, winter does have a certain charm
to it. Everyone loves to see a landscape
with newly fallen snow like feathery
pillows tenderly placed on each branch
and surrounding foliage. It’s peaceful
and calming to view.
I would often look out the window
during an evening snowfall and marvel
at the diamond-like sparks of colour,
flashing from tiny snowflakes as the
outdoor lights lit up those flakes,
displaying all the colours of the rainbow.
Reds, greens, blues, oranges, all shouting
with unheard voices, “Behold!”
And there is such elegance in the
ice-laden branches of trees and other
structures after an episode of freezing
rain. The following day’s sun glistens
on every part of the landscape and it is
a treat to drive around for a few hours
before it melts away to behold what
nature has given as a fleeting covering
of what appears to be crystal and glass
Some folk are very brave and layer
up in warm clothing venturing out for
walks and sometimes escapades into
the wooded areas or fields to view the
birds and other animals. There is an
abundance of life in the perceived dead
landscape, with the antics of squirrels
scurrying about, nuthatches eagerly
eating up the suet a benevolent home
owner has put out, and deer silently
walking through the ubiquitous down
which has blanketed the fields. Yes,
there is life in the frozen land.
Winter has inspired photographers
and painters who give recognition to the
often overlooked tranquility of this silent
world. The pristine white is the perfect
backdrop for the scarlets of cardinals
and berries, the greens of the pine and
spruce trees, the blues of the jays, and
the blacks and browns and rust colours
of other creatures. The artists of the
world have always appreciated the visual
gifts that this frigid season has given us.
Children have consistently embraced
the season, building snowmen and
forts, making snow angels, sliding on
the ice. This is not a strange world to
them, but another opportunity to play
in a different and creative way and
their rosy cheeks and gleeful smiles
attest to the joy the season has brought
them. Likewise, most dogs are thrilled
to have the chance to plough through
the fresh snow and roll in it with great
exuberance, and it lightens the heart to
So rather than sigh with discouragement
and impatience as we await the warmer
seasons, we should see winter through
new eyes and a heart of gratitude for the
beauty which continues through the next
few months. It’s there if we look for it.
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Confessions of a Stoker
I am in love with central heating.
Each time I saunter into the hall and
turn the thermostat up or down, a
smug smile lights my face. For life
wasn’t always so simple.
Soon after our marriage, my husband
and I moved into his parents’ home on
their one hundred acre farm. We had
our own private living quarters in half
of the one-storey home and my in-laws
shared the other half. Unfortunately,
we also had our own coal stove. To a
girl raised in an apartment building
who had never set eyes on a furnace
much less an ancient cook stove, the
results proved to be a near disaster.
My mother-in-law was a wellintentioned
woman with 40 years stove
tending experience behind her. She
was given to daily periodic inspections
into our half of the house to peer
beneath the grates. And not without
A gingerly lift of the lid and
wild, grasping flames would leap
uncontrollably out of the innards,
licking savagely at her arms and face.
Then, with the patience of Job and nary
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an accusation in my direction, she
would bank the fire with just the right
amount of coal or wood. No more, no
less. I soon began to regard her as a
sort of genius whose great talent for
tending fires was being wasted on
incidentals. She would have excelled
as a forest ranger in the northern
On one of her daily rounds she
found me huddled in the ashes like
Cinderella. She caught me bundled up
to my eyeballs in scarves, parka, wool
socks and boots. A near empty box of
burnt matches gave mute testimony to
my ineffective attempts at becoming
an efficient farm wife.
With a sympathetic cluck of her
tongue, she stoically took one match
and built a crackling fire in a matter
of minutes. Even after a year, I still
required a week’s supply of newspapers
and a full box of matches.
One cold, blustery mid-winter
afternoon, she popped in and caught
me garbed in beach wear with the
windows wide open. I dropped the fan
I had been waving, and passed it off
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with a weak, sickly grin.
It was in the chill days of mid winter
that the Stove War, as I was prone to
call it, got completely out of hand. One
evening around midnight my husband
and I awakened suddenly. I had dreamt
of getting lost in the Sahara desert. It
felt as if the hot sun still blazed down
“Why is the ceiling pink?” I asked
A check on the stove showed that
it had scored another triumph. The
entire surface area was red hot. The
walls and furniture felt uncomfortably
warm. We threw open the windows
and door, praying that stray animals
wouldn’t wander inside. We dragged
the furniture closer to the door just in
case we had to make a quick getaway.
We tip-toed quietly through the silent
house. I prayed that my mother-in-law
would continue to sleep through the
entire disgraceful episode.
We were forced to wear coats,
go outside and stand on the back
stoop until the heating cooled down.
Some two hours later, when the stove
had finally spent itself,
we crept back into the
house, bleary-eyed with
lack of sleep. Congratulating
ourselves on a job well done,
we heard a slight click of the
adjoining door. We looked up
to see a ghost-like figure clad in
a white, flannelette nightgown
carrying a water bucket.
“Why is all the furniture
piled up over by the window?”
my mother-in-law asked in an
I stammered back the first
words that came to my head.
“We didn’t want to burn
the house down?”
Just for a moment, I
thought of moving back
to the city first thing
in the morning.
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Bandmasters in Lambton County
Courtesy of Lambton Archives, County of Lambton
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Lambton County has a vibrant musical
history. Every community in Lambton
County has been inspired to put some
sort of music group together and it was
the presence of the military in Lambton
County that helped music flourish. The
military wore handsome
uniforms and they needed
music to accompany their
assemblies, marches and
and growth of our musical history in
A man devoted to the stirring music
of military and concert bands and
school orchestra’s in Sarnia was William
E. Brush. Bandmaster Brush
was born in Watford in the
year 1880. He moved to
Forest where as a young man
special events. With a
he became a cornetist with
variety of instruments,
the local band. Interested in
concert bands have
pursuing a career in music,
emerged to the delight of
community residents and
the pride of community
he moved to Toronto where
he studied under Capt. John
Slatter of the Toronto’s 48th
Highlanders Band. Brush
The bandmaster or
was a featured euphoniumist
conductor led the bands William Brush in that city for several years.
while choosing the music, motivating,
and directing the musicians. Without
the bandmaster, the band would often
disintegrate. Here we feature two
striking band masters who had a large
musical impact on the development
Mr. Brush moved to Sarnia in 1909
and joined the 27th Regimental Band
as cornetist and Bandmaster. When the
27th Regiment was removed from the
Sarnia Militia List, the band became
known as the Sarnia Citizens Band.
When the Sarnia Board
of Education decided to
establish an orchestra
at Sarnia Collegiate
Institute, he was brought
in to train, teach, and
direct the school band.
For a number of years
he was also organist and
choirmaster at Devine
Street Methodist and
later he became the first
President of the Lambton
County Music Festival.
A Bandmasters Funeral: William Brush
To many in Sarnia,
William Brush was
known as the quietspoken
of the Sarnia Citizens
Band for 46 years. He
never missed a parade,
concert, or practice.
His death in December
of 1954 shocked and
saddened the Sarnia
Community. His efforts
with countless musically
Percy Cox leading the White Roase Band
minded students in local schools and
able leadership of the city band was
unsurpassed. He earned the respect
and admiration of bandmasters and
bandsmen across the
province with his counsel
highly regarded, especially
for his knack of turning
amateur musical groups
into finely tuned musical
Percie Cox began
his musical career at
the age of 17 when he
became a member of the Percy Cox
Leytonston Salvation Army Band and
the Headquarters singers located on
Fortress Road, London England. It is
with the band that he studied the cornet
and at sometime early in life the piano,
becoming proficient in both.
On March 16th, 1911, Percie set
sale for Canada, leaving the harbor in
Liverpool at 4:50pm. By March 27th he
made it to Port Arthur where he met his
future wide Eva MacArthur.
To Percie, music was the love of his
life which he pursued with vigor and
with much success. He immediately
joined local concert bands while
working, raising a family, and teaching
piano and other musical
instruments. By 1939 his
music career flourished and
Percie took a job with the
Canadian Oil Company in
Petrolia, being offered the
position of Bandmaster of
its newly acquired Petrolia
Citizens Band, later known
as the Petrolia White Rose
Band. Immediately he took
to preparing the band for
the Canadian National Exhibition in
Toronto, and to everyone’s delight, led
the band to take the first prize at the
C.N.E in 1927, 1928, and 1929.
Teaching was an important part of
his life in Petrolia. In his small studio
in the Town Hall, he gave instruction to
hundreds of young men and women in
wind, reed, and tympanic instruments.
He continued his love for music and
the band until his peaceful passing in
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