Welcome to the Club - Winter 2022

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other! Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

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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

Advertisement Bloopers

Every newspaper or magazine makes mistakes from time to time (except for

Daytripping of course.) But sometimes the customer does! These are excerpts

from actual classified ads people placed in various papers, showing obvious (and

not so obvious) mistakes made. As you'll notice, many were unintentional.

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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.

Thanks for reading!

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publication can be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission of Moran Advertising. The content of this

publication does not necessarily represent the opinions of the publisher. The content of this publication has not been deemed

by the publisher to be correct and accurate. The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for damages arising

directly or indirectly from errors occuring in this publication beyond the amount paid for the space actually occupied by that

portion of the advertisment in which the error occurred, whether such error is due to the negligence of its servants or

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After Hours

questions from

Annual Trivia Night

“The Daytripper” has a team entered every year, but we have yet to win.

Answers Below

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

in 1930?

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

Heathrow Airport?

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

15. What did German August Kotter introduce to the world in 1520?

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What’s New in Business

Manjit Singh and his wife Balwinder

Kaur have spent the last two years

expanding their business and winning


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

Indian food.

But over the years, they proved

Sarnians have an insatiable appetite for

Sitara’s Southern and Northern Indian

food. The original London Road location

was expanded, a second downtown

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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

Point Edward.

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

in Wallaceburg.

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

Sarnia alone.

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,”

he said.

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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

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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

rummage sale.

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

school days.

A bean supper will be

held on Tuesday evening

in the church hall.

Music will follow.



Life Taught Me... Everything is not always as it seems.

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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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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

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Old Age

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

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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

monthly purchases.

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

Christmas treat.

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

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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

this way.

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

be forgotten.



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Life Lessons Learned by Adults

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3) One reason to smile is that every seven minutes of every day, someone

in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.

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Putting the “old” back in “Damn, you’re old!”

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


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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

organization afloat.

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

someone’s life.

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,”

he said.

“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

factored out.

The monthly 50/50 draw

eclipsed all other fundraising

activities in the theatre’s 25-

year history.

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

extended period.

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.

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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

record shows.

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This is a just a portion of a mural

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Grandma’s Quilt

Suffering from middle-aged insomnia,

the ad caught my eye.

“Dragon’s Den Fight Over This

Canadian Sleep Start Up.”

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

By Lee Michaels,


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

my thumb.

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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missed a lot of morning classes when

I was at university. What does seem to


work well now is the smell of freshly

brewed coffee.

Retirement Anyway, in class we concentrate

Coach © on one of the sayings of Zen masters

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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

ya have?”

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

of tea.”

“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

spiritual awakening.

I was in the local public library the

other day when a lady walked in and

asked the librarian, “Do you have

children’s books?”

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*

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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

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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

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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

is weakened.

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

Johns, Newfoundland.

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

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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

younger musicians–

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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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

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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.

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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

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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

stellar theatres.

They may not often

feature local bands

but you’ll never hear

better music than you

do at Sarnia’s Imperial

Theatre and Victoria

Playhouse Petrolia.

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

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production, but get your tickets fast

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performance centres in the land. Music

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I think that’s it. I think we’re done,

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You can drive home safely after your

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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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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

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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

stooped over.

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

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As the bus in which I was a passenger

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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

very much.”

“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

recognize them.

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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

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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

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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

pharmacies involved.

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

and pharmacists.

Let’s get back to Frances. She has been

dealing with a great deal of dizziness and

confusion in recent weeks. So intense

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remains in her armchair for most of the

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Constant, persistent dizziness is not

a condition of aging. It is, for Frances

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17 drugs in her system.

Getting up from her armchair one

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she lost her balance and had a bad

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health team came around

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LTC doctor and pharmacist took over

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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

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This true story was shared with me

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scenario I just described. “We need to

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pique their interest, at the peak of my

investigation, I let them have a peek at

By A. C. Stone, Windsor

From Daytripping

March-April 2007

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

few minutes.

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,

even from the grave.

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• Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

• Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.

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• I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

• I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

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• Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job

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One day my mother was out and my dad was in

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Someone had given me a little tea set as a gift, and

it was one of my favourite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in

the evening news and my brother was playing nearby in the living room

when I brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water, of course.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom

came home. My Dad had her wait in the living room to watch me bring him

a cup of tea, because it was, “just the cutest thing!”

My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup

of tea for Daddy! She watches him drink it up, then says, “Did it ever occur

to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water to make ‘tea’ is

the toilet?”

Stay Independent, Prevent Falls

In my work as a registered

physiotherapist, I regularly meet clients

who are at risk of falls. It’s quite common

to have falls as we age. Falls occur when

we lose our balance and end up either

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.


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.

Keeping yourself safe from falls can

keep you independent! Stay Active!

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These were found on signs outside of churches.




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.

A man travels as far in a day as

a snail in a hundred years.

A muffled cat never caught a mouse.

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Helen Vandevenne

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.

Leah Cullinan

Happy rerement

to my wonderful

wife, Leah!

Love Rob

Ken Henry

Leona Allen

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.

Ron Vanderburgt

with some of the 60 plus birthday

cards he received for his 60th

birthday on October 8th. Ron’s

four children organized this

unique surprise.

Bob Topliffe

Bob, of Wyoming and a member of

Petrolia Toastmasters, was recently


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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Sometimes, no news really is good news.


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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

up nonetheless……

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 gardiner@kent.net.

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,"

I feel I've had my exercise, at least I think I tried.

So now I think I should relax and things are done and said,

I'll "put off until tomorrow" and go crawl into bed.


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TOP 10


Country Songs

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


10 Jim Reeves Adios Amigo playback.fm

Billboard Hits

1 Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales

2 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You

3 The Tornados Telstar

4 Elvis Presley Return to Sender

5 Elvis Presley Good Luck Charm

6 Chris Montez Let's Dance

7 Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love

8 Little Eva The Loco-Motion

9 Bobby Vinton Roses Are Red

10 Elvis Presley She's Not You




Lawrence of Arabia

(Oscar for Best Picture)

The Longest Day

In Search of Castaways

That Touch of Mink

The Music Man

Mutiny on The Bounty

To Kill A Mockingbird




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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

communities, including

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

Manufacturing East.

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.


805 Christina St. North, Suite 102

Point Edward, ON N7V 1X6

Celebrating the 150th

anniversary of First Baptist

Church in Petrolia with Pastor

Alex Craig.

Contact Bob Bailey

Tel.: 519-337-0051

Fax: 519-337-3246

Participating in the Ontario

Trillium Foundation event in

Petrolia to celebrate Lambton

County Developmental Service’s

$53,000 grant for a new

accessible mini-van.

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

Your Nest

E-mail: bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org

Website: bobbaileympp.com

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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

watch them.

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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Phrase Origins Pull Out All the Stops

Refers to using every possible effort to achieve something.

Pipe organs have many sets of pipes, with knobs called

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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

good reason.

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

on us.

“Why is the ceiling pink?” I asked

my husband.

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

innocent voice.

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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me for being in

love with automatic


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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

Lambton County.

William Brush

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

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

August 1969.



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