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SPRING 2022 — Volume 7, Issue 1


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Do you see that light? It’s floating there, just at the end of our outreached

fingers, beckoning us to approach. With every day, we inch closer to the end

of this tunnel, steeling ourselves for what the world will be when we breach

the exit, yet more than ready to bask in the warmth of the other side.

We’re all exhausted of the uncertainty, the restrictions, and the societal

cracks the pandemic has created these past two years. Soon – so very soon

– we’ll embrace our neighbours and hopefully, with internal temperatures

dropping, we will renew our acquaintances, accept the differences of our

opinions and beliefs, and heal each other, our superhuman small businesses

owners, and our communities.

The past two years have been like none since the Second World War, a

time few of us experienced for themselves, a time of uncertainty we almost

certainly cannot comprehend. The pandemic has brought out the best of us

and, at times, dropped us to our knees. Yet amongst the bad, there has been

much good. We’ve selflessly protected our most vulnerable, rediscovered

family game night, perfected sourdough bread recipes, learned a new skill,

and breathed in nature in ways most hadn’t in years.


Let’s get organized • 4

Going grey gracefully • 10

Explore Quebec • 14

Huron County forests • 20

Second Spring • 26

Recipe • 30

The pandemic is the Kennedy assassination-moon landing-Henderson goal-

9/11 for our children and grandchildren. It’s up to each of us what we – as

a society – take from this experience, and how we learn from the challenges

we’ve overcome to make our friendships, our family relationships, and our

communities stronger for what we’ve overcome

and how we’re moving forward – marching,

heads held high, to the finish line.

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Let’s get






y Helen Dowd & Patti Henhoeffer


There is nothing like the energy that comes from

longer daylight hours combined with the smell

of spring air to unite the mind, body and soul to the

notion that it is time for some spring cleaning and


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians

have spent a lot more time at home, so cleaning and

organizing our spaces has become more of a priority.

This article has been written to give you the “dirt”

on what it takes to clean and organize your space.

Step 1: Inspect. Pretend you are a first-time visitor

and walk around your living space with a discerning

eye. Grab a pen and a notebook or use your cell

phone as you go “on tour.” Record what you want to

accomplish by listing the jobs you need to tackle or

take photos of the problem areas. You can organize

this list by each room and then prioritize your plan

from there.

Step 2: Phone a friend. Most jobs are more fun

if you work in pairs, so if you are alone, recruit the

help of a friend, child/grandchild or a cleaning/

organizing service to work alongside you. You will

appreciate their input and non-biased opinions as it

is always difficult to make decisions when you are

emotionally invested. A trusted friend or companion

will ensure you have the honest feedback you need

to decide on what to keep, toss, or donate. You can

always reciprocate by helping your friend with their

spring cleaning or offering your grandchildren some

money for their education fund. Remind them to

wear old clothing and closed-toe footwear so they

are prepared.

Step 3: Find a time. Once you have found a

buddy, book an appointment in your calendars and

let them know what to expect. For example, “On

Monday when you arrive, we are going to organize

the garage and clean the bathroom.” This will get

them mentally prepared for the activity. If your

energy level maxes out after two hours or a half a

day, then book that amount of time so you don’t

exhaust yourself. Depending on the size of your

space and the volume of your possessions, you can

always spread the task out over a couple of days or

even weeks. Use the list you created in Step 1 as your

guide and remember to cross off what you accomplish

when the task is complete. Research shows this gives

your brain a shot of dopamine (a neurotransmitter

that is responsible for generating feelings of

accomplishment, satisfaction and happiness). The

dopamine makes you feel good and also motivates

you to continue completing tasks (facilethings.com).

Before and after photos are also great for tracking

your progress and providing motivation.

Step 4: Take inventory. Before your scheduled

appointment, take an inventory of what products you

have and what you will need to tackle your various

projects. It is always prudent to wait and see how

much you will be keeping before you run out and

purchase bins and totes, as unused organizational

items can lead to additional clutter. When it comes

to cleaning, take an inventory of the products you

have on hand so you know what you need to source.

There is an incredible selection of cleaning products

and systems on the market these days so do some


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by Helen Dowd & Patti Henhoeffer

Step 5: Ready, set, go! It is prudent to purge your

space before you clean it so you don’t put yourself

through extra work. Hanging onto things that are

making your home too cluttered to enjoy or unsafe to

move around is not ideal. Local thrift stores welcome

donations of good, clean and undamaged items so

learn to let go so others can benefit – it will be a winwin!

Gather up cardboard boxes for items to donate,

use garbage bags for what you want to toss, and set

aside anything you want to keep. We all arrive on

Earth with nothing and we can take nothing with us,

so do your family a favour and make the decisions

now before it is too late!

Step 6: Let’s organize! Before we begin, it is

important to understand that everything you bring

into your space needs energy to look after it. Think

of the work it takes to store, wash, dry, dust, clean,

recycle, sort, rinse, change the batteries, update, and

track. So please be mindful of this as you begin your

task. First, start by removing everything in the area

that you are going to tackle (if you only have time

for a room, start there, if you only have an hour start

with a closet). As you touch it, make a decision –

keep, toss or donate? Group like-items together to

better understand the quantity you have and how

you will store them.

Secondly, when the drawer, closet or room is empty,

now is the time to clean it. Start up high and work

your way down. Wipe down walls, dust surfaces and

vacuum or sweep the floors. If anything is dirty or

soiled, give it a good clean. Then take a break and

drop off your donation items at the local thrift store,

deal with your garbage and recycling, and stop off

at a local home supply store to purchase the storage

containers, bins and hangers for what you’re keeping.

It’s now time for the fun part as you get to arrange

all the “keep” items into the clean, empty space you

just created. You can organize like-items in drawers,

totes and bins with labels on them. A suggestion is to

keep back some of your favourite items and curate

a small display that you can enjoy. A favourite stack

of books, a framed photo and a retro alarm clock

would look great on your night stand.


y Helen Dowd & Patti Henhoeffer


Helpful hints

• If you are unsure if you will use an item, it is

okay to keep it, put it in a box or tote, store it

away and if, in six months, you haven’t looked for

it, then it is time to move it along.

• You can place all your clothes hangers

“backwards” in your closet, when you wear the

garment, you can return the hanger to “normal.”

It is quick and easy method to know what you

wore and what you can donate at the end of

each season.

• Have a rule that when you purchase something

new for your space, that you should select one (or

two) items to toss or donate in order to maintain

the harmony you have just created in your home.

• Planning to leave keepsakes to your children or

grandchildren? Then use this process as a way to

simply note on the item the name of the person

you wish to have the article when you are gone.

Step 7: Let’s clean! There could be other rooms

that require more cleaning than organizing, so think

about your own protection before you start. It is wise

to protect your eyes, ears and nose, depending on

the chore. It is very rewarding to do a deep clean of

any room in your house so that you leave it smelling

as fresh as the spring air. If you have no physical

restrictions, cleaning is really just a mindset, so put

your mind to doing your absolute best!

Cleaning tips

• The more people that use a space, the more often

it will need cleaning.

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• Always start at the top of the room and work

your way down when cleaning.

• If guests are coming over, focus on the bathroom

they will use.

• Buy quality cleaning products, they work better

and you will use less of them.

• Store cleaning products where you use them

(if you have three bathrooms, keep a stash in


• When you walk into a room you should feel a

sense of relief/comfort. If you don’t, it is time

to ask yourself why not, and tackle the problem


Optional cleaning checklist


• Do dishes (by hand or in the dishwasher).

• Clean off kitchen counters and/or kitchen table.

• Sweep kitchen and entryway floors.

• Wipe down shower glass.


• Clean bathrooms.

• Laundry – wash hand towels and tea towels.

• Laundry – wash clothing, bath towels and


• Plan next week’s meals and shop for groceries.

• Empty garbage and recycling bins.


• Take out garbage and recycling to curbside for

municipal collection.

• Dust horizontal surfaces.

• Vacuum carpets and wash floors.

Change of each season:

• Check/add to softener salt levels.


y Helen Dowd & Patti Henhoeffer


• Check/change furnace filters.

• Flip mattresses to spread wear evenly.

• Wash comforters on beds.

• Wash windows.

• Wipe down baseboards.


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• Have furnace, air conditioning unit, and standby

generator inspected.

• Wipe down kitchen cupboards and clean out

shelves and drawers.

• Wipe down walls.

• Inspect your inventory of pillows, linens and

towels, and replace any that are threadbare or

worn. Cut them into rags for cleaning in the


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y April Taylor

“It is not by the gray of

the hair that one knows

the age of the heart.”

- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


’ve been in the hair business for over 30 years and

have watched styles come and go.

Spiral perms with bangs teased a mile high, spikyshort,

rat-tails, crazy colours, and stripy streaks – we

all get on board and wear whatever happens to be in

vogue that year. Changing our hair is a fun way to

express ourselves. Anything goes, and we can change

it again on a whim.

As my clients mature, more are pondering whether

to go “au naturale.” Yet many are worried about

how to make the transition? They wonder if their

roots will look horrible, if it’ll make them look older,

or if they’ll have to cut off all their hair. Well, yes, the

roots will look awful but there are ways to help make

the transition from coloured to grey go more quickly,

while still looking nice.


hair colour and make the hair appear lighter, thus

making the contrast of your grey roots not as obvious.

Highlights should be a shade that compliments your

skin. This step also helps you adjust to seeing yourself

with lighter hair. Another choice is low lights which

are the same as highlights, but we use a darker shade

of hair colour. This helps break up the roots helping

to camouflage the regrowth.

Get regular trims. I suggest even more often

during the growing out process. Each haircut will get

you closer to destination.

Use a good shampoo and conditioner. I believe

this is where great hair begins. Some supermarket

products or even so-called natural products are full

of greasy wax, which leaves your hair dull and flat.

During the growing-out process you will endure

it better if your hair looks healthy and shiny with

Tips for growing out your hair colour

Decide if you want to cut your hair. Cutting some off

is the quickest way to remove old hair colour. If your

hair is long but you don’t want to lose a lot of length,

consider getting layers. This will cut off some of your

old colour but keep the length. Also, layers will give

you body and bounce.

Understand your complexion. Is it cool or

warm? I think this is the most important thing when

choosing a hair colour or transitioning to grey (more

on this below). You could have the best haircut

and hair tint, but if it’s not the right shade for your

complexion it will still fall short.

Consider highlights. This will help remove some

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“The transition is so very

temporary. My new grey and

newfound confidence has

been well worth the wait!”

- Brenda

“I went grey and I’m happy.

I get so many compliments!”

- Judy

“Going grey has been

liberating. It’s who I am!”

- Heather

body. Ask your hairstylist to recommend products

that are best suited for you.

Will it make me look older? Well, possibly.

Consider having your hair styled in a more current

look or even a fun and trendy cut to keep your look

youthful. Grey hair can look dull, but using a shine

product when styling adds life to your hair, making

you look younger.

Find time to groom. Make time to style your hair

in the morning even if it’s a quick blow dry and a

little hair polish. This alone can take years off your


Cool or warm?

I consider this the most important thing to know

before embarking on any form of hair colour. With

a warm complexion:

• Skin appears to be a yellowish or golden tone.

• Veins in arms look green.

• Person may tan easily.

• Eyes are brown, amber or hazel.

• Hair colours that look best are strawberry blonde,

auburn or chestnut.

• You look great wearing clothing that is olive,

rust, orange, browns and golds. Earth shades.

As an example, your hair is shoulder-length and a

reddish brown. Consider having layers cut in, taking

off some length, and add low lights of a lighter warm


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brown shade to blend into the regrowth.

Another example is to get cap highlights. This

procedure takes a lot of small strands and removes

the hair colour to a golden shade. From there, your

stylist can tone the highlights to a soft caramel shade

that will show off your glowing warm complexion.

Traits of a cool complexion include:

• Skin having an underlying pink of red colour.

• Veins in arms look bluish.

• Skin may tend to burn.

• Eyes are vibrant green, gray or blue.

• Hair colours that look great include black, grey,

ash brown, platinum, and ash blonde.

• Your best clothing is true colours such as red,

black, white and icy hues.

Highlighting with a cool blonde or a wheat colour,

or low lighting with an ash shade of brown, may be

the way to go.

I hope this will help you decide whether to take the

plunge into embracing your grey. Personally I think

colouring hair well into our later years is fine, as is

changing and softening the shades as we go. It comes

down to personal preference.

You may be curious to see how you look with your

natural colour or have become tired of the up-keep,

so I recommend trying it. If you like it, great! If not,

you can add some colour at any time.

April Taylor is a hairstylist and freelance writer in Stratford.

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Explore Quebec, Canada’s Europe




y Jill Ellis-Worthington

When the travel bug bites and gives us itchy feet,

the urge to see new places is undeniable.

After all, it’s been nearly two years of pandemic

travel restriction, yet, if you remain hesitant to book

overseas travel, you can satisfy the itch by planning

your next trip to Canada’s Europe – ‘La Belle

Province’ of Quebec.

Getting from here to there can be an adventure in

itself – a ride on Via Rail may feel like you’re already

in Europe with its famed Eurail system. Flying is

quickest (and the most authentic for mimicking a trip

across the pond) but can be pricey, or you can take a

good old fashioned road trip. It’s about an eight-hour

drive to Montreal. That’s not onerous, but why not

break it up about halfway with a stop in Kingston?

With its decidedly English flavour, Canada’s first

capital city offers many sightseeing options to enjoy

during a day or two layover.

Start with a Kingston Trolley Tour to get the lay of

the land and then branch out from there to explore

Fort Henry, built during the War of 1812, the

Murney Museum in one of the Martello Towers, the

infamous Kingston Penitentiary, and Confederation

Park, along the city’s waterfront where buskers often


Definite must-tries for breaks between sites are

Diane’s Fish Shack and Smokehouse (adjacent to

Confederation Park) for amazing fish and chips;

the iconic Chez Piggy (Zal Yanovsky, of the Lovin’

Spoonful, was one of its founders), where a treat of

fresh, sustainable oysters and sparkling wine hits the

spot; and the luxurious Aqua Terra with its harbour

views and excellent fine cuisine, like the scrumptious

compressed watermelon and feta salad.

For small-town flavour, Gananoque is a 20-minute

drive east and has charming shops and great eateries,

such as Riva Restaurant (which serves the best

caprese salad) with its charming ambiance including

a hibiscus-ringed patio.


Thousand Island Cruises depart from both

Gananoque and Kingston, and they vary in length

from one to three hours. Take a longer one for a

relaxing voyage on the St. Lawrence River and see

Heart Island with the famous Boldt Castle. View

scenery along the banks of both Canadian and

American sides of the river while enjoying cool


Next stop – Montreal. Canada’s second-largest city

can be explored by various means of transportation.

The Metro is clean, fast and efficient. This subway

will carry you to many areas of the city, including

downtown to gaze at the forest of skyscrapers.

Cycle-friendly Montreal claims one of North

America’s top spots for enjoying hundreds of

kilometres of bike lanes and paths. Bring your twowheelers

or rent from Ca Roule Montreal on Wheels,

just across from the Old Port. With several large,

covered parking structures, finding parking here is

an easy but pricey option.

Explore the city on two- and four-hour bike tours

on regular or electric-assist bikes, then keep them for

the rest of the day to explore on your own. Tours

go from the riverfront to the base of Mont Royal,

with stops at libraries, parks, universities, and other

architecturally significant buildings found in the

city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Take a rest to sample

famous Montreal-style bagels, then bike across the

bridges to Montreal’s two famous islands. On Ile

Sainte Helene check out the Biosphere, made famous

by Expo 67, and race fans will want to take a lap on

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre-Dame.

Walking is a great way to get around Old Montreal,

with its pedestrian-only cobblestone streets and

narrow roads. Start off with a coffee and a crepe at

Creperie chez Suzette or eggs with a side of smoked

meat at Eggspectation to fuel up before exploring

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this historic area that runs from the port to the edge

of downtown. Souvenir shops, boutiques, quaint inns,

eateries and coffee shops housed in brick and stone

buildings line its streets. Visit Place Jacques Cartier

and the Notre Dame Cathedral to boost the European


Strolling down L’Avenue de Mont-Royal, with vendor

stalls lining the roadway, is a real European-style treat.

Rue Ste-Catherine is one of the best places to stroll

and people watch while ducking in and out of highend

retailers like Holt Renfrew.

At the river’s edge is Vieux (Old) Port, a child’s delight

with a pirate ship aerial park, called Voiles en Voiles.

Adventurous types may want to zipline across the

waterfront and romantics will want to cozy up in

the Le Grande Roue du Montreal (ferris wheel). It

is a great way to get off your feet in air-conditioned

comfort and see the city from a bird’s eye view.

The cobblestone streets of

Old Quebec give it a

distinct European feel.

Writer Jill Ellis-Worthington

and her husband Ralph Lembcke

explore Montreal on bikes.

Montrealers love a good meal so a stop at the popular

restaurant area on Rue Crescent to sample a giant

meatball at Weinstein and Gavinos is a great way to

end a day in this city. Many eateries in Old Montreal

are housed in converted warehouses along the river,

like Taverne Gaspar, where an Aperol spritz and

charcuterie plate hit the spot. Terrasse Nelligan (in

Hotel Nelligan near Notre Dame) gives the feeling of

eating in a French café surrounded by rooftops of the

area’s heritage buildings. Keep it cool by sharing a plate

of the organic salmon tartare. When you want to be

more deeply steeped in old-world charm, it’s off to

Quebec City. Smaller than Montreal, Quebec City is

easier to get around in some ways but beware if you

have mobility issues. Worn by age, the cobblestone

streets dictate wearing flat, sturdy footwear, and the

Funiculaire (inclined railway elevator) is an easier way

to ascend and descend the city’s steepest slope.

As you look at the entrance to the Funiculaire, to

the left is Rue Petit Champlain, cited as one of the

prettiest streets in the world by Architectural Digest

y Jill Ellis-Worthington

in 2019. Look to the right and you’ll see Escalier

Casse-Cou (Breakneck Steps). This is the steepest set

of stairs in the city and one of the best places to take


The Funiculaire

makes walking

Quebec City

much easier.

A one-hour double-decker bus tour gives a quick

overview of the city with highlights pointed out by a

guide simultaneously in French and English, including

the Ramparts (walls) of the original city; Dufferin

Terrace, overlooking the St. Lawrence River and

adjacent to the Chateau Fairmont; Place Royal, where

a scene from the Tom Hanks/Leonardo DiCaprio

film Catch Me If You Can was shot; Quebec’s National

Assembly, with the fontaine de Tourny; Battlefields

Park and the Plains of Abraham.

Combine this with a 90-minute afternoon cruise on

the St. Lawrence and you’ll learn much more from

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Rue Saint-Paul in

Old Montreal.

sliding by Montmorency Falls and the site of the

Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist. The narration

includes a colourful tale about Quebec City’s role in

the Seven Years War during the Battle of the Plains

of Abraham.

What is better than a free tour? Samuel Dubois shares

humorous lessons on all things Quebec City as he

leads walking tours in either French or English. There

really is no charge, but you can show appreciation for

his knowledgeable, funny storytelling with a tip at the

end. This two-hour jaunt takes visitors all through

Old Quebec City – up and down hills and around

the narrow, winding streets – and is not to be missed.

It is said that an ‘army marches on its stomach’ and

so do travellers. Cotes a Cotes is a charming stone

restaurant with patio views of the harbour. Feel

very French by ordering the sumptuous foie gras.

Quebec City has so many small cafes and bistros

that you’ll never lack somewhere to grab a snack or

a thirst quencher. Those who want a rich ambiance

and unsurpassed view will want to try Restaurant

Champlain, inside Hotel Frontenac.

Leave behind the buzz of the city for a beautiful

drive through the Laurentian Mountains to go whale

watching. While conversing in both official languages

is de rigour in metropolitan areas, you may not find

as many English speakers in the more rural settings.

Tadoussac is a three-hour drive from Quebec City

and while the drive is spectacular, the charm of this

village is undeniable. It’s reached by a free 15-minute

ferry ride from just outside Baie-Sainte-Catherine

across the dark depths of the Saguenay Fjord.

Book tickets on a zodiac or a cruise boat to see the


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spectacular mammals. During the summer months,

when whales come to the estuary to feed, humpbacks,

belugas, fin whales and several other species are often

seen. Boats get close enough to see whales breach,

spouting water through their blowholes and flipping

their tails, without impinging on them.

To up the ante even more for this once-in-a-lifetime

experience, upgrade to VIP on a three-hour Croisieres

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viewing room protected from the elements, as well as

a raised private deck area for the best outdoor viewing

opportunities. VIPs are welcomed aboard with a glass

of bubbly and munch on a superior charcuterie box on

the way back to dock. Beer, wine and cocktails are also


To allow time to process this thrilling experience,

sitting on the lawn of one of the area’s charming

B&Bs and gazing at those same waters will quiet the

mind. Perched on a bluff in Baie-Sainte-Catherine,

Gita la Maison Rochefort owner Johanne serves a

carbolicious feast for breakfast the next morning, with

homemade croissants and pastries. If your French

isn’t strong, book online, but Johanne’s gracious smile

and hospitality overcome any language barriers.

I guarantee you’ll head home with the feeling

of having crossed the ocean to experience the

architecture, language and food of France, without

having left the True North Strong and Free.

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y Karsten Stryker

When hiking through or driving past any of

Huron County’s forests, it’s easy to believe

they have remained relatively unchanged for time


However, Huron County’s forests have had a long

and, at times, tumultuous history.

Most of southwestern Ontario’s native tree species

were in place about 9,000 years ago and, until fairly

recently, there was minimal disturbance of the local

environment. The Anishinaabe inhabitants of what

is now Huron County lived a primarily huntergatherer

lifestyle, taking from the land only what was

needed. This was supplemented with small garden

plots in the summer. They also made extensive use

of canoes, which of course did not require the forest

clearing that roads do.


Hunting, gathering, and navigating via the waterways

are examples of a way of living that developed over

centuries – working with the land, not against it.

This is in stark contrast to how the land was used

after European arrival in the early-1800s. At that

time the forests displayed a great diversity of species

including oak, pine, cedar, sugar maple, yellow

birch, swamp elm, beech-tree, white ash, black elm,

red elm, viscous elm, walnut, butternut, “hollowtree,”

and cherry tree. In addition to having a great

diversity of species, many of the trees are described

as measuring 50 to 60 feet from the base to the lowest


The settlers quickly set about clearing the land to

harvest timber and make farms, taking advantage

of the “rights and responsibilities granted them

as private landowners.” By the end of the

19th Century, in an effort to build profitable farms

and better lives for themselves and their families,

European immigrants had cut down the vast

majority of old growth forests throughout southern

Ontario. Approximately 15 per cent of Huron

County is now forested, and much of that is the

result of later conservation efforts.

By the late-19th Century, the removal of forest cover,

particularly around watersheds, was beginning to

have harmful effects on agriculture. In the summer,

droughts would often last two to three weeks; in

the winter, roads would have to be redirected over

fields as they became impassible due to unimpeded

blowing snow and drifting, which could bring about

serious loss for the farmer.

Realizing the necessity of forests, a few groups such

as the Fruit Growers’ Association of Ontario (FGAO)

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by Karsten Stryker

Moving logs, 1911, Photographer:

Reuben R. Sallows (1855-1937). From the

archival collection of the Huron County

Museum, Object ID : 0363-rrs-ogohc-ph.


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began encouraging farmers to plant trees on their

property, as well as lobbying for greater restrictions

on cutting trees. In the case of the FGAO, attention

was often placed on planting “natural fences” on

the edges of farms. With an increasing popularity

of scientific agriculture and growing influence of

the Ontario Agriculture College, the following

century would see increased conservation efforts

as the understanding of ecosystems became more


Moving into the first half of the 20th Century,

more groups formed and began working to increase

the amount of forest cover in Ontario. Two of the

most important were the Ontario Conservation and

Reforestation Association (OCRA) and the Ontario

Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), both

forming in 1937 after a devastatingly warm summer.

In Huron County, a testament to 20th Century

reforestation efforts is the 13 county forest tracts,

which total over 1,500 acres. Many of these tracts

were donated by private landowners who were aware

of the importance of the forests. These tracts provide

environmental protection, as well as recreation for

local residents. Another lasting result of these efforts

is the tree bylaw, which was passed in 1947 with the

support of farmers and landowners. This bylaw

regulates the harvesting of trees in all woodlots which

measure over half an acre in size.

Vast amounts of Huron County’s forests were lost

in the process of colonization and farm-making.

Thanks to historic and on-going conservation efforts,

about 15 per cent of Huron County is currently

forested. With that in mind, be sure not to take what

you find for granted next time you visit one of Huron

County’s forests.



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Its reactors also produce Cobalt-60, a medical

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Kuhlberg, Mark, ed. “Challenges, Conflicts

and Cooperation: The Ministry of Natural

Resources and Forestry’s Complicated History

with Ontario’s First Nations.” Forest History

Society of Ontario. Ministry of Natural

Resources and Forestry, 2017. www.



Plain, David D. A Brief History of the Saugeen

Peninsula. Trafford Publishing, 2018.

Suffling, Roger, Michael Evans, and Ajith

Perera. “Presettlement Forest in Southern

Ontario: Ecosystems Measured through a

Cultural Prism.” The Forestry Chronicle 79,

no. 3 (May 2003): 486–87. https://doi.org/



Bowley, Patricia “Farm Forestry in

Agricultural Southern Ontario, ca. 1850-

1940: Evolving Strategies in the Management

and Conservation of Forests, Soils and Water

on Private Lands.” Scientia Canadensis 38,

no. 1 (2015): 22–49. https://doi.


Pullen, David. “Forests For Our Future”

Management Plan for the County Forests,

Recommendations for Tree Cover Enhancement.

Huron County, 2014. www.huroncounty.ca/



Huron Stewardship Council, www.


Forestry Services, www.huroncounty.ca/


Above: Cutting pine tree, 1917, Photographer: Reuben

R. Sallows (1855-1937). Object ID : 0363-rrs-ogohc-ph.

Below: Dunlop Tomb, Garbraid, date unknown,

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows. Object ID :

0346-rrs-ogohc-ph. Both photos courtesy the archival

collection of the Huron County Museum.

Karsten Stryker was the Huron County

Museum’s Exhibit and Program

Assistant during the summer of 2021.

To learn more about the Museum and

how it shares the stories of Huron

County’s history and culture, visit www.



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As Mary Oliver said in her famous poem The

Summer Day, “What is it you plan to do with your

one wild and precious life?”

As I approached my 50th birthday, this question

spun around in my head and a voice kept repeating,

“It’s time… it’s time!”

“Time for what?” I wondered.

As the day came and went, the answer began to

reveal itself. I’m now 50. Time is not infinite. If

there are things I want to do, now is the time to


After over 25 years working as a professional in the

social profit sector, and receiving some life-altering

coaching myself, I decided to embark on a journey

to become a personal development coach. I was

unsettled by this throw-caution-to-the-wind decision,

but halfway through one of the courses, I had an

overwhelming, solid, confident feeling that coaching

was my calling. Did it matter that I was in my early-

50s? Was it too late?

Over the next two years, I completed my training

and became a Certified Professional Co-Active

Coach (CPCC). I put out my shingle and started my

business. As I was developing my niche, a wise coach

asked me who I was drawn to and who was coming

to me. I realized that all of my clients were women,

just like me, in their 50s and 60s, experiencing a

new kind of phase in their lives. We all had so many

uncanny similarities – children launching (who am

I now?), desire for more meaning and giving back

(generativity), needing a shift in perspective or a

new career, fear of ageism, and increasing health


I got more curious and began a conversation about

this with a young friend. She said that in Traditional

Chinese Medicine, when a woman has finished her

childbearing years and enters menopause, her life


force or chi energy moves upwards to her heart and

mind. This gives rise to a new, refreshed life phase or

a “Second Spring.”

This knowledge has been around for thousands of

years. The following is an excerpt from The Yellow

Emperor’s Classic Medicine, a famous book written in

China around 2,600 BC.

“At seven times seven a woman’s heavenly dew wanes;

the pulse of her Conception channel decreases. The

Qi that dwelt in the baby’s palace moves upward

into her heart, and her wisdom is deepened.” (Ni,

1995, as cited in Nelson, 2019)

This poetic way of explaining the mental and

physiological changes that occur during menopause

made perfect sense to me. This is what my clients

were describing – the presence of a new phase, a

letting go, an opportunity for renewal and navigating

minimal space. I began to delve more deeply into

this idea of a new adult phase of life for women.

As I read and listened, my thoughts got a little

clearer. In our culture we have markers or signposts

for women – daughter, young woman, mother,

grandmother – but there is a missing marker.

Between mother and grandmother, in our 50s and

60s and even 70s, there is a phase that is discernibly

different. It can feel robust, healthy, sexy, wise and

knowledgeable. Unfortunately, in our western

culture, women often feel the opposite – invisible,

washed up, “over the hill,” and in decline.

My thoughts were that we needed a mindset shift,

to reclaim and redefine this phase and throw off the

negative stereotypes our culture has given it. It is

and should be a time when wisdom and experience

are celebrated and deeply held values lived out with

intention and purpose. As Gail Sheehy said in her

book, Sex and the Passionate Life, “A seasoned woman

is spicy, she has marinated in life experience. She

is at the peak of her influence and power. She is

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committed to living fully and passionately in the

second half of her life, despite failures and false

starts.” (2006)

This time is and can be a time of rebirth and renewal

and giving back… indeed a Second Spring.

Enter the great pandemic. While it has been an

extraordinarily difficult time to live through, it has

given us pause to reflect on who and what is important

in our lives. Some folks have made significant changes

in relationships, careers, and where they live. It

has caused people to take stock of what they want

in the future. Women in their Second Spring and

living through the pandemic have a perfect storm of

circumstances to redefine themselves and what they

want. People have realized that life is short and if

there are things to change, they need to take action.

time. We work as a partner with clients to create brave

spaces to explore what is needed to move forward.

Coaches create trusting relationships, ask powerful

questions, listen deeply to what is being expressed

out loud or in the energy of the space. Many

times, coaching allows clients to question limiting

assumptions about themselves and lives. Together

new mindsets are examined and carved out. Existing

old belief systems are replaced with resonant ones

that support forward motion and weed out the loud


Another reason coaching is powerful is that the

coach holds clients accountable for their actions.

Clients take full ownership for what they want and

move forward with the coach walking alongside

them. Coaching really does shorten the time needed

for change and helps ensure a smooth transition.

Coaching can be a great choice for women at this


y Jo Davis


Coaches ask powerful questions like:

• What and who are you becoming?

• What are you letting go of ?

• What are you holding on to?

• What is at stake for you right now?

• What do you want?

Is it time for you to cast off old limiting thoughts and

mindsets? Is it time for you to renew, refresh and move

long-held goals and dreams into action? Are you ready

to claim your Second Spring?

As the voice in my head said, “It’s time. If there

are things you want to do, then start.” There is

no rehearsal. This is your life. Your one wild and

precious life.


Nelson, J. (2019, December 17). Menopause: A

second spring. Power Health Chinook. https://


Ni, Maoshing. (1995). The yellow emperor’s classic

of medicine: A new translation of the neijing suwen

with commentary (revised edition). Shambala.

Oliver, Mary. (2017). Devotions: The selected poems

of Mary Oliver. Penguin Random House.

Sheehy, Gail. (2006). Sex and the seasoned woman:

Pursuing the passionate life. Random House Inc.

Jo Davis, BA, ACC, CPCC, is the founder Jo Davis Coaching

and Facilitation. She is a resident of Kitchener but is grateful

to spend her summers overlooking the stunningly beautiful Lake

Huron at Sauble Beach. Learn more at www.jodaviscoaching.

com or by contacting her at jodaviscoaching@gmail.com or


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Asparagus ravioli

with basil butter


1 lb asparagus, trimmed

¼ cup butter

1 clove garlic

1 green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper

¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped

¼ cup water

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

48 wonton wrappers (round or square)

¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated


Cut asparagus stalks into 2-inch lengths; reserve tips for garnish.

In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of butter over medium-high heat; add

asparagus stalks, garlic and green onion. Season with salt and pepper

to taste; stir to coat. Stir in half of the basil and 2 tbsp of water; cover

and cook until asparagus is tender. Purée; let cool. Cover and refrigerate

until cold.

Stir together flour and remaining 2 tbsp water to make smooth paste.

Working in batches, place wonton wrappers on work surface; spoon

one heaping teaspoon of asparagus filling in centre of each. Brush

flour paste around edges of wrapper; top with second wrapper. Press

together, pressing out air and sealing edges. Place on parchment lined

baking sheet and cover with damp tea towel.

In large pot of gently boiling salted water, cook ravioli, in batches, for

about three minutes or until they rise to top and are tender. Remove with

slotted spoon onto clean tea towel and transfer to heated serving plates. In

last batch of ravioli, cook asparagus tips until tender; drain well.

In small skillet, melt remaining butter; stir in remaining basil. Drizzle

butter mixture over ravioli. Garnish with asparagus tips and sprinkle

with Parmesan. Serve immediately.

*Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario


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