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Welcome to The Club v2.2 April 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.

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other!
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This FREE magazine is distributed in most of Sarnia-Lambton.

Have a Look and Have Your Say!

Deciding what to feature on the cover of

this issue took a while, but we finally decided

on one of many awesome photographs

by Jayne Primeau of Brights Grove. It’s an

honour to be able to showcase some of the

incredibly talented photographers in our

area.

We have a favour to ask of you, and

there’s a reward involved. You’ll find a

questionnaire on page 38 and we hope to

see what direction you’d like The Club to

go in. Many of the articles in the magazine

come from the archives of Daytripping,

which we’ve published for 27 years, and it

was our original intention to run many of

those along with some of the interesting

fillers you see - we have an incredible

collection of both. The articles are often

nostalgic and timeless, and our hope is to

keep the words of many past contributors

alive. That’s one of the main reasons we

wanted to create a magazine for people 55

plus. We feel we have something unique

to offer, an escape from the ordinary and

the daily news which can be challenging,

and even depressing. With no politics and

no real serious issues being addressed, we

hope The Club is a magazine you’ll read

from start to finish and maybe read again

By Mark Moran, Publisher

or pass on to someone else.

However, along the way we’ve also tried

some new columns and columnists and they

bring a lot to the table as well. Chris Treftlin

has great advice for aging at home and he’s

local - it’s not some canned article from a

media service. Sipkens Nurseries has been

providing a gardening article, Cathy Dobson

is writing great feature pieces as well as a

new column called “In a Few Words” that

I’m a big fan of. We have our first article

about a local trail in this issue.

Then there are the crossword and word

search puzzles, our Milestones page, a local

postcard feature, an Events List now that

there are events again, and the various

funny or sentimental anecdotes that we fill

the spaces in between with.

So the question is... what do you want

to see more of, or less of. Remember, we

want Welcome to The Club to be unique

enough that you’ll think twice about

throwing it away. Please have a look and

have your say. Two random readers that

reply to the questionnaire will win $100 in

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton gift certificates,

redeemable at many local shops, restaurants

and attractions.

Thanks for your time and for reading!

OPENING REMARKS

"The Perfect Dress"

Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could

dampen her excitement, not even her parents' nasty divorce.

Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear

and would be the best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's

new young wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother!

Jennifer asked her step mom to exchange it,

but she refused. "Absolutely not. I look like a million bucks in this

dress, and I'm wearing it," she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, "Never mind

sweetheart. I'll get another dress. After all, it's your special day."

A few days later, they went shopping and did find another

gorgeous dress. When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked

her mother, "Aren't you going to return the other dress?

You really don't have another occasion where you could wear it."

Her mother just smiled and replied,

"Of course I do, dear. I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner

the night before the wedding."

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Trivia 22

Discount List 23

Word Search 13

Postcards from the Past 12

Recipes 14

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our house. It seemed that every

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scrubbed or waxed. Curtains billowed

on the clothes line, windows were

stripped of nose and hand prints

and the floors were transformed

into skating ponds. It

was a flurry of activity

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over my Mother at this

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by Gayle Etherington Black, Ancaster • From Daytripping May-June 2006

at my neighbourhood through

the small holes in the screen. The

view from my private perch was a

solitary pleasure for the senses. I

can still recall lying awake with my

face pressed to the screen listening

to the symphony of night sounds

which included raccoons, cats and

grown up voices lilting softly on the

night air. I would watch

spell bound at the flying

insects as they danced

erratically under the

street lamp and every

now and then I would

get a whiff of my father’s

pipe tobacco and knew

that he must be right below me on

the front porch.

Over the years, I often

wondered why there was such a

strong connection regarding the

transformation of our little space.

How could moving a couple of

beds create such long lasting joy?

Perhaps it is the association with

the change of season and the

intangible emotions of freedom and

rejuvenation that ran so prevalent in

my youth.

My mother probably had no idea

at the time, but her simple act of

cleaning and changing around our

room brought a happiness and

continuity in our lives that will

always be remembered. I like to

think of it as a ritual of love. For that

Mom, I truly thank you!

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Happy Trails to You!

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area Trail

By Mary Lou Tasko, Lambton Shores Nature Trail • www.lsntblazers.com

Lambton Shores Nature Trails (LSNT)

is a local volunteer organization with

a lofty vision: to build a network of

user-friendly nature trails that inspire

people to experience the biodiversity of

Lambton Shores and vicinity.

Since 2011 LSNT has partnered

with public and private landowners

to maintain and improve several local

hiking trails.

Most importantly, LSNT blazes, trims

and clears trails so that the public can

use them year-round. Our accessibility

projects improve access for people of

all ages and abilities. While we strive

to expand and connect the trails, LSNT

remains committed to protecting and

preserving environmentally sensitive

areas. Beautification of trailheads and

community spaces has been a natural

evolution as we encourage people to use

and appreciate our “Gems of Nature.”

If you are new to the area—or new

to hiking—we encourage you to visit

lsntblazers.com to learn about our local

trails.

Thanks to Welcome to the Club for

providing the opportunity to educate

the public about LSNT’s work and to

highlight some of our most popular

trails.

In this issue, we introduce the Ausable

River Cut Conservation Area Trail.

First, a little history of the area:

Between 1872 and 1875, the “Ausable

River Cut” was constructed between the

northward-moving Ausable River—

just north of Thedford—and Port

Franks. As a result, the Thedford

Marsh was drained and flooding in

the area was checked. The rich land

of the Thedford Marsh could now

be used for vegetable farming. The

Parkhill Creek still flows into the old

river bed north of “The Cut” and

outlets at the Grand Bend harbour

through a canal constructed in 1892.

The “Old Ausable Channel.” running

from Grand Bend through the Pinery

to The Cut is the remnant of the

Ausable River section that used to

flow southward behind the dunes.

In 1973, the Ausable Bayfield

Conservation Authority purchased a

19.6-hectare tract of land along the

south side of the Ausable River Cut to

protect the natural environment and

provide a public walking area. For

over ten years, LSNT has partnered

with ABCA to maintain the trails here

and make significant improvements

to accessibility. There are a few trail

options depending on your motivation

and fitness level.

A short, wheelchair-accessible loop

(535 m) on flat ground offers a walk

through the Carolinian forest and along

the Ausable River Cut. It includes a

wheelchair-accessible viewing platform

overlooking The Cut. A newly refurbished

stairway leads to the river’s

edge where a floating dock is available

during the warmer months to launch

canoes/kayaks or offer a fishing perch!

A children’s Storywalk®, courtesy of

the Lambton Public Library, follows this

short loop as well.

A longer (2 km) difficult loop leads

through Carolinian forest, over sand

dunes and along The Cut. The dirt path

is narrower, and there is a challenging

dune ascent/descent. However, an

impressive view of The Cut (and rest

stop!) await you at the top. Check the

trailhead map—and hike the trail in a

clockwise direction—if you want to go

down the dune’s steep side. A connector

trail cuts across the larger trail loop if

you want to shorten your hike—or miss

the large dune!

Free parking is available, as well as

picnic areas and a washroom.

For more information and a map

of the Ausable River Cut Conservation

Area Trails, please visit lsntblazers.com

or abca.ca.

Until we meet you on the trails…

Ausable River Cut Trail

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From Daytripping July-August 2003

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I want to share a story that I recently

received from a mother who is a firm

believer that Attitude is Everything and

that humour can see you through any

difficult situation! I think every mother

could use this pick-me-up, especially

on days when everything appears to be

going wrong. Mothers have a special role,

and are rarely appreciated for everything

they do. Motherhood is one of the most

rewarding, difficult, exhausting, exciting,

and humorous jobs you will have in your

lifetime.

A mother was picking up her children at

school recently, another mother she knew

rushed up to her. She was fuming with

indignation. “Do you know what you and

I are?” she demanded. It seemed she had

just returned from renewing her driver’s

license. Asked by the woman recorder to

state her occupation, she had hesitated,

uncertain how to classify herself. “What I

mean is,” explained the recorder, “do you

have a job, or are you just a …” My friend

responded by saying she was a mother.

“We don’t list ‘mother’ as an occupation…

‘housewife’ covers it, said the recorder. My

friend was furious.

The mother forgot all about the story

until one day she found herself in the same

situation. “And what is your occupation?”

the recorder probed. What made her say it,

she did not know. The words popped out.

“I’m a Research Associate in the field of

Child Development and Human Relations.”

The clerk paused, and looked as though she

had not heard right. She repeated it again.

The clerk asked with interest “what do you

do in your field?” She calmly answered,

“I have a continuing program of research

(what mother doesn’t?) in the laboratory

and in the field (normally I would have

said indoors and out). “I’m working for

my Masters (the whole darned family) and

already have four credits (all daughters)”.

The job is one of the most demanding in

the field (any mother like to disagree?), and

I often work 14 hours a day (24 is more

like it)”. The clerk was very impressed, and

personally saw her out the door.

As she drove into her driveway, her

spirits raised by her glamorous new career,

she was greeted by her lab assistants

– ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs she could

hear her new experimental model (6

months) in the child-development program

testing out a new vocal pattern. She felt

triumphant! She had gone on the official

records as someone more distinguished

and indispensable to mankind than “just

another mother.”

When you are having a down day (as

all of us do) and you feel you can’t face

another day, change your attitude and look

upon the situation with humour. Think

of yourself as not just a mother, but a

researcher in the field of child development

and that your work is priceless. Your results

may change the world!

For more information, or to find a

Canadian Mental Health branch near you,

visit www.cmha.ca.

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Enjoy the Benefits of “Green Time”

By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher

As you begin reading this, maybe

go find a window and look out, or if

you can, take a step outside. Have

you noticed those first telltale signs

of spring and new growth? So, now

what?

Many of us have been couped up

indoors over the winter and are excited

at the endless possibilities

to get moving outdoors.

Getting outdoors is a

fantastic way to improve

our mental and physical

health. It’s time to

increase our in-person

social connections and

physical abilities.

Spring has sprung and

now is the time to literally

‘smell the roses’ and get

moving. I recently saw

a program on CTV news

about a BC physician who

has started prescribing

“Green-time,” (spending

time in nature) to her

patients. I absolutely love this! Although

I have been informally encouraging

my clients to get outdoors to do their

exercises, I now have the research to

back the health benefits of spending

time in nature. This program tweaked

my curiosity, so I further explored

this concept. Yes, there is research

Why Nature?

• 90% of us say we’re happier when we’re outside—and stress hormone

levels drop significantly after just 15 minutes of sitting in a forest.

• Increasing nature time reduces your risk of developing heart disease,

high blood pressure and diabetes.

• Spending time in nature boosts memory, creativity and work satisfaction.

• Spending time in the forest drops inflammation and stress in adults with

COPD and reduces the risk of lung infections.

• Nature therapy improves the psychological wellbeing of cancer patients

and activates tumour-killing cells.

• Seniors who live closer to walkable green spaces live longer.

Source: https://www.parkprescriptions.ca/en/whynature

to support the health

benefits of spending time

in nature.

My further investigation

concluded,

to obtain the health

benefits of nature it is

recommended to spend

2 hours a week, only

20+ minutes at a time.

Seems doable, right?

So, what counts as

time spent in nature?

According to research,

whenever we feel like

we’ve had meaningful

contact with nature,

it will start to create

health benefits which

will start to add up. It

could be as simple as

sitting on a park bench

or walking a nature

trail.

There are plenty

of wonderful nature

Photo: Ontario’s Southwest

adventures to be had in and around

Sarnia-Lambton.

When was the last time you walked

the Howard Watson trail? Sat on a park

bench? Sat at the river and watched

the boats go by? Watched the ducks

in Lake Chipican? How about a stroll

along the beach? Exploring a sugar

bush? Apple orchard? Maybe even

sitting at some of our nature filled

local wineries, cideries, and breweries

could count? Spring has sprung and

it’s a great time to get moving, feeling

and living better.

Go ahead and start adding up those

health benefits by exploring all that

Sarnia-Lambton County has to offer.

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Grandkids are F UNNY

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl

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Makin’ a List

Making a list. It’s an ancient art, I

suspect. I can imagine the housewife

of long ago, etching her list in the sand

or on stone. Were pieces of wood and

leather used before paper became

abundant? Your choice of list paper is

reflective of you and your tastes. Take

the “Chopin-Liszt” (Shopping List) for

music lovers, the “HoneyDew List” for

spousal duty-delegation, the culinaryshaped

list for groceries, the

“Things to do after I pray”

list for those who consult

Him for help with their plans.

Lists written in haste have

been on Kleenex, napkins,

even clean toilet paper, in an

emergency!

You were probably on a list

before you were born. Your

name was on a list somewhere,

with meaning and origin. I made baby

name lists long before my children were

born. It was fun. It was hopeful. It was

relaxing. Relaxed list-making takes place

at a leisurely pace. It lists pleasurable

things like vacation destinations, party

menu items, topics for speeches and

stories. When writing on favourite

paper with a smooth-gliding pen, these

lists take on a dream-like quality, where

all things are possible and turn out well.

Not all list-making is relaxing. Take

the Saturday to-do list. Drafted on the

back of a paycheque envelope, you

feel weary with each entry. Looking at

hurried handwriting, you know there

are not enough hours to accomplish the

things listed. A wise person once said,

a list should be written down, then

promptly cut in half, literally folded

and torn in half, with half tossed in the

trash. Only half of what you listed will

by Adina Haas, LaSalle

From Daytripping May-June 2010

likely get done. Is this your experience?

Your list is for your eyes only. Guard

your list. The shorthand you have used

to remind yourself of something may

be misinterpreted by others. One of my

lists leading up to Christmas dinner had

included, in red pen, “Clean up blood”

as a reminder to wipe up drops spilled

when my husband cut his finger while

cutting wood trim. This item would

look very suspicious mingled

in with “Iron the tablecloths,

Bake the cakes, and Roast the

turkey”!

Is list-making a skill we are

born with or is it something

we must learn? I once asked

my first-graders to make a

list. I thought it would be a

great activity. I gave them

each a $100.00 bill (fake) and

prompted them to write (on a triplescoop

ice-cream cone paper) a list of

how they would spend the money. I

looked around. How could some of

them say they were done? I asked to

see one list. It said, “All to the poor.”

How could I condemn that list! It

wasn’t the in-depth writing activity I

had imagined but it had heart! Other

more list-like lists had listed spending

on Haiti, on me, and on my prize-box!

Lists. We make ‘em, we refer to

them, we revise them, we misplace

them. You know you are overdoing listmaking,

when you need a master list to

keep track of other lists. Since we seem

to need them, let’s make ‘em fun,

keep ‘em simple and realistic, work at

accomplishing the things on them. Get

out the glitter pens, and colourful pads

of paper. We’re makin’ a list. We’re

checking it twice and cuttin’ it in half!

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Lewis Thomas, born in 1913,

expressed it well: “We are, perhaps

uniquely among the earth’s creatures,

the worrying animal. We worry away

our lives, fearing the future, discontent

with the present, unable to take in the

idea of dying, unable to sit still.”

We throw the term around loosely,

but I truly believe there are “born

worriers” I’m one of them!

When I was about seven I was playing

alone in one corner of our large yard

when friends of my parents stopped on

the gravel road near me. “Want to go

for a ride?” they called.

It’s hard to believe today, but in our

village on Manitoulin Island in the ‘30s

a car ride was something of a novelty.

I hopped into the back seat of that

boxy-looking Ford, forgetting in my

excitement to tell my mother. Then,

instead of enjoying the outing, I was

Confessions Of A Born Worrier

By Norma West Linder, Sarnia • From Daytripping March-April 2012

worried sick every minute of the time I

was away. I raced into the house as soon

as I got home. My mother, busy with my

little brother, hadn’t even noticed my

absence. That should have taught me a

lesson about the futility of worrying. It

didn’t.

I’ve even posted signs above my desk

- signs to read and heed. My favourite

is: Worry is like paying interest on money

you haven’t borrowed. Or words to that

effect. I don’t know who coined it, but

that saying worked for me, right up until

a few days later when a friend was late

for a luncheon date. The roads were

icy, and I went straight to worst scene

scenario, imagining her car upside

down in a ditch, all four wheels spinning

as she lay bloodied and unconscious.

Nothing of the sort happened, of course.

I hate to indulge in generalizations,

but it seems to me women are more

prone to be worriers than are men.

Most of my female friends are like me

when it comes to fretting about the vast

number of possible disasters, especially

those of us who have children, or, as

I sometimes call them, “hostages to

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in a bus shelter in London, England,

in November, when a motorcyclist lost

control and ran into her. She suffered

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up in the hospital minus a leg.

My older daughter, unfortunately, is a

worrier like me, but my son is not. He’s

quite right when he says worry is a bad

use of time because it doesn’t change

the outcome of anything.

I have learned a few ways of lessening

my talent for worry. I no longer open my

big book entitled A Home Medical Guide.

I used to imagine I had every symptom

of every illness it contained. Worriers

should never have such reference books

in the house. We should all try to take

to heart the words penned in 1915 by

George H. Powell (1880-1951):

“What’s the use of worrying? It

never was worthwhile, so, pack up your

troubles in your old kit-bag. And smile,

smile, smile.”

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Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but

beautiful old people are works of art.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long

enough to make them all yourself.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it

one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray

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Why don’t people bend at the knees

when they garden? It’s not very attractive,

when you’re walking by delighting in the

sweetly-scented honeysuckle, the russet

tiger-lilies, their long stems swaying in

the breeze and the vibrant fuchsia roses.

Suddenly, there it is…the full moon facing

the roadway for all passing by to see, but

not admire. The sight has inspired those

wooden lawn ornaments you can buy, with

Ma and Pa bent over gardening together.

There’s Pa in his low-riding trousers and

Ma in her polka-dot bloomers.

I’m not a fan of gardening. In our old

neighbourhood we were surrounded by

retired gardeners with years of experience.

Their rows of perfectly planted vegetable

gardens took up entire backyards. The

most amazing garden of all belonged to the

old European couple, the Schwarzkopf’s.

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name it, those Schwarzkopf’s grew it.

I remember the day my sister came for

a visit. “There’s Mr. Schwarzkopf digging

in his garden,” she said.

I looked out the window. There it was

again! The notorious gardener, bent at the

waist, butt reaching for the sky, rubber

boots to the hips, hoe in hand.

“That’s not Mr. Schwarzkopf.

That’s Mrs. Schwarzkopf,” I

exclaimed.

Gardening is clearly

not my forte. All you

hardcore green thumbs

out there will not get this,

but I’d rather be cooped

up in the house typing

away at my computer,

writing about gardening

By Barb Day, Paris, ON

From Daytripping, July-August 2010

or any other subject for that matter,

than actually gardening. How can that

be, you ask, when one could be outside,

enjoying the fresh air, digging in the dirt

under a cloudless sky. Last time I checked

my thumb was still pink. Definitely not

green…never will be.

Naïve, we moved to an old house from an

apartment, and were anxious

to start a vegetable garden

in that huge backyard at

the first hint of spring.

We moved in the fall,

and all winter we read

books on the subject.

We even subscribed

to Harrowsmith and

Canadian Gardener.

They all made it look so

easy. We were pumped, and decided, why

have only one? That yard is so big - there

could be two big gardens, side-by-side!

“Don’t bite off more than you can

chew.” “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“Think big, start small.” Those great

words of wisdom forgotten, we forged

ahead. The tidy rows started out looking

nice enough, but by summer were an

overwhelming tangle of weeds and crab

grass. It was like a trek through the jungle

to find a tiny, weak vegetable plant that

hadn’t yet been strangled to death by an

angry weed.

Mr. Schwarzkopf would stand at the

fence, shaking his head in disbelief,

while handing over a basket of succulent

beyond belief Beefsteak tomatoes.

Sadly, we were the laughing stock of the

master gardeners of the neighbourhood,

and the last time I checked, my thumb

was still pink.

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flexibility and fortitude were tested.

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for our well-being. Thank you for

caring.

Know too, when you’ve come to

this place in time, you will appreciate

being valued for what you’ve created

and accomplished.

Freedom of choice and freedom to

express who we are, as long as we’re

not hurting anyone or ourselves, is

what a happy life is all about.

Please help us to communicate

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We’ll be bringing you recipes from Club contributors & from local

fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected over the last quarter of a century.

You’re welcome to send your own recipes, or on behalf of an organizaon

that has a new cookbook, & we can help promote those cookbooks for free.

Party Potato Salad

4 tsp mustard seed

1 Tbsp celery seed

1/3 cup white vinegar

6 lb potatoes

2 cups chopped celery

By: Alma Wigle (from

Brigden Fall Fair Cookbook)

1 cup finely chopped green onions & tops

6 hard cooked eggs, chopped

3 1/2 cups mayonnaise

2 tsp salt

Soak mustard seed, celery seed in 1/3 cup white vinegar for several

hours or overnight. Cook, cool, peel and cube 6 pounds of potatoes

(about 15 cups). Sprinkle cubed potatoes with salt. Toss with celery,

onions and eggs. Combine seed mixture and 2 teaspoons salt with

mayonnaise. Toss potato mixture with mayonnaise. Chill thoroughly.

Garnish with hard cooked egg whites. Serves 25 to 30.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

(from Point Edward

Ex-Servicemen’s

Assoc. Cookbook)

8 fresh salmon fillets, 3/4 inch thick (1 1/2 lb)

Freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp orange juice

4 1/2 tsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

1 tsp grated orange peel

Place salmon in a 12x8x2 inch shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with black

pepper and drizzle with oil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, or unl

the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Sr the cornstarch, broth, vinegar, orange juice, brown sugar and orange

peel in a 2 quart saucepan over high heat. Heat the mixture to a boil.

Connue to cook unl the mixture thickens, srring constantly. Place the

salmon on a serving plaer and serve with the sauce. Makes 8 servings.

Hot Artichoke Dip

By: Madame Deery

(from “Millennium Menus”

by Bridgeview Public School

1 can (14 oz) archoke hearts, drained, chopped

1 cup (4 oz) Kra 100% grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup (4 oz) Kra natural shredded, low moisture, part-skim

Mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup Kra real mayonnaise or Miracle Whip salad dressing

1 clove garlic, minced

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients. Spoon into 9 inch quiche dish

or pie plate. Bake 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Garnish with steamed

archoke leaves and red cabbage leaves. Serve with toasted French bread

slices or crackers. Makes 2 cups. This is easy, fast and delicious!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

2 Tbsp buer

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sliced pineapple

Maraschino cherries

2 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup juice from pineapple

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

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book)

o Melt buer in baking pan. Add brown sugar. Cover with drained pineapple

rings (save juice). Put a cherry in the middle of each ring. Mix remaining

ingredients and pour over pineapple. Bake at 350 degrees F approx. 20

minutes or unl done. Invert on serving plate. Serve with whipped topping.

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My Lefthanded, Backwards,

Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short Stories

By John Gardiner

I’ve already covered my brief hockey

career and my even briefer baseball

career, so I might as well fill you in my

only other venture into organized sports

– other than bowling. And that was my

time with the Hanover District High

School Midget Basketball Team……Now,

basketball has never really been my

thing – it was kind of an exotic sport in

Hanover back in the 1960’s….I mean,

why would you play basketball in the

winter if you could play hockey – and

everybody played hockey and usually

only the real jock guys in high school

shot hoops. But when I first went into

Hanover High, I was resolved to try to

get with the program and I’d been told

I’d get more out of high school if I put a

little effort into it. So, I joined the midget

boys’ basketball team…..

We practiced for a couple of weeks

before the season started and everything

looked good. Most of us were just

beginners to the game, other than a tiny

bit in public school, but we had a couple

of jock-type guys on the team and it was

assumed they’d carry us to victory after

victory, while the rest of us would play a

strong supporting role. I actually got sort

of good at the game in practice and could

hit free throws pretty well and could

run drill after drill with some degree of

success.

We had a couple of exhibition games

before the regular season and the first

was against Durham High School. We

battled the Durham team tough up to

halftime – the game was tied. And that’s

as close as we got to a win all season

– tied at halftime of our first exhibition

game. It turned out that our team

really sucked – like big time. It turned

out our jock-type guys were just mere

mortals and couldn’t possibly hope to

compensate for the rest of the team. And

so we lost game after game. And what

happened was that the jock-type guys

couldn’t stand the humiliation, so they

started to quietly drop off the team – and

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.

The Basketball Diaries

that meant the team got weaker and

weaker as the season progressed. Like

at the beginning of the season, I was an

extra guy on the team, but by halfway

through the season, I was a starter.

And I discovered that I was a really bad

basketball player, mainly because of my

self-consciousness, and I couldn’t hit a

basket under pressure in a real game

for all the tea in China – whatever that

means.

And so our defeats started to get

more and more lopsided. Like at the

beginning of the season, we were losing

sort of like 42-28, but by mid-season we

were losing by scores of 64-12, and as

the end of the season approached, most

opposing teams were trying to score

over 100 points against us, while trying

to hold us to less than 10. And, of course,

they would announce the scores of all

the school teams over the PA at morning

announcements. And it got so the whole

school waited for the score of our latest

game, so they could all cheer wildly for

us. Those of us who had stuck with the

team became sort of celebrities around

the school – like it was an honour to

be part of what was possibly the worst

midget basketball team in Canadian

sports history.

Anyway, there were a couple more

life lessons contained in this experience.

First - don’t be part of a team under

any circumstances, because if the team

sucks, it’ll look like you suck as well.

Second - if you do suck, hang in there

and sometimes it sort of pays off. You

get a type of fame if you’re really pitifully

bad at something. I mean, people laugh

at you, but at least they notice you –

which in some cases is better than not

getting noticed at all. Still, I was glad for

the Neustadt drinking trips while this

was going on… drinking is more fun

than playing losing basketball and pretty

well any other sport. Words well written.

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As a public service to seniors out there Service Charge Taxes, Social Security

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if you or your partner are self-employed. Service Fee Tax, Telephone Federal

Presumably, the latter requires at least an and Local Surcharge Taxes, Telephone

extra month to find all of those receipts Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Telephone

secreted away in shoe boxes, which my Recurring and Non-Recurring Charges

spouse prefers.

Tax, Telephone and Local Tax, Telephone

Many seniors have asked me if I Usage Charge Tax, Toll Bridge Taxes,

support an extra Carbon Tax to help in the Toll Tunnel Taxes, Traffic Fines (indirect

fight against environmental degradation. taxation), Trailer Registration Tax, Utility

The logic works like this – suppose you Taxes, Vehicle License Registration Tax,

think that bagels are bad for proper Vehicle Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax,

nutrition. Government solution – apply Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation

supplementary taxes on bagels. Will this Tax and GST on everything, including

force me to stop eating bagels? No way; I your funeral, which nicely ties up death

love them, especially the Montreal variety, and taxes.

and there just happens to be a bagel shop None of these taxes existed 100 years

near our home.

ago. How did our nation survive? We had

The government has tried a similar absolutely no national debt, one of the

technique with alcohol, tobacco and pot largest middle classes in the world.

with much the same results as a bagel Be aware that there are more indirect

tax. They love taxes as much as I admire taxes that I did not yet mention. For

bagels. Under Liberal and Conservative example, when you ride in an elevator

governments, we have been afflicted with while staying at a hotel, not only do

55 separate kinds of taxes.

you pay a municipal and federal and

To assist your flagging memory, I provincial hotel tax (great to have so

will outline them as follows: Accounts many layers of government, eh! Don’t

Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, forget the Regional government.), but

Capital Gains Tax, CDL license Tax (I do you also get to help pay for the elevator

not know what CDL stands for), Cigarette license and inspection, the same way that

you help pay for licenses and inspections

for all other goods and services.

Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the

year in which a nation as a whole has

theoretically earned enough income to

fund its annual tax burden.

India enjoys the shortest tax burden

taking a mere 74 days which amounts

to 20% of the calendar year and falling

on March 14. The United States is next

at 113 days or 30.8% of the year, ending

on April 23. Canada follows Estonia, 114

days, South Africa 132 days, Hungary 140

days, New Zealand 141 days, Slovakia,

142 days, Brazil, 147 days, Lithuania,

150 days, United Kingdom, 153 days,

Belgium, 161 days, Czech Republic, 161

days and Croatia, 164 days.

Yes, we follow all of those countries.

We collectively work a full 165 days of the

year, that’s a whopping 44.8%, and we do

not finish paying for our taxes until June

14. January, February, March, April, May

and half of June! So, you wonder how I

feel about another tax on carbon?

It gets better. When retired, you

depend upon a fixed income. The lucky

ones have a COLA or cost of living clause.

But unfortunately, the plot thickens.

For example, the local gas station

charged me $1.46 per gallon for regular

gasoline today. The way I see inflation

with the huge rise in energy, food and

transportation services, I might move to

Tahiti like Gaugin did, where at the least,

I would save a lot on clothes. Of course,

with global warming, more and more

seniors will gradually opt to move into

nudist colonies. I wonder at that time if

the government will tax nudity.

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My husband and I, ages 92 and

86 were coping satisfactorily or so I

thought. I was busy with my spring

cleaning which I have done every year

for more than 60 years. Although, it

is becoming more stressful on my

body as I age, my mental attitude

is happy accomplishing ridding the

house of dust, cobwebs and clutter,

a good feeling. It wasn’t to last.

I noticed in rearranging my office

desk that I would be shortly running

out of cheques. Not a bother, just call

up that cheque printing office and

place an order. Much to my surprise,

their response was not expected.

I hadn’t ordered cheques in over

three years so I was obliterated

from their files. I thought with the

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was call my name back again and

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my local bank assuring myself they

would put it right in no time at all

and I could get back to my dusting.

I am still on a rotary telephone

system and consequently when told

to push this or that button, I have

no buttons to push. This happened

immediately and in most cases is

followed by the request, “If you are

on a rotary phone, please stay on the

line.” but there was no such request

and I was literally left hanging. On

to operation Two. I delved in my

loaded purse and located my very

tiny cell phone, cost $100 a year,

bought for emergency problems

on the road. It has ten digits. I

redialled the local bank’s number

to be told that my wait would be

5 to 20 minutes. “Odd,” I thought,

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totally frustrated and one might say

angry at this point. If this was the

new digital age where everything

was to be efficient customer service

with all this new technology, why

then at every turn of attempting this

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from my boyhood.

These are wooden crates in

which oranges were shipped from

the groves to the retailers. These were

used for many years before corrugated

cardboard came into use. As a boy, these

boxes were considered a real prize if we

could acquire one from a friendly corner

grocer. They are rarely seen today. I am

sure many thousands of them still exist

all over the country, where they are used

as bookshelves and record storage in

college dorms and summer cottages all

over North America.

As kids, we wanted them to make

playthings from, like pushcarts or

scooters so we could race up and down

city sidewalks in them! It was almost as

much fun to make these things as it was

to play with them.

To make a pushcart, you needed four

old wheels from a toy wagon and the

axles and a piece of rope to steer with.

Or you could make a more elaborate

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from a wagon along with some

rope to rig it up. This

was more difficult so we

usually used simply a

rope for steering.

My really favourite thing

to make from an orange

crate though, was a scooter. For

this you needed one old clip-on

type of roller skate, a piece of board four

inches wide and about four feet long. The

orange crate was nailed standing on end

at the front of the four foot board, and

the roller wheels were mounted on the

bottom of the board, two wheels at the

front and two wheels at the rear. A cross

bar could then be nailed across the top of

the orange crate for use as handle bars to

steer with. When complete you could tear

up and down the sidewalk standing with

one foot on the scooter and the other to

propel you at great speed forward!

Oh, we didn’t have video games, or

Ipods, X-Boxes or even television then,

but we didn’t need them. We just used

our ingenuity and made our own fun

back in the good old days!

So what am I using my “new” old

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books!

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and rumours of war?

We can learn a lot about life from

a simple box of crayons. Some are

pointed, while others are dull. Some

have funny names. Some are plain and

ordinary. But notice that all the crayons

are different colours, and they all

exist together in the same box. When

working with a common purpose, they

can make a beautiful picture.

Imagine for a moment, the crayons

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sometimes hidden and

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There is good news!

There is a positive side

to the colours. Red is for

the red rose of love, the

splendour of a sunset.

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It’s officially Spring, and the gardening

season is upon us at last, and it feels

amazing! Here at Sipkens we have big

changes happening, so this Spring is

especially exciting for our team and our

customers!

I can almost feel the pulse quickening

and vibe of excitement from gardeners

everywhere as the temperatures begin

to rise, the scent of soil and plants

float through the crisp spring air and

the first signs of new life pop up out

of the ground—seemingly overnight. It

feels like we wait (*ALL YEAR*) for this

season and then it’s “Gardeners start

your wheelbarrows!” with a race to fit

as much gardening and outdoor living

into one season as we can.

With so many gardening activities

to set your sights on over the next few

months, I thought it would be more

manageable to focus on something

bite-sized in this article, such as edible

gardening! (See what I did there?)

Growing your own food is incredibly

rewarding and fun for the whole family.

You not only get to tend a garden

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To choose a location, watch at your

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❏ Improve the soil in veggie beds and

containers with new soil, peat moss,

compost and natural fertilizer.

❏ Keep on top of weeds in a garden

bed by starting clean and consider

adding a layer of mulch/straw to

keep weeds at bay.

❏ Transplant seedlings and/or sow

seeds into the garden based on the

instructions on the seed packet,

good advice from friends or from

your favourite garden centre.

❏ Feed your plants regularly for a great

yield—you only get out what your

put in. Great organic options include

hen manure & kelp meal.

❏ Plant cold-loving veggies early April

(onions, radish, snow peas and

perennial herbs).

❏ In mid-April to May, plant potatoes,

broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

❏ Plant tender veggies after the frostfree

date (usually after Victoria

Day) such as tomatoes, peppers,

cucumber and melons.

❏ Water vegetables and fruit regularly

for continued growth.

❏ In June, start to reap the rewards by

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radishes, and strawberries.

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1. Is gold considered an element or a compound?

2. What did Sir John Harrington invent in 1589?

a] The flushing toilet b] Microscope

c] Lead pencil d] Thermometer

3. Which of the following is the medical term for jet lag?

a] Rhinorrhea b] Epistaxis

c] Xerostomiath d] Circadian desynchronosis

4. What is the study of electronic systems that can perform the

functions of living beings?

5. What was the average length of a Beatles concert on their first

American tour?

a] 28 mins b] 45 mins c] 56 mins d] 1 hr 15 mins

6. In 1994, what OHL franchise moved to Sarnia and became the Sarnia

Sting?

7. In an interview at Harvard University, Bill Gates admitted that

CTRL-ALT-DELETE was a ___________?

8. What head of government was the first to give birth in office?

a] Isabel Martinez de Perón, Argentina b] Agatha Barbara, Malta

c] Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan d] Mary Robinson, Ireland

9. What nationality was Erno Rubik, the inventor of the 80s craze, the

Rubik’s Cube?

a] Hungarian b] Polish

c] Slovenian d] Austrian

10. A verruca is:

a] A type of rock b] A type of wind or a musical instrument

c] A type of physical maladie (a wart)

11. Name of one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible.

12. Who beat Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final match?

13. True or False: The sheep is the source of most catgut, a material used

for the strings of some musical instruments.

ANSWERS:

1. Element; 2. The flushing toilet; 3. Circadian desynchronosis; 4. Bionics;

5. 28 mins; 6. Newmarket Royals; 7. mistake; 8. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan;

9. Hungarian; 10. A type of physical maladie (a wart);

11. Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer; 12. Naomi Osaka; 13. True.

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and ironed wet obtains the best

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valuable fruit in any kitchen. Of

course you can use them for making

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uses. The juice of a lemon removes

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By Mary Jane MacVicar Leamington • From Daytripping March-April 2011

I N F O R M

FRIENDLY

When I was very young, we’re talking going, not even beginning to stop. Dad

F A M I L Y

the early 1950’s, living on a farm made had neglected to tell me that one had

it easy to learn how to drive. I started to pump the brakes for them to catch,

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Alzheimer Societies across the country. Providing free tools and When I was about 12 years old, and the only damage was a little dent

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include people affected by dementia to live well in our community. town from our farm out in the country. headlights to turn outward.

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the outskirts of town and finally the Ah the trials and tribulations of

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An open enemy is better than a false friend.

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Character is habit long continued.

Death is never at a loss for occasions.

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First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.

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10-22 Petrolia Victoria Playhouse Petrolia - The Roaring Twenties www.thevpp.ca

11 Sarnia Sinfonia Toronto at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net

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Kids and Kites

By: Kenneth Lapointe, Ottawa • From Daytripping July-Aug 2009

When I was a kid, kites

were a neverending source

of fun. Every kid had a

kite in the neighbourhood

and kite-flying season

would begin on the first

warm, sunny, and windy

day in March or April. We

had the perfect place for

it. Our backyard bordered

on Superior Park, a very

large field area where we

also had our very own homemade ball

diamond.

Our kites were the triangle-shaped

ones. Yellow plastic with a spaceman on

the front, two wooden stick crosspieces

and a tail you created out of bits of

cloth and rags. It had to be just the right

amount to give it the proper weight. Too

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into the air very well, too little and it

would just swoop around and around in

dizzying circles and eventually ‘bang!’,

into the ever present, ever waiting

ground below.

Someone had a ‘box kite’ once. To

me it seemed incomprehensible how

they could fly. I mean a couple of square

‘boxes’ of plastic on some long sticks?

But fly they did, though to me they were

simply weird and not ‘really’ a kite.

Having four brothers, each one with a

kite, made for some interesting and fun

launches into space.

My older brothers Jim and Gary got

the idea of putting somebody’s hamster

in an empty toilet paper cardboard

tube, sealing the ends and sending him

aloft. It worked! After the mission, kite

came back down to earth with hamster

emerging unscathed and victorious. Oh

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up a couple of lightweight batteries to

some tiny bulbs around the edge of the

kite, and voila, a successful period of

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Another bad thing to happen when

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your kite was like WAY, WAY up there.

Then you had to run like blazes after it,

so scared you’d lose it or it might land on

someone’s roof or in a mean stranger’s

backyard.

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was sort of fan-shaped with an eagle on

the front. But it never lived up to the fun

I had with just the regular old-fashioned

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Cover of the CLUB

Our local cover photographer is Jayne Primeau

Jayne lives in Bright's Grove, and is past president of the Sarnia

Photographic Club. She has been interested in photography since

she began work in a Toronto Camera Shop in her early twenties.

Her photo of a Great Egret shot in Canatara Park won the grand

prize in the Cottage Life 2020 magazine's photo contest. Wildlife

photography is her passion.

MAIL DELIVERY

During a recent cleaning spree, I

came across a box marked “Old

Papers.” As I sorted through various

paper clippings and invitations

to weddings and anniversaries,

I came across some old letters

with familiar handwriting and

“Via Airmail” stickers on the

envelopes. Putting all good

intentions for cleaning out cupboards

on hold, I sat down and started reading.

Holding the thin paper pages and rereading

the experiences of relatives

in the Netherlands more than half a

century ago brought back memories of

how these precious letters arrived in my

parental rural home in the Sarnia area.

The mailman drove a car that must

have been one of the first automobiles

made by Henry Ford. It was at least

twenty-five years old but as dependable

as its driver, for we could count on the

mailman to be at our mailbox at coffee

time every weekday morning. Hearing

the sound of gears shifting down and

the car coming to a stop made us drop

whatever we were doing and run to the

mailbox.

For us new immigrants, mail meant

not only a link to our old country, but

also a window into the new world we

were living in, as advertising flyers and

seed catalogues arrived by mail. The

Eaton’s catalogue (or book as we called

it) always received a royal welcome in

our home. It was like a textbook for

us, for it had pictures showing us what

we could buy. When we discovered

we could order by mail, the mailman

became even more popular. We didn’t

have to leave home to buy a new dress!

We didn’t have to leave home to buy

groceries either. Mother simply filled in

the list of supplies needed, mailed it to

the grocer who five days later delivered

the groceries along with a friendly

chat and a list to fill in and mail for the

next delivery. The grocer, who was a

Second World War veteran, spoke and

understood some Dutch, so we thanked

him in our native language for not only

bringing us the groceries but also for

being instrumental in bringing freedom

to our fatherland.

When cameras became more

affordable and easier to operate, we

discovered that even films could be

mailed to be developed into pictures

which we’d find two weeks later in

the mailbox, complete with the bill

and correct change from the paper

money we had sent. That brought new

opportunities, for now we could show

family and friends where and how we

...slightly less cool than the

Cover of the Rolling Stone,

but we’re working on that!.

By Jacoba Bos, Strathroy

From Daytripping, March-April 2015

lived. Soon, pictures of the house we

lived in, with us smiling from ear to

ear in front of it, the church we

attended, and the car that

brought our family of eight

to that church, were flying

across the ocean one or two

at a time so as not to exceed

the allotted weight and price of a

15 cent stamp for airmail.

Because of all the conveniences

Canada Post brought to our mailbox,

we hardly ever saw the inside of the

post office, except for finding out where

people whom we knew who had moved

or were new to the country were living.

Phones were few and far between in

those days and so were phone books, so

before we’d set out to visit a newcomer

who lived on a rural road in the area

we’d stop at the post office. Our request

for help was always met in the typical

Canadian patient and polite manner,

as the postal employee would give us

directions better than any GPS can do

now, for I have yet to hear a GPS say,

“when you come to that church, you’ve

gone too far.”

Many things have changed at Canada

Post since 1851. That was the year

that Britain transferred control of the

colonial postal system to Canada.

Post offices were then established in

places where settlers had formed a

community. The newcomers welcomed

this communication link to the country

and people they had left behind, and

appreciated the contact with their

new neighbours who lived miles away

through the post office.

Gone are the days when we ran to

the mailbox to find the dress we’d

ordered from the catalogue, the family

allowance cheque from the government

or postcards from friends vacationing

in far away places. Technology has

made great improvements, making

life better for everyone. We now have

instant communication with people

across the ocean and beyond, via

email and Skype. These inventions

that we could not have even dreamt of

half a century ago are not only fast and

easy ways to stay in touch, they are

also less costly than communication

via Canada Post. But thanks to this

old Canadian institution I will still be

receiving mail, delivered to my rural

mailbox. Even though it’s becoming

more costly, I will keep in touch with

friends and relatives in Canada and

Europe via the written word (and

maybe a few pictures) sending them

letters via Canada Post.

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The Wealthy Widow”

Jock, a 70 year old

extremely wealthy widower,

shows up at the Country

Club with a breathtakingly

beautiful and very sexy 25

year old who knocks

everyone’s socks off with

her youthful appeal and

outright charm while

hanging over Jock’s arm

and listening intently to his

every word. His buddies at

the club are all aghast.

They corner him and ask,

“Jock, How did you get the

trophy girlfriend?” He

replies, “Girlfriend? She’s my

wife!” They’re knocked over,

but continue to ask. “So, how

did you persuade her to

marry you?” Jock says, “I

lied about my age.” His

friends respond, “What do

you mean? Did you tell her

you were only 50?”

Jock smiles and says,

“No, I told her I was 90.”

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SIPKENS FAMILY ALL ABOUT GROWTH

By Cathy Dobson

“Years ago, I never would have

said I’d get into hard goods or

boutique stuff,” said Ken. “But

that’s where the market is going.”

The nursery business has

changed dramatically since he and

Jennifer started Sipkens Garden

Centre 34 years ago. They found

acreage on London Line near

Wyoming where Jennifer grew up

and had one small greenhouse

that first year. Ken was working

for another nursery at the time

and with their know-how, work

ethic and a sense that market

The Sipkens family celebrate their 34th year in business

demand was in perennials, the

with the opening of a large retail addition.

Sipkens found success.

From left are: Brian, Alyssa, Ken and Jennifer Sipkens.

Missing are Mark, Chris and Brad.

The second year, Ken quit his

other job and the couple devoted

of (garden centre sales) is hard goods,” all their time to their new venture and

said Ken.

their five small children.

“People are interested in staying home “We went into the business about the

and they want to make their outdoor time that perennials like hostas, ferns and

living space really nice,” said Jennifer, grasses were becoming popular,” said

adding that’s there’s also been a recent Ken. “We saw that as an opportunity.”

explosion in bird watching.

That’s why Sipkens’ new addition is

filled with a wide variety of hard goods

like pottery, planters, bird houses, bird

baths, and more. The new addition,

which is adjacent to the garden

centre’s boutique, makes room in the

greenhouses for more plants.

The addition is spacious, cheery

and air-conditioned, all to attract more

shoppers and make going to Sipkens

more of an outing, said Jennifer.

A refreshment counter and café

Artist’s concept of the garden

tables are set up just inside an archway

centre’s new addition

attaching the addition to the original

boutique area.

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If a business isn’t growing,

it’s stagnating and slipping

backwards, says Ken Sipkens.

That’s why he and his

family have built an enormous,

24,000-square-foot addition to

their garden centre this spring

and invested in extensive

recycling and water reuse

systems in recent years.

“We reinvest on a regular

basis,” Ken said. “A lot of mom

and pop garden centres don’t do

that and they are struggling. Here,

we are always looking ahead and

researching the newest trends.”

When the pandemic hit, for

instance, Sipkens immediately

set up an online store that

ultimately outstripped their prepandemic

sales.

“Every day during Covid, we had 60

to 70 carts full and ready for pickup or

delivery. It was go, go, go, go,” said Ken’s

wife Jennifer Sipkens. “The pandemic

was good for business.”

The Sipkens, who run their garden

centre with their five children, Mark,

Chris, Brian, Brad and Alyssa, make sure

they know about industry trends around

the world and apply the best ones to

their own business.

They have stayed on top of things by

going on regular trips across the globe

with the International Garden Centre

Association. A trip to Windsor, England

a few years ago convinced them that

the sale of hard goods like pots, trellises,

garden supplies and yard accessories

was about to take off in North America.

“If you go to Europe now, about 85%

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Sarnia’s

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for

over

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Today Sipkens grows at least 1,000

varieties of perennials. Their garden

centre covers about 10 acres and

employs 20 people year-round and 55

seasonal workers.

On top of watching consumer

trends and reinvesting, the Sipkens are

also environmentally conscious and

started an aggressive on-site recycling

program eight years ago. About 90%

of greenhouse plastic, cardboard,

discarded pots and other waste

produced by the business is recycled or

composted.

Four years ago, Sipkens began recycling

the runoff from their greenhouses and

irrigation by channelling the water into a

reservoir of tanks, treating it and reusing

it for plant growth.

Ken estimates that his five kids run

about 70% of the business these days but

he and Jennifer remain very involved.

“We keep very busy and it’s a

challenging business,” she said. “But we

enjoy this kind of life.”

Sipkens Garden Centre at 3261 London

Line plans a Grand Opening for the new

addition Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


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A Father's Love

Author

Unknown

Fathers seldom say “I Love You”

Though the feeling's always there,

But somehow those three little words

Are the hardest ones to share.

And fathers say "I love you"

In ways that words can't match

With tender bedtime stories

Or a friendly game of catch!

You can see the words "I love you"

In a father's boyish eyeses

When he runs home, all excited,

With a poorly wrapped surprise.

A father says "I love you"

With his strong helping hands

With a smile when you're in trouble

With the way he understands.

ds.

He says "I love you" haltingly, ly

With awkward tenderness

(It's hard to help a four-year-old old into a party dress!)

He speaks his love unselfishly

By giving all l he can

To make some secret dream come true,

Or follow through a plan.

A father's seldom-spoken love

Sounds clearly through the years

Sometimes in peals of laughter,

Sometimes through happy tears.

Perhaps they have to speak their love

In a fashion all their own.

Because the love that fathers feel

Is too big for words alone!

One Liners

A fine is a tax for

doing wrong.

A tax is a fine for

doing well.

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Contact us any time by email - info@welcometotheclub.ca

Announcing the long awaited

24-bed, permanent Withdrawal

Management Facility at

Bluewater Health.

Joining the Minister of Long-Term

Care to announce new Long-Term

Care beds at Sumac Lodge.

BOB BAILEY

Sarnia-Lambton

Building A Better Sarnia-Lambton

At OWS Rail Car Inc. learning

about their expansion project,

supported in part through an

investment by the Southwestern

Ontario Development Fund.

At Sarnia Arena celebrating

Ontario’s investment in youth

sports to help with their

recovery from the pandemic

and create opportunities for

the next generation.

Hello again to all the fans and followers of The Club. Spring is

always my favourite season in Sarnia-Lambton. After the

long, cold winter, we are experiencing all the renewal and

energy in the community that comes with longer days and

warmer temperatures. That is a welcome change and great

for the spirit! Whether it’s sitting on the back patio or going for

a long walk, I try to take every opportunity to get outside and

enjoy the fresh air. This spring will bring even more outside

time as candidates like myself in the 2022 Provincial Election

hit the campaign trail before the June 2nd vote.

The past four years have been very busy working to make

things better in Sarnia-Lambton. Every day, I have been

working to ensure Sarnia-Lambton’s issues are front and

centre at Queen’s Park. That’s why I’m pleased to see that so

many important investments have been made in our

community by the Ford Government.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges

in our community, and across the province, our government

never hesitated to do what was necessary to protect the

health and safety of Ontarians. I continue to feel very

optimistic about our future.

It has been my honour to serve at Queen’s Park on behalf of

the people of Sarnia-Lambton over the last four years. Each

day I wake up with a sense of excitement for what the future

holds for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With your support,

I can’t wait to continue getting things done for our

community. Stay safe and be well!

Discussing Red Tape Reduction

and Small Business Support with

the Associate Minister of Small

Business (right) and local

business owner Manjit Singh

(left) at Sitara Indian Cuisine.

At St. Joseph’s Hospice to

announce funding support to

help with the important services

they provide in our community.

Horsing around on the job.

With MP Gladu and Mayor

Loosley attending the Vigil for

Ukraine at Royal Canadian

Legion Branch 216 in Petrolia.

Contact Bob Bailey

Sarnia-Lambton Progressive Conservative Riding Association

Website: sarnialambton.ontariopc.ca

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

"If you don’t see

what you’re looking for,

you’re in the right place."

A man and a woman had been

married for more than 60 years.

They had shared everything. They

had talked about everything. They

had kept no secrets from each

other except for the little box that

sat up in the closet.

For all of these years he had

never thought about the box, but

one day the little old women got

very sick and the doctor said she

would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs,

the little old man took down the

shoebox and took it to his wife's

bedside.

She agreed that it was time that

he should know what was in the

box. When he opened it, he found

two crocheted dolls and a stack of

money totalling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married,"

she said, "my Grandmother told me

the secret of a happy marriage was

to never argue. She told me that if

I ever got angry with you, I should

just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved

that he had to fight back tears. Only

two precious dolls were in the box.

She had only been angry with him

two times in all those years of living

and loving.

"Honey," he said, " that explains

the dolls, but what about all this

money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "that's the money

I made from selling the dolls."

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR AGES 55+

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RESOURCE NAME SERVICES OFFERED PHONE WEB/EMAIL

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Canadian Red Cross Grocery Pickup & Transportation Services 519-332-6380 redcross.ca

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60 might be the new 40, but 9 pm is the new midnight.

Ah, Spring

Yes your mother and

grandmother were onto

something when they took

advantage of a fine early spring

day to hang rugs, blankets and

quilts to air on the porch. Today

Feng Shui (wind and water) tells

us that stagnant air can be a

health hazard and that to open

your windows and keep them

clean is a real boon to your overall

health and well being.

Feng Shui has been around for over

four thousand years and has recently

been rediscovered in North America.

It started in China when people

believed that an invisible energy

called ch’i was instrumental in making

certain locations sought after.

Farmers believed that land, with the

protection of tall mountains behind

it would shield crops from wind and

water in the front and so would yield a

great harvest. Today Feng Shui is used

to help you identify how ch’i flows

through your work or living space.

Now getting back to spring cleaning, in

Feng Shui the belief is that everything

by Rita Veel, London

From Daytripping May-June 2006

you own is attached to you

by invisible threads.

This includes stuff hidden

behind doors, under beds

and in your garage, I am

not talking about well

organized collections,

strictly things that have

no purpose in your life

today. Unless you rid

yourself of the old stuff,

no new things will enter your life. This

spring, it is time to let go of clutter and

once and for all take control of your

environment. Less is more.

Take a walk through your rooms and

check the amount of space around the

different pieces of furniture in your

house.

You should have a clear path, with

no obstructions from room to room. If

you are having a difficult time moving

around your home comfortably, you

will have a hard time negotiating

certain aspects of your life as well.

Open your windows, play music,

clear your clutter and ch’i will bring

positive spring energy into your life.

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Few Words

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By Cathy Dobson

We asked some notable folks in Sarnia-Lambton to have a little fun with us and

answer some not-so-pressing questions, In A Few Words. Here’s what they said:

Leona Holland

Volunteer extraordinaire, mother of six and

grandmother of 17

Name one positive thing that surprises you about being over the age of 55.

“Being over 55 tends to make other people more helpful and friendly.”

If you won $1 billion, what would you do with your time?

“I would work with the Department of Education to establish trade workshops in all

Ontario high schools. Many non-academic students would benefit as we always need

more trades people.”

What do you love most about living in Sarnia?

“I like the people, the lake, the bridges and the fries.”

Did anything positive arise for you during the pandemic?

“I had time to interact with family and friends as no volunteer time was available.”

What’s your favourite day of the year and why?

“My favourite day is Ground Hog Day as I always hope for an early spring.”

Do you have a favourite place in Sarnia-Lambton? Where is it?

“My favourite place is under the bridges.”

Name one local store that everyone should visit.

“Russell Street Home Hardware store is my favourite business in Sarnia.”

Describe your perfect day.

“My perfect day is anytime I can volunteer. I love people.”

Name one person you think should run for office in Sarnia-Lambton even if they never will.

“Anne Marie Gillis because she’s a great organizer with a clear vision for the future.”

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The Beatles. Rolling Stones are too far out there for me.”

Who has had the greatest influence on your life, not counting your spouse or children?

“My father. He was a teacher and a volunteer.”

What’s your favourite restaurant in Sarnia-Lambton?

“Olives Restaurant. Great people, great food and fun to visit.”

What’s your favourite movie or book and why?

“I couldn’t put down the book by Douglas Brinkley called The Great Deluge - Hurricane

Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The fact that no one was prepared

for Katrina even though they had warning was just unbelievable.”

Name a bucket list item you intend to achieve, and one you probably won’t ever get to.

“I never had a bucket list. I live day by day.”

SUGGEST someone we should interview!

info@welcometotheclub.ca

Charlie Fairbank

of Oil Springs, operates North American’s oldest

oilfield and produces about 24,000 barrels of oil a

year at Fairbank Oil in Oil Springs. He is a fourth

generation oil man and uses only 19th century technology, including the jerker line

system his great-grandfather developed in 1863. Charlie is a teacher by vocation and a

passionate historian.

You have never retired. What are you working on?

“Working with an amazing team, (locally, nationally and internationally) toward our next

application to obtain a UNESCO World Heritage designation for Oil Springs.”

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

“Mozart easily trumps these “boy bands.”

What do you love most about living in Oil Springs?

“I love the diverse landscape of open fields, woodlands, and wetlands with Black Creek

meandering through it. It creates habitats for a rich assortment of wildlife and birds.”

Name one local store that everyone should visit.

The Book Keeper (in Sarnia) has my vote. Great reads, great staff and they will order

any book for you. I also like The Ice Creamery on Front Street for a delicious treat.”

What car have you owned that you like the best?

“For me, cars and trucks are tied to fond memories. I had a Ford truck with a very chewed

dashboard thanks to my wonderful border collie that often sat in the passenger seat.”

Who has had the greatest influence on your life, not counting your spouse or children?

“Both my parents, Charles and Jean Fairbank, were hard working compassionate people

who cared about people and integrity. My father instilled me with immense respect

for the early oilmen here and their ingenuity. My mother gave me a lifelong interest in

singing and listening to music.”

What’s your favourite restaurant in Sarnia-Lambton?

“Hmmm. The question is too difficult. I’d have to name five.”

Name one positive thing that surprises you about being over the age of 55.

“I don’t have to think about my boyhood interest in headstands. I never could do them.”

Name a bucket list item you intend to achieve, and one you probably won’t ever get to.“I

likely will not ride a helicopter over our oil field but my wife and I once had a terrific hot

air balloon ride over it. And I just might be able to grow some really fantastic tomatoes

this summer.”

What are people most surprised to learn about you?

“I’ve been interviewed on national television for Much Music and by Jonny Harris for

CBC’s series Still Standing.”

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

“Yes, sweet chili pistachios. I have to limit myself.”

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE

TO BE WHAT YOU

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YOU'RE SCREWED.

Making Home Care Affordable

During Tax Season

Aging at home, or “aging

in place” is everyone’s

desire. The issue for many

is the cost. When paying for

home care and housekeeping

out of pocket the cost may

be less than you think. The

“how” you can achieve this is

what I will be demonstrating

in this article.

If you, or a loved one, need

services to stay independent

there are many options

available to you. I will be

speaking about private home care.

Now the Local Health Integration

Network, or LHIN, provides some

home care, it usually isn’t enough.

According to our clients the help is

great, they just wish there was more.

So how can I afford a service that cost

$30 an hour and up?

From the CRA:

Disability tax credit - The

disability tax credit (DTC) is a nonrefundable

tax credit that helps

persons with disabilities or their

supporting family members reduce

the amount of income tax they

may have to pay. A person with a

severe and prolonged impairment

in physical or mental functions

may be eligible for the DTC. Once

an individual is eligible for the

DTC, the disability amount can be

claimed on their tax return(s) for

the applicable year(s).

This is how. It is called the Attendant

Care Claim. It is also called the

Disability Tax Credit. This is a nonrefundable

tax credit that can literally

save you thousands of dollars in

income tax.

Disclaimer: I am not a tax professional.

Your tax situation is unique and for

the appropriate and proper advice you

should consult a tax professional.

While I am not a tax professional,

I have been assisting many of my

clients in taking full advantage of

the Attendant Care Claim. Here is a

brief description of the credit. I will

give the link to the detailed Canada

Revenue Agency (CRA) Guidelines in

this article, but essentially the credit

is for anyone that needs assistance in

remaining independent in their home.

The credit covers the cost of staffing,

or wages that get paid to staff by a

home care provider. The credit pays for

much more, but I will focus on staffing

costs. For my clients it is over half the

billing amount —a lot of money and I

am amazed at the number of people

that do not take advantage of this tax

credit.

By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia

See link:

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/

cra-arc/formspubs/pub/rc4064/rc4064-

21e.pdf

The details in the CRA document will

fill in any blanks, but at a high level the

steps you to get the credit are easy and

as follows:

First, print a copy of the T2201 form

from the CRA website.

See link:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenueagency/services/forms-publications/

forms/t2201.html (or Google “T2201”),

and take it to your primary medical

professional, usually your doctor. They

will fill in the form and return it to you.

In the form they answer all the CRA’s

questions regarding and confirming

your specific needs for in-home care.

With the T2201 filled out, the home

care provider writes a letter confirming

the amount that was paid to staff from

the client’s annual billing. A little bit

of homework for the service provider,

but easily done. Now, with these two

documents in hand, a claim can be

made in your tax filing. Again, multiple

thousands of dollars are available in

this credit when you qualify.

“Eligibility is not impacted by the

receipt of other federal or provincial

benefits. If you receive Canada

Pension Plan or Quebec Pension

Plan disability benefits, workers’

compensation benefits, or other

types of disability or insurance

benefits, it does not necessarily

mean you are eligible for the

DTC. These programs have other

purposes and different criteria,

such as an individual’s inability to

work.”

It is also important to note that being

on another form of support from the

government does not, repeat does

not necessarily disqualify you from

receiving the credit. (From pg 16 of

Information guide.)

There it is, get home care and save

money on your taxes. I have to go

now and write more letters for my

clients.

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