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By Mark Moran, Publisher
New to this issue, and so long overdue,
is an events list on page 17. Like most
of you we’re delighted to bask in the
freedom to congregate, listen to live
music, see plays at local theatres, have
lunch with friends, even go to yard
sales. We’ll be continuing with this list
so please let us know well in advance
about upcoming events big or small...
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it may be. Watch our Facebook page too,
for more up to date information.
As always, we have a selection
of interesting articles in this issue—
some from the archives of Daytripping
Magazine and other that are new.
Remember that you’re welcome to send
articles to us, ideas, more of the silly and/
or poignant fillers you see within our
pages, and just suggestions in general.
Your feedback is appreciated and we
owe a big thank you to the many people
who replied to a questionnaire in our last
issue. This is your magazine to build and
we are eager to hear your advice.
Our cover this time features a photo
of the Duc D’Orleans II by Dan Bellyk...
we had a few great shots to choose from
in this case. The Duc is a local institution,
an icon for people of all ages. I play in
a band on it several times a year and
there’s not a more enjoyable gig.
We’ve also added a section with
opportunities to volunteer on page 22
and the list of local discounts, which was
very popular in our questionnaire, is on
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as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already
dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet
who insisted he didn't need my help to leave hospital.
After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly
let me wheel him to the elevator, still insisting he
didn't need to be taken down in a wheelchair.
On the way down, I asked him if his wife
was meeting him downstairs, and he replied
"I don't know. She's still upstairs in the bathroom
changing out of her hospital gown!"
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4. Which Great Lake is closest to sea level?
5. What is force 12 on the Beaufort scale?
6. What gemstone is associated with the 45th Wedding Anniversary:
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7. What is the first ingredient listed on a jar of Kraft peanut butter?
8. A magnifying glass contains which type of lense, convex or concave?
9. Which animals name derives from the Greek for “river horse”?
10. A “clove-hitch” and a “sheepshank” are types of what?
11. Where in the human body is the pineal gland?
12. What is the name of Han Solo’s spaceship in the movie “Star Wars”?
13. What sport did British and German troops play on Christmas Day,
14. Caviar is the salted roe of which fish?
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A Collection of Delicious Memories
by Jacoba Bos, Strathroy • from Daytripping July-August 2009 issue
Of all the things I’ve collected over the
years, my recipe collection stands out as
being the most prolific. It all began with a
well used cookbook my husband bought at
a farm auction sale shortly after we were
married and living on a farm.
The book had lost its cover and on
the yellowed and dog eared pages the
recipes were somewhat hard to decipher,
but the ingredients were “Take milk
while still warm from the
cow”. Measuring the
also on the cook’s
some recipes calling
for “a handful of salt
to make pickles” and
“butter the size of
a walnut” to make
me (and my longsuffering
husband) through the first stages
of becoming a “cook from scratch” and
frugal farm wife.
As our family grew, so did my
recipe collection. Recipes clipped from
newspapers and magazines, some in
barely decipherable handwriting from
neighbors and friends, and recipes cut
from packaged food, along with helpful
hints; all made their way into the shoebox.
Our three daughters eventually found
their way into the kitchen and into the
shoebox, surprising with delicacies and
even a complete meal from homemade
soup to apple pie for dessert.
In the mid seventies Canada went
metric. Along with information from
the government came more recipes in
dual ways of measuring ingredients.
We became more health conscious and
recipes for granola, homemade yogurt
and instructions for making juice from red
beets and carrots (preferably from one’s
own garden) were added to the collection.
During that time our family business of
slaughtering and processing beef and pork
for farmers and retail sales became well
established so we gathered more recipes,
ranging from sweet and sour meat balls
to filet mignon. We introduced Dutch
meat specialties such as a spicy rolled
roast called Rollade as well as Dutch style
farmer sausages. The carefully preserved
recipes for these different meat products
were handed down from family in our old
country. The Dutch style
foods soon found their
way into Canadian
kitchens and dining
rooms as we realized
again how blessed
we are to be living
in a country where
different cultures and
tastes are welcomed.
In these days
recipes are all around us,
except for Colonel Sanders’
recipe for Kentucky Fried
Chicken which is under lock and
key, as if it is a rare piece of art. A
far cry from my overflowing shoebox and
my stack of charity cookbooks which were
mostly put together by cooks familiar to
our family and community.
As I flip through the spotted
pages, memories of good times shared
around the kitchen table flood my mind.
I smile at the memory of our first attempt
at making pies and memories of our nine
year old daughter making a cake that
required only flour, sugar oil and vinegar.
It turned out so well that she carefully
wrote out the recipe for her grandmother.
I cherish that faded piece of paper with the
childish printing and will someday pass it
on to my granddaughter as a keepsake
from her mother.
I realize that my recipe collection is
more than information on ways to cook
and bake. Foods unite us and make us
aware of the blessings we have to be
living in a country where food is plentiful.
As a friend of mine said when she
brought us a homemade pie brimming
with strawberries and topped with real
whipped cream: “There’s nothing but
God’s goodness in this.”
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Tell me something, and be honest.
Do you have any “free time?” If you
do, that’s great, but I suspect that like
most of us, there never seems to be
enough hours to do it all. To me, time is
like money. We think someone else has
more of it than we do, although given
the glut of women’s magazines aimed
at making our lives, and ourselves,
so much better, someone out there
thinks we have the time to be more
successful at work, to eat healthier, to
obtain a buff bod, to contribute to the
community and have time for solitude.
What? I feel exhausted just thinking
about the massive amount of time
and effort it would take to attain those
I really shouldn’t complain, I suppose.
If we all weren’t having perfection
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit
By Kelly-Jo Moxam, Sarnia
of ... Laziness?
from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2002
propose a radical idea: why don’t we
try to be just a little bit lazy?
The last time I can truly remember
being lazy was back in the late
1980s, which would have made me
about 14 years old. That was my last
summer of being a kid, and I made the
most of it. I spent my days lounging
about in a backyard hammock, reading
book after book, and getting up once
in a while for a bike ride to get the
circulation flowing again. How idyllic
it seems now.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not one
of those adults perpetually pining for
the nostalgic days of youth. I believe
in the importance of setting goals and
striving for personal success. I just
think it would be great to have fewer
obligations and less pressure to have
it all. Imagine, just for a moment,
living a life where there is more time
to do what you really love, or do what
is important to you. I don’t want to
someday regret I didn’t play with
my dog more, or go shopping with
my sister, or go on more daytrips to
I suppose in today’s world, where
you can feel like a failure if you haven’t
achieved astounding professional
success by the age of 25, it’s hardly
possible to be like Thoreau and drop
out of life to live at Walden Pond.
(What did he eat, anyway?) But it
may be possible to reject excessive
consumerism and the relentless pursuit
of success, the kind that comes with a
hefty price tag. Treating ourselves well,
even if the world labels it selfish or lazy,
is not only good for ourselves, but also
for the people in our lives.
Did I mention I wrote this in the
laundromat? Next stop, the library, and
then the supermarket, and then the
bank... and yes, this is supposed to
be a “day off” from work. I guess my
attempt at being lazy will have to wait
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In my work I see it almost daily. The
phone rings and a family member asks
how we can help Mom or Dad. “They
are not themselves. Mom used to be
into everything…” The pandemic has
made this issue much worse. The adult
child is calling from a distance—from
across the province, the country, the
continent— we get the picture. Let’s be
direct. Our seniors are lonely, and they
are lonely because they are isolated.
This isolation happened gradually
over time. Perhaps physical limitations
stopped them from attending groups,
clubs, getting together with friends.
Losing driving privileges is another
big reason seniors become isolated.
A more poignant reality for this group
is the fact many of Mom and Dad’s
friends and family of the same age
are going into long term care, moving
away to be closer to family and,
indeed, passing away.
Loneliness is the problem; social
isolation is the cause. Here is why we
need to defeat it.
The Centre for Disease Control
(CDC) in the U.S. reports that
isolated and lonely seniors:
• Have a 50% increased risk of
• Have a 29% increased risk
of developing cardiac health
• Are 32% more likely to have
• Are at risk for premature
An isolated senior is at a much,
much higher risk of suffering abuse
in all of its forms: emotional, physical,
and through fraud and scams, among
others. Here is the link to the report
for a deeper understanding of this
serious issue afflicting our seniors.
While sobering, look at it as a call
Reconnect and Overcome
Mom and Dad can be engaged, with
your help. Here is a plan to help you
get your loved one back to life. Mentally
review their interests. Was it golf, cards,
quilting, volunteering, travel, faithbased?
Was it gardening, pets, boating?
Whatever the interest, re-engage. Ask
them for ideas and move forward, but
only if it involves people.
Some resources exist locally. Most
established churches have a senior’s
ministry. Here in Sarnia, we have a
great YMCA–recently rebranded “The
Y.” Check out their website. Another
really wonderful organization in Sarnia
is the Strangway Centre on East Street,
beside Germain Park. There are far too
many programs to list: cards, music,
hobby room, lunch groups, all set up
to respond to an individual senior’s
social health. One program that was
very well received was a speaking
series. The Centre organized a weekly
speaker on various topics from current
events, travel logs, and other topics
that the members could attend.
You may hit some head winds. That
is, your loved one could, and probably
will, resist your efforts. Something out
of their comfort zone is happening.
Don’t give up! Have a few options
open to you and persist. After all, they
are worth it.
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There’s not much that surprises
Captain Ken Bracewell or his wife Sherry
Smart-Bracewell after more than 40 years
cruising the St. Clair River on their tour
They’ve welcomed thousands of
tourists aboard the Duc d’Orleans,
hosted innumerable wedding receptions
including their own, listened to countless
live bands play to a packed dance
floor, and even dealt with the odd rebel
Above all, they’ve had a great time
operating a boat that holds a special place
in the hearts of so many.
“I’d say 99.9% of what happens on the
Duc is just a barrel of fun,” said Ken.
“The Duc gives me a wonderful life,”
agreed Sherry. “I’ve had so much fun
behind that bar. And I’ve met a lot of
really good friends on the Duc.”
Ken was 26 years old in 1978 when
he decided to give up his job at Sarnia’s
Sears store and head to Quebec to take
a look at a tour boat that he thought he
might buy. The boat he was eyeing was
offering day cruises on the St. Lawrence
River in the 70s, but had once been a
Nazi submarine chaser in the Second
“This all happened after my friend
Jacques Beauchamp and I had spent time
watching a big ferry cruise up and down
the St. Clair,” Ken said. The ferry, owned
by Captain Albert Avery, was Sarnia’s first
cruise boat but it broke down a lot and
the business struggled.
“Once, while Jacques and I watched
the ferry going by, they were having
trouble and I brought a can of gas out
to them on the water,” said Ken. “It was
never a good boat but we could see that
everyone was having a good time on it.”
It didn’t take long to find the Duc in
Celebrating 40 Years Cruising
on the St. Clair
Quebec and buy it. Coincidentally, in
bringing the Duc to Sarnia’s waterfront,
it was actually coming home. The Duc
was a converted subchaser, one of seven
Fairmile vessels built in Sarnia during
the war by a local company called Mac-
Craft. The Duc had been christened HMC
Q105 in 1943 but years later, when she
was converted into a tour boat on the St.
Lawrence River, she was renamed for Ile
d’Orleans, one of the islands she cruised
“We thought about changing the name
when we brought it to Sarnia but there
was so much paperwork, we just let it
go,” said Ken.
By Cathy Dobson | Photo: Ontario‘s Southwest
He quickly got his certification to
captain the Duc and began offering
cruises that summer.
Almost immediately, Ken was
approached by the late Peter Henderson
about holding a free cruise day for
seniors. It became a much-anticipated,
annual tradition stopped only by the
“Peter had a popular radio show back
then and he was a go-getter,” explained
Ken. The Bracewells provided their boat
and crew, while many others chipped
in with donations of food, transit,
entertainment and volunteer help.
For 41 years, the seniors’ cruise on the
Duc has been a staple that’s provided a
tour of the St. Clair to about 1,000 people
each year. It’s one of the many events
Ken and his crew have missed since the
“I’m sure we’ll get back to it because
it’s something we can do for the
community,” he said. Unfortunately,
this will be the third year the seniors’
cruise has been cancelled. Even if Covid
restrictions remain lifted, there’s not
enough time to organize one this season.
In fact, the Duc has been in dry dock
for two years waiting out Covid-19.
While she’s got two decks and a
similar profile, the current Duc is not the
same boat that launched the Bracewell’s
business. By 2005, the original Duc was
getting too expensive to maintain.
The Bracewells scouted out a 70-foot
replacement on the Eastern Seaboard
called The Spirit of Newport. She was built
for passengers and her shorter, wider
construction makes her more stable in
the water, said Ken. Like her predecessor,
the Duc d’Orleans II accommodates 194
passengers and eight crew members.
She is ready for the 2022 cruising
season and the Bracewells are taking
reservations. Thirty bands are booked to
play the Duc’s legendary party cruises
that typically sell out.
The only issue is Covid-19 and the
limitations it has created the past two
years. The Duc can only cruise at full
capacity, said Ken. Anything less just
doesn’t make economic sense.
But he and Sherry have high hopes that
public health restrictions will continue to
be lifted and it’ll be smooth sailing for the
Duc’s 44th year operating from Sarnia’s
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“It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.
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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.
2 Tbsp buer
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Sauté chicken, 3 minutes per side. Remove chicken, keep 2 tablespoons
drippings. Add vegetables and sauté. Add tomatoes, broth and seasoning.
Return chicken to skillet and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, unl tender,
Serve over pasta or rice.
Make ahead, chop chicken; mix with sauce. Can freeze up to 1 month.
Thaw and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 bole taco sauce (or less)
1 cup sliced strawberries, chilled
1 ripe banana peeled & broken
into pieces, chilled
8 oz low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Blueberry Crumb Muffins
1 cup flour
3 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
(from Point Edward Ex-Servicemen’s
By: Jolyssa Williams (Holy Rosary School,
Wyoming 50th Anniversary Cookbook)
grated cheddar cheese
chopped green onion
Combine cream cheese with sour cream. Layer above ingredients on a
serving tray and serve with nacho chips.
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
6 Tbsp unsalted buer, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups blueberries
By: Shelley Jones
(from “Millennium Menus”
by Bridgeview Public School
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 ice cubes
whole strawberries & banana
slices, for garnish
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on medium unl mixture is smooth. Increase speed to high and drop ice
cubes, one at a me through opening in blender cover. Process unl ice is
crushed. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.
Nutrion per serving: 137 cals; 4g protein; 1g fat; 29g carbohydrates; 51 mg sodium; 4 mg cholesterol.
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(Wyoming Lioness Club
30th Anniversary book)
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combined. Beat in milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture all at once and beat at
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muffin cup with paper liners or spray 2 muffin ns. Sprinkle with crumb
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The following was developed
as a mental age assessment
by the School of Psychiatry at
Harvard University. Take your
time and see if you can read each
line aloud without a mistake.
The average person over 60 years
of age cannot do it!
1. This is this cat.
2. This is is cat.
3. This is how cat.
4. This is to cat.
5. This is keep cat.
6. This is an cat.
7. This is old cat.
8. This is fart cat.
9. This is busy cat.
10. This is for cat.
11. This is forty cat.
12. This is seconds cat.
Now go back & read the third word
in each line from the top down.
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It was only a little more than a hundred
years ago that there was no such thing as
recorded sound or radio or television or
telephone. These things didn’t exist. And
didn’t exist ever before that either.
Do you know what that means?
It meant that the only human voices
you ever heard were from real people
within range of your actual hearing. ‘In
real time’ as the phrase goes now.
And the only time you heard any
music was from the very actual
instrument that was being played in
There was no putting in a CD, DVD,
tape or record into your car (there were
none) or any other device to get instant
sound. There was no television, radio,
or cellphone either.
Right away can you hear the
world go quiet?
Your own voice or someone
else’s that you heard with your
own ears at that moment were
the only voices you ever heard.
Only the piano, or guitar, or
violin, or symphony orchestra,
or any instrument in live
performance, being played at
that moment would be heard by
you during your life. This was the only
time you ever heard any music.
And how often was that? How quiet
Is it any wonder that people loved to
get together to socialize - talk, play some
music, dance? It was such a delightful,
rare experience. New and plentiful
voices and music in a coming together
in one small area for a moment in time
- this must have been greatly anticipated
The house you lived in would be quiet,
quiet, quiet, except for the voices of the
very people living there. Of course babies
would cry, kids can be rambunctious,
and adults can freely talk away in a
household. Plus there would be sounds
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A Quieter Time
Sept-Oct 2009 issue
from any animals around. But one can
see the decibel level would be way down
immediately, except in extraordinary
circumstances such as a terrible storm,
or a noisy steam engine, or waterfalls, or
falling trees or rocks, or the pounding of
Everyday sounds were caused in the
moment by the actual thing making the
sound. A door squeaks. A floor creaks.
Dinner plates clatter a bit. The sound
of pouring water, the wind in the trees.
These sounds were made when you
heard them. Not before, not sounds from
some other place, not something not
there with you at the moment, such as
recorded sound gives you.
How about books? Almost dead quiet
except for the sound of the page turning.
I think therefore every sound would
be quite noticeable in this world of quiet.
And any unfamiliar sound would stick
out like a sore thumb and probably be
The only time I’ve ever experienced
such quiet was when I was in the middle
of a wilderness setting in Ontario years
ago. Myself and four friends were on a
canoe trip, a hundred kilometres from
It’s OK to be
happy with a calm,
any human habitation. There was no
one else. There was no sound from any
machine, any car, any road, any human
whatsoever, except from our own selves.
We had no recorded music, radio, or
I remember at one spot thinking we
must be near a highway because of a
loud whooshing sound. I couldn’t figure
it out. What highway? There were none
around. Then I realized it was only the
wind blowing through the pines!
One could get used to it. It would take
a while though because of all the years of
being accustomed to the modern barrage
of sound we live with night and day,
including ‘white noise,’ which is simply
low-level, indistinguishable, continuous
Perhaps we might wonder how
anyone in these older times could have
ever stood it. WAS IT ALL TOO QUIET?
Perhaps we could ask however - what
a different world, maybe a softer, quieter,
more relaxed world, are we missing?
Publisher’s note: I’m in the office by
myself as I read this Kenneth, and if I
eliminate the central air, the truck traffic
outside, the refrigerator compressor, faint
music from another computer and the
sound of my own typing, I’ll be left with
only the hum of 5 computers and a printer
to keep me sane.
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(Q through Z)
Quadruplets: Four crying out load.
Quiet: What librarians live their lives seeking to find.
Rude: When someone borrows your handkerchief to blow their nose.
Redundancy: An air bag in a politicians car.
Retirement: When you quit working just before your heart does.
Sailing: A form of mast transit.
Spinster: A bachelor's wife.
Spirobits: The frayed bits left behind paper in a spiral notebook.
Sunbather: A fry in the ointment.
Suspense: Why did the chicken cross the road?
I will tell you tomorrow.
Used Car: An automobile that is not what
it's jacked up to be.
Volcano: A mountain with hiccups.
Zebra: A sports model donkey.
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George Stathis tapped out of his
family’s Sarnia-based restaurant
business and took a different path,
moving out west to become a driller on
a drilling rig. Ten years later, he couldn’t
resist the temptation to get back into
the kitchen. “A cousin of mine called me
and said he had a small restaurant in a
place near Windsor called Harrow and
asked if I’d be interested in buying into
it,” George recalls. “I said, ‘Why not?
What the heck; it’s in my blood.’ So I
moved to Harrow and we ran the place
for about six years.”
The next chapter in George’s
restaurant adventure occurred when
his brother, who was living in Sarnia,
said a place had come up for lease
and wondered if he’d be interested in
Skeeter Barlow’s Grill & Bar
joining him and another partner in
taking over the operation? That led to
the birth of Skeeter Barlow’s Grill &
Bar in Bright’s Grove. “The place was
already established; it just needed some
TLC,” George recalls.
George says he wanted Skeeter
Barlow’s to be a chicken and ribs
joint because he had enjoyed success
with that formula in Harrow. “It was
a popular seller,” George says. “It was
fresh chicken that was marinated for
8-12 hours and then you’re good to go.
There are special machines that you use
to cook it in. It has been very popular.”
So, who exactly is Skeeter Barlow?
Well, nobody if you must know. “Prior
to coming to work here I would drive
to Sarnia to visit my parents thinking
one of these days
I’d like to open my
own place,” George
says. “I always
liked the name
it just seemed to
go with everything.
So half of the
name was already
concocted. I was
listening to some
radio station one
day and two guys
were talking. One
guy referred to the
Photo Submitted other as ‘Skeeter’
and I said to myself, ‘Skeeter Barlow’s.
Geez, that’s catchy.’ We tossed around
other names, but we kept coming back
to Skeeter Barlow’s. Now everybody just
refers to it as Skeeter’s.”
While George concurred the
restaurant world, he also grew a family
with his wife of 24 years, Denise Stathis,
who has stood by George from the
beginning. The two have passed their
love of the restaurant industry down to
their daughters, Tia (24) and Lisa (19),
who have put in many years as servers.
“Skeeter’s is our second home, and we
wouldn’t have it any other way,” shares
Tia and Lisa.
George says he is fortunate to have
the same managers and head chef
for 25 years. “It is a combination of
myself having grown up and worked in
kitchens and those guys having worked
in kitchens at other places and we all get
along pretty good,” George says. “I have
been very fortunate I have to admit.”
George, who is 65 years old, thought
about retiring, but when the COVID-19
pandemic hit, he decided to stay on.
“I think I’ll retire in the next few years
because I don’t want to be seating
people while using a walker,” George
jokes. “But for now, we’re having fun.
Our restaurant is comfortably casual
and we have a great view. We’re right
on the water overlooking Lake Huron.
We have great sunsets and a really nice
patio. The best part about owning this is
you have the freedom to make decisions
on your own. If it doesn’t work you have
nobody to blame but yourself.”
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Canatara Cabin Restoration Project
at Lambton Heritage Museum
local residents. Several years ago,
it was decided that a replica cabin
be constructed to replace the aging
Canatara Cabin. This presented an
opportunity for Lambton Heritage
Museum to acquire, rebuild, and
restore the Canatara Cabin. In late
2020, the cabin took one last move
where it was disassembled once again
and moved by truck to its final resting
place – Lambton Heritage Museum.
The anticipated cost of the
Canatara Cabin Restoration Project
By Lambton Heritage Museum
is $100,000. So far, the County of
Lambton along with the Save The
Canatara Cabin Grassroots Group
have collectively raised $34,826.
Fundraising efforts continue and we
need your support. Help Lambton
Heritage Museum reach their goal to
ensure this piece of history is restored
and enjoyed by future generations.
to learn more about the Canatara
Cabin Restoration Project and donate
The Canatara Cabin in about 1960 in its former location on Lakeshore Road.
From the archives of Neil Spaulding.
Lambton Heritage Museum tells the
stories of Lambton County through
the preservation and presentation of
artifacts, culture, and local history. The
Canatara Cabin is the latest addition
to the Museum’s collection of historic
buildings. It brings to life an era not
currently represented at the Museum
and will be the oldest historic building
on site at over 190 years of age.
The Canatara Cabin was first
constructed in 1830 near Goderich,
Ontario. Its first move took place in the
1930s when it was disassembled and
floated down Lake Huron to Sarnia
where it was enjoyed as the lakefront
summer home of Maud Hanna. A
generation later, the cabin was sold
to Sarnia City Councillor, Lorne Hay.
Due to the threat of erosion along
the lakeshore, Hay made the decision
to donate the Cabin to the City of
Sarnia in the 1970’s. Funding for this
move was supported by the Seaway
Kiwanis Club and it was relocated to
Over the course of its life at the
park, the cabin was used as a unique
space for hosting community events,
creating lasting memories with
The Canatara Cabin in its new location at Lambton Heritage Museum, waiting to be rebuilt.
P A G E
“Tough times never last, but tough people do!” - Robert Schuller
As you may have guessed by now, it’s for people 55+
Growing a Lasting Community
Having grown up in the city, in an
apartment and having parents who
themselves didn’t garden, growing
my own food was just a glisten in my
eyes. The reality I believed was food
essentially came from the grocery store.
I certainly knew, loosely, the how but the
whole concept of it was still so foreign.
I really began to grasp a sense of
true agriculture when I started staying
with my grandparents in the summer.
I remember cramming into the back
of their truck, sitting knees to chest in
a fold down seat. We finally settled to
their quaint little trailer where I was
free to indulge in the sheer complexity
of their many gardens and fruit trees
that consumed their backyard. I can still
smell the sweet fragrance of the peach
blossoms and hear the little chats my
grandmother would have with the berry
bushes, while I taste-tested every couple
we’d pick. Or visiting the many rabbits
my grandfather raised in his shed.
It was pure magic. Surrounded by
so much life. I longed to create such a
life for myself. Yet, as I grew, I sheltered
away from it all. Secretly I wanted to
relive the fairy-tale. To absorb the pure
bliss from so long ago.
Here I am, many years later. As I sit
and write this from my kitchen table, I
watch as my pigs roam in the woods. I
am enchanted with the simple intracity
of the homestead, evolving a plot of
land into our own oasis. I have began
a garden of my own. A place to grow
new life to feed myself and my family.
My chickens soak up the sun and enjoy
the breeze through their feathers. I
love watching the looks on my kids’
faces, their mouths stained from the
wild raspberries they must taste test.
The farming community I had no idea
existed has welcomed us and helps us
to thrive. It is exactly where I am meant
to be. We give everything we have
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outlets and markets in our area, where
we can create our own hub of local
goodness, a central place to gather to
provide the very best we have to offer
to all who are looking for local, topquality
food and products. Places out of
the norm to enjoy local products, from
artisans and farmers alike. To run into
old friends and chit chat or make new
friends, right in our own back yard.
Everything grown with love, and a little
bit of magic.
Just to name a few of the markets we
are so fortunate to have so close to home,
like the Petrolia Farmers’ Market which
takes place Saturday mornings 7-12 and
Tuesday evenings 4-8 (Tuesday evening
starts June 21) right in historical downtown
Petrolia. Or enjoy a scenic drive along Lake
Huron and visit the Bright’s Grove Market,
Wednesday evenings starting June 15th.
The Point Edward Market is also back this
year, situated along the walkway right
under the iconic Bluewater Bridge starting
June 9 on Thursday evenings from 4-8.
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SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN JET CRASH, EXPERT SAYS.
TYPHOON RIPS THROUGH CEMETERY; HUNDREDS DEAD.
TEACHER STRIKES IDLE KIDS.
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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS CUT IN HALF.
RED TAPE HOLDS UP NEW BRIDGES.
SKI AREAS CLOSED DUE TO SNOW.
IF STRIKE ISN'T SETTLED QUICKLY, IT COULD LAST AWHILE.
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Refers to the refusal to acknowledge something which you
know to be true. In an 1801 battle, Admiral Horatio Nelson
said this when he used his blind eye to look through his
telescope. This way he could avoid signals from his superior,
whom he didn’t always agree with. Apparently he wasn’t
the first to use the phrase, but he did popularize it.
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1) Did you know that when
a broom is hung up it keeps
its shape better and sweeps
more evenly than those left
standing? Dip your broom in
warm water periodically to
prolong its life.
2) Did you know that
baskets should be misted
with lukewarm water at least
once a month to retain their
3) Feather pillows
sometimes acquire a musty
odour. Remove the pillow
cover and place the pillow
before a fire or near a heat
source. Fluff it after about an
hour and turn it over. This
intense drying will eliminate
the odour. It does not work
when you place the pillow in
the clothes dryer.
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4) A spice mill or pepper
mill should be cleaned
occasionally by grinding a
handful of raw rice.
5) Many people are now
using kerosene lamps
instead of candles
particularly during the
Christmas season. Lamp oil
in seasonal colours and
scents can now be readily
acquired. There is some
basic lamp care that should
be followed. Wicks should
be soaked in oil before being
lit. When the lamp is lit the
wick should be turned down
and slowly raised. Wicks
should be only long enough
to reach the bottom of the oil
reservoir. Wicks should be
so wide that they quite fill
the wick holder without
having to be squeezed into
it. The wick should be cut in
the shape of an inverted “V”.
When it’s time to extinguish
the flame put your hand
behind the chimney and
blow straight across the top
of the chimney. Do not turn
the wick down into the lamp
oil reservoir to extinguish the
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Oh my goodness. The girl that sits
and stresses about the number of
scams going around just got scammed
herself and it was just like that. Let me
For two years I’ve been wanting to get
another puppy. I have always gotten my
dogs from a shelter. Getting an animal
from a breeder was just something that
never turned my crank. Well after two
years of applying for a dog from shelters
or rescues with no luck, I decided to get
one from what I thought was a reputable
Long story short, I paid just over
$1,000 for a Cavapoo. Upon paying the
price, I had to sign some documents.
The dog was set for departure from
the United States only to receive a call
and email saying that I needed to pay
another $1250 for a transportable crate
for the pup. By this time I’m thinking
“what the heck?” I pay the fee as I am
told that I would be reimbursed $1200
once the pup arrives and the crate is
Moving on, I am really not feeling
good, but I am reassured that this is all
normal and it is the breeder’s fault for
just dropping off the pups and leaving.
The pups are set to depart the US
and arrive in London, Ontario where
they will be delivered to my home.
You’ve no need
To light a night-light
On a light night like tonight,
For a night-light’s light
Is a slight light
And tonight’s a night that’s light.
When a night’s light,
Like tonight’s light,
It is really not quite right
To light night-lights
With their slight lights
On a light night like tonight.
quiet, I felt that
people need to
know that this crap
can happen without
warning. And I
consider myself to
be someone who
is cautious. Looks
like this is another
put in my books.
By Anna Moscardelli, From here, I will
be looking into this
triangle of people
Unfortunately, I receive a call at about and will hope to shut them down,
2am stating that the pups are in the however I imagine once they are shut
Niagara Falls Customs and we need to down another one will pop up. For
pay another $1750. By this time, I have anyone who wants to know who the
lost it. From here I contact Customs, Cavapoo puppy breeder was or who
the RCMP, the transporter and the socalled
the global transportation company was,
breeder. Crazy, but this so-called feel free to reach out to me. I will gladly
breeder now starts to tell me how cruel I share their names.
am and that God will get me or whatever Sometimes we get calls and we react
his crazy text messages said. I tell him negatively, partly because of past things
“Refund my money. The police will be we’ve endured. With that, I feel for those
who are legitimate and are questioned
I am the girl that so many times by the receiving party. Some people
talked about being careful. Well, this is unfortunately will take advantage of
something so innocent that I didn’t even others and they don’t care. Sadly, these
see it coming. A legitimate site all around people attempted to threaten me with a
only to find out that this was a scam. law suit and a few other things.
I can’t believe this happened. It is now in the hands of the legal
Embarrassed and wanting to keep authorities. I know that they will do
their best but I also know that their
hands will be tied when it comes to any
criminal proceedings. If nothing more,
hopefully someone will read this and
may be saved from enduring the same
hardship. Sadly, as I was reporting this
to the officer in charge, he mentioned
how one of his fellow police officers
had been scammed close to $30,000. If
a police officer can get scammed then
it goes to show you how clever these
individuals are with their websites or
their ‘for sale’ posts. Unbelievable.
Publisher’s note: None of us are
immune to scams and I still have a sore
spot after being ripped off trying to
buy concert tickets from a stranger. My
best advice is to use your VISA card for
anything and everything. The company
relies on being trusted so they will
reimburse you for anything you purchase
but do not receive, warranty items for
longer in most applicable cases, and even
refund your money for items that are
lost or broken within a certain time from
the date of purchase. They also have an
uncanny ability to inform you when they
have concerns about fraudulent activity,
long before you would have noticed it. I
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My lawn and I, we disagree,
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Spray this, spread that,
Don’t mow too short,
The soil’s acidic, they report.
You need to aerate, sow more seed,
Get down on your knees,
Remove that weed.
Now that weed there, got just the thing,
But to apply it, wait ‘til spring.
Don’t forget to rake the thatch,
Put sod down on that brown patch.
My wallet lighter, home I go,
With bags of topsoil, grass to grow.
Tons of pamphlets to set me straight,
But as I opened my tailgate,
A light bulb lit above my head,
Why not just get a pro instead?
Now I’m sunning on my deck,
I didn’t write a humungous cheque.
No, I’m done with the lawn care scene,
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By Dorothy J. Johnson, Petrolia
I got to reminiscing after reading in the
Spring Issue of the DayTripping “What’s
in a Name” by Dot Sale.
My name being Dorothy too, I
remembered one year at school five
girlfriends decided we didn’t like our
names. We thought flowers had nicer
names than ours so we all changed to a
flower name. We would have been 9 or
10 years old at the time. We had Pansy,
Rose, Lily, Daisy and I was Iris.
We were in a one room country school
and at noon hour and recess, we wouldn’t
answer to our real names. It caused quite
a turmoil sometimes, but we had a lot
of fun with not answering to our proper
names. Some would really get mad and
some would just leave us alone. This
lasted pretty much all year, however, by
the next school year, was all forgotten.
I now like my name. Dorothy means
“A gift from God” so I feel it’s a lot to live
up to. Ninety plus years later, I just love
it when grandchildren and great grandies
come to visit with a “Hi Grama Dottie!”
I wonder where in the world I came up
with the name Iris?!?
The first year I went to school, one of
the big (older) boys was our Hero and
Good Samaritan of the school yard. He
made sure no one was bullied, and if
anyone got hurt, he was always the first
one there to help you. If there was a fight,
he would have it quieted down, often
without the teacher knowing about it. He
had a way of making everyone feel as if
they mattered, whether big or little and
he was certainly missed the next year
when he went to Watford High School.
I was an only child for 12 years, so I
really enjoyed having someone to play
with at recess time. I particularly liked
playing “Fox and Goose” in the winter
after a snowfall came to make tracks in.
There was a pond not far from school
that if there was ice, we would go skating
at noon hour. The teacher had a big bell
that he would step outside and
ring for us to come back to
school. I am sure we took our
In Spring and Summer, there
were ball games, with the big
boys always arguing about the
There was always
a Fall fair we could
participate in. The first
time I had a poem to
recite about a girl and
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her dolly. I was so nervous. I remember
Mom telling me to forget the people just
get up there and talk to my dolly. There
was one line that had a big word in it
that I had to learn. “Don’t be such an
ignoramous.” It took a long time for me
to learn that word, but I finally did and I
have never forgotten it.
The next year I recited one about Jenny
Wren and her husband house hunting.
One year I won a prize for a school lunch
I packed. I made a sandwich of brown
bread with cream cheese and chopped
parsley; carrot sticks and a big red Spy
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prize. This was the start of my enjoying,
in future years, exhibiting baking and
crafts at the local Fall fairs.
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and mostly our
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Rithmatic, taught to the
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If you happen to be find yourself near
Wilkesport Ontario, about 30 minutes
south of Sarnia, you might notice that
there’s not much to do. There are a few
find a partner they slowly transformed
the swamp into a magnificent park,
complete with three ponds, walkways,
bridges, waterfalls and benches for
homes, a post office
and the library, a
serenity. My last
a baseball field and
trip there was at
that’s about it. But
8 o’clock in the
venture one side
morning. There was
road to the west on
Wilkesport Line and
as you approach the
a chill in the air
along with the sound
of countless birds,
intersection of Indian
and frogs leaping
Creek Road you’ll
into the ponds.
Céad mile fáilte
There’s also a
and American flags (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes) small welcome cabin
rising out of the wheat field. Welcome
to Greenhill Gardens, an oasis in the
middle of nowhere.
I first stumbled upon this years ago
while taking a shortcut on these back
roads and came to an
and it’s nice to relax in there for a few
moments, to leaf through the guestbook,
look at family photos of the Robsons and
see all the notices of weddings that will
be taking place here. I gather there is no
cost, but don’t know
how people make
there was a neatly
placed wall of armor
reservations for the
many wedding and
stone in a field for
no apparent reason.
I thought to myself
that it didn’t get
there by itself, but
that are taken there.
Among a number of
beautiful vistas at
Green Hill Gardens
why would anyone
the most popular
want it there? That
would be a long
would have been
around 2008, when Joy and Bill Robson
decided to build a six acre garden to
“give back” to the community. The
original plan was to donate the land to
a conservation group, but after failing to
perfect for a processional, and a great
photo from any angle. Portions of it
are covered in wisteria and must be
absolutely stunning when in bloom.
There are even numerous toys to
We’re living life to the fullest (until about 9 pm).
keep kids and grandkids amused while
parents stroll the grounds. Rumour has
it that Dolly Parton made a special stop
here and signed the guestbook.
Greenhill Gardens is a hidden gem
that is yours to discover. There is no
admission, not even a donation box
that I could find. It’s a wonderful place
to walk around and, if accessibility is
an issue, the paths and bridges are
wide enough for wheelchairs or you
can drive through with your window
down to take in the sounds in the fresh,
Joy and Bill Robson were married for
56 years and both have passed away
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“Oasis in the middle of nowhere.”
Greenhill Gardens just west of Wilkesport
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When the weather is such that
spending more time inside is desirable, I
am always on the lookout for new ideas
for indoor activities. And, as I have done
in the past for other situations, I am sure
I will utilize the resources available to me
at my local library.
I recall my mom and me walking to
the library in the small town where I grew
up and that is where I was introduced to
the mystery novels of Phyllis A. Whitney.
Romance was always woven into her
stories and vivid descriptions were given
of the locales around the world where
they took place. My love of her books led
me to purchase some of her novels and a
few have survived numerous downsizing
episodes to grace a place in my bookcase.
Over time, the memory of the story fades
and I am able to reread and experience
the mystery anew. Books can take me to
faraway places, away from my troubles
Years ago, a decision to apply for a
different job had me visiting my local
library branch in search of the latest book
on how to write a resume and covering
letter. As a result, I got the job! When
the internet and online job postings
took hold, I once again headed to the
library. This time, I took advantage of the
computers and other resources available
for job hunting.
As I became interested in leading a
simpler life, I would peruse the library
shelves and catalogues looking for
books on the subject. A course about
slowing down and getting away from
consumerism was also offered at the
downtown central branch and I signed
up. This course introduced me to
likeminded people who provided me
with more direction and guidance as
well as a list of additional books that
would assist me in my quest. I would try
to find these books at the library first. If
I felt one was something I should have
at home for a reference, I could always
purchase it later.
Libraries and all they have to offer
are a perfect fit with a simpler life. It’s
a place where communities can share
resources and information. Being that
they are located in the community, many
times I have been able to walk, cycle or
take public transit to my nearest branch
or visit one on my lunch hour when at
work. Or, if travelling by car, I could time
my visit with other errands.
Some other items and services I have
made use of over the years at the library
are, a writing workshop, a photocopier,
the community events bulletin board,
walking and cycling maps as well as
magazines and newspapers. I even found
that wonderful paper there, Daytripping
in Southwestern Ontario!
These days, before heading to the
library, I can search online from home
for books or resources I am interested
in. My choice to do without cable TV has
led me to find numerous DVD’s available
there, especially the murder mysteries I
I am glad I have a library card and
am grateful for my local public library
and all it has to offer. I foresee a season
of indoor activities filled with mystery!
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Looking back on my childhood, one
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bedroom on the blue St. Clair. Alas, I
didn’t live on a boat – in fact, our centuryold,
red brick farmhouse was definitely
rooted on dry land. But my bedroom
window overlooked the St. Clair River.
Drifting off to sleep on a summer’s night,
with the river’s perfume in the air, was
like sailing off on a new adventure.
River rats, those people fortunate
enough to grow up along the St. Clair,
develop a special rapport with its currents.
On foggy nights, for example, I would
be lulled to sleep by the eerie call of fog
horns. The sounds would echo and reecho
through our old house. While danger
lurked just beyond my window – at least
for the crew members on the passing
ships - I was safely snug in my bed.
Since we lived just blocks away from
the huge Canadian Oil (later Shell Oil)
refueling dock, the freshwater freighters
and overseas vessels became old friends.
We learned to match the flags that flew
at the back of the visiting salties with
their countries of origin. Our family also
acquired a chart, matching smokestack
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designs with the companies that owned
the freighters. In the dark, waiting for
sleep, the lights of a laker pulling away
from the dock, would flash into my room.
We could often hear the groans of anchors
being raised, or the heavy lines being
loosened from the dock. One memorable
day, the steering mechanism on one of
the freighters failed as it pulled out of the
dock. The ship swerved, running directly
onto the channel bank in front of our
neighbour’s property. As the freighter
was freed, the strong undertow that was
created claimed our little dock and those
of our neighbours.
Growing up on the river was like
owning an ever-changing storybook. We
learned which lakers carried cargoes
of iron ore, coal and grains right past
our doorstep. If a new flag passed our
big picture window, then we rushed to
the atlas to find out where places like
Liberia or Panama were located. When
our neighbourhood lake captain guided
his ship into the Canadian Oil dock,
he gave a special series of toots that
we all recognized. And in the summer
months the river proved a mesmerizing
playground. Polluted or not, we spent
hours in its waters. Almost every kid
in the neighburhood built at least one
ill-fated raft or came home with some
treasure they had discovered washed up
on the banks.
Eventually we had to bid farewell to
our old house. For years now, I have slept
in a downtown apartment in the heart
of a city. At night time, I crawl into a big,
ornate antique wooden bed, given to me
by an elderly relative. I’m ready, just like
Wynken, Blynken and Nod, to sail into
sleep. Even after decades away from
the brilliant blue St. Clair, I still miss the
sounds and smells of the river, with its
fascinating passing parade. Ah, if I could
only return to that bedroom sailboat of
my younger days.
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Born and raised in
Sarnia-Lambton, I have
been fortunate to have
access to a number of
sandy beaches to enjoy. My
favourites have always been
Canatara, Bright’s Grove and
Ipperwash. Growing up in
Corunna, there were three
small beaches downriver in
the Courtright and Sombra
areas which became known
as “The Willows” and those destinations
also conjure up fond memories.
Back in the 70’s, a couple of good
friends of mine and myself would gather
up our beach paraphernalia (beach totes,
towels, sunhats, sunscreen and lunches)
and head for Canatara, usually on a
Saturday. We all worked at busy jobs at a
downtown Sarnia mortgage company and
this time of relaxation and hanging out
was welcomed and anticipated.
We had made our swimsuit purchases
earlier at Pacesetters, Sarnia’s best shop
for swimwear. Knowing a good friend
would be honest, we would ask, “Do I look
ok in this suit?” or later at the beach, “Do I
look as if I am getting tanned?” (Now, that
was long before the warnings of getting
too much sun was dangerous and made
everyone sit up and take serious notice.)
As we later learned, vanity means little in
the big picture called life.
Some Sarnians say the lake is never
warm enough till about August, which
is true, however, we would take a dip in
Lake Huron as early as June, no matter the
temperature. Canatara Beach was always
such a pretty spot and we were within
walking distance of the washrooms and
snack bar. Memories take me back to my
friends and I relaxing on our beach towels,
the smell of suntan lotion wafting through
the air as we listened to the music of the
70’s from one of our transistor radios…
“Summer breeze makes me feel fine, blowin’
through the jasmine in my mind.” (from the
song “Summer Breeze” by the duo Seals
& Crofts). Of course, a Beach Boy tune
would only make sense and add a happy
element to our afternoon at the beach…
“Round round, get around I Get Around” or
“Do you love me, do you Surfer Girl”…
Looking out over the lake, there was
a mixture of water craft and sailboats,
also steamships off in the distance.
Seagulls hovered above us, waiting for
an opportunity to swoop down and grab
a tasty morsel or two. The lifeguards on
duty gave us a sense of security, especially
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with the ever-present undertow. Everyone
growing up in the area knew about the
dreaded undertow and how important it
was to respect the waters of Lake Huron.
People-watching both on the sand
and in the water added to our summer’s
afternoon at Canatara Beach. Observing
my friend’s three year old daughter
playing in the sand at water’s edge with
pail and shovel, reminded us of the
simple joys of a child, her blond pigtails
blowing in the breeze. Parents would
join their children, making sand castles
or wading in the shallow end for some
splash time. Sometimes children running
by would result in sand making its way
into our territory but that was just kids
being kids. Our main concern was sand
getting into our “loaded” egg salad and
tuna sandwiches! A teenage girl and boy
would stroll by hand-in-hand, oblivious to
everything and everyone around them.
They would stop and write their initials in
the sand, smile and walk on. Of course,
this scene was depicted well in Pat Boone’s
“Love Letters in the Sand.” Funny, with
the passing of time, some things never
As the sun got closer to the horizon
and the beach-goers were few and far
between, we knew it was time for us to
pack up and end our afternoon, with a
promise to return again soon.
The beautiful waters at Canatara Beach
are still lapping the shores as generations
have come and gone, providing memories
that will be with them throughout their
lives. It might be a summer breeze, the
haunting melody of a summer song, a
fleeting moment from the past that will
stir a long-forgotten memory. “And when
the rain beats against my windowpane, I’ll
think of summer days again and dream of
you...” Chad & Jeremy’s “A Summer Song.”
One of my friends is no longer with
me; after 45 years of friendship, I cherish
those long-ago afternoons of our carefree
youth when time was on our side at
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A Visit to Grandma’s “Day”
By Anna Marriott Evans, Forest • from Daytripping May-June 2017 issue
I went to visit Grandma, on a day that was dreary and cold,
She was lying on her sofa, “I’m tired” she said, “perhaps old.”
So, I lay close beside her, that we might laugh a bit and talk,
She’d tell me stories, and we’d pretend to be having a walk.
“Oh what pretty flowers” I’d say “yes violets” she’d explain,
As we, wandered in that woodland, without concern of rain.
A blue sky and sunshine, tiny scattered clouds snow white,
There was no need to worry, should we not be home by night.
I closed my eyes in pretension, as we wandered on our way,
Into that land of enchantment, on a visit to Grandma’s “Day.”
But I knew not I had dozed, while content in grandma’s care,
Or that she placed her blanket o’er me, as I lay dreaming there.
Until I felt a kiss on my cheek, then heard her speak so mild,
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“Compensation” is an
immutable law of nature. The
rhinoceros, for example, has terrible
eyesight but can hear a twig snap at a
hundred paces. The turtle may not be
able to outrun its enemies, but with all
that built-in armour it doesn’t have to.
The law applies equally to humans, of
course. As a case in point, I’ve noticed
that the fatter I get, the thinner my
Fortunately, losing my hair isn’t
something I worry about, for a
couple of reasons. First, whatever its
disadvantages, baldness is neat. And
when I finally do go bald, the money
I’ll save on haircuts will pay for the wig.
However, for those of you with the
same problem, who may not share
my laissez-faire attitude, I discovered
a medical journal, published in 1912,
which offered a few cures. I pass
them along here purely for their
“Baldness is caused by excessive
action of the brain, such as intense
study, great mental anxiety, etc.,
producing unnatural heat on the brain
surfaces, thus causing the hair to drop
Presuming the reader is not going to
buy baldness as a status symbol, the
book goes on to list several “cures.”
“Wash your hair regularly,” it advises.
“A muddy and confused mind is often
the effect of external dirt and neglect.”
I don’t know what kind of shampoos
they used in those days, but anything
that would penetrate the bone to clean
up the brain would make today’s
detergents look like cream rinses.
“Mix one ounce of Spanish fly, one
ounce of aromatic spirits of ammonia,
one dram of oil of rosemary with two
tablespoons of alcohol and water.
Apply twice a week to the affected
This may not grow hair, but I’ll
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Kerosene was recommended, in the
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same book, as a cure
for everything from
the common cold to ingrown toenails
so it wasn’t surprising that it was also
suggested as a cure for baldness. Be
aware of the hazards, though. If you’re
going to rub kerosene on your dome,
quit smoking and stay away from
Cures were available to suit every
personality. If you were a drinker, you
could rub brandy into your scalp. If,
on the other hand, you were “teatotal,”
the prescription was for daily washing
with strong sage tea. I presume it was
left up to the individual’s taste as to
how much cream and sugar to use.
An earlier medical journal, published
in 1858, offered still more remedies.
“Take the expressed juice of burdock
root, honey and proof spirits, of each
one ounce. Mix them together and
anoint the barren part of the head
several times a day, at the same time
taking care to cover with soft flannel in
order to promote perspiration.”
Keeping it covered would also be
necessary to keep the flies away from
all that honey.
“Take palma Christi oil, 1 1/2 ounces
and oil of lavender, 1 drachma. Mix
them and apply every night and
morning to those parts of the head
from which the hair has fallen.”
Take a few karate lessons too. Any
guy that walks around smelling like
lavender is going to need them.
We’ve come a long way since then,
however. Today the most successful
method is the “hair transplant” in
which little plugs of hair are removed
from where they are still growing and
replanted where they are needed. But
there are always problems when you
mess with Mother Nature. A friend
of mine had the hair from under his
arms transplanted to his bald spot.
The operation was a success and the
new hair grew in beautifully. The only
problem he has now is that instead of
hair spray he has to use deodorant.
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elevator raced to the roof, then the
cables snapped and sent it barrelling to
My older son gained me a reputation
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assertion that his mom could fix
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band. An exaggeration, but a feather in
my cap that he thought so highly of my
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she was already late to meet her friends
in the mall. I ask you — what would a
frenzied mother do but open a can of
pork and beans? The older two kids took
one look and vanished to keep their
dates. The youngest stayed on, but after
a few bites he also let me down. “These
beans aren’t as good as I get at Johnny’s
house. His mom’s a good cooker.”
You guessed it—checking with my
neighbour, I learned that she used
the identical brand as mine. It didn’t
surprise me. My gravy was never as
smooth as Granma’s (made from her
recipe). My chocolate cake couldn’t
hold a birthday candle to Aunt Patty’s
to whom I once gave my recipe.
Naturally, it went without saying that
my hamburgers never measured up to
you-know-who’s in the mall.
Redemption was mine when my
teenage daughter brought a girlfriend
over for Sunday dinner — good old
English roast beef and Yorkshire
pudding, with creamy rice pudding for
dessert. As the girls cleared the dishes
away, I heard our guest say, “Your mom’s
a super cook!” But, at my daughter’s
reply, “Yeah, she is. She just has no
imagination,” my golden halo tarnished
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sewing machine, in blissful ignorance of
their non-commercial origin. Then the
school stage hit and their stock phrase
became, “Aw, Mom, do I have to wear
that homemade thing?” But belated
appreciation came in a turn-around
with my daughter’s Saturday job in
the sweater department of a boutique.
Suddenly her eyes were opened to all the
exclusive handknit creations she’d worn
to school over the years, thanks to her
mom’s knitting basket.
During my little darlings’ early years
I didn’t expect raves on Christmas
morning when they opened gifts from
my fingers instead of the mall. But a
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sympathetic Santa bailed me out
many a Christmas Eve. Bleary-eyed,
long past bedtime, I’d be hunched
over last-minute finishing touches —
buttons needed on hand-made shirts,
sweater seams to be sewn up. But I’d
look up and see Santa, glancing over
at me from his own job of piling
gifts under the tree. He never failed
to give me a morale-boosting wink
and a thumbs-up sign. Someone, at
least, gave credit where credit was due.
John Dryden wrote in the 17th
century: ‘Honor is but an empty bubble.’
Maybe so. But until my bubbles would
burst, as they usually did, I learned to
enjoy their rainbow iridescence as they
floated around my head in their brief
but beautiful flight. Need a mother ask
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In the last issue of Welcome to the Club
we introduced the Ausable River Cut
Conservation Area Trail. In this issue:
Ipperwash Dunes and Swales, located
at the end of Richardson Drive (off
East Parkway Drive).
The Ipperwash Dunes and
Swales Trail property is part of
a 64-hectare reserve owned by
Nature Conservancy Canada.
NCC is a not for profit, charitable
organization that, since 1962, has
strived to protect and conserve
natural landscapes and promote
native biodiversity. Like other trails
in Lambton Shores and vicinity, the
Ipperwash trails exist in Carolinian
Canada, the region in Ontario found
south of an imaginary line drawn from
Grand Bend to Toronto. The landscape
in Ipperwash includes rolling forested
dunes and wet, thicketed swales.
Ipperwash Dunes and Swales is
highly naturalized but does offer two
publicly accessible linked trail loops
that are blazed and maintained by
Lambton Shores Nature Trails. At the
end of Richardson Drive in Ipperwash,
a small gravel parking lot abuts the start
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Cedar Trail 1.5km
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of the trail system. The trail map is
posted a short distance down this
Both trails—the Dunes and
Swales Trail and the Cedar Trail—
share the same path for the first
300 m before they diverge into
two separate loops. The Dunes and
Swales Trail (white trail) is 4 km
long in total, and winds through a
Carolinian Forest of sand ridges and
wet swales passable via numerous
boardwalks. The Cedar Trail (green
trail) is 1.5 km long in total and features
several cedar coves and gentle ridges
and valleys. Both trails are considered
easy to moderate in difficulty so are a
relaxing way for even a novice hiker to
spend a couple of hours in the forest.
Along the route, you are bound
to encounter a variety of plant and,
if you’re observant, animal life. The
Carolinian Zone in Canada comprises
only 1% of Canada’s total land mass;
however, it is home to a greater
number of flora and fauna species than
any other ecosystem in the country.
More than 500 of these species are
considered rare or threatened.
In early summer, you may be lucky
enough to spot Yellow or Pink Lady
Slippers—rare, showy orchids that grow
in Canada. Of course, Ipperwash is also
home to a variety of more common
wildflowers and a host of mushroom
species. You will certainly see tulip,
tamarack and cedar trees! Watch the
water for turtles and beavers. Watch
the trees for Purple Martins, Canada
Warblers and Pileated Woodpeckers—
if you cannot see the woodpecker,
you will certainly hear him!
Ipperwash has been officially
designated as an Important Bird
and Biodiversity Area (IBA) by
Hikers familiar with Ipperwash
Dunes and Swales are enamored
with the tranquility and beauty
of these trails. There’s no doubt
that if you hike them once, you
will want to return in every
season—just make sure you
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August! For more information
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Discussing the importance of
primary public health care in our
community with members of the
Central Lambton Family Health
Team in Petrolia.
Recognizing the great
contributions by our local
including the Petrolia Lions
Club, who are celebrating their
90th anniversary in 2022.
Proud to welcome two local
families to their new Habitat
for Humanity homes on College
Street in Sarnia.
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Welcome to summer, Club readers! This is the time of year
when life really kicks into high gear across Sarnia-Lambton.
Discover a huge variety of concerts, outdoor activities, live
theatre, sports, and plenty of events for all ages, including
those of us in the 55+ group. There’s truly something for
everyone to enjoy!
I’d like to begin this message by thanking everyone in
Sarnia-Lambton for your continued support. I’m humbled by
your vote of confidence for the work we’ve been able to
accomplish at Queen’s Park over the past 15 years – and I’m
looking forward to the next four years as we continue to make
great things happen in our community.
Among the projects I’d like to see completed during my next
term are the widening of Hwy 40, the establishment of the
permanent withdrawal management facility at Bluewater
Health, the investment of $1 billion over the next three years to
expand homecare, the addition of more long-term care beds,
and the hiring of more nurses and PSWs to improve the
publicly-funded health care of all Ontarians.
Just a reminder that if you have concerns related to any
provincial matters, my Constituency Office staff is always
available to help. Please check out my contact information at
the bottom of this page and feel free to stop by my office, call
or email any time.
In closing, I’d like to extend my best wishes to all The Club’s
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My hope as you read this is that
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and live with Covid. These past few
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Yet, many people have also
demonstrated profound resilience and
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to our ‘new normal,’ let’s not forget the
benefits of a slower pace of life. Personally,
this is a great reminder for me as I love
new activities and love to say yes to new
opportunities, however, I most assuredly
enjoyed slowing down and working on
my new relaxation activity with puzzles
and colouring. Note to self!
2. GREATER APPRECIATION FOR
Since we have not been able to spend
gathering time indoors, there has been
more awareness of the benefits of
spending time outdoors. From simple
outdoor gatherings in our backyards or
local parks, to increasing our physical
activities with walking on local trails. We
are embracing renewed opportunities
to take up a new activity: walking,
snow shoeing, running, fishing, paddle
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the adaptability for many to learn the
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to adapt and become a Zoom expert to
provide virtual tele-health Physiotherapy
and teach online yoga classes. Zoom
brought together the most diverse
yoga class I have had to date. I had the
opportunity to guide age 7 all the way up
to 87 in what was to be a “Power Yoga
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with all the modifications, to guide this
great group. This would
never have happened had it
not been for Zoom bringing
us all together. Grateful for
Although we could not
always see each other
in person, many of our
connections were enhanced
as we had more time to
connect with our loved ones
at home, or via telephone or even the
new Zoom family gatherings, connecting
families from all over the globe. Even
though I was gifted Covid on this past
Christmas Day, I was also blessed to
virtually connect with family near and
far. Covid, and our slower pace of life
may have also allowed for rekindled
friendships via social media. Social
connections are so important, so let’s
keep them up as we shift to this new
So, although the pandemic has been
difficult in so many ways, we can choose
to see the positives that have come
from this most challenging time. Hoping
others can see some light from this dark
time. What light(s) do you see?
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Fischer of Fischer and Lovatt) and I have had many
hours of entertainment by so many groups, including
Jeff Black who is wonderful. I have made so many new
friends through live music also. Great picture of The
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The whole publication was very well done and all the
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By Maryleah Otto, Brampton
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The other day, my nine-year-old
granddaughter Liza was spending a few
hours with me while her mother was at
the dentist. From the time she could talk,
Liza has called me “Grandy,” a moniker
that always makes me smile. Thinking to
keep the child busy, and away from the TV,
I suggested that we bake some chocolate
chip cookies. She didn’t need coaxing!
I told her to put on a ‘pinny’ so she
wouldn’t get flour all over her clothes.
“What’s a ‘pinny,’ Grandy?” she
“It’s an apron,” I replied. “Look in
the middle drawer beside the sink and
you’ll find one.” She looked perplexed
as she started rummaging through
the drawer. Minutes passed. I
was gathering the ingredients
for our cookies. Finally she
said, “Grandy, I don’t
know what an apron
looks like. We don’t
have any at our
I was dumbfounded.
I really shouldn’t have
been surprised, for this was the same
child who just last summer had seen me
typing on my ancient manual Underwood
portable and she hadn’t known what a
typewriter was! But how could a nine-yearold
girl not know what an apron is? Hadn’t
I worn one when I was half her age? Wasn’t
an apron my mother’s daily uniform? So I
went to the drawer and pulled out a pretty
flowered apron, complete with bib, frills,
pockets and long grosgrain ribbons to tie
around your waist. “Here,” I said, trying not
to sound as if I thought the child’s parents
had failed to teach her an important fact of
life. “This is an apron! Put it on and I’ll get
you the flour.”
So we made our cookies, ate half of
them before they were cool, and I sent the
rest home with Liza, along with the apron.
Later that evening while checking my
email, I came across a piece that someone
had sent from the internet. It was all about
those good old-fashioned aprons just like
the one I’d given to my granddaughter.
Whoever the writer was, he or most likely
she, certainly knew the value of a good
apron. I think you’ll enjoy this too.
I don’t think our kids know what an
The principal use of Grandma’s apron
was to protect the dress underneath, but
along with that, it served as a potholder
for removing hot pans from the oven. It
was wonderful for drying children’s tears,
and on occasion was even used for
cleaning out dirty ears. From the
chicken coop, the apron was
used for carrying eggs, fussy
chicks, and sometimes halfhatched
eggs to be finished
in the warming oven. When
company came, those
aprons were ideal hiding
places for shy kids. And
when the weather was
cold, grandma wrapped it
around her arms.
Those big old aprons
wiped many a perspiring
brow, bent over the hot wood
stove. Chips and kindling wood were
brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of
vegetables. After the peas had been shelled,
it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron
was used to bring in apples that had fallen
from the trees. When unexpected company
drove up the road, it was surprising how
much furniture that old apron could dust
in a matter of seconds. When dinner was
ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch,
waved her apron, and the men knew it was
time to come in from the fields to dinner. It
will be a long time before someone invents
something that will replace the ‘old-time
apron’ that served so many purposes.
Grandma used to set her hot baked
apple pies on the windowsill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the
windowsill to thaw! They would go crazy
now trying to figure out how many germs
were on that apron. I don’t think I ever
caught anything from an apron!
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Tucked away on Kelly Road, in the
quaint village of Oil Springs, Ontario, a
historic entity exists. For over 60 years
The Oil Museum of Canada has captured
our hearts and intrigued our minds by
taking us on an expedition back in time,
to learn the story of Canada’s oil pioneers.
The idea to create a museum from the
first commercial oil well in North America
came about at the 1958 Centennial
Ceremony. The residents wanted to create
a place that recognised the innovation,
hard work and contributions themselves
and their ancestors devoted to the global
development of the oil industry. With
great support from many big-name
commercial sponsors, the municipalities
of Sarnia, the Village of Oil Springs and
Lambton County, the vision became a
reality. With the continued support of the
residents, schools, businesses and all the
surrounding communities the museum
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Continuing an Era
By Shauna Ward, Petrolia • Photos from Oil Museum of Canada Facebook page
from Daytripping Summer 2022 Issue
In the last 60 years, the museum
has welcomed hundreds of thousands
of people from all over the globe, all of
whom have come to perceive a great era
of the past.
I still remember taking a trip as a child
to the museum with my school, before I
called this area home. I will never forget
the strange but sweet smell of crude oil
and getting to experience the history
that was the heart of our community.
It was incredible. Now, some years
later, my son was able to explore and
appreciate the same trip with his school,
one that he will never forget. And when
I took my younger boys on one of the
various PA Day events, their reaction
was pure gold. The wonder and
awe on their little faces when
they heard what everything was,
or had been, how the pumps
worked and seeing all the “cool
stuff” as they put it, that had
been well taken care of and
exhibited to make you feel like
you’d taken a step back in time.
Truly a remarkable memory, for
kids and adults alike.
The museum is showcased on a vast
10 acres, on which you will encounter
many historic buildings including the
original train station that was used
during the black gold era. All these
buildings, some of which endured
significant improvements recently, are
filled with information and artifacts that
take you right back to the dawn of the
petroleum industry, including the wellpreserved
national historic drilling site
of James Miller Williams from 1858.
Inside, you can enjoy a guided tour or
watch a video in the museum’s theatre,
browse the many exhibits featuring
drilling tools, and countless artifacts
from the era. Hear stories of drillers from
far and wide that came for a chance at
a new life in the place that we now call
So, if it’s been a while since your last
visit to the museum, or if you’ve never
had the pleasure to go and experience
what the Oil Museum of Canada has
taken so much pride in, make this
the year to venture to Oil Springs and
discover it for yourself.
Publisher’s note: I took that school trip
as well, before I called this area home,
and will never forget the strange smell of
crude oil. There is also much more history
to expose yourself to just by driving at
a snail’s pace on the backroads of Oil
Springs on the self-guided tour or one
of the horse-drawn wagon tours. Come
out and explore the new renovations
and enjoy the numerous events that are
planned for this summer.
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in the summer? I’m talking about the
1950’s when few homes had insulation.
At least the ones I lived in.
In the summer our house was so hot,
and fans were not common. As you
went up the stairs you were engulfed in
the heat. Our beds were right in front of
the window where we would try to get a
whisper of night air.
On the other hand, winter was the
opposite. It was so cold up there you
could see your breath. Often the part
of the blanket around your mouth had
frost on it. We all had a big rock which
we got down by the creek. Our mother
would put them on the oil burner in
the living room. By bedtime the rocks
were very hot. She would wrap them in
newspapers and wrap a big towel around
them. We took these to bed with us and
they stayed hot all night. sometimes
as we stretched in our sleep, we would
kick them out of bed—that woke up
the whole house! Every morning our
water pipes were frozen and Dad
struggled to thaw them out. He
also started the wood stove every
morning before we came down.
Life was not
then but they
did the best
at that time
and had lots
“Never let yesterday use up today.” - Richard H. Nelson
to learn about Canada and the customs.
Our first house is now long gone but it
had no indoor plumbing and no hydro.
We had all that in Holland, but we did
not dwell on that and took it all in stride.
Sliced bread we were not used to
either and it looked so strange all cut
with perfect slices in the bag. We had
freshly baked bread every day. We soon
got used to it.
Not being able to speak the language
at all was a big issue and attending a
one room school house was, too. We
had gone to a big school in our town.
However I have many good memories
of those days as well and I’m glad I have
them. Eventually we learned English
and life became easier.
One sad thing was that I never saw
my grandparents again or my many
cousins. We didn’t know that in a few
years planes would come and go daily,
not that there was money for that. I’m
glad we came to Canada. I think about
my early years in Holland but have no
urge to go back.
Thanks again - keep this copy of pass it on to a friend please.
SIGNS FROM GOD
These were found on signs outside of churches.
WHOEVER STOLE OUR A/C UNIT, KEEP IT.
IT’S HOT WHERE YOU’RE GOING.
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Undoubtedly, the county’s most famous nineteenth-century retailer was VanTuyl
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During the peak of Petrolia’s oil boom in the late 1880s and early 1890s, the Van
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Courtesy of Glen C. Phillips -
Lambton: An Illustrated History of the County
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