Welcome to the Club July 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!
Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.


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Read along the bottom borders for some quotes about time.

This FREE magazine is distributed in most of Sarnia-Lambton.

A big sigh of relief

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...

community dinners, craft sales, whatever

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

page 15.

Have a wonderful summer and please

take time to notice the advertisers that

make this free magazine possible. We

couldn’t do it without them.

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to everyone who responded to the

Questionnaire in our Spring issue!

Two random people were selected to win the prize of

$100 Sarnia-Lambton Gift Certificates

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Hospital regulations require a wheelchair

for patients being discharged. However, while working

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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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

ingredients depended

also on the cook’s

imagination with

some recipes calling

for “a handful of salt

to make pickles” and

“butter the size of

a walnut” to make

white sauce.

This untitled

cookbook helped

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

lofty goals.

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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

Christ Church

interesting places.

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

until tomorrow.



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The bees we’re referring to are at

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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

developing dementia

• Have a 29% increased risk

of developing cardiac health


• Are 32% more likely to have

a stroke

• Are at risk for premature


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in all of its forms: emotional, physical,

and through fraud and scams, among

others. Here is the link to the report

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While sobering, look at it as a call

to action.

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.

Summer 2022 “Time’s fun when you’re having flies.” - Kermit the Frog

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Captain Ken Bracewell or his wife Sherry

Smart-Bracewell after more than 40 years

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They’ve welcomed thousands of

tourists aboard the Duc d’Orleans,

hosted innumerable wedding receptions

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Above all, they’ve had a great time

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“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

World War.

“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

Duc d’Orleans

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.

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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

pandemic started.

“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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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.

Chicken Cacciatore

2 Tbsp buer

Chicken breasts

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.

Taco Dip

4 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 bole taco sauce (or less)

shredded leuce

Strawberry Banana


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

Crumb Topping:

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

Associaon Cookbook)

By: Jolyssa Williams (Holy Rosary School,

Wyoming 50th Anniversary Cookbook)

chopped tomatoes

grated cheddar cheese

chopped green onion

sliced olives

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

Place strawberries, banana, yogurt, honey and vanilla in blender. Process

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.

By: Pat Maruscak

(Wyoming Lioness Club

30th Anniversary book)

Topping: Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and

salt. Sr in melted buer, then pinch mixture unl it forms pea-size clumps.

Set aside.

Muffins: In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt. In a large

bowl, combine sugar, eggs and canola oil. Beat with mixer at low speed unl

combined. Beat in milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture all at once and beat at

low speed unl baer is smooth. Sr in blueberries. Spoon baer into 18

muffin cup with paper liners or spray 2 muffin ns. Sprinkle with crumb

topping. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or unl lightly browned.

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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.

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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

your presence.

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

was that?

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

and relished.

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


Kenneth Lapointe

from Daytripping

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

hammers, etc.

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,

unbusy life.

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

background sound.

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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As reported by

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

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The next chapter in George’s

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his brother, who was living in Sarnia,

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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

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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.

Visit www.lambtonmuseums.ca

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

Canatara Park.

Over the course of its life at the

park, the cabin was used as a unique

space for hosting community events,

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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

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we can create our own hub of local

goodness, a central place to gather to

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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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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

supple nature?

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

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the shape of an inverted “V”.

When it’s time to extinguish

the flame put your hand

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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

given back.

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

experience to

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

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By Jodi Edwards Wright, Chatham

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My lawn and I, we disagree,

I think it should grow grass, you see.

But instead there’s weeds galore,

So I went to the garden store.

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,

Mother Nature can make things green.

And what if there’s a weed or ten,

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Story and photos by Mark Moran • From Daytripping Summer 2022 issue

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







community centre,

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

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intersection of Indian

and frogs leaping

Creek Road you’ll

into the ponds.

notice Canadian

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

intersection where

how people make

there was a neatly

placed wall of armor

reservations for the

many wedding and

stone in a field for

graduation photos

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

covered bridge,

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

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country air.

Joy and Bill Robson were married for

56 years and both have passed away

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“Oasis in the middle of nowhere.”

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The Library

By Susan Iedema, London

from Daytripping Spring 2022 issue

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

and cares.

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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you access to Ontario Provincial Parks and

many other perks as well.

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others' differences is one of the most

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So, please pass me a biscuit. And yes,

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Life is too short to wake up with

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Sailing in My Bedroom

on the Blue St. Clair

Looking back on my childhood, one

of my fondest memories is sailing in my

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.

Publisher’s Note: I grew up a few miles

south of you, in Port Lambton. The entire

St. Clair Parkway is one of Ontario’s most

beautiful treasures.

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Memories and Music

at Canatara Beach

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

By Nadine Wark, Sarnia • Photo Credit: Ontario’s Southwest

from Daytripping July-Aug 2020 issue

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

Canatara Beach.


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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,

”I’m glad you came, you brightened a dreary day grandchild,

It’s time, for milk and cookies then you best be on your way.”

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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

hair becomes.

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

entertainment value.

“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,

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by A. C. Stone, Windsor

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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.

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new hair grew in beautifully. The only

problem he has now is that instead of

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In Matthew chapter 13, verse 57, we

are told ‘A prophet is not without honour,

save in his own country, and in his own

house.’ I can vouch for the ‘house’ part. I

learned early in my motherhood career

that if a compliment came my way,

the flattery flopped when a qualifier

followed the nice remark. My emotional

elevator raced to the roof, then the

cables snapped and sent it barrelling to

the basement.

My older son gained me a reputation

among his young friends with his

assertion that his mom could fix

anything with a bobby-pin and a rubber

band. An exaggeration, but a feather in

my cap that he thought so highly of my

talents. But the feather flew away on

the next breeze when he added, “But

then they usually don’t work for long.”

In that instant, I understand an adage

my grandma used frequently: that the

most uncomplimentary remark one

could make about a person was that she

‘meant well.’

Food is a touchy topic in families

with finicky kids. Their friends’ moms

are always ‘cool’ cooks compared to

their own mothers. I remember the

Saturday lunchtime when I was battling

the clock and my older son’s panic that

he’d be late for baseball practise, and

my daughter’s vociferous dismay that

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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.

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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

for more?

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comes around, and so on ... Let me fastforward

from that generation to another.

Today I’m hardly able to keep up with

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

Lambton Shores Nature Trails (LSNT)

is a local volunteer organization that

works to build a network of user-friendly

nature trails that inspire people to

experience the biodiversity of Lambton

Shores and vicinity. While our primary

goal is to blaze, trim and clear trails so

that the public can use them, we are also

committed to enhancing accessibility,

protecting environmentally sensitive

areas and beautifying our public spaces.

If you would like to learn more about

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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

Ipperwash Rd


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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

IBA Canada.

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

pack your bug spray in July and

August! For more information

and a map of the Ipperwash

Dunes and Swales Trails, please

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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

service organizations,

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.

Checking out the spectacular

new scoreboard at Hiawatha

Horse Park’s opening of their

live horse racing season.


MPP – Sarnia-Lambton

Building A Better Sarnia-Lambton

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

readers for a wonderful, fun-filled summer of 2022. Enjoy life to

the fullest!

Joining with local mayors to

announce $12 million in joint

federal/provincial funding for

the Petrolia Water Treatment

Intake Project.

Touring the $2.5 billion

expansion at NOVA Chemicals in

St. Clair Township.

Making a $12 million funding

announcement with the

Minister of Labour at UA Local

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As I write this article, Covid restrictions

are easing in Ontario: vaccine passports

are now a thing of the past, and mask

mandates are being lifted.

My hope as you read this is that

lockdowns are in the rear-view mirror,

as we are now provided with the

opportunity to figure out how to manage

and live with Covid. These past few

years have significantly impacted many

of our seniors. It has been heartbreaking

to witness firsthand some of the

detrimental effects of social isolation,

loneliness, deconditioning, hastened

cognitive decline, and decreased

nutritional status.

Yet, many people have also

demonstrated profound resilience and

the ability to adapt to change and there

have been some positive outcomes

worth highlighting.


Maybe picking up a new hobby, (hello

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(hello sourdough!), many of us were able

to slow down and enjoy life’s simple

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

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!



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,

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Although we could not

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in person, many of our

connections were enhanced

as we had more time to

connect with our loved ones

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new Zoom family gatherings, connecting

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though I was gifted Covid on this past

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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

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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

apron is!

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

continues to thrive.

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.

Summer 2022 “All my possessions for a moment of time.” - Elizabeth I

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Find these words hidden vertically, horizontally, diagonally and backwards.

Have you ever lived in a house that

was so cold in the winter and so hot

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

easy back

then but they

did the best

they could.

We were

fairly new


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.


These were found on signs outside of churches.





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Undoubtedly, the county’s most famous nineteenth-century retailer was VanTuyl

and Fairbank. Established in 1865 by John Henry Fairbank and re-organized in 1873

with the naming of Benjamin VanTuyl as a partner, the store did a brisk business

in outfitting the area’s oil industry with drilling tools, specialized light machinery,

piping, well pumps, valves, casings, and a variety of more conventional hardware,

including nails, screws, nuts, bolts, hinges, flanges, hooks, locks, and sheet metal.

Of course, the firm also courted the lucrative farm and building supply trades.

During the peak of Petrolia’s oil boom in the late 1880s and early 1890s, the Van

Tuyl and Fairbank business, as Lambton’s premier merchandiser, was estimated to

be worth approximately $200,000 (around at least the $3,000,000 mark in today’s

terms). However, local success was only partly

responsible for the establishment’s renown.

Indeed, since Petrolia’s foreign drillers carried

the firm’s products to oil fields throughout

the world, Van Tuyl and Fairbank enjoyed

worldwide sales recognition. LCL

Courtesy of Glen C. Phillips -

Lambton: An Illustrated History of the County

© 1999

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