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Do you know someone living with dementia?
3 out of 5 people living
with dementia will go
missing at some point, a
and a dangerous one.
That’s why the Alzheimer
Society of Sarnia-Lambton
is partnering with The
Sarnia Police Services and
OPP to provide an
opportunity for individuals living with dementia to be registered as someone
at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with
quick access to key information to assist in locating the individual and
returning them home safely.
Christmas shopping is a great reason
for daytripping all over the county to find
the right gift. Many small shops offer
desirable items never found in malls - a
hand knit sweater, or an unusual bird
feeder. Some farm equipment dealers
carry tiny replicas of tractors. Who knows
where a daytripper might pick up a
mince pie to freeze until the family feast?
It wasn’t always that way...
Santa Claus, that overstuffed, pipe
smoking fire hazard, got credit for the
things we found under the Christmas tree
years ago. But it was the rural mailmen
who never were given more than a half
hearted thank you for their diligence and
concern who brought the bundles to the
roadside mailbox. Since each mail route
was awarded to the one who put in the
lowest bid, the “winners” had a hard time
eking out a living.
Most of their Christmas deliveries
came from the T. Eaton Co. That was
where you could find variety and special
items not found in local stores. A large
number of mail orders were sent late,
so that mountains of packages had to
be delivered the last few days before
Christmas. The mailmen piled their
ramshackle autos full of parcels, along
with the regular mail.
One year my mother sent her mail
order, calculating the goods would arrive
Let’s all do our part to help individuals with
dementia live safely in our community.
Simply call Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lambton
at 519 332 4444 to learn how.
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on the twenty second or twenty third -
lots of time, she thought. She felt worse
than we did on Christmas morning.
“Santa Claus didn’t get here last night.”
So what! We each had a stocking
crammed with an orange, peanuts, a
handful of candy and some mitts just like
Grandma knit for us. An early package of
gifts from an aunt contained some books.
What more could one want?
“Why didn’t he come?” Perhaps he
thought we had been bad that year.
Perhaps he was right!
“I think he got stuck in the snow,” said
“Deer wouldn’t get stuck.” contributed
small wise acres.
“No, but a sleigh loaded up could.”
That finished the conversation. We were
too busy shelling peanuts to bother.
Another cold, snowy winter my father
thought only a team and sleigh could be
relied upon to get through the drifts to
our grandparents’ house. Sometimes the
horses struggled through the giant heaps,
sometimes they trotted with trace chains
jingling. We children loved the ride.
Grandma’s radio, crackling the noon
broadcast, said the
Toronto to Windsor train
that had been stuck in
drifts had been cleared in
the early afternoon of Christmas Eve. Mail
handlers stayed to dispatch the delayed
mail to the county post offices, which,
I have been told, were crammed to the
doors. The small town offices stayed open
to let residents claim their parcels. The
rural mailmen had shoveled and chugged
around their routes to deliver any mail on
hand. Christmas Eve darkened into night.
Christmas at Grandma’s was
wonderful. As shadows began to
lengthen, father decided we had better
go home. We piled on the sleigh, cuddly
robes around us, along with the swag
we had received from our grandparents.
Lovingly hand made clothing, a short
lived wind up toy each, and the inevitable
books. It had been an exciting Christmas
day for us.
As we neared home, father said, “Look.
Santa Claus couldn’t get in the lane so he
left your gifts by the mailbox.”
My sister (aged a knowing five) and I
looked at each other. We knew the tracks
in the snow near the mailbox could only
have been made by the mailman’s car.
We didn’t ask where the deer tracks were.
More gifts! Eaton’s policy was to
substitute equal or better items if
something was sold out. The Eaton
Special dolls were gone so they sent us
Eatonia dolls, beauties with hair and
shoes. A big teddy bear instead of the six
inch one ordered. A wondrous toy each.
And regular purchases too, rubber boots
for father and a supply of stockings for
Our mailman, a fellow with small
children, said there were too many kids
being disappointed for him to stay home.
It took him until dark to finish, and he had
to go back three times. There may have
been a heater in his car, but in those days
the best heater was weak. He shoveled
snow, and bucked drifts but he made sure
no kid on his route missed Christmas day.
He wasn’t the only one. No one can
name them now, no one particularly
thanked them. Despite the economic
depression, the T. Eaton Co. did great
business then, and a good deal of their
success was due to the rural mailmen
who made sure the mail went through.
Mailmen, not Santa, made Christmas
Publisher’s Note: It sounds to me like
your mailman was Santa Claus!
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We’re all getting older, we may as well laugh about it!
It’s strange how we can manage to
forget thousands of details and events
that were once an important part of our
lives, but then remember the oddest
things very clearly. And this can happen to
people of almost any age - you don’t need
to be elderly for this to happen, though it
certainly does help.
I vividly remember being on a Sunday
drive with my family as a child and seeing
a large bird, probably a hawk, takeoff from
a tree, and the large, dead branch it had
been perched on falling simultaneously
to the ground. It was really cool because
it appeared to my childish eyes that the
bird had ripped that branch right off of the
tree. It’s much more likely that the branch
just gave out and the bird had no choice
but to fly away and I was simply looking in
the right place at the right time. I doubt I
was more than eight years old at the time.
I don’t remember anything else from
that day or any Sunday drives for that
matter, though I think we went on lots of
them. At least I don’t remember anything
about being in the car. Being the youngest
and smallest it’s safe to assume that I was
safely tucked away in the back window
ledge. My parents had nine kids, not a lot
of money, and used cars that were usually
slightly smaller than the Titanic. Not that
I remember the cars either, though one of
them had really large back fenders. I just
know we had a lot of seats to be filled.
My dad was James Moran (Jimmy) and
he was reeve of Sombra Township for a
number of years and warden of Lambton
County in 1973. I was born in 1965 and
I’m guessing that some of these excursions
took us kids to functions throughout the
county that he wanted to attend. So my
love of Lambton started early in life.
It’s the Sunday drives that I wanted
to talk about though, and it turns out
that they can take place on any day of
the week, especially if you’re retired.
Later in life, when I was 16, I moved to
the Wyoming/Petrolia area, made a lot
of new friends, bought crappy cars and
thoroughly explored the back roads of the
county. One friend in particular is Steve
Loxton, who has since become one of
the most informed local historians. I was
always content to just drive and look at
scenery and take pictures of abandoned
houses but even at an early age Steve was
a walking encyclopedia of local history.
He’s never forgotten anything he’s read,
or so it seems.
He would have us driving and hiking in
search of abandoned railway beds, always
looking at the fence lines and patterns
of where the forests were cut, indicating
where steel rails once
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towns from the past and the present. He
would drag me along on canoe trips to get
the optimal view of bridge abutments of
roads and rails that were no longer used…
I had no clue what a bridge abutment
even was but didn’t tell him that. I didn’t
mind getting the history and geography
lessons… it was always interesting
(because he never stopped talking). Barely
marked cemeteries, vanished villages,
general stores, little known waterfalls,
one-room schoolhouses, river cuts,
mills, watersheds, abandoned oil wells,
foundries and factories… there are a lot
of historic places in our own big backyard.
Some are right in front of us, some are
grown over and others you’d have to dig
to locate. I was lucky enough to have a
narrator for these trips, and there were
hundreds of trips. There still are for that
The point of this article is to suggest
that you get out and explore them for
yourselves. Fall is the perfect time, with
fewer bugs and the leaves changing colour.
I caught up with Steve the other day and
asked what his three favourite roads are
in Lambton County. The St. Clair Parkway
didn’t count because it’s just too obvious
but his other picks surprised me.
Ridge Road that runs east-west below
Thedford was one of them. East River
Road that hugs the Sydenham from
Wallaceburg north for quite a ways
north was another, though most of it is
in Chatham-Kent. Steve’s third choice
was River Road south of Grand Bend.
When you’re heading north on Highway
21 just past Port Franks, you go over the
Ausable River, but that’s a man-made cut
that was built to drain the Thedford bog.
I only know this because Steve told me at
least 100 times. The road that followed
the river’s previous path still exists and
the easiest way to find it would be to take
Greenway Road at the Lambton Heritage
Museum for about three kms. and it will
be on your right.
One of my own favourites is Aughrim
Line north of Shetland where you’ll pass
by St. Johns-in-the-Woods Church. Feel
free to stop in… it will be open and you
can even sit down and play the Clavinova
if you like.
All the area north-east of the Oil
Museum in Oil Springs is another group
of roads that I’ll never get tired of, with
the pump jacks still pulling oil from the
ground and numerous metal sculptures
that Murray Watson created detailing the
history of the area. If I can only pick three
and the portion of Old Lakeshore Road in
Brights Grove is too short to count, I’d pick
Egremont Road which winds its way from
Old Lakeshore through Camlachie and off
If you need an excuse
to go, you can stop in at a
farm market, restaurant,
brewery, trail or whatever
else suits your mood. Take
a few photos while you’re
at it, and we’d love to see
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By Susan Iedema, London
from Daytripping Fall/Winter 2022/23
As cooler weather returns, my
thoughts also return to cold weather
memories of my childhood. One such
memory is of coming home from
school, climbing the veranda stairs of the
whitewashed, clapboard house where I
grew up and seeing steamed up kitchen
windows. This sight was evidence of the
welcoming warmth within.
My Mom would be there in the
kitchen. Pots on the stove and a meat
dish in the oven meant that she had
started supper. Maybe there would be
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a fresh baked pie, or two, or
cookies, cooling on a rack on
The kitchen’s cast iron
radiator was also where fingers
and toes were thawed after my
siblings and I had been outside
playing on a cold, winter day. I
can still remember the stinging
pain that appeared as warmth
returned to them.
Once the chilly weather
arrives, I still look forward to
that welcoming warmth that
greets me when I arrive home
and walk through the door.
I also look forward to the many
changes and events that occur with the
cooler weather and the new seasons of
fall then winter.
Halloween always brings a smile to
my face as it evokes the same feelings
I had as a child and produces an
atmosphere of mystery, excitement and
spookiness. Halloween is actually one of
my favourite, fun times of the year!
High on my list of things I will welcome
with the drop in temperatures are all
the heartier foods and baked dishes
that appear on the menu, especially at
Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Turkey
and stuffing, ham, mashed potatoes and
gravy as well as all the local vegetables
like squash, carrots and turnip, to name
just a few.
The lights and decorations of
Christmas were always awe inspiring
as a child. As an adult I must admit
my Christmas tree and decorations
come out in November. They light
up my world, and my apartment, on
the shorter, darker days of winter. So,
instead of putting them away after the
holiday season has passed, I remove
all Christmas themed items and my
tree becomes a winter one. It usually
remains up until about St. Patrick’s
Day, possibly a bit longer, or shorter,
depending on when winter decides to
depart. Or when I think it’s time for
spring to start!
The icy cold conditions of winter
also mean bundling up for a refreshing,
invigorating walk, even if just to run
errands. However, as a kid, running an
errand usually meant it was my turn
to walk to the store for milk. But, back
then, this chore was akin to some type
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of punishment so I trudged along as
woe was me!
Putting pajamas on and getting
under the blankets signaled bedtime in
my younger years. Wool blankets were
even sent over from relatives in the
Netherlands to help keep us warm. I am
sure letters and pictures home told of the
Canadian winter weather conditions. As
an adult though, putting jammies on
and curling up under a blanket is a cue
to relax and read, journal or watch a
favourite program or movie.
And how could I forget a good, hot
cup of coffee as a cold weather comfort!
Although as a child, coffee was not
allowed. Apparently, it would turn my
hair green! Instead there were special
times on a Sunday afternoon when a
cup of tea, with sugar and lots of milk,
was served up in a beautiful teacup to
my siblings and me.
So as the days grow shorter and the
warmth fades, memories of cold weather
experiences invade my thoughts,
especially one memory in particular
from when I was a kid, coming home
from school and seeing the welcoming
sight of steamed up kitchen windows.
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It’s like a warm blanket, soft and cozy
with the power to make the problems of the
day disappear, even if only for a moment.
A familiar aroma drifts across time and
space and you are suddenly a child at
the dinner table digging into your second
helping of macaroni and cheese with lots
of crispy buttered breadcrumbs topping the
The moment passes and you are once again
browsing the shelves in the grocery store,
wondering what to buy for supper. Thoughts of
those wonderful meals of your childhood stay
with you as you pick up a box of Kraft Dinner
and a package of back bacon. “Not quite the
same thing, but who has time these days?”
A familiar scene? For many people it is. We
want to remember the comfort foods of our
past and as much as we would like to prepare
the same meals and re-live the memories it
is not practical with our busy schedules and
varied dietary needs.
Almost everyone I know loves food. All
kinds of food, from healthy salads and fruit
to chocolate fudge brownies. No matter
the occasion there are foods to delight
every palate. But what is comfort food?
What memories come to mind when you
think of favourite foods from the past? The
answers to these questions are as diverse as
the people who prepare and enjoy comfort
Aunt Lena is the epitome of comfort. A
southern lady who opens her home and
heart to everyone, Lena and her husband
Wayne became members of our family
years ago when we met them on a trip – in
fact, they began to call my husband and me
their “adopted Canadian step-kids” and we
in turn called them Aunt Lena and Uncle
Wayne. Just after Wayne passed away, we
visited Lena in Mississippi. Even though she
was in mourning, her heart was full of love
and we had a wonderful visit.
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Lena prepared us the most delicious meal
of Chicken Gumbo and biscuits and, when
not cooking dinner herself, she treated us to
some down home southern catfish at a local
restaurant that was her family’s favourite
place to eat. When I think of Lena I think
of comfort and warmth.
I began to think about my own favourite
meals from when I was a child. One that
comes to mind is Hot Pot. My mother would
prepare this dish every Monday, with the
leftovers from Sunday’s roast beef. Before
supper the family would sit at the table while
Mom finished getting the meal ready. We
would talk about our day and my dad would
have a beer (a bottle of Molson Golden). He
would let me pour the amber liquid into his
mug, making me feel so grown up.
There were many comfort food meals that
my mother would prepare but my all-time
favourite was her chili con carne. The best
chili ever! She made it at least once a week
and there was always a bottle of crushed
chilies on the table for my brother and me
– we loved it HOT! Sometimes she served
it with hot buttered toast and sometimes
with boiled new potatoes. Either way it was
wonderful. I have never tried to recreate her
recipe for chili but thoughts of it make me
wonder if I should add kidney beans and
crushed chilies to my shopping cart on my
next trip to the grocery store.
Whatever the reason, the need for comfort
food stems from our desire to return to
simpler times. Memories are made early
in our lives and are cherished as we grow
to adulthood and almost always carried on
with our own families even as we make new
memories and traditions.
One of the best descriptions I have heard
of for comfort food is this: “It’s like your
best friend. You don’t need explanations,
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Lambton Shores Nature Trails (LSNT)
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works to build a network of user-friendly
nature trails that inspire people to
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Lambton County Heritage Forest (LCHF),
accessed at the Port Franks Community
Centre where there is a large parking lot
and accessible washrooms.
The Lambton County Heritage Forest is
a 238-hectare property located between
the Port Franks Road and Outer Drive.
The area was originally owned by the
Canada Company who sought to clear
and develop it for agriculture. However,
the dunes were not suitable for cropgrowing
so, in the 1930’s, the County
of Lambton purchased the property to
preserve it as a natural area. Initially,
several varieties of pine and spruce
were planted in the open areas but were
later removed when it was determined
that these open areas were actually oak
savanna or pine barrens. In 1984, the
Lambton County Heritage Forest and
surrounding forest was designated as an
Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
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The LCHF lies within the Carolinian
Life Zone, commonly referred to as
Carolinian Canada. Compared to the
rest of Ontario, the Carolinian Life
Zone experiences warmer average
temperatures, milder winters and the
longest frost-free season. It supports
an incredibly diverse array of flora and
fauna, many of which are species at
risk (SAR). The landscape in the LCHF
includes low-lying marshy areas, open
woodland and a high ridge of forested
dune. Vegetation ranges from swamp
oaks to oak-pine forest to savanna and
pine barrens due to elevation changes
and environmental stressors. Birdlife
is abundant; in fact, over 400 species
of birds have been sighted in the Port
Franks Wetlands and Forested Dunes!
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is one of five properties and 18 km of
trails within a 4 km radius of the ‘Heart
of the Trails’ trailhead in Port Franks.
This showcase trailhead features
information panels and indigenous
artwork, including paintings and
carvings by local artists. The adjacent
‘Circle of Life’ is a symbol of indigenous
people’s belief in the interdependence
of all forms of life. It is a meditative
place with benches, native plantings
and carvings of the Seven Grandfathers.
Three separate but connected trails
are available in the LCHF. The Tulip Trail
is a 3.1 km loop that starts at the trailhead
and finishes behind the community
centre. It is moderately difficult with
some steeper slopes and valleys.
around the loop, you can
pick up the Savannah
Trail, another moderately
High Ridge Trail (2.8 km) Difficult
difficult loop that adds
Tulip Trail (3.1 km) Moderate
2.1 km to your trek. For
the adventurous, the (2.1 km)
High Ridge Trail (2.8 km), Moderate
which can be accessed
from the Savannah Trail
or Tulip Trail loop, follows
the ridge of an extensive
forested dune. It includes
several inclines and
declines, and is narrow
in some sections, but
provides impressive views
of the surrounding forest.
In combination with the adjoining trails,
the High Ridge Trail offers a total hike
distance of over 6 km.
Trails in the LCHF are well-marked
with maps at trail forks and several
resting or lookout spots. As horseback
riders also use the Lambton County
Heritage Forest, it’s important to
remember that hikers should always
yield to horses by stepping off the path.
In addition to the forest trails, a 550 m
long wheelchair accessible path through
a ‘tree tunnel’ is available behind
the community centre. A children’s
StoryWalk® follows this loop.
The Lambton Heritage Forest Trails
are appealing for a variety of hikers as
they offer plenty of options for exercise
—and plenty of opportunities to
experience the Carolinian environment
with its menagerie of plant and animal
life. Take the high road or the low road
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Welcoming Sarnia Police Service
Chief Derek Davis, who has been
very proactive in meeting with the
public and community leaders in
his new role.
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Assembly of Ontario during the
swearing-in ceremony for the
Special swearing-in ceremony at
Queen’s Park with my colleagues,
the Solicitor General and MPP
With longtime educator Kim Henry
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Hello, Club readers! I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful
autumn weather! For many of us, this is the nicest time of the
year, as life slows down a bit, the leaves change colour, and we
all get to enjoy the bountiful harvest from our local farmers.
As I’m writing this message, we’re in the midst of mourning the
loss of Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the people of
Sarnia-Lambton, I was proud to sign the book of condolences
at Queen’s Park, offering my heartfelt thoughts to the Royal
Family on their great loss.
Most Canadians have never known another Canadian
monarch in our lifetimes, so the Queen’s passing has hit many
of us especially hard. To me, the Queen always represented
strength, stability and a sense of decorum that defined a
different era. With the Queen’s passing, our generation has
lost an important piece of our heritage and identity, but our
memories of Her Majesty will remain strong. God save the
Queen’s son and successor, King Charles III.
In other news, it was a very busy summer at Queen’s Park. The
government passed a wide range of legislation following the
election, the most important being the provincial budget.
Going forward, the government also continues working hard to
make Ontario’s public health care system the best it can be,
build more long-term care beds, and address the needs of
Best wishes to all The Club’s readers for a fabulous fall
season. All the best to you and your family!
Attending a Garden Party in
Sarnia’s Germain Park in
celebration of the late Queen
Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
The event was a stirring
celebration and a great tribute to
the Commonwealth’s longest
After meeting with the firefighters
at the East Street Fire Hall, I
finally got a chance to check off
“sliding down a fire pole” from
my bucket list.
Farmers are the lifeblood of
Lambton County – and this is
the perfect time of year to
enjoy the fruits of their
labour, including the friendly
from Vrolyk’s Farm Produce.
Meeting with Lambton Army Cadets
on bivouac during their MRE (Military
Combat Ration) lunch, as they
prepare for maneuvers. What a
hard-working group of cadets!
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The strings were tied, it was freshly washed, and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma, it was everyday to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was, you would never think about;
the things she used it for, that made it look worn out.
She may have used it to hold some wildflowers that she’d found.
Or to hide a crying child’s face when a stranger came around.
Imagine all the little tears that were wiped with just that cloth.
Or it became a potholder to serve some chicken broth.
She probably carried kindling to stoke the kitchen fire.
To hold a load of laundry, or to wipe the clothesline wire.
When canning all her vegetables, it was used to wipe her brow.
You never know, she might have used it to shoo flies from the cow.
She might have carried eggs in from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for, she did them all with pride.
When Grandma went to heaven, God said she now could rest.
I’m sure the apron that she chose, was her Sunday best.
1. In George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” what kind of animals were
Napoleon and Snowball?
2. What is the proper name of “the house that Ruth built”?
3. What puts the pink in a Pink Lady?
4. In the last scene of Hamlet, Hamlet kills the king of which country by
5. In mythology, Jason assembled the Argonauts to fetch which item?
6. Natives of which large French Island speak a dialect of Italian, not
7. How long did the Hundred Years War last?
8. Which bands song “Take on Me” made them the first Norwegian group
to have a U.S. #1 hit?
9. Meaning “air weapon,” what has been the name of the German Air
Force since 1935?
10. James Earl Ray was arrested near London for the murder of which man?
11. Which biblical person’s children were named Ham, Japheth and Shem?
12. What inventor of vulcanized rubber died penniless?
a] Bradford Franklin Goodrich b] Charles Goodyear c] Antonio Pirelli?
13. The Dodge Omni came with a GLH model. What did GLH stand for?
14. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
15. If you spelled out all the numbers (IE: o-n-e, t-w-o) what would be the
first number in which you would use the letter “A”?
1. pigs (boars) 2. Yankee Stadium 3. Grenadine 4. Denmark 5. the Golden Fleece 6.
Corsica 7. 116 years 8. A-ha 9. Luftwaffe 10. Martin Luther King Jr 11. Noah 12. b]
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It is part of the wedding vows if I
remember correctly... ‘till death do us
part.’ It is a vow often kept, even in this
day and age. As I travel along this road
of life, I often see it played out from
time to time. It always seems to me
that men seldom express the love they
feel for their wives openly, almost as if
expressing it shows a sign of weakness.
There are of course exceptions to the
rule and one day I encountered one
of these exceptions in a gentleman I
worked with at a plant where I worked.
These were his words, or at least the
ones I remembered most.
“We came over to this country from
Malta many years ago, me, my two sons,
and my wife. I love this country and
my kids, but mostly I love my beautiful
wife! I couldn’t live without my wife.
Well, maybe sometime, heaven forbid,
if something took her from this earth I
would have to!”
I remember thinking at the time,
I love my beautiful wife also, but I
would seldom say those words aloud,
especially to a stranger! Still those words
coming from him that day didn’t seem
out of place. Instead they sounded most
sincere and his face seemed to show his
love for his wife and family.
So, we come to what prompted me
to write this short story. Some time
Ties that Bind
ago, I became quite ill. I wound up in
the hospital for about a month and was
slow to recover. When I eventually did,
I ended up taking four different kinds
of pills, some of these twice a day. My
mind wanders quite a bit. My wife
always says I’m always thinking about
everything but what’s important, and
for this reason I was forever forgetting
to take my medication. I guess my wife
still loves me because she solved this
problem by always placing a glass of
water beside my plate at every meal
and making sure I drank it while taking
my pills...which is about the only time I
Then one day, about a year ago, I
walked down to the community mail
box to pick up our mail. I don’t mind
the short walk down to the mailbox, it’s
one of the few exercises I do anymore.
Oft times I meet someone walking their
dog and stop to chat. This particular day,
when I reached the mailbox, a young
lady in her late teens or early twenties
had just picked up her mail as I reached
there. She was about the same age as a
couple of our granddaughters. I expected
her to walk away without speaking but
By C. W. Tiffin, Chatham
instead, she turned and looked towards
me as she said, “You look to be about
the same age as my father.” I happened
to notice a few tears sliding down the
cheeks of her face as she spoke. “My
mother passed away a few weeks ago.
My father took it really hard. We both did
for that matter but I feel so sorry for him,
he misses her so. He is supposed to take
pills for his heart, he had a heart attack a
few years ago and he is so despondent.
He has just stopped taking the pills for
his heart! I don’t think he wants to live
anymore.” As she said those last few
words, the flow of tears increased. I felt
so bad for her and remembered my old
friend from years before speaking about
his wife when he said, “I couldn’t live
For a moment I stood there, feeling
sorry for her dad, her mother and
mostly for her. One of our sons had
passed away about a year earlier and I
knew the pain she was experiencing. I
felt I had to say something to her.
“I can understand how your father
must miss your mother and how he
feels he no longer wants to go on living,
but you must tell him how much you
miss her also and how much you really
need him now in your life more than
ever before. I probably would forget to
take my own pills before each meal but
my wife sets out a glass of water each
mealtime and watches to see I take my
pills. Tell your father you are going to do
the same for him and if he has any love
for you, he will take his pills!”
For a moment she brushed away the
tears and a smile began to appear. “I will
try that!” she said as she turned to leave.
“I really will!” she said as she hurried
I never saw her again, nor did I know
her name, I only hoped things worked
out for her and her dad. Sometimes
the hardest thing in life is
saying goodbye to those
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When I was a boy (back before
the earth cooled) we did not have hot
water on tap. It is something we take
for granted today, this merely turning
on a tap for hot water. In those days,
hot water was a totally different
commodity. For daily hot water, my
immigrant parents filled a kettle and
heated enough water to make tea or to
wash dishes. Other than those two uses,
there was no further call for hot water,
at least on a daily basis.
Once a week on Mondays, my
mother, rest her weary soul, did the
laundry. Once a week we had a bath.
Yes, once a week on Saturday night. My
mother gave me the onerous task of
lighting the gas jet next to the
coal furnace to heat the bath
water in the coiled pipe.
There was instruction
about the procedure but
of the most perfunctory
nature. The thing she
kept driving into me,
however, was that if I
did not get the gas lit
shortly after turning
it on, disaster could
happen. The gas could
seep out into the room and
when finally a match caught, or some
heretofore hidden spark ignited the
gas, the ensuing explosion would bring
down the house and kill us all. A bit of a
burden for a ten year old!
I should explain that the water was
heated in a metal cylinder in which sat a
coil of pipe connected to a large, round
tank. In the bottom of the cylinder,
seemingly out of reach to a small boy
(even if he was the eldest) was the gas
jet. When one opened a small door at the
bottom of the cylinder it gave one just
enough room to snake into the cramped
interior a small, quivering hand holding
a lit match. It was awkward and scary
to reach in knowing that with a sudden
“whoosh” the gas would light and
maybe singe your hand but at least not
explode and set the house afire. Many a
time I grazed my knuckles on the edges
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of that narrow little slot attempting to
jerk my hand to safety after the gas
caught. As the oldest of four it became
my responsibility to heat the water for
our once-weekly bath. Many times I
failed to light the damn thing on my
first, tentative attempt, usually because
I did not reach in far enough and the
match burned down until it singed the
end of my fingers without igniting the
gas. At this juncture I had to withdraw
my hand, turn off the hissing doom
before it became enough to blow up the
house, wait until the invisible, gaseous
cloud had dissipated sufficiently and
try again. Sometimes I rolled a bit of
newspaper into a torch and shoved it
into the opening. This wasn’t much
better as I was nervous and the opening
was far too small. In my anxiety
I would jam the paper
into the cramped
space and put
out the flame, or
the paper would
burn too quickly
and I would fail to
get it through the
opening before its
flame died. When
this happened I, once
again, had to shut off the gas
and repeat the steps. I never did master
the process. Oh, it was wearisome being
the oldest - except for what came next.
When it became evident there was
enough hot water in the tank (which
was easy to do - I just felt the side of
the tank), I ran the water into the tub
upstairs. As eldest, I had first crack at
this pristine luxury and wallowed in
it, ignoring the clamor set up by my
brothers waiting their turn outside in the
hall whining that they did not want cold
water when their turn came. I merely
shouted at them to go down and light
the gas if they were concerned about
the temperature. Having witnessed my
terrified antics trying to carry out this
chore they quieted down.
What was a bit of tepid, gray bath
water to an explosion and fire!
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist
sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a
single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the
same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an
unhealthy state of things.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also
what it takes to sit down and listen.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a
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Lambton Creamery, Petrolia, circa 1940
While international and domestic
dynamics of trade thinned out the
ranks in Lambton’s cheesemaking
industry, commercial milk
processing began its ascendancy.
Undoubtedly putting to rest the
anxieties of local dairy farmers, this
business trend sprang from a set
of interrelated factors. Around the
turn of the nineteenth century, the
interplay between an increasing
standard of living and widening
knowledge about the dietary and
health needs of both children and
adults fostered rising demand,
particularly in urban centres, for
the efficient and sanitary delivery
of milk. Each producing milk from
their own cows and each directly
hauling the same to customers,
dairy farmers were simply not
capable of individually responding
to the task. Unwilling to ignore the
possibilities of a changing world,
they instead pooled their resources
to form corporate dairies and
creameries. (Technically speaking,
a creamery was defined at the
turn of the century as a factory
where butter was manufactured.
However, since many also dealt in fluid milk, creameries often operated as dairies
in the conventional sense.)
Established in 1902, the Lambton Creamery Company was one of the county’s
first corporate dairies. It operated in a local industry that at various times included
milk plants in Alvinston, Watford, Forest, Ravenswood, Oil Springs, Wyoming,
Brigden, and Sarnia. Besides butter and bottled milk and cream, the Lambton
Creamery sold eggs, cheese, ice cream, and, on a limited scale, garden produce.
The company also rented cold storage space to the general public. In 1943, in what
was likely a measure to strengthen itself against the threat posed by the aggressive
giant of Ontario’s dairy industry, Silverwood’s of London, the Lambton Creamery
expanded to Wallaceburg and changed its name to Lambton-Kent Creameries. The
move initially gave the company some room
to breathe. However, over time, Silverwood’s
proved to be too strong. Amid stiff competition,
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The five paintings reflecting Petrolia’s past and future are the work of Francis Martin,
who has created murals in Watford, Strathroy and numerous other towns. The paintings
have been photographed for the mural, have been donated to the Petrolia Heritage
Committee and will be displayed in public buildings in the town. The mural itself is made
of two 5’ x 10’ aluminum sheets.
These five paintings can be viewed in Petrolia’s public buildings.
Petrolia was born in a fevered frenzy for oil in the 1860s.
Petrolia’s boom proved to be unlike the earlier one in nearby Oil Springs. In Petrolia, the prolific King Wells kickstarted the
oil rush in 1866. This led to rail and more oil discoveries. By 1884, Imperial Oil established its headquarters, refinery and barrel
plant in town, sprawling over 50 acres. The boom stretched for more than three decades, making Petrolia the oil capital of
Canada. And it was not just the vast quantities of oil, it was the ingenious technology the men developed and the expertise
they took to open oil wells in 86 countries between 1873 and 1945. Petrolia produced large amounts of chemicals, boilers, stills,
brass goods, and hand-forged driller tools that were shipped to all corners of the globe as coal was eclipsed by oil.
Petrolia’s grand homes and buildings provide a visual history of immense wealth, the towns early settlers and entrepreneurs
also created legacies for the generations that followed. In 1911 Charlotte and Jake Englehart endowed their beloved home,
Glenview so the community would have a hospital. Since its inception, Charlotte’s House, as it is affectionately known by
many locals, has remained a highly regarded and loved facility in the community and ensured the wellness of our ancestors and
Oil! That is what created the Best Town on Earth. Historic wealth is still evident in the homes, buildings, and parks. And
yes…you can smell the oil. But our Heritage is much more than the black gold that continues to be drawn from creaking wells
located just a short stroll from our thriving downtown. Oil may have enticed folks here, but Petrolia was created, nurtured, and
sustained by hardworking visionaries, shopkeepers, builders, drillers, labourers, and leaders. Our residents have been and
continue to be our greatest resource contributing an abundance of architecture, theatre, industry, education, healthcare, and
Completed in 1889 at the height of Petrolia’s oil boom, Victoria Hall reflects a time when Petrolia was among the wealthiest
towns in Canada. Victoria Hall has long been the social and political centre of the town's life.
In its centennial year Victoria Hall experienced a catastrophic fire. In 1992, the renewed interior and restored exterior
architecture of this magnificent landmark was celebrated.
From it's days as an Opera House hosting grand balls and famous artists to todays professional theatre and continued service
as Petrolia’s municipal office Victoria Hall represents a time when Petrolia was the oil capital of Canada.
As Petrolia grows, our history remains part of the cultural landscape in our buildings, oil fields and institutions. Our residents
and visitors continue creating new legacies and our past lives comfortably with the future.
Welcome to Petrolia. You’ll be Surprised!
in Southwestern Ontario
The five paintings are by Francis Martin. This project is in memory of Barbara Perrin, artist.
No, that’s not Barbara Perrin
portrayed in the above mural. That
would be Charlotte Eleanor Englehart.
She bequeathed her home to the town
of Petrolia as a hospital, which it is to
this day. That painting is one of five that
Daytripping Magazine commissioned
local artist Francis Martin to create
as the basis of a mural that will find
a home on the side of Heidi’s Your
Independent Grocer in Petrolia’s
historic downtown. Daytripping, as you
probably know, promotes unique shops
and stops throughout Southwestern
Ontario and is something of a “parent”
to this publication. Many of the articles
in Welcome to The Club originated were
originally published in Daytripping over
the past 27 years.
Barbara Perrin was very well known
as an artist that sought to preserve
the rural elements of Lambton County
through her sketches and paintings.
Barns, windmills, one-room
schoolhouses, fence posts—these
were some of the everyday images
that she imagined would be gone from
the local landscape in time, and she
aimed to capture them before they
disappeared. Barbara was also well
known to Daytripping readers, having
been on many covers including our
very first, and the “Boots” logo that’s
become our trademark is her work. She
had a studio called Perrin Art Cellar
for many years near Shetland and
eventually moved her home and studio
to Petrolia and then to Sarnia.
Barbara passed away in 2013 and,
with her relatives being older and living
too far away, Daytripping publisher Mark
Moran was left with countless books,
drawings and art supplies and about
Petrolia is a very special place for
Daytripping. It was where John Redden
first suggested the concept for the
magazine and it was our home base
for many years. It is a great honour
for Daytripping to be able to create
this project to preserve the memory of
Barbara Perrin, but also encourage and
display the work of another gifted artist,
Francis Martin of Watford.
160 original paintings of various sizes.
Many were donated to charities that
were having silent auctions, but some
Shetland School by
were sold and the proceeds are being
put toward this project. The Lambton
County Creative Fund encourages
culturally significant projects, and it
matched those funds to make this
mural possible. Numerous working
drawings that were remarkable
themselves have been donated to the
Lambton Heritage Museum.
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In 1920 my father, who was a First
World War veteran, learned the barber
trade through the Canadian Army at
Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. In 1921 he was employed at
the Orpheum Barber Shop on Fort Street
in downtown Winnipeg.
In 1924 he went into business for
himself, purchasing his first shop in
St.Boniface from a retiring barber. In
later years Dad’s shop was at various
locations in the area. Our living quarters
were always behind the barbershop.
Haircuts at that time were thirtyfive
cents and shaves or shampoos
a quarter. When haircuts went up to
fifty cents, my Dad lost many of his
Dad worked long hours in his shop,
weekdays to 7 pm and Saturdays to
10 pm. Shorter hours came into effect
when barbers finally became unionized.
My father was also authorized to
provide barbering services in the nearby
St.Boniface Hospital. There were a great
number of war veterans in the Hospital
and initially the bulk of his business was
conducted in the Veteran’s Ward.
Dad was a great raconteur
with an extensive repertoire
and having him cut your
hair was not an unpleasant
At one time, the bedroom
where my brother and I
slept was located above
our father’s barber shop.
The only heat for the
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bedroom came from a register located
in the floor. On Saturday nights when
Dad cut hair until 10 o’clock we were
able to lie on the floor and listen to the
stories that were being passed back
The shop was always full of
customers until closing time.
Some, having already had their
hair cut, just hung around for
the tall tales. I imagine we were
exposed to some colourful
language at an early age.
When one of Dad’s Frenchspeaking
that I had become more or less
fluent in French in my teen
years, he insisted that I speak with him
in his own language. I was only too
pleased to do so as he always gave me
a dollar. I looked forward to him having
his hair cut as often as possible.
My father became very well known
in the Norwood-St.Boniface area for his
long-time services to the local residents
as “Woods the Barber,” not to mention
his generosity in loaning money to
poverty-stricken neighbours as well as
providing countless haircuts on credit.
Dad did quite well over the years in his
one-man barber shop, probably above
average during those lean years in the
He was proud of his independence
in his “two-by-four business,” as he
called it. A favourite saying to his
customers was, “I need your head in
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Standing in the knee-deep weeds and
grass in the front yard, I take one more
picture of the dilapidated fieldstone house,
which stands half-hidden by the hardwood
bush. The sagging roof is ready to cave in.
The front porch has already given up the
ghost. As I gaze at the broken windows
and ragged shingles, I have to admit that
it looks like any other old, abandoned
Ontario farmhouse, and not a magic place
But I remember this sad old place as it
was long ago, and it was old even then,
when I was young and the world was
still a wonderland. In those days, this old
homestead, with its barbecues in the now
weed-covered yard, was a magic place
As a gust of wind blows the crisp maple
leaves around me, memories of the old
place cross my mind like faded pictures
in an old album: memories of fresh cobs
of corn bubbling in a giant cauldron, of
wieners being roasted on the tips of sticks
over a wood fire, of fragrant smoke hanging
dense in the still, chilly air.
Memories of Halloween - a terrifying
night for the ancient Celts. But at this old
house among the maples and sumac, it
was a night for fun, games & spooky tales.
Off in the distance, a dog’s barking
interrupts my reverie. It still has a wellremembered
haunting sound. A wormy
apple falls to the ground beside me with
a soft thud. Picking it up, I’m reminded of
a favourite fall poem: “Plums purple and
red, pears amber and brown, thud! In the
garden-bed, ripe apples fall down.”
Memories, memories. I remember
the aroma of hot chocolate and burnt
marshmallows. I remember rolling in huge
mounds of crunchy leaves beneath a coalblack
sky glittering with endless stars that
seemed close enough to touch. How, I ask
myself, can a lifetime fly away so quickly,
while those long-gone October days seem
like only yesterday?
The setting sun reminds me that it’s
time to leave this magic place of happy
memories. As I drive away through the
swirling leaves on this lovely fall evening,
I give the crumbling old house one last,
fond look. I know I’ll never pass this way
again. I also know that, like the old house
itself, most of my own Octobers have also
On a frigid winter evening, or on a
humid summer morning, when I’m stuck
in the din and the poisonous traffic fumes
of the “real world,” I only have to close
my eyes to picture my magic place in the
hardwood bush as the creeping autumn
dusk enfolds it in its dark embrace. I just
have to close my eyes to see a “V” of
Canada geese winging high in the October
sky, or to recall the aroma of hot pumpkin
pie topped with freshly-whipped cream.
In a secret corner of my soul, I’m always
young and carefree. There, the fields of long
ago are forever ablaze in their fall splendor.
In this inner sanctum, where only I can go,
“God’s in his heaven, and all’s right with
the world,” and it’s always October.
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Many of the articles are from the archives of Daytripping Magazine.
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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.
Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 large bunch fresh broccoli
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 cups chicken stock (I use bouillon cubes)
2 Tbsp buer
2 tsp Instant coffee granules
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup buer, so
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
By: Liz Boere (Holy Rosary
School, Wyoming 50th
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
2 cups whole milk
Chop up broccoli stems and heads. Combine with chopped onion and
chicken stock. Boil slowly for 10 to 12 minutes. Put through the blender. In
a large pan, melt buer. Add salt, pepper, flour and mace. Mix unl
smooth over moderate heat. Add milk slowly srring unl thickened and
smooth. Add broccoli, broth and onion mixture and heat to serve.
Hint: Sprinkle grated cheese over the top when serving.
My daughter doubles the recipe and uses a head of broccoli, a 1/2 head of
cauliflower and a few carrots to make a vegetable cream soup that the
Black Forest Brownie Squares
2 cups Nestle Toll House semi-sweet
chocolate morsels, divided
1/2 cup buer or margarine,
cut into pieces
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
By: Vicky O’Brien Ness
(from Wyoming Lioness
Club 30th Anniv. Cookbook)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 tsp cinnamon
(from Point Edward
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups frozen whipped
2 cup cherry pie filling or topping
Melt 1 cup morsels and buer in large heavy saucepan over lowest
possible heat, srring unl smooth. Remove from heat, sr in eggs.
Gradually sr in flour, granulated sugar, vanilla and baking soda. Sr in
remaining morsels. Spread into greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake in
preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or unl wooden pick
inserted in centre comes out slightly scky. Cool completely in pan on
wire rack. Spread with whipped topping. Top with pie filling. Cut into
squares. Makes 24 squares.
Line two rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them.
Dissolve coffee in vanilla. Set aside. Beat buer and sugar in large bowl
unl fluffy. Beat in egg and coffee mix. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add
to buer mix and sr unl smooth. Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into
balls. Place 2” apart on prepared pans. Using floured thumb or thimble,
make 1/4” indent into center of each. Bake in top and boom thirds of
oven at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes, rotang and switching pans halfway
through, unl lightly browned on boom. Place 3 chips in each indent. Let
stand ll melted, about 5 minutes. With a toothpick, swirl chocolate to
blend together. Sprinkle cinnamon over chocolate. Transfer to rack to cool.
Mocha Thumbprints: Replace 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup cocoa.
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A Path to Wellness—Get Moving
By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia
Throughout this series of articles,
we have discussed many issues that
impact seniors’ health and well-being.
From over-prescribing and misuse
of medications, nutrition, getting
assistance with daily living (ADLs),
along with others. Do them all, but if
there was one thing that you can do
that would immediately and positively
impact a senior’s health it would be to
I didn’t say exercise. Although you
can exercise, I’m not stopping you.
When I say exercise, I am referring
to moderate to vigorous action over a
sustained period. Go for it! What I am
talking about is getting out of the easy
chair. Yes, that’s right, put down the
remote, and just get moving.
Sitting is the new smoking
This expression is making the rounds
at the moment. Studies are showing
that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to
many of the same issues that smoking
causes, and some others as well. If
you think about it, we sit when we are
driving, on the computer, watching
the television, and we watch too
much television. The other expression
making the rounds is, “screen time.”
Between work and our leisure time we
are in front of screens too much.
The human body is designed for and
works best when it spends a significant
portion of time throughout the day
standing and walking. Blood flow,
better digestion, and metabolism are
So, if moving improves blood
circulation and metabolism then
sitting, on the other hand, stalls those
processes, making your body less able
to perform it’s best. Further, we know
that too much sitting puts strain on the
neck and lower back, which are not
designed to support the body in a sitting
position for long periods. The negative
effects will compound over time. Here
is another word that is linked to the
sitting epidemic, that word is…
1. (of body tissue or an organ/bone)
waste away, especially as a result of
the degeneration of cells
“without exercise, the muscles will
2. gradually decline in effectiveness
or vigor due to underuse or neglect.
“her artistic skills atrophied from
lack of use”
More walking and standing
Of course, there are many great and
detailed exercise programs. Seniors’
centres, church groups, community
centres, heck, health clubs are starting
to do more and more for their senior
clients. Like I said before, go for it. To
the person that knows they are sitting
too much: how do we get you or your
loved one out of the easy chair?
Here are some suggestions to get
moving. Instead of reading the paper
while sitting, try reading at the kitchen
counter. If you pay your bills at your
desk, pick up your cheque book, grab
your laptop and do it while preparing
supper. Don’t worry, I won’t suggest to
eat your supper while standing!
Stand up and get
• Maintain a healthy weight
and lose body fat
• Prevent or manage various
conditions, including heart
disease, stroke, high blood
pressure, cancer and type 2
• Improve cardiovascular
• Strengthen your bones and
• Improve muscle endurance
• Increase energy levels
• Improve your mood,
cognition, memory and
• Improve your balance and
• Strengthen immune system
• Reduce stress and tension
Attack that household To Do List.
The other benefit to this will be making
your partner happy. Another excellent
way to get moving is gardening. I
recently saw a program that had raised
beds. That is, gardens that are off the
ground in planter boxes and raised to
Pets, particularly dogs are great
incentives to get you moving. Here is
a confession, my doggie, Sophie will
come over to me and give me the big
stare down. If that doesn’t work, she will
give me a headbutt to suggest that we
should go outside—she never gives up.
BTW—just go for a walk. No need to
A Cautionary note
If you have been inactive, overweight,
and dealing with other chronic issues
such as diabetes, arthritis, etc., a moving
program will help lessen and even
reverse these conditions. However, in
these circumstances speaking first with
your primary care provider is a good
thing to do.
There you are. I have presented a
case to Get Moving. Does it sound like
it is worth the effort?
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As reported by
Heather Smith never takes the
comforts and opportunities she has
living in Sarnia for granted. That’s
because as the executive director for
Rayjon Share Care she has seen the
extreme poverty people living in Haiti
endure. The charity was started by
John Barnfield and Ray Wyrzykowski
in 1986. “In 1985 they were part of
what was called a poverty awareness
expedition to Haiti,” Heather says.
“They went to visit Haiti and learn
more about the culture, the country
and what was happening there. They
saw poverty and they were expecting
that, but they were not expecting
to be overwhelmed by the vitality
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of the culture and the beauty of the
people and everything they learned
there.” When John and Ray returned,
they started to tell people about their
experiences and what came from that
was a desire to help, so they founded
Rayjon Share Care.
Heather has been on board for
five years. “I do have a history in
international development,” Heather
says. “I have always been fascinated
with other cultures. I studied non-profit
management and worked in health
care. I grew up in Sarnia so I was very
aware of the organization. I connected
with it first as a volunteer and later
became a board member. Now I am
the executive director.”
Heather says John
and Ray’s original goals
were simple. “They
were primarily trying to
raise awareness of some
of the various injustices
that were happening in
Haiti; helping people
to understand some of
the causes of poverty
and what they might
do to be involved”
Heather says. “They
were also helping to
spread the message
of what an amazing
culture Haiti has, trying
to combat some of
the negative stereotypes. When you
are here in Canada and you think of
Haiti you think of the headlines that
we see in newspapers and they are
never positive. They wanted to bring
some awareness of what it is really
like there.” From the beginning, there
was the intention to build relationships
between Canada and Haiti and to use
that to help communities reach some
of their goals for development.
Like so many organizations, Rayjon
Share Care has been negatively
affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For us it has meant some canceled
live fundraisers that we normally rely
on to keep our programs running,”
Heather says. Without in-person
meetings it’s difficult for the board to
connect with the volunteers. “We are a
very local, very grassroots organization
that relies heavily on our volunteers
and our donors from Sarnia-Lambton.
We are supporting local leadership in
Haiti and the Dominican Republic so
they can realize their local vision for
Heather says working with a charity
has plenty of rewards. “For me, it is
seeing others accomplish their goals,”
Heather says. “It is just incredibly
rewarding to be a part of this when you
see people personally overcoming their
barriers, whether that is some social
injustice or conditions of extreme
poverty. When people reach their
potential and step by step they are
creating lasting change it is amazing to
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Is there a magic cutoff period when
offspring become accountable for their
own actions? Is there a wonderful
moment when parents can become
detached spectators in the lives of their
children and shrug, “It’s their life,” and
When I was in my twenties, I stood in
a hospital corridor waiting for doctors
to put a few stitches in my son’s head.
I asked, “When do you stop worrying?”
The nurse said, “When they get out of
the accident stage.” My mother just
smiled faintly and said nothing.
When I was in my thirties, I sat on a
little chair in a classroom and heard how
one of my children talked incessantly,
disrupted the class, and was headed for
a career making license plates. As if to
read my mind, a teacher said, “Don’t
worry. They all go through this stage
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mother listened and said
When I was in
my forties, I spent a
lifetime waiting for
the phone to ring, the
cars to come home,
the front door to
open. A friend said,
“They’re trying to
find themselves. Don’t
worry. In a few years, you
can stop worrying. They’ll
I’d write something better here, but I forgot to!
By the time I was 50, I
was sick & tired of being
vulnerable. I was still
worrying over my
children, but there
was a new wrinkle.
There was nothing I
could do about it.
I continued to
anguish over their
failures, be tormented
by their frustrations
and absorbed in their
friends said that when
my kids got married I could
don’t like cats
mice in an
stop worrying about them and lead my
I wanted to believe that, but I was
haunted by my mother’s wan smile
and her occasional, “You look pale. Are
you all right? Call me the minute you
get home. Are you depressed about
Can it be that parents are sentenced
to a lifetime of worry? Is concern for
one another handed down like a torch
to blaze the trail of human frailties &
the fears of the unknown? Is concern a
curse or is it a virtue that elevates us to
the highest form of life?
One of my children became quite
irritable recently, saying to me, “Where
were you? I’ve been calling for 3 days,
and no one answered. I was worried.” I
smiled a wan smile.
The torch has been passed.
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By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher
Our skeleton is the rigid
support system made
of collagen and calcium
phosphate that help keep
us upright and serves as
a protective cage for our
internal organs. Our bones are
constantly in flux, building up
or breaking down depending
on the signals we are sending
them. This remodeling
continues throughout life so
that most of our adult skeleton
is replaced about every 10 years! Who
So, what contributes to good
bone health? Both our genes and our
environment do. While we cannot
change our genetic make-up, we can
modify external factors, such as physical
activity and diet which are both critically
important to our bone health throughout
Weight bearing increases bone density.
So, what does this mean? The repeated
impact of our feet striking the
ground, is like strength training
for our entire musculoskeletal
How can we do this?
Studies suggest, walking at
least 5,000 steps (3.5 km) a
day can preserve bone density.
I just purchased a Fitbit for the
first time and am enjoying
seeing how many steps I am
taking in a single day. I am
grateful to have a profession
that allows me to stay active when I am
seeing clients. If you have a sedentary
job, even more reason to get up and
moving. What a great reason to explore
a new area with a lunch walk.
Jumping or even dancing can increase
our bone density. Every
time we land after a
jump, we put stress on
our legs and hip bones,
strengthening them over
time. Admittedly, I do
not jump daily, although I
now have a great reason
to start. However, I do
love to dance. If you
have never been on
the Duc D’Orleans, while a band like
the amazing Painkiller Jane is playing,
I highly recommend it. I’m pretty sure
my balance and bone health are all
strengthened from this most enjoyable
Strength training is a great way to
increase our bone density. Strength
our muscles to
pull on bones,
which activates bone-building cells in
our body. Strength training is not limited
to using dumbbells at a gym, many
other activities can increase our muscle
strength. Gardening requires activities
like digging and pulling weeds, which
challenge and strengthen bones. Yoga
is another great way to increase bone
density in our spines, hips, legs and even
arms, especially if we are doing down
dogs or arm balances. So, getting on our
mats even for a mini yoga session a few
times a week can add up to big gains for
If land-based exercises hurt your joints,
maybe move some of your workouts to
the water. Although water
is a non weight-bearing
activity, pushing our limbs
against the water forces
our muscles to work
harder, helping us build
strength in our muscles
which can strengthen our
So how does our
nutrition come into play
with our bone health?
Our bones are a storehouse for
essential minerals—calcium and
phosphorous to name a few. If they are
in short supply, our hormones take them
from our bones to serve vital organs—too
many withdrawals can lead to weakened
bones. Also, vitamin D deficiency can
lead to a softening of the bones which
can lead to fractures and deformities.
A diet rich in calcium and
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When the Second
World War was history,
young people could
plan weddings, homes,
children, their lives no
longer on hold, but a
major problem loomed
-- a housing shortage. In
our town, apple orchards
and farms turned into
suburbia, human needs
taking priority now that life was normal
again. My husband and I bought one of the
affordable lots offered to service families at
low mortgage rates, and a few months later
we moved into our first home. Living on
the last street on the edge of town, we felt
lucky to overlook a few acres of a vegetable
farm, selfishly hoping it would remain a
From our garden I could see a stocky
figure bending, hoeing, picking, day in,
day out. Over the back fence the woman
had told me she and her husband had built
the farmhouse when they came from the
old country years ago. Widowed, she still
ran the farm; her son was now back from
overseas, working in town and taking the
produce to market on Saturdays.
Some weeks later Mrs. Borowski beckoned
me to the fence. “Missus, I think I sell
farm,” she said. “Builder talk to us, needs
land for new houses.” She rubbed a workroughened
hand over her forehead. “I
not want to go, but work is too hard now.
My boy get married soon, live in his own
I visualized bulldozers, cementmixers
shattering the silence, months of
construction, then an invasion of people
and cars, street lights, not stars, in the
night sky. I shook the nightmarish scene
away, guilty that I was thinking of my selfish
wishes instead of understanding the other
“Couldn’t you hire help?” I suggested.
“No, too much money. And soon house
too big for me. I think we sell.”
A week later Mrs. Borowski called to me
when I was at the clothesline.
“Missus, come. I have news!”
With a heart heavier than my garden boots
I went to the fence, dreading to hear that
the deal was done.
“We not sell farm!” she said. “We have
The imaginary subdivision disappeared
like a mirage on the desert. “Oh, I am so
glad!” I said, and waited for her explanation.
“Alex and Kathy have wedding soon,
then they live upstairs. I not have to leave
“Well, I couldn’t be happier for you,” I
said, meaning it, but adding silently, or
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for us! “But didn’t you
say the work was too
much for you?”
saying that after the
wedding, Alex’s wife
would take over the
outside work, leaving
as the homemaker
instead. I went back
into the house feeling this was a pipe dream
with holes in it. “I can’t see that working
out,” I said to my husband, adding in a wry
tone, “I hope Kathy has a love of the land
and a good strong back!”
Later, in the wedding photos the woman
showed me, I saw the bride, young, pretty,
slim, definitely not a clone of the older
woman’s sturdy build.
It didn’t surprise me to see Mrs. Borowski’
still working outside, as the young couple
would be away on their honeymoon. But
time went by and nothing changed. One
morning I swallowed my pride and, holding
out a little wedding gift, called to her and
asked, “Are the bride and groom still away?”
The woman straightened her back and
came, puffing, to the fence. “No, they back
home now. Alex at work and Kathy fixing
upstairs all nice.”
“Well,“ I smiled. “I’ll miss seeing you
out here, but it’ll be better for you to take
“Oh no, Missus,” she said, “I work
on farm, same as always.” Sensing my
unspoken question about the switch, she
explained. “I change my mind. But will
be good for me. Kathy take care of house,
and I go in to nice hot supper, not cleaning,
washing, ironing at night. Oh yah, will be
It wasn’t hard to tell it was a trade-off, not
what she’d had in mind. She gave me a
conspiratorial wink. “I told Alex and Kathy
I really not want to be in house all day. Like
prison! I like better outside.”
She might have been able to convince
them, but I saw through her ruse. The
long hours and hard work, rough hands
and aching back were not what she wanted
for her son’s wife, a young woman from a
My throat tightened and I couldn’t speak. I
leaned over the fence, handing the gift. She
took it, thanked me, then reached out and
we hugged, as women do when words fail.
Walking away, I thought, Why am I not
ecstatic that it’s turned out this way? Our
green belt is safe. Mrs. Borowski doesn’t
have to leave her home. So why did it seem
like a bittersweet victory? But I knew the
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15-16 Grand Bend Lambton Fall Colour & Craft Festival www.heritagemuseum.ca
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19 Camlachie P-W Historical Society: Speaker Gordon MacKenzie plymptonwyomingmuseum.ca
19 Corunna LEO Diner’s Club: Speaker NLCCHC on Diabetes www.lambtonelderlyoutreach.org
19 Sarnia Witch Perfect - singing/comedy parody www.imperialtheatre.net
20 Petrolia Thursday Night Community Pumpkin Carving www.town.petrolia.on.ca
20 Sarnia An evening with Cliff Erikson and John Wing www.imperialtheatre.net
21-23 Petrolia Pumpkin Lighting Display at Petrolia Discovery www.town.petrolia.on.ca
22 Sarnia Robb Sharp and Lit’l Chicago Rhythm & Blues Revue www.imperialtheatre.net
22 Petrolia Fiery Faces Family Day at YMCA www.town.petrolia.on.ca
28 Sarnia The Lovettes in the Leaders of the Pack www.imperialtheatre.net
28 Sarnia About Face & Body Fall Open House www.aboutfacesarnia.com
29 Thedford Halloween Party - The Fish & The Train Wreck Band www.widderstation.com
29 Wyoming Plympton-Wyoming Spooktakular Event Facebook
29 Wyoming Wyoming Legion Ladies Aux. Fall Vendor Show Facebook
29 Sarnia Sarnia Street Cruisers Trunk or Treat, Hiawatha Horse Pk Facebook
29 Grand Bend The Bookends Celtic Quartet https://grandbendplace.ca
29 Sarnia Fright Night at Cana-Scare-a (Canatara Park, Pt Edward) www.sarnia.ca/events
2 Sarnia Infusion Baroque at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
3 Forest Forest Excelsior Band Concert at Kineto Theatre 7 pm Facebook
4-5 Wyoming Christmas Makers Market, Country Lane Greenhouse Facebook
5 Petrolia Optimist of Lamb Central-Petrolia Craft & Gift Show www.lcpetroliaoptimist.org
5 Forest Forest Legion Annual Remembrance Day Dinner www.lambtonshores.ca
6 Camlachie Remembrance Day Service - Community Centre to Cenotaph -----
7-12 Petrolia Hogan Pharmacy Customer Appreciation Week www.hoganpharmacy.com
9 Sarnia Menopause the Musical at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
10 Sarnia Brass Transit - The Musical Legacy of Chicago www.imperialtheatre.net
11 Various Remembrance Day Services throughout the County
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11 Sarnia Classic Albums Live - Supertramp Breakfast in America www.imperialtheatre.net
11-12 Sarnia Fusion: A Discovery of Food Wine & Craft Beer for LCDS www.discoverfusion.ca
12 Petrolia Christmas Open House at Willow & Oak www.willowandoakpetrolia.com
12 Sarnia Jeremy Hotz at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
12-13 Sarnia 49th Big Sister’s Show & Sale, 1257 Michigan Ave Facebook
15 Petrolia Hogan Pharmacy Christmas Event Kick-off www.hoganpharmacy.com
16 Grand Bend Pavlo, world-renowned Mediterranean guitarist www.lambtonshores.ca
18-19 Forest Ladies Weekend www.shopforest.ca
18-19 Petrolia Christmas Open House at Olde Post Office Gift Shoppe 519-882-0747
18-26 Sarnia Beauty and the Beast Musical at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
19 Corunna 2nd Annual Winter Market, Legion Br. 447 Facebook
25 Mooretown Christmas Organ Concert (tentative) www.mooremuseum.ca
25 Forest Light up the Park www.shopforest.ca
25-Dec11 Petrolia Starbright Christmas at Victoria Playhouse www.thevpp.ca
26 Corunna Santa Claus Parade 6:30pm www.corunnasantaclausparade.com
26 Forest Santa Claus Parade www.shopforest.ca
27 Sarnia Motown Soul at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
29 Sarnia Shaun Majumder at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net
30 Sarnia Swan Lake - the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine imperialtheatre.net
1 Sarnia O Christmas Tea - British Comedy www.imperialtheatre.net
2 Petrolia Christmas in the Park www.town.petrolia.on.ca
2-3 Sarnia Christmas on the Farm, Canatara Park, Pt. Edward www.sarnia.ca
3 Sarnia Santa Claus Parade www.sarniakinsmen.ca
3 Watford Santa Claus Parade www.ontbluecoast.com
3 Wyoming Breakfast with Santa, Wyoming Legion 8-11am Facebook
3 Wyoming Christmas in the Village Facebook
3 Petrolia Outdoor Christmas Market www.town.petrolia.on.ca
3 Petrolia Santa Claus Parade 2pm www.town.petrolia.on.ca
3 Point Edward Christmas in the Village www.villageofpointedward.com
6 Petrolia Ladies Night at Hogan Pharmacy (all day/night) www.hoganpharmacy.com
6 -7 Petrolia Christmas for Everyone Luncheon www.town.petrolia.on.ca
7-10 Sarnia The Christmas Star - Nightingale Chorus www.imperialtheatre.net
8 Forest 12 Days of Christmas starts www.shopforest.ca
13 Petrolia Mens Night at Hogan Pharmacy (all day/night) www.hoganpharmacy.com
16-18 Petrolia The VPP Christmas Jamboree www.thevpp.ca
20 Petrolia Last Minute Christmas Event at Hogan Pharmacy www.hoganpharmacy.com
22 Petrolia Boomers Luncheon Facebook
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2 Sarnia Miraculum: Sleight of Mind www.imperialtheatre.net
15 Sarnia Kim Mitchell in concert www.imperialtheatre.net
17 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: Billy Joel - The Stranger www.imperialtheatre.net
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A GRANDFATHER’S GIFT
From my earliest recollection until
the age of twelve, I was lucky enough to
have a grandfather in my life. At first, we
all shared a house on Manitoulin Island.
Then our family grew from two children to
three, and Grandpa built himself a cabin.
He still ate dinner and supper with us.
After supper, he used to stretch out on the
couch in one corner of our comfortable big
kitchen. One of his favourite rabbits (we
had several) would sometimes rest for a
time on his chest. That particular bunny
was a smoky blue colour, he matched
exactly the sweater Grandpa usually wore.
When they were both snoozing, it was
hard to tell where the rabbit left off and
I loved Grandpa’s snug little cabin a few
yards away from our house. On weekends,
I’d join him there for breakfast, and we’d
wolf down big bowls of Dr. Jackson’s
Roman Meal. I still have vivid recollections
of that cabin, the freshly varnished
light shingles on the outside, the knotty
floorboards, the white enamel-topped
table, the pot-bellied stove which served as
heater and cooker, the old brass bedstead,
and the smell of pipe tobacco.
When my sister and I were very small,
Grandpa would sing to us of a peanut on
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railways tracks becoming peanut butter,
and a frog intent on making Miss Mouse his
bride. “Sing it again, Grandpa,” we’d beg,
and he would always oblige. My favourite
was about a grasshopper sitting on a sweet
potato vine. After three repetitions of that
line, he’d holler, “A turkey gobbler sneaks
up behind, and YANKS him off the sweet
potato vine.” On the word “yanks” he’d
make a grab for one of us and we’d run
screaming out of his reach. It was nine
parts of enjoyment mixed with one part
of abject terror.
My father, whom we grandly referred to
as an interior decorator, was away painting
and hanging wallpaper much of the time.
But Grandpa was always there, his sash
and door factory taking up a large portion
of our huge yard. Though he worked hard,
he took time each spring to make us new
wooden stilts. We learned to use them
with surprising dexterity. I dreamed often
of becoming a circus performer.
The seventh son of a seventh son,
my grandfather was born in Creemore,
Ontario in 1875. A lean, imposing figure,
he stood six feet tall and never slouched.
When meeting people for the first time,
he’d boom, “Chauncey’s the name,
Chauncey Berry.” Later, I learned that his
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middle name was Ulysses. Quite a handle.
My sister and I spent hours playing in
his factory. We delighted in the leftovers
of blade, planer, and saw; corkscrew curls
grew there like pigtails and sawdust was
heaped everywhere. Apparently some of
the men who frequented the place found
those sawdust piles a little too convenient,
for above his workbench, Grandpa put up
a sign reading: “IF YOU URINATE ON THE
FLOOR AT HOME, DO SO HERE.” I had to
ask my older sister what that word meant
and was shocked when she told me.
My two younger sisters remember a
different grandfather. My parents were
living in London then, and Grandpa moved
in with them. He was in his seventies and
in poor health because of asthma. I was
married and living in Toronto. The call of
the Island proved too strong for Grandpa,
however, and he moved back there where
he died in 1953. He’s buried in Providence
Bay, near his mother and father, Lydia and
Grandpa never did get to see his first
great grandchild. I often wish we had been
able to make the trip up to the island to
visit him. But I still have letters he sent
me then, and he’ll live on always in my
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A man who enjoys good health is rich,
though he knows it not.
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I bet you’re wondering what the heck?
Bathing? On Thanksgiving? What has
this got to do with travel? Thanksgiving
2020 was a dismal affair, and 2021 was
shaping up to be—different. Covid was
still hanging around like an unwanted
guest, or, shall we say, pest.
Not to be brought down by the onceagain
rising cases of Covid, my daytripping-dude
(spouse) and I set off to
Rock Glen Conservation Area outside
of Arkona last fall. This conservation
area is part of the Ausable Bayfield
Conservation Authority. It had been over
20 years since we visited.
Once we arrived, we noticed that this
out-of-the-way spot was now a popular
picnic area, filled with like-minded
folks who opted for an outside locale
for their Thanksgiving lunch or dinner.
We also realized that a lot had changed
in 20 years. There were designated
parking areas, washrooms, barbecues,
potable water and two playgrounds.
Included is the Arkona Lions Museum
and Information Centre, which boasts a
fluorescent mineral room with exhibits
of fossils, meteorites and other displays
and artifacts. Rock Glen is rich with
Devonian-era fossils. The park is open
seven days a week and there is a park
entrance fee of $4.00 (children - 5 years
and under are free). They will accept
cash, debit and credit cards.
After we parked and ate our packed
lunch, we hit the hiking trails, and we
soon realized that our idea of a quiet,
relaxing walk through the woods was
not to be. It was busy with people, along
with their kids and dogs. So much for
our day of Shinrin-yoku.
In Japan, taking a hike or a stroll
through a wooded area is called Shinrinyoku.
Translated, it means forest
The Thanksgiving Bath
By J.J. Francissen, London • from Daytripping Fall/Winter 2022/23
bathing. The term was first coined
in 1982 by the Japanese Ministry of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The
exercise of shinrin-yoku encourages
people to make contact by walking in a
forest atmosphere, or simply spending
time in a natural setting without the
bathing suit. My kind of bathing!
This physiological and psychological
practice can be done at any time and
season. Those who partake of this
practice benefit from the therapeutic
energy of fresh air from various plants
and trees, reducing stress hormone
production, lowering heart rate and
blood pressure, boosting the immune
system and accelerating recovery from
illness. It also improves feelings of
Photo: Lou Parry Photography for Tourism Sarnia Lambton
happiness and can elevate creativity.
Rock Glen is the perfect place to
absorb the Carolinian forest atmosphere
with its 27 hectares and 1.5 km
trail with steep stairways and scenic
lookouts. Birds trill out their song as you
pass by Sycamore, Sugar Maple, Beech
and White Elm trees, to name a few of
the trees in this area. Hearing birdsong
always reduces my stress, which is
music to my ears.
There are over 50 types of wildflowers
for those who love the flora. While,
small mammals inhabit the area for
those who love the fauna. I spent time
photographing the flora, wanting to take
a piece of the forest with me and to look
at when I can’t get into the woods for a
Once you’ve hiked the trails, which
cross over the Hobbs MacKenzie drain
(a creek that empties into the Ausable
River), you must visit the beautiful
Those with mobility issues can find
wheelchair-accessible trails to see the
park highlights and an overlook to take
in the 10.7-metre high waterfalls, the
park’s crowning jewel.
Like all waterfalls, the flow of water
depends on the season. Due to the
overabundance of rain that summer,
the falls were stunning! Long veils of
lacy water fell from the precipice above
and into the creek below. Spray from
the breeze as the water dropped cooled
our heated skin, and it felt like heaven.
In that regard, I had to be thankful to
Geocaching is another activity that
takes place in Rock Glen. There is a
Commemorative Woods in the park,
where family and friends plant trees in
memory of loved ones, a living legacy.
Rock enthusiasts will like the fossil
collection area, while those who love
history will thrill by the significance of
this area over the thousands of years.
Visit the Arkona Room to view the
historical photos that are on display.
Due to the number of visitors to Rock
Glen Conservation Area, our Shinrinyoku
felt more like a communal bath.
Yet, I was still grateful for the bountiful
trees, which were showing off the
change of colours, the fresh air, the birds
singing and the forest bathing on this
warm Thanksgiving day.
Publisher’s Note: Just one question,
Judy. We’re bathing in the forest without
the bathing suit... are we wearing anything
else? I’m going to assume you’ll say, “Yes.”
P A G E
Phobias… The fear of speed is called tachophobia
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Phobias… The fear of children is called paedophobia
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It’s been almost 200 years
since stories of poltergeists and
flying objects gripped southern
Lambton County and created a
mysterious tourist attraction in
early Sombra Township.
The haunting that terrorized
the John Taylor McDonald farm
near McDonald Park along the
St. Clair Parkway, came to be
known as the Baldoon Mystery.
Historians and those who
study supernatural events
say what happened to the
McDonalds is consistent with
poltergeist phenomena reported
in modern times.
McDonald and his family
were among Lambton’s first
European settlers, having
arrived from Scotland in 1804
to colonize the Baldoon Settlement.
The community was founded largely
on swampland, and malaria wiped
out many early inhabitants. Others
despaired over the poor farming
conditions and left. But John McDonald
stayed with his wife and young family to
try to make a go of it.
In 1829, trouble of a different sort
began. The McDonald women were
working in a barn when three poles
from the roof inexplicably fell to the
ground, narrowly missing them. They
ran away terrified.
Soon, unexplained noises were a
common occurrence. Lying in their
beds, the family would repeatedly hear
the sound of men marching to battle in
the kitchen. The baby’s cradle rocked
violently and couldn’t be stopped even
with the effort of three men.
Rocks and bullets frequently flew
through windows, as witnessed by
The Baldoon Mystery
By Cathy Dobson
The John Taylor McDonald homestead, which was located in
Sombra Township, near present day McDonald Park.
Photo courtesy, Lambton County Archives
numerous visitors to the house. The
family marked the rocks and threw
them in the river, only to have the same
rocks come back through the glass
In frustration, McDonald boarded up
the windows, but the rocks flew through
Fires would ignite without
explanation, sometimes as many as 12
at a time.
It became clear that someone or
something wanted the family to leave.
So they moved to a relative’s home
nearby. But the hauntings followed
As news of the strange events spread
people came to see for themselves.
Some gave eyewitness accounts that
survive to this day.
One of the most detailed accounts
was written by Neil McDonald, one
of John’s children, who lived through
it as a boy. He waited for his
father to die 30 years later, then
interviewed 26 witnesses and
wrote a book. Five people said
they witnessed the flying stones,
marked them, and saw them
return through the window
glistening with water.
The McDonalds tried
numerous times to stop the
activity. A local priest performed
an exorcism, which only made
matters worse. A St. Clair
Township head master named
Robert Barker, who dabbled
in the occult, volunteered
to investigate. But Barker
was convicted of pretending
to practice witchcraft and
sentenced to a year in jail. He
won on appeal and was released.
Then, in 1830, the incidents abruptly
As the story goes, they ended when
a desperate John McDonald contacted a
“reader” in Long Point who told him to
shoot a silver bullet at a black goose on
There was talk of an old woman, a
shapeshifter, with a grudge against the
family. McDonald did indeed find a black
goose on his farm and hit the bird’s wing
with a bullet. The following day he saw
an old woman who lived nearby and
noticed her arm was in a sling.
The haunting was over.
Those eerie events of 1829 and 1830
continue to fascinate researchers even
today even though the homestead is
longsince gone. Numerous books, plays,
scholarly papers and articles have been
written based on the eyewitness reports.
Recently, historians Rick Fehr and
Christopher Laursen studied the Baldoon
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during a special presentation hosted
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watch it on YouTube at https://www.
Fehr is originally from Wallaceburg
and has published research on the
folklore of Baldoon. Laursen has studied
poltergeists for 15 years and published
on how people have interpreted the
events at the McDonald farm.
The Baldoon Mystery has been called
Canada’s most famous ghost story,
Laursen said. It’s difficult to dismiss it
as fake because of the consistencies
“It’s such a rich story,” said Fehr,
adding that the shapeshifter theory
is not a surprise since witchcraft was
commonly blamed for many strange
activities in the 19th century.
Laursen and Fehr said their research
relied heavily on material from Lambton
County Archives in Wyoming.
Both have high praise for the amount
of historical information available to
the public at the archives, which is
located behind the Lambton County
administration headquarters at 787
Broadway Street. It’s open Wednesday
Details can be found at lambtonarchives.ca,
@LambtonCountyArchives on Facebook,
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or by calling 519-845-5426.
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Letting Go is Beautiful
Frosty mornings and fabulous shades
of colour on the trees and in the gardens,
combine so well with autumn mums
and asters to celebrate shorter days and
cooler nights—a most favourite time
of the year for many who spend much
time in the outdoors.
Fall has as much appeal to many
gardeners as the spring emerging from
winter. In southern Ontario, our fall is a
long transition most years as the angle of
the sun changes our weather to convince
most plants to prepare for winter. There
are always flashes of colour to be found
in the garden and landscape and not just
from our flowering plants. The iconic
Canadian Maple, burning bush and many
small perennials give great excitement
to this season. Winterberry, tall grasses,
and many evergreens’ colour become
the focus of the garden. When we pay
attention to these changes, we too can
be encouraged to savour this season and
not rush it to pass. Not always do we need
to go for a drive to enjoy the fall colours.
Check out your local parks and habitats
or add plant to your own garden, to bring
cheer to these shorter days.
The farmlands being harvested
and ploughed, the birds flocking and
migrating, and the aroma of wood smoke
in the air are all things to be celebrated
and thankful for. Gather with friends and
family—enjoy the company and great
outdoors together to build memories and
refresh your body and mind.
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Dustings of snow soon follow as the
leaves leave the trees and remind us
that it can be beautiful to let things go
As fall soon welcomes winter, so
should we. Take care of some of the
projects in the garden that summer’s
heat kept you from doing.
• Care for your lawn so it can rebuild
with cooler seasons with fertilizer or
• Finely mulch leaves so they do
not smother your grass and return
nutrients to the earth.
• Top up mulch in gardens to insulate
new plantings and freshen the look
of your home.
• Change out your seasonal flowers
for fresh greenery boughs and
berries to create a warm welcome
to your guests.
• Plant your seed garlic for next
• Add compost and manure to your
gardens to improve the soil fertility.
• Collect seeds from your favourite
summer annuals to sow next year.
• Create a habitat for the wild
creatures in your yard with an
area left ‘wild and untended’ with
branches and leaves.
• Remember our feathered friends by
leaving out seed heads and putting
• Clean up empty pots and trays and
return for recycle or reuse.
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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied
the same hospital room. One man was
allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour
each afternoon to help drain the fluid
from his lungs. His bed was next to the
room's only window. The other man
had to spend all his time flat on his back.
They talked for hours on end. They
spoke of their wives and families, their
homes and jobs, their involvement in the
military, and vacations they had taken.
Every afternoon, when the man in
the bed by the window could sit up,
he’d pass the time by describing to his
roommate all the things he could see
outside. The man in the other bed began
to live for those one hour periods where
his world would be enlivened by all the
activity and colour of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with
a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played
on the water while children sailed their
model boats. Young lovers walked arm in
arm amidst flowers of every colour and
a fine view of the city skyline could be
seen in the distance. As the man by the
window described all this in exquisite
detail, the man on the other side of the
room would close his eyes and imagine
this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the
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window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear
the band - he could see it in his mind's
eye as the gentleman by the window
portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed. One
morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the
lifeless body of the man by the window,
who had died peacefully in his sleep. She
called the hospital attendants to take the
Call Don at
body away. As soon as it felt appropriate,
the other man asked if he could be
moved next to the window. The nurse
was happy to make the switch.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself
up on one elbow to take his first look at
the world outside. He strained to slowly
turn to look out the window. It faced a
blank wall. The man asked the nurse
what could have compelled his deceased
roommate who had described such
wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was
blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to
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In Flander's Fields, where poppies blow,
Brave heroes rest from long ago.
In battles, amid the shot and shell,
Is where these gallant soldiers fell.
They gave their all, to right a wrong,
The road they trod, was just too long.
They didn't make it all the way,
Now in their graves, in France, they lay.
These were the sons of nations wide,
They came to help, reverse this tide.
The battles raged, by day and night,
Through winter storm and summer bright.
The dead and wounded, many fell.
Their buddies carried on, through hell.
Each day to day, from dawn to dawn,
The fighting lads, pressed on and on.
It wasn't easy, but time would come,
The enemy, eventually would succumb.
The wounded, dead and thousand more,
Gave life and limb, to win this war.
On foreign soil, so many rest,
They gave their all, they gave their best.
They shall be mourned forever more,
From the ghastly aftermath of war.
Lest we forget, remember well,
These all were heroes, men who fell.
Forever more and in November,
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Phobias… The fear of blood is called haemophobia
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The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished
a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his
electric saw quit, and his pickup refused to start.
While I drove him home, he sat in silence. On arriving, he invited me in to
meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a
small tree, touching tips of the branches with both hands.
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Once a Home
By Janet Fraser, Chatham
The hinges on the screen door
creaked as she slowly pushed it open
and stepped gingerly inside. The old
farmhouse had been abandoned for
years, evident by the broken windows,
junk strewn all over the floor and signs
of animal activity. Broken dishes and
homework, laughing and at times,
crying. Now there was only emptiness.
She took up her camera and started
taking pictures. Careful where she set
her feet, she photographed almost every
inch of the room then moved toward
the living room. Debris consisting of
shattered window panes crunched a three-legged chair, straw furniture
under her shoes.
Tracy stopped and looked around.
This had been the kitchen. Someone
cooked dinner on that white enamel
stove as the rest of the family sat at
that table discussing their day, doing
stuffing, broken picture frames, and
books covered the hardwood floor.
Taking more pictures, Tracy made her
way toward the staircase. With newels
missing and wooden steps warped
from water damage or missing, she
climbed the stairs using the
wall to balance as she did
not trust the railing. There
were three bedrooms and
a bathroom complete with
a broken mirror, a cracked
commode and an enamel
claw footed tub. Chrome
plated fixtures, peeling and
rusting contrasted against
the black and white floor
tiles, pink and blue wall tiles
and the water damaged,
The first bedroom
was small, wallpapered
with cowboys on horses
brandishing lassos and
six shooters. A twin sized,
brown metal bed frame
and spring were leaning
against a wall and a small
wooden school desk sat in
a corner. Tracy imagined
a young boy sitting at
the desk gluing a model
airplane together. Smiling
she raised the camera to
her eye and took more photographs. The
other two rooms were in similar disarray.
The larger room had flowery wallpaper
and remnants of a chest of drawers while
the end bedroom was once painted pink
but the plaster walls were crumbling.
A mother and father and their son
and daughter had lived here. Tracy could
almost hear them getting ready for
work, getting ready for school, getting
ready for bed. The din of a home. She
made her way back down the stairs and
out the back door.
The backyard was overgrown with
vegetation and vine covered trees. A
tire with a rope attached lay under an
old willow tree, weeds growing through
it like a flower planter. A bicycle with
bent wheels leaned against what was
probably a tool shed. Looking back at
the house, Tracy took more photos of
the sunken roof line and the chimney
with bricks missing. This house was not
long for this world.
Walking toward her car, Tracy pushed
the remote control to open her trunk.
She pulled the camera over her head
and carefully put in its case. Closing the
trunk, she took another look back at the
old house. The house that once was a
home. She opened the driver side door,
settled into her seat, turned the key in
the ignition and slowly drove off down
the gravel road into the setting sun.
Publisher’s Note: I’ve checked out and
photographed quite a few over the years
and your description brings me back to
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