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A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other! Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

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VULNERABLE PERSONS REGISTRY<br />

Do you know someone living with dementia?<br />

3 out of 5 people living<br />

with dementia will go<br />

missing at some point, a<br />

frightening experience,<br />

and a dangerous one.<br />

That’s why the Alzheimer<br />

Society of Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

is partnering with <strong>The</strong><br />

Sarnia Police Services and<br />

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opportunity for individuals living with dementia <strong>to</strong> be registered as someone<br />

at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with<br />

quick access <strong>to</strong> key information <strong>to</strong> assist in locating the individual and<br />

returning them home safely.<br />

Registration<br />

is easy!<br />

Christmas shopping is a great reason<br />

for daytripping all over the county <strong>to</strong> find<br />

the right gift. Many small shops offer<br />

desirable items never found in malls - a<br />

hand knit sweater, or an unusual bird<br />

feeder. Some farm equipment dealers<br />

carry tiny replicas of trac<strong>to</strong>rs. Who knows<br />

where a daytripper might pick up a<br />

mince pie <strong>to</strong> freeze until the family feast?<br />

It wasn’t always that way...<br />

Santa Claus, that overstuffed, pipe<br />

smoking fire hazard, got credit for the<br />

things we found under the Christmas tree<br />

years ago. But it was the rural mailmen<br />

who never were given more than a half<br />

hearted thank you for their diligence and<br />

concern who brought the bundles <strong>to</strong> the<br />

roadside mailbox. Since each mail route<br />

was awarded <strong>to</strong> the one who put in the<br />

lowest bid, the “winners” had a hard time<br />

eking out a living.<br />

Most of their Christmas deliveries<br />

came from the T. Ea<strong>to</strong>n Co. That was<br />

where you could find variety and special<br />

items not found in local s<strong>to</strong>res. A large<br />

number of mail orders were sent late,<br />

so that mountains of packages had <strong>to</strong><br />

be delivered the last few days before<br />

Christmas. <strong>The</strong> mailmen piled their<br />

ramshackle au<strong>to</strong>s full of parcels, along<br />

with the regular mail.<br />

One year my mother sent her mail<br />

order, calculating the goods would arrive<br />

Let’s all do our part <strong>to</strong> help individuals with<br />

dementia live safely in our community.<br />

Simply call Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

at 519 332 4444 <strong>to</strong> learn how.<br />

Move Over, Santa<br />

by H. H. Irwin, Ruthven • from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2005<br />

on the twenty second or twenty third -<br />

lots of time, she thought. She felt worse<br />

than we did on Christmas morning.<br />

“Santa Claus didn’t get here last night.”<br />

So what! We each had a s<strong>to</strong>cking<br />

crammed with an orange, peanuts, a<br />

handful of candy and some mitts just like<br />

Grandma knit for us. An early package of<br />

gifts from an aunt contained some books.<br />

What more could one want?<br />

“Why didn’t he come?” Perhaps he<br />

thought we had been bad that year.<br />

Perhaps he was right!<br />

“I think he got stuck in the snow,” said<br />

father.<br />

“Deer wouldn’t get stuck.” contributed<br />

small wise acres.<br />

“No, but a sleigh loaded up could.”<br />

That finished the conversation. We were<br />

<strong>to</strong>o busy shelling peanuts <strong>to</strong> bother.<br />

Another cold, snowy winter my father<br />

thought only a team and sleigh could be<br />

relied upon <strong>to</strong> get through the drifts <strong>to</strong><br />

our grandparents’ house. Sometimes the<br />

horses struggled through the giant heaps,<br />

sometimes they trotted with trace chains<br />

jingling. We children loved the ride.<br />

Grandma’s radio, crackling the noon<br />

broadcast, said the<br />

Toron<strong>to</strong> <strong>to</strong> Windsor train<br />

that had been stuck in<br />

drifts had been cleared in<br />

the early afternoon of Christmas Eve. Mail<br />

handlers stayed <strong>to</strong> dispatch the delayed<br />

mail <strong>to</strong> the county post offices, which,<br />

I have been <strong>to</strong>ld, were crammed <strong>to</strong> the<br />

doors. <strong>The</strong> small <strong>to</strong>wn offices stayed open<br />

<strong>to</strong> let residents claim their parcels. <strong>The</strong><br />

rural mailmen had shoveled and chugged<br />

around their routes <strong>to</strong> deliver any mail on<br />

hand. Christmas Eve darkened in<strong>to</strong> night.<br />

Christmas at Grandma’s was<br />

wonderful. As shadows began <strong>to</strong><br />

lengthen, father decided we had better<br />

go home. We piled on the sleigh, cuddly<br />

robes around us, along with the swag<br />

we had received from our grandparents.<br />

Lovingly hand made clothing, a short<br />

lived wind up <strong>to</strong>y each, and the inevitable<br />

books. It had been an exciting Christmas<br />

day for us.<br />

As we neared home, father said, “Look.<br />

Santa Claus couldn’t get in the lane so he<br />

left your gifts by the mailbox.”<br />

My sister (aged a knowing five) and I<br />

looked at each other. We knew the tracks<br />

in the snow near the mailbox could only<br />

have been made by the mailman’s car.<br />

We didn’t ask where the deer tracks were.<br />

More gifts! Ea<strong>to</strong>n’s policy was <strong>to</strong><br />

substitute equal or better items if<br />

something was sold out. <strong>The</strong> Ea<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Special dolls were gone so they sent us<br />

Ea<strong>to</strong>nia dolls, beauties with hair and<br />

shoes. A big teddy bear instead of the six<br />

inch one ordered. A wondrous <strong>to</strong>y each.<br />

And regular purchases <strong>to</strong>o, rubber boots<br />

for father and a supply of s<strong>to</strong>ckings for<br />

mother.<br />

Our mailman, a fellow with small<br />

children, said there were <strong>to</strong>o many kids<br />

being disappointed for him <strong>to</strong> stay home.<br />

It <strong>to</strong>ok him until dark <strong>to</strong> finish, and he had<br />

<strong>to</strong> go back three times. <strong>The</strong>re may have<br />

been a heater in his car, but in those days<br />

the best heater was weak. He shoveled<br />

snow, and bucked drifts but he made sure<br />

no kid on his route missed Christmas day.<br />

He wasn’t the only one. No one can<br />

name them now, no one particularly<br />

thanked them. Despite the economic<br />

depression, the T. Ea<strong>to</strong>n Co. did great<br />

business then, and a good deal of their<br />

success was due <strong>to</strong> the rural mailmen<br />

who made sure the mail went through.<br />

Mailmen, not Santa, made Christmas<br />

memorable.<br />

Publisher’s Note: It sounds <strong>to</strong> me like<br />

your mailman was Santa Claus!<br />

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Phobias… <strong>The</strong> fear of cats is called ailurophobia


We’re all getting older, we may as well laugh about it!<br />

Sunday Drives<br />

It’s strange how we can manage <strong>to</strong><br />

forget thousands of details and events<br />

that were once an important part of our<br />

lives, but then remember the oddest<br />

things very clearly. And this can happen <strong>to</strong><br />

people of almost any age - you don’t need<br />

<strong>to</strong> be elderly for this <strong>to</strong> happen, though it<br />

certainly does help.<br />

I vividly remember being on a Sunday<br />

drive with my family as a child and seeing<br />

a large bird, probably a hawk, takeoff from<br />

a tree, and the large, dead branch it had<br />

been perched on falling simultaneously<br />

<strong>to</strong> the ground. It was really cool because<br />

it appeared <strong>to</strong> my childish eyes that the<br />

bird had ripped that branch right off of the<br />

tree. It’s much more likely that the branch<br />

just gave out and the bird had no choice<br />

but <strong>to</strong> fly away and I was simply looking in<br />

the right place at the right time. I doubt I<br />

was more than eight years old at the time.<br />

I don’t remember anything else from<br />

that day or any Sunday drives for that<br />

matter, though I think we went on lots of<br />

them. At least I don’t remember anything<br />

about being in the car. Being the youngest<br />

and smallest it’s safe <strong>to</strong> assume that I was<br />

safely tucked away in the back window<br />

ledge. My parents had nine kids, not a lot<br />

of money, and used cars that were usually<br />

slightly smaller than the Titanic. Not that<br />

I remember the cars either, though one of<br />

them had really large back fenders. I just<br />

know we had a lot of seats <strong>to</strong> be filled.<br />

My dad was James Moran (Jimmy) and<br />

he was reeve of Sombra Township for a<br />

number of years and warden of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

County in 1973. I was born in 1965 and<br />

I’m guessing that some of these excursions<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok us kids <strong>to</strong> functions throughout the<br />

county that he wanted <strong>to</strong> attend. So my<br />

love of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n started early in life.<br />

It’s the Sunday drives that I wanted<br />

<strong>to</strong> talk about though, and it turns out<br />

that they can take place on any day of<br />

the week, especially if you’re retired.<br />

Later in life, when I was 16, I moved <strong>to</strong><br />

the Wyoming/Petrolia area, made a lot<br />

of new friends, bought crappy cars and<br />

thoroughly explored the back roads of the<br />

county. One friend in particular is Steve<br />

Lox<strong>to</strong>n, who has since become one of<br />

the most informed local his<strong>to</strong>rians. I was<br />

always content <strong>to</strong> just drive and look at<br />

scenery and take pictures of abandoned<br />

houses but even at an early age Steve was<br />

a walking encyclopedia of local his<strong>to</strong>ry.<br />

He’s never forgotten anything he’s read,<br />

or so it seems.<br />

He would have us driving and hiking in<br />

search of abandoned railway beds, always<br />

looking at the fence lines and patterns<br />

of where the forests were cut, indicating<br />

where steel rails once<br />

connected<br />

by Mark Moran, Publisher<br />

<strong>to</strong>wns from the past and the present. He<br />

would drag me along on canoe trips <strong>to</strong> get<br />

the optimal view of bridge abutments of<br />

roads and rails that were no longer used…<br />

I had no clue what a bridge abutment<br />

even was but didn’t tell him that. I didn’t<br />

mind getting the his<strong>to</strong>ry and geography<br />

lessons… it was always interesting<br />

(because he never s<strong>to</strong>pped talking). Barely<br />

marked cemeteries, vanished villages,<br />

general s<strong>to</strong>res, little known waterfalls,<br />

one-room schoolhouses, river cuts,<br />

mills, watersheds, abandoned oil wells,<br />

foundries and fac<strong>to</strong>ries… there are a lot<br />

of his<strong>to</strong>ric places in our own big backyard.<br />

Some are right in front of us, some are<br />

grown over and others you’d have <strong>to</strong> dig<br />

<strong>to</strong> locate. I was lucky enough <strong>to</strong> have a<br />

narra<strong>to</strong>r for these trips, and there were<br />

hundreds of trips. <strong>The</strong>re still are for that<br />

matter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> point of this article is <strong>to</strong> suggest<br />

that you get out and explore them for<br />

yourselves. Fall is the perfect time, with<br />

fewer bugs and the leaves changing colour.<br />

I caught up with Steve the other day and<br />

asked what his three favourite roads are<br />

in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County. <strong>The</strong> St. Clair Parkway<br />

didn’t count because it’s just <strong>to</strong>o obvious<br />

but his other picks surprised me.<br />

Ridge Road that runs east-west below<br />

<strong>The</strong>dford was one of them. East River<br />

Road that hugs the Sydenham from<br />

Wallaceburg north for quite a ways<br />

north was another, though most of it is<br />

in Chatham-Kent. Steve’s third choice<br />

was River Road south of Grand Bend.<br />

When you’re heading north on Highway<br />

21 just past Port Franks, you go over the<br />

Ausable River, but that’s a man-made cut<br />

that was built <strong>to</strong> drain the <strong>The</strong>dford bog.<br />

I only know this because Steve <strong>to</strong>ld me at<br />

least 100 times. <strong>The</strong> road that followed<br />

the river’s previous path still exists and<br />

the easiest way <strong>to</strong> find it would be <strong>to</strong> take<br />

Greenway Road at the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Heritage<br />

Museum for about three kms. and it will<br />

be on your right.<br />

One of my own favourites is Aughrim<br />

Line north of Shetland where you’ll pass<br />

by St. Johns-in-the-Woods Church. Feel<br />

free <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p in… it will be open and you<br />

can even sit down and play the Clavinova<br />

if you like.<br />

All the area north-east of the Oil<br />

Museum in Oil Springs is another group<br />

of roads that I’ll never get tired of, with<br />

the pump jacks still pulling oil from the<br />

ground and numerous metal sculptures<br />

that Murray Watson created detailing the<br />

his<strong>to</strong>ry of the area. If I can only pick three<br />

and the portion of Old Lakeshore Road in<br />

Brights Grove is <strong>to</strong>o short <strong>to</strong> count, I’d pick<br />

Egremont Road which winds its way from<br />

Old Lakeshore through Camlachie and off<br />

<strong>to</strong> Warwick.<br />

If you need an excuse<br />

<strong>to</strong> go, you can s<strong>to</strong>p in at a<br />

farm market, restaurant,<br />

brewery, trail or whatever<br />

else suits your mood. Take<br />

a few pho<strong>to</strong>s while you’re<br />

at it, and we’d love <strong>to</strong> see<br />

them.<br />

Thanks for reading.<br />

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As cooler weather returns, my<br />

thoughts also return <strong>to</strong> cold weather<br />

memories of my childhood. One such<br />

memory is of coming home from<br />

school, climbing the veranda stairs of the<br />

whitewashed, clapboard house where I<br />

grew up and seeing steamed up kitchen<br />

windows. This sight was evidence of the<br />

welcoming warmth within.<br />

My Mom would be there in the<br />

kitchen. Pots on the s<strong>to</strong>ve and a meat<br />

dish in the oven meant that she had<br />

started supper. Maybe there would be<br />

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a fresh baked pie, or two, or<br />

cookies, cooling on a rack on<br />

the counter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> kitchen’s cast iron<br />

radia<strong>to</strong>r was also where fingers<br />

and <strong>to</strong>es were thawed after my<br />

siblings and I had been outside<br />

playing on a cold, winter day. I<br />

can still remember the stinging<br />

pain that appeared as warmth<br />

returned <strong>to</strong> them.<br />

Once the chilly weather<br />

arrives, I still look forward <strong>to</strong><br />

that welcoming warmth that<br />

greets me when I arrive home<br />

and walk through the door.<br />

I also look forward <strong>to</strong> the many<br />

changes and events that occur with the<br />

cooler weather and the new seasons of<br />

fall then winter.<br />

Halloween always brings a smile <strong>to</strong><br />

my face as it evokes the same feelings<br />

I had as a child and produces an<br />

atmosphere of mystery, excitement and<br />

spookiness. Halloween is actually one of<br />

my favourite, fun times of the year!<br />

High on my list of things I will welcome<br />

with the drop in temperatures are all<br />

the heartier foods and baked dishes<br />

that appear on the menu, especially at<br />

Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Turkey<br />

and stuffing, ham, mashed pota<strong>to</strong>es and<br />

gravy as well as all the local vegetables<br />

like squash, carrots and turnip, <strong>to</strong> name<br />

just a few.<br />

<strong>The</strong> lights and decorations of<br />

Christmas were always awe inspiring<br />

as a child. As an adult I must admit<br />

my Christmas tree and decorations<br />

come out in November. <strong>The</strong>y light<br />

up my world, and my apartment, on<br />

the shorter, darker days of winter. So,<br />

instead of putting them away after the<br />

holiday season has passed, I remove<br />

all Christmas themed items and my<br />

tree becomes a winter one. It usually<br />

remains up until about St. Patrick’s<br />

Day, possibly a bit longer, or shorter,<br />

depending on when winter decides <strong>to</strong><br />

depart. Or when I think it’s time for<br />

spring <strong>to</strong> start!<br />

<strong>The</strong> icy cold conditions of winter<br />

also mean bundling up for a refreshing,<br />

invigorating walk, even if just <strong>to</strong> run<br />

errands. However, as a kid, running an<br />

errand usually meant it was my turn<br />

<strong>to</strong> walk <strong>to</strong> the s<strong>to</strong>re for milk. But, back<br />

then, this chore was akin <strong>to</strong> some type<br />

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of punishment so I trudged along as<br />

woe was me!<br />

Putting pajamas on and getting<br />

under the blankets signaled bedtime in<br />

my younger years. Wool blankets were<br />

even sent over from relatives in the<br />

Netherlands <strong>to</strong> help keep us warm. I am<br />

sure letters and pictures home <strong>to</strong>ld of the<br />

Canadian winter weather conditions. As<br />

an adult though, putting jammies on<br />

and curling up under a blanket is a cue<br />

<strong>to</strong> relax and read, journal or watch a<br />

favourite program or movie.<br />

And how could I forget a good, hot<br />

cup of coffee as a cold weather comfort!<br />

Although as a child, coffee was not<br />

allowed. Apparently, it would turn my<br />

hair green! Instead there were special<br />

times on a Sunday afternoon when a<br />

cup of tea, with sugar and lots of milk,<br />

was served up in a beautiful teacup <strong>to</strong><br />

my siblings and me.<br />

So as the days grow shorter and the<br />

warmth fades, memories of cold weather<br />

experiences invade my thoughts,<br />

especially one memory in particular<br />

from when I was a kid, coming home<br />

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A familiar aroma drifts across time and<br />

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What memories come <strong>to</strong> mind when you<br />

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not cooking dinner herself, she treated us <strong>to</strong><br />

some down home southern catfish at a local<br />

restaurant that was her family’s favourite<br />

place <strong>to</strong> eat. When I think of Lena I think<br />

of comfort and warmth.<br />

I began <strong>to</strong> think about my own favourite<br />

meals from when I was a child. One that<br />

comes <strong>to</strong> mind is Hot Pot. My mother would<br />

prepare this dish every Monday, with the<br />

lef<strong>to</strong>vers from Sunday’s roast beef. Before<br />

supper the family would sit at the table while<br />

Mom finished getting the meal ready. We<br />

would talk about our day and my dad would<br />

have a beer (a bottle of Molson Golden). He<br />

would let me pour the amber liquid in<strong>to</strong> his<br />

mug, making me feel so grown up.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were many comfort food meals that<br />

my mother would prepare but my all-time<br />

favourite was her chili con carne. <strong>The</strong> best<br />

chili ever! She made it at least once a week<br />

and there was always a bottle of crushed<br />

chilies on the table for my brother and me<br />

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it with hot buttered <strong>to</strong>ast and sometimes<br />

with boiled new pota<strong>to</strong>es. Either way it was<br />

wonderful. I have never tried <strong>to</strong> recreate her<br />

recipe for chili but thoughts of it make me<br />

wonder if I should add kidney beans and<br />

crushed chilies <strong>to</strong> my shopping cart on my<br />

next trip <strong>to</strong> the grocery s<strong>to</strong>re.<br />

Whatever the reason, the need for comfort<br />

food stems from our desire <strong>to</strong> return <strong>to</strong><br />

simpler times. Memories are made early<br />

in our lives and are cherished as we grow<br />

<strong>to</strong> adulthood and almost always carried on<br />

with our own families even as we make new<br />

memories and traditions.<br />

One of the best descriptions I have heard<br />

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Canada Company who sought <strong>to</strong> clear<br />

and develop it for agriculture. However,<br />

the dunes were not suitable for cropgrowing<br />

so, in the 1930’s, the County<br />

of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n purchased the property <strong>to</strong><br />

preserve it as a natural area. Initially,<br />

several varieties of pine and spruce<br />

were planted in the open areas but were<br />

later removed when it was determined<br />

that these open areas were actually oak<br />

savanna or pine barrens. In 1984, the<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County Heritage Forest and<br />

surrounding forest was designated as an<br />

Area of Natural and Scientific Interest<br />

(ANSI) named the Port Franks Wetlands<br />

and Forested Dunes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> LCHF lies within the Carolinian<br />

Life Zone, commonly referred <strong>to</strong> as<br />

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Zone experiences warmer average<br />

temperatures, milder winters and the<br />

longest frost-free season. It supports<br />

an incredibly diverse array of flora and<br />

fauna, many of which are species at<br />

risk (SAR). <strong>The</strong> landscape in the LCHF<br />

includes low-lying marshy areas, open<br />

woodland and a high ridge of forested<br />

dune. Vegetation ranges from swamp<br />

oaks <strong>to</strong> oak-pine forest <strong>to</strong> savanna and<br />

pine barrens due <strong>to</strong> elevation changes<br />

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of all forms of life. It is a meditative<br />

place with benches, native plantings<br />

and carvings of the Seven Grandfathers.<br />

Three separate but connected trails<br />

are available in the LCHF. <strong>The</strong> Tulip Trail<br />

is a 3.1 km loop that starts at the trailhead<br />

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centre. It is moderately difficult with<br />

some steeper slopes and valleys.<br />

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High Ridge Trail (2.8 km) Difficult<br />

difficult loop that adds<br />

Tulip Trail (3.1 km) Moderate<br />

2.1 km <strong>to</strong> your trek. For<br />

Savannah Trail<br />

the adventurous, the (2.1 km)<br />

High Ridge Trail (2.8 km), Moderate<br />

which can be accessed<br />

from the Savannah Trail<br />

or Tulip Trail loop, follows<br />

the ridge of an extensive<br />

forested dune. It includes<br />

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declines, and is narrow<br />

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with maps at trail forks and several<br />

resting or lookout spots. As horseback<br />

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Heritage Forest, it’s important <strong>to</strong><br />

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In addition <strong>to</strong> the forest trails, a 550 m<br />

long wheelchair accessible path through<br />

a ‘tree tunnel’ is available behind<br />

the community centre. A children’s<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Heritage Forest Trails<br />

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they offer plenty of options for exercise<br />

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As I’m writing this message, we’re in the midst of mourning the<br />

loss of Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the people of<br />

Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, I was proud <strong>to</strong> sign the book of condolences<br />

at Queen’s Park, offering my heartfelt thoughts <strong>to</strong> the Royal<br />

Family on their great loss.<br />

Most Canadians have never known another Canadian<br />

monarch in our lifetimes, so the Queen’s passing has hit many<br />

of us especially hard. To me, the Queen always represented<br />

strength, stability and a sense of decorum that defined a<br />

different era. With the Queen’s passing, our generation has<br />

lost an important piece of our heritage and identity, but our<br />

memories of Her Majesty will remain strong. God save the<br />

Queen’s son and successor, King Charles III.<br />

In other news, it was a very busy summer at Queen’s Park. <strong>The</strong><br />

government passed a wide range of legislation following the<br />

election, the most important being the provincial budget.<br />

Going forward, the government also continues working hard <strong>to</strong><br />

make Ontario’s public health care system the best it can be,<br />

build more long-term care beds, and address the needs of<br />

Ontarians 55+.<br />

Best wishes <strong>to</strong> all <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>’s readers for a fabulous fall<br />

season. All the best <strong>to</strong> you and your family!<br />

Attending a Garden Party in<br />

Sarnia’s Germain Park in<br />

celebration of the late Queen<br />

Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event was a stirring<br />

celebration and a great tribute <strong>to</strong><br />

the Commonwealth’s longest<br />

serving monarch.<br />

After meeting with the firefighters<br />

at the East Street Fire Hall, I<br />

finally got a chance <strong>to</strong> check off<br />

“sliding down a fire pole” from<br />

my bucket list.<br />

Farmers are the lifeblood of<br />

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enjoy the fruits of their<br />

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She may have used it <strong>to</strong> hold some wildflowers that she’d found.<br />

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Imagine all the little tears that were wiped with just that cloth.<br />

Or it became a potholder <strong>to</strong> serve some chicken broth.<br />

She probably carried kindling <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ke the kitchen fire.<br />

To hold a load of laundry, or <strong>to</strong> wipe the clothesline wire.<br />

When canning all her vegetables, it was used <strong>to</strong> wipe her brow.<br />

You never know, she might have used it <strong>to</strong> shoo flies from the cow.<br />

She might have carried eggs in from the chicken coop outside.<br />

Whatever chore she used it for, she did them all with pride.<br />

When Grandma went <strong>to</strong> heaven, God said she now could rest.<br />

I’m sure the apron that she chose, was her Sunday best.<br />

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It is part of the wedding vows if I<br />

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part.’ It is a vow often kept, even in this<br />

day and age. As I travel along this road<br />

of life, I often see it played out from<br />

time <strong>to</strong> time. It always seems <strong>to</strong> me<br />

that men seldom express the love they<br />

feel for their wives openly, almost as if<br />

expressing it shows a sign of weakness.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are of course exceptions <strong>to</strong> the<br />

rule and one day I encountered one<br />

of these exceptions in a gentleman I<br />

worked with at a plant where I worked.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se were his words, or at least the<br />

ones I remembered most.<br />

“We came over <strong>to</strong> this country from<br />

Malta many years ago, me, my two sons,<br />

and my wife. I love this country and<br />

my kids, but mostly I love my beautiful<br />

wife! I couldn’t live without my wife.<br />

Well, maybe sometime, heaven forbid,<br />

if something <strong>to</strong>ok her from this earth I<br />

would have <strong>to</strong>!”<br />

I remember thinking at the time,<br />

I love my beautiful wife also, but I<br />

would seldom say those words aloud,<br />

especially <strong>to</strong> a stranger! Still those words<br />

coming from him that day didn’t seem<br />

out of place. Instead they sounded most<br />

sincere and his face seemed <strong>to</strong> show his<br />

love for his wife and family.<br />

So, we come <strong>to</strong> what prompted me<br />

<strong>to</strong> write this short s<strong>to</strong>ry. Some time<br />

Ties that Bind<br />

ago, I became quite ill. I wound up in<br />

the hospital for about a month and was<br />

slow <strong>to</strong> recover. When I eventually did,<br />

I ended up taking four different kinds<br />

of pills, some of these twice a day. My<br />

mind wanders quite a bit. My wife<br />

always says I’m always thinking about<br />

everything but what’s important, and<br />

for this reason I was forever forgetting<br />

<strong>to</strong> take my medication. I guess my wife<br />

still loves me because she solved this<br />

problem by always placing a glass of<br />

water beside my plate at every meal<br />

and making sure I drank it while taking<br />

my pills...which is about the only time I<br />

drink water.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n one day, about a year ago, I<br />

walked down <strong>to</strong> the community mail<br />

box <strong>to</strong> pick up our mail. I don’t mind<br />

the short walk down <strong>to</strong> the mailbox, it’s<br />

one of the few exercises I do anymore.<br />

Oft times I meet someone walking their<br />

dog and s<strong>to</strong>p <strong>to</strong> chat. This particular day,<br />

when I reached the mailbox, a young<br />

lady in her late teens or early twenties<br />

had just picked up her mail as I reached<br />

there. She was about the same age as a<br />

couple of our granddaughters. I expected<br />

her <strong>to</strong> walk away without speaking but<br />

By C. W. Tiffin, Chatham<br />

From Daytripping<br />

May-June 2016<br />

instead, she turned and looked <strong>to</strong>wards<br />

me as she said, “You look <strong>to</strong> be about<br />

the same age as my father.” I happened<br />

<strong>to</strong> notice a few tears sliding down the<br />

cheeks of her face as she spoke. “My<br />

mother passed away a few weeks ago.<br />

My father <strong>to</strong>ok it really hard. We both did<br />

for that matter but I feel so sorry for him,<br />

he misses her so. He is supposed <strong>to</strong> take<br />

pills for his heart, he had a heart attack a<br />

few years ago and he is so despondent.<br />

He has just s<strong>to</strong>pped taking the pills for<br />

his heart! I don’t think he wants <strong>to</strong> live<br />

anymore.” As she said those last few<br />

words, the flow of tears increased. I felt<br />

so bad for her and remembered my old<br />

friend from years before speaking about<br />

his wife when he said, “I couldn’t live<br />

without her.”<br />

For a moment I s<strong>to</strong>od there, feeling<br />

sorry for her dad, her mother and<br />

mostly for her. One of our sons had<br />

passed away about a year earlier and I<br />

knew the pain she was experiencing. I<br />

felt I had <strong>to</strong> say something <strong>to</strong> her.<br />

“I can understand how your father<br />

must miss your mother and how he<br />

feels he no longer wants <strong>to</strong> go on living,<br />

but you must tell him how much you<br />

miss her also and how much you really<br />

need him now in your life more than<br />

ever before. I probably would forget <strong>to</strong><br />

take my own pills before each meal but<br />

my wife sets out a glass of water each<br />

mealtime and watches <strong>to</strong> see I take my<br />

pills. Tell your father you are going <strong>to</strong> do<br />

the same for him and if he has any love<br />

for you, he will take his pills!”<br />

For a moment she brushed away the<br />

tears and a smile began <strong>to</strong> appear. “I will<br />

try that!” she said as she turned <strong>to</strong> leave.<br />

“I really will!” she said as she hurried<br />

away.<br />

I never saw her again, nor did I know<br />

her name, I only hoped things worked<br />

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for granted <strong>to</strong>day, this merely turning<br />

on a tap for hot water. In those days,<br />

hot water was a <strong>to</strong>tally different<br />

commodity. For daily hot water, my<br />

immigrant parents filled a kettle and<br />

heated enough water <strong>to</strong> make tea or <strong>to</strong><br />

wash dishes. Other than those two uses,<br />

there was no further call for hot water,<br />

at least on a daily basis.<br />

Once a week on Mondays, my<br />

mother, rest her weary soul, did the<br />

laundry. Once a week we had a bath.<br />

Yes, once a week on Saturday night. My<br />

mother gave me the onerous task of<br />

lighting the gas jet next <strong>to</strong> the<br />

coal furnace <strong>to</strong> heat the bath<br />

water in the coiled pipe.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was instruction<br />

about the procedure but<br />

of the most perfunc<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

nature. <strong>The</strong> thing she<br />

kept driving in<strong>to</strong> me,<br />

however, was that if I<br />

did not get the gas lit<br />

shortly after turning<br />

it on, disaster could<br />

happen. <strong>The</strong> gas could<br />

seep out in<strong>to</strong> the room and<br />

when finally a match caught, or some<br />

here<strong>to</strong>fore hidden spark ignited the<br />

gas, the ensuing explosion would bring<br />

down the house and kill us all. A bit of a<br />

burden for a ten year old!<br />

I should explain that the water was<br />

heated in a metal cylinder in which sat a<br />

coil of pipe connected <strong>to</strong> a large, round<br />

tank. In the bot<strong>to</strong>m of the cylinder,<br />

seemingly out of reach <strong>to</strong> a small boy<br />

(even if he was the eldest) was the gas<br />

jet. When one opened a small door at the<br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m of the cylinder it gave one just<br />

enough room <strong>to</strong> snake in<strong>to</strong> the cramped<br />

interior a small, quivering hand holding<br />

a lit match. It was awkward and scary<br />

<strong>to</strong> reach in knowing that with a sudden<br />

“whoosh” the gas would light and<br />

maybe singe your hand but at least not<br />

explode and set the house afire. Many a<br />

time I grazed my knuckles on the edges<br />

By Glynn A. Leyshon, London<br />

from Daytripping July-Aug. 2010<br />

of that narrow little slot attempting <strong>to</strong><br />

jerk my hand <strong>to</strong> safety after the gas<br />

caught. As the oldest of four it became<br />

my responsibility <strong>to</strong> heat the water for<br />

our once-weekly bath. Many times I<br />

failed <strong>to</strong> light the damn thing on my<br />

first, tentative attempt, usually because<br />

I did not reach in far enough and the<br />

match burned down until it singed the<br />

end of my fingers without igniting the<br />

gas. At this juncture I had <strong>to</strong> withdraw<br />

my hand, turn off the hissing doom<br />

before it became enough <strong>to</strong> blow up the<br />

house, wait until the invisible, gaseous<br />

cloud had dissipated sufficiently and<br />

try again. Sometimes I rolled a bit of<br />

newspaper in<strong>to</strong> a <strong>to</strong>rch and shoved it<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the opening. This wasn’t much<br />

better as I was nervous and the opening<br />

was far <strong>to</strong>o small. In my anxiety<br />

I would jam the paper<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the cramped<br />

space and put<br />

out the flame, or<br />

the paper would<br />

burn <strong>to</strong>o quickly<br />

and I would fail <strong>to</strong><br />

get it through the<br />

opening before its<br />

flame died. When<br />

this happened I, once<br />

again, had <strong>to</strong> shut off the gas<br />

and repeat the steps. I never did master<br />

the process. Oh, it was wearisome being<br />

the oldest - except for what came next.<br />

When it became evident there was<br />

enough hot water in the tank (which<br />

was easy <strong>to</strong> do - I just felt the side of<br />

the tank), I ran the water in<strong>to</strong> the tub<br />

upstairs. As eldest, I had first crack at<br />

this pristine luxury and wallowed in<br />

it, ignoring the clamor set up by my<br />

brothers waiting their turn outside in the<br />

hall whining that they did not want cold<br />

water when their turn came. I merely<br />

shouted at them <strong>to</strong> go down and light<br />

the gas if they were concerned about<br />

the temperature. Having witnessed my<br />

terrified antics trying <strong>to</strong> carry out this<br />

chore they quieted down.<br />

What was a bit of tepid, gray bath<br />

water <strong>to</strong> an explosion and fire!<br />

P A G E<br />

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Phobias… <strong>The</strong> fear of dogs is called cynophobia


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Wins<strong>to</strong>n Churchill<br />

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist<br />

sees the opportunity in every difficulty.<br />

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a<br />

single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.<br />

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him<br />

last.<br />

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change<br />

the subject.<br />

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the<br />

same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention <strong>to</strong> an<br />

unhealthy state of things.<br />

Courage is what it takes <strong>to</strong> stand up and speak; courage is also<br />

what it takes <strong>to</strong> sit down and listen.<br />

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a<br />

chance <strong>to</strong> get its pants on.<br />

If you're going through hell, keep going.<br />

His<strong>to</strong>ry will be kind <strong>to</strong> me for I intend <strong>to</strong> write it.<br />

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Phobias… <strong>The</strong> fear of spiders is called arachnophobia


Putting the “old” back in “Damn, you’re old!”<br />

Butter Wrapper<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Creamery, Petrolia, circa 1940<br />

While international and domestic<br />

dynamics of trade thinned out the<br />

ranks in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n’s cheesemaking<br />

industry, commercial milk<br />

processing began its ascendancy.<br />

Undoubtedly putting <strong>to</strong> rest the<br />

anxieties of local dairy farmers, this<br />

business trend sprang from a set<br />

of interrelated fac<strong>to</strong>rs. Around the<br />

turn of the nineteenth century, the<br />

interplay between an increasing<br />

standard of living and widening<br />

knowledge about the dietary and<br />

health needs of both children and<br />

adults fostered rising demand,<br />

particularly in urban centres, for<br />

the efficient and sanitary delivery<br />

of milk. Each producing milk from<br />

their own cows and each directly<br />

hauling the same <strong>to</strong> cus<strong>to</strong>mers,<br />

dairy farmers were simply not<br />

capable of individually responding<br />

<strong>to</strong> the task. Unwilling <strong>to</strong> ignore the<br />

possibilities of a changing world,<br />

they instead pooled their resources<br />

<strong>to</strong> form corporate dairies and<br />

creameries. (Technically speaking,<br />

a creamery was defined at the<br />

turn of the century as a fac<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

where butter was manufactured.<br />

However, since many also dealt in fluid milk, creameries often operated as dairies<br />

in the conventional sense.)<br />

Established in 1902, the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Creamery Company was one of the county’s<br />

first corporate dairies. It operated in a local industry that at various times included<br />

milk plants in Alvins<strong>to</strong>n, Watford, Forest, Ravenswood, Oil Springs, Wyoming,<br />

Brigden, and Sarnia. Besides butter and bottled milk and cream, the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Creamery sold eggs, cheese, ice cream, and, on a limited scale, garden produce.<br />

<strong>The</strong> company also rented cold s<strong>to</strong>rage space <strong>to</strong> the general public. In 1943, in what<br />

was likely a measure <strong>to</strong> strengthen itself against the threat posed by the aggressive<br />

giant of Ontario’s dairy industry, Silverwood’s of London, the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Creamery<br />

expanded <strong>to</strong> Wallaceburg and changed its name <strong>to</strong> Lamb<strong>to</strong>n-Kent Creameries. <strong>The</strong><br />

move initially gave the company some room<br />

<strong>to</strong> breathe. However, over time, Silverwood’s<br />

proved <strong>to</strong> be <strong>to</strong>o strong. Amid stiff competition,<br />

the Petrolia enterprise closed in the early<br />

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We are dedicated <strong>to</strong><br />

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with the same friendly faces and aromas of<br />

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ordering out, we’ve made your food with the<br />

same quality & care we would make for our own<br />

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<strong>The</strong> five paintings reflecting Petrolia’s past and future are the work of Francis Martin,<br />

who has created murals in Watford, Strathroy and numerous other <strong>to</strong>wns. <strong>The</strong> paintings<br />

have been pho<strong>to</strong>graphed for the mural, have been donated <strong>to</strong> the Petrolia Heritage<br />

Committee and will be displayed in public buildings in the <strong>to</strong>wn. <strong>The</strong> mural itself is made<br />

of two 5’ x 10’ aluminum sheets.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se five paintings can be viewed in Petrolia’s public buildings.<br />

HISTORY<br />

Petrolia was born in a fevered frenzy for oil in the 1860s.<br />

Petrolia’s boom proved <strong>to</strong> be unlike the earlier one in nearby Oil Springs. In Petrolia, the prolific King Wells kickstarted the<br />

oil rush in 1866. This led <strong>to</strong> rail and more oil discoveries. By 1884, Imperial Oil established its headquarters, refinery and barrel<br />

plant in <strong>to</strong>wn, sprawling over 50 acres. <strong>The</strong> boom stretched for more than three decades, making Petrolia the oil capital of<br />

Canada. And it was not just the vast quantities of oil, it was the ingenious technology the men developed and the expertise<br />

they <strong>to</strong>ok <strong>to</strong> open oil wells in 86 countries between 1873 and 1945. Petrolia produced large amounts of chemicals, boilers, stills,<br />

brass goods, and hand-forged driller <strong>to</strong>ols that were shipped <strong>to</strong> all corners of the globe as coal was eclipsed by oil.<br />

GRACE<br />

Petrolia’s grand homes and buildings provide a visual his<strong>to</strong>ry of immense wealth, the <strong>to</strong>wns early settlers and entrepreneurs<br />

also created legacies for the generations that followed. In 1911 Charlotte and Jake Englehart endowed their beloved home,<br />

Glenview so the community would have a hospital. Since its inception, Charlotte’s House, as it is affectionately known by<br />

many locals, has remained a highly regarded and loved facility in the community and ensured the wellness of our ances<strong>to</strong>rs and<br />

descendants.<br />

PRIDE<br />

Oil! That is what created the Best Town on Earth. His<strong>to</strong>ric wealth is still evident in the homes, buildings, and parks. And<br />

yes…you can smell the oil. But our Heritage is much more than the black gold that continues <strong>to</strong> be drawn from creaking wells<br />

located just a short stroll from our thriving down<strong>to</strong>wn. Oil may have enticed folks here, but Petrolia was created, nurtured, and<br />

sustained by hardworking visionaries, shopkeepers, builders, drillers, labourers, and leaders. Our residents have been and<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> be our greatest resource contributing an abundance of architecture, theatre, industry, education, healthcare, and<br />

social institutions.<br />

PERSEVERANCE<br />

Completed in 1889 at the height of Petrolia’s oil boom, Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Hall reflects a time when Petrolia was among the wealthiest<br />

<strong>to</strong>wns in Canada. Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Hall has long been the social and political centre of the <strong>to</strong>wn's life.<br />

In its centennial year Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Hall experienced a catastrophic fire. In 1992, the renewed interior and res<strong>to</strong>red exterior<br />

architecture of this magnificent landmark was celebrated.<br />

From it's days as an Opera House hosting grand balls and famous artists <strong>to</strong> <strong>to</strong>days professional theatre and continued service<br />

as Petrolia’s municipal office Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Hall represents a time when Petrolia was the oil capital of Canada.<br />

FUTURE<br />

As Petrolia grows, our his<strong>to</strong>ry remains part of the cultural landscape in our buildings, oil fields and institutions. Our residents<br />

and visi<strong>to</strong>rs continue creating new legacies and our past lives comfortably with the future.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> Petrolia. You’ll be Surprised!<br />

in Southwestern Ontario<br />

<strong>The</strong> five paintings are by Francis Martin. This project is in memory of Barbara Perrin, artist.<br />

No, that’s not Barbara Perrin<br />

portrayed in the above mural. That<br />

would be Charlotte Eleanor Englehart.<br />

She bequeathed her home <strong>to</strong> the <strong>to</strong>wn<br />

of Petrolia as a hospital, which it is <strong>to</strong><br />

this day. That painting is one of five that<br />

Daytripping Magazine commissioned<br />

local artist Francis Martin <strong>to</strong> create<br />

as the basis of a mural that will find<br />

a home on the side of Heidi’s Your<br />

Independent Grocer in Petrolia’s<br />

Francis Martin<br />

his<strong>to</strong>ric down<strong>to</strong>wn. Daytripping, as you<br />

probably know, promotes unique shops<br />

and s<strong>to</strong>ps throughout Southwestern<br />

Ontario and is something of a “parent”<br />

<strong>to</strong> this publication. Many of the articles<br />

in <strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong> originated were<br />

originally published in Daytripping over<br />

the past 27 years.<br />

Barbara Perrin was very well known<br />

as an artist that sought <strong>to</strong> preserve<br />

the rural elements of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County<br />

through her sketches and paintings.<br />

Barns, windmills, one-room<br />

schoolhouses, fence posts—these<br />

were some of the everyday images<br />

that she imagined would be gone from<br />

the local landscape in time, and she<br />

aimed <strong>to</strong> capture them before they<br />

disappeared. Barbara was also well<br />

known <strong>to</strong> Daytripping readers, having<br />

been on many covers including our<br />

very first, and the “Boots” logo that’s<br />

become our trademark is her work. She<br />

had a studio called Perrin Art Cellar<br />

for many years near Shetland and<br />

eventually moved her home and studio<br />

<strong>to</strong> Petrolia and then <strong>to</strong> Sarnia.<br />

Barbara passed away in 2013 and,<br />

with her relatives being older and living<br />

<strong>to</strong>o far away, Daytripping publisher Mark<br />

Moran was left with countless books,<br />

drawings and art supplies and about<br />

Petrolia is a very special place for<br />

Daytripping. It was where John Redden<br />

first suggested the concept for the<br />

magazine and it was our home base<br />

for many years. It is a great honour<br />

for Daytripping <strong>to</strong> be able <strong>to</strong> create<br />

this project <strong>to</strong> preserve the memory of<br />

Barbara Perrin, but also encourage and<br />

display the work of another gifted artist,<br />

Francis Martin of Watford.<br />

160 original paintings of various sizes.<br />

Many were donated <strong>to</strong> charities that<br />

were having silent auctions, but some<br />

Shetland School by<br />

Barbara Perrin<br />

were sold and the proceeds are being<br />

put <strong>to</strong>ward this project. <strong>The</strong> Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

County Creative Fund encourages<br />

culturally significant projects, and it<br />

matched those funds <strong>to</strong> make this<br />

mural possible. Numerous working<br />

drawings that were remarkable<br />

themselves have been donated <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Heritage Museum.<br />

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In 1920 my father, who was a First<br />

World War veteran, learned the barber<br />

trade through the Canadian Army at<br />

Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg,<br />

Mani<strong>to</strong>ba. In 1921 he was employed at<br />

the Orpheum Barber Shop on Fort Street<br />

in down<strong>to</strong>wn Winnipeg.<br />

In 1924 he went in<strong>to</strong> business for<br />

himself, purchasing his first shop in<br />

St.Boniface from a retiring barber. In<br />

later years Dad’s shop was at various<br />

locations in the area. Our living quarters<br />

were always behind the barbershop.<br />

Haircuts at that time were thirtyfive<br />

cents and shaves or shampoos<br />

a quarter. When haircuts went up <strong>to</strong><br />

fifty cents, my Dad lost many of his<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers.<br />

Dad worked long hours in his shop,<br />

weekdays <strong>to</strong> 7 pm and Saturdays <strong>to</strong><br />

10 pm. Shorter hours came in<strong>to</strong> effect<br />

when barbers finally became unionized.<br />

My father was also authorized <strong>to</strong><br />

provide barbering services in the nearby<br />

St.Boniface Hospital. <strong>The</strong>re were a great<br />

number of war veterans in the Hospital<br />

and initially the bulk of his business was<br />

conducted in the Veteran’s Ward.<br />

Dad was a great raconteur<br />

with an extensive reper<strong>to</strong>ire<br />

and having him cut your<br />

hair was not an unpleasant<br />

experience.<br />

At one time, the bedroom<br />

where my brother and I<br />

slept was located above<br />

our father’s barber shop.<br />

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bedroom came from a register located<br />

in the floor. On Saturday nights when<br />

Dad cut hair until 10 o’clock we were<br />

able <strong>to</strong> lie on the floor and listen <strong>to</strong> the<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries that were being passed back<br />

and forth.<br />

<strong>The</strong> shop was always full of<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers until closing time.<br />

Some, having already had their<br />

hair cut, just hung around for<br />

the tall tales. I imagine we were<br />

exposed <strong>to</strong> some colourful<br />

language at an early age.<br />

When one of Dad’s Frenchspeaking<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers discovered<br />

that I had become more or less<br />

fluent in French in my teen<br />

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years, he insisted that I speak with him<br />

in his own language. I was only <strong>to</strong>o<br />

pleased <strong>to</strong> do so as he always gave me<br />

a dollar. I looked forward <strong>to</strong> him having<br />

his hair cut as often as possible.<br />

My father became very well known<br />

in the Norwood-St.Boniface area for his<br />

long-time services <strong>to</strong> the local residents<br />

as “Woods the Barber,” not <strong>to</strong> mention<br />

his generosity in loaning money <strong>to</strong><br />

poverty-stricken neighbours as well as<br />

providing countless haircuts on credit.<br />

Dad did quite well over the years in his<br />

one-man barber shop, probably above<br />

average during those lean years in the<br />

“dirty-thirties.”<br />

He was proud of his independence<br />

in his “two-by-four business,” as he<br />

called it. A favourite saying <strong>to</strong> his<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers was, “I need your head in<br />

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Magic Place<br />

By William Bedford<br />

from Daytriping Sept-Oct 2009<br />

Standing in the knee-deep weeds and<br />

grass in the front yard, I take one more<br />

picture of the dilapidated fields<strong>to</strong>ne house,<br />

which stands half-hidden by the hardwood<br />

bush. <strong>The</strong> sagging roof is ready <strong>to</strong> cave in.<br />

<strong>The</strong> front porch has already given up the<br />

ghost. As I gaze at the broken windows<br />

and ragged shingles, I have <strong>to</strong> admit that<br />

it looks like any other old, abandoned<br />

Ontario farmhouse, and not a magic place<br />

at all.<br />

But I remember this sad old place as it<br />

was long ago, and it was old even then,<br />

when I was young and the world was<br />

still a wonderland. In those days, this old<br />

homestead, with its barbecues in the now<br />

weed-covered yard, was a magic place<br />

indeed.<br />

As a gust of wind blows the crisp maple<br />

leaves around me, memories of the old<br />

place cross my mind like faded pictures<br />

in an old album: memories of fresh cobs<br />

of corn bubbling in a giant cauldron, of<br />

wieners being roasted on the tips of sticks<br />

over a wood fire, of fragrant smoke hanging<br />

dense in the still, chilly air.<br />

Memories of Halloween - a terrifying<br />

night for the ancient Celts. But at this old<br />

house among the maples and sumac, it<br />

was a night for fun, games & spooky tales.<br />

Off in the distance, a dog’s barking<br />

interrupts my reverie. It still has a wellremembered<br />

haunting sound. A wormy<br />

apple falls <strong>to</strong> the ground beside me with<br />

a soft thud. Picking it up, I’m reminded of<br />

a favourite fall poem: “Plums purple and<br />

red, pears amber and brown, thud! In the<br />

garden-bed, ripe apples fall down.”<br />

Memories, memories. I remember<br />

the aroma of hot chocolate and burnt<br />

marshmallows. I remember rolling in huge<br />

mounds of crunchy leaves beneath a coalblack<br />

sky glittering with endless stars that<br />

seemed close enough <strong>to</strong> <strong>to</strong>uch. How, I ask<br />

myself, can a lifetime fly away so quickly,<br />

while those long-gone Oc<strong>to</strong>ber days seem<br />

like only yesterday?<br />

<strong>The</strong> setting sun reminds me that it’s<br />

time <strong>to</strong> leave this magic place of happy<br />

memories. As I drive away through the<br />

swirling leaves on this lovely fall evening,<br />

I give the crumbling old house one last,<br />

fond look. I know I’ll never pass this way<br />

again. I also know that, like the old house<br />

itself, most of my own Oc<strong>to</strong>bers have also<br />

slipped away.<br />

On a frigid winter evening, or on a<br />

humid summer morning, when I’m stuck<br />

in the din and the poisonous traffic fumes<br />

of the “real world,” I only have <strong>to</strong> close<br />

my eyes <strong>to</strong> picture my magic place in the<br />

hardwood bush as the creeping autumn<br />

dusk enfolds it in its dark embrace. I just<br />

have <strong>to</strong> close my eyes <strong>to</strong> see a “V” of<br />

Canada geese winging high in the Oc<strong>to</strong>ber<br />

sky, or <strong>to</strong> recall the aroma of hot pumpkin<br />

pie <strong>to</strong>pped with freshly-whipped cream.<br />

In a secret corner of my soul, I’m always<br />

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Cream of Broccoli Soup<br />

1 large bunch fresh broccoli<br />

1 medium sized onion, chopped<br />

2 cups chicken s<strong>to</strong>ck (I use bouillon cubes)<br />

2 Tbsp buer<br />

Cappuccino Thumbprint<br />

Cookies<br />

2 tsp Instant coffee granules<br />

2 tsp vanilla<br />

2/3 cup buer, so<br />

3/4 cup packed brown sugar<br />

By: Liz Boere (Holy Rosary<br />

School, Wyoming 50th<br />

Anniversary Cookbook)<br />

1 1/2 Tbsp flour<br />

1 tsp salt<br />

Dash mace<br />

Pepper <strong>to</strong> taste<br />

2 cups whole milk<br />

Chop up broccoli stems and heads. Combine with chopped onion and<br />

chicken s<strong>to</strong>ck. Boil slowly for 10 <strong>to</strong> 12 minutes. Put through the blender. In<br />

a large pan, melt buer. Add salt, pepper, flour and mace. Mix unl<br />

smooth over moderate heat. Add milk slowly srring unl thickened and<br />

smooth. Add broccoli, broth and onion mixture and heat <strong>to</strong> serve.<br />

Hint: Sprinkle grated cheese over the <strong>to</strong>p when serving.<br />

My daughter doubles the recipe and uses a head of broccoli, a 1/2 head of<br />

cauliflower and a few carrots <strong>to</strong> make a vegetable cream soup that the<br />

kids love.<br />

Black Forest Brownie Squares<br />

2 cups Nestle Toll House semi-sweet<br />

chocolate morsels, divided<br />

1/2 cup buer or margarine,<br />

cut in<strong>to</strong> pieces<br />

3 eggs<br />

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour<br />

By: Vicky O’Brien Ness<br />

(from Wyoming Lioness<br />

<strong>Club</strong> 30th Anniv. Cookbook)<br />

ook)<br />

1 egg<br />

2 cups all purpose flour<br />

1/2 tsp baking powder<br />

1/4 tsp salt<br />

1/2 cup white chocolate chips<br />

3/4 tsp cinnamon<br />

(from Point Edward<br />

Ex-Servicemen’s<br />

Assoc. Cookbook)<br />

1 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1/4 tsp baking soda<br />

1 1/2 cups frozen whipped<br />

<strong>to</strong>pping, thawed<br />

2 cup cherry pie filling or <strong>to</strong>pping<br />

Melt 1 cup morsels and buer in large heavy saucepan over lowest<br />

possible heat, srring unl smooth. Remove from heat, sr in eggs.<br />

Gradually sr in flour, granulated sugar, vanilla and baking soda. Sr in<br />

remaining morsels. Spread in<strong>to</strong> greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake in<br />

preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 <strong>to</strong> 25 minutes, or unl wooden pick<br />

inserted in centre comes out slightly scky. Cool completely in pan on<br />

wire rack. Spread with whipped <strong>to</strong>pping. Top with pie filling. Cut in<strong>to</strong><br />

squares. Makes 24 squares.<br />

Line two rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them.<br />

Dissolve coffee in vanilla. Set aside. Beat buer and sugar in large bowl<br />

unl fluffy. Beat in egg and coffee mix. Whisk dry ingredients <strong>to</strong>gether. Add<br />

<strong>to</strong> buer mix and sr unl smooth. Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls in<strong>to</strong><br />

balls. Place 2” apart on prepared pans. Using floured thumb or thimble,<br />

make 1/4” indent in<strong>to</strong> center of each. Bake in <strong>to</strong>p and boom thirds of<br />

oven at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes, rotang and switching pans halfway<br />

through, unl lightly browned on boom. Place 3 chips in each indent. Let<br />

stand ll melted, about 5 minutes. With a <strong>to</strong>othpick, swirl chocolate <strong>to</strong><br />

blend <strong>to</strong>gether. Sprinkle cinnamon over chocolate. Transfer <strong>to</strong> rack <strong>to</strong> cool.<br />

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A Path <strong>to</strong> Wellness—Get Moving<br />

By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia<br />

Throughout this series of articles,<br />

we have discussed many issues that<br />

impact seniors’ health and well-being.<br />

From over-prescribing and misuse<br />

of medications, nutrition, getting<br />

assistance with daily living (ADLs),<br />

along with others. Do them all, but if<br />

there was one thing that you can do<br />

that would immediately and positively<br />

impact a senior’s health it would be <strong>to</strong><br />

GET MOVING!<br />

I didn’t say exercise. Although you<br />

can exercise, I’m not s<strong>to</strong>pping you.<br />

When I say exercise, I am referring<br />

<strong>to</strong> moderate <strong>to</strong> vigorous action over a<br />

sustained period. Go for it! What I am<br />

talking about is getting out of the easy<br />

chair. Yes, that’s right, put down the<br />

remote, and just get moving.<br />

Sitting is the new smoking<br />

This expression is making the rounds<br />

at the moment. Studies are showing<br />

that a sedentary lifestyle contributes <strong>to</strong><br />

many of the same issues that smoking<br />

causes, and some others as well. If<br />

you think about it, we sit when we are<br />

driving, on the computer, watching<br />

the television, and we watch <strong>to</strong>o<br />

much television. <strong>The</strong> other expression<br />

making the rounds is, “screen time.”<br />

Between work and our leisure time we<br />

are in front of screens <strong>to</strong>o much.<br />

<strong>The</strong> human body is designed for and<br />

works best when it spends a significant<br />

portion of time throughout the day<br />

standing and walking. Blood flow,<br />

better digestion, and metabolism are<br />

all improved.<br />

So, if moving improves blood<br />

circulation and metabolism then<br />

sitting, on the other hand, stalls those<br />

processes, making your body less able<br />

<strong>to</strong> perform it’s best. Further, we know<br />

that <strong>to</strong>o much sitting puts strain on the<br />

neck and lower back, which are not<br />

designed <strong>to</strong> support the body in a sitting<br />

position for long periods. <strong>The</strong> negative<br />

effects will compound over time. Here<br />

is another word that is linked <strong>to</strong> the<br />

sitting epidemic, that word is…<br />

at·ro·phy verb<br />

1. (of body tissue or an organ/bone)<br />

waste away, especially as a result of<br />

the degeneration of cells<br />

“without exercise, the muscles will<br />

atrophy”<br />

2. gradually decline in effectiveness<br />

or vigor due <strong>to</strong> underuse or neglect.<br />

“her artistic skills atrophied from<br />

lack of use”<br />

Opposite: strengthen<br />

More walking and standing<br />

Of course, there are many great and<br />

detailed exercise programs. Seniors’<br />

centres, church groups, community<br />

centres, heck, health clubs are starting<br />

<strong>to</strong> do more and more for their senior<br />

clients. Like I said before, go for it. To<br />

the person that knows they are sitting<br />

<strong>to</strong>o much: how do we get you or your<br />

loved one out of the easy chair?<br />

Here are some suggestions <strong>to</strong> get<br />

moving. Instead of reading the paper<br />

while sitting, try reading at the kitchen<br />

counter. If you pay your bills at your<br />

desk, pick up your cheque book, grab<br />

your lap<strong>to</strong>p and do it while preparing<br />

supper. Don’t worry, I won’t suggest <strong>to</strong><br />

eat your supper while standing!<br />

Stand up and get<br />

moving—Here’s why:<br />

• Maintain a healthy weight<br />

and lose body fat<br />

• Prevent or manage various<br />

conditions, including heart<br />

disease, stroke, high blood<br />

pressure, cancer and type 2<br />

diabetes<br />

• Improve cardiovascular<br />

fitness<br />

• Strengthen your bones and<br />

muscles<br />

• Improve muscle endurance<br />

• Increase energy levels<br />

• Improve your mood,<br />

cognition, memory and<br />

sleep<br />

• Improve your balance and<br />

coordination<br />

• Strengthen immune system<br />

• Reduce stress and tension<br />

Attack that household To Do List.<br />

<strong>The</strong> other benefit <strong>to</strong> this will be making<br />

your partner happy. Another excellent<br />

way <strong>to</strong> get moving is gardening. I<br />

recently saw a program that had raised<br />

beds. That is, gardens that are off the<br />

ground in planter boxes and raised <strong>to</strong><br />

waist level.<br />

Pets, particularly dogs are great<br />

incentives <strong>to</strong> get you moving. Here is<br />

a confession, my doggie, Sophie will<br />

come over <strong>to</strong> me and give me the big<br />

stare down. If that doesn’t work, she will<br />

give me a headbutt <strong>to</strong> suggest that we<br />

should go outside—she never gives up.<br />

BTW—just go for a walk. No need <strong>to</strong><br />

over-think it!<br />

A Cautionary note<br />

If you have been inactive, overweight,<br />

and dealing with other chronic issues<br />

such as diabetes, arthritis, etc., a moving<br />

program will help lessen and even<br />

reverse these conditions. However, in<br />

these circumstances speaking first with<br />

your primary care provider is a good<br />

thing <strong>to</strong> do.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re you are. I have presented a<br />

case <strong>to</strong> Get Moving. Does it sound like<br />

it is worth the effort?<br />

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Heather has been on board for<br />

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international development,” Heather<br />

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with other cultures. I studied non-profit<br />

management and worked in health<br />

care. I grew up in Sarnia so I was very<br />

aware of the organization. I connected<br />

with it first as a volunteer and later<br />

became a board member. Now I am<br />

the executive direc<strong>to</strong>r.”<br />

Heather says John<br />

and Ray’s original goals<br />

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Haiti; helping people<br />

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the causes of poverty<br />

and what they might<br />

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Heather says. “<strong>The</strong>y<br />

were also helping <strong>to</strong><br />

spread the message<br />

of what an amazing<br />

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the negative stereotypes. When you<br />

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Haiti you think of the headlines that<br />

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Like so many organizations, Rayjon<br />

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“For us it has meant some canceled<br />

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Heather says. Without in-person<br />

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their community.”<br />

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I asked, “When do you s<strong>to</strong>p worrying?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> nurse said, “When they get out of<br />

the accident stage.” My mother just<br />

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When I was in my thirties, I sat on a<br />

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one of my children talked incessantly,<br />

disrupted the class, and was headed for<br />

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When I was in<br />

my forties, I spent a<br />

lifetime waiting for<br />

the phone <strong>to</strong> ring, the<br />

cars <strong>to</strong> come home,<br />

the front door <strong>to</strong><br />

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I’d write something better here, but I forgot <strong>to</strong>!<br />

By the time I was 50, I<br />

was sick & tired of being<br />

vulnerable. I was still<br />

worrying over my<br />

children, but there<br />

was a new wrinkle.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was nothing I<br />

could do about it.<br />

I continued <strong>to</strong><br />

anguish over their<br />

failures, be <strong>to</strong>rmented<br />

by their frustrations<br />

and absorbed in their<br />

disappointments. My<br />

friends said that when<br />

my kids got married I could<br />

Cats!<br />

People who<br />

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were probably<br />

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s<strong>to</strong>p worrying about them and lead my<br />

own life.<br />

I wanted <strong>to</strong> believe that, but I was<br />

haunted by my mother’s wan smile<br />

and her occasional, “You look pale. Are<br />

you all right? Call me the minute you<br />

get home. Are you depressed about<br />

something?”<br />

Can it be that parents are sentenced<br />

<strong>to</strong> a lifetime of worry? Is concern for<br />

one another handed down like a <strong>to</strong>rch<br />

<strong>to</strong> blaze the trail of human frailties &<br />

the fears of the unknown? Is concern a<br />

curse or is it a virtue that elevates us <strong>to</strong><br />

the highest form of life?<br />

One of my children became quite<br />

irritable recently, saying <strong>to</strong> me, “Where<br />

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By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher<br />

Our skele<strong>to</strong>n is the rigid<br />

support system made<br />

of collagen and calcium<br />

phosphate that help keep<br />

us upright and serves as<br />

a protective cage for our<br />

internal organs. Our bones are<br />

constantly in flux, building up<br />

or breaking down depending<br />

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knew?<br />

So, what contributes <strong>to</strong> good<br />

bone health? Both our genes and our<br />

environment do. While we cannot<br />

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modify external fac<strong>to</strong>rs, such as physical<br />

activity and diet which are both critically<br />

important <strong>to</strong> our bone health throughout<br />

life.<br />

Weight bearing increases bone density.<br />

So, what does this mean? <strong>The</strong> repeated<br />

impact of our feet striking the<br />

ground, is like strength training<br />

for our entire musculoskeletal<br />

system.<br />

How can we do this?<br />

Studies suggest, walking at<br />

least 5,000 steps (3.5 km) a<br />

day can preserve bone density.<br />

I just purchased a Fitbit for the<br />

first time and am enjoying<br />

seeing how many steps I am<br />

taking in a single day. I am<br />

grateful <strong>to</strong> have a profession<br />

that allows me <strong>to</strong> stay active when I am<br />

seeing clients. If you have a sedentary<br />

job, even more reason <strong>to</strong> get up and<br />

moving. What a great reason <strong>to</strong> explore<br />

a new area with a lunch walk.<br />

Jumping or even dancing can increase<br />

our bone density. Every<br />

time we land after a<br />

jump, we put stress on<br />

our legs and hip bones,<br />

strengthening them over<br />

time. Admittedly, I do<br />

not jump daily, although I<br />

now have a great reason<br />

<strong>to</strong> start. However, I do<br />

love <strong>to</strong> dance. If you<br />

have never been on<br />

the Duc D’Orleans, while a band like<br />

the amazing Painkiller Jane is playing,<br />

I highly recommend it. I’m pretty sure<br />

my balance and bone health are all<br />

strengthened from this most enjoyable<br />

social night.<br />

Strength training is a great way <strong>to</strong><br />

increase our bone density. Strength<br />

training causes<br />

our muscles <strong>to</strong><br />

pull on bones,<br />

which activates bone-building cells in<br />

our body. Strength training is not limited<br />

<strong>to</strong> using dumbbells at a gym, many<br />

other activities can increase our muscle<br />

strength. Gardening requires activities<br />

like digging and pulling weeds, which<br />

challenge and strengthen bones. Yoga<br />

is another great way <strong>to</strong> increase bone<br />

density in our spines, hips, legs and even<br />

arms, especially if we are doing down<br />

dogs or arm balances. So, getting on our<br />

mats even for a mini yoga session a few<br />

times a week can add up <strong>to</strong> big gains for<br />

our bones.<br />

If land-based exercises hurt your joints,<br />

maybe move some of your workouts <strong>to</strong><br />

the water. Although water<br />

is a non weight-bearing<br />

activity, pushing our limbs<br />

against the water forces<br />

our muscles <strong>to</strong> work<br />

harder, helping us build<br />

strength in our muscles<br />

which can strengthen our<br />

bone minerals.<br />

So how does our<br />

nutrition come in<strong>to</strong> play<br />

with our bone health?<br />

Our bones are a s<strong>to</strong>rehouse for<br />

essential minerals—calcium and<br />

phosphorous <strong>to</strong> name a few. If they are<br />

in short supply, our hormones take them<br />

from our bones <strong>to</strong> serve vital organs—<strong>to</strong>o<br />

many withdrawals can lead <strong>to</strong> weakened<br />

bones. Also, vitamin D deficiency can<br />

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A diet rich in calcium and<br />

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our s<strong>to</strong>res of calcium and phosphate.<br />

So, foods like milk, eggs, salmon<br />

and dark-green leafy vegetables<br />

all contain this essential vitamin.<br />

According <strong>to</strong> the recent trivia on Sarnia’s<br />

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As the song goes, “I’m walking on<br />

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health by increasing our vitamin D. Our<br />

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<strong>to</strong> the sun. <strong>The</strong> so-called “sunshine<br />

vitamin,” which helps our body absorb<br />

calcium, is essential for bone health.<br />

So, investing some time and energy<br />

in our bone health will ultimately set us<br />

up for a longer, healthier life, and maybe<br />

a fitter, firmer body. Find your favourite<br />

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When the Second<br />

World War was his<strong>to</strong>ry,<br />

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plan weddings, homes,<br />

children, their lives no<br />

longer on hold, but a<br />

major problem loomed<br />

-- a housing shortage. In<br />

our <strong>to</strong>wn, apple orchards<br />

and farms turned in<strong>to</strong><br />

suburbia, human needs<br />

taking priority now that life was normal<br />

again. My husband and I bought one of the<br />

affordable lots offered <strong>to</strong> service families at<br />

low mortgage rates, and a few months later<br />

we moved in<strong>to</strong> our first home. Living on<br />

the last street on the edge of <strong>to</strong>wn, we felt<br />

lucky <strong>to</strong> overlook a few acres of a vegetable<br />

farm, selfishly hoping it would remain a<br />

green belt.<br />

From our garden I could see a s<strong>to</strong>cky<br />

figure bending, hoeing, picking, day in,<br />

day out. Over the back fence the woman<br />

had <strong>to</strong>ld me she and her husband had built<br />

the farmhouse when they came from the<br />

old country years ago. Widowed, she still<br />

ran the farm; her son was now back from<br />

overseas, working in <strong>to</strong>wn and taking the<br />

produce <strong>to</strong> market on Saturdays.<br />

Some weeks later Mrs. Borowski beckoned<br />

me <strong>to</strong> the fence. “Missus, I think I sell<br />

farm,” she said. “Builder talk <strong>to</strong> us, needs<br />

land for new houses.” She rubbed a workroughened<br />

hand over her forehead. “I<br />

not want <strong>to</strong> go, but work is <strong>to</strong>o hard now.<br />

My boy get married soon, live in his own<br />

home.”<br />

I visualized bulldozers, cementmixers<br />

shattering the silence, months of<br />

construction, then an invasion of people<br />

and cars, street lights, not stars, in the<br />

night sky. I shook the nightmarish scene<br />

away, guilty that I was thinking of my selfish<br />

wishes instead of understanding the other<br />

woman’s problems.<br />

“Couldn’t you hire help?” I suggested.<br />

“No, <strong>to</strong>o much money. And soon house<br />

<strong>to</strong>o big for me. I think we sell.”<br />

A week later Mrs. Borowski called <strong>to</strong> me<br />

when I was at the clothesline.<br />

“Missus, come. I have news!”<br />

With a heart heavier than my garden boots<br />

I went <strong>to</strong> the fence, dreading <strong>to</strong> hear that<br />

the deal was done.<br />

“We not sell farm!” she said. “We have<br />

better plan.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> imaginary subdivision disappeared<br />

like a mirage on the desert. “Oh, I am so<br />

glad!” I said, and waited for her explanation.<br />

“Alex and Kathy have wedding soon,<br />

then they live upstairs. I not have <strong>to</strong> leave<br />

my home.”<br />

“Well, I couldn’t be happier for you,” I<br />

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say the work was <strong>to</strong>o<br />

much for you?”<br />

She nodded,<br />

saying that after the<br />

wedding, Alex’s wife<br />

would take over the<br />

outside work, leaving<br />

her mother-in-law<br />

as the homemaker<br />

instead. I went back<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the house feeling this was a pipe dream<br />

with holes in it. “I can’t see that working<br />

out,” I said <strong>to</strong> my husband, adding in a wry<br />

<strong>to</strong>ne, “I hope Kathy has a love of the land<br />

and a good strong back!”<br />

Later, in the wedding pho<strong>to</strong>s the woman<br />

showed me, I saw the bride, young, pretty,<br />

slim, definitely not a clone of the older<br />

woman’s sturdy build.<br />

It didn’t surprise me <strong>to</strong> see Mrs. Borowski’<br />

still working outside, as the young couple<br />

would be away on their honeymoon. But<br />

time went by and nothing changed. One<br />

morning I swallowed my pride and, holding<br />

out a little wedding gift, called <strong>to</strong> her and<br />

asked, “Are the bride and groom still away?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> woman straightened her back and<br />

came, puffing, <strong>to</strong> the fence. “No, they back<br />

home now. Alex at work and Kathy fixing<br />

upstairs all nice.”<br />

“Well,“ I smiled. “I’ll miss seeing you<br />

out here, but it’ll be better for you <strong>to</strong> take<br />

things easier.”<br />

“Oh no, Missus,” she said, “I work<br />

on farm, same as always.” Sensing my<br />

unspoken question about the switch, she<br />

explained. “I change my mind. But will<br />

be good for me. Kathy take care of house,<br />

and I go in <strong>to</strong> nice hot supper, not cleaning,<br />

washing, ironing at night. Oh yah, will be<br />

better, Missus.”<br />

It wasn’t hard <strong>to</strong> tell it was a trade-off, not<br />

what she’d had in mind. She gave me a<br />

conspira<strong>to</strong>rial wink. “I <strong>to</strong>ld Alex and Kathy<br />

I really not want <strong>to</strong> be in house all day. Like<br />

prison! I like better outside.”<br />

She might have been able <strong>to</strong> convince<br />

them, but I saw through her ruse. <strong>The</strong><br />

long hours and hard work, rough hands<br />

and aching back were not what she wanted<br />

for her son’s wife, a young woman from a<br />

different background.<br />

My throat tightened and I couldn’t speak. I<br />

leaned over the fence, handing the gift. She<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok it, thanked me, then reached out and<br />

we hugged, as women do when words fail.<br />

Walking away, I thought, Why am I not<br />

ecstatic that it’s turned out this way? Our<br />

green belt is safe. Mrs. Borowski doesn’t<br />

have <strong>to</strong> leave her home. So why did it seem<br />

like a bittersweet vic<strong>to</strong>ry? But I knew the<br />

answer: as with so many of the good things<br />

in life, there had been a price <strong>to</strong> pay.<br />

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19 Corunna LEO Diner’s <strong>Club</strong>: Speaker NLCCHC on Diabetes www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nelderlyoutreach.org<br />

19 Sarnia Witch Perfect - singing/comedy parody www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

20 Petrolia Thursday Night Community Pumpkin Carving www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

20 Sarnia An evening with Cliff Erikson and John Wing www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

21-23 Petrolia Pumpkin Lighting Display at Petrolia Discovery www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

22 Sarnia Robb Sharp and Lit’l Chicago Rhythm & Blues Revue www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

22 Petrolia Fiery Faces Family Day at YMCA www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

28 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Lovettes in the Leaders of the Pack www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

28 Sarnia About Face & Body Fall Open House www.aboutfacesarnia.com<br />

29 <strong>The</strong>dford Halloween Party - <strong>The</strong> Fish & <strong>The</strong> Train Wreck Band www.widderstation.com<br />

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29 Grand Bend <strong>The</strong> Bookends Celtic Quartet https://grandbendplace.ca<br />

29 Sarnia Fright Night at Cana-Scare-a (Canatara Park, Pt Edward) www.sarnia.ca/events<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong><br />

2 Sarnia Infusion Baroque at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

3 Forest Forest Excelsior Band Concert at Kine<strong>to</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre 7 pm Facebook<br />

4-5 Wyoming Christmas Makers Market, Country Lane Greenhouse Facebook<br />

5 Petrolia Optimist of Lamb Central-Petrolia Craft & Gift Show www.lcpetroliaoptimist.org<br />

5 Forest Forest Legion Annual Remembrance Day Dinner www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

6 Camlachie Remembrance Day Service - Community Centre <strong>to</strong> Cenotaph -----<br />

7-12 Petrolia Hogan Pharmacy Cus<strong>to</strong>mer Appreciation Week www.hoganpharmacy.com<br />

9 Sarnia Menopause the Musical at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

10 Sarnia Brass Transit - <strong>The</strong> Musical Legacy of Chicago www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

11 Various Remembrance Day Services throughout the County<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong> Continued<br />

11 Sarnia Classic Albums Live - Supertramp Breakfast in America www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

11-12 Sarnia Fusion: A Discovery of Food Wine & Craft Beer for LCDS www.discoverfusion.ca<br />

12 Petrolia Christmas Open House at Willow & Oak www.willowandoakpetrolia.com<br />

12 Sarnia Jeremy Hotz at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

12-13 Sarnia 49th Big Sister’s Show & Sale, 1257 Michigan Ave Facebook<br />

15 Petrolia Hogan Pharmacy Christmas Event Kick-off www.hoganpharmacy.com<br />

16 Grand Bend Pavlo, world-renowned Mediterranean guitarist www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

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18-26 Sarnia Beauty and the Beast Musical at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

19 Corunna 2nd Annual Winter Market, Legion Br. 447 Facebook<br />

25 Moore<strong>to</strong>wn Christmas Organ Concert (tentative) www.mooremuseum.ca<br />

25 Forest Light up the Park www.shopforest.ca<br />

25-Dec11 Petrolia Starbright Christmas at Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Playhouse www.thevpp.ca<br />

26 Corunna Santa Claus Parade 6:30pm www.corunnasantaclausparade.com<br />

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29 Sarnia Shaun Majumder at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

30 Sarnia Swan Lake - the State Ballet <strong>The</strong>atre of Ukraine imperialtheatre.net<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2022</strong><br />

1 Sarnia O Christmas Tea - British Comedy www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

2 Petrolia Christmas in the Park www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

2-3 Sarnia Christmas on the Farm, Canatara Park, Pt. Edward www.sarnia.ca<br />

3 Sarnia Santa Claus Parade www.sarniakinsmen.ca<br />

3 Watford Santa Claus Parade www.ontbluecoast.com<br />

3 Wyoming Breakfast with Santa, Wyoming Legion 8-11am Facebook<br />

3 Wyoming Christmas in the Village Facebook<br />

3 Petrolia Outdoor Christmas Market www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

3 Petrolia Santa Claus Parade 2pm www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

3 Point Edward Christmas in the Village www.villageofpointedward.com<br />

6 Petrolia Ladies Night at Hogan Pharmacy (all day/night) www.hoganpharmacy.com<br />

6 -7 Petrolia Christmas for Everyone Luncheon www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

7-10 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Christmas Star - Nightingale Chorus www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

8 Forest 12 Days of Christmas starts www.shopforest.ca<br />

13 Petrolia Mens Night at Hogan Pharmacy (all day/night) www.hoganpharmacy.com<br />

16-18 Petrolia <strong>The</strong> VPP Christmas Jamboree www.thevpp.ca<br />

20 Petrolia Last Minute Christmas Event at Hogan Pharmacy www.hoganpharmacy.com<br />

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JANUARY 2023<br />

25-29 Sarnia Clue on Stage at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

FEBRUARY 2023<br />

2 Sarnia Miraculum: Sleight of Mind www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

15 Sarnia Kim Mitchell in concert www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

17 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: Billy Joel - <strong>The</strong> Stranger www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

18 - 20 Sarnia Bluewater Anglers Ice Fishing Derby www.bluewateranglers.com<br />

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• A grandfather is a man grandmother.<br />

• Grandparents don’t have <strong>to</strong> do anything except<br />

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old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they<br />

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• <strong>The</strong>y don’t say, “Hurry up!”<br />

• Usually grandmothers are fat, but not <strong>to</strong>o fat <strong>to</strong> tie your shoes.<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y wear glasses and funny underwear.<br />

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• Grandparents don’t have <strong>to</strong> be smart.<br />

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A GRANDFATHER’S GIFT<br />

From my earliest recollection until<br />

the age of twelve, I was lucky enough <strong>to</strong><br />

have a grandfather in my life. At first, we<br />

all shared a house on Mani<strong>to</strong>ulin Island.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n our family grew from two children <strong>to</strong><br />

three, and Grandpa built himself a cabin.<br />

He still ate dinner and supper with us.<br />

After supper, he used <strong>to</strong> stretch out on the<br />

couch in one corner of our comfortable big<br />

kitchen. One of his favourite rabbits (we<br />

had several) would sometimes rest for a<br />

time on his chest. That particular bunny<br />

was a smoky blue colour, he matched<br />

exactly the sweater Grandpa usually wore.<br />

When they were both snoozing, it was<br />

hard <strong>to</strong> tell where the rabbit left off and<br />

Grandpa began.<br />

I loved Grandpa’s snug little cabin a few<br />

yards away from our house. On weekends,<br />

I’d join him there for breakfast, and we’d<br />

wolf down big bowls of Dr. Jackson’s<br />

Roman Meal. I still have vivid recollections<br />

of that cabin, the freshly varnished<br />

light shingles on the outside, the knotty<br />

floorboards, the white enamel-<strong>to</strong>pped<br />

table, the pot-bellied s<strong>to</strong>ve which served as<br />

heater and cooker, the old brass bedstead,<br />

and the smell of pipe <strong>to</strong>bacco.<br />

When my sister and I were very small,<br />

Grandpa would sing <strong>to</strong> us of a peanut on<br />

Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional!<br />

railways tracks becoming peanut butter,<br />

and a frog intent on making Miss Mouse his<br />

bride. “Sing it again, Grandpa,” we’d beg,<br />

and he would always oblige. My favourite<br />

was about a grasshopper sitting on a sweet<br />

pota<strong>to</strong> vine. After three repetitions of that<br />

line, he’d holler, “A turkey gobbler sneaks<br />

up behind, and YANKS him off the sweet<br />

pota<strong>to</strong> vine.” On the word “yanks” he’d<br />

make a grab for one of us and we’d run<br />

screaming out of his reach. It was nine<br />

parts of enjoyment mixed with one part<br />

of abject terror.<br />

My father, whom we grandly referred <strong>to</strong><br />

as an interior decora<strong>to</strong>r, was away painting<br />

and hanging wallpaper much of the time.<br />

But Grandpa was always there, his sash<br />

and door fac<strong>to</strong>ry taking up a large portion<br />

of our huge yard. Though he worked hard,<br />

he <strong>to</strong>ok time each spring <strong>to</strong> make us new<br />

wooden stilts. We learned <strong>to</strong> use them<br />

with surprising dexterity. I dreamed often<br />

of becoming a circus performer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> seventh son of a seventh son,<br />

my grandfather was born in Creemore,<br />

Ontario in 1875. A lean, imposing figure,<br />

he s<strong>to</strong>od six feet tall and never slouched.<br />

When meeting people for the first time,<br />

he’d boom, “Chauncey’s the name,<br />

Chauncey Berry.” Later, I learned that his<br />

By Norma West Linder, Sarnia<br />

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middle name was Ulysses. Quite a handle.<br />

My sister and I spent hours playing in<br />

his fac<strong>to</strong>ry. We delighted in the lef<strong>to</strong>vers<br />

of blade, planer, and saw; corkscrew curls<br />

grew there like pigtails and sawdust was<br />

heaped everywhere. Apparently some of<br />

the men who frequented the place found<br />

those sawdust piles a little <strong>to</strong>o convenient,<br />

for above his workbench, Grandpa put up<br />

a sign reading: “IF YOU URINATE ON THE<br />

FLOOR AT HOME, DO SO HERE.” I had <strong>to</strong><br />

ask my older sister what that word meant<br />

and was shocked when she <strong>to</strong>ld me.<br />

My two younger sisters remember a<br />

different grandfather. My parents were<br />

living in London then, and Grandpa moved<br />

in with them. He was in his seventies and<br />

in poor health because of asthma. I was<br />

married and living in Toron<strong>to</strong>. <strong>The</strong> call of<br />

the Island proved <strong>to</strong>o strong for Grandpa,<br />

however, and he moved back there where<br />

he died in 1953. He’s buried in Providence<br />

Bay, near his mother and father, Lydia and<br />

Hiram.<br />

Grandpa never did get <strong>to</strong> see his first<br />

great grandchild. I often wish we had been<br />

able <strong>to</strong> make the trip up <strong>to</strong> the island <strong>to</strong><br />

visit him. But I still have letters he sent<br />

me then, and he’ll live on always in my<br />

memory.<br />

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Included is the Arkona Lions Museum<br />

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lunch, we hit the hiking trails, and we<br />

soon realized that our idea of a quiet,<br />

relaxing walk through the woods was<br />

not <strong>to</strong> be. It was busy with people, along<br />

with their kids and dogs. So much for<br />

our day of Shinrin-yoku.<br />

In Japan, taking a hike or a stroll<br />

through a wooded area is called Shinrinyoku.<br />

Translated, it means forest<br />

<strong>The</strong> Thanksgiving Bath<br />

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bathing. <strong>The</strong> term was first coined<br />

in 1982 by the Japanese Ministry of<br />

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. <strong>The</strong><br />

exercise of shinrin-yoku encourages<br />

people <strong>to</strong> make contact by walking in a<br />

forest atmosphere, or simply spending<br />

time in a natural setting without the<br />

bathing suit. My kind of bathing!<br />

This physiological and psychological<br />

practice can be done at any time and<br />

season. Those who partake of this<br />

practice benefit from the therapeutic<br />

energy of fresh air from various plants<br />

and trees, reducing stress hormone<br />

production, lowering heart rate and<br />

blood pressure, boosting the immune<br />

system and accelerating recovery from<br />

illness. It also improves feelings of<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>: Lou Parry Pho<strong>to</strong>graphy for Tourism Sarnia Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

happiness and can elevate creativity.<br />

Rock Glen is the perfect place <strong>to</strong><br />

absorb the Carolinian forest atmosphere<br />

with its 27 hectares and 1.5 km<br />

trail with steep stairways and scenic<br />

lookouts. Birds trill out their song as you<br />

pass by Sycamore, Sugar Maple, Beech<br />

and White Elm trees, <strong>to</strong> name a few of<br />

the trees in this area. Hearing birdsong<br />

always reduces my stress, which is<br />

music <strong>to</strong> my ears.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are over 50 types of wildflowers<br />

for those who love the flora. While,<br />

small mammals inhabit the area for<br />

those who love the fauna. I spent time<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>graphing the flora, wanting <strong>to</strong> take<br />

a piece of the forest with me and <strong>to</strong> look<br />

at when I can’t get in<strong>to</strong> the woods for a<br />

shinrin-yoku.<br />

Once you’ve hiked the trails, which<br />

cross over the Hobbs MacKenzie drain<br />

(a creek that empties in<strong>to</strong> the Ausable<br />

River), you must visit the beautiful<br />

waterfalls.<br />

Those with mobility issues can find<br />

wheelchair-accessible trails <strong>to</strong> see the<br />

park highlights and an overlook <strong>to</strong> take<br />

in the 10.7-metre high waterfalls, the<br />

park’s crowning jewel.<br />

Like all waterfalls, the flow of water<br />

depends on the season. Due <strong>to</strong> the<br />

overabundance of rain that summer,<br />

the falls were stunning! Long veils of<br />

lacy water fell from the precipice above<br />

and in<strong>to</strong> the creek below. Spray from<br />

the breeze as the water dropped cooled<br />

our heated skin, and it felt like heaven.<br />

In that regard, I had <strong>to</strong> be thankful <strong>to</strong><br />

Mother Nature.<br />

Geocaching is another activity that<br />

takes place in Rock Glen. <strong>The</strong>re is a<br />

Commemorative Woods in the park,<br />

where family and friends plant trees in<br />

memory of loved ones, a living legacy.<br />

Rock enthusiasts will like the fossil<br />

collection area, while those who love<br />

his<strong>to</strong>ry will thrill by the significance of<br />

this area over the thousands of years.<br />

Visit the Arkona Room <strong>to</strong> view the<br />

his<strong>to</strong>rical pho<strong>to</strong>s that are on display.<br />

Due <strong>to</strong> the number of visi<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>to</strong> Rock<br />

Glen Conservation Area, our Shinrinyoku<br />

felt more like a communal bath.<br />

Yet, I was still grateful for the bountiful<br />

trees, which were showing off the<br />

change of colours, the fresh air, the birds<br />

singing and the forest bathing on this<br />

warm Thanksgiving day.<br />

Publisher’s Note: Just one question,<br />

Judy. We’re bathing in the forest without<br />

the bathing suit... are we wearing anything<br />

else? I’m going <strong>to</strong> assume you’ll say, “Yes.”<br />

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2. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off in<strong>to</strong> the sunset,<br />

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• Speckle • FiFi • Rover • Spot<br />

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• Led Zeppelin • <strong>The</strong> Rolling S<strong>to</strong>nes • Buddy Holly • <strong>The</strong> Who<br />

6. In the 70's, we called the drop-out nonconformists 'hippies.' But in<br />

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7. Before cassettes, 8 tracks & CDs, the masses listened <strong>to</strong> what?<br />

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Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County and created a<br />

mysterious <strong>to</strong>urist attraction in<br />

early Sombra Township.<br />

<strong>The</strong> haunting that terrorized<br />

the John Taylor McDonald farm<br />

near McDonald Park along the<br />

St. Clair Parkway, came <strong>to</strong> be<br />

known as the Baldoon Mystery.<br />

His<strong>to</strong>rians and those who<br />

study supernatural events<br />

say what happened <strong>to</strong> the<br />

McDonalds is consistent with<br />

poltergeist phenomena reported<br />

in modern times.<br />

McDonald and his family<br />

were among Lamb<strong>to</strong>n’s first<br />

European settlers, having<br />

arrived from Scotland in 1804<br />

<strong>to</strong> colonize the Baldoon Settlement.<br />

<strong>The</strong> community was founded largely<br />

on swampland, and malaria wiped<br />

out many early inhabitants. Others<br />

despaired over the poor farming<br />

conditions and left. But John McDonald<br />

stayed with his wife and young family <strong>to</strong><br />

try <strong>to</strong> make a go of it.<br />

In 1829, trouble of a different sort<br />

began. <strong>The</strong> McDonald women were<br />

working in a barn when three poles<br />

from the roof inexplicably fell <strong>to</strong> the<br />

ground, narrowly missing them. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

ran away terrified.<br />

Soon, unexplained noises were a<br />

common occurrence. Lying in their<br />

beds, the family would repeatedly hear<br />

the sound of men marching <strong>to</strong> battle in<br />

the kitchen. <strong>The</strong> baby’s cradle rocked<br />

violently and couldn’t be s<strong>to</strong>pped even<br />

with the effort of three men.<br />

Rocks and bullets frequently flew<br />

through windows, as witnessed by<br />

<strong>The</strong> Baldoon Mystery<br />

By Cathy Dobson<br />

<strong>The</strong> John Taylor McDonald homestead, which was located in<br />

Sombra Township, near present day McDonald Park.<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy, Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County Archives<br />

numerous visi<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>to</strong> the house. <strong>The</strong><br />

family marked the rocks and threw<br />

them in the river, only <strong>to</strong> have the same<br />

rocks come back through the glass<br />

minutes later.<br />

In frustration, McDonald boarded up<br />

the windows, but the rocks flew through<br />

the boards.<br />

Fires would ignite without<br />

explanation, sometimes as many as 12<br />

at a time.<br />

It became clear that someone or<br />

something wanted the family <strong>to</strong> leave.<br />

So they moved <strong>to</strong> a relative’s home<br />

nearby. But the hauntings followed<br />

them there.<br />

As news of the strange events spread<br />

people came <strong>to</strong> see for themselves.<br />

Some gave eyewitness accounts that<br />

survive <strong>to</strong> this day.<br />

One of the most detailed accounts<br />

was written by Neil McDonald, one<br />

of John’s children, who lived through<br />

it as a boy. He waited for his<br />

father <strong>to</strong> die 30 years later, then<br />

interviewed 26 witnesses and<br />

wrote a book. Five people said<br />

they witnessed the flying s<strong>to</strong>nes,<br />

marked them, and saw them<br />

return through the window<br />

glistening with water.<br />

<strong>The</strong> McDonalds tried<br />

numerous times <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p the<br />

activity. A local priest performed<br />

an exorcism, which only made<br />

matters worse. A St. Clair<br />

Township head master named<br />

Robert Barker, who dabbled<br />

in the occult, volunteered<br />

<strong>to</strong> investigate. But Barker<br />

was convicted of pretending<br />

<strong>to</strong> practice witchcraft and<br />

sentenced <strong>to</strong> a year in jail. He<br />

won on appeal and was released.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, in 1830, the incidents abruptly<br />

s<strong>to</strong>pped.<br />

As the s<strong>to</strong>ry goes, they ended when<br />

a desperate John McDonald contacted a<br />

“reader” in Long Point who <strong>to</strong>ld him <strong>to</strong><br />

shoot a silver bullet at a black goose on<br />

his property.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was talk of an old woman, a<br />

shapeshifter, with a grudge against the<br />

family. McDonald did indeed find a black<br />

goose on his farm and hit the bird’s wing<br />

with a bullet. <strong>The</strong> following day he saw<br />

an old woman who lived nearby and<br />

noticed her arm was in a sling.<br />

<strong>The</strong> haunting was over.<br />

Those eerie events of 1829 and 1830<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> fascinate researchers even<br />

<strong>to</strong>day even though the homestead is<br />

longsince gone. Numerous books, plays,<br />

scholarly papers and articles have been<br />

written based on the eyewitness reports.<br />

Recently, his<strong>to</strong>rians Rick Fehr and<br />

Chris<strong>to</strong>pher Laursen studied the Baldoon<br />

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Fehr is originally from Wallaceburg<br />

and has published research on the<br />

folklore of Baldoon. Laursen has studied<br />

poltergeists for 15 years and published<br />

on how people have interpreted the<br />

events at the McDonald farm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Baldoon Mystery has been called<br />

Canada’s most famous ghost s<strong>to</strong>ry,<br />

Laursen said. It’s difficult <strong>to</strong> dismiss it<br />

as fake because of the consistencies<br />

among eyewitnesses.<br />

“It’s such a rich s<strong>to</strong>ry,” said Fehr,<br />

adding that the shapeshifter theory<br />

is not a surprise since witchcraft was<br />

commonly blamed for many strange<br />

activities in the 19th century.<br />

Laursen and Fehr said their research<br />

relied heavily on material from Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

County Archives in Wyoming.<br />

Both have high praise for the amount<br />

of his<strong>to</strong>rical information available <strong>to</strong><br />

the public at the archives, which is<br />

located behind the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County<br />

administration headquarters at 787<br />

Broadway Street. It’s open Wednesday<br />

– Saturday.<br />

Details can be found at lamb<strong>to</strong>narchives.ca,<br />

@Lamb<strong>to</strong>nCountyArchives on Facebook,<br />

@HeritageLamb<strong>to</strong>n on Twitter,<br />

or by calling 519-845-5426.<br />

fall <strong>2022</strong> Phobias… <strong>The</strong> fear of darkness is called sco<strong>to</strong>phobia<br />

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Frosty mornings and fabulous shades<br />

of colour on the trees and in the gardens,<br />

combine so well with autumn mums<br />

and asters <strong>to</strong> celebrate shorter days and<br />

cooler nights—a most favourite time<br />

of the year for many who spend much<br />

time in the outdoors.<br />

Fall has as much appeal <strong>to</strong> many<br />

gardeners as the spring emerging from<br />

winter. In southern Ontario, our fall is a<br />

long transition most years as the angle of<br />

the sun changes our weather <strong>to</strong> convince<br />

most plants <strong>to</strong> prepare for winter. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are always flashes of colour <strong>to</strong> be found<br />

in the garden and landscape and not just<br />

from our flowering plants. <strong>The</strong> iconic<br />

Canadian Maple, burning bush and many<br />

small perennials give great excitement<br />

<strong>to</strong> this season. Winterberry, tall grasses,<br />

and many evergreens’ colour become<br />

the focus of the garden. When we pay<br />

attention <strong>to</strong> these changes, we <strong>to</strong>o can<br />

be encouraged <strong>to</strong> savour this season and<br />

not rush it <strong>to</strong> pass. Not always do we need<br />

<strong>to</strong> go for a drive <strong>to</strong> enjoy the fall colours.<br />

Check out your local parks and habitats<br />

or add plant <strong>to</strong> your own garden, <strong>to</strong> bring<br />

cheer <strong>to</strong> these shorter days.<br />

<strong>The</strong> farmlands being harvested<br />

and ploughed, the birds flocking and<br />

migrating, and the aroma of wood smoke<br />

in the air are all things <strong>to</strong> be celebrated<br />

and thankful for. Gather with friends and<br />

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As fall soon welcomes winter, so<br />

should we. Take care of some of the<br />

projects in the garden that summer’s<br />

heat kept you from doing.<br />

• Care for your lawn so it can rebuild<br />

with cooler seasons with fertilizer or<br />

seed.<br />

• Finely mulch leaves so they do<br />

not smother your grass and return<br />

nutrients <strong>to</strong> the earth.<br />

• Top up mulch in gardens <strong>to</strong> insulate<br />

new plantings and freshen the look<br />

of your home.<br />

• Change out your seasonal flowers<br />

for fresh greenery boughs and<br />

berries <strong>to</strong> create a warm welcome<br />

<strong>to</strong> your guests.<br />

• Plant your seed garlic for next<br />

summer harvest.<br />

• Add compost and manure <strong>to</strong> your<br />

gardens <strong>to</strong> improve the soil fertility.<br />

• Collect seeds from your favourite<br />

summer annuals <strong>to</strong> sow next year.<br />

• Create a habitat for the wild<br />

creatures in your yard with an<br />

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• Remember our feathered friends by<br />

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Each day <strong>to</strong> day, from dawn <strong>to</strong> dawn,<br />

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It wasn't easy, but time would come,<br />

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On foreign soil, so many rest,<br />

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I served in the conflict in continental Europe with the Canadian Armed Forces in World War II<br />

1939-1945. I was very fortunate - I did get home. Many of my buddies that had become like<br />

brothers, or family were not so lucky. <strong>The</strong>y shall be cradled in those graves forever, with many,<br />

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<strong>The</strong> hinges on the screen door<br />

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and stepped gingerly inside. <strong>The</strong> old<br />

farmhouse had been abandoned for<br />

years, evident by the broken windows,<br />

junk strewn all over the floor and signs<br />

of animal activity. Broken dishes and<br />

homework, laughing and at times,<br />

crying. Now there was only emptiness.<br />

She <strong>to</strong>ok up her camera and started<br />

taking pictures. Careful where she set<br />

her feet, she pho<strong>to</strong>graphed almost every<br />

inch of the room then moved <strong>to</strong>ward<br />

the living room. Debris consisting of<br />

shattered window panes crunched a three-legged chair, straw furniture<br />

under her shoes.<br />

Tracy s<strong>to</strong>pped and looked around.<br />

This had been the kitchen. Someone<br />

cooked dinner on that white enamel<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ve as the rest of the family sat at<br />

that table discussing their day, doing<br />

stuffing, broken picture frames, and<br />

books covered the hardwood floor.<br />

Taking more pictures, Tracy made her<br />

way <strong>to</strong>ward the staircase. With newels<br />

missing and wooden steps warped<br />

from water damage or missing, she<br />

climbed the stairs using the<br />

wall <strong>to</strong> balance as she did<br />

not trust the railing. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were three bedrooms and<br />

a bathroom complete with<br />

a broken mirror, a cracked<br />

commode and an enamel<br />

claw footed tub. Chrome<br />

plated fixtures, peeling and<br />

rusting contrasted against<br />

the black and white floor<br />

tiles, pink and blue wall tiles<br />

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<strong>The</strong> first bedroom<br />

was small, wallpapered<br />

with cowboys on horses<br />

brandishing lassos and<br />

six shooters. A twin sized,<br />

brown metal bed frame<br />

and spring were leaning<br />

against a wall and a small<br />

wooden school desk sat in<br />

a corner. Tracy imagined<br />

a young boy sitting at<br />

the desk gluing a model<br />

airplane <strong>to</strong>gether. Smiling<br />

she raised the camera <strong>to</strong><br />

her eye and <strong>to</strong>ok more pho<strong>to</strong>graphs. <strong>The</strong><br />

other two rooms were in similar disarray.<br />

<strong>The</strong> larger room had flowery wallpaper<br />

and remnants of a chest of drawers while<br />

the end bedroom was once painted pink<br />

but the plaster walls were crumbling.<br />

A mother and father and their son<br />

and daughter had lived here. Tracy could<br />

almost hear them getting ready for<br />

work, getting ready for school, getting<br />

ready for bed. <strong>The</strong> din of a home. She<br />

made her way back down the stairs and<br />

out the back door.<br />

<strong>The</strong> backyard was overgrown with<br />

vegetation and vine covered trees. A<br />

tire with a rope attached lay under an<br />

old willow tree, weeds growing through<br />

it like a flower planter. A bicycle with<br />

bent wheels leaned against what was<br />

Daytripping Pho<strong>to</strong><br />

probably a <strong>to</strong>ol shed. Looking back at<br />

the house, Tracy <strong>to</strong>ok more pho<strong>to</strong>s of<br />

the sunken roof line and the chimney<br />

with bricks missing. This house was not<br />

long for this world.<br />

Walking <strong>to</strong>ward her car, Tracy pushed<br />

the remote control <strong>to</strong> open her trunk.<br />

She pulled the camera over her head<br />

and carefully put in its case. Closing the<br />

trunk, she <strong>to</strong>ok another look back at the<br />

old house. <strong>The</strong> house that once was a<br />

home. She opened the driver side door,<br />

settled in<strong>to</strong> her seat, turned the key in<br />

the ignition and slowly drove off down<br />

the gravel road in<strong>to</strong> the setting sun.<br />

Publisher’s Note: I’ve checked out and<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>graphed quite a few over the years<br />

and your description brings me back <strong>to</strong><br />

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P A G E<br />

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