Welcome to The Club Winter 2023

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Toes are Tapping<br />

by<br />

I sat down for a chat recently with<br />

Rick Powell. You may know the name<br />

because he’s been a singer, guitar<br />

player and entertainer in this area for<br />

many years. We’d never met before but<br />

I wanted <strong>to</strong> pick his brain about playing<br />

music at retirement residences and he<br />

wanted <strong>to</strong> share his experience. Like<br />

Rick, I play guitar and had been asked<br />

<strong>to</strong> play at Albany Retirement Village in<br />

Petrolia and was looking for any tips.<br />

I mentioned <strong>to</strong> him that it seems I’ve<br />

been playing many of the same songs<br />

for the same people for 40 years now,<br />

and we’re not getting any younger, so<br />

I’m planning for the inevitable future.<br />

Rick is from Sarnia originally and<br />

has moved back after spending many<br />

years in Grand Bend where he owned<br />

several restaurants such as Coconuts<br />

and Sandals. Chances are that you’ve<br />

been somewhere and he’s been on the<br />

stage during his many years in North<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n or maybe at the old Seaway<br />

Tavern or Robbie B’s in the Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Mall, but both of those have been gone<br />

for many years.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se days he’s quite comfortable<br />

playing the retirement home circuit<br />

and has found it <strong>to</strong><br />

be a very rewarding<br />

experience. “I’ve<br />

been a musician all<br />

my life and what<br />

an eye opener<br />

it’s been,” Rick<br />

explained. “I had<br />

no idea how many<br />

places and how<br />

many people just<br />

like you and I are<br />

in them, and during<br />

the pandemic they<br />

were locked in<br />

Rick Powell<br />

there so I started<br />

applying <strong>to</strong> play. You have <strong>to</strong> play a<br />

couple <strong>to</strong> see what they’re looking<br />

<strong>to</strong> hear but they really enjoy it. I play<br />

some crazy tunes like the Bonanza and<br />

Mark Moran,<br />

Publisher<br />

Pink Panther themes and challenge<br />

them <strong>to</strong> guess what they are.” He<br />

also has backing tracks that he can<br />

use <strong>to</strong> fill out the sound and is often<br />

joined by other musicians such as the<br />

talented keyboardist Ben Sitek or Doug<br />

Springstead, who has been a staple of<br />

the country music scene for decades.<br />

Rick was offering advice <strong>to</strong> me all<br />

the while and went on <strong>to</strong> explain that<br />

there are undoubtedly going <strong>to</strong> be<br />

residents with a variety of limitations<br />

depending on the venue but added,<br />

“Some may not be able <strong>to</strong> talk, but<br />

just watch their feet!” To see their feet<br />

start tapping is clearly a reward for<br />

Rick and he explained that he leaves<br />

each gig feeling really good. “Music<br />

is the key for people with dementia,”<br />

and he can see that he’s reaching<br />

them in a way nothing else can. “I get<br />

choked up, I’m giving them some good<br />

entertainment.”<br />

We talked a lot about the conditions<br />

during the lockdowns, that neither of<br />

us could truly imagine, and he had high<br />

praise for the staff at the residences.<br />

“Bless the hearts of the people who<br />

work in these homes,” he said. “<strong>The</strong>y<br />

deserve medals.”<br />

We bring this<br />

magazine <strong>to</strong> all<br />

the retirement<br />

communities in<br />

the area so say<br />

hello <strong>to</strong> Rick if you<br />

see him or maybe<br />

ask the staff about<br />

bringing him in <strong>to</strong><br />

entertain. I went<br />

on <strong>to</strong> play my first<br />

gig at Albany Street<br />

and wholeheartedly<br />

agree with Rick that<br />

it was a rewarding<br />

experience, the crowd was very<br />

appreciative and were singing along,<br />

and it spoke volumes when a few <strong>to</strong>es<br />

started tapping.<br />


Three friends from the local church congregation were<br />

asked “When you’re in your casket, and friends and<br />

congregation members are mourning over you,<br />

what would you like <strong>to</strong> say?”<br />

Artie said, “I would like them <strong>to</strong> say... I was a wonderful<br />

husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.”<br />

Eugene commented, “I would like them <strong>to</strong> say...<br />

I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made<br />

a huge difference in people’s lives.”<br />

Don said, “I’d like them <strong>to</strong> say... Look, he’s moving!”<br />

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By Les Goldhawk, Wyoming (thanks <strong>to</strong> Egremont Road Remembers for the pho<strong>to</strong>s)<br />

You must be 55 or over <strong>to</strong> read this magazine.<br />

Memories of a (Warwick Village) Childhood in the late 1960’s<br />

I grew up in a small community in<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County of about 150 people.<br />

<strong>The</strong> residents referred <strong>to</strong> it as “<strong>The</strong><br />

Village.” For those who are not familiar<br />

with this reference, it is Warwick Village<br />

which is within Warwick Township.<br />

Thus the designation that you resided in<br />

“<strong>The</strong> Village.”<br />

When I grew up as a small boy in the<br />

60’s “<strong>The</strong> Village” had establishments<br />

like Newman’s General S<strong>to</strong>re,<br />

Wilkinson’s Clothing S<strong>to</strong>re, Frayne’s<br />

Gas Station along with a couple other<br />

Gas stations and Garages. We had home<br />

Purity dairy milk delivery. This was all<br />

before the 402 was put in so all the<br />

traffic <strong>to</strong>/from Sarnia and London came<br />

through Warwick Village via #7 Highway.<br />

(Warwick Village started as a stage coach<br />

s<strong>to</strong>p many, many years ago). <strong>The</strong> Bridge<br />

at Bear Creek on #7 highway still has the<br />

rounded cement sides which we would<br />

walk/run up <strong>to</strong> the <strong>to</strong>p and sit down <strong>to</strong><br />

watch the traffic go by. <strong>The</strong> transport<br />

truck <strong>to</strong>ps would be about level with<br />

the height that we were sitting and they<br />

would create a nice breeze on a hot day.<br />

It was a good spot for sitting and having<br />

a bottle of pop while the cars and trucks<br />

drove by. We didn’t have a lot of money,<br />

but at the time we really didn’t know<br />

any better. And we always had food on<br />

the table and clothes <strong>to</strong> wear. Some of<br />

the clothes that I wore were hand me<br />

downs, but having a mother who was<br />

a wonderful seamstress who could fix<br />

holes in the knees of my pants or in<br />

the elbows of my shirts, we always had<br />

clothes on our back. We would get a<br />

new shirt and pants <strong>to</strong> start school every<br />

year. You were required <strong>to</strong> change from<br />

the good school clothes in<strong>to</strong><br />

your old clothes after school<br />

before you could go out <strong>to</strong><br />

play.<br />

During the time I was<br />

growing up in <strong>The</strong> Village<br />

there was a small grouping of<br />

boys in and around my age<br />

and we would get <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

<strong>to</strong> play various games. <strong>The</strong><br />

boys included in this group<br />

were Danny, Randy, Peter,<br />

Rick, Billy, Tom, Phillip, David,<br />

myself and my younger brother Vern. So<br />

<strong>to</strong> have any type of game at all we would<br />

need <strong>to</strong> have everyone come out. (Of<br />

course without social media, computers,<br />

cell phones and only three channels that<br />

barely came in on the aerial TV there<br />

wasn’t as many options back then).<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> sports included pickup games<br />

of hockey on the flats—that was in the<br />

low lying area beside Bear Creek which<br />

runs through Warwick Village, on the<br />

south side of the road as you drive over<br />

the bridge at Bear Creek. This flat area<br />

would flood and freeze creating a great<br />

spot <strong>to</strong> have shinny games. <strong>The</strong> spot was<br />

approximately 1/2 mile from our house<br />

(and no it wasn’t uphill both<br />

ways) But you would carry<br />

your skates tied <strong>to</strong>gether over<br />

one shoulder, a hockey stick<br />

over the other shoulder and<br />

you would take turns carrying<br />

the shovel <strong>to</strong> be able clear<br />

the snow off the ice. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were old tree stumps down in<br />

this flat area that made great<br />

seats <strong>to</strong> put your skates on.<br />

Once your skates were on you<br />

would take turns shovelling<br />

the ice. Someone would have<br />

already started <strong>to</strong> shovel with their<br />

boots on and then be relieved by those<br />

who put their skates on. It was quicker<br />

<strong>to</strong> clear the ice with skates on. Once the<br />

ice was clear, someone’s boots would be<br />

used for goal posts at either end of the<br />

cleared area and it was Game On. We<br />

played for hours. <strong>The</strong>re was quite a few<br />

Stanley Cups won and lost there on that<br />

cleared piece of ice. When we became<br />

thirsty we would use the butt end of our<br />

stick <strong>to</strong> punch a hole through a spot in<br />

the ice that wouldn’t be as thick and<br />

have a drink of the water (my mother<br />

frowned on that and gave us a lecture<br />

on the water not being clean). All of the<br />

group mentioned above are still here<br />

<strong>to</strong>day so either the water wasn’t <strong>to</strong>o bad<br />

or we built up strong immune systems.<br />

Once the game was done and you were<br />

expected home for supper SOON, we<br />

would take our skates off and put our<br />

COLD boots back on. Feet that were<br />

cold already (even with a double layer<br />

of woolen socks) became even colder.<br />

We would walk that 1/2 mile back<br />

home with our skates and stick over our<br />

shoulders with feet hurting every step<br />

of the way. Once home, we would take<br />

our boots off and place our double layer,<br />

woolen-socked feet on the oven end of<br />

the kitchen wood s<strong>to</strong>ve. <strong>The</strong> feeling of<br />

our feet warming up both hurting and<br />

feeling good was a feeling you don’t<br />

forget. But the next day you would do it<br />

all over again.<br />

In the summer months we would<br />

play baseball. If we got everyone out we<br />

would play “Scrub.” Two <strong>to</strong> three players<br />

up <strong>to</strong> bat at any one time and everyone<br />

else playing in the fielding positions. <strong>The</strong><br />

pitcher would lob balls in<strong>to</strong> the batter<br />

and if they got on base the other two had<br />

<strong>to</strong> get him home. If a player grounded<br />

out they had <strong>to</strong> take their place in the<br />

field. <strong>The</strong> pitcher would rotate in<strong>to</strong> one<br />

of the batter’s spots. <strong>The</strong> first baseman<br />

would rotate <strong>to</strong> the pitcher’s position,<br />

the right side of the infield would rotate<br />

<strong>to</strong> the first base position etc. If a batter<br />

flew out <strong>to</strong> a fielder then the batter and<br />

the fielder swapped places. This would<br />

all take place in my grandmother’s back<br />

yard and overlapped in<strong>to</strong> a couple of<br />

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other yards. In my grandmother’s back<br />

yard there was an apple tree that kept<br />

us nourished and quite regularly if not<br />

more than regular!! Grandma also had<br />

a hand pump on the water well which<br />

was close enough <strong>to</strong> keep us hydrated.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was a porcelain/tin cup that hung<br />

on a small chain at the pump that we<br />

all would use (of course you would rinse<br />

it off first so you didn’t get “kooties”<br />

hahaha!).<br />

Back at this time in the late 60’s<br />

there wasn’t any Conservation<br />

Area/campground. But there was a<br />

“swimming hole” which was just part<br />

of Bear Creek located back in behind<br />

Fraynes Gas Station which now would<br />

be under the manmade lake that is part<br />

of the campground. Hot summer days<br />

had the group go back <strong>to</strong> the “swimming<br />

hole” <strong>to</strong> get cooled off. Once again my<br />

mother frowned on that and gave us a<br />

lecture on the water not being clean and<br />

we could catch things.<br />

Some of the memories I have are<br />

from incidences that happened when<br />

we were playing hide and go seek, tag<br />

or playing war. One of the memories I<br />

have is of one time in a hide and seek<br />

game one of the boys had <strong>to</strong> use our<br />

next door neighbour’s outhouse (outside<br />

<strong>to</strong>ilet). While the rest of the group was<br />

playing, all of a sudden the boy using<br />

the outhouse came bursting out of the<br />

door with his pants down around his<br />

ankles screaming his head off. We found<br />

out that there was a bees nest under the<br />

seat of the outhouse and he had received<br />

a few stings on a tender area.<br />

Another time was when we were<br />

playing an intense game of war and a<br />

couple of us came around the corner<br />

of our house at the same time a boy on<br />

the opposing team was coming around<br />

the corner from the other direction. It<br />

startled him so much when we hollered<br />

that we had him... he messed his pants.<br />

It may have also been on the same day<br />

when we had been playing baseball<br />

earlier and eating the green apples. I’m<br />

not sure. I do know he had <strong>to</strong> ride his<br />

bike all the way home standing up.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are just a small portion of the<br />

memories I have from growing up in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Village.<br />

When most people drive through<br />

Warwick Village they don’t see what<br />

I see… I see a childhood that had fun<br />

times with good friends.<br />

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(January 28, 1986) <strong>The</strong> Challenger Shuttle broke apart 73 seconds in<strong>to</strong> it’s flight.

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

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Recipes<br />

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New Year, New Adventures<br />

in Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

We’ll be bringing you recipes from <strong>Club</strong> contribu<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

& from local fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected<br />

over the last quarter of a century. You’re welcome<br />

<strong>to</strong> send your own recipes, or on behalf of an<br />

organizaon that has a new cookbook, & we can<br />

help promote those cookbooks for free.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se recipes are taken from the 3rd Edion of<br />

“From Our House <strong>to</strong> Yours” Cookbook by<br />

St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Lamb<strong>to</strong>n.<br />

Call 519-337-0537 for your copy.<br />

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Sausage & Hash Brown<br />

Balls<br />

1 lb. hot sausage (uncooked)<br />

1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese,<br />

soened<br />

1½ c. Bisquick<br />

Preheat oven <strong>to</strong> 400˚F.<br />

Mix all ingredients unl well combined. (I use my mixer with the dough<br />

hook aachment.) Roll in<strong>to</strong> 1-1/2 inch balls. Place on rimmmed baking<br />

sheet. Bake for 18 <strong>to</strong> 22 minutes or unl brown.<br />

Notes: Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked. If baking frozen, add a few<br />

minutes <strong>to</strong> the baking me.<br />

Tanya’s Sweet Pota<strong>to</strong> Chili<br />

1.5 lb. ground turkey<br />

1 medium yellow onion, diced<br />

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped<br />

1 each red and yellow pepper,<br />

diced<br />

2 medium sweet pota<strong>to</strong>es, peeled<br />

and diced in<strong>to</strong> 1-inch chunks<br />

1 - 15 oz. can <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> sauce<br />

Banana Cake<br />

1 c. buer<br />

1½ c. white sugar<br />

3 eggs<br />

1 c. mashed bananas<br />

2½ c. pastry flour<br />

1½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese<br />

½ - 30 <strong>to</strong> 32 oz. pkg. frozen<br />

shredded hash brown<br />

pota<strong>to</strong>es (about 4 c.)<br />

1 tsp. salt<br />

3 tsp. baking powder<br />

½ tsp. baking soda<br />

½ c. sour cream<br />

By: Tracy Hyde<br />

By: Marlene Henry<br />

1 can stewed or diced <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong>es<br />

½ small can <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> paste<br />

1 small can green chilies<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

1½ tsp. chili powder<br />

2 tsp. paprika<br />

4 tsp. cumin<br />

Dash oregano<br />

Brown turkey, remove from pan and drain. Sauté garlic and onion for 2 <strong>to</strong><br />

3 minutes. Add peppers and sweet pota<strong>to</strong>es. Season with salt <strong>to</strong> taste,<br />

pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin and oregano, then sauté about 5 <strong>to</strong> 6<br />

minutes. Add ground turkey and balance of ingredients <strong>to</strong> pot. <strong>The</strong> longer<br />

it simmers the beer the flavour.<br />

By: Marilyn Palmer<br />

Separate eggs. Beat the egg yolks and set aside. Beat the egg whites unl<br />

so peaks form. Set aside unl the last.<br />

Mix buer, white sugar, beaten egg yolks, bananas, flour, salt, baking<br />

powder, baking soda and sour cream. Mix well and then fold in the beaten<br />

egg whites at the end. Bake in a 13 x 9 inch pan for 30 minutes at 350°F.<br />

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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 />

OPP <strong>to</strong> provide an<br />

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 />

weekend eken<br />

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adventure.<br />

e.<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 />

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<strong>The</strong> Wawanosh Wetlands<br />

Conservation Area is one of four<br />

conservation areas in the region<br />

with upgraded trails and facilities<br />

thanks <strong>to</strong> an Ontario Trillium<br />

Foundation grant of $246,500.<br />

I was honoured <strong>to</strong> accept a<br />

<strong>to</strong>bacco tie from Nancy Roy<br />

during Sarnia’s Orange Shirt Day<br />

Gathering, part of the National<br />

Day of Truth and Reconciliation.<br />

Through a partnership with<br />

various levels of government,<br />

more and more homes in<br />

Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n have access<br />

<strong>to</strong> reliable high-speed<br />

internet service.<br />

After years of planning and<br />

development, it’s great <strong>to</strong> see<br />

the Bluewater Health Helipad<br />

providing critical emergency<br />

service in our community.<br />


MPP – Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Building A Better Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, loyal <strong>Club</strong> readers. As we turn the page on<br />

2022, I’d like <strong>to</strong> wish you and your family a healthy and<br />

prosperous year ahead.<br />

Although there remains a great deal of uncertainty related <strong>to</strong><br />

the economy, ongoing health concerns, housing shortages,<br />

and many other issues, the Government of Ontario continues<br />

<strong>to</strong> work hard <strong>to</strong> help us weather the s<strong>to</strong>rm.<br />

Late in 2022, the province presented its Fall Economic<br />

Statement, detailing how it was taking action during these<br />

times of economic upheaval and global inflation. <strong>The</strong> plan<br />

focuses on building the economy, while keeping costs down<br />

for seniors, families and businesses.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se measures include helping <strong>to</strong> manage costs for<br />

Ontario’s lowest-income seniors by doubling the Guaranteed<br />

Annual Income System (GAINS) payment for <strong>2023</strong>, providing<br />

tax relief for small businesses, making changes <strong>to</strong> the Ontario<br />

Disability Support Program, investing in skilled trades, and<br />

extending the current cuts <strong>to</strong> gas tax and fuel tax rates.<br />

Ultimately, as we navigate these uncertain times, the Ontario<br />

Government will continue <strong>to</strong> provide the public support<br />

programs we all rely on, especially for those of us who are 55+.<br />

Just a reminder that, although winter is upon us, there is still<br />

so much <strong>to</strong> do around Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, so please take the<br />

time <strong>to</strong> discover all the great events and activities happening<br />

every day.<br />

In closing, I’d like <strong>to</strong> wish all <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>’s readers the very best<br />

for <strong>2023</strong>. Whatever your plans and aspirations, I truly hope that<br />

you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Petrolia Scarecrow<br />

Festival is always a popular<br />

fall event in the Hard Oil<br />

Town. See if you can spot the<br />

non-scarecrow in the crowd!<br />


805 Christina St. North, Suite 102<br />

Point Edward, ON N7V 1X6<br />

It was wonderful <strong>to</strong> have the<br />

Brigden Fair back in full<br />

swing this year – and great<br />

<strong>to</strong> see so many people<br />

enjoying this longstanding<br />

Thanksgiving tradition.<br />

Contact Bob Bailey<br />

Tel.: 519-337-0051<br />

Fax: 519-337-3246<br />

<strong>The</strong> Parliamentary Assistant<br />

<strong>to</strong> the Minister of<br />

Agriculture joined me for a<br />

visit with local farmers at<br />

Parkland Farms on<br />

Confederation Line.<br />

A $24.2 million investment by the<br />

province was recognized during the<br />

ground blessing for the new<br />

Gregory A. Hogan Elementary<br />

School in Sarnia.<br />

E-mail: bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org<br />

Website: bobbaileympp.com<br />

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(February 9, 1964) <strong>The</strong> Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

Most articles in here have been written by people like you.<br />

Some experts tell us that beans are the perfect food!<br />

Beans are one of those perfect foods... inexpensive<br />

and packed with nutrients. <strong>The</strong>y are a high source<br />

of both soluble and insoluble fibre as well as a source of<br />

B vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorus, folate, potassium<br />

and zinc. In addition, beans are low in fat and they are the richest source of<br />

vegetable protein available.<br />

So, maybe you’ve called them “the musical fruit” and you didn’t eat them. Well,<br />

you can take some of the wind out of beans by eating them more often. As your body<br />

adapts, the gas will be reduced.<br />

To reduce gas, start with soaking. Soak beans overnight (do not add salt) or use<br />

this Quick-Soak Method: Cover beans with water; bring <strong>to</strong> a boil. Remove from heat,<br />

cover and allow <strong>to</strong> stand for 1 <strong>to</strong> 2 hours. Drain.<br />

Rootin’ Tootin’ “Secret Ingredient”<br />

Baked Beans<br />

Just plain baked beans arealways always welcomed at any gathering, but these beans<br />

have been lifted <strong>to</strong> heavenly heights with the addition of just one ingredient RUM!<br />

Cooked beans freeze well, or if you have a small family, it’s easy <strong>to</strong> cut the recipe<br />




9 cans (14 oz. each) baked beans<br />

or about 16 c. home-cooked (2 1/2 lbs. dried beans)<br />

1 1/2 cups brown sugar or 3/4 c. molasses<br />

1 large onion, diced<br />

1/2 lb. bacon or salt pork, cut in small pieces<br />

1 cup ketchup or chili sauce<br />

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce<br />

2 tbsp. dry mustard<br />

1/2 cup RUM…the Secret Ingredient<br />

Sauté bacon or salt pork in frying pan; add onion (cook, but do not brown).<br />

Mix all ingredients <strong>to</strong>gether in a large bean pot or roasting pan. Bake at 325<br />

degrees F, cover for 2 hours. Remove cover and bake an additional 2 hours.<br />

Cooking in Crockpot: Prepare as above, cook on HIGH for 1 hour, then cook<br />

on LOW for 6 <strong>to</strong> 8 hours. Makes about 25 servings of 3/4 c. each. Approximately<br />

260 cals, 3 g fat, 10 g protein, 41 g carbs, 520 mg. sodium, and a whopping<br />

12 g dietary fibre per serving.<br />

Note: My crockpot holds only 6 cans. I still use the quantities of the other<br />

ingredients as above. This recipe always gets ‘rave reviews’.<br />

A Few Basics About Beans...<br />

• Always use clean, clear water for soaking beans and change it frequently.<br />

• Salt inhibits the absorption of water through the beans’ skins. Do not add<br />

it <strong>to</strong> the soaking or cooking water unless the beans are already tender.<br />

• To cook soaked beans: Cover drained beans with cold water. Bring <strong>to</strong> boil<br />

and simmer.<br />

• Simmer beans at a moderate temperature rather than boiling them.<br />

• Make certain that the beans remain moistened throughout the cooking<br />

time by replacing any evaporated water.<br />

• Toss cooked beans in<strong>to</strong> salads, stir-fries, soups, casseroles, prepared baked<br />

beans or purée in<strong>to</strong> a dip or spread.<br />

• Cooked beans freeze well.<br />

• Between 7 and 11 quarts of gas enter or are formed in the large intestine<br />

daily. While it may sometimes seem like more, only about 1/2 quart of gas is<br />

actually expelled each day. <strong>The</strong> rest is absorbed in<strong>to</strong> the body.<br />

• Dried beans can be s<strong>to</strong>red for one year. <strong>The</strong> older the beans, the longer they<br />

take <strong>to</strong> cook. Buy them at a s<strong>to</strong>re with rapid turnover.<br />

• Most beans more than double in volume after they are soaked and cooked.<br />

One pound (2 cups) of dry beans yields 5 <strong>to</strong> 6 cups cooked beans.<br />

• Acidic foods, such as lemons and <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> juice, <strong>to</strong>ughen bean skins, so add<br />

only <strong>to</strong> fully cooked beans.<br />

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daily ongoing Weekly adult activities at Strangway Centre, Sarnia sarnia.ca/play 519-332-0656<br />

Mon ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, Watford warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Mon thru March Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

Mon thru March Adult Skate, Forest www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Mon thru March Adult Skate, <strong>The</strong>dford www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca<br />

Tues thru March Adult Skating, Watford www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Tues thru March Adult Skate, <strong>The</strong>dford www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Tues ongoing Euchre Night, Wyoming Legion, 7pm www.facebook.com<br />

Wed starts Jan 18 Boosting Balance & Bone Health, WLCHC, Sarnia www.nlchc.com<br />

Wed ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Strangway (1st Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Corunna (3rd Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed ongoing Meat Bingo, Wyoming Lions <strong>Club</strong> (1st Wed monthly) www.facebook.com<br />

Thurs thru March Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Optimists Meat Raffle, Skeeter Barlow’s, Brights Grove www.facebook.com<br />

Thurs ongoing Petrolia Optimists <strong>Club</strong> Meat Raffles, Crabby Joe’s www.facebook.com<br />

Thurs ongoing Peer Social <strong>Club</strong>, Alvins<strong>to</strong>n (2nd Thursday) www.leohelps.ca<br />

Thurs thru March Adult Skate, <strong>The</strong>dford www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Thurs thru March Adult Skate, Forest www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Wyoming Legion www.facebook.com<br />

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Forest Legion www.forestlegion.ca<br />


ongoing online Nnigiiwemin/We are going home exhibit (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Agricultural Hall of Fame (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n at War (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online <strong>The</strong> Farmerettes (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

Jan 7 – Feb 18 David Rapaich & John Iacobelli www.galleryinthegrove.com<br />

March 4 – April 22 Call Out for Colour! – A Juried Exhibition www.galleryinthegrove.com<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

8 Corunna Cribbage Tournament, Legion Branch 447 www.facebook.com<br />

10 online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Annual Meeting <strong>2023</strong> www.lamb<strong>to</strong>n.ogs.on.ca<br />

15 Sarnia Bach <strong>to</strong> the Beatles at Lawrence House 2:30 pm, $15pp www.lawrencehouse.ca<br />

21 Sarnia Robbie Burns Night, Legion Branch 62 www.sarnialegion.com<br />

25-29 Sarnia Clue on Stage at Imperial <strong>The</strong>atre www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

28 Sarnia Noelle’s Gift Gala at the Dante <strong>Club</strong> www.noellesgift.ca<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

2 Sarnia Miraculum: Sleight of Mind www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

11 Brigden LCDS Valentine Charity Auction www.lcdspetrolia.ca<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 />

23 - 25 Sarnia St. Patrick’s High School presents “Grease” www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

25 Petrolia Mudmen in Concert, Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Hall www.mudmen.ca<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong><br />

3 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Irish Rovers in concert www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

8 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Jim Gelcer/Paul Hoffert Trio ft George Koller www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

8-10 Petrolia LCCVI <strong>The</strong>atre Dept. presents “Clue” www.thevpp.ca<br />

18 - 19 Point Edward Bluewater Anglers: Hatchery Open House www.bluewateranglers.com<br />

24 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: U2 - Joshua Tree www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

31-Apr2 Sarnia Home Show www.sarnhomesshow.com<br />



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Welcoming<br />

New Patients<br />


Corunna Pharmasave<br />

• Pharmacist available 24/7 for our paents<br />

• FREE Delivery • FREE Compliance Packs<br />

• $2.00 Co-Pay waived on elegible ODB Prescripons<br />

• 10% discount on otc items every Tuesday & Friday<br />

Open Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-2, Sunday Closed SARNIA: 206 Maxwell Street • 519-337-3215<br />


940 MURPHY ROAD<br />

Sarnia • 519-542-1491<br />

Here at Napoli Pizza<br />

we’re not just a food<br />

business, we’re a<br />

family business. Our<br />

specialty is homemade<br />

pizza, pasta and so<br />

much more.<br />

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

providing you with<br />

only the highest<br />

quality ingredients. We make our food the old<br />

fashioned way. With classic Italian dishes, we<br />

offer our cus<strong>to</strong>mers a warm atmosphere filled<br />

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

freshly made dough, sizzling pizza and delicious<br />

fresh pasta. Whether you’re dining in or<br />

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

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

family, so that you can enjoy it with yours!<br />

Flower<br />

Meanings<br />

Carnations: symbolic of love and<br />

fascination.<br />

Gerbera Daisies: symbolic of<br />

beauty and innocence.<br />

Iris: symbolizes faith, hope and<br />

wisdom.<br />

Orchids: represents rare and<br />

delicate beauty.<br />

Peruvian Lilies: symbolizes<br />

friendship and devotion.<br />

Roses: the definite symbol for<br />

love and appreciation.<br />

Stargazer Lilies: symbolize<br />

innocence and purity, honor and<br />

aspiration.<br />

Sunflowers: symbolic of warmth<br />

and adoration and a sign of<br />

longevity.<br />

Tulips: represents grace and<br />

elegance.<br />

I recently read an edi<strong>to</strong>rial in a farm<br />

publication in which the writer discussed<br />

safety concerns surrounding those in<br />

the industry who continued operating<br />

machinery and being involved in the day<br />

<strong>to</strong> day tasks of farming in<strong>to</strong> their 70’s<br />

and 80’s. Sometimes it is the only option,<br />

other than selling out and disposing of<br />

the results of a lifetime of hard work.<br />

Sometimes it is an unwillingness <strong>to</strong><br />

let go, giving the next generations the<br />

opportunity <strong>to</strong> learn from their own set of<br />

mistakes. Being raised on a farm which<br />

was operated by and which supported<br />

two generations, I fully unders<strong>to</strong>od the<br />

writer’s message.<br />

Or, maybe it is all in the mind. Up<br />

until a few years ago I had always flipped<br />

past articles, advertisements and pieces<br />

of advice directed at “Seniors,” offering<br />

pre-arranged funerals, lifts for stairways,<br />

step-in bathtubs, and travel opportunities<br />

with just enough fun <strong>to</strong> be an adventure<br />

but not <strong>to</strong>o strenuous. However, the wheel<br />

of life keeps turning and it only has one<br />

direction <strong>to</strong> go (like an airplane in flight).<br />

Reminiscing about those good old days,<br />

recalling adventures of a carefree youth<br />

and “tut-tutting” about how things used<br />

<strong>to</strong> be and comparing an earlier time with<br />

current times are part of the process.<br />

Age is Only<br />

a State of Mind<br />

By Nancy Millman, Sparta<br />

from Daytripping<br />

November-December 2013<br />

However, with all the changes and with<br />

the speed that things are continuing <strong>to</strong><br />

change, sometimes that produces stress<br />

and anxiety instead of having the desired<br />

calming effect.<br />

My grandmother, who lived past 90,<br />

was a remarkable woman. Her life was<br />

not an easy one but she was always<br />

cheerful and appreciative. I remember<br />

hearing her say once that sometimes<br />

just a new dish cloth brightened up her<br />

kitchen. I didn’t know then what she<br />

meant, but I do now. During a Carol<br />

Burnett show years ago, when Carol<br />

was decked out in her cockeyed wig and<br />

mis-but<strong>to</strong>ned house dress and struggling<br />

with the self-motivation of a wheel chair,<br />

she said, “If I had known that I would live<br />

this long, I would have taken better care<br />

of myself.” At the time that was hilarious.<br />

It is not so funny now.<br />

Maintaining a sense of humour, eating<br />

right, keeping fit and active become<br />

more important as the time moves on.<br />

A common practice is <strong>to</strong> write notes as<br />

a reminder of things <strong>to</strong> do or places <strong>to</strong><br />

go but sometimes why it was <strong>to</strong> be done<br />

or what was <strong>to</strong> be done upon arrival is<br />

forgotten. Did you ever laugh at yourself<br />

after opening the door of the microwave<br />

oven while searching for the pitcher<br />

of milk in the refrigera<strong>to</strong>r? Solitary<br />

conversations are common and may<br />

not be informative, but help <strong>to</strong> relieve<br />

frustration, and even provide confidence<br />

when working at a difficult task. “You can<br />

do it. Try harder!” “YES. I did it!” It takes<br />

much longer <strong>to</strong> get things done but that<br />

does not matter because the enjoyment<br />

is in the doing.<br />

By the time we have reached the socalled<br />

golden years the struggle and<br />

stress of raising a family is behind us.<br />

It is <strong>to</strong>o late <strong>to</strong> worry about how they<br />

turned out because now they are on<br />

their own. We enjoy the honour of<br />

being grandparents and can develop<br />

special relationships with those young<br />

people which sometimes affords the<br />

opportunity <strong>to</strong> make up for some of<br />

the shortcomings made when raising<br />

their parents. At this time along our<br />

life journey, if we planned it right, we<br />

enjoy financial independence. We have<br />

the freedom of time; time <strong>to</strong> enjoy our<br />

home and our family; time <strong>to</strong> enjoy<br />

companionship with friends and peers;<br />

time <strong>to</strong> volunteer, support a useful cause,<br />

help a neighbour. <strong>The</strong>re has never been<br />

a better time in life <strong>to</strong> travel, <strong>to</strong> attend<br />

concerts and the theatre, <strong>to</strong> eat out or <strong>to</strong><br />

just relax with a good book. Shopping is<br />

much more fun because of the seniors’<br />

discounts. It is very certain that clothing<br />

or furniture purchased will not wear out<br />

before the end of its usefulness.<br />

When a very old gentleman was asked<br />

how old he was, he replied, “Let’s just<br />

say that I no longer buy green bananas!”<br />

Each day is a gift, no matter what age you<br />

are experiencing. We can either embrace<br />

it or we can endure it. We can follow the<br />

path which is available <strong>to</strong> us or we can<br />

struggle down a trail of obstacles and<br />

barriers. Every individual has that choice.<br />

P A G E<br />

8<br />

(Aug 14, 2003) Much of Ontario & northern US experienced the Northeast Blackout.

Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.<br />

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My <strong>Winter</strong> Life<br />

Like the four seasons, life is<br />

continually changing... from the joyful,<br />

innocent, carefree, spring of our youth,<br />

on <strong>to</strong> the summer of full blossoming,<br />

experimenting and making decisions<br />

that will ultimately lead us <strong>to</strong> the<br />

individuals we were meant <strong>to</strong> be.<br />

Autumn fills us with an abundant harvest<br />

of fulfillment, and a slowing of pace as<br />

we prepare <strong>to</strong> reap the rewards of our<br />

past efforts. <strong>The</strong>y have all passed me by<br />

<strong>to</strong>o quickly, and entering the winter of<br />

my life, I ponder how I will describe it,<br />

for cold, barren and pale, initially come<br />

<strong>to</strong> mind.<br />

But there is, of course, much more<br />

vocabulary characterizing this frosty<br />

season.<br />

We venture outdoors and turn our<br />

faces upward as we see and anticipate<br />

the first sparkling snowflakes. Silently<br />

falling <strong>to</strong> the ground, layer upon layer,<br />

they will soon remind us, by blanketing<br />

the ground, we are safe beneath the<br />

duvet of white.<br />

<strong>The</strong> forest creatures of the land<br />

lie peacefully slumbering, sated and<br />

comfortable in the knowledge that a<br />

reawakening and new beginning will be<br />

their reward. We take note of the hardy<br />

birds and animals, determined <strong>to</strong> thrive<br />

throughout the harsh and bitter cold.<br />

We are awestruck by their resilience.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cold, crispness of the season<br />

challenges us <strong>to</strong> bundle up, step<br />

outdoors, take a deep breath and inhale<br />

the pristine air. It is both reinvigorating<br />

By Betty Popelier, Sarnia<br />

and reenergizing.<br />

In contrast, we can cozy up <strong>to</strong> the<br />

fireplace, with a warm cup of tea or<br />

a hot <strong>to</strong>ddy and enjoy the peace and<br />

comfort of our own protective fort. Old,<br />

cherished memories are reminisced<br />

during the long, serene nights.<br />

<strong>The</strong> silence and stillness within<br />

those four stark walls, may at times<br />

feel suffocating, but throwing open the<br />

window dressings, we see with wizened<br />

eyes, the world awaits, and is just a step<br />

away.<br />

“Tis the season <strong>to</strong> be jolly.” <strong>The</strong> most<br />

wonderous holiday takes place amid<br />

these coldest of months, warming our<br />

hearts, minds and souls. <strong>The</strong> spectacle<br />

of colourful decorations sprouting here,<br />

there, and everywhere, lightens our<br />

spirits. <strong>The</strong> laughter, joy and sparkle of<br />

wonderment in the eyes of children as<br />

they unwrap long anticipated wishes,<br />

brings a smile <strong>to</strong> our face. <strong>The</strong> true spirit<br />

of this glorious day, the birth of a blessed<br />

baby, and its meaning, makes us take<br />

pause and grants hope for the future.<br />

So, what does the winter of my<br />

life mean <strong>to</strong> me? Feeling serene and<br />

comfortable in my surroundings,<br />

resilient because of all I have endured,<br />

thankful for the blessings I have<br />

received, at peace with the person I<br />

have become. So, while my hair is a little<br />

whiter, my face a bit paler, my bones<br />

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During the waning years of the<br />

depression in a small south eastern<br />

Idaho community, I used <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p by<br />

Brother Miller’s roadside stand for farmfresh<br />

produce as the season made it<br />

available. Food and money were still<br />

extremely scarce and bartering was used,<br />

extensively.<br />

One particular day Brother Miller was<br />

bagging some early pota<strong>to</strong>es for me. I<br />

noticed a small boy, delicate of bone<br />

and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily<br />

apprising a basket of freshly picked green<br />

peas. I paid for my pota<strong>to</strong>es but was also<br />

drawn <strong>to</strong> the display of fresh green peas. I<br />

am a pushover for creamed peas and new<br />

pota<strong>to</strong>es. Pondering the peas, I couldn’t<br />

help overhearing the conversation<br />

between Brother Miller and the ragged<br />

boy next <strong>to</strong> me.<br />

“Hello Barry, how are you <strong>to</strong>day?”<br />

“Hello, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Just<br />

admiring them peas, sure look good.”<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?”<br />

“Fine. Getting’ stronger all of the time.”<br />

“Good. Anything I can help you with?”<br />

“No, Sir. Just admiring them peas.”<br />

“Would you like <strong>to</strong> take some home?”<br />

“No, Sir. Got nothing’ <strong>to</strong> pay for ‘em<br />

with.”<br />

“Well, what have you <strong>to</strong> trade me for<br />

some of those peas?”<br />

“All I’ve got is my prize marble here.”<br />

“Is that right? Let me see it.”<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Red Marble<br />

“Here ‘tis. She’s a dandy.”<br />

“I can see that. Hmmmm,<br />

only thing is this one is<br />

blue and I sort of go for<br />

red. Do you have a red<br />

one like this at home?”<br />

“Not exactly .... but,<br />

almost.”<br />

“Tell you what. Take this sack of peas<br />

home with you and next trip this way let<br />

me look at that red marble.”<br />

“Sure will. Thanks, Mr. Miller.”<br />

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing<br />

nearby, came over <strong>to</strong> help me. With a<br />

smile she said: “<strong>The</strong>re are two other boys<br />

like him in our community, all three are<br />

in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves<br />

<strong>to</strong> bargain with them for peas, apples,<br />

<strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong>es or whatever. When they come<br />

back with their red marbles, and they<br />

always do, he decides he doesn’t like red<br />

after all and he sends them home with a<br />

bag of produce for a green marble or an<br />

orange one, perhaps.”<br />

I left the stand, smiling <strong>to</strong> myself,<br />

impressed with this man. A short time<br />

later I moved <strong>to</strong> Utah but I never forgot<br />

the s<strong>to</strong>ry of this man, the boys and their<br />

bartering. Several years went by each<br />

more rapid than the previous one.<br />

Just recently I had occasion <strong>to</strong> visit some<br />

old friends in that Idaho community and<br />

while I was there I learned that Brother<br />

Miller had died.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>y were having his viewing that<br />

evening and knowing my friends wanted<br />

<strong>to</strong> go, I agreed <strong>to</strong> accompany them.<br />

Upon our arrival at the mortuary we<br />

fell in<strong>to</strong> line <strong>to</strong> meet the relatives of the<br />

deceased and <strong>to</strong> offer whatever words<br />

of comfort we could. Ahead of us in<br />

line were three young men. One was<br />

in an army uniform and the other two<br />

wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white<br />

shirts... very professional looking.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y approached Mrs. Miller,<br />

standing smiling and<br />

composed, by her husband’s<br />

casket. Each of the young men<br />

hugged her, kissed her on the<br />

cheek, spoke briefly with her and<br />

moved on <strong>to</strong> the casket. Her misty<br />

light blue eyes followed them as, one by<br />

one, each young man s<strong>to</strong>pped briefly<br />

and placed his own warm hand over the<br />

cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the<br />

mortuary, awkwardly, wiping his eyes.<br />

Our turn came <strong>to</strong> meet Mrs. Miller. I<br />

<strong>to</strong>ld her who I was and mentioned the<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ry she had <strong>to</strong>ld me about the marbles.<br />

Eyes glistening she <strong>to</strong>ok my hand and<br />

led me <strong>to</strong> the casket. “Those three young<br />

men, that just left, were the boys I <strong>to</strong>ld<br />

you about. <strong>The</strong>y just <strong>to</strong>ld me how they<br />

appreciated the things Jim “traded”<br />

them. Now, at last, when Jim could not<br />

change his mind about color or size...<br />

they came <strong>to</strong> pay their debt. We’ve never<br />

had a great deal of the wealth of this<br />

world,” she confided, “but, right now,<br />

Jim would consider himself the richest<br />

man in Idaho.”<br />

With loving gentleness she lifted<br />

the lifeless fingers of her deceased<br />

husband. Resting underneath were three,<br />

magnificently shiny, red marbles.<br />

Moral: We will not be remembered by<br />

our words, but by our kind deeds.<br />

Canning Time<br />

By Joanne vanDam, Lucknow<br />

from Daytripping July-Aug 2020<br />

<strong>The</strong> cucumbers are dilled.<br />

<strong>The</strong> chili is chilled.<br />

<strong>The</strong> canning is done for the season.<br />

By the s<strong>to</strong>ve I have <strong>to</strong>iled.<br />

<strong>The</strong> jars have been boiled.<br />

Good food from the garden’s the reason.<br />

It’s a comforting feeling,<br />

When I hear the jars sealing,<br />

And each jar is filled <strong>to</strong> the <strong>to</strong>p.<br />

That sound makes me smile.<br />

Says, it’s all been worthwhile.<br />

When I hear all those sealer lids POP.<br />

All that peeling and chopping,<br />

And constant brow mopping.<br />

Hard work is all part of the bargain.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s no time <strong>to</strong> be bored,<br />

And I thank the Dear Lord,<br />

For each blessing that comes from our<br />

garden.<br />

‘Cause when winter comes calling,<br />

And the north winds are squalling,<br />

And we suffer from lack of the sun.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’ll be no lack of food,<br />

To darken our mood.<br />

‘Cause in August, the canning<br />

was done.<br />

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Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short S<strong>to</strong>ries<br />

By John Gardiner<br />

My first serious encounter with the<br />

opposite sex also happened around<br />

this time. I was at a dance in Walker<strong>to</strong>n<br />

and the first time I saw her, my heart<br />

melted. She was, <strong>to</strong> me, the most<br />

gorgeous creature I’d ever seen. So I<br />

did something really out of character. I<br />

asked her <strong>to</strong> dance, while at the same<br />

time, Glen and a couple of my other<br />

buddies zoned in on her friends. Her<br />

name was Kathy and she was from a<br />

small <strong>to</strong>wn called Teeswater. I spent<br />

the rest of the night with her – at least<br />

until the dance was over and her ride<br />

was leaving for home – because that’s<br />

the way it worked in those days….<br />

when you said you spent the night with<br />

someone, it wasn’t the actual night, it<br />

was only until the girl went home and<br />

you got a kiss good night if you were<br />

lucky.<br />

I was <strong>to</strong>tally and completely smitten<br />

with this girl….I could not get her off<br />

my mind in the days and weeks that<br />

followed. However, the fact she lived in<br />

Teeswater, which was likely 40 minutes<br />

from Hanover by car, was a huge obstacle<br />

in those days. We were <strong>to</strong>o young <strong>to</strong><br />

drive and long-distance telephone<br />

calling was hugely expensive and only<br />

usually done in extreme circumstances.<br />

So, it was pretty <strong>to</strong>ugh maintaining a<br />

long-distance relationship. Still, there<br />

was hitchhiking and we did lots of that<br />

in that other time. We hitchhiked all<br />

over the place, even <strong>to</strong> Kitchener and<br />

Toron<strong>to</strong>, so Teeswater wasn’t that bad.<br />

And I went every chance I got and the<br />

<strong>The</strong> following is an excerpt from “My Lefthanded,<br />

Backwards, Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short S<strong>to</strong>ries”<br />

by Wallaceburg writer John Gardiner, who grew up and<br />

came of age in Hanover, Ontario during the 1950’s and<br />

1960’s. In this memoir, Gardiner tells the s<strong>to</strong>ry of his<br />

growing-up years with a series of colourful anecdotes<br />

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My First Great Love<br />

girl seemed most receptive and it was a<br />

happy time in my life.<br />

One way I used <strong>to</strong> get <strong>to</strong> see her was<br />

by catching a ride with my cousin’s<br />

boyfriend when he drove her from<br />

Hanover back <strong>to</strong> nursing school in<br />

Wingham on Sunday nights. He had<br />

<strong>to</strong> pass right through Teeswater <strong>to</strong> get<br />

her back, so I would catch a ride <strong>to</strong> see<br />

my sweetheart. It was weird snuggling<br />

on her couch watching TV while her<br />

parents stayed in the kitchen making<br />

sure everything was good with their<br />

daughter. I remember my ride didn’t<br />

come until later than usual one night,<br />

and her Dad appeared in his red long<br />

johns <strong>to</strong> make sure things were okay…..<br />

Likely the greatest adventure I had<br />

with her was our appearance on the<br />

CKNX after school dance show called<br />

“Uptight”. <strong>The</strong>se types of dance shows<br />

were popular back in the Sixties and<br />

they were sort of spin offs of shows like<br />

American Bandstand and Soul Train<br />

that were big news on TV. And so CKNX<br />

had a local version of its own and the<br />

various high schools in the area were<br />

invited <strong>to</strong> come on different weeks,<br />

and, as might be expected, Hanover’s<br />

turn came. Now, CKNX was located<br />

in Wingham and if you remember,<br />

Wingham is close <strong>to</strong> Teeswater. I<br />

wouldn’t normally even consider<br />

going on a dance show because I don’t<br />

actually do much dancing unless under<br />

extreme duress or hopelessly in love –<br />

and this time it was the latter. But there<br />

was an obvious chance <strong>to</strong> get <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

with the girl of my dreams if things<br />

could be worked out.<br />

Well, the long and the short of it<br />

was that my friends from school and<br />

I snuck the Teeswater girls on<strong>to</strong> the<br />

show and this likely wouldn’t have<br />

been a problem, except for my own<br />

moral depravity. I latched on<strong>to</strong> my<br />

Teeswater sweetheart like you did in<br />

those days <strong>to</strong> slow dance and that’s<br />

what we did - we slow-danced through<br />

the entire show and it was one of the<br />

most truly delicious times in my life. I<br />

can still remember <strong>to</strong> this day how she<br />

seemed <strong>to</strong> fit exactly in<strong>to</strong> the con<strong>to</strong>urs<br />

of my body and I remember thinking<br />

that I never wanted the time <strong>to</strong> end<br />

– one of those special times which<br />

I’m sure we all have. And, finally, the<br />

show ended and we parted company,<br />

she <strong>to</strong> her home and me <strong>to</strong> mine. All<br />

seemed amazingly excellent with the<br />

world. Until the morning after the show<br />

aired, and I got a call <strong>to</strong> Principal R.A.<br />

Crawford’s office where I was indeed<br />

accused of moral depravity and setting<br />

a poor moral example for a student<br />

from Hanover High. It was good with<br />

me, though. Very good, indeed.<br />

Now, I don’t know if the TV show<br />

had anything <strong>to</strong> do with it or not, but it<br />

was shortly after this that she dumped<br />

me. She didn’t really tell me she was<br />

dumping me the traditional way – she<br />

showed up at one of the dances in<br />

Walker<strong>to</strong>n on the arm of a football jock<br />

– big guy – school jacket. I got a final<br />

chance <strong>to</strong> talk <strong>to</strong> her sometime later<br />

and she <strong>to</strong>ld me I just wasn’t right for<br />

her. I had long hair, played in a band,<br />

drank, smoked, did drugs. She wasn’t<br />

interested in any of that stuff…it sort<br />

of frightened her. I didn’t even try <strong>to</strong><br />

discuss the matter with her….if she<br />

didn’t like any of that stuff, we were<br />

clearly on different wavelengths…sort<br />

of different planets. That stuff was me.<br />

So, it ended. She went on <strong>to</strong> become<br />

a dentist and she married a guy who<br />

became a neurosurgeon. If she’d stayed<br />

with me, I’m not sure she’d have had<br />

the same type of life. I hope she’s happy<br />

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a small moment of her life with me…..<br />

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Life holds so many priceless things<br />

<strong>The</strong> falling rain—the wind that sings<br />

Each star on a high—a big full moon<br />

And sunbeams dancing in your room<br />

<strong>The</strong> river as it rushes on<br />

A sunset when day is gone<br />

No wealth can buy a mountain tall<br />

<strong>The</strong>se priceless things belong <strong>to</strong> all<br />

An autumn tree lends beauty rare<br />

With leaves piled deep most everywhere.<br />

As nature wears a glowing smile<br />

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Ships Away<br />

By Gloria Austin, St. Thomas<br />

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2011<br />

Could anything be quite as dear<br />

As laughing children that we hear<br />

When the German prisoners first<br />

came <strong>to</strong> our place they had guards,<br />

with guns <strong>to</strong>o. I saw them.<br />

It was about the first part of the<br />

1940’s and a prisoner of war camp<br />

was built in Fingal. That was only a few<br />

miles from our home and my father<br />

had found out that many of the<br />

prisoners were sent<br />

out <strong>to</strong> work on<br />

the surrounding<br />

farms, so he<br />

thought since<br />

he needed men<br />

<strong>to</strong> work in his<br />

ship yard he would<br />

see if he could hire a<br />

few. And he did. Even at<br />

that time, I knew they would only send<br />

men who spoke English.<br />

I lived in a large house with my<br />

grandmother in Port Stanley at the<br />

time. My grandpa had died a year<br />

before and my mother asked if I would<br />

go <strong>to</strong> stay with her for a time. Of<br />

course at the age of fourteen it seemed<br />

wonderful - a new school, new friends<br />

and my own room. That isn’t exactly<br />

the way it worked. My gram and I slept<br />

in the same room but it was okay.<br />

At first, as I’ve mentioned, the<br />

prisoners had guards with guns. Pretty<br />

soon the guards were gone and it was<br />

arranged for the Germans <strong>to</strong> board at<br />

my gramma’s. It seems money was<br />

tight and she was assured by someone<br />

that they were not dangerous, and it<br />

was a very large house. So they moved<br />

in. <strong>The</strong>ir names were Hans, Arnold<br />

and Hanson. We never learned if that<br />

was first or last names.<br />

When supper was over (yes, they<br />

ate with us) they would make ships<br />

in bottles. <strong>The</strong> fishermen would give<br />

them large empty liquor bottles and<br />

they then created replicas<br />

of the ships. Everyone<br />

loved the<br />

work they<br />

did on the<br />

bottles - art<br />

really.<br />

I watched Hans create<br />

one of these. It <strong>to</strong>ok a<br />

long time. <strong>The</strong> wood had<br />

<strong>to</strong> be carved then painted <strong>to</strong><br />

match the real thing. Every piece was<br />

attached with string flattened out, put<br />

through the mouth of the bottle and<br />

when it was placed just right a string or<br />

strings were pulled and the ship s<strong>to</strong>od<br />

up. What a thrill that was <strong>to</strong> see.<br />

We never discussed the war, but<br />

they did talk about their families. It<br />

seemed <strong>to</strong> me they were just like the<br />

other people we knew. I went <strong>to</strong> school<br />

every day on the train and came back<br />

just in time for supper. We all arrived<br />

home about the same time. <strong>The</strong> men<br />

from work and I from St.Thomas High<br />

School, except one day they weren’t<br />

there. Grandma just said they had<br />

<strong>to</strong> leave. <strong>The</strong>y were being sent back<br />

home <strong>to</strong> Germany. I felt a bit sad.<br />

All these years later I wonder if any<br />

of those ships are still around.<br />

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As a physiotherapist working in the<br />

community, I am often asked <strong>to</strong> help<br />

support those directly and indirectly<br />

affected by dementia. While we have<br />

no control over dementia risk fac<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

such as genetics and age, recent<br />

research does indicate that there are<br />

several lifestyle things we can do <strong>to</strong><br />

help support our brain health as we age.<br />

<strong>The</strong> research suggests six key lifestyle<br />

fac<strong>to</strong>rs can influence not only longevity,<br />

but also our brain health. Who knew?<br />

So, what are the Six Pillars of brain<br />

health and longevity?<br />

Exercise<br />

Mental Stimulation<br />

Social Activity • Nutrition<br />

Stress • Sleep<br />

Exercise: Most of us know the<br />

importance of exercise for our physical<br />

and mental health, but did you know<br />

that exercise benefits our physical brain<br />

as well? Exercise improves blood flow<br />

<strong>to</strong> the brain, therefore boosting the<br />

supply of oxygen and nutrients <strong>to</strong> the<br />

brain and it also boosts neuroplasticity<br />

(helps build new brain cells and form/<br />

reorganize cells). Although there does<br />

need <strong>to</strong> be more research on the optimal<br />

exercise “prescription” <strong>to</strong> maximize<br />

benefits for our brain health, we do<br />

know that 150 minutes of moderate<br />

<strong>to</strong> vigorous exercise a week each week<br />

My ability<br />

<strong>to</strong> remember<br />

song lyrics<br />

from the 60s<br />

far exceeds<br />

my ability<br />

<strong>to</strong> remember<br />

why I walked<br />

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

kitchen.<br />

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By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher<br />

is recommended. A brisk paced walk,<br />

going for a bike ride, gardening, or<br />

even cleaning our house are all ways <strong>to</strong><br />

increase activity <strong>to</strong> boost our brains.<br />

Do what you love and let’s just keep<br />

moving.<br />

Mental Stimulation: Exercising<br />

our minds is just as important as<br />

exercising our bodies. Challenging<br />

our brain with novel activities and<br />

new ways of doing things help <strong>to</strong><br />

build new brain cells and strengthen<br />

those connections between them.<br />

So, do whatever you enjoy that<br />

keeps your mind active whether its<br />

reading, playing games, doing a puzzle,<br />

or something else that requires your<br />

focus. Engage your mind.<br />

Social Activity: Social engagement<br />

can be a predic<strong>to</strong>r of overall well-being<br />

throughout life. When we have a vibrant,<br />


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Nutrition: Our brains require a<br />

constant supply of vitamins, minerals,<br />

essential fat, and amino acids <strong>to</strong><br />

function. According <strong>to</strong> research, a hearthealthy<br />

diet such as the Mediterranean-<br />

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diet. While it may not always be easy<br />

<strong>to</strong> make huge changes <strong>to</strong> our eating<br />

habits, even a small shift can help. So<br />

maybe eliminate some processed foods<br />

and add a little more whole grains, leafy<br />

greens, fruits, and nuts <strong>to</strong> your diet,<br />

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Stress Management: While stress is<br />

a normal part of everyday life, stress<br />

that happens frequently, or becomes<br />

chronic, can take a <strong>to</strong>ll on our brain<br />

health. How does stress affect brain<br />

health? When we are stressed for<br />

prolonged periods of time, the hormonal<br />

and vascular changes can result in<br />

increased blood pressure, higher sugar<br />

levels, and inflammation—all of which<br />

are associated with dementia. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are so many effective ways <strong>to</strong> manage<br />

our stress such as deep breathing,<br />

meditation, exercise and talk therapy...<br />

even with our friends. Find what works<br />

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Sleep: Not getting enough good<br />

quality seep on a regular basis can<br />

leave us feeling tired and irritable and<br />

can impact our brain health. According<br />

<strong>to</strong> some researchers, they found<br />

increased grey matter volume<br />

in the brains of those who<br />

had between six and eight<br />

hours each night. More grey<br />

matter volume is a good<br />

thing, as it tends <strong>to</strong> shrink<br />

with age. Yikes! Good thing<br />

I like <strong>to</strong> get eight hours of<br />

sleep. Phew! Establishing a<br />

nighttime routine can be key<br />

<strong>to</strong> a good night’s sleep. So, leave the<br />

exercising <strong>to</strong> the daytime and avoid<br />

the internet and TV <strong>to</strong> at least an hour<br />

before bedtime. Nighttime routine can<br />

be key.<br />

So, are these six fac<strong>to</strong>rs going <strong>to</strong><br />

prevent dementia? Not likely, but some<br />

of the fac<strong>to</strong>rs could “push back” the<br />

onset of cognitive decline. Dementia<br />

develops over a long period of time so<br />

the earlier in life we start <strong>to</strong> make some<br />

of these changes it could potentially<br />

benefit our brain health and longevity.<br />

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began in 1970 with a group of<br />

community members operating a<br />

Meals on Wheels service. Over 50 years<br />

later, LEO has increased its services<br />

and supports <strong>to</strong> include adults over<br />

60 and adults with disabilities. “As an<br />

organization, we are committed <strong>to</strong><br />

community support services that enable<br />

people <strong>to</strong> live in their homes longer and<br />

with dignity and independence,” says<br />

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our volunteer and social engagement<br />

opportunities; making sure people are<br />

connected and not socially isolated.”<br />

LEO offers many services including<br />

transportation, Meals on Wheels,<br />

Friendly Visiting, a Retirement Home<br />

Support Program, crisis intervention,<br />

and home support services which<br />

includes personal support workers,<br />

home helpers and respite. “Having a<br />

meal delivered <strong>to</strong> your home can make<br />

all the difference following a surgery or<br />

if you are finding yourself on your own,”<br />

Amy Weiler, Community Engagement<br />

Specialist says. Services like Meals on<br />

Wheels or transportation allows clients<br />

<strong>to</strong> have homecooked meals delivered<br />

<strong>to</strong> their door or ride <strong>to</strong> their doc<strong>to</strong>r’s<br />

appointments or social engagements.<br />

<strong>The</strong> United Way provides funding for<br />

those two programs which provide<br />

subsidies <strong>to</strong> low-income qualifying<br />

clients.<br />

Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n’s population is older<br />

than the provincial average by five<br />

per-cent, so LEO sees a demand and<br />

growing need for the community <strong>to</strong><br />

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Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, an initiative that works with<br />

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and awareness of all the social supports<br />

and community programming. As a<br />

part of Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Health Team,<br />

LEO along with 35 partners in the<br />

community are working on improving<br />

the health care system by making it<br />

easier for people <strong>to</strong> access what they<br />

need.<br />

Social programming is a key part<br />

of what LEO offers. <strong>The</strong>ir programs<br />

include a Diner’s <strong>Club</strong>, a Peer Social<br />

and Wellness <strong>Club</strong>, and Forever FIT<br />

exercise classes <strong>to</strong> name a few. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

programs offer LEO clients a way <strong>to</strong><br />

stay connected <strong>to</strong> their peers and the<br />

local community. “We want <strong>to</strong> increase<br />

well being while giving our clients the<br />

opportunity <strong>to</strong> engage and connect with<br />

their community,” explains Amy.<br />

LEO’s programs and services are<br />

made possible by a dedicated volunteer<br />

base that help create meaningful impact<br />

in the community. Friendly Visiting,<br />

Meals on Wheels, and Adopt-a-Driveway<br />

are key programs where volunteers give<br />

their time <strong>to</strong> implement LEO services<br />

and support clients. “Volunteering offers<br />

vital help <strong>to</strong> organizations like LEO, but<br />

also has many benefits for volunteers,<br />

such as connecting with the community,<br />

learning new skills or applying areas<br />

of expertise, and can reduce stress<br />

and increase self-esteem,” explains<br />

Amy. LEO is seeking new volunteers<br />

for their growing list of programs.<br />

“Whether it’s for one-off programming,<br />

or ongoing services, we have volunteer<br />

opportunities for every schedule,”<br />

says Amy. Those interested in getting<br />

involved should visit the LEO website at<br />

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When Bill Lamarche<br />

was the sporting goods<br />

and seasonal manager at<br />

a large retailer in London,<br />

he began dreaming<br />

about opening his own<br />

business. In 1989, he and<br />

his wife Alice purchased<br />

Sarnia Home Hardware.<br />

In 2001, they moved <strong>to</strong><br />

their current location, 120<br />

Russell Street, and since<br />

then the business hasn’t<br />

s<strong>to</strong>pped growing. After<br />

over 30 years of service,<br />

Bill and Alice have stepped<br />

back and their daughter,<br />

Laura Lamarche, has taken over as s<strong>to</strong>re<br />

manager.<br />

Sarnia Home Hardware sells a full<br />

selection of home improvement supplies<br />

from plumbing <strong>to</strong> hand <strong>to</strong>ols. <strong>The</strong>y also<br />

sell housewares, giftware, seasonal items,<br />

and lawn and garden supplies. “On any<br />

given day, staff are mixing paint, helping<br />

in electrical, and merchandising a new<br />

housewares display. It’s never boring<br />

here. We are always learning both from<br />

each other and our cus<strong>to</strong>mers,” shares<br />

Laura.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Beauti-Tone paint centre is a<br />

particularly busy spot in the s<strong>to</strong>re. Paint<br />

Manager Carolyn Robinson has been<br />

helping people find the perfect paint<br />

and supplies for six years. “During the<br />

height of the pandemic we would be<br />

mixing 50-60 cans of paint a day. Today,<br />

people want assistance and knowledge.<br />

No one wants <strong>to</strong> do the wrong thing or<br />

do it twice. And after a conversation with<br />

Carolyn our cus<strong>to</strong>mers don’t have <strong>to</strong>,”<br />

Laura explains. Home Hardware makes<br />

its own paint, Beauti-Tone, right here in<br />

Canada.<br />

James Hamil<strong>to</strong>n, the hardware<br />

manager has also made a name for<br />

himself. “James is a destination for<br />

people. You can’t find someone who’s<br />

better at giving service than him,”<br />

Laura says. James is another long-term<br />

employee of Home Hardware, and has<br />

been at Russell Street for almost 12<br />

years. “So many of our employees have<br />

been with us for years. I think that’s a<br />

testament not only <strong>to</strong> the s<strong>to</strong>re but <strong>to</strong><br />

our cus<strong>to</strong>mers.” <strong>The</strong> great team at Home<br />

Hardware creates a good atmosphere for<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers and employees. “When you<br />

give people a little bit of creative freedom<br />

you’ll be amazed at what they can do.”<br />

Located in Sarnia’s southend, staff at<br />

Home Hardware are beginning <strong>to</strong> see<br />

an emerging demographic of young<br />

homeowners in the area looking <strong>to</strong> fix up<br />

their new-<strong>to</strong>-them homes. “People are<br />

buying homes in the south end of Sarnia<br />

again, and they want <strong>to</strong> do the work in<br />

their homes properly. Our staff are a<br />

reliable source of information for them,<br />

because service remains the corners<strong>to</strong>ne<br />

of what we do here,” Laura says.<br />

While paint and hardware are two<br />

staples people often think of when<br />

it comes <strong>to</strong> Home Hardware, at this<br />

location cus<strong>to</strong>mers can find a whole lot<br />

more. “<strong>The</strong>re is a lot of merchandise in<br />

this s<strong>to</strong>re. Don’t let the size fool you,<br />

you can come <strong>to</strong> get duct tape and<br />

leave with a scarf,” Laura shares with<br />

a laugh. Home Hardware s<strong>to</strong>res are<br />

independently owned, making each<br />

s<strong>to</strong>re unique. “Our s<strong>to</strong>re has become a<br />

houseware and giftware destination.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are so many places in <strong>to</strong>wn <strong>to</strong> get<br />

building materials and <strong>to</strong>ols, we’ve taken<br />

our s<strong>to</strong>re in a different direction.” With<br />

everything from decor <strong>to</strong> clothing, or<br />

kitchen and <strong>to</strong>ol gadgets, there is bound<br />

<strong>to</strong> be something for even the hardest<br />

person <strong>to</strong> shop for on your holiday list.<br />

“People come <strong>to</strong> our s<strong>to</strong>re for unique<br />

gifts or things people need. Whether<br />

it’s gifty or completely practical, there is<br />

something for everybody.”<br />

When it comes <strong>to</strong> the future of Home<br />

Hardware, Laura and her team will<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> prioritize <strong>to</strong>p-rate service.<br />

“We love what we do, and if we can<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> maintain this kind of<br />

relationship with our community, and<br />

each other, that sounds like a great future<br />

<strong>to</strong> me,” Laura says. As the s<strong>to</strong>re continues<br />

<strong>to</strong> grow its merchandise sec<strong>to</strong>r, there are<br />

a few areas Laura dreams of improving.<br />

“I would love <strong>to</strong> see more local brands<br />

and Canadian brands on our shelves. We<br />

love <strong>to</strong> support local every way we can,<br />

and this is the natural next step.”<br />

Home Hardware’s guiding ethic is<br />

that community and the common good<br />

is simply good business and this can<br />

be seen in all aspects of Sarnia Home<br />

Hardware. “We are a neighbourhood<br />

hardware s<strong>to</strong>re. We know our cus<strong>to</strong>mers,<br />

and they know us. <strong>The</strong>y have come <strong>to</strong><br />

trust us for our knowledge and great<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mer service,” shares Laura. “Many<br />

of our cus<strong>to</strong>mers s<strong>to</strong>p in just <strong>to</strong> chat.<br />

Every day I come <strong>to</strong> work and I’m with<br />

friends.”<br />

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1. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was<br />

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2. <strong>The</strong> bandage is wound around the wound.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> farm was used <strong>to</strong> produce produce.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong> dump was so full that it had <strong>to</strong> refuse more refuse.<br />

5. We must polish the Polish furniture.<br />

6. He could lead if he would get the lead out.<br />

7. <strong>The</strong> soldier decided <strong>to</strong> desert his dessert<br />

in the desert.<br />

8. A bass was painted on the head<br />

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9. When shot at, the dove dove<br />

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10. I did not object <strong>to</strong> the object.<br />

11. <strong>The</strong> insurance was invalid for<br />

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Back in the 50’s and 60’s,<br />

we could count on winter<br />

starting around November<br />

and ending in March. That<br />

was before the ozone and<br />

the climate changes that are<br />

prevalent <strong>to</strong>day. <strong>The</strong>re was<br />

plenty of snow for all those<br />

months and consistently<br />

cold temperatures, providing<br />

a winter wonderland for us<br />

kids <strong>to</strong> enjoy. Many times after an ice<br />

s<strong>to</strong>rm, we skated on the roads or even<br />

in ditches as well as natural ponds<br />

scattered in open fields.<br />

Our good friends and neighbours, the<br />

Murray family, had one of those natural<br />

ponds in the field next door <strong>to</strong> them.<br />

Roy and his sons would regularly flood<br />

it, turning it in<strong>to</strong> one sensational skating<br />

surface. <strong>The</strong>y set up floodlights and a<br />

radio so we would be all set for hours<br />

of skating enjoyment. <strong>The</strong> Top 40 could<br />

be heard all over the neighborhood.<br />

We were even allowed <strong>to</strong> go in<strong>to</strong> their<br />

garage <strong>to</strong> lace up our skates, where it<br />

was not so cold.<br />

Kids would come from far and wide<br />

both day and night <strong>to</strong> ‘Murray’s Pond.’<br />

Games of tag and hockey would be<br />

played, along with barrel-jumping for<br />

the daring and crack-the-whip for the<br />

brave, with the kid at the end of the line<br />

taking a flying leap in<strong>to</strong> a snowbank.<br />

<strong>The</strong> laughter and screaming could be<br />

heard for blocks and if you had any<br />

doubts about where <strong>to</strong> find the rink,<br />

you just had <strong>to</strong> follow the sounds. I can<br />

remember so well rushing home from<br />

school, both in elementary and high<br />

school, quickly doing homework and<br />

gobbling down supper, then hitting the<br />

ice as soon as possible. Fortunately,<br />

my house was just across the field so it<br />

wasn’t far <strong>to</strong> go.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highlight of the winter skating,<br />

it seemed, was after Christmas when<br />

we would gather up all the discarded<br />

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many as we possibly could from<br />

the curbs <strong>to</strong> Murray’s Pond. Thankfully,<br />

the bonfire <strong>to</strong>ok place in the open field<br />

and the firemen never had <strong>to</strong> be called,<br />

although there were some fairly high<br />

flames against the evening sky.<br />

Another favourite winter activity in<br />

Corunna was <strong>to</strong>bogganing and there<br />

were several gullies <strong>to</strong> choose from, with<br />

all kinds of twists and turns. Actually,<br />

looking back, it was a little dangerous,<br />

but at that time all of us had youth on<br />

our side and were invincible. Making<br />

snowmen, snow angels, and snow forts<br />

was another favourite pastime and we<br />

spent hours perfecting our crafts. But<br />

just like in the s<strong>to</strong>ry, once the sun came<br />

out, Frosty was his<strong>to</strong>ry along with our<br />

forts.<br />

I really do not recall ever getting a<br />

‘snow day’ in elementary school, but<br />

certainly remember walking <strong>to</strong> school<br />

in a blizzard. To my recollection, the<br />

schools never closed and our mothers<br />

never suggested we stay home. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

just packed our lunches, bundled us up<br />

so that only our eyes showed and saw<br />

us out the door. Those who travelled by<br />

bus usually made it as well, sometimes<br />

a little later than normal.<br />

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of us are so busy being kids that it isn’t<br />

until we are adults that we think back<br />

and realize how someone impacted<br />

our lives. When I remember all the fun<br />

times skating on Murray’s Pond, I reflect<br />

on our neighbor Roy Murray and all his<br />

efforts and good deeds, not only with<br />

the rink, but all year long <strong>to</strong> make our<br />

growing up years special in many ways.<br />

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In a previous article I wrote about<br />

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I want <strong>to</strong> tell a s<strong>to</strong>ry about Kay, and<br />

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How can she care for a little puppy?<br />

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other, well the distain should change<br />

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Think about it.<br />

Micky needs walks.<br />

Micky needs <strong>to</strong> go<br />

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needs <strong>to</strong> play with<br />

his <strong>to</strong>ys. Micky needs<br />

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Micky needs his belly<br />

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Micky needs <strong>to</strong> lay beside Kay and<br />

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just wants the same<br />

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It is kind of amazing<br />

that Micky does all of<br />

that. Well, he does, I<br />

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My wife tells a good s<strong>to</strong>ry that<br />

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when you s<strong>to</strong>p and let them out,<br />

which one is going <strong>to</strong> be happy <strong>to</strong> see<br />

you? (Publisher’s note... don’t actually<br />

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<strong>The</strong> physical and mental health<br />

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added movement and physical activity.<br />

In fact, the simple act of stroking<br />

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about that—just the act of petting<br />

Micky helps Kay reduce stress and<br />

increase a feeling of wellness.<br />

On the practical side, it is worth<br />

stating that Micky is a small breed<br />

of dog. Perfect for Kay. No one is<br />

suggesting that Kay get a Great Dane,<br />

nor would that be appropriate. This<br />

little guy, full of personality and love<br />

is just what the doc<strong>to</strong>r ordered for<br />

my friend and it is a joy <strong>to</strong> see the<br />

wonderful impact Micky has had on<br />

Kay. I am reminded of a prayer I read<br />

recently and it struck a chord with<br />

me. It goes like this:<br />

“God, help me be the person my dog<br />

thinks I am.”<br />

Kay has been given a gift, and those<br />

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Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Elderly Outreach Reception, Transportation, Friendly Visiting, Meals on Wheels, Diner’s <strong>Club</strong>, Forever Fitness 519-845-1353<br />

Alzheimer Society of SL Program, Event and Bingo Volunteers 519-332-4444<br />

Habitat for Humanity Handyman Assistant, ReS<strong>to</strong>re: Sales Floor Support, Cashier 519-339-7957<br />

St. Joseph’s Hospice S-L Residence Reception, Volunteers for Kitchen, Grocery Shopping, Direct Support, and more 519-337-0537 stjosephshospice.ca<br />

Literacy Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Volunteer opportunities in the Adult or Family Literacy Programs, Special Events, and more literacylamb<strong>to</strong>n.org/volunteer/<br />

Noelle’s Gift <strong>to</strong> Children Bingo & Event Volunteers: online registration at www.noellesgift.ca under volunteer tab www.noellesgift.ca<br />

Bluewater Health<br />


Sarnia & District Humane<br />

Society<br />


Several volunteer opportunities. Needed items: non-clumping cat litter, horse bedding pellets,<br />

<strong>to</strong>wels and small fleece blankets, and more. Visit website for full list.<br />


www.sarniahumanesociety.com<br />

River City Vineyard Donation of food, extra clothing, valuables, and small household items <strong>to</strong> foodbank and shelter 519-383-8463(VINE)<br />

Petrolia Food Bank Monetary and food donations <strong>to</strong> food bank (please check expiry dates) 519-882-3950<br />

Inn of the Good Shepherd<br />

Women’s Interval Home<br />

Patient Experience Companions, Help Program, Information Desk Attendants, Oncology,<br />

Mealtime Assistants, Mammography<br />

Needed items: Clothing, linens & bedding, small kitchen appliances, dishes & cutlery, cereal,<br />

school snacks, juice boxes, sugar, coffee. Volunteer opportunities available.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> sun came out,<br />

And the snowman cried.<br />

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On every side.<br />

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(Margaret Hillert - from 'January Thaw')<br />

New Year,<br />

New View<br />

Sure, sure, all good intentions,<br />

will it all make a difference?<br />

Courtesy of Sipkens Nurseries<br />

We all like <strong>to</strong> think that a New<br />

Year’s resolution will change things.<br />

Permanently.<br />

Now that we are officially on the<br />

upswing of longer and brighter days it<br />

seems easier <strong>to</strong> be optimistic for the<br />

year <strong>to</strong> come. It is always a good idea<br />

<strong>to</strong> take a few minutes <strong>to</strong> reflect on the<br />

year past and hope for the year coming.<br />

This time of reflection really does help<br />

us ground ourselves after the busyness<br />

of the holidays, and many extra family<br />

gatherings.<br />

So, this January, consider changing<br />

your view. Out with that tree dropping its<br />

needles, and in with some new vibes. As<br />

the Christmas decorations are put away,<br />

look <strong>to</strong> change your view inside your<br />

home. (Maybe you do need <strong>to</strong> do some<br />

organizing as all the advertisements<br />

suggest with s<strong>to</strong>rage boxes and bins<br />

and organizers), but you should most<br />

definitely change your view.<br />

We all can feel a little trapped indoors<br />

by the weather we receive in the coldest<br />

months of the yea. This year give<br />

yourself a new view. With that space<br />

you gained putting decorations away,<br />

add a new plant or two or three <strong>to</strong> your<br />

indoor environment.<br />

Changing your view with some new<br />

plants, whether they are cheery with<br />

flowers, or bright lush foliage, and<br />

having something new <strong>to</strong> look at tends<br />

<strong>to</strong> give many benefits. <strong>The</strong> power of<br />

plants in your house has been well<br />

studied by NASA for air purifying and<br />

humidifying abilities. Aside from better<br />

breathing, the beauty and presence<br />

of plants definitely creates a more<br />

tranquil environment, lowering stress,<br />

promoting healing and giving your<br />

emotions and mental health a boost.<br />

We all have, somewhere inside us,<br />

a desire <strong>to</strong> feel needed and <strong>to</strong> care for<br />

others. When we have time <strong>to</strong> slow<br />

down and reflect, that feeling can<br />

increase as we focus less on our self<br />

and more on others. In those times you<br />

just can’t be with friends and family,<br />

caring for plants can fill that need.<br />

When you need something positive <strong>to</strong><br />

talk about, your plants are an excellent<br />

<strong>to</strong>pic of conversation that leaves you<br />

filled (did you catch that pun?) instead<br />

of begrudging the ‘news.’<br />

Now that you have another few good<br />

reasons <strong>to</strong> buy a new houseplant, treat<br />

yourself or a friend <strong>to</strong> some new Plant<br />

Joy and feel the difference plants can<br />

make.<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Gardening Checklist:<br />

❏ Collect new indoor plants.<br />

❏ Give a friend or family member a<br />

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❏ Make up a new reason <strong>to</strong> shop for<br />

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❏ Tend your indoor plants by more<br />

carefully watering and tidying after<br />

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❏ Put out food for our wild birds<br />

❏ Enjoy the beauty of the season<br />

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❏ Plan for spring gardening<br />

❏ Start seedlings for your garden<br />

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1 Charlie Rich <strong>The</strong> Most Beautiful Girl<br />

2 Jim Staffordz Spiders and Snakes<br />

3 Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors<br />

4 Marie Osmond Paper Roses<br />

5 Conway Twitty You've Never Been This Far Before<br />

6 Peters & Lee <strong>Welcome</strong> Home<br />

7 Merle Haggard If We Make It Through December<br />

8 Jeanne Pruett Satin Sheets<br />

9 Tom T. Hall I Love<br />

10 Anne Murray A Love Song<br />

Billboard Hits<br />

1 Dobie Gray Drift Away<br />

2 Paul McCartney My Love<br />

3 Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On<br />

4 Ringo Starr You're Sixteen<br />

5 Stevie Wonder Superstition<br />

6 El<strong>to</strong>n John Daniel<br />

7 Al Green Call Me (Come Back Home)<br />

8 Carly Simon You're So Vain<br />

9 <strong>The</strong> Rolling S<strong>to</strong>nes Angie<br />

10 Gladys Knight & <strong>The</strong> Pips<br />

Midnight Train <strong>to</strong> Georgia<br />

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Movies<br />

<strong>The</strong> Exorcist<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sting<br />

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American Graffiti<br />

Papillon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Way We Were<br />

Magnum Force<br />

Live and Let Die<br />

Robin Hood<br />

Paper Moon<br />

Serpico<br />

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More Daisies<br />

I came across this old clipping that<br />

my mother Marion Jane LaPointe<br />

had clipped out of a newspaper when<br />

she was 70, eight years before she<br />

passed away. I always thought she felt<br />

wonderful about her life up <strong>to</strong> that<br />

point so it sort of surprised me, and it<br />

shows you never quite know everything<br />

about somebody. Author unknown &<br />

originally untitled, so I’ve given it one.<br />

If I had my life <strong>to</strong> live over, I’d<br />

dare <strong>to</strong> make more mistakes next<br />

time. I’d relax, I’d limber up, I would<br />

be sillier than I’ve been this trip. I<br />

would take fewer things seriously,<br />

take more chances, take more trips.<br />

I’d climb more mountains, and swim<br />

more rivers.<br />

I would eat more ice cream and<br />

less beans. I would, perhaps, have<br />

more actual troubles, but I’d have<br />

fewer imaginary ones. You see,<br />

I’m one of those people who lived<br />

seriously, sanely, hour after hour,<br />

day after day. Oh, I’ve had my<br />

moments, and if I had it <strong>to</strong> do over<br />

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Sent in by Kenneth Lapointe, Windsor<br />

From Daytripping Summer 2007<br />

again, I’d have more of them... In<br />

fact, I’d try <strong>to</strong> have nothing else, just<br />

moments, one after another, instead<br />

of living so many years ahead of<br />

each day.<br />

I’ve been one of those people<br />

who never goes anywhere without<br />

a thermometer, hot water bottle,<br />

rain coat and a parachute. If I had<br />

<strong>to</strong> do it again, I would travel lighter<br />

this trip. If I had my life <strong>to</strong> live over,<br />

I would start going barefoot earlier<br />

in the spring, and stay that way later<br />

in<strong>to</strong> fall. I would go <strong>to</strong> more dances,<br />

I would ride more merry-go-rounds,<br />

I would pick more daisies.<br />

A new magazine for people who aren’t (new that is!)<br />

On Helping<br />

A Friend<br />

Res<strong>to</strong>re An<br />

Old Cupboard<br />

by Gord Lane | 1919-2008<br />

from Daytripping<br />

Nov-Dec 2013<br />

Of yesterdays, a sunny day<br />

I helped you work, we scraped away<br />

So many coats of time and paint<br />

To find beneath, quite old and quaint<br />

A cupboard.<br />

Those that it served so long ago<br />

Just what would it be like <strong>to</strong> know<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir way of life?<br />

A kitchen cupboard old and fine<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>to</strong>p and bot<strong>to</strong>m flat design<br />

From trees their men felled at the time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> iron clasp upon the door<br />

Was dated One Eight Seven Four<br />

And now we're working <strong>to</strong> res<strong>to</strong>re<br />

That cupboard made of pine.<br />

A type most kitchens used <strong>to</strong> know,<br />

That women cherished long ago;<br />

<strong>The</strong> glass doors of the upper half<br />

Displayed the early pattern glass<br />

Possessions brought by sea and land<br />

So far by those who fought and planned,<br />

Together <strong>to</strong>iled and cleared the land.<br />

If you could talk, what would you say,<br />

Of time, of life, of yesterday,<br />

Of former owners passed away?<br />

Before you put your things inside<br />

Reflect through time with humble pride<br />

To when the cupboard was brand new<br />

A slender woman just like you<br />

When she arranged her glassware there<br />

With thoughtful tender loving care<br />

She did what you're about <strong>to</strong> do.<br />

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cities across Canada. It’s the<br />

busiest day of the year for many<br />

bakeries. Paczkis (pronounced<br />

pooch-key or poonch-key) were<br />

originally made for the practical<br />

purpose of using up the eggs and<br />

lard which would not be<br />

consumed during the fast of the<br />

Lenten season. Since each Paczki<br />

has a whopping 1000 calories and<br />

20 grams of fat, they're<br />

considered the last-minute binge<br />

of sweets before Ash Wednesday.<br />

It's really only an extra large<br />

dough ball, rich in egg yolks and<br />

deep fried in fat. <strong>The</strong> traditional<br />

filling is prunes; but they can be<br />

found filled with custard,<br />

strawberry, raspberry, etc; and <strong>to</strong><br />

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CROSSWORD on page 25<br />

by Lyn Tremblay, Simcoe<br />

from Daytripping May-June 2007<br />

A big black cast iron s<strong>to</strong>ve with white<br />

porcelain trim held a prominent place<br />

in the farm kitchen of my childhood. In<br />

the morning my sisters and I awoke <strong>to</strong><br />

the clang of its lids being lifted and the<br />

thump of wood being dumped in<strong>to</strong> its<br />

box. Before school we dressed near its<br />

warmth, while a pot of porridge bubbled<br />

on the s<strong>to</strong>ve<strong>to</strong>p. Mom kept the black <strong>to</strong>p<br />

shining with an old rag dabbed in lard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ve’s open oven door warmed<br />

our cold feet when we came in from<br />

<strong>to</strong>bogganing and later its heat sent steam<br />

rising from our wet mittens. A reservoir<br />

at the back held a supply of hot water.<br />

<strong>The</strong> inside of the warming closet wasn’t<br />

needed much and held an interesting<br />

collection of old flat irons, used before<br />

my memory. <strong>The</strong> <strong>to</strong>p of it was a resting<br />

place for my mom’s bread pans.<br />

A few times a week, flour would be<br />

sprinkled out on the kitchen counter<br />

and her fingers would roll and knead<br />

dough in<strong>to</strong> rectangular loaves. Placed<br />

in bread pans and covered with a white<br />

cot<strong>to</strong>n tea <strong>to</strong>wel, the yeast would rise the<br />

dough in<strong>to</strong> white clouds ready <strong>to</strong> be put<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the oven, usually just a little while<br />

before we arrived home from school.<br />

<strong>The</strong> smell of fresh-baked bread<br />

greeted us as we stepped<br />

through the front door and<br />

we rushed <strong>to</strong> get thick slabs<br />

of warm bread with butter<br />

melting in<strong>to</strong> its softness.<br />

My mother’s recipes<br />

came from her head or<br />

were handed down from<br />

grandmothers, aunts or country<br />

neighbours, people whose<br />

culinary talents did not<br />

lean <strong>to</strong>wards the exotic or<br />

gourmet, instead the dishes were simple<br />

and wholesome. Back then there was<br />

no concern about fat content, sugar or<br />

carbohydrates. We needed hearty foods<br />

that filled the bellies of hungry men at<br />

mid-day dinners and held them over<br />

until supper. Our meat and eggs came<br />

from the barnyard, our vegetables from<br />

the garden, apples from our orchards<br />

and berries from along the fence rows.<br />

When I moved away from home and<br />

married, my mother handed over a<br />

whole collection of her favourite recipes,<br />

all written in her beautiful penmanship<br />

on the blue lines of an old Hilroy<br />

schoolbook.<br />

When my body and mind crave<br />

comfort, I reach for that little<br />

book. Listed on each page<br />

are the needed ingredients<br />

and instructions on how <strong>to</strong><br />

prepare the dish, but there<br />

are other small notes<br />

attached <strong>to</strong> some that<br />

take me on a wonderful<br />

trip down memory<br />

lane. I make pota<strong>to</strong><br />

cakes, molded with my<br />

hands and rolled in soda<br />

cracker crumbs and remember a tiny<br />

lady who lived down the road who used<br />

<strong>to</strong> give us butterscotch peppermints -<br />

“Mrs. Wal<strong>to</strong>ns recipe,” the note says.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book contains hints of something<br />

else that I recall. While my mother<br />

had <strong>to</strong> cook, she really loved <strong>to</strong> bake,<br />

especially for a dad who had a sweet<strong>to</strong>oth.<br />

Mouth-watering chocolate cake is<br />

“Aunt Marie’s” recipe and my favourite<br />

peanut butter cookies came from “Aunt<br />

Mary Hartin.” Under ‘Rolls and Bread,’<br />

a scribble says, “Nora Crego’s recipe<br />

- really good.” A pumpkin pie recipe<br />

came from “Isobel Austin,” my public<br />

school principal. A ‘Hard time Pie Crust’<br />

recipe says, “Grandma Hutchison’s<br />

- This is the one I use all the time,<br />

Mom.” (A half pound of Tenderflake<br />

lard is the secret <strong>to</strong> this recipe! I<br />

now opt for the frozen shells from<br />

my local supermarket. Sorry Mom.)<br />

<strong>The</strong> corners are turned down on the<br />

pages that contain familiar Christmas<br />

recipes. <strong>The</strong>re are peanut butter squares,<br />

coconut kisses, two fudge recipes, one<br />

for shortbread cookies, and another for<br />

honey cookies.<br />

When my mom passed away and we<br />

were cleaning out the drawers of her<br />

kitchen cupboards, I picked up a recipe<br />

book, its cover and binding long gone,<br />

bound with an elastic band. In it I could<br />

easily find some of the recipes she had<br />

copied in<strong>to</strong> the pages of my Hilroy<br />

Exercise Book.<br />

<strong>The</strong> worn pages of recipes for sugared<br />

doughnuts and butter tarts are spattered<br />

with traces of batter from a long time<br />

ago. I find comfort in knowing that she<br />

<strong>to</strong>uched these pages and, while as a<br />

child I doubt I showed my appreciation,<br />

I now cherish the thought that she <strong>to</strong>ok<br />

the time <strong>to</strong> make those things that <strong>to</strong>day<br />

stir such rich memories.<br />

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My husband has always looked<br />

forward with mounting glee <strong>to</strong> visits<br />

from our three-year-old granddaughter<br />

Lisa. At the sight of this chubby, cherubcheeked<br />

moppet with the Shirley<br />

Temple curls, GanGan (her name for my<br />

dearly beloved) goes all mushy, hauling<br />

her up on his lap, mooing and cooing<br />

and extracting yet another chocolate<br />

kiss from his pocket <strong>to</strong> offer his ‘little<br />

princess’.<br />

One of the highlights of every visit has<br />

always been ‘going out with GanGan.’<br />

This usually means he takes her <strong>to</strong> one of<br />

his favorite haunts, such as Home Depot<br />

or Canadian Tire, while I do the boring<br />

stuff like pushing a shopping cart up<br />

and down the aisles of the supermarket<br />

desperately trying <strong>to</strong> find at least one<br />

thing this baby gourmet will deign <strong>to</strong><br />

sample.<br />

On one such outing, I was duly<br />

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dumped off at the A&P while GanGan<br />

and Lisa drove <strong>to</strong> the far end of the<br />

parking lot <strong>to</strong> be closer <strong>to</strong>, yes, I knew<br />

it, Home Depot. An hour later, I was<br />

standing impatiently outside the s<strong>to</strong>re,<br />

my buggy overflowing with revolting<br />

boxes of sugar-coated cereal, a washtub<br />

of pink ice cream, three kinds of cookies<br />

all guaranteed <strong>to</strong> increase the income of<br />

Lisa’s dentist considerably and a slab of<br />

salami for which I’d discovered the kid<br />

had a passion.<br />

Finally, they showed up. My sweet<br />

man loaded the food in<strong>to</strong> the trunk of<br />

the car and off we went. We hadn’t gone<br />

more than a couple of blocks when it<br />

occurred <strong>to</strong> me that no one was saying<br />

anything. “Anything wrong?” I asked<br />

innocently. Long pause. <strong>The</strong>n Lisa turned<br />

and scowled at me. “GanGan scolded<br />

me,” she whined, the tears starting <strong>to</strong><br />

roll down those angelic cheeks.<br />

I knew enough <strong>to</strong> keep out of it, at least<br />

until my dear boy and I were alone, but<br />

that night, in the safety of our bedroom,<br />

I asked, “What happened at the mall <strong>to</strong><br />

upset Lisa?” To my surprise, my husband<br />

had begun <strong>to</strong> laugh, great belly shaking<br />

laughter that was infectious.<br />

Well, it seems that while he was<br />

moseying around in the endless caverns<br />

of Home Depot, he lost her. He’d been<br />

rummaging through some bins of<br />

hardware, probably for a lot longer than<br />

he realized, and when he turned around,<br />

Lisa had vanished. Cold with fear, he<br />

raced up and down the aisles, calling her<br />

name. He ran <strong>to</strong> the manager’s office,<br />

insisting the police be called. He roared<br />

around the aisles again, calling “Lisa,<br />

Lisa, Lisa.” And then, at the end of Aisle<br />

32, Plumbing and Electrical, he spotted<br />

her. She was sitting on a pale blue china<br />

<strong>to</strong>ilet bowl, her pants down around her<br />

ankles, calmly doing her business in<br />

full view of and <strong>to</strong>tally oblivious <strong>to</strong> the<br />

amusement of passing cus<strong>to</strong>mers.<br />

By this time, I was nearly out of<br />

control myself. “And you scolded her?” I<br />

asked, choking with laughter. “Not then.<br />

Not until she broke away from me at the<br />

checkout and ran back yelling, “GanGan,<br />

I forgot <strong>to</strong> flush!”<br />

Epilogue: Lisa has forgiven GanGan<br />

and still loves him <strong>to</strong> distraction. GanGan<br />

now shops at Canadian Tire.<br />

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from the oven. Apparently, it<br />

builds up energy which<br />

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cup or container <strong>to</strong> diffuse the<br />

energy. A wooden stir stick<br />

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3) To clean the glass of a<br />

wood burning s<strong>to</strong>ve door...<br />

wait til it is cool <strong>to</strong> the <strong>to</strong>uch.<br />

Make a paste of baking soda &<br />

warm water. Apply it <strong>to</strong> the<br />

glass with a small cloth folded<br />

in<strong>to</strong> a cleaning pad size. Dip<br />

the pad in warm water and<br />

ring out the dripping water<br />

but leave it wet. Rub it in the<br />

baking soda paste and apply<br />

<strong>to</strong> the glass. Keep doing this<br />

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rubbing in one corner and<br />

wipe off with paper <strong>to</strong>wel.<br />

Repeat until the whole glass<br />

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Remove the residue with clear<br />

water and cloth. Dry with<br />

paper <strong>to</strong>wels or newspaper.<br />

Touching up with window<br />

cleaner should result in<br />

sparkling clean glass. Don’t<br />

forget, when removing the<br />

ashes, place them in a metal<br />

can outside away from<br />

buildings and wood surfaces.<br />

Leave them in the can until<br />

thoroughly cool with no live<br />

coals, before disposing.<br />

Guess<br />

I Who?<br />

am a comic ac<strong>to</strong>r/talk show host<br />

born in New York on November 28,<br />

1962. I worked as a bartender and<br />

busboy prior <strong>to</strong> getting my start in<br />

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We had moved up <strong>to</strong> this farm north<br />

east of Thamesvillle early that fall, from<br />

the city of Chatham. I liked it here on the<br />

farm for many reasons, the quiet and<br />

open spaces for one thing. <strong>The</strong> lives<strong>to</strong>ck<br />

for another, especially the horses which<br />

sometimes my father would let me<br />

ride as he drove them up from the field<br />

when work was done for the day. I was<br />

five years old at the time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> house was small, but even so I<br />

had my own bedroom at the front of<br />

the house, with a nice bright window<br />

in it which overlooked the road. I had<br />

my own bed of course, and lots of warm<br />

blankets upon it, blankets that my<br />

grandmother had handmade <strong>to</strong> keep<br />

me warm and comfy at night now that<br />

winter had arrived. Like most kids, I also<br />

hated <strong>to</strong> get up in the mornings, leaving<br />

my warm bed for a kitchen that was<br />

just beginning <strong>to</strong> warm up. I<br />

remember one morning<br />

waking up <strong>to</strong> the sound<br />

of sleigh bells, or so it<br />

seemed. With Christmas<br />

coming, Santa and his<br />

reindeer were constantly<br />

on my mind and so<br />

I jumped out of bed and ran <strong>to</strong> the<br />

window! Outside the ground was white<br />

with snow, lots of snow which had fallen<br />

during the night making the land look<br />

so clean and white. What I saw was a<br />

team of bay-coloured horses pulling a<br />

sleigh, which I would later learn was a<br />

set of bobsleighs. <strong>The</strong> sounds of sleigh<br />

bells were from the bells fastened <strong>to</strong><br />

their back bands on the harness. Steam<br />

rose from their nostrils rising in<strong>to</strong> the<br />


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

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2015<br />

frosty air as I watched the driver s<strong>to</strong>p<br />

them by pulling on the reigns. Two other<br />

men were riding on the bobsleighs and<br />

they jumped off and started <strong>to</strong>wards<br />

our house with shovels in their hands. I<br />

looked over and at that moment saw my<br />

dad with a shovel in hand clearing our<br />

driveway. <strong>The</strong> two men began <strong>to</strong> shovel<br />

out the driveway heading <strong>to</strong>wards him.<br />

Shortly thereafter, the driveway was<br />

cleared and then all three of them began<br />

<strong>to</strong> clear a large snowdrift blocking the<br />

road. I watched until they finished and<br />

then the two men, along with my father,<br />

climbed upon the bobsleighs and away<br />

they went headed <strong>to</strong>wards <strong>to</strong>wn.<br />

I quickly dressed and headed for the<br />

kitchen where my mother smiled and<br />

greeted me. “So you’re up sleepy head.<br />

Your porridge is all ready, nice and hot.<br />

Go wash your hands and sit<br />

down at the table.”<br />

“Where did Dad go with<br />

those men?” I asked.<br />

She sat down at the<br />

table with me, still smiling<br />

for she was happy here<br />

on the farm. “Your dad has<br />

gone with the neighbours clearing the<br />

road all the way <strong>to</strong> <strong>to</strong>wn. He should be<br />

back about dinner time.”<br />

That was a long time ago now, but<br />

I still remember it. It is a far cry from<br />

<strong>to</strong>day when snowplows work through<br />

the night clearing highways and side<br />

roads for the traffic. Life in the country<br />

has changed greatly since those<br />

early days, when almost everything<br />

was done both with horsepower and<br />

manpower.<br />

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It was 2003 when we got my Lil’<br />

Darlin’ Cookie. She was part Border<br />

Collie, part Spaniel mix. She was a<br />

delight from the beginning. We got her<br />

for my elderly father who had been<br />

struggling with his health in his 80s. We<br />

thought it would spark him up.<br />

We went <strong>to</strong> the animal shelter <strong>to</strong> see<br />

the dogs they had. At the time they only<br />

had large ones and we were looking for<br />

a medium sized dog. <strong>The</strong>y <strong>to</strong>ok my<br />

mother’s name and phone number.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n we waited for the phone call. <strong>The</strong><br />

animal shelter called back a week later<br />

and said they had a dog that they felt<br />

might be suitable. We went over <strong>to</strong> look<br />

at the dog they called about and there<br />

she was, a beautiful black and white<br />

dog. She couldn’t keep her eyes off my<br />

father. Oh, she looked at my mother<br />

and I, but she only had eyes for my<br />

dad. We walked around looking at the<br />

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other dogs and back we went <strong>to</strong> look at<br />

her. Again, her eyes were on my dad.<br />

Dad said he wanted her and thus our<br />

life began with Cookie.<br />

Sadly, my father passed away in<br />

2006, but she was a good companion<br />

for my mother until I moved back<br />

in 2007 <strong>to</strong> stay with her.<br />

Cookie and I became good<br />

friends. She loved car rides<br />

and often accompanied me<br />

<strong>to</strong> Sarnia, where we sat under<br />

the Bluewater Bridge, had a<br />

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rides around <strong>to</strong>wn. She was a welltravelled<br />

puppy. Always eager <strong>to</strong> go;<br />

herding us because we were not<br />

moving fast enough.<br />

She always laid by my chair when I<br />

was reading and beside the bed while<br />

I was sleeping. She had her funny<br />

ways. One time I was sitting in<br />

my chair reading and feeling<br />

like I was being watched, only<br />

<strong>to</strong> see her sitting in front of me<br />

with a grin on her face and wagging<br />

her tail. Laughing, I asked her what<br />

she wanted. I didn’t get an answer,<br />

but I figured she wanted me <strong>to</strong><br />

know she was there.<br />

<strong>The</strong> past year has been a hard<br />

one. Cookie got <strong>to</strong> the point<br />

where she had difficulty walking. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were also issues with her kidneys.<br />

Eventually, she couldn’t use her back<br />

legs. She loved her walks so I would<br />

pick her up and put her on an old<br />

comforter in a garden wagon so she<br />

could get out with her doggie friend<br />

for her outing. People smiled when we<br />

were out. Some s<strong>to</strong>pped their vehicles<br />

and <strong>to</strong>ld me it was great I was doing<br />

this act of kindness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day came that she was getting<br />

worse and s<strong>to</strong>pped eating. <strong>The</strong> time<br />

had come that all pet owners dread. We<br />

had her sent <strong>to</strong> be with my dad where<br />

there was no more sickness or pain,<br />

where she could romp around like a<br />

new dog.<br />

It is always a hard decision <strong>to</strong> part<br />

with your best friend. She was my Lil’<br />

Darlin’, my baby girl. Rest in peace,<br />

Cookie.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ... winter <strong>2023</strong><br />

In Wales, wooden love spoons were<br />

carved and given as gifts on February 14th.<br />

Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite<br />

decorations on the spoons. <strong>The</strong> decoration<br />

meant, “You unlock my heart!”<br />

In the Middle Ages, young men and women<br />

drew names from a bowl <strong>to</strong> see who their valentines would<br />

be. <strong>The</strong>y would wear these names on their sleeves for one<br />

week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it<br />

is easy for other people <strong>to</strong> know how you are feeling.<br />

Some people used <strong>to</strong> believe that if a woman saw a robin<br />

flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would<br />

marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry<br />

a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she<br />

would marry a millionaire.<br />

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from<br />

a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.<br />

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A love seat is a wide chair. It was<br />

first made <strong>to</strong> seat one woman<br />

and her wide dress. Later, the<br />

love seat or courting seat had two<br />

sections, often in an S-shape. In<br />

this way, a couple could sit<br />

<strong>to</strong>gether — but not <strong>to</strong>o closely!<br />

On Valentine’s Day, think of five or six names of people you<br />

might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the<br />

names until the stem comes off. You will marry the<br />

person whose name you were saying at the time.<br />

Some believe that on Valentine’s Day, you should<br />

pick a dandelion that has gone <strong>to</strong> seed, take a deep<br />

breath and blow the seeds in<strong>to</strong> the wind. Count the<br />

seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of<br />

children you will have. Others think you should cut an<br />

apple in half and count how many seeds are inside <strong>to</strong> tell you<br />

how many children you will have.<br />

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in the day, I noticed a couple of tall<br />

robust snowmen in front yards, one<br />

complete with a long-handled broom.<br />

I wished we had built one when the<br />

good packing snow had fallen freshly<br />

and abundantly yesterday. Today, we<br />

had rain. Well, maybe<br />

after the next snowfall,<br />

we’ll build our own<br />

snowman, I thought.<br />

It was midafternoon.<br />

<strong>The</strong> schoolbus was<br />

bringing my seven-yearold<br />

daughter home. I<br />

waited for her, as the<br />

bus roared off. She<br />

was taking her time,<br />

walking <strong>to</strong> our house. I<br />

could see her, a powderblue-coated<br />

figure,<br />

happily walking a<strong>to</strong>p<br />

the remaining hills of<br />

snow. I returned <strong>to</strong> my<br />

frying pan <strong>to</strong> flip the<br />

egg noodles and ham. I went <strong>to</strong> the<br />

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from Daytripping Jan-Feb 2006<br />

whereabouts. Eventually, her backpack<br />

containing her books, lunchbag, extra<br />

mitts and her snowpants, ended up<br />

inside the front door on the mat.<br />

But, my daughter remained outside,<br />

crunching boot-holes in the snow.<br />

At my next check, a surprise<br />

awaited me. She was putting the<br />

finishing <strong>to</strong>uches on a little snowman. I<br />

exclaimed when I saw it!<br />

She looked pleased and<br />

cried, “It’s for you, mom.<br />

It’s Frosty’s daughter,<br />

see? I gave her hair, and<br />

flowers in her hair from<br />

the bushes, and s<strong>to</strong>nes<br />

for but<strong>to</strong>ns and branches<br />

for arms and a smile. All<br />

she needs is a carrot for<br />

a nose.” I gladly got her<br />

a baby carrot, slipped on<br />

my clogs and my jacket<br />

<strong>to</strong> go and meet my little<br />

snowgirl. “You know<br />

mom, she’s only here<br />

for a little while. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

she’ll go back <strong>to</strong> Frosty.”<br />

I hope the little snowgirl will still be<br />

there at bus time <strong>to</strong>morrow.<br />

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1. What is the southern-most capital in the world?<br />

a] Welling<strong>to</strong>n, New Zealand b] Canberra, Australia<br />

c] Santiago, Chile d] Pre<strong>to</strong>ria, South Africa<br />

2. Who designed the famous Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona?<br />

3. On <strong>The</strong> Rolling S<strong>to</strong>nes 1972 song ‘All Down the Line’ Mick Taylor’s<br />

slide guitar accurately mimics what?<br />

a] A train whistle b] A human voice<br />

c] A harmonica d] A mo<strong>to</strong>rcycle<br />

4. What country in South America was named after a Venezuelan<br />

military and political leader who helped South American countries<br />

gain independence from the Spanish Empire?<br />

5. Which part of the human body can expand <strong>to</strong> 20 times its normal<br />

size?<br />

a] Pupil b] Anus c] Kidney d] S<strong>to</strong>mach<br />

6. Which of the following is not one of the Hogwart’s houses:<br />

a] Godric Gryffindor b] Salazar Slytherin<br />

c] New<strong>to</strong>n Noumenon d] Rowena Ravenclaw<br />

e] Helga Hufflepuff<br />

7. Born Eric Marlon Bishop, what ac<strong>to</strong>r starred in Ray, Django<br />

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famously known name?<br />

8. If you drove in a straight line from Moscow <strong>to</strong> Madrid, how many<br />

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9. What number lies between 15 & 6 on a dartboard?<br />

a] 16 b] 18 c] 10<br />

10. Which was the first European country <strong>to</strong> give women the vote?<br />

a] Austria b] Finland c] Denmark d] Greenland<br />

11. What does A.M. stand for on radios?<br />

12. Which country is the 2nd largest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory<br />

Coast?<br />

a] Indonesia b] Ecuador c] Brazil d] Ghana<br />

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6) Pepsi<br />

7) Red Rose Tea<br />

8) Labatt Blue<br />

9) Folger’s Coffee<br />

10) Miller Lite<br />

11) Ocean Spray Juices<br />

12) Sprite<br />

13) Tropicana Juices<br />

14) Maxwell House Coffee<br />

A) <strong>The</strong> Choice of a New Generation<br />

B) Obey Your Thirst<br />

C) Crave the wave.<br />

D) Only in Canada you say? Pity!<br />

E) Tastes great, less filling!<br />

F) Good <strong>to</strong> the last drop!<br />

G) <strong>The</strong> pause that refreshes!<br />

H) <strong>The</strong> Un-Cola<br />

I) All of the taste, 1/3 of the calories!<br />

J) If I wanted water, I would have asked for water??<br />

K) Better beans. Better coffee.<br />

L) If it tasted any fresher, it would still be on the tree!<br />

M) <strong>The</strong> best part of wakin’ up…<br />

N) Miles away from ordinary<br />

ANSWERS: 1H, 2N, 3I, 4G, 5K, 6A, 7D, 8J, 9M, 10E, 11C, 12B, 13L, 14F<br />

winter <strong>2023</strong> (July 1, 1967) Canada became one century old.<br />

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second time.<br />

I just wish <strong>to</strong> record<br />

the fact that I owe <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Club</strong> a great big thank<br />

you—it helped me solve<br />

a problem that I have<br />

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that bad time after<br />

my wife had died, my<br />

daughter and I decided<br />

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discovered the source<br />

of my problem…<br />

an old broken down<br />

Grundig reel <strong>to</strong> reel tape<br />

recorder from the 1950s,<br />

accompanied by the handbook<br />

and accessories and a plastic<br />

see through box containing<br />

approximately 40-45 reel <strong>to</strong> reel<br />

tapes. <strong>The</strong> tape recorder was broken<br />

down <strong>to</strong> the extent that a specialist in<br />

the UK classed it as beyond repair.<br />

<strong>The</strong> recorder was left <strong>to</strong> us by an<br />

uncle who has long since died, and he<br />

had a hobby of taping mostly classical<br />

music concerts usually played by the<br />

BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) and<br />

left them on the tapes.<br />

Unknown <strong>to</strong> me, a notebook keeping<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Holy Grail of Music<br />

and, on reading<br />

through the book,<br />

I saw an entry in<br />

his writing saying:<br />

April 1968, “Now<br />

Thank We All Our<br />

God” sung by<br />

my wife Sylvia,<br />

at the age of 34.<br />

I remembered we<br />

had been visiting at<br />

the time and she sang<br />

as he had a recording<br />

of the same hymn. In 1968<br />

that recording got lost in the<br />

mists of time and after losing my<br />

wife in 2017, I wanted a copy of it.<br />

An extensive search for somebody<br />

in England able <strong>to</strong> do the job proved<br />

fruitless, and I wanted <strong>to</strong> make contact<br />

with an individual rather than send it<br />

away <strong>to</strong> a company at this point. After<br />

several more months I read an article<br />

(“Memories”) in the <strong>Winter</strong> 2021 edition<br />

of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong> submitted by Steve Hartwell<br />

who lives in St Catharines.<br />

It so happens that my wife has a<br />

cousin who lives with his wife in St<br />

Catharines, so on a visit <strong>to</strong> this cousin<br />

By John Carroll, Petrolia<br />

I made contact with Steve who said,<br />

“Come along and I’ll have a go.” I<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok him up on his offer and brought<br />

along two other reels with me for<br />

investigation.<br />

Within 24 hours he contacted me<br />

and said, “I hope you are ready for this”<br />

and sat me down. I think the sound on<br />

the equipment was slightly louder than<br />

usual, and for the first time after 53<br />

years I heard my young wife sing “Now<br />

Thank We All Our God.” I could hardly<br />

stem the tears.<br />

We chatted for a while, he gave me a<br />

CD and memory stick and said, “I found<br />

other voices and music on the tapes so<br />

come back <strong>to</strong>morrow and have a talk.”<br />

We <strong>to</strong>ok the CD back <strong>to</strong> the cousins’<br />

house and found four more songs/<br />

hymns by my wife and as<strong>to</strong>nishingly<br />

five songs by my daughter at age 7-8<br />

years old. She was with me at the time<br />

and said, “I recognize that song, it was<br />

the first song that my teacher Madame<br />

Tonks taught me!”<br />

Now just <strong>to</strong> deviate for a while, my<br />

wife from an early age attended her local<br />

Methodist church and from the age of<br />

15 attended voice training and carried<br />

on through our meeting, marrying and<br />

having our first baby, a girl. And so life<br />

carried on until at a very young age our<br />

daughter also received voice training.<br />

Inevitably music became one of<br />

their main interests: music festivals,<br />

weddings as soloists, their duets were<br />

something <strong>to</strong> be heard.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are still some questions that<br />

can not be answered, such as when and<br />

where the songs were recorded, except<br />

for the first one in 1968. But thanks <strong>to</strong><br />

modern technology I know I can still<br />

hear my wife and daughter sing in a<br />

matter of seconds through my phone or<br />

iPad and it gives me great pleasure.<br />

In addition I succeeded this year in<br />

having CDs manufactured on behalf<br />

of my wife’s church in England, in the<br />

effort <strong>to</strong> raise some funds <strong>to</strong>wards a<br />

new roof.<br />

So my thanks again <strong>to</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong><br />

without whom I would not have<br />

discovered Steve Hartwell who worked<br />

his magic for me and my family in 2021.<br />

Publisher’s Note: We love happy<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries like this one and are so glad you<br />

made this connection. This is a good<br />

reason <strong>to</strong> hang on <strong>to</strong> those back copies of<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>! However, you can<br />

find Steve Hartwell’s’s article (Memories)<br />

that is mentiond here online at www.<br />

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(June 2, 1953) <strong>The</strong> Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occured at Westminster Abbey.

Let’s grow old <strong>to</strong>gether. You go first.<br />

<strong>The</strong>odor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was<br />

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artist, best known for authoring more<br />

than 60 children's books under the pen<br />

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In the 1920’s the electrical wiring<br />

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of course there were the dozens and<br />

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Granted the large wooden<br />

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where or how they are used? No... but,<br />

I inherited them. <strong>The</strong>re are hundreds<br />

of wood screws (and even some twoof-a-kind)<br />

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Nails (many even straight) of all lengths<br />

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My inheritance has been built up<br />

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Get Active With Your<br />

Grandkids – Take a Hike!<br />

By Mary Lou Tasko, Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores Nature Trails • www.lsntblazers.com<br />

Hiking is a healthy activity that’s<br />

easily accessible in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Shores where there<br />

are trails <strong>to</strong> suit all<br />

ages and abilities.<br />

At a time when<br />

parents may be very<br />

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may be distracted<br />

by technology,<br />

grandparents can<br />

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role in helping<br />

kids be active and engaged in the<br />

natural environment. Hiking provides<br />

the opportunity <strong>to</strong> share an experience,<br />

have some good conversation and, most<br />

likely, strengthen your relationship with<br />

your grandchildren.<br />

Taking kids, especially younger ones,<br />

on a hike may offer some challenges;<br />

however, with the right planning<br />

and attitude, you can create special<br />

memories. You don’t need <strong>to</strong> be a<br />

naturalist or botanist <strong>to</strong> capitalize on all<br />

sorts of teaching moments—you have<br />

the wisdom of age and experience <strong>to</strong><br />

offer!<br />

For more information about hiking<br />

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grandparents-take-a-hike-with-yourgrandchildren/<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores Nature Trails has<br />

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program which may help you get started<br />

with this shared activity.<br />

You may be aware from previous<br />

editions of <strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong> that<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores Nature<br />

Trails (LSNT) is a local<br />

volunteer organization<br />

that is working <strong>to</strong> build<br />

a local network of userfriendly<br />

nature trails.<br />

In addition <strong>to</strong><br />

maintaining trails<br />

in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores<br />

and vicinity, LSNT<br />

undertakes projects<br />

<strong>to</strong> improve accessibility, protect<br />

environmentally sensitive areas and<br />

beautify public spaces. We also promote<br />

trail use by publishing maps, brochures<br />

and sponsoring badge programs.<br />

LSNT’s newest badge program, the<br />

Youth Nature Challenge, aims <strong>to</strong> engage<br />

young hikers during every season of<br />

the year. Our winter<br />

season officially started<br />

December 1st, but<br />

hikers can join during<br />

any season going<br />

forward.<br />

<strong>The</strong> YNC challenges<br />

young hikers <strong>to</strong> earn<br />

four badges: winter,<br />

spring, summer and<br />

fall by participating for<br />

a full year. It’s a great<br />

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time with your children,<br />

grandchildren, nieces,<br />

nephews etc., and<br />

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kids in your life?<br />

LSNT has selected four different<br />

challenge trails, one for each season:<br />

• <strong>The</strong> <strong>Winter</strong> Challenge runs from<br />

December 1 <strong>to</strong> February 28/29.<br />

• <strong>The</strong> Spring Challenge runs from<br />

March 1 <strong>to</strong> May 31.<br />

• <strong>The</strong> Summer Challenge runs from<br />

June 1 <strong>to</strong> August 31.<br />

• <strong>The</strong> Fall Challenge runs from<br />

September 1 <strong>to</strong> November 30.<br />

You will need a YNC brochure; they are<br />

available for download on our website<br />

(LSNTBlazers.com), at the trail heads<br />

for any trail that LSNT maintains, and<br />

at local libraries and most community<br />

centres.<br />

Use the clue in the brochure <strong>to</strong> figure<br />

out which of the LSNT trails you need<br />

<strong>to</strong> hike sometime during the season.<br />

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apartment<br />

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We are standing on the threshold,<br />

We are in the open door,<br />

We are treading on the border land<br />

We have never trod before.<br />

Another year is opening, another year is gone,<br />

We have passed the darkness of the night,<br />

We’re in the early morn.<br />

We have left the fields behind us<br />

O’er which we scattered seed;<br />

We have passed in<strong>to</strong> the future<br />

Which none of us can read.<br />

We hasten <strong>to</strong> fresh labor -<br />

To thrash and reap and sow,<br />

<strong>The</strong>n bid the new year welcome and<br />

Let the old year go!<br />

Along the way,<br />

you’ll find a signpost<br />

with a puzzle (a<br />

scrambled word)<br />

that hikers need <strong>to</strong><br />

solve. Unscramble<br />

the letters and<br />

record the word in<br />

the brochure. After<br />

the hike, your young companion needs<br />

<strong>to</strong> draw a picture that matches the<br />

puzzle solution in their brochure (or on<br />

a separate piece of paper).<br />

How do the kids get their badges?<br />

Once they have completed all four<br />

hikes, solved the puzzles and drawn the<br />

relevant pictures, hikers can mail their<br />

brochure <strong>to</strong>:<br />

Mary Lou Tasko<br />

10158 Meadowlily Crescent<br />

Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0<br />

Be sure <strong>to</strong> include the name and<br />

home address (on the front of the<br />

brochure). We will mail the badge set <strong>to</strong><br />

the successful hiker.<br />

Don’t forget that kids can start<br />

the Youth Nature Challenge at any<br />

point during the year. Our website<br />

LSNTBlazers.com has complete details<br />

and downloadable brochures, as well<br />

as information about the trails LSNT<br />

maintains and the work we do in the<br />

community.<br />

Rally the kids in your life and head<br />

out <strong>to</strong> the trails! And please, share<br />

comments and pictures with us at<br />

info@LSNTBlazers.com.<br />

Publisher’s Note: Take advantage of one<br />

of the many winter activities in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

County including the many hiking trails.<br />

It’s an entirely different experience in the<br />

snow!<br />

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(Sept 24, 1988) Ben Johnson became the fastest man in the world at Seoul Olympics.

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at LEO!<br />

Volunteer for:<br />

• Board of Direc<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

• Friendly Visiting<br />

• Bingo Helpers<br />

• Meals on Wheels<br />

• Transportation<br />

• Diner’s <strong>Club</strong><br />

• Forever Fit<br />

• Administration<br />

TO GET INVOLVED: 519-845-1353<br />

volunteer@leohelps.ca<br />

lamb<strong>to</strong>nelderlyoutreach.org<br />

How We Can<br />

Help You Live<br />

at Home<br />

Transportation<br />

Non-Urgent Stretcher Van<br />

Meals on Wheels<br />

Home Maintenance<br />

Personal Care<br />

Home Help<br />

Care Giver Respite Support<br />

Crisis Intervention<br />

Housing Support<br />

<strong>The</strong> Peer Program<br />

Friendly Visiting<br />

Diners <strong>Club</strong><br />

LEO Scored 98% Exemplary Standing<br />

for providing Quality Services<br />

Funded in part by the United Way of Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

and Jackpot City, Sarnia<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Elderly Outreach • 1-800-265-0203 • www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nelderlyoutreach.org

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