Welcome to The Club Winter 2023

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

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Toes are Tapping


I sat down for a chat recently with

Rick Powell. You may know the name

because he’s been a singer, guitar

player and entertainer in this area for

many years. We’d never met before but

I wanted to pick his brain about playing

music at retirement residences and he

wanted to share his experience. Like

Rick, I play guitar and had been asked

to play at Albany Retirement Village in

Petrolia and was looking for any tips.

I mentioned to him that it seems I’ve

been playing many of the same songs

for the same people for 40 years now,

and we’re not getting any younger, so

I’m planning for the inevitable future.

Rick is from Sarnia originally and

has moved back after spending many

years in Grand Bend where he owned

several restaurants such as Coconuts

and Sandals. Chances are that you’ve

been somewhere and he’s been on the

stage during his many years in North

Lambton or maybe at the old Seaway

Tavern or Robbie B’s in the Lambton

Mall, but both of those have been gone

for many years.

These days he’s quite comfortable

playing the retirement home circuit

and has found it to

be a very rewarding

experience. “I’ve

been a musician all

my life and what

an eye opener

it’s been,” Rick

explained. “I had

no idea how many

places and how

many people just

like you and I are

in them, and during

the pandemic they

were locked in

Rick Powell

there so I started

applying to play. You have to play a

couple to see what they’re looking

to hear but they really enjoy it. I play

some crazy tunes like the Bonanza and

Mark Moran,


Pink Panther themes and challenge

them to guess what they are.” He

also has backing tracks that he can

use to fill out the sound and is often

joined by other musicians such as the

talented keyboardist Ben Sitek or Doug

Springstead, who has been a staple of

the country music scene for decades.

Rick was offering advice to me all

the while and went on to explain that

there are undoubtedly going to be

residents with a variety of limitations

depending on the venue but added,

“Some may not be able to talk, but

just watch their feet!” To see their feet

start tapping is clearly a reward for

Rick and he explained that he leaves

each gig feeling really good. “Music

is the key for people with dementia,”

and he can see that he’s reaching

them in a way nothing else can. “I get

choked up, I’m giving them some good


We talked a lot about the conditions

during the lockdowns, that neither of

us could truly imagine, and he had high

praise for the staff at the residences.

“Bless the hearts of the people who

work in these homes,” he said. “They

deserve medals.”

We bring this

magazine to all

the retirement

communities in

the area so say

hello to Rick if you

see him or maybe

ask the staff about

bringing him in to

entertain. I went

on to play my first

gig at Albany Street

and wholeheartedly

agree with Rick that

it was a rewarding

experience, the crowd was very

appreciative and were singing along,

and it spoke volumes when a few toes

started tapping.


Three friends from the local church congregation were

asked “When you’re in your casket, and friends and

congregation members are mourning over you,

what would you like to say?”

Artie said, “I would like them to say... I was a wonderful

husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.”

Eugene commented, “I would like them to say...

I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made

a huge difference in people’s lives.”

Don said, “I’d like them to say... Look, he’s moving!”

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By Les Goldhawk, Wyoming (thanks to Egremont Road Remembers for the photos)

You must be 55 or over to read this magazine.

Memories of a (Warwick Village) Childhood in the late 1960’s

I grew up in a small community in

Lambton County of about 150 people.

The residents referred to it as “The

Village.” For those who are not familiar

with this reference, it is Warwick Village

which is within Warwick Township.

Thus the designation that you resided in

The Village.”

When I grew up as a small boy in the

60’s “The Village” had establishments

like Newman’s General Store,

Wilkinson’s Clothing Store, Frayne’s

Gas Station along with a couple other

Gas stations and Garages. We had home

Purity dairy milk delivery. This was all

before the 402 was put in so all the

traffic to/from Sarnia and London came

through Warwick Village via #7 Highway.

(Warwick Village started as a stage coach

stop many, many years ago). The Bridge

at Bear Creek on #7 highway still has the

rounded cement sides which we would

walk/run up to the top and sit down to

watch the traffic go by. The transport

truck tops would be about level with

the height that we were sitting and they

would create a nice breeze on a hot day.

It was a good spot for sitting and having

a bottle of pop while the cars and trucks

drove by. We didn’t have a lot of money,

but at the time we really didn’t know

any better. And we always had food on

the table and clothes to wear. Some of

the clothes that I wore were hand me

downs, but having a mother who was

a wonderful seamstress who could fix

holes in the knees of my pants or in

the elbows of my shirts, we always had

clothes on our back. We would get a

new shirt and pants to start school every

year. You were required to change from

the good school clothes into

your old clothes after school

before you could go out to


During the time I was

growing up in The Village

there was a small grouping of

boys in and around my age

and we would get together

to play various games. The

boys included in this group

were Danny, Randy, Peter,

Rick, Billy, Tom, Phillip, David,

myself and my younger brother Vern. So

to have any type of game at all we would

need to have everyone come out. (Of

course without social media, computers,

cell phones and only three channels that

barely came in on the aerial TV there

wasn’t as many options back then).

Winter sports included pickup games

of hockey on the flats—that was in the

low lying area beside Bear Creek which

runs through Warwick Village, on the

south side of the road as you drive over

the bridge at Bear Creek. This flat area

would flood and freeze creating a great

spot to have shinny games. The spot was

approximately 1/2 mile from our house

(and no it wasn’t uphill both

ways) But you would carry

your skates tied together over

one shoulder, a hockey stick

over the other shoulder and

you would take turns carrying

the shovel to be able clear

the snow off the ice. There

were old tree stumps down in

this flat area that made great

seats to put your skates on.

Once your skates were on you

would take turns shovelling

the ice. Someone would have

already started to shovel with their

boots on and then be relieved by those

who put their skates on. It was quicker

to clear the ice with skates on. Once the

ice was clear, someone’s boots would be

used for goal posts at either end of the

cleared area and it was Game On. We

played for hours. There was quite a few

Stanley Cups won and lost there on that

cleared piece of ice. When we became

thirsty we would use the butt end of our

stick to punch a hole through a spot in

the ice that wouldn’t be as thick and

have a drink of the water (my mother

frowned on that and gave us a lecture

on the water not being clean). All of the

group mentioned above are still here

today so either the water wasn’t too bad

or we built up strong immune systems.

Once the game was done and you were

expected home for supper SOON, we

would take our skates off and put our

COLD boots back on. Feet that were

cold already (even with a double layer

of woolen socks) became even colder.

We would walk that 1/2 mile back

home with our skates and stick over our

shoulders with feet hurting every step

of the way. Once home, we would take

our boots off and place our double layer,

woolen-socked feet on the oven end of

the kitchen wood stove. The feeling of

our feet warming up both hurting and

feeling good was a feeling you don’t

forget. But the next day you would do it

all over again.

In the summer months we would

play baseball. If we got everyone out we

would play “Scrub.” Two to three players

up to bat at any one time and everyone

else playing in the fielding positions. The

pitcher would lob balls into the batter

and if they got on base the other two had

to get him home. If a player grounded

out they had to take their place in the

field. The pitcher would rotate into one

of the batter’s spots. The first baseman

would rotate to the pitcher’s position,

the right side of the infield would rotate

to the first base position etc. If a batter

flew out to a fielder then the batter and

the fielder swapped places. This would

all take place in my grandmother’s back

yard and overlapped into a couple of

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other yards. In my grandmother’s back

yard there was an apple tree that kept

us nourished and quite regularly if not

more than regular!! Grandma also had

a hand pump on the water well which

was close enough to keep us hydrated.

There was a porcelain/tin cup that hung

on a small chain at the pump that we

all would use (of course you would rinse

it off first so you didn’t get “kooties”


Back at this time in the late 60’s

there wasn’t any Conservation

Area/campground. But there was a

“swimming hole” which was just part

of Bear Creek located back in behind

Fraynes Gas Station which now would

be under the manmade lake that is part

of the campground. Hot summer days

had the group go back to the “swimming

hole” to get cooled off. Once again my

mother frowned on that and gave us a

lecture on the water not being clean and

we could catch things.

Some of the memories I have are

from incidences that happened when

we were playing hide and go seek, tag

or playing war. One of the memories I

have is of one time in a hide and seek

game one of the boys had to use our

next door neighbour’s outhouse (outside

toilet). While the rest of the group was

playing, all of a sudden the boy using

the outhouse came bursting out of the

door with his pants down around his

ankles screaming his head off. We found

out that there was a bees nest under the

seat of the outhouse and he had received

a few stings on a tender area.

Another time was when we were

playing an intense game of war and a

couple of us came around the corner

of our house at the same time a boy on

the opposing team was coming around

the corner from the other direction. It

startled him so much when we hollered

that we had him... he messed his pants.

It may have also been on the same day

when we had been playing baseball

earlier and eating the green apples. I’m

not sure. I do know he had to ride his

bike all the way home standing up.

These are just a small portion of the

memories I have from growing up in

The Village.

When most people drive through

Warwick Village they don’t see what

I see… I see a childhood that had fun

times with good friends.



(January 28, 1986) The Challenger Shuttle broke apart 73 seconds into it’s flight.

We’re all getting older, we may as well laugh about it!

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Send Us

Your Recipes!

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New Year, New Adventures

in Sarnia-Lambton

We’ll be bringing you recipes from Club contributors

& from local fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected

over the last quarter of a century. You’re welcome

to send your own recipes, or on behalf of an

organizaon that has a new cookbook, & we can

help promote those cookbooks for free.

These recipes are taken from the 3rd Edion of

“From Our House to Yours” Cookbook by

St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Lambton.

Call 519-337-0537 for your copy.

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Sausage & Hash Brown


1 lb. hot sausage (uncooked)

1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese,


1½ c. Bisquick

Preheat oven to 400˚F.

Mix all ingredients unl well combined. (I use my mixer with the dough

hook aachment.) Roll into 1-1/2 inch balls. Place on rimmmed baking

sheet. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or unl brown.

Notes: Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked. If baking frozen, add a few

minutes to the baking me.

Tanya’s Sweet Potato Chili

1.5 lb. ground turkey

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 each red and yellow pepper,


2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

and diced into 1-inch chunks

1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce

Banana Cake

1 c. buer

1½ c. white sugar

3 eggs

1 c. mashed bananas

2½ c. pastry flour

1½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese

½ - 30 to 32 oz. pkg. frozen

shredded hash brown

potatoes (about 4 c.)

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ c. sour cream

By: Tracy Hyde

By: Marlene Henry

1 can stewed or diced tomatoes

½ small can tomato paste

1 small can green chilies

Salt and pepper

1½ tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. paprika

4 tsp. cumin

Dash oregano

Brown turkey, remove from pan and drain. Sauté garlic and onion for 2 to

3 minutes. Add peppers and sweet potatoes. Season with salt to taste,

pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin and oregano, then sauté about 5 to 6

minutes. Add ground turkey and balance of ingredients to pot. The longer

it simmers the beer the flavour.

By: Marilyn Palmer

Separate eggs. Beat the egg yolks and set aside. Beat the egg whites unl

so peaks form. Set aside unl the last.

Mix buer, white sugar, beaten egg yolks, bananas, flour, salt, baking

powder, baking soda and sour cream. Mix well and then fold in the beaten

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

Send Your Recipes to info@welcometotheclub.ca

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Do you know someone living with dementia?

3 out of 5 people living

with dementia will go

missing at some point, a

frightening experience,

and a dangerous one.

That’s why the Alzheimer

Society of Sarnia-Lambton

is partnering with The

Sarnia Police Services and

OPP to provide an

opportunity for individuals living with dementia to be registered as someone

at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with

quick access to key information to assist in locating the individual and

returning them home safely.


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Let’s all do our part to help individuals with

dementia live safely in our community.

Simply call Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lambton

at 519 332 4444 to learn how.

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Feel free to send in photos showcasing Sarnia-Lambton.

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The Wawanosh Wetlands

Conservation Area is one of four

conservation areas in the region

with upgraded trails and facilities

thanks to an Ontario Trillium

Foundation grant of $246,500.

I was honoured to accept a

tobacco tie from Nancy Roy

during Sarnia’s Orange Shirt Day

Gathering, part of the National

Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Through a partnership with

various levels of government,

more and more homes in

Sarnia-Lambton have access

to reliable high-speed

internet service.

After years of planning and

development, it’s great to see

the Bluewater Health Helipad

providing critical emergency

service in our community.


MPP – Sarnia-Lambton

Building A Better Sarnia-Lambton

Welcome to 2023, loyal Club readers. As we turn the page on

2022, I’d like to wish you and your family a healthy and

prosperous year ahead.

Although there remains a great deal of uncertainty related to

the economy, ongoing health concerns, housing shortages,

and many other issues, the Government of Ontario continues

to work hard to help us weather the storm.

Late in 2022, the province presented its Fall Economic

Statement, detailing how it was taking action during these

times of economic upheaval and global inflation. The plan

focuses on building the economy, while keeping costs down

for seniors, families and businesses.

These measures include helping to manage costs for

Ontario’s lowest-income seniors by doubling the Guaranteed

Annual Income System (GAINS) payment for 2023, providing

tax relief for small businesses, making changes to the Ontario

Disability Support Program, investing in skilled trades, and

extending the current cuts to gas tax and fuel tax rates.

Ultimately, as we navigate these uncertain times, the Ontario

Government will continue to provide the public support

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

Just a reminder that, although winter is upon us, there is still

so much to do around Sarnia-Lambton, so please take the

time to discover all the great events and activities happening

every day.

In closing, I’d like to wish all The Club’s readers the very best

for 2023. Whatever your plans and aspirations, I truly hope that

you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy year.

The Petrolia Scarecrow

Festival is always a popular

fall event in the Hard Oil

Town. See if you can spot the

non-scarecrow in the crowd!


805 Christina St. North, Suite 102

Point Edward, ON N7V 1X6

It was wonderful to have the

Brigden Fair back in full

swing this year – and great

to see so many people

enjoying this longstanding

Thanksgiving tradition.

Contact Bob Bailey

Tel.: 519-337-0051

Fax: 519-337-3246

The Parliamentary Assistant

to the Minister of

Agriculture joined me for a

visit with local farmers at

Parkland Farms on

Confederation Line.

A $24.2 million investment by the

province was recognized during the

ground blessing for the new

Gregory A. Hogan Elementary

School in Sarnia.

E-mail: bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org

Website: bobbaileympp.com



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

Most articles in here have been written by people like you.

Some experts tell us that beans are the perfect food!

Beans are one of those perfect foods... inexpensive

and packed with nutrients. They are a high source

of both soluble and insoluble fibre as well as a source of

B vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorus, folate, potassium

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

vegetable protein available.

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

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

adapts, the gas will be reduced.

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

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

cover and allow to stand for 1 to 2 hours. Drain.

Rootin’ Tootin’ “Secret Ingredient”

Baked Beans

Just plain baked beans arealways always welcomed at any gathering, but these beans

have been lifted to heavenly heights with the addition of just one ingredient RUM!

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




9 cans (14 oz. each) baked beans

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

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

1 large onion, diced

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

1 cup ketchup or chili sauce

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. dry mustard

1/2 cup RUM…the Secret Ingredient

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

Mix all ingredients together in a large bean pot or roasting pan. Bake at 325

degrees F, cover for 2 hours. Remove cover and bake an additional 2 hours.

Cooking in Crockpot: Prepare as above, cook on HIGH for 1 hour, then cook

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

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

12 g dietary fibre per serving.

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

ingredients as above. This recipe always gets ‘rave reviews’.

A Few Basics About Beans...

• Always use clean, clear water for soaking beans and change it frequently.

• Salt inhibits the absorption of water through the beans’ skins. Do not add

it to the soaking or cooking water unless the beans are already tender.

• To cook soaked beans: Cover drained beans with cold water. Bring to boil

and simmer.

• Simmer beans at a moderate temperature rather than boiling them.

• Make certain that the beans remain moistened throughout the cooking

time by replacing any evaporated water.

• Toss cooked beans into salads, stir-fries, soups, casseroles, prepared baked

beans or purée into a dip or spread.

• Cooked beans freeze well.

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

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

actually expelled each day. The rest is absorbed into the body.

• Dried beans can be stored for one year. The older the beans, the longer they

take to cook. Buy them at a store with rapid turnover.

• Most beans more than double in volume after they are soaked and cooked.

One pound (2 cups) of dry beans yields 5 to 6 cups cooked beans.

• Acidic foods, such as lemons and tomato juice, toughen bean skins, so add

only to fully cooked beans.

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non-profit groups (space perming).


Please check ahead if possible.

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

Mon ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, Watford warwicktownship.ca

Mon thru March Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia www.town.petrolia.on.ca

Mon thru March Adult Skate, Forest www.lambtonshores.ca

Mon thru March Adult Skate, Thedford www.lambtonshores.ca

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

Tues thru March Adult Skating, Watford www.warwicktownship.ca

Tues thru March Adult Skate, Thedford www.lambtonshores.ca

Tues ongoing Euchre Night, Wyoming Legion, 7pm www.facebook.com

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

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

Wed ongoing LEO Diners Club, Strangway (1st Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca

Wed ongoing LEO Diners Club, Corunna (3rd Wed monthly) www.leohelps.ca

Wed ongoing Meat Bingo, Wyoming Lions Club (1st Wed monthly) www.facebook.com

Thurs thru March Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia www.town.petrolia.on.ca

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

Thurs ongoing Petrolia Optimists Club Meat Raffles, Crabby Joe’s www.facebook.com

Thurs ongoing Peer Social Club, Alvinston (2nd Thursday) www.leohelps.ca

Thurs thru March Adult Skate, Thedford www.lambtonshores.ca

Thurs thru March Adult Skate, Forest www.lambtonshores.ca

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Wyoming Legion www.facebook.com

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Forest Legion www.forestlegion.ca


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

ongoing online Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online Lambton at War (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lambton www.heritagemuseum.ca

ongoing online The Farmerettes (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca

Jan 7 – Feb 18 David Rapaich & John Iacobelli www.galleryinthegrove.com

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


8 Corunna Cribbage Tournament, Legion Branch 447 www.facebook.com

10 online Lambton Annual Meeting 2023 www.lambton.ogs.on.ca

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

21 Sarnia Robbie Burns Night, Legion Branch 62 www.sarnialegion.com

25-29 Sarnia Clue on Stage at Imperial Theatre www.imperialtheatre.net

28 Sarnia Noelle’s Gift Gala at the Dante Club www.noellesgift.ca


2 Sarnia Miraculum: Sleight of Mind www.imperialtheatre.net

11 Brigden LCDS Valentine Charity Auction www.lcdspetrolia.ca

15 Sarnia Kim Mitchell in concert www.imperialtheatre.net

17 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: Billy Joel - The Stranger www.imperialtheatre.net

18 - 20 Sarnia Bluewater Anglers ice Fishing Derby www.bluewateranglers.com

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

25 Petrolia Mudmen in Concert, Victoria Hall www.mudmen.ca

MARCH 2023

3 Sarnia The Irish Rovers in concert www.imperialtheatre.net

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

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Gerbera Daisies: symbolic of

beauty and innocence.

Iris: symbolizes faith, hope and


Orchids: represents rare and

delicate beauty.

Peruvian Lilies: symbolizes

friendship and devotion.

Roses: the definite symbol for

love and appreciation.

Stargazer Lilies: symbolize

innocence and purity, honor and


Sunflowers: symbolic of warmth

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I recently read an editorial in a farm

publication in which the writer discussed

safety concerns surrounding those in

the industry who continued operating

machinery and being involved in the day

to day tasks of farming into their 70’s

and 80’s. Sometimes it is the only option,

other than selling out and disposing of

the results of a lifetime of hard work.

Sometimes it is an unwillingness to

let go, giving the next generations the

opportunity to learn from their own set of

mistakes. Being raised on a farm which

was operated by and which supported

two generations, I fully understood the

writer’s message.

Or, maybe it is all in the mind. Up

until a few years ago I had always flipped

past articles, advertisements and pieces

of advice directed at “Seniors,” offering

pre-arranged funerals, lifts for stairways,

step-in bathtubs, and travel opportunities

with just enough fun to be an adventure

but not too strenuous. However, the wheel

of life keeps turning and it only has one

direction to go (like an airplane in flight).

Reminiscing about those good old days,

recalling adventures of a carefree youth

and “tut-tutting” about how things used

to be and comparing an earlier time with

current times are part of the process.

Age is Only

a State of Mind

By Nancy Millman, Sparta

from Daytripping

November-December 2013

However, with all the changes and with

the speed that things are continuing to

change, sometimes that produces stress

and anxiety instead of having the desired

calming effect.

My grandmother, who lived past 90,

was a remarkable woman. Her life was

not an easy one but she was always

cheerful and appreciative. I remember

hearing her say once that sometimes

just a new dish cloth brightened up her

kitchen. I didn’t know then what she

meant, but I do now. During a Carol

Burnett show years ago, when Carol

was decked out in her cockeyed wig and

mis-buttoned house dress and struggling

with the self-motivation of a wheel chair,

she said, “If I had known that I would live

this long, I would have taken better care

of myself.” At the time that was hilarious.

It is not so funny now.

Maintaining a sense of humour, eating

right, keeping fit and active become

more important as the time moves on.

A common practice is to write notes as

a reminder of things to do or places to

go but sometimes why it was to be done

or what was to be done upon arrival is

forgotten. Did you ever laugh at yourself

after opening the door of the microwave

oven while searching for the pitcher

of milk in the refrigerator? Solitary

conversations are common and may

not be informative, but help to relieve

frustration, and even provide confidence

when working at a difficult task. “You can

do it. Try harder!” “YES. I did it!” It takes

much longer to get things done but that

does not matter because the enjoyment

is in the doing.

By the time we have reached the socalled

golden years the struggle and

stress of raising a family is behind us.

It is too late to worry about how they

turned out because now they are on

their own. We enjoy the honour of

being grandparents and can develop

special relationships with those young

people which sometimes affords the

opportunity to make up for some of

the shortcomings made when raising

their parents. At this time along our

life journey, if we planned it right, we

enjoy financial independence. We have

the freedom of time; time to enjoy our

home and our family; time to enjoy

companionship with friends and peers;

time to volunteer, support a useful cause,

help a neighbour. There has never been

a better time in life to travel, to attend

concerts and the theatre, to eat out or to

just relax with a good book. Shopping is

much more fun because of the seniors’

discounts. It is very certain that clothing

or furniture purchased will not wear out

before the end of its usefulness.

When a very old gentleman was asked

how old he was, he replied, “Let’s just

say that I no longer buy green bananas!”

Each day is a gift, no matter what age you

are experiencing. We can either embrace

it or we can endure it. We can follow the

path which is available to us or we can

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

Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.

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My Winter Life

Like the four seasons, life is

continually changing... from the joyful,

innocent, carefree, spring of our youth,

on to the summer of full blossoming,

experimenting and making decisions

that will ultimately lead us to the

individuals we were meant to be.

Autumn fills us with an abundant harvest

of fulfillment, and a slowing of pace as

we prepare to reap the rewards of our

past efforts. They have all passed me by

too quickly, and entering the winter of

my life, I ponder how I will describe it,

for cold, barren and pale, initially come

to mind.

But there is, of course, much more

vocabulary characterizing this frosty


We venture outdoors and turn our

faces upward as we see and anticipate

the first sparkling snowflakes. Silently

falling to the ground, layer upon layer,

they will soon remind us, by blanketing

the ground, we are safe beneath the

duvet of white.

The forest creatures of the land

lie peacefully slumbering, sated and

comfortable in the knowledge that a

reawakening and new beginning will be

their reward. We take note of the hardy

birds and animals, determined to thrive

throughout the harsh and bitter cold.

We are awestruck by their resilience.

The cold, crispness of the season

challenges us to bundle up, step

outdoors, take a deep breath and inhale

the pristine air. It is both reinvigorating

By Betty Popelier, Sarnia

and reenergizing.

In contrast, we can cozy up to the

fireplace, with a warm cup of tea or

a hot toddy and enjoy the peace and

comfort of our own protective fort. Old,

cherished memories are reminisced

during the long, serene nights.

The silence and stillness within

those four stark walls, may at times

feel suffocating, but throwing open the

window dressings, we see with wizened

eyes, the world awaits, and is just a step


“Tis the season to be jolly.” The most

wonderous holiday takes place amid

these coldest of months, warming our

hearts, minds and souls. The spectacle

of colourful decorations sprouting here,

there, and everywhere, lightens our

spirits. The laughter, joy and sparkle of

wonderment in the eyes of children as

they unwrap long anticipated wishes,

brings a smile to our face. The true spirit

of this glorious day, the birth of a blessed

baby, and its meaning, makes us take

pause and grants hope for the future.

So, what does the winter of my

life mean to me? Feeling serene and

comfortable in my surroundings,

resilient because of all I have endured,

thankful for the blessings I have

received, at peace with the person I

have become. So, while my hair is a little

whiter, my face a bit paler, my bones

a bit stiffer... my heart still beats, and I

am reenergized, looking forward, with

anticipation for what is yet to come.

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During the waning years of the

depression in a small south eastern

Idaho community, I used to stop by

Brother Miller’s roadside stand for farmfresh

produce as the season made it

available. Food and money were still

extremely scarce and bartering was used,


One particular day Brother Miller was

bagging some early potatoes for me. I

noticed a small boy, delicate of bone

and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily

apprising a basket of freshly picked green

peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also

drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I

am a pushover for creamed peas and new

potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn’t

help overhearing the conversation

between Brother Miller and the ragged

boy next to me.

“Hello Barry, how are you today?”

“Hello, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Just

admiring them peas, sure look good.”

They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?”

“Fine. Getting’ stronger all of the time.”

“Good. Anything I can help you with?”

“No, Sir. Just admiring them peas.”

“Would you like to take some home?”

“No, Sir. Got nothing’ to pay for ‘em


“Well, what have you to trade me for

some of those peas?”

“All I’ve got is my prize marble here.”

“Is that right? Let me see it.”

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The Red Marble

“Here ‘tis. She’s a dandy.”

“I can see that. Hmmmm,

only thing is this one is

blue and I sort of go for

red. Do you have a red

one like this at home?”

“Not exactly .... but,


“Tell you what. Take this sack of peas

home with you and next trip this way let

me look at that red marble.”

“Sure will. Thanks, Mr. Miller.”

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing

nearby, came over to help me. With a

smile she said: “There are two other boys

like him in our community, all three are

in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves

to bargain with them for peas, apples,

tomatoes or whatever. When they come

back with their red marbles, and they

always do, he decides he doesn’t like red

after all and he sends them home with a

bag of produce for a green marble or an

orange one, perhaps.”

I left the stand, smiling to myself,

impressed with this man. A short time

later I moved to Utah but I never forgot

the story of this man, the boys and their

bartering. Several years went by each

more rapid than the previous one.

Just recently I had occasion to visit some

old friends in that Idaho community and

while I was there I learned that Brother

Miller had died.

Don’t let old age get you down - it’s too hard to get back up!

They were having his viewing that

evening and knowing my friends wanted

to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon our arrival at the mortuary we

fell into line to meet the relatives of the

deceased and to offer whatever words

of comfort we could. Ahead of us in

line were three young men. One was

in an army uniform and the other two

wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white

shirts... very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller,

standing smiling and

composed, by her husband’s

casket. Each of the young men

hugged her, kissed her on the

cheek, spoke briefly with her and

moved on to the casket. Her misty

light blue eyes followed them as, one by

one, each young man stopped briefly

and placed his own warm hand over the

cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the

mortuary, awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I

told her who I was and mentioned the

story she had told me about the marbles.

Eyes glistening she took my hand and

led me to the casket. “Those three young

men, that just left, were the boys I told

you about. They just told me how they

appreciated the things Jim “traded”

them. Now, at last, when Jim could not

change his mind about color or size...

they came to pay their debt. We’ve never

had a great deal of the wealth of this

world,” she confided, “but, right now,

Jim would consider himself the richest

man in Idaho.”

With loving gentleness she lifted

the lifeless fingers of her deceased

husband. Resting underneath were three,

magnificently shiny, red marbles.

Moral: We will not be remembered by

our words, but by our kind deeds.

Canning Time

By Joanne vanDam, Lucknow

from Daytripping July-Aug 2020

The cucumbers are dilled.

The chili is chilled.

The canning is done for the season.

By the stove I have toiled.

The jars have been boiled.

Good food from the garden’s the reason.

It’s a comforting feeling,

When I hear the jars sealing,

And each jar is filled to the top.

That sound makes me smile.

Says, it’s all been worthwhile.

When I hear all those sealer lids POP.

All that peeling and chopping,

And constant brow mopping.

Hard work is all part of the bargain.

There’s no time to be bored,

And I thank the Dear Lord,

For each blessing that comes from our


‘Cause when winter comes calling,

And the north winds are squalling,

And we suffer from lack of the sun.

There’ll be no lack of food,

To darken our mood.

‘Cause in August, the canning

was done.

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My Lefthanded, Backwards,

Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short Stories

By John Gardiner

My first serious encounter with the

opposite sex also happened around

this time. I was at a dance in Walkerton

and the first time I saw her, my heart

melted. She was, to me, the most

gorgeous creature I’d ever seen. So I

did something really out of character. I

asked her to dance, while at the same

time, Glen and a couple of my other

buddies zoned in on her friends. Her

name was Kathy and she was from a

small town called Teeswater. I spent

the rest of the night with her – at least

until the dance was over and her ride

was leaving for home – because that’s

the way it worked in those days….

when you said you spent the night with

someone, it wasn’t the actual night, it

was only until the girl went home and

you got a kiss good night if you were


I was totally and completely smitten

with this girl….I could not get her off

my mind in the days and weeks that

followed. However, the fact she lived in

Teeswater, which was likely 40 minutes

from Hanover by car, was a huge obstacle

in those days. We were too young to

drive and long-distance telephone

calling was hugely expensive and only

usually done in extreme circumstances.

So, it was pretty tough maintaining a

long-distance relationship. Still, there

was hitchhiking and we did lots of that

in that other time. We hitchhiked all

over the place, even to Kitchener and

Toronto, so Teeswater wasn’t that bad.

And I went every chance I got and the

The following is an excerpt from “My Lefthanded,

Backwards, Upsidedown Life & Assorted Short Stories”

by Wallaceburg writer John Gardiner, who grew up and

came of age in Hanover, Ontario during the 1950’s and

1960’s. In this memoir, Gardiner tells the story of his

growing-up years with a series of colourful anecdotes

about the way life used to be. More of the writer’s work is

available at www.johngardinerstories.com or by contacting

the author at gardiner@kent.net.

My First Great Love

girl seemed most receptive and it was a

happy time in my life.

One way I used to get to see her was

by catching a ride with my cousin’s

boyfriend when he drove her from

Hanover back to nursing school in

Wingham on Sunday nights. He had

to pass right through Teeswater to get

her back, so I would catch a ride to see

my sweetheart. It was weird snuggling

on her couch watching TV while her

parents stayed in the kitchen making

sure everything was good with their

daughter. I remember my ride didn’t

come until later than usual one night,

and her Dad appeared in his red long

johns to make sure things were okay…..

Likely the greatest adventure I had

with her was our appearance on the

CKNX after school dance show called

“Uptight”. These types of dance shows

were popular back in the Sixties and

they were sort of spin offs of shows like

American Bandstand and Soul Train

that were big news on TV. And so CKNX

had a local version of its own and the

various high schools in the area were

invited to come on different weeks,

and, as might be expected, Hanover’s

turn came. Now, CKNX was located

in Wingham and if you remember,

Wingham is close to Teeswater. I

wouldn’t normally even consider

going on a dance show because I don’t

actually do much dancing unless under

extreme duress or hopelessly in love –

and this time it was the latter. But there

was an obvious chance to get together

with the girl of my dreams if things

could be worked out.

Well, the long and the short of it

was that my friends from school and

I snuck the Teeswater girls onto the

show and this likely wouldn’t have

been a problem, except for my own

moral depravity. I latched onto my

Teeswater sweetheart like you did in

those days to slow dance and that’s

what we did - we slow-danced through

the entire show and it was one of the

most truly delicious times in my life. I

can still remember to this day how she

seemed to fit exactly into the contours

of my body and I remember thinking

that I never wanted the time to end

– one of those special times which

I’m sure we all have. And, finally, the

show ended and we parted company,

she to her home and me to mine. All

seemed amazingly excellent with the

world. Until the morning after the show

aired, and I got a call to Principal R.A.

Crawford’s office where I was indeed

accused of moral depravity and setting

a poor moral example for a student

from Hanover High. It was good with

me, though. Very good, indeed.

Now, I don’t know if the TV show

had anything to do with it or not, but it

was shortly after this that she dumped

me. She didn’t really tell me she was

dumping me the traditional way – she

showed up at one of the dances in

Walkerton on the arm of a football jock

– big guy – school jacket. I got a final

chance to talk to her sometime later

and she told me I just wasn’t right for

her. I had long hair, played in a band,

drank, smoked, did drugs. She wasn’t

interested in any of that stuff…it sort

of frightened her. I didn’t even try to

discuss the matter with her….if she

didn’t like any of that stuff, we were

clearly on different wavelengths…sort

of different planets. That stuff was me.

So, it ended. She went on to become

a dentist and she married a guy who

became a neurosurgeon. If she’d stayed

with me, I’m not sure she’d have had

the same type of life. I hope she’s happy

and I’m thankful to her for sharing even

a small moment of her life with me…..

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Life holds so many priceless things

The falling rain—the wind that sings

Each star on a high—a big full moon

And sunbeams dancing in your room

The river as it rushes on

A sunset when day is gone

No wealth can buy a mountain tall

These priceless things belong to all

An autumn tree lends beauty rare

With leaves piled deep most everywhere.

As nature wears a glowing smile

to make each day a day worthwhile

Ships Away

By Gloria Austin, St. Thomas

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2011

Could anything be quite as dear

As laughing children that we hear

When the German prisoners first

came to our place they had guards,

with guns too. I saw them.

It was about the first part of the

1940’s and a prisoner of war camp

was built in Fingal. That was only a few

miles from our home and my father

had found out that many of the

prisoners were sent

out to work on

the surrounding

farms, so he

thought since

he needed men

to work in his

ship yard he would

see if he could hire a

few. And he did. Even at

that time, I knew they would only send

men who spoke English.

I lived in a large house with my

grandmother in Port Stanley at the

time. My grandpa had died a year

before and my mother asked if I would

go to stay with her for a time. Of

course at the age of fourteen it seemed

wonderful - a new school, new friends

and my own room. That isn’t exactly

the way it worked. My gram and I slept

in the same room but it was okay.

At first, as I’ve mentioned, the

prisoners had guards with guns. Pretty

soon the guards were gone and it was

arranged for the Germans to board at

my gramma’s. It seems money was

tight and she was assured by someone

that they were not dangerous, and it

was a very large house. So they moved

in. Their names were Hans, Arnold

and Hanson. We never learned if that

was first or last names.

When supper was over (yes, they

ate with us) they would make ships

in bottles. The fishermen would give

them large empty liquor bottles and

they then created replicas

of the ships. Everyone

loved the

work they

did on the

bottles - art


I watched Hans create

one of these. It took a

long time. The wood had

to be carved then painted to

match the real thing. Every piece was

attached with string flattened out, put

through the mouth of the bottle and

when it was placed just right a string or

strings were pulled and the ship stood

up. What a thrill that was to see.

We never discussed the war, but

they did talk about their families. It

seemed to me they were just like the

other people we knew. I went to school

every day on the train and came back

just in time for supper. We all arrived

home about the same time. The men

from work and I from St.Thomas High

School, except one day they weren’t

there. Grandma just said they had

to leave. They were being sent back

home to Germany. I felt a bit sad.

All these years later I wonder if any

of those ships are still around.

The gift of friendship that is ours

The miracle of growing flowers

Each magic moment—treasured time

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As a physiotherapist working in the

community, I am often asked to help

support those directly and indirectly

affected by dementia. While we have

no control over dementia risk factors

such as genetics and age, recent

research does indicate that there are

several lifestyle things we can do to

help support our brain health as we age.

The research suggests six key lifestyle

factors can influence not only longevity,

but also our brain health. Who knew?

So, what are the Six Pillars of brain

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Mental Stimulation

Social Activity • Nutrition

Stress • Sleep

Exercise: Most of us know the

importance of exercise for our physical

and mental health, but did you know

that exercise benefits our physical brain

as well? Exercise improves blood flow

to the brain, therefore boosting the

supply of oxygen and nutrients to the

brain and it also boosts neuroplasticity

(helps build new brain cells and form/

reorganize cells). Although there does

need to be more research on the optimal

exercise “prescription” to maximize

benefits for our brain health, we do

know that 150 minutes of moderate

to vigorous exercise a week each week

My ability

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from the 60s

far exceeds

my ability

to remember

why I walked

into the


Lifestyle and Brain Health

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

is recommended. A brisk paced walk,

going for a bike ride, gardening, or

even cleaning our house are all ways to

increase activity to boost our brains.

Do what you love and let’s just keep


Mental Stimulation: Exercising

our minds is just as important as

exercising our bodies. Challenging

our brain with novel activities and

new ways of doing things help to

build new brain cells and strengthen

those connections between them.

So, do whatever you enjoy that

keeps your mind active whether its

reading, playing games, doing a puzzle,

or something else that requires your

focus. Engage your mind.

Social Activity: Social engagement

can be a predictor of overall well-being

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stressed and maybe have increased

opportunities to exercise our bodies

and minds with friends that support

us. No need to be a social butterfly, it’s

the quality of relationships that matter

more than the quantity. Hello friends!

Nutrition: Our brains require a

constant supply of vitamins, minerals,

essential fat, and amino acids to

function. According to research, a hearthealthy

diet such as the Mediterranean-

DASH diet, doubles as a brain-healthy

diet. While it may not always be easy

to make huge changes to our eating

habits, even a small shift can help. So

maybe eliminate some processed foods

and add a little more whole grains, leafy

greens, fruits, and nuts to your diet,

which can have brain health benefits.

Time to make a delicious journey toward

improved brain health.

Stress Management: While stress is

a normal part of everyday life, stress

that happens frequently, or becomes

chronic, can take a toll on our brain

health. How does stress affect brain

health? When we are stressed for

prolonged periods of time, the hormonal

and vascular changes can result in

increased blood pressure, higher sugar

levels, and inflammation—all of which

are associated with dementia. There

are so many effective ways to manage

our stress such as deep breathing,

meditation, exercise and talk therapy...

even with our friends. Find what works

for you to cope with your stress. Love

my yoga!

Sleep: Not getting enough good

quality seep on a regular basis can

leave us feeling tired and irritable and

can impact our brain health. According

to some researchers, they found

increased grey matter volume

in the brains of those who

had between six and eight

hours each night. More grey

matter volume is a good

thing, as it tends to shrink

with age. Yikes! Good thing

I like to get eight hours of

sleep. Phew! Establishing a

nighttime routine can be key

to a good night’s sleep. So, leave the

exercising to the daytime and avoid

the internet and TV to at least an hour

before bedtime. Nighttime routine can

be key.

So, are these six factors going to

prevent dementia? Not likely, but some

of the factors could “push back” the

onset of cognitive decline. Dementia

develops over a long period of time so

the earlier in life we start to make some

of these changes it could potentially

benefit our brain health and longevity.

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Lambton Elderly Outreach (LEO)

began in 1970 with a group of

community members operating a

Meals on Wheels service. Over 50 years

later, LEO has increased its services

and supports to include adults over

60 and adults with disabilities. “As an

organization, we are committed to

community support services that enable

people to live in their homes longer and

with dignity and independence,” says

Paula Reaume-Zimmer, CEO Lambton

Elderly Outreach, “We also really value

our volunteer and social engagement

opportunities; making sure people are

connected and not socially isolated.”

LEO offers many services including

transportation, Meals on Wheels,

Friendly Visiting, a Retirement Home

Support Program, crisis intervention,

and home support services which

includes personal support workers,

home helpers and respite. “Having a

meal delivered to your home can make

all the difference following a surgery or

if you are finding yourself on your own,”

Amy Weiler, Community Engagement

Specialist says. Services like Meals on

Wheels or transportation allows clients

to have homecooked meals delivered

to their door or ride to their doctor’s

appointments or social engagements.

The United Way provides funding for

those two programs which provide

subsidies to low-income qualifying


Sarnia-Lambton’s population is older

than the provincial average by five

per-cent, so LEO sees a demand and

growing need for the community to

come together and offer services for

the aging demographic. LEO is also

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Lambton, an initiative that works with

community partners to increase access

and awareness of all the social supports

and community programming. As a

part of Sarnia-Lambton Health Team,

LEO along with 35 partners in the

community are working on improving

the health care system by making it

easier for people to access what they


Social programming is a key part

of what LEO offers. Their programs

include a Diner’s Club, a Peer Social

and Wellness Club, and Forever FIT

exercise classes to name a few. These

programs offer LEO clients a way to

stay connected to their peers and the

local community. “We want to increase

well being while giving our clients the

opportunity to engage and connect with

their community,” explains Amy.

LEO’s programs and services are

made possible by a dedicated volunteer

base that help create meaningful impact

in the community. Friendly Visiting,

Meals on Wheels, and Adopt-a-Driveway

are key programs where volunteers give

their time to implement LEO services

and support clients. “Volunteering offers

vital help to organizations like LEO, but

also has many benefits for volunteers,

such as connecting with the community,

learning new skills or applying areas

of expertise, and can reduce stress

and increase self-esteem,” explains

Amy. LEO is seeking new volunteers

for their growing list of programs.

“Whether it’s for one-off programming,

or ongoing services, we have volunteer

opportunities for every schedule,”

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When Bill Lamarche

was the sporting goods

and seasonal manager at

a large retailer in London,

he began dreaming

about opening his own

business. In 1989, he and

his wife Alice purchased

Sarnia Home Hardware.

In 2001, they moved to

their current location, 120

Russell Street, and since

then the business hasn’t

stopped growing. After

over 30 years of service,

Bill and Alice have stepped

back and their daughter,

Laura Lamarche, has taken over as store


Sarnia Home Hardware sells a full

selection of home improvement supplies

from plumbing to hand tools. They also

sell housewares, giftware, seasonal items,

and lawn and garden supplies. “On any

given day, staff are mixing paint, helping

in electrical, and merchandising a new

housewares display. It’s never boring

here. We are always learning both from

each other and our customers,” shares


The Beauti-Tone paint centre is a

particularly busy spot in the store. Paint

Manager Carolyn Robinson has been

helping people find the perfect paint

and supplies for six years. “During the

height of the pandemic we would be

mixing 50-60 cans of paint a day. Today,

people want assistance and knowledge.

No one wants to do the wrong thing or

do it twice. And after a conversation with

Carolyn our customers don’t have to,”

Laura explains. Home Hardware makes

its own paint, Beauti-Tone, right here in


James Hamilton, the hardware

manager has also made a name for

himself. “James is a destination for

people. You can’t find someone who’s

better at giving service than him,”

Laura says. James is another long-term

employee of Home Hardware, and has

been at Russell Street for almost 12

years. “So many of our employees have

been with us for years. I think that’s a

testament not only to the store but to

our customers.” The great team at Home

Hardware creates a good atmosphere for

customers and employees. “When you

give people a little bit of creative freedom

you’ll be amazed at what they can do.”

Located in Sarnia’s southend, staff at

Home Hardware are beginning to see

an emerging demographic of young

homeowners in the area looking to fix up

their new-to-them homes. “People are

buying homes in the south end of Sarnia

again, and they want to do the work in

their homes properly. Our staff are a

reliable source of information for them,

because service remains the cornerstone

of what we do here,” Laura says.

While paint and hardware are two

staples people often think of when

it comes to Home Hardware, at this

location customers can find a whole lot

more. “There is a lot of merchandise in

this store. Don’t let the size fool you,

you can come to get duct tape and

leave with a scarf,” Laura shares with

a laugh. Home Hardware stores are

independently owned, making each

store unique. “Our store has become a

houseware and giftware destination.

There are so many places in town to get

building materials and tools, we’ve taken

our store in a different direction.” With

everything from decor to clothing, or

kitchen and tool gadgets, there is bound

to be something for even the hardest

person to shop for on your holiday list.

“People come to our store for unique

gifts or things people need. Whether

it’s gifty or completely practical, there is

something for everybody.”

When it comes to the future of Home

Hardware, Laura and her team will

continue to prioritize top-rate service.

“We love what we do, and if we can

continue to maintain this kind of

relationship with our community, and

each other, that sounds like a great future

to me,” Laura says. As the store continues

to grow its merchandise sector, there are

a few areas Laura dreams of improving.

“I would love to see more local brands

and Canadian brands on our shelves. We

love to support local every way we can,

and this is the natural next step.”

Home Hardware’s guiding ethic is

that community and the common good

is simply good business and this can

be seen in all aspects of Sarnia Home

Hardware. “We are a neighbourhood

hardware store. We know our customers,

and they know us. They have come to

trust us for our knowledge and great

customer service,” shares Laura. “Many

of our customers stop in just to chat.

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with exercise footwear and clothing.


Their motto: “Just do it.” If you just


do it, it might set you back $200 for

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and/or manufacturer, cardiac surgeon,

paramedic and stretcher-bearer?

They follow a theme, don’t you think?

If you guessed exercise, then you are

correct. When seniors engage in vigorous

exercise, these occupations are soon to


In the old days before 1956 when T.V.

remotes were invented, people didn’t

have to exercise. Their physical lifestyle

was sufficiently demanding. They didn’t

have to pay $1450 annually for a gym

membership with complimentary towels.

Surely, you have listened ad nauseum

to your grandparents’ astonishing tales

of rigorous exertion, walking miles and

miles to school before metric conversion,

(which make the distances seem longer)

but dropping out in grade six to help with

demanding chores around the home.

I have a University degree in Physical

Education. I know what I’m talking

about. There are two types of exercise—

A dangerous modern intervention

involves machines that actually perform

work for you. You can ski, row, climb

and such, but the cool thing about

these mechanical items is that you can

simultaneously watch T.V. It’s a win-win

scenario while you ride the machines.

Some people rant and rave about a

particular form of exercise such as Pilates,

which was not named after Pontius

Pilate and certainly does not involve

carrying a cross. I tried yoga, which is

composed of asanas or poses, popular

with extroverts. After a while, I became

quite proficient posing as an eucalyptus

tree, but nevertheless, as a precaution, I

arrived at class with a shoehorn and a

bottle of extra virgin olive oil.

If sufficiently motivated with adequate

discretionary funds, one might hire a

fitness coach who will shame one into

paying him or her progressively larger

sums of money merely to watch one


My favourite form of exercise is

gardening. Down on my knees, I love to

till the earth, which, after all, is where

I’m soon going to end up, but I guess I

should conclude on a more positive note

aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic is by mentioning that exercise is often

performed while wearing Spandex, linked with good sex. However, I must

sometimes accented by a sweat band;

all other forms are anaerobic. Spandex

is an anagram of the word “expands.”

This does not auger well for appearance,

so aerobic exercise should be avoided.

The other danger is that chemicals called

endorphins invade blood vessels and

warn seniors that your partner will not

respond well in the bedroom if you have

to first perform 15 minutes of stretching

warmups. And calling it “foreplay” will

lead to disastrous results.

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to the southwest of Sarnia filled with ominous purple-black clouds. The only

relief to the approaching darkness was a massive lightning shower.

By 11:00 am it was apparent to Sarnians that a tornado was about to

hit their town. Understandably, they scurried to find shelter. Fifteen long

minutes later, the natural fury had passed, leaving in its trail a scene of

utter chaos. Countless window panes were smashed. Roofs and chimneys

had been strewn about. The most spectacular damage occurred along Front

Street a few doors north of Cromwell. The entire roof of Robert and James

Mackenzie’s furniture warehouse on the west side of he street had been

sucked up by the fierce winds and slammed against Charles Mackenzie’s

hardware store on the east side.

If any irony could be found in the storm’s destruction, it was that the

Mackenzies were all brothers. The twister also wreaked havoc in Point

Edward, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan.

In addition, its associated winds flattened

two-thirds of the oil derricks in Petrolia

and caused minor damage in Wyoming.

Miraculously, the tornado claimed no

human lives, although it seriously injured

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English is Hard

1. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was

time to present the present.

2. The bandage is wound around the wound.

3. The farm was used to produce produce.

4. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

5. We must polish the Polish furniture.

6. He could lead if he would get the lead out.

7. The soldier decided to desert his dessert

in the desert.

8. A bass was painted on the head

of the bass drum.

9. When shot at, the dove dove

into the bushes.

10. I did not object to the object.

11. The insurance was invalid for

the invalid.

12. There was a row among the

oarsman about how to row.

13. They were too close to the

door to close it.


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1. Multiply the number of your brothers by 2

(if you have no brothers, multiply by 0)

2. Add 3

3. Multiply by 5

4. Add the number of your sisters

(if you have no sisters, add 0)

5. Multiply by 10

6. Add the number of living grandparents

(if you have no living grandparents, add 0)

3. Subtract 150

AND the Answer is:

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number of brothers =

number of sisters =

number of living grandparents =

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and ending in March. That

was before the ozone and

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prevalent today. There was

plenty of snow for all those

months and consistently

cold temperatures, providing

a winter wonderland for us

kids to enjoy. Many times after an ice

storm, we skated on the roads or even

in ditches as well as natural ponds

scattered in open fields.

Our good friends and neighbours, the

Murray family, had one of those natural

ponds in the field next door to them.

Roy and his sons would regularly flood

it, turning it into one sensational skating

surface. They set up floodlights and a

radio so we would be all set for hours

of skating enjoyment. The Top 40 could

be heard all over the neighborhood.

We were even allowed to go into their

garage to lace up our skates, where it

was not so cold.

Kids would come from far and wide

both day and night to ‘Murray’s Pond.’

Games of tag and hockey would be

played, along with barrel-jumping for

the daring and crack-the-whip for the

brave, with the kid at the end of the line

taking a flying leap into a snowbank.

The laughter and screaming could be

heard for blocks and if you had any

doubts about where to find the rink,

you just had to follow the sounds. I can

remember so well rushing home from

school, both in elementary and high

school, quickly doing homework and

gobbling down supper, then hitting the

ice as soon as possible. Fortunately,

my house was just across the field so it

wasn’t far to go.

The highlight of the winter skating,

it seemed, was after Christmas when

we would gather up all the discarded

Christmas trees in the neighborhood and

make a huge bonfire. The goal would be

to go from house to house, dragging as


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many as we possibly could from

the curbs to Murray’s Pond. Thankfully,

the bonfire took place in the open field

and the firemen never had to be called,

although there were some fairly high

flames against the evening sky.

Another favourite winter activity in

Corunna was tobogganing and there

were several gullies to choose from, with

all kinds of twists and turns. Actually,

looking back, it was a little dangerous,

but at that time all of us had youth on

our side and were invincible. Making

snowmen, snow angels, and snow forts

was another favourite pastime and we

spent hours perfecting our crafts. But

just like in the story, once the sun came

out, Frosty was history along with our


I really do not recall ever getting a

‘snow day’ in elementary school, but

certainly remember walking to school

in a blizzard. To my recollection, the

schools never closed and our mothers

never suggested we stay home. They

just packed our lunches, bundled us up

so that only our eyes showed and saw

us out the door. Those who travelled by

bus usually made it as well, sometimes

a little later than normal.

A fact about childhood is that most

of us are so busy being kids that it isn’t

until we are adults that we think back

and realize how someone impacted

our lives. When I remember all the fun

times skating on Murray’s Pond, I reflect

on our neighbor Roy Murray and all his

efforts and good deeds, not only with

the rink, but all year long to make our

growing up years special in many ways.



(Dec 14, 2010) Military helicopters rescued stranded motorists in snowstorm near Sarnia.

You’re welcome to send in articles to help build this magazine.

In a previous article I wrote about

eliminating social isolation for

seniors and in the last article listed

the benefits of motion and exercise.

Well, this article solves both of those

challenges, and much more. Let’s call

it a two-for-one.

I want to tell a story about Kay, and

what happened to her once she got

a new puppy. Kay is a friend and a

senior. We have known each other a

long time and she has been adopted

as an honorary grandmother into

my family. We have been with Kay

through the challenges of life, both

hers and ours. As a widower Kay has

been able to maintain independence

in her apartment with little concerns,

however Kay is lonely.

What happened next is amazing.

Through some unforeseen

circumstances, Kay got a little puppy.

She named him Micky – a Yorkie/Shih

Tzu cross, a Shorkie I think they call

this breed. A sweet bundle of fun is

he. Some looked with distain. What is

a senior doing with a puppy anyway?

How can she care for a little puppy?

Bad questions, for when you see how

wonderful they have been for each

other, well the distain should change

By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia

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for Seniors to Have Pets

to amazement.

Think about it.

Micky needs walks.

Micky needs to go

outside to do his

business. Micky

needs to play with

his toys. Micky needs

to get treats for being

so gosh-darn cute.

Micky needs his belly

rubbed just like every

other self-respecting

doggie does. And

after a long day

Micky needs to lay beside Kay and

have a nap. Truth be told he has lots

of naps. So does Kay.

You see, Micky has needs and Kay

is ready to exceed those needs.

What does Kay get in return? In a

word... purpose. Here is another word:

companionship. And unconditional

love—that’s two

words. Just seeing

if you were paying

attention. This little

ten-pound bundle

of energy and fun

does all of that and

just wants the same

in return and Kay is

ready to be the pet

owner Micky needs.

It is kind of amazing

that Micky does all of

that. Well, he does, I

witnessed it. I have

seen Kay cut a visit short because she

needs to get home to attend to Micky.

My wife tells a good story that

demonstrates the unconditional

love as demonstrated by man’s best

friend. As she puts it, if you put your

husband and your dog in the trunk of

the car and drove a hundred miles,

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when you stop and let them out,

which one is going to be happy to see

you? (Publisher’s note... don’t actually

do this.)

The physical and mental health

benefits are clear, and here are some:

added movement and physical activity.

In fact, the simple act of stroking

your pet reduces the stress inducing

hormone cortisol and increases the

feel-good hormone oxytocin. Think

about that—just the act of petting

Micky helps Kay reduce stress and

increase a feeling of wellness.

On the practical side, it is worth

stating that Micky is a small breed

of dog. Perfect for Kay. No one is

suggesting that Kay get a Great Dane,

nor would that be appropriate. This

little guy, full of personality and love

is just what the doctor ordered for

my friend and it is a joy to see the

wonderful impact Micky has had on

Kay. I am reminded of a prayer I read

recently and it struck a chord with

me. It goes like this:

“God, help me be the person my dog

thinks I am.”

Kay has been given a gift, and those

people that love her have been given

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LC Long-Term Care Living Various opportunities from Coffee Program to organist/pianist to dining companions lambtoncares.ca/volunteer

Lambton Elderly Outreach Reception, Transportation, Friendly Visiting, Meals on Wheels, Diner’s Club, Forever Fitness 519-845-1353

Alzheimer Society of SL Program, Event and Bingo Volunteers 519-332-4444

Habitat for Humanity Handyman Assistant, ReStore: Sales Floor Support, Cashier 519-339-7957

St. Joseph’s Hospice S-L Residence Reception, Volunteers for Kitchen, Grocery Shopping, Direct Support, and more 519-337-0537 stjosephshospice.ca

Literacy Lambton Volunteer opportunities in the Adult or Family Literacy Programs, Special Events, and more literacylambton.org/volunteer/

Noelle’s Gift to Children Bingo & Event Volunteers: online registration at www.noellesgift.ca under volunteer tab www.noellesgift.ca

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River City Vineyard Donation of food, extra clothing, valuables, and small household items to foodbank and shelter 519-383-8463(VINE)

Petrolia Food Bank Monetary and food donations to food bank (please check expiry dates) 519-882-3950

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Women’s Interval Home

Patient Experience Companions, Help Program, Information Desk Attendants, Oncology,

Mealtime Assistants, Mammography

Needed items: Clothing, linens & bedding, small kitchen appliances, dishes & cutlery, cereal,

school snacks, juice boxes, sugar, coffee. Volunteer opportunities available.

New unused items only will be accepted to shelter: hygiene items, clothing, gift cards, etc.

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On every side.

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'Til the spot was cleared

He cried so hard

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(Margaret Hillert - from 'January Thaw')

New Year,

New View

Sure, sure, all good intentions,

will it all make a difference?

Courtesy of Sipkens Nurseries

We all like to think that a New

Year’s resolution will change things.


Now that we are officially on the

upswing of longer and brighter days it

seems easier to be optimistic for the

year to come. It is always a good idea

to take a few minutes to reflect on the

year past and hope for the year coming.

This time of reflection really does help

us ground ourselves after the busyness

of the holidays, and many extra family


So, this January, consider changing

your view. Out with that tree dropping its

needles, and in with some new vibes. As

the Christmas decorations are put away,

look to change your view inside your

home. (Maybe you do need to do some

organizing as all the advertisements

suggest with storage boxes and bins

and organizers), but you should most

definitely change your view.

We all can feel a little trapped indoors

by the weather we receive in the coldest

months of the yea. This year give

yourself a new view. With that space

you gained putting decorations away,

add a new plant or two or three to your

indoor environment.

Changing your view with some new

plants, whether they are cheery with

flowers, or bright lush foliage, and

having something new to look at tends

to give many benefits. The power of

plants in your house has been well

studied by NASA for air purifying and

humidifying abilities. Aside from better

breathing, the beauty and presence

of plants definitely creates a more

tranquil environment, lowering stress,

promoting healing and giving your

emotions and mental health a boost.

We all have, somewhere inside us,

a desire to feel needed and to care for

others. When we have time to slow

down and reflect, that feeling can

increase as we focus less on our self

and more on others. In those times you

just can’t be with friends and family,

caring for plants can fill that need.

When you need something positive to

talk about, your plants are an excellent

topic of conversation that leaves you

filled (did you catch that pun?) instead

of begrudging the ‘news.’

Now that you have another few good

reasons to buy a new houseplant, treat

yourself or a friend to some new Plant

Joy and feel the difference plants can


Winter Gardening Checklist:

❏ Collect new indoor plants.

❏ Give a friend or family member a

new plant

❏ Make up a new reason to shop for


❏ Tend your indoor plants by more

carefully watering and tidying after

the darkest days of the year

❏ Put out food for our wild birds

❏ Enjoy the beauty of the season

surrounding us

❏ Plan for spring gardening

❏ Start seedlings for your garden

indoors or source seeds for your

garden from your favourite garden


❏ Plan large outdoor projects by

seeking the advice of a professional

landscape designer

❏ Take those resolutions and start on

them one day at a time.

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is a Funny Thing

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when

we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less

than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging

that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four

and a half." You're never 36 and a half... but you're four and a half going on five!

That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump

to the next number. "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16." You could be 12, but

you're gonna be 16. And then the greatest day of your life happens: you

become 19. Even the words sound like a ceremony - you 'become' 19. "YES!"

But then you turn 30. Ouch! What happened there? Makes you sound like bad

milk. He 'turned,' so we had to throw him out. There's no fun now. What's

wrong? What's changed? You 'become' 19, you 'turn' 30, then you're 'pushing'

40. Stay over there... it's all slipping away... Then you 'reach' 50 and 'make it to'

60. You didn't think you'd make it!

So you become 19, you turn 30, you're pushing 40, you reach 50, you make it

to 60... then you build up so much speed you hit 70! And after that its a day by

day thing. From there you hit Wednesday, then Thursday. You get into your 80's

you hit lunchtime. You turn 4:30. My grandmother won't even buy green

bananas. (It's an investment you know, and maybe a bad one.) And it doesn't

end there. Into the 90's you start going backwards. "I was just 92."

Finally a strange thing happens: If you make it over 100, you become a little

kid again and say, "I'm 100 and a half."

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2 Jim Staffordz Spiders and Snakes

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5 Conway Twitty You've Never Been This Far Before

6 Peters & Lee Welcome Home

7 Merle Haggard If We Make It Through December

8 Jeanne Pruett Satin Sheets

9 Tom T. Hall I Love

10 Anne Murray A Love Song

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2 Paul McCartney My Love

3 Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On

4 Ringo Starr You're Sixteen

5 Stevie Wonder Superstition

6 Elton John Daniel

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A sister and brother are talking to each other when the little

boy gets up and walks over to his Grandpa and says

"Grandpa, make a frog noise." The Grandpa says NO.

The little boy goes on "Please Grandpa, please make a frog

noise." The Grandpa says "No, now go play."

So the little girl goes to her Grandpa and says

"Grandpa, make a frog noise." The Grandpa says "I just told

your brother no and I'm telling you NO." The little girl says

"Please, please Grandpa, make a frog noise."

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I came across this old clipping that

my mother Marion Jane LaPointe

had clipped out of a newspaper when

she was 70, eight years before she

passed away. I always thought she felt

wonderful about her life up to that

point so it sort of surprised me, and it

shows you never quite know everything

about somebody. Author unknown &

originally untitled, so I’ve given it one.

If I had my life to live over, I’d

dare to make more mistakes next

time. I’d relax, I’d limber up, I would

be sillier than I’ve been this trip. I

would take fewer things seriously,

take more chances, take more trips.

I’d climb more mountains, and swim

more rivers.

I would eat more ice cream and

less beans. I would, perhaps, have

more actual troubles, but I’d have

fewer imaginary ones. You see,

I’m one of those people who lived

seriously, sanely, hour after hour,

day after day. Oh, I’ve had my

moments, and if I had it to do over

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Sent in by Kenneth Lapointe, Windsor

From Daytripping Summer 2007

again, I’d have more of them... In

fact, I’d try to have nothing else, just

moments, one after another, instead

of living so many years ahead of

each day.

I’ve been one of those people

who never goes anywhere without

a thermometer, hot water bottle,

rain coat and a parachute. If I had

to do it again, I would travel lighter

this trip. If I had my life to live over,

I would start going barefoot earlier

in the spring, and stay that way later

into fall. I would go to more dances,

I would ride more merry-go-rounds,

I would pick more daisies.

A new magazine for people who aren’t (new that is!)

On Helping

A Friend

Restore An

Old Cupboard

by Gord Lane | 1919-2008

from Daytripping

Nov-Dec 2013

Of yesterdays, a sunny day

I helped you work, we scraped away

So many coats of time and paint

To find beneath, quite old and quaint

A cupboard.

Those that it served so long ago

Just what would it be like to know

Their way of life?

A kitchen cupboard old and fine

The top and bottom flat design

From trees their men felled at the time.

The iron clasp upon the door

Was dated One Eight Seven Four

And now we're working to restore

That cupboard made of pine.

A type most kitchens used to know,

That women cherished long ago;

The glass doors of the upper half

Displayed the early pattern glass

Possessions brought by sea and land

So far by those who fought and planned,

Together toiled and cleared the land.

If you could talk, what would you say,

Of time, of life, of yesterday,

Of former owners passed away?

Before you put your things inside

Reflect through time with humble pride

To when the cupboard was brand new

A slender woman just like you

When she arranged her glassware there

With thoughtful tender loving care

She did what you're about to do.

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Also known as Shrove Tuesday,

Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday... Paczki

Day has become popular in many

cities across Canada. It’s the

busiest day of the year for many

bakeries. Paczkis (pronounced

pooch-key or poonch-key) were

originally made for the practical

purpose of using up the eggs and

lard which would not be

consumed during the fast of the

Lenten season. Since each Paczki

has a whopping 1000 calories and

20 grams of fat, they're

considered the last-minute binge

of sweets before Ash Wednesday.

It's really only an extra large

dough ball, rich in egg yolks and

deep fried in fat. The traditional

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CROSSWORD on page 25

by Lyn Tremblay, Simcoe

from Daytripping May-June 2007

A big black cast iron stove with white

porcelain trim held a prominent place

in the farm kitchen of my childhood. In

the morning my sisters and I awoke to

the clang of its lids being lifted and the

thump of wood being dumped into its

box. Before school we dressed near its

warmth, while a pot of porridge bubbled

on the stovetop. Mom kept the black top

shining with an old rag dabbed in lard.

The stove’s open oven door warmed

our cold feet when we came in from

tobogganing and later its heat sent steam

rising from our wet mittens. A reservoir

at the back held a supply of hot water.

The inside of the warming closet wasn’t

needed much and held an interesting

collection of old flat irons, used before

my memory. The top of it was a resting

place for my mom’s bread pans.

A few times a week, flour would be

sprinkled out on the kitchen counter

and her fingers would roll and knead

dough into rectangular loaves. Placed

in bread pans and covered with a white

cotton tea towel, the yeast would rise the

dough into white clouds ready to be put

into the oven, usually just a little while

before we arrived home from school.

The smell of fresh-baked bread

greeted us as we stepped

through the front door and

we rushed to get thick slabs

of warm bread with butter

melting into its softness.

My mother’s recipes

came from her head or

were handed down from

grandmothers, aunts or country

neighbours, people whose

culinary talents did not

lean towards the exotic or

gourmet, instead the dishes were simple

and wholesome. Back then there was

no concern about fat content, sugar or

carbohydrates. We needed hearty foods

that filled the bellies of hungry men at

mid-day dinners and held them over

until supper. Our meat and eggs came

from the barnyard, our vegetables from

the garden, apples from our orchards

and berries from along the fence rows.

When I moved away from home and

married, my mother handed over a

whole collection of her favourite recipes,

all written in her beautiful penmanship

on the blue lines of an old Hilroy


When my body and mind crave

comfort, I reach for that little

book. Listed on each page

are the needed ingredients

and instructions on how to

prepare the dish, but there

are other small notes

attached to some that

take me on a wonderful

trip down memory

lane. I make potato

cakes, molded with my

hands and rolled in soda

cracker crumbs and remember a tiny

lady who lived down the road who used

to give us butterscotch peppermints -

“Mrs. Waltons recipe,” the note says.

The book contains hints of something

else that I recall. While my mother

had to cook, she really loved to bake,

especially for a dad who had a sweettooth.

Mouth-watering chocolate cake is

“Aunt Marie’s” recipe and my favourite

peanut butter cookies came from “Aunt

Mary Hartin.” Under ‘Rolls and Bread,’

a scribble says, “Nora Crego’s recipe

- really good.” A pumpkin pie recipe

came from “Isobel Austin,” my public

school principal. A ‘Hard time Pie Crust’

recipe says, “Grandma Hutchison’s

- This is the one I use all the time,

Mom.” (A half pound of Tenderflake

lard is the secret to this recipe! I

now opt for the frozen shells from

my local supermarket. Sorry Mom.)

The corners are turned down on the

pages that contain familiar Christmas

recipes. There are peanut butter squares,

coconut kisses, two fudge recipes, one

for shortbread cookies, and another for

honey cookies.

When my mom passed away and we

were cleaning out the drawers of her

kitchen cupboards, I picked up a recipe

book, its cover and binding long gone,

bound with an elastic band. In it I could

easily find some of the recipes she had

copied into the pages of my Hilroy

Exercise Book.

The worn pages of recipes for sugared

doughnuts and butter tarts are spattered

with traces of batter from a long time

ago. I find comfort in knowing that she

touched these pages and, while as a

child I doubt I showed my appreciation,

I now cherish the thought that she took

the time to make those things that today

stir such rich memories.

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My husband has always looked

forward with mounting glee to visits

from our three-year-old granddaughter

Lisa. At the sight of this chubby, cherubcheeked

moppet with the Shirley

Temple curls, GanGan (her name for my

dearly beloved) goes all mushy, hauling

her up on his lap, mooing and cooing

and extracting yet another chocolate

kiss from his pocket to offer his ‘little


One of the highlights of every visit has

always been ‘going out with GanGan.’

This usually means he takes her to one of

his favorite haunts, such as Home Depot

or Canadian Tire, while I do the boring

stuff like pushing a shopping cart up

and down the aisles of the supermarket

desperately trying to find at least one

thing this baby gourmet will deign to


On one such outing, I was duly

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by Maryleah Otto, St. Thomas • From Daytripping March-April 2003

dumped off at the A&P while GanGan

and Lisa drove to the far end of the

parking lot to be closer to, yes, I knew

it, Home Depot. An hour later, I was

standing impatiently outside the store,

my buggy overflowing with revolting

boxes of sugar-coated cereal, a washtub

of pink ice cream, three kinds of cookies

all guaranteed to increase the income of

Lisa’s dentist considerably and a slab of

salami for which I’d discovered the kid

had a passion.

Finally, they showed up. My sweet

man loaded the food into the trunk of

the car and off we went. We hadn’t gone

more than a couple of blocks when it

occurred to me that no one was saying

anything. “Anything wrong?” I asked

innocently. Long pause. Then Lisa turned

and scowled at me. “GanGan scolded

me,” she whined, the tears starting to

roll down those angelic cheeks.

I knew enough to keep out of it, at least

until my dear boy and I were alone, but

that night, in the safety of our bedroom,

I asked, “What happened at the mall to

upset Lisa?” To my surprise, my husband

had begun to laugh, great belly shaking

laughter that was infectious.

Well, it seems that while he was

moseying around in the endless caverns

of Home Depot, he lost her. He’d been

rummaging through some bins of

hardware, probably for a lot longer than

he realized, and when he turned around,

Lisa had vanished. Cold with fear, he

raced up and down the aisles, calling her

name. He ran to the manager’s office,

insisting the police be called. He roared

around the aisles again, calling “Lisa,

Lisa, Lisa.” And then, at the end of Aisle

32, Plumbing and Electrical, he spotted

her. She was sitting on a pale blue china

toilet bowl, her pants down around her

ankles, calmly doing her business in

full view of and totally oblivious to the

amusement of passing customers.

By this time, I was nearly out of

control myself. “And you scolded her?” I

asked, choking with laughter. “Not then.

Not until she broke away from me at the

checkout and ran back yelling, “GanGan,

I forgot to flush!”

Epilogue: Lisa has forgiven GanGan

and still loves him to distraction. GanGan

now shops at Canadian Tire.



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this on for at least 12 hours.

Buff it off. You may have to use

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the microwave oven because it

can explode upon removal

from the oven. Apparently, it

builds up energy which

causes the explosion. If you

must heat water this way, you

should place something in the

cup or container to diffuse the

energy. A wooden stir stick

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wait til it is cool to the touch.

Make a paste of baking soda &

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glass with a small cloth folded

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the pad in warm water and

ring out the dripping water

but leave it wet. Rub it in the

baking soda paste and apply

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Touching up with window

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Retirement Bruce & Charlie

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Growing up in the fifties & sixties Bruce was our Rolls Royce. Bruce

Village I considered us to be an average commanded respect! He was silver

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mother, “Ma, time to get up.” Then we quality objects. Two feet away from

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Next came the sound of cranking, then cabinet, was my mother’s seven piece

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living room. One of

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Bruce’s tentacle arms

got credit for doing all the

was in our bedroom so

trudge work, Charlie was

at night we would favour

the hero. Many a time I

Bruce, but come morning

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One fall day

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then, when it snowed, it w a s d a y of school I can remember

grocery store, hospital, pharmacies and

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children walked where we were going. In their places were empty spaces.

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A Passing Of Time

We had moved up to this farm north

east of Thamesvillle early that fall, from

the city of Chatham. I liked it here on the

farm for many reasons, the quiet and

open spaces for one thing. The livestock

for another, especially the horses which

sometimes my father would let me

ride as he drove them up from the field

when work was done for the day. I was

five years old at the time.

The house was small, but even so I

had my own bedroom at the front of

the house, with a nice bright window

in it which overlooked the road. I had

my own bed of course, and lots of warm

blankets upon it, blankets that my

grandmother had handmade to keep

me warm and comfy at night now that

winter had arrived. Like most kids, I also

hated to get up in the mornings, leaving

my warm bed for a kitchen that was

just beginning to warm up. I

remember one morning

waking up to the sound

of sleigh bells, or so it

seemed. With Christmas

coming, Santa and his

reindeer were constantly

on my mind and so

I jumped out of bed and ran to the

window! Outside the ground was white

with snow, lots of snow which had fallen

during the night making the land look

so clean and white. What I saw was a

team of bay-coloured horses pulling a

sleigh, which I would later learn was a

set of bobsleighs. The sounds of sleigh

bells were from the bells fastened to

their back bands on the harness. Steam

rose from their nostrils rising into the


By C. W. Tiffin, Chatham

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2015

frosty air as I watched the driver stop

them by pulling on the reigns. Two other

men were riding on the bobsleighs and

they jumped off and started towards

our house with shovels in their hands. I

looked over and at that moment saw my

dad with a shovel in hand clearing our

driveway. The two men began to shovel

out the driveway heading towards him.

Shortly thereafter, the driveway was

cleared and then all three of them began

to clear a large snowdrift blocking the

road. I watched until they finished and

then the two men, along with my father,

climbed upon the bobsleighs and away

they went headed towards town.

I quickly dressed and headed for the

kitchen where my mother smiled and

greeted me. “So you’re up sleepy head.

Your porridge is all ready, nice and hot.

Go wash your hands and sit

down at the table.”

“Where did Dad go with

those men?” I asked.

She sat down at the

table with me, still smiling

for she was happy here

on the farm. “Your dad has

gone with the neighbours clearing the

road all the way to town. He should be

back about dinner time.”

That was a long time ago now, but

I still remember it. It is a far cry from

today when snowplows work through

the night clearing highways and side

roads for the traffic. Life in the country

has changed greatly since those

early days, when almost everything

was done both with horsepower and


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It was 2003 when we got my Lil’

Darlin’ Cookie. She was part Border

Collie, part Spaniel mix. She was a

delight from the beginning. We got her

for my elderly father who had been

struggling with his health in his 80s. We

thought it would spark him up.

We went to the animal shelter to see

the dogs they had. At the time they only

had large ones and we were looking for

a medium sized dog. They took my

mother’s name and phone number.

Then we waited for the phone call. The

animal shelter called back a week later

and said they had a dog that they felt

might be suitable. We went over to look

at the dog they called about and there

she was, a beautiful black and white

dog. She couldn’t keep her eyes off my

father. Oh, she looked at my mother

and I, but she only had eyes for my

dad. We walked around looking at the

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other dogs and back we went to look at

her. Again, her eyes were on my dad.

Dad said he wanted her and thus our

life began with Cookie.

Sadly, my father passed away in

2006, but she was a good companion

for my mother until I moved back

in 2007 to stay with her.

Cookie and I became good

friends. She loved car rides

and often accompanied me

to Sarnia, where we sat under

the Bluewater Bridge, had a

picnic on the St. Clair River at

Sombra, a car ride to Harrow,

walks on the beach at Erieau,

spent time at Mitchell’s Bay

and, of course, numerous

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rides around town. She was a welltravelled

puppy. Always eager to go;

herding us because we were not

moving fast enough.

She always laid by my chair when I

was reading and beside the bed while

I was sleeping. She had her funny

ways. One time I was sitting in

my chair reading and feeling

like I was being watched, only

to see her sitting in front of me

with a grin on her face and wagging

her tail. Laughing, I asked her what

she wanted. I didn’t get an answer,

but I figured she wanted me to

know she was there.

The past year has been a hard

one. Cookie got to the point

where she had difficulty walking. There

were also issues with her kidneys.

Eventually, she couldn’t use her back

legs. She loved her walks so I would

pick her up and put her on an old

comforter in a garden wagon so she

could get out with her doggie friend

for her outing. People smiled when we

were out. Some stopped their vehicles

and told me it was great I was doing

this act of kindness.

The day came that she was getting

worse and stopped eating. The time

had come that all pet owners dread. We

had her sent to be with my dad where

there was no more sickness or pain,

where she could romp around like a

new dog.

It is always a hard decision to part

with your best friend. She was my Lil’

Darlin’, my baby girl. Rest in peace,


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In Wales, wooden love spoons were

carved and given as gifts on February 14th.

Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite

decorations on the spoons. The decoration

meant, “You unlock my heart!”

In the Middle Ages, young men and women

drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would

be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one

week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it

is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin

flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would

marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry

a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she

would marry a millionaire.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from

a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.


Customs & Superstitions

A love seat is a wide chair. It was

first made to seat one woman

and her wide dress. Later, the

love seat or courting seat had two

sections, often in an S-shape. In

this way, a couple could sit

together — but not too closely!

On Valentine’s Day, think of five or six names of people you

might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the

names until the stem comes off. You will marry the

person whose name you were saying at the time.

Some believe that on Valentine’s Day, you should

pick a dandelion that has gone to seed, take a deep

breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the

seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of

children you will have. Others think you should cut an

apple in half and count how many seeds are inside to tell you

how many children you will have.



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The rain was gently falling on the

piles of January snow. It was going up

to 11 degrees Celcius today! Earlier

in the day, I noticed a couple of tall

robust snowmen in front yards, one

complete with a long-handled broom.

I wished we had built one when the

good packing snow had fallen freshly

and abundantly yesterday. Today, we

had rain. Well, maybe

after the next snowfall,

we’ll build our own

snowman, I thought.

It was midafternoon.

The schoolbus was

bringing my seven-yearold

daughter home. I

waited for her, as the

bus roared off. She

was taking her time,

walking to our house. I

could see her, a powderblue-coated


happily walking atop

the remaining hills of

snow. I returned to my

frying pan to flip the

egg noodles and ham. I went to the

door several times to check on her

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whereabouts. Eventually, her backpack

containing her books, lunchbag, extra

mitts and her snowpants, ended up

inside the front door on the mat.

But, my daughter remained outside,

crunching boot-holes in the snow.

At my next check, a surprise

awaited me. She was putting the

finishing touches on a little snowman. I

exclaimed when I saw it!

She looked pleased and

cried, “It’s for you, mom.

It’s Frosty’s daughter,

see? I gave her hair, and

flowers in her hair from

the bushes, and stones

for buttons and branches

for arms and a smile. All

she needs is a carrot for

a nose.” I gladly got her

a baby carrot, slipped on

my clogs and my jacket

to go and meet my little

snowgirl. “You know

mom, she’s only here

for a little while. Then

she’ll go back to Frosty.”

I hope the little snowgirl will still be

there at bus time tomorrow.

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After Hours

questions from

Annual Trivia Night

The Daytripper” has a team entered every year, but we have yet to win.

Answers Below

1. What is the southern-most capital in the world?

a] Wellington, New Zealand b] Canberra, Australia

c] Santiago, Chile d] Pretoria, South Africa

2. Who designed the famous Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona?

3. On The Rolling Stones 1972 song ‘All Down the Line’ Mick Taylor’s

slide guitar accurately mimics what?

a] A train whistle b] A human voice

c] A harmonica d] A motorcycle

4. What country in South America was named after a Venezuelan

military and political leader who helped South American countries

gain independence from the Spanish Empire?

5. Which part of the human body can expand to 20 times its normal


a] Pupil b] Anus c] Kidney d] Stomach

6. Which of the following is not one of the Hogwart’s houses:

a] Godric Gryffindor b] Salazar Slytherin

c] Newton Noumenon d] Rowena Ravenclaw

e] Helga Hufflepuff

7. Born Eric Marlon Bishop, what actor starred in Ray, Django

Unchained, and The Amazing Spider Man 2 using this more

famously known name?

8. If you drove in a straight line from Moscow to Madrid, how many

countries would you drive in all together?

9. What number lies between 15 & 6 on a dartboard?

a] 16 b] 18 c] 10

10. Which was the first European country to give women the vote?

a] Austria b] Finland c] Denmark d] Greenland

11. What does A.M. stand for on radios?

12. Which country is the 2nd largest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory


a] Indonesia b] Ecuador c] Brazil d] Ghana


1. Wellington, New Zealnd; 2. Gaudi; 3. A harmonica; 4. Bolivia, after Simon de

Bolivar; 5. Stomach 0.5 to 5 litres; 6. Newton Noumenon; 7. Jamie Foxx; 8. Eight

(Russia, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain);

9. 10; 10.Finland (1906); 11. Amplitude Modulation; 12. Ghana

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Whatever the season,

reading takes precedence

over many things in my life.

During the winter, on cold

blustery days and evenings,

I curl up with a new book,

and as my imagination

soars it is easy to forget

the storm outside. On

hot summer days, I

sit in the shade of my

giant maple, and with a

favourite beverage close by, start a

fresh chapter in an ongoing book,

while occasionally glancing up to

admire my surroundings. Some books

are so difficult to put down that I

sometimes find myself putting off a

task, or reading late into the night in

order to finish the story. I may never

have to make the purchase of a new

television, as it is so seldom on!

Books attract me like a magnet and I

keep discovering new authors I adore,

which has me reading all their other

books. I cannot go by a bookstore

without stopping, and am always

on the lookout for used booksellers

where I may acquire a rare or unusual

book at a low price. The local library

is a great place for a long visit on a

rainy day. My appetite for reading

has no boundaries, and I enjoy fiction

and non-fiction alike. It is difficult to

stay away from murder-mysteries and

horror filled books even while they

are scaring the daylights out of me. I

weep over a romantic or tragic story,

and laugh aloud at a humorous one.

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By Jeanette Paddon, St. Thomas

from Daytripping March-April 2014

I have travelled the world

many times, and learned

so much from different

cultures—simply by

reading. In my bedroom

is a bookcase crammed

with “keepers” that I

go through occasionally

when it is overflowing,

to sadly part with a few

so I can make room for

more. Appointments

are a good excuse to read a few

chapters in my book as I wait for

my turn. Whenever and wherever I

see someone reading, I cannot resist

glancing at the book cover, and have

often gotten into a conversation with

a stranger about the story. On my

travels, I exchange a book I have just

finished reading for another from

someone else, and thus often discover

a new author I would not have thought

to read otherwise.

I seldom leave a book unfinished,

hoping the story will improve.

However, I may change that habit, as

I recently read an article that said no

matter how avid a reader one may be,

he or she would at best only read a

few thousand books in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, thousands more are

published each year, many of which I

will want to read. Therefore, from now

on I will not feel badly putting aside a

book that does not hold my attention,

in favour of a great one, since I

consider reading as nourishment for

my soul.


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Match the Beverage

to the Slogan!

By Jodi Edwards Wright,


1) 7-Up (1973)

2) Corona

3) Pepsi Max (1993)

4) Coca-Cola (1929)

5) Nabob Coffee

6) Pepsi

7) Red Rose Tea

8) Labatt Blue

9) Folger’s Coffee

10) Miller Lite

11) Ocean Spray Juices

12) Sprite

13) Tropicana Juices

14) Maxwell House Coffee

A) The Choice of a New Generation

B) Obey Your Thirst

C) Crave the wave.

D) Only in Canada you say? Pity!

E) Tastes great, less filling!

F) Good to the last drop!

G) The pause that refreshes!

H) The Un-Cola

I) All of the taste, 1/3 of the calories!

J) If I wanted water, I would have asked for water??

K) Better beans. Better coffee.

L) If it tasted any fresher, it would still be on the tree!

M) The best part of wakin’ up…

N) Miles away from ordinary

ANSWERS: 1H, 2N, 3I, 4G, 5K, 6A, 7D, 8J, 9M, 10E, 11C, 12B, 13L, 14F

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Grandkids are F UNNY

I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her

colours yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out

something and ask what colour it was. She would tell

me, and she was always correct. But it was fun for me, so

I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying

sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out

some of these yourself!"

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Hello to The Club for a

second time.

I just wish to record

the fact that I owe The

Club a great big thank

you—it helped me solve

a problem that I have

had since 2017. During

that bad time after

my wife had died, my

daughter and I decided

to empty my attic and

discovered the source

of my problem…

an old broken down

Grundig reel to reel tape

recorder from the 1950s,

accompanied by the handbook

and accessories and a plastic

see through box containing

approximately 40-45 reel to reel

tapes. The tape recorder was broken

down to the extent that a specialist in

the UK classed it as beyond repair.

The recorder was left to us by an

uncle who has long since died, and he

had a hobby of taping mostly classical

music concerts usually played by the

BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) and

left them on the tapes.

Unknown to me, a notebook keeping

records of what was on the tapes had

slipped down to the bottom of the box

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The Holy Grail of Music

and, on reading

through the book,

I saw an entry in

his writing saying:

April 1968, “Now

Thank We All Our

God” sung by

my wife Sylvia,

at the age of 34.

I remembered we

had been visiting at

the time and she sang

as he had a recording

of the same hymn. In 1968

that recording got lost in the

mists of time and after losing my

wife in 2017, I wanted a copy of it.

An extensive search for somebody

in England able to do the job proved

fruitless, and I wanted to make contact

with an individual rather than send it

away to a company at this point. After

several more months I read an article

(“Memories”) in the Winter 2021 edition

of The Club submitted by Steve Hartwell

who lives in St Catharines.

It so happens that my wife has a

cousin who lives with his wife in St

Catharines, so on a visit to this cousin

By John Carroll, Petrolia

I made contact with Steve who said,

“Come along and I’ll have a go.” I

took him up on his offer and brought

along two other reels with me for


Within 24 hours he contacted me

and said, “I hope you are ready for this”

and sat me down. I think the sound on

the equipment was slightly louder than

usual, and for the first time after 53

years I heard my young wife sing “Now

Thank We All Our God.” I could hardly

stem the tears.

We chatted for a while, he gave me a

CD and memory stick and said, “I found

other voices and music on the tapes so

come back tomorrow and have a talk.”

We took the CD back to the cousins’

house and found four more songs/

hymns by my wife and astonishingly

five songs by my daughter at age 7-8

years old. She was with me at the time

and said, “I recognize that song, it was

the first song that my teacher Madame

Tonks taught me!”

Now just to deviate for a while, my

wife from an early age attended her local

Methodist church and from the age of

15 attended voice training and carried

on through our meeting, marrying and

having our first baby, a girl. And so life

carried on until at a very young age our

daughter also received voice training.

Inevitably music became one of

their main interests: music festivals,

weddings as soloists, their duets were

something to be heard.

There are still some questions that

can not be answered, such as when and

where the songs were recorded, except

for the first one in 1968. But thanks to

modern technology I know I can still

hear my wife and daughter sing in a

matter of seconds through my phone or

iPad and it gives me great pleasure.

In addition I succeeded this year in

having CDs manufactured on behalf

of my wife’s church in England, in the

effort to raise some funds towards a

new roof.

So my thanks again to The Club

without whom I would not have

discovered Steve Hartwell who worked

his magic for me and my family in 2021.

Publisher’s Note: We love happy

stories like this one and are so glad you

made this connection. This is a good

reason to hang on to those back copies of

Welcome to The Club! However, you can

find Steve Hartwell’s’s article (Memories)

that is mentiond here online at www.




(June 2, 1953) The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occured at Westminster Abbey.

Let’s grow old together. You go first.

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was

an American author, political cartoonist,

poet, animator, book publisher, and

artist, best known for authoring more

than 60 children's books under the pen

name Doctor Seuss.


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Forest Physiotherapy

and Rehabilitation

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Forest • 519-786-3336


foresttravelservice.com 519-786-2319

Read. Travel.

Read. Ask.

Read. Learn.

Read. Connect.


It’s not about what it is,

it’s about what it can become.

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes...

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Look at me now! It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how.

The people that mind don’t matter,

You’re never too old,

and the people that matter don’t mind.

too wacky, too wild,

to pick up a book and read to a child.

Think left and think right and think low and think high...

Oh the things you can think up if only you try!

It’s better to know how to learn than to know.

Oh, the things you can find

if you don’t stay behind!

Just go. Go. Go!

I don’t care how.

You can go by foot.

You can go by cow.

My trouble was I had a mind

You are you,

but I couldn’t make it up!

that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is youer than you.

In the 1920’s the electrical wiring

for homes was done using the ‘knobs

and tubes’ method. I inherited some of

those. Also at that time the soldering of

tin was done with a roll of lead and acid

in a green bottle. I inherited those. Then

of course there were the dozens and

dozens of early 1900’s hand tools of all

shapes and sizes. Some for applications

I still can’t fathom. But, I inherited


What do you do with three burnt

out 1/4 h.p. motors? And two badly

scratched magnifying glasses? The

wood plane badly scored on the under

face, by hard work no doubt, or the

blow torch with it’s tank cap missing.

Granted the large wooden

tool chest with the lock (no

key) is still fine and no doubt

has an early turn of the

20th century look about it. I

inherited that too, and came

close to a hernia moving it.

But, I have resigned

myself to the glass jars as

being my true inheritance.

Three generations are now

represented by those glass

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18 King Street West, Forest


IN 1977

My Inheritance is in a Glass Jar

by Harvey Bryant, Brantford From Daytripping May-June 2005

jars. One holds three unique bolts used

by my grandfather in his trade as ship’s

rigger in the late 1800’s in a Montreal

ship repair yard. Do I know just exactly

where or how they are used? No... but,

I inherited them. There are hundreds

of wood screws (and even some twoof-a-kind)

in my inherited glass jars.

Nails (many even straight) of all lengths

and sizes. I’m really proud of my bolt

collection. Hundreds, short, long, thin,

fat and some even have matching nuts.

My inheritance has been built up

over a century by three men who were

pack rats of the first order and all their

lives believed... “don’t throw that out...

it may come in handy some day.” A

grandfather, an electrician

father, and a carpenter

father-in-law have blessed

me with the varied collection

of out-dated, worn-out and

“handy” inheritance that is

second to none.

Ah! But the best is yet

to come... my son doesn’t

know it but I have added to

my inheritance and it’s ready

for him too.

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Stop & shop in Forest, Ontario!

Check out our downtown - browse our shops,

enoy a meal at one of our fantastic restaurants or

take in a movie at the historic Kineto Theatre!

Make a day of it in Forest!

Keep up to date with event & shopping information

on our website, Facebook & Instagram!

Get Active With Your

Grandkids – Take a Hike!

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

Hiking is a healthy activity that’s

easily accessible in Lambton

Shores where there

are trails to suit all

ages and abilities.

At a time when

parents may be very

busy and children

may be distracted

by technology,

grandparents can

play an important

role in helping

kids be active and engaged in the

natural environment. Hiking provides

the opportunity to share an experience,

have some good conversation and, most

likely, strengthen your relationship with

your grandchildren.

Taking kids, especially younger ones,

on a hike may offer some challenges;

however, with the right planning

and attitude, you can create special

memories. You don’t need to be a

naturalist or botanist to capitalize on all

sorts of teaching moments—you have

the wisdom of age and experience to


For more information about hiking

with children, visit John McKinney’s

website: www.thetrailmaster.com/tips/


Lambton Shores Nature Trails has

recently introduced a new youth badge

program which may help you get started

with this shared activity.

You may be aware from previous

editions of Welcome to The Club that

Lambton Shores Nature

Trails (LSNT) is a local

volunteer organization

that is working to build

a local network of userfriendly

nature trails.

In addition to

maintaining trails

in Lambton Shores

and vicinity, LSNT

undertakes projects

to improve accessibility, protect

environmentally sensitive areas and

beautify public spaces. We also promote

trail use by publishing maps, brochures

and sponsoring badge programs.

LSNT’s newest badge program, the

Youth Nature Challenge, aims to engage

young hikers during every season of

the year. Our winter

season officially started

December 1st, but

hikers can join during

any season going


The YNC challenges

young hikers to earn

four badges: winter,

spring, summer and

fall by participating for

a full year. It’s a great

way to spend some

time with your children,

grandchildren, nieces,

nephews etc., and

encourage them

to learn about our

“Gems of Nature” in

Lambton Shores and


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The New Year

How can you

participate with the

kids in your life?

LSNT has selected four different

challenge trails, one for each season:

The Winter Challenge runs from

December 1 to February 28/29.

The Spring Challenge runs from

March 1 to May 31.

The Summer Challenge runs from

June 1 to August 31.

The Fall Challenge runs from

September 1 to November 30.

You will need a YNC brochure; they are

available for download on our website

(LSNTBlazers.com), at the trail heads

for any trail that LSNT maintains, and

at local libraries and most community


Use the clue in the brochure to figure

out which of the LSNT trails you need

to hike sometime during the season.

For a group,



or meeting?

Call 519-491-1676 or email


We are standing on the threshold,

We are in the open door,

We are treading on the border land

We have never trod before.

Another year is opening, another year is gone,

We have passed the darkness of the night,

We’re in the early morn.

We have left the fields behind us

O’er which we scattered seed;

We have passed into the future

Which none of us can read.

We hasten to fresh labor -

To thrash and reap and sow,

Then bid the new year welcome and

Let the old year go!

Along the way,

you’ll find a signpost

with a puzzle (a

scrambled word)

that hikers need to

solve. Unscramble

the letters and

record the word in

the brochure. After

the hike, your young companion needs

to draw a picture that matches the

puzzle solution in their brochure (or on

a separate piece of paper).

How do the kids get their badges?

Once they have completed all four

hikes, solved the puzzles and drawn the

relevant pictures, hikers can mail their

brochure to:

Mary Lou Tasko

10158 Meadowlily Crescent

Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

Be sure to include the name and

home address (on the front of the

brochure). We will mail the badge set to

the successful hiker.

Don’t forget that kids can start

the Youth Nature Challenge at any

point during the year. Our website

LSNTBlazers.com has complete details

and downloadable brochures, as well

as information about the trails LSNT

maintains and the work we do in the


Rally the kids in your life and head

out to the trails! And please, share

comments and pictures with us at


Publisher’s Note: Take advantage of one

of the many winter activities in Lambton

County including the many hiking trails.

It’s an entirely different experience in the




(Sept 24, 1988) Ben Johnson became the fastest man in the world at Seoul Olympics.

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feel good!” - Simon Sinek



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9:30am – 10:30am

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Diner’s Club!

Social Time. Hot Meal. Informative Presentation.

1st Wednesday of the Month

Brunch at The Strangway

3rd Wednesday of the Month

Lunch at Wellings of Corunna



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2nd Thursday of Each Month

10am - 12pm

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Socialize over

healthy snacks and activities!

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• Connected work environment

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Making Access to Community Supports & Health Services Easier!

Expanded local services & supports listings

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