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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
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
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
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
We bring this
magazine to all
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
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
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
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
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.
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(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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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.
Holiday y Inn Express
Pines P Orchards
Two Water rB
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
1 c. buer
1½ c. white sugar
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
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.
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VULNERABLE PERSONS REGISTRY
Do you know someone living with dementia?
3 out of 5 people living
with dementia will go
missing at some point, a
and a dangerous one.
That’s why the Alzheimer
Society of Sarnia-Lambton
is partnering with The
Sarnia Police Services and
OPP to provide an
opportunity for individuals living with dementia to be registered as someone
at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with
quick access to key information to assist in locating the individual and
returning them home safely.
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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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
After years of planning and
development, it’s great to see
the Bluewater Health Helipad
providing critical emergency
service in our community.
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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
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
Contact Bob Bailey
The Parliamentary Assistant
to the Minister of
Agriculture joined me for a
visit with local farmers at
Parkland Farms on
A $24.2 million investment by the
province was recognized during the
ground blessing for the new
Gregory A. Hogan Elementary
School in Sarnia.
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(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”
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
in half. THIS DISH REQUIRES LONG, SLOW COOKING ...
THE ALCOHOL IN THE RUM WILL EVAPORATE, LEAVING ITS FLAVOUR ONLY.
THAT MEANS THIS “COWBOY BEAN” RECIPE IS FAMILY-FRIENDLY!
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
• 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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DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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
3 Sarnia The Irish Rovers in concert www.imperialtheatre.net
8 Sarnia The Jim Gelcer/Paul Hoffert Trio ft George Koller www.imperialtheatre.net
8-10 Petrolia LCCVI Theatre Dept. presents “Clue” www.thevpp.ca
18 - 19 Point Edward Bluewater Anglers: Hatchery Open House www.bluewateranglers.com
24 Sarnia Classic Albums Live: U2 - Joshua Tree www.imperialtheatre.net
31-Apr2 Sarnia Home Show www.sarnhomesshow.com
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Carnations: symbolic of love and
Gerbera Daisies: symbolic of
beauty and innocence.
Iris: symbolizes faith, hope and
Orchids: represents rare and
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
and adoration and a sign of
Tulips: represents grace and
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
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
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
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
struggle down a trail of obstacles and
barriers. Every individual has that choice.
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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
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
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.
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
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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
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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
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
farms, so he
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
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.
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Each magic moment—treasured time
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affected by dementia. While we have
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The research suggests six key lifestyle
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So, what are the Six Pillars of brain
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Stress • Sleep
Exercise: Most of us know the
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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
the lead agency of Age-Friendly Sarnia-
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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,”
says Amy. Those interested in getting
involved should visit the LEO website at
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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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Nike is a firm that assists athletes
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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They follow a theme, don’t you think?
If you guessed exercise, then you are
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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
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to first perform 15 minutes of stretching
warmups. And calling it “foreplay” will
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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
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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(From the booklet “A Seniors’ GuideTo Sarnia-Lambton”)
a Resource booklet available through Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton
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Bayshore Home Care Solutions Assistance with Housekeeping, Errands & Meal Prep 519-383-6979 bayshore.ca
Canadian Red Cross Grocery Pickup & Transportation Services 519-332-6380 redcross.ca
Care-A-Van Door-to-Door Public Transportation - lift equipped vehicles 519-336-3789
Habitat for Humanity Low-Cost Home Reno Services 519-339-7957 habitatsarnia.org
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Lambton Public Health Individual, Agency and Cargiver help 226-254-8222 lambtonpublichealth.ca
Neighbourlink Household Chores, Transportation, Shopping, Companionship 519-336-5465 neighbourlinksarnia.org
Sarnia Blessings Free Meals for Seniors & Vulnerable People 519-402-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Strangway Community Centre Recreational, Social & Educational Programs & Activities 519-332-0656 email@example.com
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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
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number of sisters =
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Back in the 50’s and 60’s,
we could count on winter
starting around November
and ending in March. That
was before the ozone and
the climate changes that are
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.
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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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A Path to Wellness—Making the Case
for Seniors to Have Pets
Think about it.
Micky needs walks.
Micky needs to go
outside to do his
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
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
words. Just seeing
if you were paying
attention. This little
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,
when you stop and let them out,
which one is going to be happy to see
you? (Publisher’s note... don’t actually
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
one, too. Thank-you, Micky!
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And the snowman cried.
His tears ran down
On every side.
His tears ran down
'Til the spot was cleared
He cried so hard
That he disappeared.
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(Margaret Hillert - from 'January Thaw')
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
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
❏ 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
❏ 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
❏ Take those resolutions and start on
them one day at a time.
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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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TOP 10 1973
1 Charlie Rich The Most Beautiful Girl
2 Jim Staffordz Spiders and Snakes
3 Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
4 Marie Osmond Paper Roses
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
1 Dobie Gray Drift Away
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
7 Al Green Call Me (Come Back Home)
8 Carly Simon You're So Vain
9 The Rolling Stones Angie
10 Gladys Knight & The Pips
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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."
The Grandpa says, "Why do you want me to make a frog
noise?" The little girl replied "Because Mommy said
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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
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
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
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.
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by Gord Lane | 1919-2008
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
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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FEBRUARY 21, 2023
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
filling is prunes; but they can be
found filled with custard,
strawberry, raspberry, etc; and to
add to the calorie count, they're
topped with a sugar glaze.
Remembering the Smells from Mom’s Kitchen
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For The Club Winter 2023
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
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
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
Any Pot In A Storm
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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Retirement Bruce & Charlie
from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2005
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
family. We started our hum-drum with chrome fixtures, stood 4 feet tall
Mike Weir Foundation days basically with the same routine and was square in stature, twice the
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Living everyday. Each morning we could size of Charlie. Bruce stood in our
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hear my father tenderly saying to my dining room, amongst all our finer
mother, “Ma, time to get up.” Then we quality objects. Two feet away from
Lambton Young Theatre Players would hear her shuffle down the steps. Bruce, sitting on top of the china
Next came the sound of cranking, then cabinet, was my mother’s seven piece
Call to Book a Tour: the sound of dirt falling, there was a ceramic horse collection and right
chance a naughty word might have under the collection were my mother’s
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Charlie was our cast iron pot belly and joy, her 11 piece porcelain dog
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get up, and most times you
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would here one of us say,
of the dining room and
“Is Charlie going?” My
living room. One of
exhausted mother never
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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sitting in the warm and toasty kitchen garbage cans... just a flick of her wrist
with my dear mother, just the two of and heat was at her command. We
us, not saying anything... just eating a were the last family on the street to
slice of her delicious home made apple convert to a furnace - my father was a
pie, feeling totally warm and content. coal man.
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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
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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
My Lil’ Darlin’
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
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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No government ought to be without censors and where the
press is free, no one ever will.
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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to
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“The Daytripper” has a team entered every year, but we have yet to win.
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
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I have travelled the world
many times, and learned
so much from different
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
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
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3) Pepsi Max (1993)
4) Coca-Cola (1929)
5) Nabob Coffee
7) Red Rose Tea
8) Labatt Blue
9) Folger’s Coffee
10) Miller Lite
11) Ocean Spray Juices
13) Tropicana Juices
14) Maxwell House Coffee
A) The Choice of a New Generation
B) Obey Your Thirst
C) Crave the wave.
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E) Tastes great, less filling!
F) Good to the last drop!
G) The pause that refreshes!
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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
winter 2023 (July 1, 1967) Canada became one century old.
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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
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
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.
P A G E
(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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CAROLYN R L N MOSIER
10 Watt Street, et
Forest • 519-786-3336
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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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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winter 2023 The final episodes of M.A.S.H. (Feb. 28, 1983) and Cheers (May 20, 1993). P A G E 37
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Putting the Grey in Great!
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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
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
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
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
that is working to build
a local network of userfriendly
In addition to
in Lambton Shores
and vicinity, LSNT
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,
nephews etc., and
to learn about our
“Gems of Nature” in
Lambton Shores and
for people 55+!
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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,
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
that hikers need to
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
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
P A G E
(Sept 24, 1988) Ben Johnson became the fastest man in the world at Seoul Olympics.
Thanks again - keep this copy or pass it on to a friend please.
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winter 2023 (October 1, 1975) Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III - The “Thrilla in Manila.” P A G E 39
“It feels so good to help
people. So get out there and
feel good!” - Simon Sinek
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9:30am – 10:30am
Wyoming Legion 493 Erie St
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1st Wednesday of the Month
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3rd Wednesday of the Month
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healthy snacks and activities!
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• Connected work environment
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