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WINTER <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> Volume 8, Issue 4<br />


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Eye<br />

Local actor turns<br />

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FAMILY<br />

Grandparents<br />

raising grandkids<br />

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Somehow it’s winter again in <strong>Huron</strong>-<strong>Perth</strong>. Each year the holiday season<br />

seems to creep up on me more quickly.<br />

While I’m well aware winter always comes after fall, I’m always surprised<br />

by the first snowfall (which happened on Halloween this year, a cruel<br />

joke!), leaving me, like many others, scrambling to get snow tires on, finish<br />

raking leaves, put away patio furniture and then think about the long list of<br />

Christmas duties that lie ahead. The cold and snow will come, regardless<br />

of whether or not we are ready, so we might as well enjoy it, check out the<br />

activities at the local arena, hopefully get the snowmobile out, play in the<br />

snow with the grandkids or hunker down with a good book or movie and<br />

wait it out until spring.<br />


Local Spotlight • 4<br />

Community • 10<br />

Health and Wellness • 14<br />

History • 18<br />

Travel • <strong>24</strong><br />

Recipe • 30<br />

In this issue we have an interesting interview with Stratford resident David<br />

Kirby – an actor turned forest fire fighter. We also have an informative<br />

article about preventing falls while indulging in holiday cheer; while the<br />

Rural Response for Health Children writes about the increasingly common<br />

issue of grandparents raising grandchildren. <strong>Huron</strong> County Museum<br />

provides a look at some of the key industries in <strong>Huron</strong> County from years<br />

past. Finally, travel along with Jill Ellis-Worthington to the great State of<br />

Alaska, whether you have been, plan to go or enjoy armchair travelling<br />

you will enjoy her insight and photos from this<br />

amazing place.<br />

I hope you have a safe and healthy holiday<br />

season surrounded by those you love, and all the<br />

best in 20<strong>24</strong>!<br />

Amy Irwin, Publisher<br />

<strong>Huron</strong>-<strong>Perth</strong> <strong>Boomers</strong><br />

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David<br />

Kirby<br />




y Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper<br />


He is a Toronto-born<br />

actor who went from<br />

entertaining audiences on<br />

the stage to becoming a<br />

‘birddog’ pilot looking for<br />

forest fires deep in northern<br />

Ontario. Meet David Kirby,<br />

whose keen eye and precision<br />

flying skills helps keep blazes<br />

under control and saves lives.<br />

Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper (EBC): How long<br />

have you lived in Stratford and what theatre and<br />

film/TV have you been in?<br />

David Kirby (DK): I met my wife, lighting<br />

designer Louise Guinand, in 1994 when we were<br />

doing a play in Edmonton and I moved to Stratford<br />

in 1995 and we got married. I have performed at<br />

the Stratford Festival (eight seasons), Grand Bend,<br />

Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, and in Toronto and<br />

Vancouver. I have also performed in the Star Trek TV<br />

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by Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper<br />

series – Strange New World, Anne with an E, 13 Monkeys,<br />

The X-Files, and a local independent film called Blood<br />

Harvest.<br />

EBC: What made you take the enormous leap from<br />

acting to piloting?<br />

DK: I already had my pilot’s license for a long<br />

time – back in 1989 when I was living in Toronto.<br />

I decided on a lark to take the courses and get my<br />

license. I got my commercial pilot’s license in 1992<br />

and when acting roles started to dry up for me<br />

here, I decided to take on a career of being a pilot<br />

full-time. I got my first flying job at the Waterloo<br />

Wellington airport as a flight instructor in 2006.<br />

Then I became a flight instructor at the Stratford<br />

Municipal Airport and did that for eight years. It<br />

was really fun and rewarding, and I enjoyed helping<br />

students attain their dream of flying.<br />

EBC: You now work for the American company<br />

MAG Aerospace and are based in Sudbury at their<br />

firefighting airbase. Explain what you do for them.<br />

DK: I started as a fire detection pilot looking for<br />

smoke, and now I am a birddog pilot where I fly right<br />

to the fires. We also have bases in Dryden, Geraldon,<br />

and Chapleau, and a contract with Quebec.<br />

David Kirby in the cockpit.<br />

View with smoke<br />

EBC: Okay, so a quick Google search and I see the<br />

definition of “birddog” is to follow, watch carefully,<br />

or investigate. It’s a fun name, but can you explain<br />

in more detail how it relates to firefighting?<br />

DK: Sure! When a fire is discovered, we are notified<br />

at our base. I fly an Air Commander 690 to the fire’s<br />

location at about 3,000 feet above. Alongside me is<br />

an Air Attack officer who decides how the fire will<br />

be fought. My job is to keep the fire in the view of<br />

the Air Attack officer with the waterbomber below<br />

us, hence the description “birddog.” The officer gives<br />

instructions to the waterbomber on where and when<br />

to drop the water.<br />

EBC: How much water does the bomber drop at<br />

one time?<br />


y Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper<br />


DK: About 1,000 lbs of water and it approaches<br />

at 100 miles an hour! Once the water is released,<br />

that plane then levitates dramatically with the loss<br />

of weight.<br />

EBC: If I spot a fire while in northern Ontario<br />

who do I call?<br />

DK: 301-FIRE is the number to call if you spot a<br />

fire. Many fires are caught by commercial airlines<br />

flying at altitude. So, for example, a WestJet pilot<br />

may see smoke flying over Thunder Bay and will<br />

call us. We will send a detection pilot to check it<br />

out. Sometimes, if it’s a smaller fire, we send out<br />

helicopters from the closest base with fire rangers<br />

on board with water pumps, hoses, and generators<br />

who land on the ground to put out fires. It’s very<br />

dangerous and a big operation.<br />

EBC: This sounds much more risky than acting!<br />

Describe a time when you were scared.<br />

DK: I have been scared three times – all of them<br />

have been at night and I was solo. Once I was flying<br />

in complete darkness – we call that the “black hole<br />

of illusion” when you can’t see anything, you don’t<br />

even know where the horizon is. Your sense of where<br />

the sky and ground are completely disappears. So,<br />

I felt like I was losing control of the plane. I had to<br />

only rely on the instrument panel to fly the plane.<br />

There are certainly elements of risk when we are<br />

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by Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper<br />

A Bombardier CL415 waterbomber on the left,<br />

dwarfs an Air Commander Turbo 690.<br />

controllers when other planes are arriving<br />

to the scene. There are many planes circling<br />

around at the same time, but we rely on our<br />

communication skills to get the job done.<br />

Another thing that is very dangerous is<br />

a drone. So many people have them now<br />

and they like to film the waterbombers<br />

coming in over a fire. If I see a drone, I get<br />

out immediately. If we hit one, it could be<br />

catastrophic. It’s a big safety concern.<br />

EBC: That said, what brings you joy in<br />

this job?<br />

DK: I love flying, and I love teaching<br />

others. I train 15 to 20 new recruits a year<br />

for firefighting pilots. It is intense, exciting,<br />

and challenging. It is also very exciting<br />

when our team successfully puts out a fire.<br />

That’s our job of course, but some fires<br />

you just can’t put out. Either they are out<br />

of control, or of no risk to people, or there<br />

is no water nearby for the waterbombers to<br />

collect to safely attempt to put the fire out.<br />

Some fires won’t extinguish themselves<br />

until the snow comes.<br />

EBC: Is it a lonely job?<br />

DK: It’s hard to be away from home and<br />

family, yes. We work 23 days on and then<br />

get seven days off. I was never lonely as an<br />

actor working out of town because you are<br />

around people all the time. You have long<br />

days as a firefighting pilot – we work from<br />

noon to 7 p.m. or sunset looking for smoke.<br />

When it’s busy, it’s better. When I drive<br />

back to Sudbury from Stratford to work,<br />

I want to go, but I wish the job was here.<br />

EBC: Has your job been busier as we<br />

experience climate change?<br />

DK: There are definitely more fires. The<br />

fire season is cyclical, where you will have<br />

seasons that are long and some seasons<br />

there is nothing. For instance, 2021 was<br />

incredibly busy, yet in 2022 I only did one<br />

fire. This year was very busy in May and<br />

June and then it fell right off. In western<br />

Ontario it was busy right through the entire<br />

season. We can’t predict them, but after<br />

this summer across Canada, it was obvious<br />

that the forest fire season is getting longer<br />

and more intense, and fires are hotter. I<br />


y Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper<br />


definitely have job security with climate change.<br />

EBC: Do you have any advice for future pilots?<br />

DK: It is a great time to be a pilot. If you are passionate<br />

about it, and have the time to do the training, there<br />

will be a job for you. Currently we have a hard time<br />

filling all the positions for firefighting pilots.<br />

EBC: What is your plan for the future?<br />

DK: I’ve always had a five-year plan, now it’s a<br />

three-year plan. My goal is to come back to acting –<br />

full circle if you will!<br />

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and a fundraiser for the United<br />

Way <strong>Perth</strong> <strong>Huron</strong> in Stratford.<br />

WINTER <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> • 9


Grandparents<br />

raising grandkids<br />



y Jill Robertson<br />

There are many situations in life that can lead<br />

to grandparents taking over the primary<br />

caregiving of their grandchildren. There are many<br />

terms for it, including “skip-generation families,”<br />

“grand-families,” or “kinship care,” but in essence,<br />

it is a circumstance where grandparents take on the<br />

parenting role for their grandchildren.<br />

According to the 2016 Canadian Census, there are<br />

over 32,000 such families in Canada, and that number<br />

has continued to rise over the years. It is important<br />

to mention that these grandparents are typically also<br />

living in a “sandwich generation,” meaning they are<br />

raising their grandchildren, and possibly their own<br />

children, while also supporting their aging parents<br />

or relatives. The care they provide for their family<br />

members, young or aging, requires a multitude of<br />

capacity, ability, and resources.<br />

Grandparent primary caregivers do not get<br />

the opportunity to have a typical grandparent<br />

relationship with their grandchildren. They do<br />

not get to be an exciting place for grandchildren<br />

to come for a weekend, to be spoiled with treats<br />

and fun activities. Rather, they are tasked with<br />

the tougher aspects of the caregiving role, such as<br />

potty training, assigning chores, and making sure<br />

vegetables are eaten. They don’t have the option of<br />

sending children back home after a short, fun-filled<br />

visit.<br />

Grandparent caregiving is for the long haul and<br />

includes both the good moments and the tough ones.<br />

For many of these folks, this also means their<br />

retirement plans must change. Though many<br />

have reached the point in life where they wished<br />

to downsize their home, travel more, and join local<br />

clubs, not all of this is possible when they have had<br />

to shift back into a parenting role. This was true for<br />

Adrienne and her husband, who are raising their<br />

grandchild.<br />

“In our retirement years, the challenge of raising<br />

our grandchild means that we have had to rearrange<br />

our home, our time, our energy, our finances, and<br />

our mindset to provide a stable, loving family home<br />

that is safe from trauma, neglect, abuse and lack of<br />

provisions that my grandchild has experienced,”<br />

Adrienne said.<br />

There are many reasons parents may be unable to<br />

care for their children and have passed that role to<br />

their own parents. Some examples include substance<br />

misuse, child maltreatment, parenting capacity,<br />

financial strain, housing, illness, mental health issues,<br />

incarceration, military service, teenage pregnancy,<br />

or sometimes even the death of the parent. In most<br />

of these cases, the care is being passed due to a<br />

significant loss or big change in the grandchildren’s<br />

lives. Therefore, these grandparents are in the<br />

position not only of providing care, but potentially<br />

WINTER <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> • 11


by Jill Robertson<br />

Some key components to health and well-being for<br />

these families include connecting with others in the<br />

community, exercising and eating well, and taking<br />

time to rest. Speaking with a counsellor or mental<br />

health professional to navigate their experience is<br />

also essential for many grandparent caregivers to<br />

maintain their well-being.<br />

also grief or trauma support. This comes at a time<br />

when they are most likely experiencing their own<br />

grief or trauma. This can be a rewarding role but<br />

also a heavy burden.<br />

In order to meet the challenges of becoming a<br />

primary caregiver to grandchildren, support for<br />

these families is essential.<br />

“My advice to grandparents raising their<br />

grandchildren is to ask for help!” Adrienne said.<br />

“Doctors, dentists, teachers, and professionals who<br />

deal with children can all assist and offer help,<br />

and you can be guided through the transition. It is<br />

overwhelming to try to do it on your own. These kids<br />

have separation anxiety, anger, confusion, and a lot<br />

of issues they are dealing with, and they are going to<br />

need lots of support. So will you!”<br />

For grandparent caregivers, self-care is very<br />

important. Each family circumstance is different,<br />

but for many grandparent caregivers, their role<br />

is complicated by their own difficult emotions. It<br />

is essential that grandparent caregivers prioritize<br />

their own health and well-being to be the healthy,<br />

regulated, safe adults that their grandchildren<br />

need them to be. The old saying about ‘putting on<br />

your own oxygen mask first,’ before you can assist<br />

someone else is very much true in these situations,<br />

but this is often easier said than done.<br />

Finding a group of other families experiencing similar<br />

circumstances is a significant source of support<br />

for many grandparent-led families. Adrienne is a<br />

member of Rural Response for Healthy Children’s<br />

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Peer Support<br />

Group, which serves <strong>Huron</strong> and <strong>Perth</strong> counties.<br />

Through her peer support group, Adrienne was<br />

connected to additional resources in the community.<br />

“We became part of the group to get information<br />

about what services, agencies and counseling are<br />

available for both us and for my grandchild. It<br />

turns out there are a lot of resources within our<br />

community, and we have been able to use many of<br />

these. The support of talking to other grandparents<br />

and listening to their stories is so important, and it<br />

makes you realize you are not alone and, although<br />

this is a fairly unique situation, there are many of us<br />

in it together.”<br />

Connecting with a group of families in similar<br />

circumstances is also beneficial for the grandchildren.<br />

It provides an opportunity to be together and socialize<br />

with other children who are also raised by their<br />

grandparents. Their unique family circumstances<br />

may make them feel different from a lot of their<br />

friends at school, but in a shared group the children<br />

are able to meet other families like theirs.<br />

Another benefit Adrienne has experienced through<br />

her peer support group is the opportunity to learn<br />

new ways to be a caregiver for her grandchild.<br />

“We are in a unique position of raising children for<br />

a second time, and times have changed. We needed<br />


y Jill Robertson<br />


to update ourselves with how to handle behaviours,<br />

how to motivate and bring confidence out in children,<br />

and how to cope with their specific issues effectively.”<br />

Grandparent caregiving is a challenging role that<br />

no grandparent hopes to find themselves. It is a<br />

circumstance that often occurs on the heels of a<br />

family tragedy and requires a great deal of personal<br />

sacrifice. It places enormous strain on grandparents,<br />

many of whom are unprepared for the financial and<br />

emotional toll of taking on a parenting role again.<br />

For many families, however, it is also a healing<br />

experience, and an opportunity to provide a safe and<br />

loving home for the next generation. This has been<br />

the case for Adrienne and her husband.<br />

“We feel so blessed to have her with us. Knowing we<br />

can provide excellent care, schooling, proper health<br />

care and all the comforts of a happy home brings us<br />

peace and great relief.”<br />

For more information about Rural Response<br />

for Healthy Children’s Grandparents Raising<br />

Grandchildren Peer Support Group, visit www.rrhc.<br />

on.ca/grandparentsraisinggrandchildren.<br />

Jill Robertson has a Master’s of Education from D’Youville<br />

College and has been a Parent Support Worker at Rural<br />

Response for Healthy Children since 2010. Through her work<br />

at RRHC, her focus has been on supporting and educating<br />

families, grandparents, and children in our community through<br />

programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,<br />

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group, and Circle of Security. Jill<br />

also enjoys walking her dog, being active, creating new recipes<br />

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Alcohol<br />

and falls<br />




y Marguerite Oberle Thomas<br />


Many seniors enjoy a glass of wine with their<br />

dinner or perhaps a little something at happy<br />

hour. Some seniors may use cannabis to keep their<br />

pain under better control. Alcohol and substances<br />

are often present at social settings and mature people<br />

want to do what they want to do.<br />

Part of good decision-making includes having the<br />

information to ensure the best possible outcomes. So,<br />

what are the facts around seniors related to substance<br />

and alcohol use? As we grow older, our bodies are<br />

less able to counteract the effects of alcohol and<br />

other substances. Our metabolism slows down, and<br />

it takes our body longer to process these substances.<br />

Slower metabolism results in prolonged effects on the<br />

central nervous system. With physiological aging, the<br />

proportion of water in your body reduces, resulting<br />

in making the effects of alcohol and other substances<br />

more potent.<br />

Alcohol and other substances can impair your<br />

balance and motor control, increasing your risk of a<br />

trip or stumble that could lead to injury. And, as we<br />

age, falling can have a greater impact on our body<br />

due to factors such as decreased muscle strength,<br />

flexibility, balance, and mobility.<br />

November <strong>2023</strong> marked the ninth annual promotion<br />

of Fall Prevention Month. Each year, all members of<br />

the community are encouraged to learn more and do<br />

more to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.<br />

How many of us are aware that falls and alcohol or<br />

substance use can be related? Alcohol and substance<br />

use among seniors puts additional stress on vulnerable<br />

body systems and reduces a person’s ability to deal<br />

with the consequences of the aging process. It is<br />

important to also be aware of how medications<br />

can interact with substances, and to consider when<br />

and how much to consume together. This includes<br />

not only seniors struggling with higher alcohol and<br />

substance use, but also those seniors simply enjoying<br />

a social glass of wine or the occasional edible<br />

(cannabis) for dessert.<br />

Can seniors enjoy a mimosa at Sunday brunch? All<br />

alcohol and substance use consumption needs to be<br />

part of the many pieces in life’s big picture puzzle.<br />

The most recent guidelines tell us that no alcohol<br />

is the best choice for zero risk. Check out more<br />

resources, assess your risks, make choices, and enjoy<br />

life lived your way.<br />

Alcohol consumption<br />

(per week and associated risk)<br />

No drink: No risk<br />

1-2 drinks: Low risk<br />

3-6 drinks: Moderate risk<br />

7 or more: Increasingly high risk<br />

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by Marguerite Oberle Thomas<br />

A standard drink is:<br />

12 ounces of beer, 5% alcohol<br />

12 ounces cooler, cider, 5% alcohol<br />

5 ounces of wine<br />

1.5 ounces of 40% spirits<br />

www.ccsa.ca/canadas-guidance-alcohol-and-health<br />

Reduce your alcohol risk<br />

Follow the standard low-risk drinking guidelines:<br />

• Have a glass of water or juice in between<br />

alcoholic drinks.<br />

• Eat a protein-rich meal before you have a drink,<br />

or while drinking.<br />

• Pace yourself, allowing at least an hour between<br />

drinks.<br />

• Have at least two days each week when you don’t<br />

consume alcohol.<br />

• To ensure safe withdrawal, first talk to a trusted<br />

health care provider.<br />

Reduce your cannabis risk<br />

Start low, go slow. Get to know your own<br />

body’s response. A guide can be found at www.<br />

activeagingcanada.ca/assets/pdf/practitioners/<br />

cannabis/Older-Adults-and-Cannabis-Use.pdf.<br />

Reduce your falling risks<br />

• Keep an active and healthy lifestyle with walking<br />

and stretching.<br />

• Ensure good oral health and eat nutritious food.<br />

• Check out programs to increase your balance,<br />

strength, and flexibility.<br />

• Be aware that multiple medications can affect<br />

your balance and blood pressure.<br />

• Consult an occupational therapist or other<br />

qualified medical professional about your<br />

mobility aid, such as a cane or a walker, and how<br />

it should be maintained.<br />

• Get regular vision, hearing and medication<br />

checks.<br />

• Perform a home safety check.<br />

Fall facts<br />

Most falls are predictable and preventable and a<br />

previous fall is a good indicator of a future fall.<br />


y Marguerite Oberle Thomas<br />


• Many falls do not result in injuries, yet 47 per<br />

cent of non-injured seniors who fall cannot get<br />

up without assistance. 4<br />

• For seniors who fall and are unable to get up on<br />

their own, the period of time spent immobile<br />

often affects their health outcomes. Muscle cell<br />

breakdown starts to occur within 30 to 60 minutes<br />

of compression due to falling. Dehydration,<br />

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impaired can increase the risk. 5, 6<br />

• Falls are the leading cause of injury for older<br />

adults across Canada. 1<br />

• Fall-related emergency department visits rates<br />

increased from 58 to 64 per 1,000 older adults in<br />

the past decade. 2,6<br />

• Mortality rates due to falls increased to 85 per<br />

100,000 older adults in 2019. 2<br />

• For 2017/18, around 350,000 older adults (aged 65<br />

or older) living in their community reported having<br />

a fall, with 70 per cent suffering an injury. 3<br />

5. Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction: https://www.ccsa.<br />

ca/sites/default/files/<strong>2023</strong>-05/Canadas-Guidance-on-Alcohol-and-<br />

Health-poster-<strong>2023</strong>-en.pdf<br />

6. Goldberg EM, Babu KM, Merchant RC. Alcohol-Related Falls Are<br />

Increasing in Older Emergency Department Patients: A Call to Action. Ann<br />

Emerg Med. <strong>2023</strong> Aug 11:S0196-0644(23)00583-8. doi: https://<br />

doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed.<strong>2023</strong>.07.011.<br />

Marguerite Oberle Thomas, RN., BScN., is the Consultant<br />

Liaison for the Fall Prevention Community of Practice,<br />

which is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health and<br />

the national injury prevention charity, Parachute. Additional<br />

articles can be found at www.fallpreventionmonth.ca.<br />

For further information, visit www.cmhaww.ca and<br />

www.parachute.ca, while health care providers<br />

can learn more at www.fallsloop.com.<br />

References<br />

1. Parachute. The Cost of Injury in Canada. Toronto (ON): Parachute;<br />

2021. Available from: https://parachute.ca/en/professional-resource/<br />

cost-of-injury-in-canada/.<br />

2. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Surveillance Report on<br />

Falls Among Older Adults in Canada. Ottawa (ON); 2022. Available<br />

from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/<br />

healthy-living/surveillance-report-falls-older-adults-canada.html<br />

3. Statistics Canada. Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS):<br />

Combined data, 2017 and 2018. Ottawa (ON): Statistics Canada;<br />

2019 Available from: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/dailyquotidien/191022/dq191022d-eng.htm.<br />

4. Public Health Agency of Canada. Seniors’ Falls in Canada: Second<br />

Report. Ottawa (ON); 2014. Available at: www.canada.ca/en/<br />

public-health/services/health-promotion/aging-seniors/publications/<br />

publicationsgeneralpublic/seniors-falls-canada-second-report.html.5.<br />

Improving Quality of<br />

Life: Substance Use and Aging (Report), Canadian Centre on Substance<br />

Use and Addiction, 2018. Available from https://www.ccsa.ca/<br />

improving-quality-life-substance-use-and-aging-report.<br />

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the industries of<br />

huron county<br />


What do a king, a flax harvester, and an apple evaporator have<br />

in common? They were all part of major industries in <strong>Huron</strong><br />

County that are now all but forgotten.<br />

Did you know that <strong>Huron</strong> County was once home to a king? The Egg<br />

King, that is. Operating from 1867 to 1905, David Douglas Wilson’s<br />

Egg Emporium of Seaforth was, by his own claim in 1881, the largest<br />

shipper of eggs in Canada. The largest recipient of eggs from the Egg<br />

Emporium was New York, while it also shipped to the United Kingdom,<br />

and across Canada. In 1882, the company purchased, processed, and<br />

shipped over 7.5 million eggs from its Seaforth location. During May<br />

1892, Wilson received and processed 300,000 eggs per week. It is during<br />

this time that reports of Wilson’s fleet, as recalled in The Story of<br />

Seaforth, reached 20 wagons and the Egg Emporium employed over 50<br />

people. Wilson’s wagons travelled the counties of <strong>Huron</strong>, <strong>Perth</strong>, Bruce,<br />

and Wellington, purchasing eggs from stores to bring to the Emporium.<br />


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The Egg King of Seaforth, David Douglas Wilson,<br />

circa 1891. (2006.0040.018)<br />

Wooden egg crate (M976.0084.007a)<br />

Wilson’s Egg Emporium was more than an egg redistributor.<br />

Much of the need for egg emporiums was prolonging the<br />

edible life of eggs. Wilson mentioned in an 1881 report<br />

to the Agricultural Commission of Ontario that the most<br />

important factor for shelf life was keeping them in a<br />

stable, cool, and dark environment. He would also apply<br />

preservatives to the eggs so they could last longer in storage<br />

and transit. Wilson was quite protective of the exact<br />

solution, though he did disclose that “the main ingredient<br />

is lime.”<br />

The <strong>Huron</strong> Egg Emporium, as Wilson first<br />

named it, opened in 1869 after he purchased<br />

a general store owned by John Hickson. The<br />

two years prior, Wilson collected eggs for<br />

his business at a wooden stand. His business<br />

would feature prominently on Seaforth’s<br />

Main Street at the corner with Goderich<br />

Street. In 1878, Wilson constructed a larger<br />

white brick building. This facility featured a<br />

large basement with storage tubs for the eggs.<br />

Various expansions added to the size of this<br />

already prominent Seaforth business, and he<br />

further expanded his business in 1887 with<br />

the purchase of J.D. Wilson’s egg emporium<br />

in Fergus. By 1892, this site processed 25,000<br />

eggs per week during the busiest month of<br />

May. Wilson sold this location in 1893.<br />

D.D. Wilson was a renowned person in<br />

Canada’s poultry industry. The Ontario<br />

Agricultural Commission interviewed him in<br />

1881 for his opinion on various topics related<br />

to poultry such as the New York market,<br />

which he claimed had “practically unlimited”<br />

demand for eggs, different species of chicken,<br />

and various other aspects involving his<br />

business. Wilson also featured in the first of<br />

four volumes of an 1891 book titled The<br />

Canadian Album: Men of Canada: or,<br />

Success by example in religion, patriotism,<br />

business, law, medicine, education, and<br />

agriculture.<br />

Wilson’s Egg Emporium closed by 1907.<br />

British and American tariffs on eggs around<br />

this period closed off most of the Egg<br />

Emporium’s export markets.<br />

Building ships and harvesting flax<br />

The National Shipbuilding Company<br />

Limited started its Goderich operations with<br />

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Pulling Flax, 1919. (A979.0069.154)<br />

the production of several scotch steam engine boilers<br />

and 1,400 horsepower steam engines for ships in the<br />

North Sea near the end of the First World War. While<br />

some executives lived in the Greater Toronto Region,<br />

its main manufacturing facility was Goderich. This<br />

plant’s location was in the still-standing machine<br />

shop located at Compass Mineral’s salt evaporator<br />

complex.<br />

The end of the First World War brought a decline<br />

to the Canadian shipbuilding industry. Through<br />

1917 and ’18, the National Shipbuilding continued<br />

manufacturing engines for allied nations, with most<br />

going to cargo ships in the North Sea, but as the war<br />

ended and military contracts also came to an end,<br />

the company looked to pivot from its focus on ship<br />

manufacturing. It began taking contracts to produce<br />

parts for manufacturers such as General Motors and<br />

General Electric Canada.<br />

The First World War also brought mass demand for<br />

flax. The new industry of aeroplane manufacture<br />

used large amounts of flax fibre in the materials<br />

covering plane wings. This new industry, combined<br />

with disrupted supply chains, exacerbated the need<br />

for flax. Canadian farmers responded by increasing<br />

flax production with pre-war acreage of 4,000 acres<br />

expanding to 25,000 by 1920. The nature of flax<br />

production, however, was incredibly laborious. The<br />

crop required picking by hand and come harvest<br />

time, dozens of labourers had to be hired. For many<br />

years, inventors tried creating effective flax pulling<br />

machines to lower the time and money needed to<br />

harvest.<br />

The National Shipbuilding Company understood the<br />

potential for a flax-pulling machine. Representatives<br />

attended a demonstration of the Canadian-designed<br />

Vessot Flax Harvester. Its designers, Charles<br />

Henri Vessot, Charles Ulysses Vessot, and George<br />

Alvin Pilkey, claimed the machine reduced costs<br />

of harvesting flax from $12 per acre to $9. The<br />

company purchased the international rights to build<br />

the machine, developed a new flax mill in Goderich<br />

and created a subsidiary, Perfection Flax Pulling<br />

Machines Limited, to manufacture the new flax<br />

puller at their Oxford Street plant. They hoped this<br />

new machine would enable the company’s return to<br />

prosperity.<br />

Unfortunately, the crash of the flax industry after<br />

the First World War made for a difficult market to<br />

enter for the new machines. Without demand for flax<br />

driven by wartime production, Canada’s production<br />

dwindled. Though it had expanded to 25,000 acres<br />

of production by 1920, by the end of ’21, only 6,000<br />

acres produced flax. Owing to this difficult period,<br />

the National Shipbuilding Company asked the town<br />

of Goderich for bond guarantees – the company<br />

wanted $50,000 to help expand its flax operations<br />

and other interests. Its proposal argued for its<br />

importance in the community over its short history.<br />

For instance, it said that between 1917 and 1921, the<br />

company’s Goderich factory paid its employees over<br />

$435,000 in wages.<br />

As part of the agreement, the National Shipbuilding<br />

Company would maintain at least 100 employees in<br />

Goderich. Town council proposed this guarantee as<br />

a bylaw for the residents of Goderich, which passed<br />

with the support of newspapers like The Signal. In the<br />

April 28, 1921, edition, The Signal posted an article<br />

titled “The Bylaw” in which it rallied support for,<br />


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more returned fire to their kilns and welcomed back<br />

what would often be dozens of employees at each<br />

plant.<br />

The process of drying apples began with procuring<br />

supplies from local farmers. Apple evaporator<br />

owners posted advertisements in local newspapers<br />

offering the “Highest Cash Price” for apples. Once a<br />

factory procured apples, the process of evaporation<br />

could begin.<br />

Harvesting Apples, circa 1890. The photo was<br />

taken in West Wawanosh at either the Cameron<br />

Orchard or the Joynt Orchard. (2017.0027.002)<br />

“One of the best industrial propositions that have<br />

ever been submitted to the people of Goderich.”<br />

Despite the bylaw’s approval and Perfection Flax<br />

Pulling Machines investment of $4 million into the<br />

flax puller, its Goderich operations closed sometime in<br />

1922 due to difficulties making payments. Perfection<br />

Flax Pulling Machines Limited continued operating<br />

in Toronto until at least 1925.<br />

An excellent example of the evaporation process<br />

comes from one of Wingham’s evaporators. The<br />

town had several evaporators open and close<br />

through the years, with the first opening in 1892.<br />

The Brown & Wilford evaporator, built in 1911, was<br />

an advanced industrial operation that mechanized<br />

much of the apple evaporation process. At this site,<br />

a five-horsepower engine powered all the machines<br />

that assisted workers with each step. First, an apple<br />

Apple evaporators<br />

Orchards have long been a common site in <strong>Huron</strong><br />

County. Roads like Orchard Line near Goderich<br />

remind residents of this bountiful past and present.<br />

What is often forgotten is the various industries that<br />

developed out of the orchard industry. One such<br />

example is the period when fruit evaporators in<br />

<strong>Huron</strong> County, mostly for apples, shipped produce<br />

around the country and across the oceans from the<br />

1890s to the 1930s. Markets like Germany, France,<br />

the Netherlands, and Britain all received significant<br />

shipments of apple products from <strong>Huron</strong> County<br />

evaporators. As a result, apple evaporators became<br />

an important source of employment for many <strong>Huron</strong><br />

County communities. Once the apple picking season<br />

began in the fall, commercial apple evaporators in<br />

Auburn, Bayfield, Blyth, Clinton, Exeter, Goderich,<br />

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parer machine peeled and removed the core of the<br />

apples. The apples cores and peelings dropped into a<br />

collection pile to dry. These products were then sold<br />

to markets in France and the Netherlands. The rest<br />

of the apple went to a trimmer that further removed<br />

any remnant peels on the apples. A belt then carried<br />

these apples to a blancher, where they were cooked<br />

and bleached, before going to the apple slicer. Finally,<br />

the apple slices moved to the dry kiln where large<br />

furnaces heated the peels to evaporate the moisture.<br />

The drying process could take about 12 hours. The<br />

Wingham evaporator was quite large and could<br />

output 450 bushels of apples per day.<br />

Bayfield’s apple evaporators remained staples in the<br />

community for almost 30 years. So impactful were<br />

the evaporators that in the Dec. 19, 1907, edition<br />

of The Clinton News Record, a writer of the Bayfield<br />

column mentioned, “The evaporator is the most<br />

important industry we have in our village and it is<br />

the second largest of its kind in the province.”<br />

The first Bayfield evaporator, owned by John<br />

Whiddon, opened in 1896. After a fire in 1905,<br />

Whiddon rebuilt the evaporator to be about 13 by<br />

9 metres and two storeys tall. According to the same<br />

article, the factory featured six furnaces, seven peeling<br />

machines and slicing and chopping machines.<br />

This plant employed 34 people total and ran <strong>24</strong><br />

hours per day through the season. The Bayfield plant<br />

continued operating until the early-1920s.<br />

D.F. Hamlink opened one of the largest evaporating<br />

operations in <strong>Huron</strong> County. After purchasing A.Y.<br />

Attrill’s orchard near Goderich, Hamlink built an<br />

evaporator around 1910. This plant employed 100<br />

people and processed up to 12,000 barrels of apples<br />

during the fall season.<br />

Most apple evaporators in <strong>Huron</strong> County closed<br />

through the 1910s and into the 1920s. Even in 1904,<br />

John Widdon, owner of the Bayfield evaporator,<br />

complained about the difficulties of operating with<br />

the rising cost of wood in the region. Operating the<br />

fire kilns and building or buying the crates required a<br />

constant supply of wood. This made the profitability<br />

of apple evaporators heavily reliant on prices in the<br />

wood industry.<br />

Some <strong>Huron</strong> County evaporators, such as the one<br />

in Auburn, employed 20 to 30 people per season as<br />

it continued operation into the 1930s. However, the<br />

winter of 1933 brought extreme cold, killing most<br />

of the orchards in the region. Auburn’s evaporator,<br />

for example, could not procure enough supply to<br />

justify lighting the kilns. It decided instead to close<br />

in November 1934 as reported by the Zurich Herald.<br />

This proved to be the final blow to what was once a<br />

blazing industry in <strong>Huron</strong> County.<br />

These stories are only a small sampling of the many<br />

stories of industries that have thrived across <strong>Huron</strong><br />

County. To better share these stories, the <strong>Huron</strong><br />

County Museum is in the process of redeveloping its<br />

Industry Gallery. The new permanent gallery aims<br />

to explore diverse stories from across the county for<br />

residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.<br />

Bibliography<br />

Auburn Women’s Institute. History of Auburn: 1848-1973.<br />

Blyth, Ont,: Blyth Printing, 1973.<br />

Barlow, William, and Barry J. Page. Goderich: Link to the<br />

Past: An Illustrated Local History. Collingwood, ON: The<br />

Print Shop, 2001.<br />

Bayfield Historical Society. The Village of Bayfield: History<br />

1876 - 1985. Edited by Edward W. Oddleifson. Zurich,<br />

ON: A.B. Printing , 1987.<br />

Campbell, Belle. The Story of Seaforth. Seaforth, ON: The<br />

<strong>Huron</strong> Expositor, 1966.<br />

Vessot, C. U. A Solution for Fibre Flax Manufacture in<br />

Canada. Montreal, QC: McGill University Libraries, 1922.<br />

Jubilee 3 Committee. Memories of Goderich: “Prettiest Town<br />

in Canada.” Edited by Dorothy Wallace. Goderich, ON:<br />

<strong>Huron</strong> County Historical Society, 1977.<br />


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MacFadyen, Joshua D. “Fashioning Flax: Industry, Region,<br />

and Work in North American Fibre and Linseed Oil, 1850-<br />

1930.” Thesis, The University of Guelph, 2009.<br />

Ontario Agricultural Commission. Ontario Agricultural<br />

Commission: Appendices C to S Inclusive: Containing Evidence<br />

Taken by the Commissioners, Special Reports, Etc., In Vols.<br />

III., IV. and V. Toronto, ON: C. Blackett Robinson, 1881.<br />

Ontario Agricultural Commission. Ontario Agricultural<br />

Commission: Report of the Commissioners. Toronto, ON: C.<br />

Blackett Robinson, 1881.<br />

Pattison, John W. Museum Musings: Brief Glimpses of<br />

Wingham’s past. Wingham, ON: Wingham and District<br />

Historical Society, 1982.<br />

Robertson, W. H., ed. “The Bylaw.” The Signal. April 28,<br />

1921.<br />

Sessional Papers Third Session of the Fourteenth Parliament<br />

of the Dominion of Canada. Vol. 5. Ottawa, ON: Canada<br />

Parliament, 19<strong>24</strong>.<br />

Smith, Chester Leonard, ed. “Evaporator Closes.” Zurich<br />

Hearld, November 22, 1934.<br />

The Dominion Experimental Farms: A system of experimental<br />

stations operated by the Federal Government which investigates<br />

agricultural problems and is capable of giving continuous<br />

service to Canadian farmers. Ottawa, ON: Authority of the<br />

Hon. W. R. Motherwell, Minister of Agriculture, 1925.<br />

Todd, Adam M, ed. “Eggsactly.” The <strong>Huron</strong> News-Record.<br />

November 4, 1891.<br />

Williams, W. J., ed. “Bayfield.” The Clinton News-Record,<br />

December 19, 1907.<br />

Wyatt, Steve M. “Flax and Linen: An Uncertain Oregon<br />

Industry.” Oregon Historical Society, September 2, 2019,<br />

150–75.<br />

Kevin den Dunnen is Museum Assistant at the <strong>Huron</strong> County<br />

Museum. If you’d like to donate to the Industry Gallery<br />

redevelopment, the <strong>Huron</strong> County Museum is accepting<br />

financial donations. Learn more at www.huroncountymuseum.<br />

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Breathtaking, unimaginably beautiful, aweinspiring,<br />

heart-wrenching – those are the words<br />

most frequently used to describe the beauty and<br />

majesty of scenery experienced during an Alaskan<br />

cruise.<br />

We took an Alaskan cruise in the summer of<br />

2022 and, it turns out, so did several others of my<br />

acquaintance. If you haven’t taken the plunge into<br />

cruising yet, put one to Alaska at the top of your list<br />

– it is definitely bucket list worthy.<br />

Our cruise, initially scheduled for June 2020, was<br />

a casualty of the COVID travel cancellation wave,<br />

and I heard many on the boat say that this was a<br />

long-awaited bucket list item for them as well.<br />

My husband and I have a prioritized list of travel<br />

destinations and Alaska wasn’t at the top of it at the<br />

time, but as climate change wreaks havoc on natural<br />

wonders around the world, it moved up the list. We<br />

weren’t alone in this feeling (more on this later).<br />

Our cruise, on the Holland America ship Volendam,<br />

departed from Vancouver. We were travelling with<br />

another couple and we arrived two days early to<br />

get acclimatized to the time change, see some of<br />

Canada’s third largest city and, most importantly,<br />

ensure we arrived well ahead of the ship’s departure.<br />

Our friend, a travel agent, clued us in when we<br />

took our first post-pandemic trip to Europe in the<br />

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summer of ’22, that many people were missing their<br />

tours, cruises and events because they booked flights<br />

to arrive the day of, not anticipating continued<br />

unreliability at airports. We’ll never fly day-of<br />

again because it’s much too stressful and potentially<br />

wasteful of our hard-earned travel funds.<br />

The Inside Passage route our ship took stopped in<br />

Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay. While<br />

we enjoyed the ship’s amenities and sitting on the<br />

deck outside of the room, the real thrill of an Alaskan<br />

cruise was the scenery.<br />

Connie Delarge and Doug Jones (both 58) cruised<br />

on Holland America’s Koningsdam ship in July with<br />

another couple. The canny couples got balcony<br />

rooms opposite each other so that they had constant<br />

access to the views. “We just had to cross the hall to<br />

whichever balcony had the best view when the ship<br />

turned,” explained Delarge.<br />

She added that their stop at Glacier Bay to view the Johns<br />

Hopkins Glacier was, “Our favourite over everything.<br />

It’s just breathtakingly beautiful.” She couldn’t help<br />

being grateful and regretful at the same time.<br />

“No words can describe it, but it breaks my heart<br />

too. I feel so blessed to have seen it because I can’t<br />

believe what is happening to our world,” she added,<br />

referencing the diminishing size of the glacier due to<br />

Left: Glacier Bay is a favourite stop<br />

on many Alaskan cruises.<br />

Right: The crew of the Volendam<br />

opens the ship’s bow to passengers<br />

during the Glacier Bay stop.

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by Jill Ellis-Worthington<br />

Seen from the deck of the Volendam<br />

stationed five miles away, the Johns<br />

Hopkins Glacier – in Glacier Bay<br />

National Park – is 12 miles long<br />

and 300 feet high.<br />

climate change. This was especially true when she<br />

shared her pictures with a cousin who had done the<br />

same cruise a decade previous, noting a significant<br />

reduction in the size of the floating icebergs.<br />

This is something our friends and travelling<br />

companions, Barry (61) and Valerie (59) Wakonig,<br />

also commented upon. They took an Alaskan<br />

cruise in 1993. They were so taken with the visual<br />

spectacle, especially Glacier Bay, that they couldn’t<br />

wait to return.<br />

“The glacier was calving a lot back then and the<br />

floating ice was much bigger,” Barry said. “We only<br />

heard and saw one crack off this time.”<br />

Stopping in the various small coastal towns provides<br />

opportunities to take unforgettable excursions. In<br />

Juneau, the state’s capital – with the second ugliest<br />

capital building, according to our guide – we decided<br />

to stay on the ground and took a bike tour through<br />

the rainforest to Mendenhall Glacier. Though I’m<br />

an avid cyclist, I admit that the utilitarian bikes and<br />

rain dampened my enthusiasm, but the beauty of<br />

the forest and majesty of the glacier made up for<br />

it. Fortunately, we had learned that Juneau gets 230<br />

days of rain each year, so we packed rainsuits.<br />

Some take to the air, like Trish Harrow-Rodic and<br />

her family. Since it was on her bucket list, Harrow-<br />

Rodic (55) was travelling with her ex-husband Damir<br />

(57) and son Jackson (16) and decided on a helicopter<br />

ride to the top of the glacier to go dog sledding. The<br />

trio was captivated by the puppies and loved riding<br />

the sleds behind mushers, but the scenery was the<br />

real star of the show.<br />

“It’s just surreal,” she said. “I just wanted to savour<br />

every moment of being surrounded by that much<br />

natural beauty.”<br />

Others, like Delarge and her group, enjoyed walking<br />


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Far left: Stopping by a ‘house of negotiable<br />

affection’ in a historic section of Skagway.<br />

Centre: Forest and glacier bike tour outside<br />

Juneau. Right: Mushing on Mendenhall<br />

Glacier (photo by Trish Harrow).<br />

around the ports to learn about their history. That’s<br />

what they did in Juneau, ending their trek at the<br />

famous Red Dog Saloon, reported to be one of the<br />

oldest in Alaska. For my husband and I, sawdust on<br />

the floor, costumed servers and bartenders and a<br />

singing cowboy on stage made this a fun, kitschy way<br />

to warm up at the end of a damp day.<br />

Skagway was the jumping-off point for the 1896<br />

Yukon gold rush. Our foursome decided to head out<br />

on the White Pass and Yukon Railway tour. This<br />

three-hour train and van combo tour explored the<br />

route of gold-seeking hopefuls, ending in Fraser, B.C.<br />

The scenery is magnificent, and I especially enjoyed<br />

being able to stand on the open decks between train<br />

cars to experience it more closely as we chugged<br />

along. The story of the miners’ trek is tragic, so be<br />

cautious if you’re very sensitive. If you have mobility<br />

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TRAVEL<br />

by Jill Ellis-Worthington<br />

What to pack<br />

Packing for an Alaskan cruise can be puzzling,<br />

so here are some pointers:<br />

Top: A rainy day doesn’t keep thousands from trekking to see<br />

Mendenhall Glacier. Bottom left: Cruisers enjoying bowls<br />

of pea soup on the bow of the Volendam during a stop at<br />

Glacier Bay. Below: Trish Harrow with sled dogs during<br />

her favourite Alaskan cruise excursion.<br />

For the May to September Alaskan cruising<br />

season, pack a jacket or coat, with a heavier<br />

version being advisable at the beginning and<br />

end of the season.<br />

It rains in Alaska – a lot – so bring a raincoat<br />

(rainsuit if you’re doing active excursions).<br />

Comfortable shoes for walking and trekking.<br />

Sweaters and long-sleeved T-shirts. Daywear<br />

is more casual than on Caribbean cruises, as<br />

most cruisers opt for comfort and warmth.<br />

Layer your pieces. It warms up through the<br />

day, so this allows you to remove layers as the<br />

temps rise. Dressy but not formal wear for<br />

dinner. Dressing for dinner has become more<br />

casual, even on dress-up nights, so dresses or<br />

pants with nice blouses for women and blazers<br />

with slacks for men are enough.

y Jill Ellis-Worthington<br />

TRAVEL<br />

Barry Wakonig, left, Val Wakonig,<br />

Jill Ellis-Worthington and Ralph<br />

Lembcke enjoyed the scenery on the<br />

White Pass and Yukon Railway tour.<br />

boats offer fewer dining and entertainment options.<br />

Jackie and Lauren Goodfellow (67 and 78 respectively)<br />

enjoyed the Alaskan scenery, but they aren’t keen<br />

on their cruising experience on Holland America’s<br />

Koningsdam. They felt the variety of entertainment<br />

was lacking and experienced a reoccurring foul<br />

odour in their cabin while underway some evenings<br />

during their cruise.<br />

For many, an Alaskan cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime,<br />

bucket list trip, and I agree. To experience the<br />

majesty of nature, it is unbeatable, but hurry because<br />

the glaciers aren’t going to last forever.<br />

limitations, getting on and off the train could be a<br />

challenge. Delarge’s group decided to split up when<br />

they reached Skagway, each of the four doing a<br />

different activity. “It was fun meeting up for dinner<br />

and sharing stories,” she said.<br />

On her bus trip to the Yukon, Delarge was excited<br />

that they had to stop to let several grizzly bears cross<br />

the road. She enjoyed seeing a trading post and dog<br />

sledding camp, but the tour’s stop at Emerald Lake<br />

was the highlight.<br />

A writer, public relations professional, traveller, and football<br />

fan, Jill Ellis-Worthington celebrates life every day. You can<br />

follow her blog at www.writeoncommunicationservices.com.<br />

Have you had<br />

your Italian today?<br />

“It’s such a stunning sight – deep blue with hints of<br />

green from mountain deposits.”<br />

In Ketchikan, the Wakonigs were enthralled by<br />

learning about the history, culture and art of totem<br />

pole carving at the Saxman Native Village, while<br />

we decided on a boat tour of Misty Fjords National<br />

Monument. Cruising deep, dark waters to the giant<br />

rock formations – seeing eagles and a whale, while<br />

enjoying time in the sun – was the perfect excursion<br />

for two mariners-at-heart.<br />

Harrow-Rodic frequently cruises with the Royal<br />

Caribbean line, while the Wakonigs prefer Holland<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

Turkey pot pie soup<br />


Topping<br />

1 sheet frozen butter puff pastry, thawed<br />

⅓ cup finely grated cheddar cheese<br />

Baking Time: 10 minutes<br />

Preparation Time: 20 minutes<br />

Cooking Time: 22 minutes<br />

Serves: 6<br />

Soup<br />

2 tbsp butter<br />

2 cloves garlic, minced<br />

1 onion, diced<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

1½ cups potatoes, unpeeled and diced<br />

1 cup parsnip, diced<br />

½ cup each carrot and celery, diced<br />

½ cup mushrooms, chopped<br />

¾ tsp thyme leaves, dried<br />

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes<br />

2 bay leaves<br />

1 carton low-sodium chicken broth<br />

3 tbsp all-purpose flour<br />

½ cup 10% half-and-half cream<br />

2½ cups turkey or chicken, cooked & bite-sized pieces<br />

⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped<br />

Instructions<br />

Topping – Unroll puff pastry sheet, leaving pastry on parchment paper.<br />

Using floured 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters, cut 12 to 15 puff pastry<br />

shapes (leftover pastry can be re-rolled). Place pastry onto parchment<br />

paper-lined baking sheet, spacing shapes apart. Evenly sprinkle cheese<br />

on each cut out, pressing gently into pastry. Refrigerate.<br />

Soup – In large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion<br />

and pinch each of salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for three minutes.<br />

Stir in potatoes, parsnip, carrot, celery, mushrooms, thyme, pepper<br />

flakes and bay leaves. Add broth; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat<br />

and simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.<br />

Meanwhile, bake puff pastry shapes in 425 F oven for 10 minutes<br />

or until golden. Set aside. In small bowl, whisk flour into cream;<br />

gradually stir into soup, stirring continuously until mixture comes<br />

to boil. Simmer gently two minutes. Stir in turkey and parsley until<br />

heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve soup<br />

topped with pastry cut-outs. *Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario<br />


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