A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Lucky Maloo’ s Upcycled Clothing Makes Fashion Statement

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Lucky Maloo’ s Upcycled Clothing Makes Fashion Statement

Story by Sarah Vance

If it is artisanal, innovative, and a bit edgy, Miriam Hookings is ‘all over it’. Like her artistic endeavours, Hookings stands out in the rural crowd, with a creativity that mirrors the pulse of Hastings Highlands... In the summer you can find her engaging live theatre patrons in Bancroft. She also enlivens the stage at the Arlington Hotel, where she moonlights as the lead vocalist with indie-band Natural Radio. 

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Time On His Hands: Stirling Wood-Worker Brings Miniatures to Life

Time On His Hands: Stirling Wood-Worker Brings Miniatures to Life

Story by Angela Hawn

Tick tock, tick tock. In an era where much time is spent lamenting how little time we have, woodworker Glen Finch seems to have all the time in the world on his hands. Quite literally. While the rest of us buzz through our days at the speed of light, helplessly watching the minutes fly by, this 69-year-old artisan spends every spare second...

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History Goes Modern: Ancient Sumeria Comes to Hastings County

History Goes Modern: Ancient Sumeria Comes to Hastings County

By Orland French

After 31 years of working at the Marchmont Home in Belleville, The Rev. Robert Wallace recorded several relevant events cryptically in his diary. August 3, 1913: “R.W. gave Farewell address at Baptist Church – Review of Thirty-one years works in Belleville.” August 4. “Farewell Reception and Presentation”. Then he took a well-earned holiday: “12th sailed for England”.

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Springer on Yoga: A Lifetime of Spiritual Movement and Healing

Springer on Yoga: A Lifetime of Spiritual Movement and Healing

By Michelle Annette Tremblay

Kalamazoo, Mich. The early 1960s. Summer. As he walked outside, the yoga instructor couldn't quite believe his eyes. There, standing in the yard next door was a blond girl he'd never seen before: a child, with eyes closed, deeply focused inward. She was moving her body slowly and deliberately. He recognized the ancient Indian asanas immediately. After watching for a few minutes he approached, bewildered. “Who have you been studying yoga with?” he asked over the fence. “Yoga?” She responded. She'd never heard of it.

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A Lifetime of Service: Acknowledging Earl Pearson and the Anishinaabe this Remembrance Day

A Lifetime of Service: Acknowledging Earl Pearson and the Anishinaabe this Remembrance Day

By Sarah Vance

Sergeant Major Earl Donald Pearson, of Anishinaabe ancestry, was a Hershel boy who later became a United Nations Peacekeeper in the Canadian military. Born on November 6, 1931, Pearson grew up in Bancroft under the shadows of Eagle’s Nest, in a small settlement at the outskirts of town, close to where Tim Horton’s is located today.

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Community Spirit: Yoo Family Makes Small Town Store Face of Stirling

Community Spirit: Yoo Family Makes Small Town Store Face of Stirling

Story and photos by Angela Hawn

Stirling Pro One Stop isn't the sort of place internet browsers come across while surfing the world wide web. Owners Min and Julie Yoo don't have a website; they don't tweet and they don't advertise on Facebook. Perhaps that's because the lonely world of cyber space doesn't quite fit with the homey-style business Min's dad, Chong Yoo, started up 25 plus years ago. Or maybe the Yoo family just doesn't need it.

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Grape Expectations: Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

Grape Expectations:  Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

By Michelle Annette Tremblay

Disclaimer: by reading this article you may find yourself sacrificing a tank of gas, a sunny afternoon, and perhaps even an hour or two of sobriety. If you shudder at the thought of fine wine, day-trips, stories of tenacity and toil, overcoming unbeatable odds, family legacies and unwavering passion and commitment, then this story isn't for you. But who are we kidding? Don't we all love stories of grit and gusto? Don't we all enjoy getting a little buzzed on dreamy dreams coming to fruition?

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Summer Harvest Memories: Farm Resorts Nurtured Holiday Memories

Summer Harvest Memories: Farm Resorts Nurtured Holiday Memories

Story and photos by Lindi Pierce

In the early years of tourism, the 1920s to 1950s, a special breed of tourist destination flourished like the summer harvest. Cottage resorts sprouted up along the lakeshore on family farms, a kind of additional crop on sometimes cash-poor farms. There's a tradition of tourist homes or guest lodges - farm wives opening their dining room for home cooked meals and the spare bedroom for a guest or two, farmers building small cabins for much-needed summer tourist accommodation. The tourist homes felt comfortable because they were homes, and guests became like family. 

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Labour of Love: Maynooth Market Incubator for Small-Enterprise Farmers

Labour of Love:  Maynooth Market Incubator for Small-Enterprise Farmers

Story and photos by Sarah Vance

Misty mornings begin before dawn for the many small-enterprise farmers who tend agricultural outposts in and around Hastings County, as dew lingers on the crops at sunrise. For some, morning arrives with the call of a rooster as eggs are collected from nesting hutches and rabbits are penned into the hatch of a pick-up truck for the journey to the Maynooth Farmer’s Market.

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