By Sarah Vance - It is by persevering in spite of trauma, that survivors show us both the inextinguishable strength of our humanity, and the suffering so deeply inter-woven throughout it. R. Gary Miller is one such survivor.
By Angela Hawn- Dave Little, whose colleagues teasingly refer to as “Father O’Hara,” a recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for Volunteerism, knows a thing or two about getting projects done. Simply put: gather a few good people. … Add a liberal dose of enthusiasm and mix in some passion for local history, being outdoors, and you’ve got the makings for something magical. Little calls that special kind of community magic,..
By Teddy Ryan - Escape to the Country, a BBC production which airs on CBC TV, is an armchair traveler’s dream. The program often showcases city dwellers from London, England who are eager to leave their urban way of life and move to the country. Facilitated by a real estate agent specializing in relocating people to idyllic homes in the country-sides of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the program highlights panoramic landscapes of lush rolling hills, brisk seascapes and quaint little towns. In Canada, Ontario boasts many such places with some of the most spectacular vistas located right here in Hastings County.
BY SHELLEY WILDGEN - “No phone, no tel-e-phone!” she over-enunciated. “Maybe a bit of phone?” I pleaded. “Absolutely none.” Twenty years ago, I remember a conversation where my friend at the other end of the phone had become exhausted from listening to me talk about my exhaustion, so she interrupted my monotonous diatribe and ordered me a verbal phone-free prescription.
By John Hopkins- When you live in a rural area there’s no doubt that you develop a special connection with the animals around you. You become familiar with their routines and patterns, and grow to feel as if you know them on an individual and personal basis.
Margaret Grotek, Manager at Farmtown Park says that once the park closes on September 30th, it’s an all hands-on focus as they immediately turn their attention toward their annual Christmas event, “the Festival of Trees.” While they get ready for this event, they have also rented their facilities, especially for weddings that she says are “extremely popular in September.”
As summer slips away I still crave the taste of a citrusy dessert...and this one is the best! It’s so easy and so delicious. At a dinner party that I hosted I looked down my table to see one of the guests licking out the dish...I mouthed, “Would you like more?” His response was to close his eyes and nod yes. Perfection.
Mark your calendar for August 17-19 and attend the 160th anniversary of the Stirling Agricultural Fair! Among this year’s roster is the return of the Blacksmith Show, and a new Mini-horse Chuck-wagon event. There is a strong-man competition that will run over two days. While the midway is provided by Homeniuk Rides Inc., these other exhibits are self-run, with an emphasis on family fun. The line-up features many traditional standards such as the Beef, Goat and 4-H Shows, the Big Daddy Derby (an old-fashioned derby, where guys and gals, smash their car wrecks for prize money)…
One of my favourite summer salads is a slaw made from three of the cabbage family members: cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. It is great to take to a potluck and it stays fresh for days in the fridge. If you have a food processor or mandolin it takes very little time to make.
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