BUFF STUFF – Stirling’s Annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, September 21, 2019

BUFF STUFF – Stirling’s Annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, September 21, 2019

BUFF STUFF – Stirling’s Annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, September 21, 2019. Looking for a fun, family-friendly weekend to help ease your way out of summer’s lazy, hazy days and back into the brisk business of fall?  Look no further than Stirling’s annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, held the third Saturday of every September.

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Citizen Science …: The Democratization of Researching the Natural World

Citizen Science …: The Democratization of Researching the Natural World

Story and photos by Sarah Vance - I used to take a lot of selfies, but then I started noticing the natural environment around me. You could say the change was incremental — beginning with the flight patterns of birds; the sounds of a muskrat excavating the shoreline, and the arrival of migrating ducks on a York River stop-over. I mean, have you ever noticed a Pine Grosbeak fanning its plumage in the sunlight? In November, when my girls and I found a flock of eight of these magnificent birds landing on the crabapple tree outside of our kitchen window, the change took hold.

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REMEMBERING Algonquin Park: A Place Like No Others

REMEMBERING Algonquin Park:  A Place Like No Others

By Barry Penhale - The provincial treasure that is Algonquin Park since becoming Ontario’s and Canada’s first provincial park in 1893, has deservedly attracted artists, photographers, filmmakers, naturalists and a wide-range of camping and recreational enthusiasts alike. It seems as if most everyone has had a memorable “Algonquin” experience.

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The Cold Treat with a Warm Heart: Getting the Scoop on Ice Cream this Summer

The Cold Treat with a Warm Heart: Getting the Scoop on Ice Cream this Summer

By James Kerr - There isn’t a food that I attach more sentimentality to than ice cream. I have treasured childhood memories of “going for ice cream.” I fondly remember every part of these excursions — piling into a car headed for Empire Cheese or Reid’s Dairy, feeling the ice cream’s sugary run-off dripping down my six-year old hand, and the gleeful race against the sun’s heat as I struggled to lick my dessert before it melted. Growing up on a local dairy farm, I always took pride in knowing that our milk that we sent to Reid’s Dairy helped to create this wonderful, magical, summer treat.

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Perfect Picnic Spots in Hastings County

Perfect Picnic Spots in Hastings County

By Angela Hawn - With summer in the air, it’s time to start thinking about dining al fresco, and enjoying the great outdoors for as long as possible. Canadians are good at this: we who dress in layers far longer than residents of most other countries know a good thing when it’s happening. Fast to strip off our woolies and game to brave t-shirt and shorts garb even when there’s still a chill in the air, (or mosquitos and/or blackflies hovering in our midst) we love to eat outside whenever possible.

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Just Saying: Let Them Eat Cake – Again

Just Saying: Let Them Eat Cake – Again

By Shelley Wildgen - I am in France. Out my window, I can hear kidlets playing; their shrieks of excitement and reproach are the same as in Canada … only in French. Garden gates creak back and forth, a neighbourhood dog barks sharply. Its owner yells ‘Arret’, and pup arrets immediately, until it’s time to bark again. It’s Easter Sunday and French life is full in Saint-Zacharie.

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The Village Idiot: Of mosquitoes and wasps

The Village Idiot: Of mosquitoes and wasps

By John Hopkins - The battle against pests has changed a great deal in my lifetime. When I was a boy and we had mice trouble in our cottage, we either rented a cat or set deadly traps. The cat had limited success but the traps seemed to always do the trick, a telltale snapping sound during the night attesting to their effectiveness.

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Farm to Table: Ontario beans, summer harvest overflows with so much to choose from!

Farm to Table:  Ontario beans, summer harvest overflows with so much to choose from!

The Canadian land base is well-known as being ideally suited for the growing of beans with an abundant harvest concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. In fact, 80-90% of the beans grown by those 1,200 Ontario farms that specialize in this crop are exported. Green/wax beans rate among the top four vegetables grown in Canada, and the estimated annual harvest worth ranges between $25-30 million.

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Grill of their dreams: Blackburn family memories live on with barbecue

Grill of their dreams: Blackburn family memories live on with barbecue

By John Hopkins, Photos courtesy Bobbie-Joe Blackburn: As far as Canadian symbols go, the barbecue could rank right up there with the Maple Leaf and the beaver. Few images define the summer experience in this country quite like meat cooking on the grill in the backyard or on the deck. Magazine articles, books and television shows are dedicated to barbecue recipes, and the surest sign of spring is the appearance of grilling devices and accessories in hardware stores. However, the barbecue is much more than simply a means of cooking food.

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Back Roads

Back Roads

In July 1932, eight young Belleville men travelled by canoe along the Trent-Severn Waterway. They began their journey from Belleville and continued north of Peterborough, camping on the sides of lakes, rivers and canals. The photographer was S. Alec Gordon (1905-1989), who was a music teacher for the Ontario School for the Deaf (now the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf). This image is one of 33 taken on the journey, 13 of which have been delicately hand-tinted like this one.

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Celebrating the O’Hara Mill Homestead: Resurrecting History with a Bit of Magical Elbow Grease

Celebrating the O’Hara Mill Homestead: Resurrecting History with a Bit of Magical Elbow Grease

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,..

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Just Saying: Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop Data… The Art of Re-sensitizing

Just Saying: Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop Data… The Art of Re-sensitizing

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.

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