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Autumn 09


Farmer’s Markets
A Personal Experience

The County Marathon

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In tHis Issue
36 Farmer’s Markets and Farm Stand Shopping – Jennifer Lester
9A valuable personal touch
42 The Art of buying Art – Dean Munroe
For the Love of Art!
Forbidden Beauties From Another Time – Andrea Lucas 20
China teacups and saucers

The County Marathon – Mark Henry 22

A Boston Qualifier

Autumn Splendour – Janet Jarrell 26

Redtail Winery – Pauline Joicey 29
Canada’s First Off Grid Winery

Home Builders Showcase 36

16 New options for today’s new home buyers

Antiques – Mike Malachowski

Then and Now
Chicken with Pastis – Chef Jean-Marc Salvagno 48
A recipe from Provence

Not a Tree Cut Down – Sandy Sikma 49

Transforming reclaimed wood

Sustainable Living – Garnet McPherson 50

33 Tips for a Healthy Home

pH Balancing – Kathy Terpstra 54

22 What does THAT have to do with my health?

The ‘Art’ in Selling the First Canned Goods – Peter Lockyer

Group of Seven Artists involved in label design

Saitarg’s GQ – Alan Gratias 66

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produce in locations where entire 42.2 Km race. Running the picturesque roads of Prince
you can touch the hand Edward County in the fall, passing vineyards, farms, villages,
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Whether you buy at the locally, this race is also a Boston qualifier. Mark Henry takes
larger farmer’s markets you behind the scenes of this very special marathon.
such as the Belleville
market or right at the We decided to do something a little different with our home
Publisher feature this issue. We asked 3 builders what they are featuring

end of the farmer’s lane,
you can take pleasure in that would appeal to today’s buyer of a new home. The answers;
knowing your food has not energy savings, the convenience of having a home elevator and
only travelled a very short preservation and care of the natural surroundings to ensure a
distance, but that you are pleasant environment in which to live.
also supporting our local
farmers and neighbours. Several years ago we had a cottage on Lake Consecon in
Prince Edward County. Every Thanksgiving we would put the
Owning an antique item, whether it has been passed down turkey on the BBQ and while it was roasting we would hike
through your own family or is a treasure you purchased, always Station Road to Hillier stopping for a swing at the playground.
brings pleasure. I am privileged to have my grandparents’ oak The road winds and the trees lean over creating a canopy of
kitchen table from the farm. When I brought it home, imagine breathtaking colour.
my delight at finding gum stuck under the ridge of the table.
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lifford Foster politely excuses common thread. Buying directly from a “People can talk to you and ask you how
himself to go stir the maple farmer offers a valuable personal touch something is made,” says Foster of the
syrup and rests the phone and it’s valuable enough that consumers farm stand experience. “They can ask
on the table. He’s taken time throughout the region are going out you what variety of corn you’re selling
out from carefully crafting his popular of their way to get it. Farm stands and or which variety of strawberries. They
maple sugar candy to be interviewed farmer’s markets have been open in might not know what it means when
about farm markets; but once the syrup southeastern Ontario for two centuries, you tell them but they like to know just
reaches a certain temperature, there’s but it’s how we socialize at these places the same.”
nothing to stop him from ensuring his that’s adding value to an otherwise
product is just right. His is a devotion routine affair. Across the region, people are spending
consumers have come to recognize in their grocery money where they feel
recent years, and buying directly from Foster is an East Lake farmer with they have a personal connection. Global
him is more than a transaction. It’s an 585 acres south of Picton and a farm trends today include the advocacy of
experience, a social movement and, for stand across the road from Sandbanks buying locally, becoming locovores, and
some, a way of life. Provincial Park. Along with his parents eating a 100-mile diet.
years ago, and now with two generations
While the ways in which we buy and of his offspring, he grows and sells “That Buy Local advertising has really
sell our food in the Quinte region can his own produce, including maple taken hold,” says Foster. “The ads have
be diverse, there is a tightly woven products. made a dramatic difference. Despite the


recession, our sales are equal to what they a week. In Prince Edward County,
were last year. At the Belleville market, the centrally organized market has “My own opinion was there are so many
people will ask me, ‘Is this local?’ And I largely been dismissed in favour of the farm stands already – and people have
say, ‘Yes, we grew it ourselves.’ And then roadside stand. Lyndsay Richmond their own favourite stands they’ve been
they buy it.” became project coordinator for the going to forever – there just was no
Picton Business Improvement Area in demand for a large central market.”
Jackie Tapp agrees that the Buy Local 2005. She says the topic of a central
campaign is a trend that’s been a “You can only stretch yourself so far,”
noticeable help to the farmers. Tapp is says Clifford Foster. “We already work
a Prince Edward County resident and seven days a week at our corner stand.
farmer’s daughter who runs “Jackie’s We also go to market in Kingston and
Market Stand”. She is president of the Belleville. And if you can’t do a good
Belleville Farmer’s Market Association. job, you shouldn’t do it.”

“Farmers markets took a hit during the The Belleville Farmer’s Market is open
boom of the grocery store,” says Tapp. all year on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and
“We’re in a recovery stage now. There are Saturdays. Started behind City Hall in
a bunch of little things that contribute 1816 by the municipality, the market
to it: the quality of the food and people got a new roof for all-season use several
are happy with the socialization aspect. years ago. Tapp says with the new roof
In a grocery store, it’s not as personal. At came a new set of by-laws.
the market, you form relationships with
the people who buy from you. They’re “Now the by-laws state all vendors at
all friends of mine now.” farm market in Picton was in discussion the market have to have come from
when she entered the picture, but the within a 60-mile radius.” Tapp says
The cities of Belleville and Quinte concept lacked enthusiasm from the that policy scores the market bonus
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Another function of the Belleville market is it allows the city’s
downtown residents who don’t own a car to supplement their
grocery basket with farm fresh goods.

“The food at the market is less commercial than what’s

otherwise available in the downtown core,” says Tapp.

The market in Trenton serves a similar purpose but with

a unique twist. Located on a lot close to a marina and the
Trent-Severn Waterway, the Quinte West Farmer’s Market
attracts many boaters.

“The boaters love it,” says Christine Painter, who works for
the city and assists the market clerk. “Local farmers get to
know who their customers are and build relationships. You
can order three pies one week and come back the next week
to pick them up. It’s more intimate.”

The Quinte West market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays,

and Saturdays during the growing season. Painter says
that’s usually from late spring to the end of October. There
is an ongoing challenge for the market in Trenton, Painter
concedes. Only between three and five vendors attend each
time the market is open.

“People want it. The community wants it,” says Painter.

“But it’s a Catch-22. Without many vendors, few customers
are visiting. Without a good customer turnout, the vendors
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“The city is looking at working with a group to assure the
farmers that people will follow if they come, especially
considering the recent trend towards buying local. It takes the
right people working together. We’re hoping for next spring.”

The popularity of farm stands and farmer’s markets will

never completely abolish the convenient grocery stores that
dot modern towns and cities. Picton Sobey’s owner and
operator, Jamie Yeo, says while he buys everything possible
locally, it’s the convenience of a central depot that keeps
his customers coming back. The long history of farmer’s
markets and roadside stands in Quinte will not go away in
the face of chain grocery stores; and grocers are not going
to disappear in the midst of a trend towards buying locally,
even if the trend is here to stay.

“What my customers are telling me is they don’t have time to

go from stand to stand,” says Yeo. “It’s a lot more convenient
for them to buy locally in one spot. It’s very important to
support our local farmers and our community.”
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The art
Buying art sounds expensive and downright frivolous! How
does one go about such a thing in the local art market in today’s
economy! Although you can’t afford to attend that art auction

of buying in London to acquire the Picasso or the Renoir, purchasing an

original piece from a local or regional contemporary artist is

quite accessible and easier then you think. I could say that there
art for are many reasons to acquire a piece —contributing to the local
creative economy, supporting a talented artist, adding a splash

of colour to home sweet home. However, the best reason to
persuade you to own a painting or sculpture can be simply put:
because you love it!

So here are a few ideas as you search out that elusive piece to
start or add to your art collection and it doesn’t have to be pricey.
Think about how much you want to spend, as you head out on
the quest. Now what media are you interested in: an oil painting
or encaustic or mixed media? Or do you want to be wild and
OF ART! crazy and go for photography or sculpture? You may think you
want one thing and end up with another. Let your heart lead the
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way as you fall in love with a black-and-white photograph. Don’t forget there may be a cost for
shipping or the frame could be extra. Always ask first “What’s included?” Artists and galleries
are upfront about such things.

Do your homework! You can scope out a few galleries and artists’ studios by checking your local
information centre. Hit as many as you can from low to high end. It’s great to follow an arts trail,
if there is one in your area. If not, you can find out what’s going on in your local art community
by looking in the paper or searching out a local arts council or searching the net.

Self assess! Ask yourself a few questions: What appeals to me? Landscapes? Abstracts? Three-
dimensional? Colour? Texture? Traditional? Figurative? Modern? Functional? Do you want the
piece to blend in with your surroundings or do you want it to make a statement? A few ways
to determine what you like is by hitting a group show where there will be a multitude of styles.
Also attending an opening and meeting the artist is a great way to scope things out. And who
knows? You may end up with a glass of local wine and a few amuse bouches.


The investment! Art is an investment whether you buy from
a gallery or directly from the artist. Your decision should be
easy, the environment low-key. You can start with the Internet
— most galleries and artists have websites. Avoid high-pressure
sales, as you will probably end up with something you may not
want! The last thing an artist wants is for you not to be able to
appreciate the work. If you can pay for the piece up-front, great,
if not do not despair, most galleries have an installment plan. If
you are at an artist’s studio, speak with the artist; some kind of
arrangement might be able to be made. Haven’t found exactly
what you are looking for? Well, commissions are a good way to
get what you want. Albeit remember artists are artists and are
dictated by their creative juices. Have you checked out the walls
in your favourite restaurant (or library or hospital)? If there
is artwork up on the walls, it just might be for sale. Speak to
the maître d’.

The Price! About the price, do you want to haggle? Well,

take note: artists and galleries make their living by creating,
promoting, and selling art. It’s all part of the economy, the
creative economy. Local and regional art is truly reasonably
priced compared to the amount of time, effort, and energy
that goes into the final oeuvre; not to overlook the genius of
creativity, the years of training and the experience an artist
brings to the work. Would you be willing to “discount”
your salary?

Size matters! In this case, no it doesn’t. Don’t get bogged down

by the notion the piece must fit over the sofa or the mantle.
Enjoy the experience. If it is speaking to you, don’t get all

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Your masterpiece! Do
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just on gallery canvas,
which usually has
finished edges? Do you
have to hang it where
it needs to be kept out
of sunlight because it
will discolour? Some
media require that it be
protected under glass.
Make sure the piece is properly wired for hanging. And for
art such as sculpture, ask the artist on the best way to care
for your masterpiece. An original piece of art can bring you  EXLSQI
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The local art market is in your own backyard – go out and

explore it. Support of the local creative economy will benefit
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From Another Time

China teacups and saucers
Royal Albert, Wedgwood, and Waterford. During my
childhood, such names belonged to forbidden beauties kept
hidden away in a glass-fronted cupboard. I only knew them
then by their charming patterns, “the golden butterflies”, “the
pretty pink rosebuds”, “the silver trimmed trilliums” – they
were my mother’s teacups. With no two alike, my mother’s
collection had patterns to complement every whim of frivolous
femininity. Admittedly, my knowledge of fine china has not
improved since my childhood but as a young woman who sits
slightly to the right of modern, my inner traditionalist is still
fascinated with these dainty cups and their matching saucers.

These exquisite little cups

distinctly represent a “once-
upon-a-time”, when on special
occasions we set a proper table
with the “good dishes” or sat in
the “good living-room” when
company came to visit and
we painted walls beyond the
palette of desert taupe, vanilla
crème, and barely beige – a
time before our confinement to
neutral and practical.

Perhaps what I find so alluring

is the way one is inclined to hold these cups so delicately and
be mindful not to guzzle or that without the protective lid of
a to-go cup, it imposes upon one to be still. Or maybe it’s that
these cups hold secrets shared between friends when we once
shared conversation and not just our Twitter updates.

As formal is replaced with

functional and Mikasa replaced
with Ikea, what will happen to
all our mothers’ collections? Will
the next generation of women
give these teacups a home within
their own or will they banish
them to a box in the basement?

Arguably, they are a pain to

wash, they don’t hold enough
to drink, and who has time
for tea parties? Even so, I love
my mother’s teacups for their


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The County
– A Boston Qualifier

Tim Johnson has run every race.


erhaps it is that moment when James Hurst brings 300-plus come to fruition. Volunteers who have been there at the start line
full marathon runners up to the start line in Wellington. when the event went into play and there was nothing more to be
Or maybe it’s when the race is underway, the roads are done but watch it unfold as planned. Volunteers who are at the
closed, and hundreds of volunteers are, thanks to Christine finish line when the first, or maybe the last, runner crosses with
Henden, poised along the route to make sure every runner has a that million dollar smile. Volunteers who are at the post-event
great race. It’s certainly driven by the realization that, after a full wrap up where it really proves to be the case that what they give
year of careful planning, there is nothing more we can do – the in effort is more than returned in pure satisfaction: Yes! We did it
event is in play. again – we held a race that need not take a back seat
to any marathon in the world.
But maybe it’s when the first runner crosses the
finish line in front of the Crystal Palace in Picton Admittedly, it’s not quite as exhausting a process as it
when we know the race is a success. However, it’s once was. Prior to the first race in 2004, we had been
more likely to be when any number of happy runners meeting for nearly two years with a committee which
cross the line for the first time, or in the time they magically grew from two to 16 dedicated members.
were looking for to qualify for the Boston Marathon, Truly a regionally developed race, we had Jamie
or perhaps when we see someone finish who has Young driving in from Kingston, Sandy Musson
overcome incredible odds to run our race – blind, and Dennis Hills coming down from Trenton and
disabled, a cancer survivor; maybe that is when we Stirling, and Dr. Don and Carol Maybin trekking
realize it’s all been worth it. all the way from Colborne. Those were the days
when meetings stretched on for hours as we worked
Generally run on the first Sunday in October, the to create what we have today – a highly respected
sixth running of the County Marathon was confirmed set of three races – a Marathon, ½ Marathon, and
for October 4th, 2009, almost immediately after the Team Challenge; part of a Race Weekend which, in
fifth race had ended. Operating on a budget pushing six figures, 2008, was nominated by the Belleville Intelligencer as the largest
Lisa Lindsay and the organizing committee have a very long list of sporting event in the entire Quinte region.
scheduled decisions to make each year and they tend to start the
process virtually the day after the previous race – when feedback One of the earliest tasks was to set out a course. Laid out seven
begins to get analyzed and adjustments are considered for the years ago, a full year before our first race, we deliberately mapped
following year. out a route which would take runners from west to east with the
hope that the prevailing westerly would give runners a bit of a
This race would not happen without volunteers – volunteers who push and us an edge in the competitive marathon business, where
gave everything short of blood in those early years to see this event you need to attract runners to actually have a race. We looked for


a flat (because runners hate hills) but varied route where we tried runner feedback which often exclaims that we are the best
to fit in as many villages and lakes as we could to keep runners race they have ever run.
coming back. As a result, our race takes participants past three
lakes and down the main streets of Wellington, Bloomfield and, Because we are a significant race in the running world, we
finally, Picton, with a finish line as close to the Prince Edward are able to attract elite runners each year. Recent competitors
Memorial Hospital as we could possibly arrange within the have come here having won marathons in sub-2 hours and 20
confines of 42.2 kms (plus or minus mere centimeters). minute times (which is fast). But we also attract a great number
of first time marathon runners and runners frustrated with their
How accurate is our course? Accurate enough that if either a inability to qualify for Boston (which requires that you complete
male or female sets a national record it would likely be accepted. the race under specific cut-off times.) For example, to qualify as a
For example, we film the top male 40-year-old male you would have to
and female runners running the run the race in under about 3 hours
entire race as proof, if required, 17 minutes (which, for the average
that they didn’t cut any corners or guy, is also pretty fast!)
take shortcuts. However, accuracy
takes a back seat to diplomacy, Elite runners, first timers, and those
internationally. When asked wanting to qualify for Boston, come
whether a world record could be set to our race for a number of reasons.
here, our authority, Olympic level They cite many of the attributes
Coach and Board member Peter we built in to the design of our
Pimm, was not quite as optimistic route but also mention our water
that we would survive that level stations, which are situated every
of scrutiny. 2 km (whereas many races set them
5 km apart), incredible community
But perhaps it isn’t all about accuracy. What is important support and, recently, we have been hearing about how safe they
is that our race can hold its own when compared to any feel on our course.
marathon in the world. Larger than the Prince Edward Island
Marathon (where $60,000 of government money is funneled And safe is how we like to have it – where finishing at a hospital
into the event every year) our volunteer-driven event offers the is not an accident but a strategic choice. In a sport which claims
same or better services as races held in Vancouver, Toronto, fatalities every year, we have maintained a perfect record although
Dublin, or Barcelona. This belief is underscored through one year it was close. In 2006, we had a runner finish in very


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serious condition. Our expert finish line reception, staffed by
serious runners and nursing students from Loyalist College,
rushed the man through to our triage team lead by Dr. Hayward
Stewart and Dr. Blanchard who worked to stabilize the patient
and then rushed him immediately to the hospital. It was only
later on we learned saving his life had come down to a matter of
minutes. Other races, where finish lines are 20-30 minutes from
the closest hospital have not been so lucky. Reason enough why
this year the committee, which each year assumes responsibility
for the lives of around 1000 runners for five to six hours, is
now dedicated to supporting the continued operation of the
Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital as a full-fledged
healthcare facility.

However, along with the finish line area, we believe we operate

a safe race from end to end. When our race is on, the number
of available ambulances in the County is doubled. On race
day, OPP staff and auxiliary are brought in from across central
and eastern Ontario to provide a 20-plus contingent of trained
professionals committed to a race that’s safe for runners but also
for motorists and pedestrians. We have been very fortunate with
the degree of dedication the Prince Edward County detachment
has given to supporting the event first with Bob Chapman
and now with Pete Donahue and retired officer Art Wiersma
in charge.

I know I speak for our dedicated committee when I say we

could not do the event without the broad base of support the
community gives us each year. Without the resources and some Take Advantage of your Home
truly dedicated County staff, it truly wouldn’t be the same race –
the one race that keeps runners coming back year after year. Renovation Tax Credit.
One impact of the largest sporting event in the Quinte region is
an annual infusion of over $200,000 in sales for local businesses.
There is increased participation by local runners from the first
year at about 5% to this past year where over 20% of the runners
are coming from the Quinte region. But also, and not to be
forgotten, is that first time visit to our beautiful part of Canada
to attend a world class event and then to discover all the other
reasons we offer for participants to return year after year.

Mark Henry, Race Director and

partner Lynne Ellis (who is chair of
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at Wilkinson and Company; Stephen
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unning the waterfront trail along the bay in Belleville, I when you leave a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove,
stopped briefly to take in the view. My eyes were drawn pull on your favourite wool sweater and ready yourself for an
to the new colours emerging on the leaves of the large afternoon hike, excitedly anticipating the colourful changing
oak trees, which then drew my gaze to the sun and the scenery. Upon stepping out you breathe deeply, enjoying the
reflection it created off the harbour, which finally drew my gaze to crisp feel of the air particular to this time of year; that sweet
the Bay Bridge, the conduit that connects Quinte to the County. smell of rain still trapped within the pile of leaves on the ground.
Many boats were out on the bay this day, taking advantage of Time appears to slow as you enjoy an afternoon taking in nature
these last few days of summer. This reminded me that fall, my busying itself with winter preparations: nuts littering the ground,
favourite time of year, is on the way. squirrels and birds building a cache of supplies, trees changing
their foliage to rich orange, copper, gold, and glowing shades of
Many years ago, I moved out to British Columbia where I lived on rust — autumn’s splendour.
the coast for 14 years. It is a beautiful part of our country, the ocean
is awe-inspiring, the mountains overwhelming and the people are Returning home, you enjoy your well-deserved harvest supper.
generously friendly. All that was missing for me was the change of Afterwards, you help yourself to a hot cup of cider, grab your
seasons. Typically, it felt like spring all year round. When planning book, and settle in by the fire for a night of cozy reading. My
a visit “home” to Ontario, I generally booked a flight at the end of great aunt Emma used to request I read to her when her eyes
summer so I could catch some of the brilliant fall weather. began to fail. Each time I visited her, school books from her days
at the Plainfield single room schoolhouse would be out. One of
During one of my visits home, I met for lunch with an art teacher the books stood out as special, worn, and well-used. It was the
of mine that I had managed to keep in touch with over the years. Ontario Readers Second Book in which she would request I turn
He asked me what I missed about Ontario and I told him fall. I to the poem September by Helen Hunt Jackson. Although she
missed the beautiful change in colour that Ontario experiences, could still recite this poem word-for-word all these many years
the cool crisp air, and walking in the countryside crunching fall later, she enjoyed hearing it aloud. I would start with the first line
leaves underfoot. Shortly after my return to B.C., I received a “The golden-rod is yellow”, and she would join in for the rest.
package in the mail from this teacher. It was full of colourful
dry fall leaves which I immediately took outside, dispersed on This stanza was most treasured:
the ground and proceeded to step on one-by-one enjoying that By all these lovely tokens
familiar missed crunching sound. September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
A few years ago, I returned to make Ontario my home again. And autumn’s best of cheer.
Each year since my return, during the end of summer and Take comfort in this fall.
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In the early 1980s, Gilbert and I were
drawn to the County by its beauty
and the sand dunes at Sandbanks.
We were living outside of Ottawa and

were looking for a place to vacation
where we could bring our dogs. I was
brought up in Trenton so knew about
the Sandbanks. We rented a cottage
in Waupoos, next to a property that
was for sale. It comprised 98 acres, an
8-bedroom farmhouse and 5 waterside

Canada’s First cottages. Gilbert commented that, if we

had been closer to retirement, he would
buy the property and plant vines on

Off Grid Winery the south-facing slope. Today, Waupoos

Winery is just two properties away.

The six solar panels produce

1.02 kW per hour of light.


Geothermal is used to
cool the barrel vault.

s we approached retirement, we knew we still felt young Our resident red tail hawks still soar over the vineyard and have
enough to want to have a second career. Growing grapes kept an eye on the construction of the winery that bears their
and making wine were at the top of our list of potential name, confident that there will be minimal negative effects on
ventures so we decided to investigate the possibilities. their environment from this new building.
On a trip back from Niagara we stopped in Prince Edward
County and found that this area held potential. Following a At first we thought we would buy and renovate an old barn. But
seminar sponsored by the PEC Economic Development office, instead, constructing a new building for the winery ensured
we scouted out properties with a very knowledgeable real estate that our facility would be hygienic. The Production Room
agent – she had made herself aware of which were the best grape- is steel on four walls and on the ceiling. No mold or mildew
growing properties. During that visit we identified, and soon will grow here and, since all electrical cables are waterproof,
purchased, the property where, today, our home, our vines, and the entire room can be spray-washed if necessary. It also gives
our winery are. us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint. Redtail
Vineyard’s winery is able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
We started as growers but soon found that it would be more by over 55 kilograms per year.
interesting, and better financially, if we were to also make and
sell our own wine. The decision to build a winery was made. In order to preserve the “heritage” image of our building, we
The first person to come to the site was from Hydro One. When chose the look of a little barn with board and batten siding, red
we found out from him the options to provide power to the site steel roof and a functioning cupola above the production room.
(including running a line down the other side of the street and Our Tasting Room is like a country store. Throughout the
cutting down all the trees) and the costs, I said “We might as construction period, Ducon Contractors of Trenton provided
well go off-grid” and he said “Why don’t you?” Thus began the valuable advice and exceptional workmanship. Both the cupola
planning for what would become Canada’s only off-grid winery; a and tasting bar were handcrafted.
winery that would harness a renewable energy source, the sun.
A few years ago we attended a presentation on energy
While our house was being constructed, we would visit the site independence and contacted the company responsible. Steven
every two or three weeks. Almost every visit there would be this Eng of Enviro-Energy Technologies, a former employee of
magnificent red tail hawk perched on the telephone pole at the NASA in the space program, met with us to determine our
curve in the road. We were looking for a name for the vineyard needs. At that first meeting we outlined our load requirements
so it soon became evident that it should be Redtail Vineyard. but instead of just selling us a larger than necessary system,
Following the planting of our first acre, while we toasted the Steve helped us identify ways we could use less energy. For
vines, two red tails gave us a spectacular aerial demonstration. instance, all lighting is fluorescent or compact fluorescent, and all
That was an omen. fans and motors are equipped with Variable Frequency Devices.


The latter means that once a motor or fan has been started, its
power consumption drops to less than 25%. As a result, our energy
requirements, if every electrically driven device was in operation,
would be just under 1 kW/hr and we could run for three days
without bright sunlight. But since different pumps and motors are
used at different times, our average use is much less and, more
realistically, we could run for five to seven days. Also, given the
nature of our business, we could choose a sunny day to perform
tasks that need more energy.

Our solar array of six panels, at 170 watts each, produces 1.02 kW
per hour of light. Energy in excess of our usage is stored in eight
flooded lead acid batteries which can hold 11 kW/hr of storage. A
240-volt inverter converts the direct current energy to alternating
current. Only minimal maintenance of the system is required.
In the batteries, the acid level and its specific gravity are checked
periodically and, in winter, it is sometimes necessary to brush snow
off the panels (one reason why they were placed on a structure on
the ground instead of on the roof).

Hot water for the winery is provided by an on-demand propane

water heater and the heat portion of the furnace is also propane.
The electrical requirements of these two appliances as well as all
pumps, motors, and lighting are satisfied by the solar system.

The only piece of equipment in the winery which does not run
on solar power is the chiller which has a refrigeration capacity
of 24,400 BTU/hr. At the time of harvest, to extract colour and
flavour, the Pinot Gris must stay on the skins for 72 hours and the
Pinot Noir for a week to ten days without fermentation starting.
Our production room is cooled to 6°C by a 30 kW generator. This
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damaged. A device on the solar system will automatically start the generator at
46 volts to top up the batteries.

At Redtail Vineyard we are trying to produce wines that are the best expression
of our terroir, while doing all we can to preserve the environment.

When we say we “hand craft” our wine, we mean it. In both the vineyard and
the winery we follow organic practices and we have an approved Environmental
Farm Plan. A mixture of sulphur and copper is sprayed to prevent mildew, an
old fashioned shaving soap is shaved and mixed in the spray solution to kill leaf
hoppers and weeding is done by hand around the vines and with the tractor
elsewhere. Birds are often found nesting between the vines or in the canopy.
Only small amounts of sulphur are used in the winery to stabilize the wine.

There is minimal automation in the wine making and bottling process. We use
a hand cranked crusher/destemmer, not just to save energy, but also because it
is gentler on the fruit. We press with a ratchet press and our bottles are filled by
gravity. However, the pump used to fill the bottler runs from the solar system.
In the packaging area, labels are applied with a hand-cranked machine, the only
electrical component being the machine used to apply the tin capsules. Parallel
Electric of Belleville took on their first off-grid electrical project and was able to
accommodate the capsuler which was only available in 240-volt.

We have also focused on minimizing non-reusable or renewable packaging. We use

natural corks; our 1- and 2-bottle bags are kraft paper bearing a rubber-stamped
image of our logo and address; for six bottles, we have a reusable bottle bag.

Once the decision to go solar was made, Ernie Margetson, our planner and
engineer, adapted the plans for the building to include greater insulation
(6” walls full of spray-foam insulation), and argon filled windows. Ernie, who
was responsible for the design of other wineries in the County, included

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down to bedrock, the walls are concrete with exterior insulation
and that portion of the building is buried nearly to the roof
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50 feet of pipes run underground at a depth of four feet where
the earth’s temperature maintains a uniform 10-15°C year- focused on
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when we need to alter the temperature. This system maintains clients’ brands
a steady temperature in the vault which ensures the safety of
the wine.
from where
they are…
One day, shortly after we opened, I was in the house and
Gilbert was in the winery. A thunderstorm had caused a power to where
failure and the back-up generator at the house had automatically they ought
started. A call to the winery revealed this fact to Gilbert and
his comment was “No, the generator isn’t running” (meaning to be.
the one at the winery) “A power failure, I would never have
known since all the lights are on here”. With electricity, heat, scoutdesign.ca
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our neighbours would come in case of an emergency.

Last year, on the evening of Earth Hour, we had friends tasting

in the winery and the idea to turn the lights ON for the
celebration of future Earth Hours was born.

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holds a Viticulture and Oenology Certificate from
Guelph University. Both are retired federal civil
servants having met when they both worked for
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People choose to buy new homes for a variety of reasons.
Some of Quinte region’s most innovative builders have
created outstanding developments, highlighting major
features that new home buyers are seeking.

Three particularly unique projects are: St. James By-The-Bay

in Belleville, by Boyd Kalnay; Mill Pond Woods in Brighton,
by Gordon Tobey Developments; and Kingfisher Cove and
Prince Edward Estates at Young Cove by Brauer Homes.

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luxurious Tall Pine model home is an outstanding example
of intelligent environmental design. Company spokesman
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ensure they’re successful before installing them in our homes.”
today’s new
home Buyer Every Toby home is built to R-2000 certified standards, which
exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements. R-2000
is performance-based, setting high standards for energy
efficiency, indoor air quality and the use of environmentally
responsible products and materials. These homes typically
require 50 percent less energy to operate due to features such
as high efficiency heating systems, additional insulation, and
high tech windows. A “whole house” ventilation system further
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Air quality is additionally of all these efficiencies
enhanced through the use is an annual energy cost that’s
of water-based varnishes, approximately 65% less than a
low emission materials in similarly sized conventionally
flooring, cabinetry, paints, and built OBC home.
non-solvent based adhesives
and finishes. When the Tall Pine was built
in 2006, annual energy costs
The Tall Pine model goes even for the 2,289 square foot home
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Home Elevators prove popular issues, they can custom design all three floors to suit their
with Retirees lifestyle. Some opt for a larger main bedroom on the second
floor instead of the first, freeing up more entertaining and
St. James By-The-Bay was conceived as an active adult lifestyle living space on the main floor. Many fully utilize their
waterfront community. Owners enjoy incredible views of basements, installing craft, games or exercise rooms as well
the Bay of Quinte, well thought out architectural designs, as home workshops.
beautiful gardens, and a welcoming atmosphere... plus all
the benefits of a maintenance-free lifestyle. More than just people-movers, elevators come in handy for
other purposes. Take, for example, moving- in day when they
Like many retirees and soon-to-retire baby boomers, are useful for transporting heavy furniture and boxes upstairs
prospective buyers at St. James By-The-Bay like to plan for and down. Some owners have moved their laundry back to
the future and they appreciate the option of having an the basement, close to the elevator, making it very easy to
elevator installed in their new home. In fact, five of the first carry clothes from bedroom to laundry. And transporting
15 Courtyard location home owners have opted to install an heavy luggage is much easier in the elevator than lugging it
elevator, with a sixth home expected to be retrofitted with up or down a flight of stairs.
an elevator shortly.
One homeowner was very glad that she had an elevator
“When we were first asked about the possibility of installing installed when a health issue arose. A hip replacement
an elevator in our custom homes, we had a bit of a required the use of a wheelchair for a few weeks but having
learning curve to find out the best elevator to use, and the the elevator, which is wheelchair accessible, allowed her to
requirements for installing it,” says Boyd Kalnay, developer still use all floors in the home.
of the community. “It was a great investment for the owner
of the home, and immediately proved to be a popular idea Many people who are exploring the idea of incorporating an
for the next few buyers, who saw it and wanted to have one elevator into their home are pleased by its appearance and
for themselves.” minimal space requirements. The elevator looks just like
a closet and comes in different sizes. The smallest size can
An elevator allows the homeowner to enjoy the ambiance accommodate three people or up to 750 lbs. The elevators
and advantages of multi-story living, including some energy also offer tremendous design flexibility, such as choice of
and building cost efficiencies, while providing easy access entry or exit from three different directions on each landing.
to all areas of their home. Because the owner does not have The finishes can be customized, including wood panelled
to be concerned about possible future health or mobility interior walls, halogen pot lights, and hardwood floors.


And, of course, the entry door can match any interior door is an eco-sensitive community of bungalows and two-story
in the home. freehold homes located on Lake Ontario’s Weller’s Bay.
Naturalized walking trails meander through both projects
Like an office elevator, there are buttons to push for each and connect to Canada’s Millennium Trail.
floor, which is a huge hit with visiting grandchildren. And
in case you are wondering, the ride is very quiet and not too The Young Cove community will be truly unique, with six
fast. It’s an interesting experience the first time you venture distinct neighbourhoods, a proposed commercial/retail
into one. village plus a planned inn and spa and a resident boutique
winery. Other retail boutiques, professional services,
Pre-construction, homeowners can plan ahead for a future and an interactive nature-history centre are also on the
elevator retrofit by having the floor joists precut and the drawing board. Residents will be able to walk to the village
elevator shaft built, and use the area as a closet space, thereby and vineyards will be at its hub, with the first crop due
reducing disruption to flooring, wall coverings, and ceiling next season.
finishes if they actually do have the elevator installed.

What started as a good idea for one homeowner at St. James

By-The-Bay almost five years ago has subsequently proven to
be a wise investment and popular decision with many others.
As baby boomers continue to access retirement options,
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Waterfront conservation and

walking trails
Two new and sparkling waterfront communities are
Kingfisher Cove just off Wooler Road and Prince Edward
Estates at Young Cove near Carrying Place, both from
Brauer Homes. The first sits on the western shores of the
Bay of Quinte. It offers luxury condo townhouse living and
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plan at Young Cove retains its close
affinity to nature and the classic
character and ambiance of rural
French vineyard villages. “Keeping
it green and natural is key,” says Mr.
Jones. “Tens of thousands of native
species trees have been planted. A
200-acre forest has been preserved
to ensure that the flora and fauna
are not disrupted.”

Working with local conservation

authorities, Jones has ensured that
the area’s kingfishers, great blue
herons, ducks, fish and other water
species remain along the 7,000 feet
of protected shoreline. Dunes and
beaches will not be eroded by jet
skis and motorboats– instead self-
propelled watercraft, like canoes,
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Helm of Annie Falconer

he Bay of Quinte region was one of the first settled areas of Upper Canada with
the arrival of the first wave of refugees from the American Revolution and the
United Empire Loyalists. They received land grants from the British Crown in
Prince Edward and Hastings counties as early as 1784. It’s interesting to note
that the names on many mailboxes along our country roads today are the same names
as the earliest Loyalist refugees.

Due mainly to geographic reasons, the region didn’t undergo much growth and
development, and it didn’t come to suffer the casualties of “progress” as did the high
growth areas of our province. Consequently, and fortunately, this has allowed Prince
Edward County the distinction of having one of the largest inventories of early and
mid-19th century architecture to be found in North America. Also true is that it
has always been a quietly prosperous place for a sizeable group of people who, with
enterprise and hard work, attained a comfortable level of wealth and could acquire
the trappings of success. So it’s understandable that this area has been a treasure trove
of antiques, in particular Canadiana, dating from the pioneering period and early
settlement through the Victorian era and on into the 20th century. Great finds continue
to turn up in this region.

Certainly there were people collecting prior to our Centennial, and reference books
like In a Canadian Attic by Gerald Stevens inspired us back then but a groundswell
of interest and desire, spurred by a deep sense of nostalgia, began to emerge in our
culture, seemingly en masse, as we approached our nation’s Centennial in 1967. This
continued with a passion by the baby boom generation for the next three decades.
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We enjoyed driving in the country to find witty, entertaining style made attending an
7//$s'!3s#/2. antiques. We attended farmstead auctions in auction much fun and you were quickly made to
A COMPLETE LINE the pouring rain, we hunted through shops and feel part of the community. They simply asked
OF ACCESSORIES flea markets to find the furniture, the household for your name to record the sale when you won
furnishings, cookware, quilts, coverlets, rugs, the bid on an item, and they never forgot your
tools, glass, china, pottery, stoneware, tole ware, name after that.
and decorative arts, that we desired to possess,
for it connected us with our past, our heritage. A good country estate auction could attract
As one long-time collector put it, “these things hundreds of people. It seemed that everyone there
spoke to us”. was taking in the same sense of fun, adventure,
and anticipation as they rooted through the
Pickers, dealers, and collectors were going door- possessions of a fourth or fifth generation
to-door in the countryside hunting down the family farm estate. These auctions were more
cupboards, chests, tables, and folk art that had than opportunities to acquire something. There
often been relegated to the attic, the barn, a shed, was camaraderie, as auctions were social and
or even the chicken coop. One picker from those memorable happenings. Gathered together
days told of how he would pull into a farmstead were so many like-minded people, who shared
to buy one load of antiques, and before he got his an appreciation for the beauty they saw in the
truck loaded, a neighbouring farmer would run old objects that our predecessors had made and
up to invite him to come over to see what he had used. Bidding could get very competitive, and
to sell in his barn. He said he earned a reputation many serious rivalries were forged, but many
for paying fairly and the word spread, and he was good friendships as well.
able to go from farm to farm and buy load after
load of really great stuff. That picker is auctioneer That was how it was in the golden age of collecting
Tim Potter, who has been handling the sales and dealing in antiques in rural Ontario. Most
of some of the most important collections of shops were owned by collectors who turned
Canadiana antiques that have come up for their hobby into a business (mostly in order to
124 Main St. Picton auction in recent years. Sullivan is another well- support their hobby), and seldom relied on the
known name in the auction business. Father Bob profit from selling antiques as their soul source
(613) 476-9259 (now passed on) and son Boyd, have handled the of income. It was antiques for fun and profit with
0%,,%4s%,%#42)# sale of many farm and estate auctions. Their the emphasis on fun. Yet there was money to be


made if you were savvy. The really good antiques and folk art pieces
of this area would often trade hands several times amongst dealers
until they eventually found their way as expensive additions to the
collection of some well-heeled collector. There was a collecting
craze for almost anything old and interesting, and it was popular
to furnish and decorate homes with the old pine pieces and the
Victoriana found when out “antiquing”.

Times have changed. Today, the really good antiques, which are
rare, still sell well and command high prices, but almost everything
else in the antiques business has gone in another direction. The
main reason is that the ageing baby boom generation, which created
such a great demand for anything antique over the last 30 years,
isn’t collecting like they were before. Now they are downsizing and
getting rid of their stuff, and boy do they have a lot of stuff! It has
become a buyer’s market for a lot of antiques, especially Victorian
furniture. Now is a good time to start collecting antiques, with
bargains to be found!

A survey of some of the antique shops in the Quinte area gives

insight into how dealers have been coping with the changing
market place. Kevin Baskur of Chatsworth Antiques in Picton
has a shop that carries decorative items from the Art Deco,
Art Nouveau, and Arts-and-Crafts period. He has noticed that
customers are choosing quality over quantity. They seek out the
best items on the display table, and focus on items of decorative
value, rather than a label. He says prices have declined on many
things, however, the truly unique, quality pieces still hold their
price. He observes that a younger audience is showing up amongst
the customer traffic in his shop.

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Brambles Antiques several dealers offering a wide range of antiques and collectibles.
Proprietors Bruce and Cheryl Cotton have been in the antiques
business long enough to have seen the changes that have occurred.
Bruce notes that the Internet has given people greater access to
information about antiques and their value, and that the business
is also influenced by decorating magazines and the popularity of
“Antiques Roadshow” and the decorating channel. These are all
good for business. He has seen a growing popularity for items
from the 50s and 60s, but there are no strong areas of collecting
as there was before. Traffic through the shop has been good and
quality things in any category are selling.

You will find that an antique shop very much reflects the
style, taste, personal preferences, and even the passions of its
proprietor. When you enter Boretski’s Antiques and Art in
downtown Belleville, there is no mistaking that the proprietor
Marina Boretski likes vintage apparel and costume jewellery.
Since opening, Marina and her husband Tom have focused on
refinished antique furniture, collectibles, and art. But that aspect
of the business has felt the effects of the changing market and
Marina began to introduce more hats, clothes, and accessories.
She soon realized that she had struck a chord with her customers
and has found her niche. They range from young girls to mature
woman, and they come in often in groups of 2 or more to try on
garments and put together an outfit for an evening out. Women
love the unique look and the lasting quality. They also buy vintage
garments to put on display as decor. “I never thought I could take
my own interest in vintage apparel and turn it into a successful
business. I love the interaction with our customers. It’s really a
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ladies will want to have fun dressing up in the style of that era.

Cindy MacCool and her husband Colim represent the younger generation that has
started an antique business. Their shop, housed in a barn on the road to West Lake
and Sandbanks, seems to have a constant line up of cars whenever you drive by. “We
have been amazingly busy this summer.” says Cindy. “Our customers are all over the
map, with local people and tourists shopping here. We have many 30- to 40-year-olds
who like retro furniture. They like our price point and know it’s good value.” Cindy says
heavy dark furniture is not as popular and that people are not into “matchy-matchy”
decorating but like an eclectic mix. “They are putting Herman Miller Chairs with a
pine harvest table for example.” We are selling a lot of teak, painted, and raw wood
furniture, and also industrial style metal items to use as desks and shelving.” Cindy’s
sense of style and her retail savvy have resulted in a well-beaten path to her barn.

It’s clear that the generation of consumers now furnishing their homes, is not as
interested in the antiques and things that their boomer generation parents are. They
don’t have a nostalgic connection to the same era. They want to connect with things
of the mid-twentieth century into the seventies. It’s the furniture and collectibles from
that era that “speaks to them”. The market place is made up of all sorts of people with
a variety of tastes and preferences, and it remains a challenge for antique dealers to
find the right merchandise mix and to market it in a way that speaks to their clientele.
I would concur with the observations made by shop owners surveyed. The business has
changed. We are in a different era of antiques collecting, a post- baby boom era, and
people are being more practical in their decision-making about their purchases. I think
that bodes well for the future of the business.
Mike Malachowski resides in Prince Edward County and is the proprietor
of Funk & Gruven A-Z in downtown Belleville, where he sells an eclectic
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6 tomatoes
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4 large potatoes
1 or 2 chili peppers
2 little boxes of filaments of saffron
salt and pepper

The day before (or three hours in advance, if you are in a hurry) cut the chicken into small pieces,
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33 Tips For a
Healthy Home


When we are truly interested in creating a 1.Check your shingles for signs of 10. M
 ount carbon monoxide
sustainable and healthy future for ourselves wear and look for water damage detectors at knee height to
and generations to come, we need to be in your attic. Water leaking detect leaks from your gas or
prepared to rethink all the things about through the roof can cause oil furnace or ill-maintained
our current way of living that we have been serious mold growth. appliances.
taking for granted and reframe them in the
context of what is good for both people and 2. H
 omes built before 1960 11. Use dehumidifiers in summer
the planet. This includes what kind of home were often painted with lead to prevent mold and mildew
we live in and how we live in it. paint which can be found in growth in fabrics and
household dust. Remove a paint furnishings.
Our home is our personal environment and chip to have it tested. If you have
it impacts on all of us directly every day. We lead, keep your home dust-free 12. Formaldehyde, a carcinogen,
spend more time at home than anywhere to protect against lead poisoning is found in many products,
else on the planet yet most of us are unaware and hire an experienced including the adhesives used in
indoor pollution has become part of the contractor to sand or remove plywood manufacturing. Avoid it
typical “modern” household. Many Canadian wall and ceiling materials by buying furniture made of low-
homes have worse indoor air quality than a contaminated with lead. emission or solid wood materials.
bad pollution day in Toronto largely because
of the toxins that we have unconsciously 3. Replace blinds with washable 13. Choose natural materials, such
allowed into our homes. drapes and you’ll have a window as solid wood, bamboo or cork
covering that’s friendlier to those for flooring; where flooring is
The Green Planet Foundation is one with dust allergies. adhered to the subfloor, choose
organization that is helping people create low-emission adhesives. Avoid
healthier homes. It receives calls for eco 4. Air out your dry cleaning or vinyl floor and wall coverings
and healthy home consulting every week choose a company that doesn’t – these products, and the
and without fail when their eco consultant use perchloroethylene, or ‘perc’, adhesives used with them, can
provides a report on the health and a dry-cleaning solvent that’s a emit carcinogens such as vinyl
sustainability of someone’s home they are probable carcinogen. chloride and polyvinyl chloride.
usually shocked to find out that they have
been slowly poisoning themselves and their 5. Use an exhaust fan to expel 14. Wear a dust mask and use
families simply by bringing home products moisture and gases from a dust collection system,
that have high levels of ingredients that are cooking that can build up and including an ambient air
toxic to human beings. support mold growth, causing filter, in your workshop. Some
or irritating allergies and sawdust is carcinogenic and can
GPF’s Eco Home Consultant Peter Ross sums respiratory conditions. irritate respiratory conditions.
it up this way, “Today homes are often shut
up tight and built with the wrong materials 6. Brush pets outdoors often, wash 15. Cover the soil in an unfinished,
which aggravates indoor air quality issues. their bedding and vacuum your dirt-floor basement with six-mil
We can make this problem better or worse home regularly to control hair. polyethylene to prevent moisture
depending on how we finish our homes and from seeping into the house.
what we use to maintain them”. 7. Soil in urban areas can be
contaminated with lead from 16. I nstall a 0.3 micron or smaller
Here are some tips to help you make your emissions of leaded gasoline. air filter in your forced air
home a more healthy environment for you Have your soil tested, and system to stop the circulation of
and your family: replaced, if necessary. dust and other particles through
your home.
8. Keep your basement dry and
mold-free by ensuring gutters 17. C
 heck your plumbing for lead
and downspouts aren’t blocked, pipes or soldering. If it’s lead,
and that they direct water away get your tap water tested for lead
from the home. content; you may have to replace
some of your plumbing.
9. Use a vacuum equipped with
a HEPA filter to pick up fine 18. Air fresheners simply mask
particles that could irritate odours, and some contain
asthma and other respiratory pollutants such as formaldehyde.
ailments. Deal with the source of the
odour or use natural materials,
such as cedar balls.


19. Remove carpet from bathrooms and 25. Install a motion-sensor faucet in 30. Take expired compact fluorescent
basements – mold often grows in your bathroom to curtail germ light bulbs to a recycling facility
high-humidity areas. transmission and conserve water. or drop-off. These should not be
put in the trash since they contain
20. Use a cedar chest and lavender paper 26. Smoking indoors is harmful to small amounts of mercury. Also
to deter moths from devouring off- everyone’s health; smoke can trigger consider buying high-efficiency
season clothes. Moth balls contain or aggravate asthma, and smoke LED bulbs for accent lighting.
naphthalene, a harmful toxin that and tar linger on surfaces.
may cause cataracts and cancer. 31. Have your chimneys inspected
27. Check electrical outlets: low-level every fall and cleaned as necessary
21. Dust mites and their droppings are outlets should have safety plugs to remove combustible debris
a common allergen. Thwart them by installed to protect children; power and creosote build-up from wood-
keeping humidity below 45 per cent. outdoors and in washrooms should burning stove and fireplace pipes
Use pillow cases and mattress covers come from ground fault circuit and chimneys.
and wash bedding and pillows interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which
regularly in hot water and dry on protect you from electric shock. 32. A
 void products that use
high heat. Avoid decorating your antibacterial chemicals such
bed with throw pillows. 28. R adon, a naturally occurring as triclosan; these can create
radioactive gas, can seep into your antibiotic-resistant bacteria and do
22. T
 o keep humidity down, turn on the home from sediment, rock or water. not protect against viruses. Health
bathroom fan when you turn on the It can cause lung cancer, so have a Canada recommends regular soap
shower and leave it running for 10 to home inspector periodically test for and water as the best way to clean.
15 minutes afterward. radon.
33. Avoid burning incense and
23. Clean or replace filters in portable 29. Choose low- or no-VOC (volatile candles indoors; the by-products
air conditioners and humidifiers organic compound) paint. These of combustion include carbon
regularly to prevent mold growth. potentially carcinogenic and monoxide, VOCs, polycyclic
neurotoxic chemicals are also aromatic hydrocarbons and soot,
24. Use mild cleaners, as those released by adhesives, paint all of which can irritate or even
containing harsh chemicals can thinners, nail polish and other cause respiratory conditions.
trigger asthma attacks. materials.

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ph Balancing
What does THAT have
to do with my health?
Some of you may have read the title and remembered pH as So what can you do to find out what your pH level is? And more
something that you learned in high school chemistry. Or if you have importantly, what can you do to bring your body back into
a pool, you know that the pH level of the water is very important balance?
in keeping the water at optimal clarity. So what does pH balancing
have to do with your health? The answer: A LOT! pH test strips are available at your local drug store and that
can be a starting point for you. The optimal 1st morning pH
More and more research is pointing to high acidity in the body is 7.0 for both saliva and urine. The optimal range of blood
as one of the root causes for diseases such as osteoporosis, pH is 7.3-7.4 which can be determined by a blood test. (Living
fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune Healthier…Maintaining your pH Balance, Dr. John Bradley
dysfunction and irritable bowel to name a few. It can also affect Soliven-Llaguno).
your sleep, your energy level and proper weight maintenance. Have
I got your attention yet? To bring your body back into balance, have a very close look at
your diet. “In general, animal foods – meat, eggs, dairy- processed
In my previous articles, I’ve tried to get across the and refined foods, yeast products, fermented
point that we literally are “what we eat”. We’ve foods, grains, artificial sweeteners, fruit and
discussed the ideas of eating as close to the source sugars are acidifying, as are alcohol, coffee,
as possible ie. choose an apple over apple juice, of chocolate, black tea, and sodas. Vegetables, on
steering clear of processed foods and additives, the other hand, are alkalizing. That includes a
and being totally responsible for what crosses your few that are technically fruits: avocado, tomato,
lips. In other words, taking responsibility for your and bell pepper.” (The pH Miracle, Robert O.
own health. If you have adopted some of these Young, Ph.D and Shelley Redford Young) Now
past suggestions, you may already be feeling the this is not to say that you cannot or should not
benefits of increased energy, better sleep, and consume foods that are acidifying. Remember,
possible weight loss. we are trying to achieve a state of balance. You
are looking to make food choices that bring
Let’s take a brief look at how the pH level of your your body back (if it’s not already there) to
body can affect your health. Our bodies contain a more base position.
great amounts of fluid inside and outside of the
cells. Remember that our bodies are made up of approximately There are also supplements that can aid in your quest to bring
70% water! It’s here in the body’s fluids that acidity and alkalinity your body back into equilibrium. Items such as liquid chlorophyll,
are kept in check. Our bodies perform amazing functions every day liquid calcium, magnesium, and some type of high-quality
without our help – our hearts beat, our lungs pump vital oxygen “green” product may be appropriate. Make sure that you talk to
to our cells, and our digestive system deciphers the nutritional a healthcare specialist when supplementing and use only high-
value of the food we eat and eliminates the waste. When the body quality products from a respected company.
becomes too acidic, it will try to adjust the pH level of our body
(blood, urine, saliva) by using “buffers”. Buffers can be in the form One of the simplest things you can do to begin on your path to
of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is drawn out of the bones and optimal health is to feed your body the proper nutrients that it
magnesium is taken from the cells and the cardiovascular system needs to perform the millions of functions it does everyday. Get
(Sunshine Today, March/April 2009). According to nutrition back to basics – load up your plates with fresh vegetables, drink
researcher, Brad King, “…even if you consume copious amounts plenty of water, choose lean proteins and get up off that couch!
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The Ontario Government thinks Industrial Wind Energy Wind turbine companies compare turbine sound to a
Production Facilities 550 meters from your home is just “whispering voice… masked by the sound of rustling leaves
fine. We disagree. Other countries put them 1.5-2km from in nearby trees and shrubs” (CANWEA). Residents of Wolfe
neighbouring properties. Why can’t we? Island describe it as the “sound of an overhead airplane that
never lands.” Who do you believe?
George Smitherman, Ontario’s Minister for Energy and
Infrastructure, and voted “Mr. Wind” by the World Wind Write your MPP and your MP and make your views known.
Energy Association, thinks scenes like these will increase More than 1000 business and property owners in Prince
property values and boost tourism. Do you think so? Edward County have signed a petition to the Legislature,
asking them to protect our health and our community.
The County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy
(CCSAGE) has asked the Ontario Government to develop Safe To find out more, visit www.ccsage.ca or call
and Appropriate Green Energy Standards (SAGES). They have 1.888.763.SAGE. To support safe and appropriate green
not responded. energy, please download and sign the petition, and send
your cheque to APPEC LEGAL FUND at
99 Ontarians who live close to wind turbine projects now PO Box 6086, Picton, ON K0K 2T0.
have confirmed health issues related to the turbines. Some
have had their homes bought by the turbine companies and LOOK LISTEN ACT
been compensated, but only if they agree to sign a contract
promising to be silent and not disclose their illness. We think
the government should care about these people, make this
information public and prevent this situation from happening
to others. Don’t you?

Ontario’s Liberal Government heavily subsidizes industrial wind

energy companies with taxpayer dollars so that they can make
a profit by making our communities look like the scene in the
picture below.

Wolfe Island, Ontario 2009


Boulter built an experimental factory in 1879 on his farm
next to the current Sophiasburg school. Most of the farm
buildings were lost in a fire but the barn still remains. In its
west wall, his initials “W.B.” can still be seen.


Group of Seven Artists involved in label design
In the first decades of the 20th century, temperamental despots who jealously annual incomes of only a few hundred
the predominant industry in the Quinte guarded their recipes to maintain their dollars.
region was canning. high pay and positions of power. There
were frequent factory fires. Boulter’s Area canners knew that the labels that
Beginning with the factory built by Picton plant burned to the ground in appeared on their cans were critical
Wellington Boulter on the corner of 1885. Exploding cans, botulism, and to the sale of their products. Since
Spring Street and West Mary St. in lead poisoning from the reaction of illiteracy was widespread in the 1880s
Picton in 1882 – the first successful food packed in tin cans were common. through until the first decades of the
fruit and vegetable canning plant in 20th century, a company’s label had to
Canada – hundreds of small factories The first cans were soldered shut and entice consumers using very few words.
dotted the landscape as the area was bits of solder used to stay in the cans. Pictures had to make the pitch.
swept up in the canning craze. The Early canners liked to keep the colour
industry became an economic mainstay of their canned tomatoes bright red. To assist them in advertising their
of many small communities, but it was They added cochineal, a dye still used products, canning companies looked
the lifeblood of Prince Edward County. in the textile industry. It’s made from to talented designers working at
At the peak of its production in 1945, bugs and proved to be a source of lithographic firms in Toronto,
the County produced nearly one third stomach cancer in later decades. The Hamilton, London, Montreal and
of the canned tomatoes and pumpkin industry was largely unregulated and occasionally firms farther away in
canned in Canada earning it the title sanitary practices were well… downright British Columbia, the United States,
of “The Garden County of Canada”. disgusting. If something didn’t sell or Britain.
under one brand name, some canners
But selling canned goods in the first simply re-labeled it under another. As Many Canadian artists worked
days of the industry wasn’t easy. well, canned goods were introduced at commercially in the 1890s to support
a time when few Canadians had much their struggling careers including a
The canning process was an imperfect spare cash. Although a single can of small circle of friends who gave Canada
science. In the 1880s and ‘90s, it produce sold for just pennies, a supply an art of its own. Several members of
was conducted in secrecy behind large enough to last the winter was a the Group of Seven worked in design
closed doors by plant processors – sizeable investment for families with and lithographic firms to supplement


The Hyatt Canning Company was operated by several
generations of the family. This label circa 1908 – 1923
depicts the tranquil nature of their farming operations on
the shores of West Lake in Prince Edward County.

their art. J.E.H. MacDonald worked The A.C. Miller plant in Picton had Brand produce of the Orser Canning
for the Toronto Lithographic Company its distinctive Little Chief Brand labels Company in Colborne celebrated the
before joining Grip Ltd., a prominent designed by the Southam Printing and Scottish settlement of the area. The
firm named after Toronto cartoonist Lithography Company of London, Quaker and Puritan Brand produce
Bengough who used Grip as his Ontario. The company founder, of the Bloomfield Packing Company
pseudonym. Over time, other Group William Southam, began as a printer’s honoured the area’s history as one of
of Seven members joined MacDonald apprentice at the London Free Press the first Quaker settlements.
at Grip – Tom Thomson, Frank in 1859. He ultimately purchased the
Carmichael, Frank Johnston, Arthur paper and lots of others to establish the One of the principal reasons why the
Lismer, and Fred Varley. In 1912, while Southam newspaper empire. canning industry flourished in eastern
MacDonald retired from commercial Ontario was because of the many
work to devote himself fulltime to his Southam also printed the labels, which farmer-owned factories established
art, the others moved to Rouse and adorned the Lion Brand produce packed as a means of escape from the brutal,
Mann printing house. A.Y. Jackson by canning pioneer Wellington Boulter. monopolistic practices of the bigger
worked for commercial firms in Boulter wasn’t shy about promoting canning companies. These canners
Montreal. his products. His portrait – complete overcharged growers for the plants and
with his monstrous, mutton chop fertilizers they were forced to buy from
For these men and many others like whiskers – appeared on the canned company stores in the spring, while
them, commercial work paid the rent, goods he shipped all over the world, dictating the low prices they would
although just barely. Frank Carmichael a testament to the fact that he stood receive for their produce in the harvest
earned $2.50/week as an apprentice at behind the quality of his products. It season.
Grip in 1911. Bent over dimly lit desks, worked for him. Boulter won awards
they crafted intricate, lithographic at international food competitions in Artificially buoyed by two world wars
designs for a wide range of clients Chicago, Glasgow, and Paris. Along the and a depression, the canning industry
including canning operations in eastern way he made a great fortune and was continued as a mainstay of employment
Ontario. They weren’t allowed to sign recognized as the father of the canning in the Quinte area until the late 1950s.
their work so the identity of the artists industry in Canada. But the industry was changing. In 1948,
who designed the labels adorning the H.J. Heinz Company modernized
area canned goods remain unknown Words were used sparingly. “Empty its facilities in southwestern Ontario.
and unheralded. Over time, even contents as soon as possible” was a Wooed by the longer growing season,
the names of the printing firms were reflection of the industry’s ongoing and the larger and more fertile tracts
dropped from labels as larger firms like concern over ptomaine poisoning, a of land suited to volume production,
Canadian Canners Limited developed continuing problem until a new sanitary the company made Leamington the
in-house capacities to print their own. can with a lacquered inside to prevent ketchup capital of the world.
But the work of these commercial artists chemical reactions was introduced
– perhaps even some of the Group of in 1903. In 1956, the California Packing
Seven – remain in the often stunningly Company, the makers of Del Monte
beautiful labels they created. Brand names could reflect events Brand produce, purchased Canadian
or depict heritage. The Highlander Canners, the largest company of its kind
in Canada with several factories in Prince Edward County commercial artists who helped sell their canned produce –
and surrounding areas. It was a deathblow to the industry. lives on in museums such as the Wellington Museum, which
Within a few years, all the local factories were closed and features a complete collection of labels and other artifacts
the new owners preferred to destroy their ageing inventory from area canning factories.
of equipment rather than sell it to local canners.
Peter Lockyer is a former CBC broadcaster living in Prince
One by one, the canning factories that had once signaled the Edward County. His company, History Lives Here Inc., develops
start and end of the day with the shrill blasts of their steam local history projects with community partners. Label photos by
whistles, closed and faded from view. Some still stand in a Sandra Foreman, with permission from the Wellington Library.
rusting retirement. But their history – and the artwork of the

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Left: The early canners packed anything and
everything including pineapple likely imported
from the California Packing Company, which
owned extensive plantations in Hawaii, Mexico,
Central America and the Caribbean.

Right: E. M. Young was a lawyer. But he invested

in the canning business after marrying into the
Boulter Family. He must have made money. He
built his wife, Clara Boulter, the stately colonial
mansion Claramount that still remains on Bridge
St. in Picton.

The canning industry was a tough business. Tired

of the rigid contracts they were forced to sign
with larger canning companies, farmers started
their own as co-operatives. They didn’t often last
long and were often bought out by the big firms.
But some did survive and became the foundation
of independent factories that flourished during
the heady years of two world wars.

Like the Quaker Brand labels of the Bloomfield

Packing Company, the Highlander Brand labels
of the Orser Packing Company celebrated the
area’s early history and its settlement by Scottish

Archibald Campbell Miller built his factory

on Mary St. East in Picton behind The Regent
Theatre, where some remnants of the factory
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For further events visit the event calendar at www.countyandquinteliving.ca. Events are subject to change, please
confirm event details with the organizer. Events may be submitted to dkearns@countyandquinteliving.ca
June 19 – July 5th Relatives, friends and members fair with historical re-enactments Macpherson House
Art in the County of the public are especially at the museum, tea room. Showcase featuring Weaving,
The premiere juried art show and welcome. 2 p.m. 613.965.4643 613.969.8099. Quilting, Spinning, Art to Wear
sale in Eastern Ontario. Featuring www.airforcemuseum.ca and Multi-media. Lunch available
72 artists and 100 works. Free Oct. 4 www.fallfibreaffair.ca
Admission. Old Town Hall, Sept. 26 – Oct. 10 Prince Edward County Marathon 180 Elizabeth St., Napanee
Picton. www.artinthecounty.ca Napanee Artisan Guild Themed A Boston qualifier, 42.2 km run. 613.354.5982
Exhibit www.pecmarathon.ca
Sept. 24 – 27 Select downtown shops featuring Arts Quinte West Autumn
35th Brighton Applefest themed art exhibits. 613.354.3042 12th  annual Tweed & area Show and Sale
Entertainment, dances, Napanee Studio Tour Knights of Columbus hall 10–4pm
street fair, arts and crafts. Featuring 26 artists & artisans in www.artsquintewestgalleries.
www.applefest.reach.net Sept 27 various mediums. 613.447.2039 blogspot.com
Country Harvest Fall Family www.tweedstudiotour.org
Festival Oct. 22
Fall & harvest themed events, Oct. 10 Scenes of Sandbanks and
great live music, giant corn roast. Scarecrow Festival Beyond – Opening Reception
Belleville West Zwicks Park 3rd annual at Galloping Goat Enjoy works of art from a variety
1–5pm Free Admission. Gallery. Fun for the whole family. of mediums that celebrate the
  Black River, Prince Edward scenic beauty and historical
Oct. 2 County 613.476.9696. Proceeds significance of Prince Edward
Cougars For Cancer to the Regent Theatre. County while sampling Black
Gather your girlfriends for Prince wines. Black Prince Winery
a ‘girl’s night’ in cancer Oct. 10 – 12 1370 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton.
fundraiser. Surprise quests Harvest at the Hill www.blackprincewinery.com
and entertainment. Ramada Batawa Ski Hill, Batawa Check for dates open.
Inn Belleville. For tickets call 613.398.6568
Sept. 25 – Oct. 10 613.962.0686. Oct. 24
When the Reaper Calls Oct. 16 The Amazing Pace
A comedy/thriller by Peter Colley. Chicago Blues Revue The Regent Savour – A Tasting of Local The Lung Association.
$15. Brighton Barn Theatre, 96 Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 Food & Drink Teams of 4. Belleville. For
Young St., Brighton 613.475.2144 www.theregenttheatre.org Knights of Columbus Hall, Stella information 613.969.0323.
www.brightonbarntheatre.ca Cres. Trenton. Tickets available jrushlow@on.lung.ca
Call for exact dates. Oct 3 at Quinte West Chamber of
Kiwanis Bicycle Colour Commerce. 613.392.7635
Sept. 26 Cribbage Ride, 50 or 100 km
TASTE! A celebration of regional routes. Masonic Hall, Picton Oct. 17
cuisine An unforgettable 613.393.5270 www.pictonkiwanis. Wellington Pumpkinfest
epicurean experience, over 40 homestead.com Around the village, parade,
vendors offering food and wine contests, games and food.
samples. Crystal Palace, Picton Taste the History! www.pec.on.ca/pumpkinfest
Fairgrounds. Advance tickets (with the Culinary Historians of
available. www.tastecelebration.ca Ontario) Macaulay Heritage Park, Broadway Beauties
Picton www.pecounty.on.ca/ Critically acclaimed, the show
Merchant Showcase museums contains 24 classic Broadway
Trade show of local business. hits. The Regent Theatre,
Held by the PEC Chamber The Pampered Palate Picton 613.476.8416
of Commerce at the Picton Food and wine event presented www.theregenttheatre.org Oct. 24 & 31
Curling Club. by the CNIB. 1–5pm Waupoos Night at the Museum
Winery, Prince Edward County. Oeno Gallery Opening Reception Ghost Tour of historic Allan
Arts on Main Gallery – Opening Tickets 613.563.4021 xt. 5006 Susan Collett: Labyrinths 3–7pm. Macpherson House. Reservations
Reception www.cnib.ca Show runs to Nov. 10. only. Macpherson House,
Fall Show. All new works by over www.oenogallery.com 180 Elizabeth St., Napanee
30 juried artists. Show runs to Historic Downtown Napanee 613.354.5982
Nov. 9th. 223 Main St., Picton Scarecrow Festival Oct 17 – 18
www.artsonmaingallery.ca Local artisans, pancake breakfast, County Handspinners Annual Oct. 30 – Nov. 12
livestock demonstrations Fibre Arts Show and Sale Boofest
Annual Ad Astra Dedication and more. Market Square. Weaving and spinning Scary, spooky and silly Halloween
Ceremony 613.354.9171 demonstrations. 10–5pm Fun for everyone! Trenton,
The annual ceremony is held at Admission free. locations TBA. 613.392.2841
the National Air Force Museum Oct. 3 – 4 Foxglove Studio, 30 Wellington St.,
in the RCAF Memorial Airpark Ameliasburgh Country Fair Bloomfield 613.393.1352 Buddy Holly Lives
to remember and recognize all Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, A polished performance.
of the installed Ad Astra stones. 10am–4:30pm. An old fashioned www.buddyholly.ca. Tickets


$25 Brighton Barn Theatre, Holiday Magic Gala, Ramada
www.brightonbarntheatre.ca Inn, Nov. 26 – Holiday Home
613.475.2144 Tour www.quinteartscouncil.org
Nov. 6 – 8
The Maker’s Hand Nov. 14
Show and sale of works by Eastern Arts on Main Gallery Opening
Ontario artisans. Prince Edward Reception
Community Centre, Picton. Christmas Show discover unique, HOLIDAY MAGIC BALL
www.themakershand.com affordable gifts in a variety of November 21, 2009
medium. Show runs to Jan. 17. 5:30pm – 1:00am
Nov. 8 www.artsonmaingallery.ca Ramada Inn and Conference Centre, Belleville
20th Annual Whisky Tasting
Highland brunch of Scottish
delicacies compliment several
single malt scotch whiskies
served in a convivial atmosphere.
Book early. Macpherson House,

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QEMA presents their 3rd annual & Fraser Park Christmas acc
gala at The Waring Hall, Picton. Fantasy Lighting.
Dinner and auction www.quintewestchamber.on.ca

Nov. 7,8,11,14,15 Nov. 19 – Dec. 5

18th Annual Christmas ‘Santa Clause – the Panto’
at Presqu’ile Presented by Lennox Theatre.
One of Eastern Ontario’s premier The Village Theatre, County Rd.
juried Arts and Crafts Show. 11, Selby. www.lennoxtheatre.ca
10–4pm at the Nature Centre
and the Lighthouse Centre.
Visit the tea room at Stonehedge. Nov. 20
www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca Brighten Up Brighton
& the Santa Claus Parade
Nov. 8 Switch on of the street lights
Good Rockin Tonight, at 6:30, parade at 7:00
The Sun Records Story www.brightononline.ca/events
The Memphis based record
label that launched the careers Nov. 21
of Elvis, Johnny Cash and The Snow Ball
more The Regent Theatre, 50 Years in the Making Batawa
Picton 613.476.8416 Ski Hill Gala Dinner. Chair lift
www.theregenttheatre.org rides, cocktails, dinner and dance.
www.batawa.ca 613.398.6568 to
Nov. 10 reserve tickets
The TREWS in concert
The Regent Theatre,
Picton 613.476.8416 Nov. 26
www.theregenttheatre.org Quinte Arts Council Christmas
Home Tour
Nov. 13 – 15 7 homes professionally decorated,
Hike Ontario Summit each with live entertainment.
Hosted by Friends of the Trail. Refreshments at Ackerman Hall,
Batawa Ski Hill Chalet, Batawa. Albert College. Tickets $25
www.hikeontario.co www.quinteartscouncil.org

Nov. 13 – 26 Nov. 27
Holiday Magic Belleville Bloomfield Festival of Lights
Presented by Quinte Arts Council and Santa Clause Parade
Nov.13 – Skate with Santa; Nov. Main St. Bloomfield.
14 – Junior Cabaret and Talent 613.393.5783
Showcase; Nov. 19 – Cocktail
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Nov. 27 – 29 Nov. 28 – 29 Dec. 6 Dec. 12 – 22
Festival of Trees. Festive Frolic at The Red Barns Fairfield Gutzeit House Christmas Candlelight Tours
Crystal Palace Presented by Glass blowing, woodworking, Christmas Open House Macaulay Heritage Park
PECM Hospital Auxilliary stained glass and more. Carols, cider and sweets. 2–4pm. 6:30 – 8:30. $5.00 admission.
10–9pm 613.476.4696. 167 White Chapel Rd. Picton Admission – non perishable items Candlelight tours of festive
www.theredbarns.com for the food bank. 341 Main St., Macaulay House, special features
Bath 613.352.9911 each evening.
Nov. 29
Deseronto Santa Claus Parade Dec. 11 Dec. 15
& Tree Lighting 8th Annual Candlelight Tour Olympic Torch Relay
Rathburn Park. 613.396.2440 See this elegant 1826 Georgian Celebration
House by romantic candlelight The Olympic Torch Relay will
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Fraser Park for the lighting of House, 180 Elizabeth St., Dec. 18 – 19
the Nativity. Meet at the Old Napanee 613.354.5982 The Nutcracker
Town Hall – 1861 in Market Sq. Quinte Ballet School of Canada
Nov. 28 Trenton 613.394.4318 will be performing this classic
Reelin & Rockin, Slippin & holiday favourite. Empire Theatre.
Slidin Dec. 5 www.quinteballetschool.com
A night with Chuck Berry & Frostfest
Little Richard, a tribute. Batawa Community Centre, Dec. 18 – 20
The Regent Theatre, Picton Quinte West 8am–9pm Christmas at the Barn
613.476.8416 613.392.2841 A delightful variety show. Tickets
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Festival of Trees Young St., Brighton. 613.475.2144.
Frankford Santa Claus Parade Fairfield Gutzeit House, 341 Main www.brightonbarntheatre.ca
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Dec. 18th, 19th, 20th
Montrose Inn 56
Daryl Kramp M.P. 15 The Tenth Ox Studio 34
M-R Cigar & Chocolate 46
Dead People’s Stuff 27 The Village Shoppe 34 CHRISTMAS AT THE BARN
Design Planet 2 The Window Centre 37
Napanee Chamber A delightful variety show
Dinkles/Paulos 35 Thomas Estevez Design 35
of Commerce 28
Diva 27 Tim McKinney –
Napanee Opticians 28 Tickets $15
Doyles Windows and Re/Max Quinte 18
Northumberland Hearing 6
Sunrooms 25
Centres Box Office open 1–5 p.m.
Dragonfly 15 Waring House Gourmet 15 Mon.–Fri.
Ducon Contractors 53 96 Young St, Brighton
Paper Images Gallery 2 Waring House Restaurant 15
(613) 475-2144
Pet Panache 28 www.brightonbarntheatre.ca


photo credit:John Morgan

Saitarg’s GQ
Gravitas Quotient is a measure of one’s What do you wish your mother
How do you express adoration?
reserves of inner wisdom. understood about you? Orally.
She understood her Black Sheep very well.
Your GQ is as unique to you as your What saved you?
fingerprint or iris scan. What question do you most want to have A sense of humour with lots of wine
answered? and music.
The human software is made of up Why can’t we find a cure for cancer?
of three components: Intelligence What does it take to reveal who you
Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EG), Who do you wish would call? really are?
and Gravitas Quotient (GQ). Gravitas My parents. Nothing, what you see is what you get.
Quotient can be expressed as:
How much is enough? What story has not been reported?
IQ + EQ + Life Force (Mojo) = GQ Enough is enough. Can’t tell you.

Guido Basso, arranger, composer, What has shaped the choices you have What is the best way to express love?
conductor, has lived in the County for over made? Your heart will guide you.
twenty years. He is a legend in Canadian My passion for the music I love.
jazz circles as a master of the flugelhorn, Why do women put up with men?
the most romantic of instruments. Basso What is your bliss? Why do men put up with women?
is credited with the theory that one To record a CD with Johnny Mandel I guess we are all needy. (Final answer.)
“attacks the trumpet and makes love to a or Claus Ogerman.
flugelhorn”. Most recently, he performed They say everyone should have a cause.
at the Atlantic Jazz Festival and at the What bores you? What is your cause?
Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. Basso Repetition. Enforced punishment for litterbugs and
was made a Member of the Order of for dog owners who don’t scoop poop.
Canada in 1994. What has life taught you so far?
Not to live in the past. Saitarg, a long time County resident,
Guido Basso answers fifteen Gravitas developed the concept of GQ as part
Questions: Where is your personal tipping point? of his entertainment product.
Following a bad driver.
Discover your Gravitas Quotient at
Who is the stranger at your door? www.gravitasthegame.com
A police officer.


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