January 2015 - South Marysburgh Mirror

January 2015
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Christmas in Milford There was plenty of ac vity in Milford leading up to
the big day.
Diane Walker and her granddaughter Sarah
organized and conducted a workshop on making
Christmas Wreaths. Fourteen beau ful handmade
wreaths decorated the Township this Christmas.
The annual post office tree ligh ng was followed by a well-a ended film and refreshments at
St. Phillip’s Church.
On Christmas Eve, Santa and his wife paid a
visit to Jen Ackerman and neighbourhood children at
Live, Laugh, Eat.
And following all that was the annual New
Year’s Levee that was well a ended despite the
The Annual Milford
Winter Carnival
(Sponsored by South Marysburgh Recreation Board)
Saturday, January 31st
At Milford Town Hall
Pancake Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Adults $7.00
Children $3.00
At the Mill Pond or the Fairgrounds
Winter Activities
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Depending on weather and ice conditions)
At Mt. Tabor
Free Family Movie
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At Milford Town Hall
Chili Dinner with Rolls & Dessert
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Water, tea & coffee
Adults $8.00
Children $4.00
At Milford Town Hall
Family Bingo
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$1.00 per card all night
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Municipal Council Update By Steve Ferguson I commi ed to keep the residents of our ward informed about Council issues so this as yet unnamed
column will appear in each month’s South Marysburgh Mirror. You have likely heard about the rather intense orienta on sessions the councillors-elect and
mayor-elect went through in late November. I found
the whole experience informa ve and well run and,
like the other new councillors, came away with a
much greater understanding and respect for our
system. The sessions were also revelatory because
of what we learned about all the people, departments and systems that make Prince Edward County
Following our swearing-in in early December
and our first Commi ee of the Whole mee ng on
December 4th, it was down to work on the municipal budget: all five days and 950-plus pages of it.
These were intense sessions during which the numerous challenges facing the County became abundantly clear. As you have no doubt heard, roads and
water/wastewater took the lion’s share of the me
to discuss. These are very complex issues that must
be faced head on and can't be resolved sa sfactorily
over the course of only five days. Much more discussion will take place about these issues in the
In the end we passed a dra budget with a
3.19% increase in levies for 2015 as well as increases in user fees for water and wastewater. We meet
again on January 7, 8 and 9 for further discussion
about the budget and to set council’s goals as well
The budget also includes a salary increase
for the mayor and councillors. Being a new member
of council with only a month or two of experience
under my belt, I didn't feel an increase of $300 was
appropriate at this point. I voted against the increase but was defeated and the mo on passed.
Although I'm going to get the increase anyway, I
have wri en and mailed 12 post-dated cheques to
donate the en re $300 to Prince Edward County
Memorial Hospital Founda on over the course of
2015. I can't speak for the other new councillors, I
don't think the increase is out of line for returning
councillors and the mayor.
Of specific interest to residents of South
Marysburgh, I am following up on these issues: I
have brought to the a en on of Commissioner
McAuley the immediate need for a boat ramp in our
ward given the closure of the one at the Black River
Cheese Factory (and the indisputable fact that we
have a lot of shoreline). I have also brought to his
a en on the condi on of some of our roads and
will push for improvements this year. In addi on,
the former South Marysburgh Recrea on Commi ee has been renamed the South Marysburgh
Recrea on Board and is undertaking a pilot project
to manage the town hall and Mt. Tabor Theatre in
Milford including scheduling and rental fees. The
success of this ini a ve is of interest to the other
It is s ll early going and all of us are s ll becoming familiar with each other and our various
views of the ma ers we must deal with. My own
opinion is that this is a dedicated group of individuals keen to do the best for the County and its residents. I am par cularly impressed with Mayor Quaiff
who appears to be a strong leader.
All the best for a happy and prosperous
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The Experts By George Underhill It’s a fact. If we’re spending money on a major purchase, we should do a li le research, or consult
with an “expert” to get advice. So why don’t I do it?
Here are some of my successes…and failures.
Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to
be sent to Costa Rica on business. I have a friend
who had been there fishing for tarpon in the Rio
Colorado River, and I thought I should do it too. Tarpon are big fish. Fishing for sixty pound tarpon requires different fishing tackle than if you’re a er
five pound bass, so I went off to my favourite fishing store, wisely bringing along my expert advisor,
who claimed that for these huge fish, the fishing
pole must be capable of li ing a five pound dead
weight off the floor. Who knew?
The sales person was confident that the rod
he recommended would be adequate for tarpon,
and would easily li 5 or more pounds off the floor.
My friend whipped out a five pound weight and a
length of string to test the guarantee, and suddenly
the sales person’s confidence ebbed away faster
than the des in the Bay of Fundy. He then told us
that if the rod broke we’d have to pay for it.
When the supervisor appeared a different rod was
selected. That’s why you bring an expert. Incidentally, hooking on to a sixty pound tarpon is like
hooking on to a speeding taxicab. Good thing I had
the right tackle.
I needed new chest waders for pu ng in
and taking out the dock because the old ones
(which I had purchased without advice) were torn
and leaky. Rubber, canvas, neoprene, Coran? What
should I buy? So I asked my friend the expert who
researches all this stuff. I’m s ll wearing the pair he
recommended. They’re warm and heavy, don’t
leak, but retain odour in a most unpleasant way.
S ll, a er years of abuse they are s ll func onal.
I seem never to ask for advice when buying
a car. You certainly don’t want the advice of the car
salesman. I once lived next to a guy who owned a
couple of used car lots in Toronto. I wanted a good
used car, so I asked him to recommend one that he
might have on his lot. He told me he never sold cars
to friends. Probably a wise policy for him. In my rela ve youth, I bought a brilliant yellow Comet Cyclone GT conver ble with suckers on the hood, a
monster chromed engine, and racing stripes. Was
this the right car for a young couple with a small
child? You don’t need to answer that.
I had a friend who, divorced in his late fores, indulged himself with a dandy low slung sports
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Recreation Board
The Marysburgh Mummers
The Milford Fair Board
Meetings, Events, Announcements
Recrea on Board Mee ng Milford Town Hall
Thursday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Wii Bowling Milford Town Hall
Every Thursday from January 8th to
April 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
2015 Milford Winter Carnival Saturday, January 31, 2015
(See separate ad)
For Milford Town Hall or Mt. Tabor Bookings Please contact: Bruce Dowdell at 613 476‐8891 [email protected] or Leon McConnell at 613 476‐6606 car. It didn’t take him long to sell it, because when
he accosted girls on the street in his new machine,
he claimed they looked down on his bald spot and
he felt that’s all they could see.
I once witnessed a guy in the supermarket,
indecisively hovering over the potato chips, pondering the vast selec on, and finally using his cell phone
to call his wife, at least that’s who I assume he was
calling. I wanted to say, “Step up pal. This is a decision you can be bold enough to make all by yourself.” But of course I was too chicken to say that. The
lesson? You don’t always need an expert.
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Protecting Habitat and Fly Zones
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South Bay
Members of the U.C.W. met at South Bay United
Church hall for a 12:00 noon pot luck lunch.
Because of the inclement weather, the ladies
got down to business immediately following lunch.
President Sandra opened with our purpose,
theme hymn and Lord ’s Prayer.
Joyce’s devo onal was based on Luke 2, with
the Christmas story. She read a story taken from the
book Selling the Needy for a Pair of Shoes.
Interes ngly, this book was presented to Pat
York in 1947 and the bible she read from had belonged to Joyce’s grandmother, Carrie Greatrix, from
Mrs. F.J. Hya .
Minutes of the October mee ng were read
and accepted.
We were all sorry to hear that Skip is in hospital and Maureen will send a card to her from
Nine people were present and twenty-four
sick calls were made.
Our finances were presented with a mo on
passed to donate $4,000 to South Bay United
Church. Joyce will present a cheques on Sunday, December 14th.
The ladies were requested to prepare lunch
for the group, Women Around Noon, in August.
A er some discussion, they agreed to accommodate
these ladies.
The following dates were set for 2015:
Fish Fry: Wednesday, July 8th;
Luncheon and cra sale: Saturday, November
An interes ng program prepared by Alice
told where a lot of our popular sayings originated.
The mee ng closed with our U.C.W. Prayer.
U.C.W. & Milford Friendship Circle Coming events: Wednesday, January 14th – U.C.W. will meet at
South Bay United Church hall at 1:30 p.m. with the
following schedule: Devo on: Brenda Minaker; Roll
Call: The best thing about Christmas; Program: Sandra Emlaw; Lunch: Maureen Rudd and Carol Branscombe; Objec ve: Bring a Valen ne to be sent to a
sick person or shut-in.
There will be no January or February mee ngs for the Friendship Circle, and the March mee ng will be held at Marg Crouse’s new home on Thursday, March 5th. Happy New Year all! CANN-WOOD
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Personal Notices, Announcements
& Random Notes
The Assembly of Gentlemen The AoG’s Christmas Eve confab was interrupted
when several members had to depart to assist Live, Laugh, Eat’s proprietor, Jen Ackerman, whose horse
had fallen into a hole at her farm. AoG members,
store proprietor - and presumably the horse - celebrated Christmas without further incident.
A draft rendering of the AoG’s proposed
PERTS (Prince Edward Rapid Transit System) illustrating routes and transfer points, is posted on the
wall inside Live, Laugh, Eat and is available for public comment. In closed sessions the group has been
discussing some other unrelated initiatives that
might benefit the community that will be announced in the coming months.
Canada Poop, Milford You can say what you like about Canada Post just
don’t let your dog say it for you.
If you walk Fido or Spot on the post office’s
grounds, please pick up any ‘offerings’ he (or she)
may leave behind otherwise the responsibility falls
to Shaila, our Postmaster.
Pat’s Playhouse
Hand-Made Scarves, Mitts, Socks & Hats,
Toys, Receiving Blankets, Baby & Lap Quilts
as well as Rose of Sharon and Burning Bush
plants and a selection of Jams.
Pat York, 113 Morrison Pt. Rd. 613.476.6929
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By Christine Renaud
What Direc on for your Milford Branch Library in 2015? It is no secret that public libraries today have to connually innovate to remain viable and useful to their
communi es and this is especially so for small rural
branches. That’s why the library is always looking at
ways to be er serve the residents of Milford and
the surrounding area.
With that in mind, we’ve no ced that some
people use the Ann Farwell branch as something of
a secondary place of work and wonder about possibly rearranging the library a bit to accommodate this
more effec vely. Should that be a considera on?
Someone with a small business might like to
use the Wi-Fi, or have access to prin ng and faxing
in one area, for example. Or maybe freelancers or
those who normally work from a home office might
like to get away from distrac ons at home, or to just
be around other people.
The concept of what is called co-working is
not new one and more co-working spaces are popping up in many centres. It’s something that provides a shared working environment for independent ac vity.
If interested, the library could provide a
space dedicated to this in one part of the branch,
with its own printer, coffee sta on, and office supplies such as staplers, paper cu er, tape, etc.
The weekly French Conversa onal Club,
which meets every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., the
Kni ng Club on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m.
to 12 noon, and the monthly a ernoon Book Club
would be unaffected by any changes.
What other clubs, however, might we form
to meet at the library? Another book club, maybe in
the evening? Or a once a month ‘cra ernoon’?
The library is also available as a community
space for anyone with an idea for a workshop or
class. This can be a “for-fee” learning opportunity
and could include pain ng classes, quil ng class, a
one-day workshop on any topic, or almost any creave idea that could be accommodated in the space.
When the library is used in this way, the only requirement is that a small dona on from the proceeds of the class or workshop be made to the library. We are also happy to provide promo on with
posters and ar cles in newspapers and so forth for
anyone wan ng to hold such a class or event in the
Of course, anyone interested in staging an
event or using the space in a non-profit way can use
the library for free, any me.
We are also looking at the possibility of serving as a remote cash-only box office for events in the
County in 2015, so that people would not have to
drive to town or another part of the County for ckets.
These are just some of the ideas we are looking at and we welcome more.
If you could make changes to the library,
what would they be? How do you use the library?
What can we do to encourage and increase its use?
Please contact us with your thoughts by e-mail, or
call 613-476-4130 or 613-476-5962.
We look forward to a great year ahead, and
hope to see you in the library taking out a book,
magazine or DVD soon. We would like to remind you
as well, that you may also make appointments for
one-on-one help with any computer related needs
you might have, including how to use e-readers and
upload e-books from the library.
Happy 2015!
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Brush Chipping
Stump Grinding
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Druella Acantha Malvina’s Column
Gem for the month: Cherish all the happy moments – they make a fine cushion for old age.
“’Twas the month a er Christmas and all through
the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste
At the holiday par es had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales, there arose such a
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a
I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the
And the way I’d never said, “No, thank you, please.”
As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt
And prepared once again to do ba le with dirt,
I said to myself as only I can, “You can’t spend the
winter disguised as a man!”
So, away with the lust of the sour cream dip
Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the addi onal ounces have vanished.
I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick
I’ll want only to chew on a long celery s ck
I won’t have hot biscuits or corn bread or pie
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry
I’m hungry and lonesome and life is a bore
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!”
Signs found on various products (are we all imbeciles?) On a string of Christmas lights: For indoor or outdoor use only
On a 13‐inch wheel of a wheelbarrow: Not intended for highway use
On a can of self‐defense pepper spray: May irritate eyes
On a Domino’s Pizza box: Cau on! Contents hot!
On a coffee cup: Cau on! Hot beverages are hot!
On a product called ‘Rubber Band Shooter’: Cau on! Shoots rubber bands.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To
steal from many, is research.
A hat was passed around a church congrega on to
take up an offering for the visi ng minister.
Presently it was returned to him, embarrassingly empty. Slowly, the parson inverted his hat and
shook it meaningfully. Then, raising his eyes heavenward, he said prayerfully, “I thank you, Lord, that I
got my hat back from this congrega on.”
A wife, being the roman c sort, sent her husband a
text: “If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If
you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are
ea ng, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me
a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love
He replied, “I’m in the bathroom,. Please advise.”
Nurse to pa ent: “Are you on any special diet?”
“Yes, I drink Slim-Fast twice a day but it’s not
working. In fact, I’ve gained several pounds.”
“Really, Do you think that skipping meals to
drink a shake makes you so hungry that you overeat
“What do you mean ‘skipping meals’?”
Exit Lines: A very Happy New Year to all South
Marysburgh Mirror readers!
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Life In
The Past
Nelson Hicks’ Journals
January 1896
Transcribed by Vicki Emlaw Jan. 1 ‐ It was quite warm the ground was froze
some. No snow nor there has'nt been any to make
Jan. 2 ‐ Jake took lib down home. I went out home.
Will Wadforth and his mother, Ezra Lighthall willie
Steel were there.
Jan. 3 ‐ Jake and I went up to milford to cort. The
roads was very good. change in the weather began
to get quite cold.
Jan. 4 ‐ Jake and Lib went down to Dan's. They
stayed all night. It was quite cold the wind was
North West.
Sun. 5 ‐ It was very cold and froze up very hard.
Jan. 6 ‐ Mr. Ferguson was to Jake till after dinner.
Jake and Lib went out to Thomas Wattams for a visit. I went out home. It snowed some at night.
Jan. 7 ‐ Maw come out t Jakes with me. It snowed
all day.
Jan. 8 ‐ I took 11 bus of buckwheat to get ground
for flour and 13 bus of barley to get ground for the
Jan. 9 ‐ It snowed most of the day. Paw come out
went up on Calman Wattam and got a load of wood
for Dan. Effie Thompson was to Libs cuttting a dress
Jan. 10 ‐ I took up 16 bus of grain that got burnt to
get ground for the hogs. The sleighing was very
good for the first.
Jan. 11 ‐ Jake and i went out home we drawed up
some ceader logs from the Store House for the
barn. The ice was about six inches.
Sun. 12 ‐ I was up to Annie Mauds for a visit. The
Sleighing was very good.
Jan. 13 ‐ Jake and I went up on Calman Wattam to
get a stick of Lumber for the barn. In the after noon
it snowed made the sleighing excellent-good. Mr.
Metcalfe come down after the scales. Jake bought
Mr. Metcalfe's half of the sow for $3.40.
Jan. 14 ‐ Paw and Maw Jake went over to Picton.
Paw got six of wheat flour @ 190
Jan. 15 ‐ Jake and i went down to Marsh Spafford to
get a ceader log the sleighing was just fine.
Jan. 16 ‐ We went up on Charlie Wattam and got 8
posts 16 ft long and 3 beams 22 ft.
Jan. 17 ‐ We went up on edward Welbanks got a
beam 44 ft. long. Then went out on Cooper's place
and got a pine 44 ft long. Copy & Adver sing Deadline for the February Edi on of The Mirror is January 25th. Jan. 18 ‐ We went up on Ed welbanks got two 16 ft
posts and 1 22 ft beam and in the afternoon went
out on Mathew Ostrander got a Elm 44 ft long
Sun. 19 ‐ It snowed most of the Day. George L Collier and Florance were to Libs.
Jan. 20 ‐ Jake went out on Mathew Ostrander and
got 1 long 22 ft and a pine 28 ft long. In the afternoon went up on John William Mouck got two
longs 22 ft long. Stratton L awry were to Lib till after
Jan. 21 ‐ We went up on Mr. Mouck got 5 sticks of
timber for the barn. The Sleighing was good.
Jan. 22 ‐ We went up on John William Mouck got
one 16 ft post. then we went on Mr. Nelson Hudgin's two 16 ft post and two 12 ft saw logs.
Jan 23 ‐ Jake and I went up Mr. Hudgins and got 1
16 ft post and two 12 ft saw logs. In the afternnoon
Jake and Paw went down to Mr. Thomas Minaker's
got two 13 ft post and 1 16 ft saw log.
Jan 24 ‐ It snowed and drifted all day long very hard.
I took Bell out to Davis got her shod all around.
Jan. 25 ‐ Jake and I took 20 bus of barley up to the
mill to get ground for the horses. In the afternoon
Jake and lIb went up to James Wattam. Stratton was
out to Jake's stayed all night.
Sun. 26 ‐ It was quite cold the roads were good lots
of snow.
Jan. 27 ‐ we went down to Thomas Minakers got 1
16 ft post. 1 13 ft post and 1 23 ft log. It was quite
Jan. 28 ‐ We went back on Cooper got 1 35 ft pine.
There was a Tea meeting at the Carman Church
Jan. 29 ‐ Paw and I went up on Jame's Wattam we
got a 44 ft elam beam Jake went over to Picton
with Thomas Wattam. He rented the Wilson Farm
from Thomas Wattam drew writing's to day.
Jan 30 ‐ Jake and I went up on James Wattam and
another 44 ft beam. I was out to Philip Hudgins to
an Oyster supper.
Jan 31 ‐ Went up on Jacob Danaird got a 38 ft pine
and then went up on John Brooks and got 44 ft stick
fetch them both home. Paw and Maw went over to
Mr. Lighthall stayed all night went to Picton on Saturday.