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 watershed icon white bg 74x74 editorial | Watershed’s award-winning editorial takes readers to the heart of our community with insightful stories and articles.


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 watershed icon white bg 74x74 design | Watershed’s classic design appeals to both readers and advertisers who are drawn to its artfully designed pages.

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IT’S ALMOST FORGOTTEN NOW, but there was a time not so long ago when the rolling fields of Northumberland County were planted in, of all things, emerald rows of tobacco…puff of smoke 265px

Tom Cruickshank / photography: Michael Wallace  


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SHE WAS A THOROUGHBRED and so were her beloved racehorses. Lily Livingston’s Pontiac Stud Farms reigned supreme on Canadian racetracks in the early 20th century…

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BUILDING ON THE IDEA that all kids should have the opportunity to learn and play music, SONG offers free violin and choir lessons to children in Northumberland County…

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Denise Rudnicki / photography: Meg Botha


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THERE ARE POWERFUL PRESCRIPTION painkillers in our medicine cabinets that are producing a new kind of drug addict in rural and small town Ontario. People are dying…

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 Paul Dalby



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fence post 150pxFENCE POSTS: True Confessions from the Ninth Concession

author: Dan Needles / illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

FARMING IS CURRENTLY THE NINTH most dangerous occupation on the continent. Statistically, it’s a lot safer than commercial fishing or garbage collection... 
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MUST, MUST, MUST: What's New And What's To Do

OUR MUST, MUST, MUST column highlights a broad range of unique events, causes and activities that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed Region.


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garden gate 150pxBEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: Good Pickings

author: Denny Manchee / photography: Irka Dyczok 

A WALK IN THE WOODS WITH IRKA is a trip to bountiful. The forest floor, the stumps and trees, the undersides of leaf litter are alive ...

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cultural currents 150pxCULTURAL CURRENTS: The Art of Richard Watts

author: Denny Manchee

BACKLIT BY LED LIGHTS, RICHARD WATTS'S EARTH SKINS “could be perceived as Xrays of the landscape, or the earth’s surface warming,” says the artist...

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2014.3 george thumb 73x74GEORGE'S POND: Almost Anything for a Buck

author: George Smith / illustrator: Lee Rapp

ACCORDING TO A RECENT CANADIAN BUSINESS MAGAZINE STORY, BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s 2014 compensation package totalled a whopping $89.7 million. I can’t imagine it.

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pams point 150pxPAM'S POINT: There was an Old Woman

author:  Pam Patchet /  illustrator:  Trish York 

THIRTY YEARS AGO, I TAPED MY OWN VERSION of a George Eliot quote on the wall above my desk: “You’re never too old to be what you might have been.” Hard to believe this held any significance for me back then...

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habitat 150pxHABITAT:  Fish Tales
author: Norm Wagenaar

DO FISH GROW ON TREES? It seems a fanciful notion at first glance, akin to flying pigs and one-horned horses. But take a closer look at the idea and you’ll find that in Watershed country...

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glass 150pxGLASS HALF FULL:  Feeling Spring

authors: Billy Munnelly & Kato Wakephotography: Doug Hall 

HELLO THERE. I'VE BEEN CALLED A WINE RADICAL and a non-conformer. Yes, I have my own take, as we all should, but I see myself as a realist in a wine world...

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innovation 150pxINNOVATION: Spark Box Studio

authors: Kelly S. Thompson / photography: Johnny Lam 

WHERE'S YOUR HEAD AT IF YOU'RE FINISHING A BFA in printmaking at Queen’s and contemplating how to make a living as an artist? 

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FOOD & WINE SCENE: Spring 2016

WELCOME TO THE LOCAL FOOD AND WINE SCENE where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors of fine food...

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in the hood 150pxIN THE 'HOOD: Albert Schultz
author: Tom Cruickshank

TWO SUMMERS AGO, ALBERT SCHULTZ APPEARED ON STAGE at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope. With his own Rat Pack swagger, he belted out Sinatra tunes from a one-man show that also played Schultz’s own Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto.

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meanderings 150pxMEANDERINGS: The Port Hope Sanitary
Manufacturing Company, Circa 1907

author: Denny Manchee

WHAT LINES, WHAT CURVES, WHAT PROMISE OF CLEANLINESS! The sinks and tubs manufactured in Port Hope 100 years ago were the ultimate in cast iron and porcelain elegance...




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First Words

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A few weeks ago, Watershed won a Communications and Technology award from the Central Northumberland Chamber of Commerce... read more


I am concerned about the degradation of our watershed in Cramahe and in neighbouring townships as well. Over the past 15 or 20 years, industrial farmers have been clear-cutting large acreages of woodland and eliminating treed fencerows on or adjacent to the Oak Ridge Moraine. These large acreages are in addition to agricultural land previously cleared for crops.



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orland french

orland french 74pxORLAND FRENCH is a veteran writer and journalist who lives in Belleville. After a career in major newsrooms....

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KELLY S. THOMPSON is a former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, turned professional and creative writer...

michael wallace

michael wallace 74pxMICHAEL WALLACE has been a photographer for more than 40 years.  Prior to coming to Canada....