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A Burden Shared Is A Burden Halved


Maurice Rollins’ willingness to talk openly about mental illness and to share his own experiences, gives us hope and a better.…read more

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author: Kelly S. Thompson and Jane Kelly
photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

The Art Of The Basket


Basketry is a timeless art that weaves cultures and generations together using traditional material from the environment…read more

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author: Conrad Beaubien  
photography: Sasha Sefter


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rower


Colin Sanders challenged himself unreservedly during his Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row in support of Community Living…read more

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author: David Newland 
photography: Ron Laroche

Backroads for Bicyclists


Take our suggestions for easy cycling adventures in Watershed Country. Find out why cyclists say, “You are only one ride away…read more

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author: Tom Cruickshank   
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FENCE POSTS: Varmints at the Gate

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

When the snow finally retreated this past spring, someone made a grisly discovery on a secluded lot at the edge of town…

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MUST, MUST, MUST: What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region…

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BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: A Closer Look at the Flourishing Black River Community

author: Janet Davies 

Look beyond the garden gate in Black River and you’ll find hardworking optimists of all ages, working together, cherishing the past and building their own histories in this tenacious rural community…

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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Upcoming Studio Tours

Studio tours offer an intimate look into the lives of our local artists…

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INNOVATION: Entomo Farms: The Future Of Farming

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Stewart Stick

It’s a scene that plays out in a regional coffee house every month. A collection of entrepreneurs and innovators, ranging from keen college students, experienced business leaders and knowledgeable retirees, gather for Startup Bay of Quinte…

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GEORGE'S POND: Reefer Madness?

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

It’s all over, folks. the end is nigh. Damnation and perdition. The “real Public Enemy No. 1” is poised to destroy our youth. Prepare for a tsunami of “sudden, violent, uncontrollable fits of laughter” quickly morphing into “emotional disturbances” culminating in acts of “shocking violence”…

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HABITAT: Willow Beach Field Naturalists

author: Norm Wagenaar   photography: Leslie Abram

1953. Louis St. Laurent was Canada’s Prime Minister. Elizabeth Windsor was crowned Queen of England. Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest…

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FIELD NOTES: Summer Solace

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Helmer Nielsen

I am alone with only the sound of nature around me - the diagnostic clucking of a chipmunk, the explosion of wings as a ruffed grouse takes off, the flute-like melodies of a wood thrush sifting through the trees…

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author: Jeff Bray 

Welcome to the local Food & Drink scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors. Watershed’s Food & Drink Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation…

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author: Cecilia Nasmith

Anja Hertle describes herself as a hoarder of lovely broken things. The Grafton mosaic artist regularly combs thrift shops for dishware in bright colours or pieces with odd patterns, charming pictures…

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MEANDERINGS: The Shelter Valley Creek Circa 1930

photograph: courtesy Heritage Alnwick-Haldimand, from the Young-Munroe Collection donated by Shirley & Doug Johnston

The headwaters of the Shelter Valley creek start in the fourth and fifth concession of Alnwick-Haldimand Township…

First Words

Jane Kelly Summer 2018

I LOOK FORWARD TO DELIVERY DAY WITH MIXED EMOTIONS – excitement and trepidation. First of all, there’s the weather to contend with. The delivery truck has been stuck more than once in our driveway… read more


This publication warms my country heart. Thanks for the great article about my friends at Headwaters Farm. If you haven’t been foraging with these folks or dropped…



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tim zeltner

tim zeltnerTim lives in the countryside north of Grafton, Ontario. He utilizes a unique combination of layering paint, glazes and stains....

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Cecilia Nasmith

Cecilia Nasmith has covered the local scene for 30 years as a Northumberland Today reporter (and occasionally written for magazines...

david newland

david newlandWriter, performer and speaker David Newland is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society with a lifelong passion…