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FENCE POSTS: Keeping the Mind Free of Reptiles

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

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I’ve always felt like a bit of a rebel, living as I have for nearly 40 years as a back-to-the-lander and filling the freezer every fall with food I produce myself. But to the bearded hobbits in my son’s rockclimbing group, I am hopelessly mainstream and a slave to the military industrial complex.…

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

 

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Our 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: Enchanted Reality

author Chris Cameron   photography: bekky O’Neil and Keith Del Principe

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The rolling Northumberland countryside can be a place of delightful contrasts, where unlikely dreams take root and grow. Keith Del Principe and bekky O’Neil, owners of Cardboard Reality Farm and Studio will tell you that contrasts are really only similarities brought full circle.…

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GEORGE'S POND: All That Glitter

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

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If you’re a regular reader of my contributions to these pages, you know very well that deep thinking is not my forte. You’ll have to look elsewhere for an in-depth analysis of the Mueller Report or a learned doomsday treatise on the strange new world of Artificial Intelligence we’re all facing. Nor will you find any insightful self-help advice here. No wise words on how to live a more fulfilling life either.

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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Michael Glover

author: Shelby Lisk

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A derelict truck in a field, large skies at the edge of day, or billowing clouds over prairies, mountains and lakes. Through his graphic, colourful, large scale oil paintings of the landscape, Michael Glover hopes to share his feelings about Canada and how his travels have affected him.

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Watershed Teaser: True or False

author: Tom Cruickshank   illustrator: Marc Mireault

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Test your knowledge of local geography and other trivia related to our favourite corner of the countryside.

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A CURATED COLLECTION: Signals in Silences - Yves Gaucher

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The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: Yves Gaucher

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INNOVATION: The Market & Smør

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Mat + Sara

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On the face of it, a brick and mortar greengrocer opening up on the main street of a small town shouldn’t necessarily bring the word “innovative” to mind. Time was you could take it for granted that you’d be able to pick up tonight’s supper downtown. It’s been fifteen years since fresh produce was regularly available on King Street in Cobourg, while big box stores have proliferated on the edges of town.

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HABITAT: Conservation Authorities Under Provincial Fire

author: Norm Wagenaar  

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For more than 70 years Ontario's conservation authorities have taken a watershed-wide approach to flood control, conservation and land management, a model which bypasses political boundaries to recognize the natural links between forests, wetlands and river systems and their interplay with human activities.

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FIELD NOTES: Following the Flight and the Plight of the Tree Swallow

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Nicole Watson

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It happened 50 years ago on the shores of the bay of Quinte but if I close my eyes, I can still remember the scene. Daybreak was faintly illuminating the distant horizon. As I brought the cows from their night pasture for the morning milking, tree swallows – thousands of them – were winging in my direction from the eastern sky. The sky was almost black with endless clouds soaring and reeling at great heights as though on a roller coaster. As they neared, I could hear their liquid twittering.

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FOOD & DRINK SCENE: The Comeback Kid: Where There’s Life There’s Hope

author: Signe Langford   photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

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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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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Spirit of the Hills

author: Chris Cameron 

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The life of the creative artist can be a solitary one. There are the hours spent alone in front of a blank canvas or computer screen, and those little insecurities that can accompany any artistic process. But artists and writers do not live in a vacuum; they thrive on shared support, and on engagement with the larger community.

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LOVIN' THE LOCAL: A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

author: Stephanie Campbell

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We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country

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MEANDERINGS: Murder Most Foul

photograph: Courtesy of The Toronto Star Archives

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Harold Vermilyea was a victim of the great depression. He lost his job as a manager of a California fruit packing operation and needed money. Sadly, his request for financial help from the family estate fell on his wealthy mother’s deaf ears. A desperate man indeed! On the evening of October 4th, 1934, Catherine Aurelia Vermilyea was brutally axed to death

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First Words

JaneKellySummer2019

The fall brings back memories of duck hunting with my brothers when i was a kid. I was a tag-along but as long as I didn’t complain and I could distinguish between a blue-winged teal whistling into our blind and the silhouette… read more

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR FESTIVAL
I’m writing on behalf of the entire Wellington Water Week team to thank Watershed magazine for the gorgeous piece in the current Summer issue, created by Micol Marotti and Tim Zeltner. We were literally…

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shelagh armstrong

sheilagh armstrongA graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design…

david newland

david newland

A writer, speaker, and musician based in Cobourg, David travels widely…

janet davies

janet daviesAfter a move from England to Toronto in 1993, Jan stayed there only until she discovered…