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FENCE POSTS: The View from the Top

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

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Last year in this space i wrote about painting my barn. That was a totally unnecessary project and a shameless vanity because barns do not require paint. You only have to drive a mile into the countryside before you will find any number of barns that have been standing happily for over a century without a lick of paint.


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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: From Farmers’ Markets to Canada’s Top Restaurants

author: Alana Fearnall   photography: Matthew Botha

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The Enright Cattle Company embodies a new approach to agriculture that focuses on sustainability and creativity. The sun is just about to slip below the horizon as Kara Enright and her son walk up from the lower field. Days are long at Enright Cattle Company. The chores are backbreaking, Mother Nature can prove difficult at the best of times...


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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Prince Edward County’s 25th Anniversary Studio Tour

author: Janet Davies

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Prince Edward County’s iconic studio tour is celebrating a milestone anniversary with more artists, more locations and a commemorative book. Talking to Dale Wainwright, the chair of this year’s Prince Edward County Studio Tour made me think of something Peta Hall, founder of the tour, an acclaimed potter and arts activist...


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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Cobourg Remembers the Great War

author: Hugh Brewster

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“The war came out of a clear sky” remembered Stephen Leacock of August 4, 1914, “the clear sky of vacation time, of the glory of the Canadian summer.” In the fashionable resort town of Cobourg, known as the Newport of the North, the harbour was dotted with pleasure craft and the horns from ferries sounded as they brought more... 


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GEORGE'S POND: Weather-Obsessed

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

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My kids think I’m a bit daft. I suspect Joy does too, but she’s less vocal about it. Honestly, I’m not sure they’re wrong. This is all about weather. I’m obsessed. I check the forecast maybe a dozen times a day starting when I pick up my iPad and log onto Environment Canada even before my morning coffee.


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INNOVATION: A Heady Partnership

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Stewart Stick

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Province Brands and Loyalist College are on-track to deliver an industry game changer – Cannabis Beer. Dooma Wendschuh is a quirky, high energy guy. He’s also straight-laced and work-driven. In fact, Dooma isn’t even his real name, but a college nickname that he’s retained, partly for efficiency’s sake... 


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HABITAT: Lessons from the Forest

author: Norm Wagenaar  

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Time spent in the woods is one of life’s sublime and simple pleasures - unstructured time to think of nothing and everything all at once. As such, the experience of the woods might seem the polar opposite of what we commonly think of as ‘education’ with its classrooms, shut windows, rigid schedules and homogenous expectations.


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FIELD NOTES: The Eastern Wild Turkey

author: John Napes

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the local domestic turkey population must be gobbling with envy at their distant cousins, the eastern wild turkeys – the branch of the family that wander freely throughout the countryside and strut out of the ditch, onto the road in front of your car.


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FOOD & DRINK SCENE Craft Cideries in the Watershed Area

author: Jeff Bray 

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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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author: Conrad Beaubien


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Stepping into Leslie Fruman’s surrounds is tenfold the experience of Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, which houses the titanic Water Lily series of Claude Monet. In Fruman’s space, the lilies blanket her outdoor landscape, offering a daily panorama of oranges, whites and yellows. “My work in clay references my immediate world,”...


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MEANDERINGS: The Winds of Change 

photograph:  Courtesy of Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings

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The end of the First World War was a turning point for Canadian women. Between 1914 and 1918, they’d not only kept the home fires burning while the men served overseas, women had stepped into their shoes in offices, factories and farms and had run the social organizations that supplied the front with socks, cigarettes and food.


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First Words

jane kelly fall 2018

What is it about fall that makes us take stock and set our goals for the days ahead? Maybe we’re regenerated after the summer, but whatever it is, come Tuesday after Labour Day weekend, we push the reset… read more


Thank you for the recent article on Entomo Farms and for helping to get the word out about our vision to bring a sustainable and nutrient-dense cricket protein superfood to market, and for telling the people in the…



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hugh brewster

cont1As the author of 14 books on historical themes, Hugh Brewster has also chronicled the lives of several Canadians...

micol marotti


A former journalist and producer for Media Monkey Productions, Micol Marotti has also worked for the National...

orland french

cont3A veteran writer and journalist, Orland French lives in Belleville with his wife Sylvia. After a journalism career of pursuing…