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FENCE POSTS: Finding Traction on the Backroads

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

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When my Mother Came to the Country in the 1950s, she brought a Ford station wagon that would carry five children and a lot of dogs. The starter had a flat spot and a mechanic made the mistake of telling her to hit it with a hammer whenever it got stuck. She eventually gave up the Ford, but she kept the hammer and for the next 50 years...


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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: Identifying Conifers

author: Micol Marotti 

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Is there anything more idyllic than travelling down a country road after a fresh snowfall when the evergreens, boughs laden with glistening snow caps, gently give way to the wind and spill out silver snowflakes that sparkle in the sun? The hardiness and the beauty of these sentinel trees is inspiring...


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Watershed Magazine has partnered with two of our region’s most valuable cultural assets – The John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville and the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg – to highlight select works from their permanent collections... 


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author: Stephanie Campbell

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Although you may prefer to curl up by the fire and stay put for most of the winter – why not bundle up in your best cold-weather gear and head outside into the cold and feel the crisp air on your cheeks, smell the wood smoke from a crackling fire, and experience the joy of making new friends and new traditions.


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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Elizabeth Hutchinson

author: Kathryn Macdonald

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On any given day, Elizabeth Hutchinson can be found sitting at her easel in her Belleville studio, dabbing at the oil colours squeezed on her palette or moving her conté across a canvas.


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INNOVATION: Connecting Classrooms With CLEVR

author: Meghan Sheffield   

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Entrepreneurialism is something few us are drawn to, and even fewer of us have the nerve to pursue. Belleville’s Darryl Denyes had the draw and the nerve – and after 12 years of determination and perseverance, his educational software company, clevr, has a strong foothold in the marketplace. 


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GEORGE'S POND: In Search of my Inner Venus

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

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If, as John Gray postulates, men are from Mars and women from Venus, it’s surprising that we get along as well as we do. After all, even the Roman deities who lent their names to those heavenly bodies were polar-opposites. Venus, the goddess of love. Mars, the god of war.


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HABITAT: Lasting Stewardship of our Living Legacies

author: Norm Wagenaar  

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As European settlers chopped the trees, drained the marshes, farmed the land, built communities, developed economies and connected it all with roads, canals and railway tracks, these once common features have become increasingly rare and all the more precious.


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FIELD NOTES: The Eastern Chipmunk

author: Terry Sprague

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Chipmunks started preparing for winter some weeks ago.  As much as I enjoy watching their antics as they dart around my backyard in their designer coats, I’m happy to see these marauding little mammals head into their burrows for their winter naps. This past gardening season, they cleaned me out of hollyhocks...


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FOOD & DRINK SCENE Christmas Traditions with Chef Matt DeMille

author: Signe Langford & Jeff Bray   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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MEANDERINGS: Picton Harbour Early 1900s

photograph:  Courtesy of County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives

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Picton harbour was the economic hub of the community throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century. Local products were loaded and unloaded from three large wharves onto schooners that waited in the bay under the watchful eye of the local customs official.


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First Words

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There’s a moment over the holidays when the world stands still and the magic dust of the season descends on our old farmhouse. It’s on Christmas Eve when the boys – and I use the term loosely because... read more


On behalf of Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre thank you for the wonderful article written by Cecilia Nasmith highlighting both Ed’s House, and the Bridge Hospice. The article raised awareness of local...…



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marianne ackerman

marianne ackermanMarianne grew up in Prince Edward County. She began her writing career as the Picton correspondent for the…

conrad beaubien

conrad beaubien

Conrad’s love of storytelling has engaged him in a life of the arts. A creator, writer and director of films…

bill slavin

bill slavinBill Slavin has illustrated over one hundred children’s books, fiction and nonfiction. Titles include Stanley’s Party