HMCS Skeena at port

The Spirit of a Ship

Chris Barker has spent the last twenty-five years ensuring that the sacrifices of the fifteen seamen who lost their lives when HMCS Skeena was wrecked…

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The McLuhan Way

Boxes of uncatalogued books, collected over Marshall McLuhan’s lifetime of study and reflection, become the medium through which a grandfather relays his……

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Kiss me Under a Shining Sun

Jeanette Arsenault looks beyond a parent’s grief to keep the memory of her beloved daughter, Kait Shannon, alive. Kait’s Comfort Kits – packets of small luxuries…

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The Hay-man of Hastings County

John Macoun, an Irish immigrant, arrived in Canada as a young man. Over his lifetime, he dug up grasses, scraped mosses from rocks and pressed plants – gathering over 100,000 specimens from every corner of Canada that would become the foundation of the nation’s botanical knowledge base.…

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Murder Most Foul

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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[Lovin' the Local]

A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

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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[Watershed Presents]

Spirit of the Hills

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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[Food & Drink Scene]

The Comeback Kid: Where There’s Life There’s Hope

Drink Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation.…

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[Field Notes]

Following the Flight and the Plight of the Tree Swallow

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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Conservation Authorities Under Provincial Fire

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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[A Curated Collection]

Signals in Silences – Yves Gaucher

The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: Yves Gaucher…

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Matt and Sara Market & Smor


The Market & Smør

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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[Fence Posts]

Keeping the Mind Free of Reptiles

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…

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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]

Enchanted Reality

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

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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[A Curated Collection]

Michael Glover

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

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

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shelagh armstrong

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design…

david newland

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

janet davies

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

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