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Girl Next Door
Daring Dream
Food and Drink
Stella's Eatery


Ensuring A Future With Forests

When we walk through a forest, we like to think of it as a place of serenity. But underneath the quiet, broken only by the calls of songbirds or the rat-tat-tat chiding of a red squirrel, there’s a complex dynamic, one so fundamental the quality of life on the planet depends on it.…

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The Daring Dream

The town fathers had gambled on Cobourg’s future, but whether their daring dreams of success were in the cards or not, Victoria Hall with all its stately grandeur has steadfastly stood as the town’s cornerstone for over a century and a half…

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The Girl Next Door

You’ve seen her. Standing apart from the crowd in the school yard or shopping mall or rushing home with that one special friend. Or maybe she was hunched over her smart phone at the bus stop or the edge of a parking lot. Shy. Self-conscious. Too brainy or awkward to fit in with the cool kids, trying her best not to be noticed.…

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Gravel Diaries: An Intro to Adventure by Bike

From pavement to pea stone, our region is full of paths to pedal and fellow cyclists to enjoy them with.…

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Larger Than Life

Allan Bender, a visual storyteller whose murals brighten cityscapes, landscapes – and even zooscapes – has spent a lifetime bringing brick and concrete walls to life with his art.…

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[Fence Posts]

The Reformation of the Township Dump

In the days of early settlement, towns like mine tried to deal with household waste by passing a bylaw demanding people remove garbage from their properties at least twice a year. The law was impossible to enforce and a flat failure.…

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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]

Restoring the Wild West

On an unassuming piece of land hemmed in by two busy highways, nature is regenerating a crucial component of Northumberland’s ecosystem.…

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[Small Biz Spotlight]

Small Biz Spotlight Spring 2023

You need passion (and grit) to really excel in business. These local entrepreneurs are outside-the-box thinkers, charting new courses to make it happen. …

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[Day Tripping]

A Day Trip to Bloomfield

The village of Bloomfield, located in the heart of Prince Edward County, owes its unique character to the four (grain and saw) mills that powered the early local economy and to the Quaker settlers – whose influence can be seen in the architecture of the storied properties that line its perfectly preserved Main Street.…

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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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[George's Pond]

Go With the Flow

Would you like to see my scar? – Oh, don’t get your knickers in a knot. I’d never deliberately expose the mementos of some surgeon’s handiwork to the eyes of friends, family or unwary bystanders. Goodness knows I have enough visible imperfections without adding any hidden ones to the pile…

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[Life Au Lait]

A Walk in The Woods With David Frum

The respected political commentator and journalist, who spends every summer with his family at their home in the County, reflects on the life cycle of trees and the future of forests.…

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Regenerative Agriculture In Cold Springs

Everything is connected – that’s one of the key principles of ecology. At Evermeadow Farm, Josh Noiseux and Janita Wiersma are applying that principle to food production as they work on making a living from a small farm while improving the quality of its soils.…

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One Farmer’s Contribution To Sustainability

Single-use plastics like checkout bags, cutlery, and takeout containers are on their way out. Canada’s ban, which started to take effect last December, means that these familiar items will soon disappear. But what about the plastics used in Canada’s agriculture industry?…

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[Local History]

Disaster on Hay Bay

The old Methodist meeting house at Hay Bay is remembered as the oldest church in the region. Less well remembered is the terrible tragedy that happened there, just offshore, in 1819.…

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[Field Notes]

Out of Harm’s Way

There was a job to be done. I was sent for the old butcher knife. My brother ran for the square-mouthed spade and a rake. Dad emerged from the shed with a six-quart wooden basket, and we headed toward the back field.…

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[Joie De Vivre]

Solace in Song

Iconic singer/songwriter Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo fame finds peace and inspiration in the quiet of the country setting that he calls home.…

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[Food & Drink Scene]

Followed by a Moon Shadow

Yes, there really is a Stella, and she’s a force still running strong through Chef Leah Marshall Hannon. …

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[Follow The Food]

Watershed is on the road

A Local Foodie’s Travel Notes…

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If These Walls Could Talk…

...there would be lively conversation about delicious food, wonderful art and community connections. Meet Brandy Brown, owner of These 4 Walls in Trenton.…

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[Watershed Presents]

A Place to Care

Jim Curle’s gift of land helps kick-start Campbellford’s dream of a new hospital, but there is still a long way to go, with no guarantees in sight…

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[Cultural Currents]

Kelly Kirkham

As you enter the world of Kelly Kirkham’s art – lively as it is with fantastic, wide-eyed animals and vivid, neon colours – don’t be fooled. …

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Reading the Riot Act

The trouble began late saturday afternoon in April 1968 when police chief Sammy Baird picked up a couple of kids for speeding up and down Front Street in Campbellford.…

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[first words]

Jane Kelly

In this issue, we talk a lot about trees – one of my favourite topics. When I was a kid, my family purchased a 100-acre farm from a retired French-Canadian couple – the Guilbeaults. Every May long weekend we headed to the farm, which was beside Larose Forest just east of Ottawa, to plant thousands of trees in the fallow fields.…

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EPICUREAN TREATS I’m a regular reader of your magazine and enjoy it very much. I was very pleased to read “Squirrels, Swirls, and Snowballs” by Signe Langford in the Winter issue and was delighted with Roger Thomas’s recipe for squirrel pâté.…

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Deborah Samuel

Deborah Samuel

After studying art at the Limerick College of Art and Design in Ireland, Deborah Samuel returned to Canada to take photography at Sheridan College. She is recognized for the distinct style of her fashion photographs and her intense portraits of celebrities, writers, artists, dignitaries, sports heroes, and musicians around the world.…

Hugh Brewster

Hugh Brewster

Author, historian and playwright Hugh Brewster has written 15 books, the latest of which is Unsinkable Lucile: How A Farm Girl Became the Queen of Fashion and Survived the Titanic.…

Laura Voskamp

Laura Voskamp

Closet environmentalist and a woman of many hats, Laura Voskamp operates The Brake Room in Belleville alongside her husband, Adam. The cycling duo also run the Bay of Quinte Adventure Cycling Club, (known by its URL, bayof quinte.bike).…

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