Head Down, Feet Forward

The COVID-19 crisis left us improvising and making the best of unprecedented situations. Employees went beyond their job descriptions; neighbours used old skills in new ways; friends reached out to help friends. And we survived – through kindness, sacrifice and just plain hard work. Meet seven remarkable individuals who seized the opportunity to help make life in a pandemic a little better for the community.…

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COVID-19 Olympics

The Olympic spirit lives on in Watershed country despite the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Artist Charles Bongers creates a whimsical selection of alternative events to help keep the Olympic flame alight during these days of distancing, disengagement and disinfecting.…

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Watershed Reads

It’s true at last: summer is here. Sunshine and warm breezes stir memories of summers past – vacations to the cottage, exotic surroundings or simply recollections of a simpler time. The long days and warm nights are a perfect excuse to escape to your own summer memories and get lost in a favourite book.…

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[Fence Posts]

Trying to be More Like Dexter

In the first few days after the order to shelter in place, our two sons returned home and prepared to ride out the pandemic with us. Our new normal included regular sit-down family meals with the two girls joining us from Calgary and Grande Prairie on FaceTime.…

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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]

A Green New World

Residents of any big city can enjoy the many perks that come with urban life. We in the country, however, have one giant perk: lots of green space. And during the current COVID-19 pandemic…

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Catharine Parr Traill: Canada’s Pioneer Botanist

Catharine Parr Traill’s contribution to the record of natural Canadian history is immeasurable.…

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[Cultural Currents]

Celia Sage

Celia Sage’s canvases offer insight into the Prince Edward County she calls home. Her work uses settings that are cinematic in composition, while her artist’s vision merges subject…

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[Field Notes]

The Calls of Darkness and Light

In the stillness of a pre-dawn summer morning, many distinct, often mysterious sounds find their way through the darkness. Among these sounds are the subtle calls and notes from birds. Some are quickly recognized by experienced birders…

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[George's Pond]

Sweating the Small Stuff

Dear Reader: Just so you know, this story was written a couple of weeks before our world was turned upside down. In light of what is happening now, pretty well everything else seems to be small stuff. But this too shall pass. We shall overcome.…

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[Food & Drink Scene]

Raise a Glass to Summer of 2020

We’re living through challenging times; we could all go for a cocktail right about now. Four creative mixologists give us four fabulous drinks perfect for raising a glass to 2020 no matter what it brings!…

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[Farm Gate Listings]

Supporting Your Local Farm

A Seasonal Guide To Farm Fresh Produce…

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[Watershed Presents]

What I Love About Canada

Canada Day is a state of mind as much as a holiday. These inspiring notes from our readers prove that even without crowds, parades or fireworks this year, our country’s values and principles remain true, strong, and free.…

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Adlas Jewelry

[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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Victoria Park, Cobourg

By the Summer of 1921, worries about the Spanish flu were waning and the Canadian economy was not only back on its feet, it was expanding after the Great War. Despite many hurdles and much political controversy,…

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[first words]

Jane Kelly

Darwin theorized that we evolve as a species through adaptation. All I can say is that we must be evolving, because we’ve done nothing but adapt over the last three months.…

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THE MAGIC OF MORELS I thoroughly enjoyed Roger Thomas’s article on morels in your last issue (Spring 2020, The Magic Morel). I was in Yellowknife a few years ago and picked up a copy of Up Here magazine which had another great article about morels.…

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Jeanetter Carter

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Jeanette joined Watershed as Director of Advertising Sales in the Northumberland region (and beyond) almost a decade ago. Watershed is her window to a welcoming world…

Roger Thomas

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Born in the wilds of Rainy River country, Roger Thomas earned a degree in journalism but a week after his graduation, he joined the police force where he served with pride…

Carol Leighton

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When Carol moved from the city just over a year ago, like most Toronto transplants she was looking to shed the corporate world for a simpler life outside of urban gridlock…

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