Country Doctors

“Here comes the Doc, riding on his…what?” A comforting sight in times of distress, the country doctor could be counted on to travel any distance in any weather to care for the sick, the dying, and the about-to-be-born. Getting around the vast rural landscape was often a challenge, especially in winter.…

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Happily Ever After

We could be forgiven for assuming the pandemic would write the final chapter for independent bookstores. Over the decades, these proverbial Davids had survived the might of big-box store Goliaths, followed by the ascent of online retail giants.…

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The Second Pandemic

While COVID raged, the opioid crisis did not go away; in fact, it grew in strength and virulence, striking down individuals, families and neighbourhoods and overwhelming social agencies. Opioid addiction shows no favouritism, recognizes no social or economic standing, and spares no one caught in its grip. Meet the people who live and work on the streets.…

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The Chimney Sweep’s Boy

Young Sammy’s life has been miserable since he was conscripted from the orphanage to be the assistant to a gruff, unkind chimney sweep. Is there no hope for this little boy? Will he never see an end to the suffocating blackness of sooty chimneys and buckets of old ashes? It seems nothing short of a Christmas miracle will save him.…

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[Fence Posts]

The Mushroom Farm

About five years ago my eldest son developed a keen interest in mushrooms, and suddenly our front yard and garden were littered with stacks of logs he had inoculated with various strains of edible fungi. …

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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]

Comparing Apples to Apples

For many of us, the first cold snap of the season is an unwelcome sign of the coming of winter; but for some local apple growers, it’s the moment they have been anticipating for months.…

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[Day Tripping]

A Snow day in Quinte West

Snow Day! The possibilities for winter fun in our region are endless – skating, skiing, snowmobiling and hot cocoa to warm you up afterwards.…

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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]

Raise Your Hand

Raise your hand if you like a lively main street – real stores with products you can see and feel and humans who answer questions without going “beep.”…

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[George's Pond]

My Room

It is my favourite room in the entire house. It’s the first place I go to each morning, to catch up on the overnight news and it’s my last stopover in the evening until the Blue Jays or Leafs lure me away to our geriatric, 32-inch, unsmart TV.…

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Of Passion And Empowerment

A nucleus of entrepreneurial talent and a brilliant concept brought together 3,000 women from across Canada and around the world to talk up enterprise mentoring and networking. Meet the Northumberland women who pulled it off.…

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[Joie De Vivre]

Molly Johnson and All That Jazz

Mixing newfound Northumberland warmth with her innately cool career, Molly Johnson is savouring the sweet side of life…

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[Food & Drink Scene]

From Italy With Love

At Pasta Tavola, sisters Paula and Victoria Watts create authentic Italian fare with Canadian flair – inspired by Nonna, naturally!…

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[Road Trip]

Watershed is on the road

Watershed is on the road… In this issue, it’s all about adapting to our circumstances, supporting the businesses that are working hard to create the food……

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Environmental Champions

Nothing is more important than caring for our planet. Meet six local environmentalists who go above and beyond to protect and preserve our watersheds – and encourage others to do the same.…

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[Field Notes]

On the Wings of the Weather

As the first blasts of wintry weather strip the hardwood hills of autumn splendour and the countryside is filled with crisp morning air, one of Nature’s miracles plays out in the skies above us.…

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[Cultural Currents]

Andrea Piller

Exploring the limits of clay has been at the heart of Andrea Piller’s practice since she first discovered ceramics 40 years ago. Even now, at the heart of her work, experimentation and curiosity provide a foundation towards final form and function.…

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The Northumberland Forest Ski Club

As you wind your way along highway 45 through the Northumberland Forest, there are still remnants of the old Northumberland Ski Club that operated from 1945 into the late 1970s. …

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[first words]

Jane Kelly with kids skiing

Tell me I’m not showing my age when I can relate to a Meanderings story in Watershed. I’ve skied in the Rockies and in the Alps, but my fondest memories are from the small Ontario ski hills where the familiar smells were pine tar and hot chocolate and the sounds were the muffled chugging…

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FIELD OF DREAMS When I read my first copy of your lovely and artistically presented Watershed magazine, I was moved when I saw the two-page photo from “Field of Dreams” (Fall 2021). It brought to mind my vision of sunflowers near Barrie many years ago, thus inspiring me to write the following poem:…

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Patty Beeson

Patsy Beeson

A fan of change, Patsy never lost her early love of writing. She first worked in interior design, switched to Associate Curator of a small Toronto museum, then ran an art gallery in Port Hope…

James Grainger

James Grainger

A recent move from the big city, James, along with his family and three cats have settled into Northumberland County. He is a books columnist for the Toronto Star…

Karen Hawthorne

Karen Hawthorne

While nothing tops a run on the blue trail in Northumberland Forest, Karen spends a lot of time on her laptop – luckily, with a view of Rice Lake for inspiration.…

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