BACKYARD CHICKENS - Hands of time being replaced

BACKYARD CHICKENS - Hands of time being replaced

BACKYARD CHICKENS - Hands of time being replaced

  • $1.43+HST 1 $ 50 WW2 soldier Jack Collis remembered... page 3 Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • 270 Norfolk St. Simcoe
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  • By David Judd ANDREW Moore is finally getting his chickens. The Simcoe teenager wrote to county council in February 2017, asking for permission to keep five hens in his family’s large backyard on Poplar Street. Last Tuesday — two and a half years later — Andrew got his wish as council approved backyard chickens in Norfolk towns by a vote of six to three.

Andrew wore a shirt that said, “I just really, really, really, really love chickens.” The next day, Andrew, 15, was scanning the Internet to buy four hens for his newly built chicken coop.

Hens, depending on their age and breed, sell for $20 to $60 each. Andrew has dreamed of having chickens ever since he was a toddler, he said in a telephone interview. “Even as a toddler, I always wanted to be a farmer,” he said. “Something about chickens appealed to me. I always just loved them.” Andrew’s parents said he could have a few chickens if they were legal.

So he wrote a letter to council little knowing it would kick off a twoand-a-half-year struggle for permission to keep hens. Andrew in 2017 thought it might take council a month or two to grant his request. “I thought it wasn’t allowed because no one had asked,” Andrew said. “The mayor and councillors would read my letter and see it was a good idea.” BACKYARD CHICKENS > See CHICKENS on page 4 Andrew Moore has waited years for backyard chickens. The clock tower at Main and Market Streets dominates the streetscape of downtown Port Dover in every direction. The clock was installed in July of 1906 -- 113 years ago this month.

The clock wasn’t ready for the July 1st celebration of 1906 and so the company reduced its price to $715 from the contract price of $740. The century old mechanism is now maintained by volunteer Richard Dupp of Port Dover, at left. A few years ago, Richard noticed the clock’s wooden hands were deteriorating and got Tim Warris of Port Dover, at right, and his specialized equipment at Fast Tracks Hobbyworks involved in the project to make new aluminum hands that should last forever. See full story about the clock inside on pages 12 and 13. Photo by Paul Morris Hands of time being replaced Two and a half years after his first letter to Norfolk Council, up to four backyard chickens now permitted across the County

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 3 By Donna McMillan TWO young Collis brothers fought in France during World War Two. On July 25, 1944, John (Jack) Albert Collis, 28, was with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry fighting the German defence of Verrieres Ridge in Normandy when he was killed. Leslie Ernest Collis, a younger brother, was a Corporal with the Lincoln-Welland Regiment, also fighting in Normandy, not too far away at Tilly-La-Campagne. He was wounded August 8, 1944 and sent to London to recover.

On his return to Holland to rejoin his regiment, Leslie learned of his brother’s death. In June, Stephen Collis of Port Dover, the son of Leslie and nephew of Jack, along with his brother Peter, Jack’s grandson Daniel Gallagher and his family travelled to France as VIP guests of the Canadian government to attend the D–Day 75th Anniversary: an emotional journey of remembrance. Thirty-seven D–Day Canadian veterans, families, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, politicians and staff from National Defence and Veterans Affairs were also in attendance.

There are no words to describe the feelings and emotions of the trip,” Stephen told the Maple Leaf. Jack Collis was buried in the Canadian War Cemetery in Bretteville-sur-Laize after the end of the war. In 2017, with the permission of the French farm owner, a person scanning a linen field near Verrieres with a metal detector, Stephen shared, found bone and metal. The metal pieces included a helmet with a hole in it, a canteen still holding water, a ring with the initials JAC engraved on it, buckles and more.

Even parts of a pencil and a pipe were found; all so fragile they couldn’t be touched, Stephen said.

Jack’s upper and lower jaw, shoulder, left arm and right hand were also found. This triggered a search to identify the Canadian soldier by Veterans Affairs’ Program Advisor Paulette Ryan and Sarah Lockyer, Forensic anthropologist Casualty Identification Coordinator for the National Defence Department. Armed with DNA, the signet ring and teeth, Stephen said, the government contacted Dodie Collis, who was registered with

Dodie, the wife of Stephen, was the link to the government getting a DNA sample from Stephen that proved to be a 95% match. From there, Dodie provided more family members. Stephen said he met Daniel Gallagher, Jack’s grandson, for the first time. It was a special family event. “It was like we had known each other forever,” he said. On June 5, the family attended a memorial ceremony at the Canadian War Cemetery Benys-surMer. “Like the country, all the graveyards were well-kept and beautiful,” Stephen said. The people were fantastic and appreciative of their liberation. There were Canadian Memorials everywhere, he shared.

On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadians landed at Juno Beach as part of one of the largest military operations in history. On June 6, 2019, the Collis family members were VIP guests at a special 75 year D–Day memorial ceremony. They were able to walk Juno Beach and visit bunkers. “Everytime they played our National Anthem, I teared up,” Stephen said. June 7th was the day for the Ascension Ceremony of Jack Collis’ newly discovered remains.

It poured rain in the morning, but stopped in time for the ceremonies,” Stephen said. There was the playing of The Last Post, a speech by a top Canadian Forces member, a special blessing by a padre, the delivery of Jack’s remains in a Canadian maple box, carried by a soldier to interment. “It made me proud to be Canadian,” Stephen said. The ceremony was very emotional, he said. The family was also taken to the farm and location where Jack’s final remains were found by DND historian Carl Kletke. He suggested that Jack may not have been killed by a land mine as earlier reported, but rather by a Panzer tank round, causing the hole in Jack’s helmet, Stephen said.

It was a moving and respectful ceremony.

The message at all the ceremonies was “We will remember them,” Stephen said. “The biggest thing for me – we can’t forget.” 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY IN FRANCE Stephen Collis, his brother Peter Collis, Jack’s great-granddaughter Meghan, Henri and Ann-Marie who owned the farm where Jack’s final remains were found and Daniel Gallagher, Jack’s grandson at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day ceremony in France. The ceremonies surrounding the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in northern France were very emotional for those in attendance. Stephen Collis holding a gravestone rubbing of his Uncle Jack’s stone, prepared by a Canadian soldier.

The Ascension Ceremony for Jack Collis’ newly discovered remains was held on June 7th in France. We will remember them

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4 | PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 But it wasn’t that simple. Andrew spoke twice to council as council undertook a one-year experiment allowing backyard chickens in hamlets but not towns. The experiment was inconclusive and last year council let the issue slide. Andrew spoke to the newly elected council led by Mayor Kristal Chopp last December and again last Tuesday. Always his message was the same. Chickens are allowed in many places, including Toronto and Kitchener.

Four hens won’t create noise or smell and won’t attract coyotes. They make great pets and provide fresh, healthy eggs.

People who oppose chickens lack experience or education, Andrew told The Maple Leaf. Andrew’s appearance at council last December led to the Jan. 8 incident in which Mayor Chopp tore up a staff report recommending against backyard chickens. Last Tuesday, as council held its final discussion on chickens, Andrew encouraged council to pass a bylaw permitting them with several restrictions. He came to the meeting armed with a petition signed by 70 people from Simcoe, Port Dover, Vittoria and Waterford. Four other citizens addressed council — two in favour of backyard chickens and two opposed.

Leslee Wilson of Simcoe said it rubs her the wrong way when people aren’t allowed to do things on their own property.

Rick Dawdry of Vittoria said opponents of chickens are fear mongering. He said chickens help teach children to be responsible and to take care of animals. But Pat Cox of Simcoe spoke about her bad experience of living next door to people with chickens. She said the chickens’ feed attracted rats. Garfield Eaton spoke on behalf of 500 residents of the Villages of Long Point in Port Rowan, who oppose chickens.

He said allowing chickens wouldn’t work in the small spaces of the Villages. “I don’t think real deep thought and research went into the bylaw,” he said. Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele lost his bid to exempt the Villages from allowing backyard chickens. He noted that 55 people in Port Dover’s Pine Ridge Estates also signed a petition against chickens. In an interview, Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin expressed doubt that the county could exempt neighbourhoods from the bylaw. Coun. Martin said condominium boards, such as in Dover Coast, could set their own rules against chickens if they want.


Martin said she does not expect much demand for backyard chickens in Port Dover. However, there might be demand in former Woodhouse township. Coun. Martin said many Port Dover properties aren’t large enough to accommodate chickens. Norfolk’s bylaw requires coops and runs be set back three metres from back and side property lines. Coun. Martin said the Pine Ridge Estates petition against chickens didn’t go unnoticed but “it’s not where council was at.” Mayor Chopp, Coun. Martin, Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen, Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman and Simcoe councillors Ian Rabbitts and Ryan Taylor voted for the backyard chicken bylaw.

Coun. Masschaele, Langton Coun. Roger Geysens and Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus voted against the bylaw. Chickens don’t belong in urban areas, Coun. Columbus said. They attract rats and flies, he said. Backyard chickens are allowed in town with these restrictions. County bylaw enforcement officers will act on complaints only. o Maximum of four hens per property; o No chicks less than four months old; o No roosters; o Feed to be kept secured from rodents outside hen enclosure; o No slaughtering on site; o No sales of eggs, manure or other products; o Three-metre setbacks from side and rear property lines; o Minimum coop and run space for hens up to 10 square metres and three metres tall; o Hens to be registered with the Ontario Chicken Marketing Board small flock policy; o Manure to be disposed of properly as determined by a bylaw enforcement officer; o Coops to be enclosed on all six sides if not buried; o Owners must reside on the premises where the backyard hens are kept.

Tenants must have written consent of the property’s owner. THE CHICKEN RULES Four backyard chickens allowed, with rules, for all Norfolk homes > From page one NORFOLK is losing its interim chief administrative officer.

Harry Schlange will start a new job as CAO for the Town of Grimsby in Niagara Region right after Labour Day. Mr. Schlange has been Norfolk’s top manager since April 1. He replaced former CAO David Cribbs, who resigned on Jan. 15. By coincidence, Mr. Cribbs started as CAO for the Town of Pelham in Niagara Region last week. Mr. Schlange grew up in Niagara Region and resides there. He was CAO for Fort Erie for two years before moving up to CAO of Niagara Region in 2013. Mr. Schlange became CAO in Brampton in 2016. He “parted ways” with Brampton last December after a new mayor and council took office.

During his brief time in Norfolk, Mr. Schlange has helped council set priorities. Grimsby has a population of 27,000. Just like Norfolk, the town’s voters last year elected a new mayor and six of eight councillors. In a media release last Friday, Grimsby Mayor Jeff Jordan said, “Harry will work closely with town council to expedite council priorities and actively engage our community in charting a course forward for Grimsby.” Norfolk’s CAO since April leaving for job in Grimsby

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 5 Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hosting an information session for you to learn about the upcoming demolition of the powerhouse at our decommissioned Nanticoke Generating Station.

Date: Monday, July 29 Time: Drop in any time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Location: Nanticoke Community Hall, 38 Rainham Rd, Nanticoke, Ontario OPG contracted DELSAN-AIM Environmental Services Inc. to remove existing equipment and buildings from the Nanticoke site in preparation for developing the Nanticoke Solar Facility and for other industrial use. Come learn about the specifics of the powerhouse demolition and get an update on our progress. For more information, please contact: Jennifer Grossi, OPG Corporate Relations 905-357-6940 | You’re invited to an information session to learn more about the demolition of Nanticoke Generating Station.

T:7.25” T:10.5” Musical offerings at Riverfront Park PORT Dover Harbour Museum is gearing up to present a pair of unique musical offerings. First up is the Jubilee Brass Band at Riverfront Park, located beside the museum, on Saturday, July 20. The Jubilee Brass Brand was formed in 1996 and is a 36 member brass ensemble composed of retired men and women who have played in Salvation Army Centres across southwestern Ontario. The evening will showcase a variety of music from classical composers to hymns and the toe-tapping marches and contemporary sounds of today.

The group has performed in both Canada and the United States in a variety of community events including London’s Centennial Hall, Western Fair, Pinafore Park in St. Thomas, and the St. George Apple Festival. On Wed., July 24, the museum will present an evening of old-time jigs, reels, and waltzes performed by Norfolk County’s own Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra at Riverfront Park. With the odd vintage pop tune from the 1920s and ’30s thrown in, you’ll hear everything from Don Messer to Fats Waller.

The Orchestra is an amateur, community ensemble that came together in 2014 and meets in Villa Nova to rehearse.

Members of the group hail from both Norfolk and Brant counties, with a few from the Oxford and Hamilton area. Their line-up boasts fiddles, guitars, ukuleles, reeds, banjo, accordions, and bass. The orchestra will be joined by local folk duo Mike & Pat -- featuring Mike Hogg on the guitar vocals and harmonica, and Patrick Campbell with guitar and vocals. Riverfront Park is located beside the Port Dover Harbour Museum. Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy both concerts. Admission is by donation. For questions, please visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum, 44 Harbour Street, Port Dover, phone 519-583-2660 or email: These three brothers Gil Amaro Fernandez, Soledad Amaro Fernandez and Edgar Amaro Fernandez are from Mexico and working at the Matz farm just outside Port Dover this summer.

They are shown here while picking the sweet pea crop. Fred and Sharon Judd’s Meadow Lynn Farms have had five weeks of a bumper strawberry harvest this year. The season is expected to wind down this week. Shown above are, left to right, Fred Judd, Bevin Mortley of Arthur, Sharon Judd, Leah Erwin of Waterford, Brenda Mortley of Arthur.

Cherries are in season and picking them on a farm outside Simcoe are, at right, Theo Ampadu of Brantford with his children Malachi, 12, and Jada, 13. Kiefer Binkley, 15, of Simcoe works at the Matz Fruit Barn and is shown here with fresh peas. PHOTOS BY EARL HARTLEN LOCAL HARVESTS STRONG

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6 | PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 Becoming a cannabis cultivation manager VIEWPOINT Norfolk is biker and bicycler friendly community PORT Dover is well known for its appeal to bikers. A motorcycle ride to this town is popular in the good weather months.

This spring, Norfolk was also recognized for its work encouraging bikes of another kind. The County has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Norfolk took home the bronze level community award during the Ontario Bike Summit.

One of the biggest events locally for bicyclists is Le Tour de Norfolk which runs this weekend. It is for all ages and all abilities. Riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace. Registration is at Delhi Community Centre on Western Avenue. More information is at Norfolk County has become a premiere destination for cyclists in southern Ontario. The municipality has also improved area trails, encourages new businesses to install bike racks, welcomes bikes on board Ride Norfolk buses, and includes “share the road” signage in all planned capital projects.

For more information – including a look at the county’s trail system – visit BY JEFF TRIBE TO be clear, Jennifer Ayotte is a cannabis cultivation manager who happens to be a woman, rather than the alternative.

But Jennifer, who works at Wayland’s Langton facility, is also honoured to be among a significant female minority selected to the inaugural 15-member Jungle Talks Pro Manager Medicinal Cannabis Mastercourse held in June in The Netherlands. An international event, it recognizes cannabis’s emergence as a horticultural subsector.

The interdisciplinary opportunity links medical cannabis industry members with leadingedge Dutch horticulturalists for two-weeks of contemporary and evolving best practices through presentations, site visits and industry-leader peer interaction. A passionate believer in the efficacy of medical cannabis, Ms. Ayotte is a focussed and driven pioneering industry professional attracted to the mastercourse for the singular accelerated growth opportunity it represents. Ms. Ayotte came obtusely to cannabis’s contemporary green gold rush, following husband Jeff’s westward quest to Boone, Colorado to design a production facility combining smart-technology automation with resource efficiency and sustainability.

Her initial foray into agronomy was driven by crop issues jointly threatening harvest and the Ayotte family’s financial commitment, met initially by a patronizing attitude containing more than a hint of ’isn’t that cute.’ Jennifer’s interim performance exceeded that of the initial and two subsequent contracted growers, leading to official recognition of fait accompli.

I hate ‘agronomist’, hate ‘master grower’, hate titles,” she mused, adding with a smile, “let’s do cultivation manager.” Post Boone, Ms. Ayotte has been at the forefront of diverse global cannabis-industry progress including a consultation in Hawaii’s particularly challenging growth environment, overseen development of a full grow in Switzerland, and mapped out and engineered a 165-hectare German hemp production operation from seeding through harvest and drying, as well as creating integrated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for each unique facility, reflective of their specific international jurisdictions.

Subsequently, she accepted the supervisory position at Wayland’s Langton-area purpose-built cannabis production facility, where to date, she has more than tripled previous production benchmarks while also creating her fifth set of tailor-made SOP.

Her passion for excellence is driven by ‘love of the flower,’ her approach keeping eyes on the plants, striving to predict and head off issues before they arise. “It’s experience and time, that’s what it equates to. Historical data and the subtle differences that work for a grower and wouldn’t work for anyone else.” Although she feels there is no major down or upside to being a female cannabis grow manager, (“Either sex, it’s a lot of hard work,”) Ms. Ayotte says the industry definitely is a ‘boys club’ with predominantly male growers.

I don’t think a lot of people realize very few women are in the field,” she said.

And women have a lot to offer.” Females are however becoming an increasing presence she says, their population expanding. “The industry is young and growing — there is opportunity everywhere to get involved and advance.” The mastercourse features horticulture and medical cannabis components. The mastercourse franchise is the brainchild of husband and wife concept development team Ed Smit and Renee Snijders, Netherlands natives residing in Costa Rica.

I find it very positive we have three women,” said Ms. Snijders, clarifying their selection is welcome, but based on merit. “We want women, but never because of the fact they are women.” A collaborative team in their own right, Ms. Snijders and Mr. Smit found affinity with Jennifer’s share of Canadian cannabis power couple status, but emphasized her inclusion is based on individual qualifications. “She has all the potential to become one of the leading figures in the world of cannabis,” Ms. Snijders credited.

Mr. Smit says previous mastercourse participants exited with a growth experience, business cards and personal connections to the decision makers from leading Dutch horticultural companies, exposure to business opportunities and a network of global peers they can consult, trust and genuinely like.

You are looking at the newest technology and thinking that applies to your own company and sector,” Ms. Snijders concluded. Typically, industry players roll one of two ways says Ms. Ayotte, either unbelievably friendly and communicative or it’s the veil of secrecy where somebody figures they have the magic formula. But for the most part, they are very friendly and communicative. “The industry doesn’t learn and move forward unless we learn together.” In broader terms, Ms. Ayotte sees the cannabis mastercourse as an extension of that reality and welcomes her opportunity to both participate and contribute.

I think it’s critical for the cannabis industry to co-mingle with established agriculture and become part of the team instead of the outsider. And I think acknowledging cannabis is an agricultural crop is one of the first steps.” Wayland Cultivation Manager Jennifer Ayotte’s presence and performance in a male-dominated cannabis industry is backed up by a Langton-area female-majority cultivation team she credits as one of the hardest working, responsible - and fun - groups. HALDIMAND Norfolk Housing Corporation named Matthew Bowen as Chief Executive Officer effective July 1.

The Haldimand Norfolk Housing Corporation (HNHC) is the largest housing provider in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. HNHC has been serving the area for 44 years. After provincial downloading in 2001, it formed as a municipally share-owned, arm’s length corporation of Haldimand and Norfolk counties. HNHC owns and manages 391 rent-geared-to-income homes consisting of 12 apartment buildings and 99 family homes in Delhi, Simcoe, Waterford, Port Dover, Caledonia, Dunnville, and Hagersville. HNHC also offers property management services for an additional 153 homes in Port Rowan, Dunnville, Simcoe, and Delhi owned by local non-profit housing corporations.

The previous CEO, Deborah Filice, retired. She has held the top job since September 2016. Mr. Bowen had been with the City of Hamilton for the past eight years as Manager of Housing Operations, Manager of Partnerships and Director of Building Services. “We are pleased that Matt will be joining our team,” said Jeff Miller, of Port Dover, the President of the HNHC Board. He added, “with our goal to build new affordable housing, we see Matt’s broad experience in the housing sector and his leadership skills as key assets to help us make this happen.” Haldimand Norfolk Housing Corp names Matthew Bowen new CEO

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 7 TOBY BARRETT Queen’s Park Report THE province has brought in interim animal protection measures, which are a temporary solution until a better permanent system is in place by next January. Animal welfare legislation has been enforced by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) since 1919, however, the OSPCA recently decided to stop providing animal welfare enforcement services. Ontario is taking action to ensure the laws we have in place protect animals from abuse and neglect, and hold people accountable when they do not properly look after animals under their care.

The interim ‘OSPCA Amendment Act’ allows local humane societies to continue the enforcement work they have been doing for many years.

To ensure animals are protected in the interim, the public can report animal welfare concerns by calling 1-833-9ANIMAL. Enforcement of animal welfare legislation has links to many complex issues. In addition to animal abuse and cruelty, an animal welfare situation can involve mental health, hoarding, domestic violence, puppy mills, pets in care, dogfighting and cockfighting – to name a few. This is why many partners are currently involved and why a model that has been in place for over 100 years cannot be replaced overnight.

In March, the OSPCA informed the Solicitor General that it would no longer enforce the OSPCA Act as of April 1 of this year.

This was later extended to June 28, but with exceptions. The OSPCA also indicated to the ministry they would no longer be enforcing livestock and horse complaints. The Solicitor General wrote to the OSPCA asking they continue animal welfare enforcement until the government introduces a new model - unfortunately, they refused. The ‘OSPCA Amendment Act’ is a temporary solution that will help fill the gaps while we build a new, permanent enforcement model and develop a legislative framework for the future. Animal welfare is complex. Its stakeholders range from veterinarians, pet owners and animal advocacy groups to livestock farmers.

We are talking to all of these groups as well as municipalities and police services.

For the sake and safety of our animals, we are not going to rush the new long-term model. The stakes are too high. We will take the time needed to get the new model right. That includes making sure the people have their say. Our government takes animal welfare seriously. Following the withdrawal of the OSPCA from enforcement of livestock and equine cases, our government acted quickly to ensure all livestock and equine welfare cases were directed to the local police authorities across the province. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs and our farm organizations continue to provide expertise to police authorities, as needed, in partnership with our local veterinarians.

Ontario farmers are already world leaders in maintaining the highest standards of animal care. They rely on the welfare of their animals to make a living, just like they rely on taking sustainable care of the land and the environment where their animals thrive. Allowing animals to go unprotected is simply unacceptable to our government. Since this government was elected, we have clearly stated the animal protection enforcement system across this province can be and will be made better, and we are taking action to do so. The ‘OSPCA Amendment Act’ is the first step along that path.

Knights of Columbus Steps to better animal welfare enforcement Joe Czerlau introduced this year’s Knight of the Year Deacon John Doomernik.

About 60 people enjoyed the special evening at St. Cecilia’s Church Hall catered by Knechtel Foods. Newly elected Grand Knight Mike Vanrooy. Dollier and Galinee Knights of Columbus Council held its 36th annual Charter Night recently at St. Cecilia’s Church Hall. About 60 people were in attendance with Knechtel Foods catering the event. Joe Czerlau introduced this year’s Knight of the Year Deacon John Doomernik, who is Chaplain for the Council. Outgoing Grand Knight Dennis Blake introduced the newly elected Grand Knight Michael Vanrooy.

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8 | PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 MARYETTAMcGRAW Originally published May 2016 I was on my way out last Friday night and in a bit of a dash so I flew down the stair case, spun into the hall and next thing... I was rivalling supergirl! Airborne, arms and hands extended out front and on my supersonic way to a crash with the closet door at the end of the hall. I sideswiped a stool, as my left temple sortof slammed into the floor. I yelped, “What the dickens just happened ... Only I didn’t say dickens.

And then, being intact, I laughed. Why do we laugh after that sort of thing? And after this super-sonic spectacular fall, I get no bragging rights! I have only a small bruise under my left thumb nail and my left arm gave me a little back-sass for about 24 hours.

So what happened? I had left a wee bit of quarter-round sticking out from the end of the baseboard at the bottom of the stairs. I should have trimmed it back but – it was ONLY a half inch. I was reminded once again why I am taking the Stand Up – Fall Prevention Classes. Focussed exercises and discussions about strong bones and safe spaces are included. We are advised to look around our home space with a critical eye for potential problems. Like a halfinch protuberance that will trip you up some day.

We were asked in class today if any of us had ever fallen. And of course we all had. Does anyone get through childhood and teen years without a few falls? However, we were reminded that falls become more frequent among seniors especially for those taking three or more medications and are more likely to have life changing consequences when they do happen. One day you are running your own life and the next you might need help with everything. Many falls are preventable and therefore many life changing consequences might otherwise be avoided.

My consequences were minor – a bad night’s sleep followed and I had to reach across with my right hand to wash the hair on the left side of my head – awkward but minor! Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! That was a pretty spectacular fall and things might have gone down differently.

Thinking about falling I went to soufflés immediately. But I don’t make soufflés – not usually. On the other hand I do have one recipe – a note on it says I discovered it during my last year at Western U. , 1966-67. I was living in a garret apartment with one of those funny little stoves where you could use one element on high or two on medium but if you wanted the oven, no elements were available. Hah! The good old days.

The recipe is really plain like many casserole recipes were in the sixties using only salt, pepper and onion to add flavour to the main ingredients. A second, much later, note suggests “jazz it up” with the addition of garlic, mushrooms and some herbs. Mary Etta McGraw, PHEc., 519-429-5823. Flat-out in the front hall and need of fall prevention WHATADISH. The Port Dover Harbour Museum presents: CONCERTS IN RIVERFRONT PARK 44 Harbour St. 519-583-2660 The Salvation Army JULY 20 6:30 pm JULY 24 7:00 pm Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra Admission by donation. Please bring your lawn chair featuring folk duo: Mike Hogg & Patrick Campbell *in the event of severe weather, a smaller emsemble will perform inside the museum Gen’s Chicken Plus I have no idea who Gen is or even what cookbook I found this in but there doesn’t appear to be anything like it online.

My note: I added the herbs and veggies except the onion to the base recipe. Choose other sautéed/cooked vegetables instead of those I have used if preferred. I think chopped spinach or Swiss chard would be good with scallion and garlic. And how about a cup of grated Asiago or other cheese when you add the broth and milk? Substitute thyme or marjoram and sage. The base recipe is so bland it lends itself to many possibilities. 1.5 kg boneless chicken thighs and/or breasts 2 1/2 cups chicken broth 2 Tb butter, for greasing casserole dish Salt and pepper to taste 5 Tb butter, divided 1 small onion, chopped fine 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced 1 stalk celery sliced thinly on short diagonal 2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed 1/4 – 1/2 crushed dried red chilies, optional Dried or fresh chopped basil to taste 1/4 cup flour 1 cup milk or light cream 2 thick slices bread, in 1/4 –inch cubes 2 egg yolks beaten 2 egg whites beaten until stiff Preheat oven to 325F.

Bring broth to the boil for poaching the chicken.

Cut chicken pieces in half or thirds and add to boiling broth. Return to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and poach the chicken 8 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to buttered casserole dish. Reserve broth. Melt 2 Tb butter in wide deep pan over medium high. Stir in onions, mushrooms and celery cooking until softened and mushrooms are lightly coloured. Add salt and pepper to taste, garlic, chilies and basil, if using, and cook another minute. Add remaining 3 Tb butter; when melted stir in flour and cook for a minute.

Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups broth and the milk; return to stove on medium heat and stir until it thickens.

Stir a little of the hot mixture into the egg yolks to temper them; add the tempered yolks to the veggie mixture stirring to thoroughly blend. Stir in the bread cubes and remaining broth. Fold in beaten egg white and pour over chicken. Bake for 1 hour in preheated 325F oven. Peas (or Edamame) and Scallions Serves 4 Heat a skillet on medium high with 1 Tb each water and butter (or non-hydrogenated margarine like Becel).

Add the 2 cups frozen peas and 3 scallions sliced thinly. Cook until steamy giving things a stir once or twice. The idea is that all the water will evaporate and you’ll have buttery peas to serve. Takes about 3 minutes. Add a pinch of sugar and salt if desired while cooking. Add a little sweet chopped red pepper or dried chilies for variation another time.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 9 Now’s the Time to Make Your Move Call today or visit to arrange your personal visit and be our guest for lunch. 395 Cedar St, Simcoe | 226-484-6000 By Donna McMillan IAN Bell has performed across Canada and the United States since the late 1970s.

He wrote and served as musical director for five of Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café national concert broadcasts. He performed period music for and occasionally appeared in The Road to Avonlea.

He has performed in the Roots Festival at the Lincoln Centre. He and Dan Needles are continuing to perform “Confessions from the 9th Concession” throughout Ontario playhouses. He recently released his latest CD “Saturday Nights in Villa Nova,” recorded live at The Crooked Stovepipe in the hamlet of Villa Nova. And, Ian brought a revived historical awareness of Lake Erie shipping, fishing, War of 1812 and rumrunning through song and storytelling while a past curator of the Port Dover Harbour Museum. To quote Juno award winner David Francey, “Ian Bell writes with clarity and passion... beautifully crafted songs delivered in a strong, clear voice.” Ian first picked up a guitar while in grade six, he recently told the Maple Leaf.

But, he didn’t get “serious about it until high school when I realized it was a vehicle for attracting girls,” he said. He was in various bands during his Waterford High School years, sometimes playing rock, sometimes folk. He shared he was first smitten by folk songs he heard at hootenannies he attended with his parents in the very early ’60s, and later at the Mariposa Festivals of the early ’70s.

Along the way, he taught himself to play mandolin, harmonica, button accordion, banjo, jaw harps, whistles and pipes in addition to the guitar. He had a little bit of help with learning the pipes from friends, he added. Ian often has stories to tell to bring life to his songs. He was influenced by such artists as “Utah” Phillips, he said. It all came about because he decided a lot of Canadian and Ontario traditional music required some context, he shared. Some of his program themes, often presented at schools or museums, include “From the Home Front to the Western Front”, “Hogmany”, The Scots or Irish in Ontario, “Songs of the Great Lakes”, “The Music of 1812”, “ A Soldier’s/Sailor’s Life”, “Farming and Rural Life”, “Tipplers and Teetotalers” and many more.

Contextualizing became very important,” he said.

Ian performs with many artists and can be found on such CDs as “Forget Me Not When Far Away”, tunes about the days of sails on the Great Lakes; “My Pious Friends & Drunken Companions”; “Shallow Water”, inspired by Port Dover and lakeside life; Muddy York “Scatter the Ashes”, music of old Ontario and other titles. Ian Bell brings fishing, farming, War of 1812 songs to life MAKINGMUSIC. Ian Bell outside The Crooked Stovepipe in Villa Nova.

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10 | PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 By Donna McMillan LITTLE did Pam Schneider know a year ago when she started experimenting with making beeswax reusable wraps with a friend in her garage studio that they would become one of the hits of the season for her at Summer Festival and with The Dover Cheese Shop.

Pam, a Port Dover encaustic artist, started producing her stunning encaustic art work five years ago. She has participated in the Norfolk Studio Tour, Open Studio, Summer Festival and has had her artwork featured in a solo exhibition at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. A friend suggested she try these wraps a year ago, she told the Maple Leaf. “I first saw them at One of a Kind about five years ago and thought they were a good idea... but had no thought of doing it myself.” The two tried some recipes and came up with one that comprised cotton material, beeswax, tree sap and jojoba oil. Pam took about 80 Bee-Usable packages of four wraps each to Summer Festival last August and sold out in the first three hours of the first day.

From there, Jenny Ball, owner of Port Dover’s Main streetcheeseshopcontacted her, wanting to carry Pam’s local product in the store. Pam was kept busy with pre-Christmas sales there. Pam shared that they are popular as an alternative to single use plastic wrap. They work well for wrapping cheese, vegetables, the leftovers of baguettes, the top of bowls of leftovers that are being put in the frig and more. They are pliable, can be molded to bowls and can be washed with soap and cool water for regular reuse. Pam’s package of four, all colourful patterns, comprise two 8 x 8, one 10 x 10 and one 13 x 14 beeswax wrap.

She uses Canadian beeswax from the Ottawa area and Bear’s Treasure Honey in Vanessa. She buys cotton material from the Mill Store, she shared. She’s also been making beeswax candles. Michael Barber of Barber & Veri Design created her logo from one of Pam’s pieces of artwork, featuring a bee. Making the beeswax wraps is a time-consuming process, Pam explained. She needs to cut the cotton, wash and dry the material, wax them with her mixed formula, trim, fold and package. She is pleased people are buying them for environmental reasons and to give as hostess gifts, teacher gifts and more.

She is estimating she will need 200 to 300 for this year’s Port Dover Summer Festival, happening in Powell Park the third weekend in August.

The wraps can be purchased by connecting with Pam through her website at or e-mail pam2@, her St. George Street Studio by appointment or at The Dover Cheese Shop. “What started off as a little afternoon project has turned into something big,” Pam said. JULY 3 - 20 DIRECTED BY SARAH PHILLIPS COMEDY BY KRISTEN DA SILVA 247 Main St, Port Dover TEL 519-583-2221 SHOP ONLINE 24/7 Bee-Usable Wraps are eco–friendly alternative to single use plastic Reusable beeswax wraps.

Pam Schneider is making reusable beeswax wraps. A market to celebrate the artisans of Norfolk County Saturday, August 3rd 11am - 5pm Sunday, August 4th 12pm - 4pm Local vendors, wine by the glass, live music, locally sourced food, and more! Free Admission. 1709 Front Road, St Williams Burning Kiln Winery

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 11 By Jessica Tulpin ONTARIO Electronic Vape set up shop at 416 Main Street at the beginning of May. The speciality shop carries a wide variety of electronic vaporizers that consumers use in lieu of tobacco cigarettes.

The Port Dover location is the fourth in the Ontario Electronic Vape chain. Owner Aidan Wilkins feels that the new location is a good fit for his business. “For a small community, Port Dover is well-diversified,” he said, adding that he is impressed with the town.

Mr. Wilkins has been in the “vape” business for the past five years and says he has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the market and technology. He feels that his stores offer a better customer experience than a lot of corner stores that sell the same types of products. “My employees are very knowledgeable in the product, they are constantly educating themselves on new technology,” he said noting that the two staff members at the Port Dover store are no exception. The store stocks everything one needs for their vaping system: batteries, coils, liquids, and chargers, in addition to kits, from starter to expert.

Although they do carry herbal vaporizers, they are not a cannabis store and do not carry any such products or paraphernalia. He continuously evaluates his stock to meet the specific needs of his customers. Mr. Wilkins stresses that all of his stores, including the Port Dover location, are intended strictly for adults and those under the age of 19 are not permitted into the building and he and his staff do not permit the sale of vape products to minors.

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Vape Store’ offers products and technology IT’S now easier than ever to take part in free prenatal classes with the HaldimandNorfolk Health Unit. In addition to in-person sessions, expecting parents can now enjoy online classes as they prepare for their new arrival. This is a web-based, mobile-friendly program that includes audio voiceover, closed captioning, videos, quizzes, and more to help you learn about healthy pregnancy, labour and birth, breastfeeding, and taking care of your newborn.

After registering, each user will have access to the classes for 365 days. Those interested can register online at prenatal-classes/.

We’re very excited to be able to offer online prenatal classes,” said Sheryll Brimley, Public Health Nurse who teaches prenatal classes with the Health Unit. “This allows us to get our messaging out to even more parents and help them through a tremendous time in their lives.” Topics include comfort measures, life with a newborn, and coping skills for new parents.

In-person classes are offered every month in Simcoe at the EarlyOn Centre. To register, call 519-426-6170. Health Unit online and in-person prenatal classes

12 | PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 Richard Dupp, at left, and Tim Warris with the original century-old mechanism that still keeps the time on the clocks in the tower. Long poles attached to gears reach out to the four faces of the clock and turn the hands of time. Tim made new aluminum clock hands to replace the failing wooden hands -- some of which are thought to be original. New clock hands were cut out of 3/8-inch aluminum by Tim Warris at his Port Dover shop using a cutting tool guided by a computer program.

The 501-pound bell is a level below the clock in the Town Hall tower. This bell arrived in Port Dover on September 2, 1856 and was moved to the tower in 1904. Richard Dupp keeps the clock mechanism working smoothly as a volunteer job with Lighthouse Festival Theatre, the owner of the building. Tour inside the town clock By Paul Morris R ICHARD Dupp is the volunteer timekeeper for this town’s oldest and most recognized clock. Installed in July 1906 in the Town Hall building, now Lighthouse Festival Theatre, the iconic town clock continues to work using the same mechanism that was installed a century ago.

Accessed through a small trap door and a steep ladder, the climb to the top first reaches the level where the 501-pound bell is mounted one floor below the clock. The bell was made in Troy, NY, shipped to Buffalo and from there brought to Port > Continued on next page

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 PORT DOVER MAPLE LEAF | 13 A close-up look at the gear mechanism and poles that extend out to the clock’s four faces and keep the hands of time running smoothly. Encased in a wooden box, the large bob on the end of the pendulum swings back and forth to keep time ticking on the town clock.

Weights with blocks and cables attached sink down a shaft in a corner of the building to power the pendulum and keep the clock running. Two bricks were added to the weight shown at left to improve the time-keeping.

Once a week, the weights must be cranked back to the top of the tower. This was originally done by hand. Today, Richard uses a power drill to do the job. The clock mechanism was built by the E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, Mass. This small clock is attached to the main works. A century after it was built, the clock still keeps accurate time without using electricity. A view of Powell Park from the clock tower. Dover on the schooner ‘Mayflower’ arriving here on Sept. 2, 1856. Originally installed on a tower in Powell Park, the bell was rung for the first time on April 3, 1857. The first bell ringer had a salary of $50.00 per year and was required to ring the bell each weekday at 7:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1:00 p.m.

and 6:00 p.m. During the summer months, it also rang at 6:00 a.m. The bell was also used throughout the year for fires and funerals as required.

The bell was moved to its present location in 1904 after the tower was built. A bell hammer that is connected to the clock mechanism hits the bell to make the ring. The original bell clapper still hangs inside from its earlier time as a swinging bell. From the bell level, a second steep climb goes to the clock level at the top of the tower. The four clock faces fill the room with light. In the middle sits the original E. Howard & Company of Boston, Mass. clockworks. As early as 1889, a movement had begun to raise funds for a town clock. A number of concerts were held but the money was not used and practically forgotten about until 1906 when the sum of $600.

was turned over to the village.

A clock was ordered and put into operation in July of that year. The clock was connected to the bell to automatically strike the hours and halfhours -- day and night. The contract price for the clock and its installation was $740, but owing to the failure of the contractor to have it ready for July 1st, the price was reduced to $715.00. Over the decades various people have maintained the clock and kept its mechanism working. In the 1980s, the bell ringing was stopped over concerns about vibrations causing damage to the tower’s brickwork. Today, Richard Dupp of Port Dover volunteers to keep the time ticking.

He is Program Coordinator and Professor of Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Apprenticeship at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Giving a tour of the clock, he speaks almost lovingly of the mechanism. Over the years, he has learned exactly what each gear does and appreciates its simplicity and harmony as well as its historical importance to the community.

When repairs were completed to the brickwork, Richard worked out a way to have the bell ring on a limited schedule. August 27, 2015 was the world premiere of the play ‘Ghost Island Light’ at Lighthouse Theatre and, as Richard says, “the first (regulated) ding of the dong in 36 years.” Today the bell rings out the hours at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. daily. The clock works without electricity. A swinging pendulum and weights in a shaft that is almost three stories high keep the time accurate.

Richard found and contacted a clockkeeper in the US with the same clock and exchanges tips on keeping everything in good condition.

He has cleaned the gears and parts of a century of “goo”. The solid brass gears need no lubrication. A vacuum is kept handy to deal with the thousands of tiny gnats attracted by the lights at night. Some years ago, Richard discovered the wooden hands on the clock face were deteriorating. Some of the hands appeared to be original while others were made of plywood. When they warped, the hour and minute hands would not pass freely and the clock faces would not show the same time and often the wrong time.

Seeing a need for new clock hands, Richard reached out to Tim Warris of Fast Tracks Hobbyworks in Port Dover. Tim manufactures intricate model railroad parts using state-of-the-art equipment and immediately agreed to volunteer on the project. Using the existing hands as his template, Tim used a cutting tool guided by a computer program to carve out new hands from 3/8-inch anodized aluminum. To reduce their weight and make them perfectly balanced on their rotation point, the backside of each arm was carefully carved out.

In May, the first set of new hands was installed on the clock and a check after 24 hours showed they kept perfect time.

The new aluminum hands should last forever. Richard and Tim did all the work as volunteers and someday, someone may discover that they’ve etched their names and the date in small print along the side of the clock arm. The next major project for the clock involves the Roman numerals that create the clock’s four faces. Richard says they are made of cast iron and some parts are brittle and they all need to be cleaned up. While keeping the town clock operational is a constant project, Richard says “it’s the centre of town and marks Lighthouse Theatre. It’s big for townspeople. They notice.” > Continued from previous page

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