The GUT. Conservation Area. Ambrose Moran AUGUST 2012

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1 AUGUST 2012 The GUT Conservation Area By Ellen Lantaigne Photo L. A. Perna On Monday July 2, 2012 I took my niece and nephews to visit the Gut Conservation Area. To my surprise it has not been well kept and to get down to the Gut you need a four wheel drive vehicle. Any other vehicle attempting to take the road down risks damage or getting stuck, and it s a long walk to get down to the actual site so walking is a bit of a trek. Continued on page 3 Country Classics Ltd Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated 157 Burleigh Steet Apsley Ambrose Moran Broker -Direct # E mail Ranked 63 in 2010 out of over Re/Max Agents in Canada

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3 continued from page 1 The GUT There are no signs on how far the drive is to the parking area and when you walk down to the Gut Area there are no signs for hiking trails as noted on the internet, and there are no signs showing how to get back to parking area. It might also be very informative and educational to know how the Gut came to exist. I called the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority regarding my concerns and how people might better access and enjoy it at this time of year. They advised me they need donations to keep this up and I am sure few people are aware about giving donations. There are no signs saying donations are accepted towards keeping up the grounds and roads to the Gut. They did once have boxes on site for donations, but of course they were stolen. You can help by donating to help keep this beautiful area more accessible and back to what it should be. Every little bit counts. The Crowe River Conservation Area, Administration Office, P.O. Box 416, 70 Hughes Lane, Marmora, Ontario K0K 2M0 You may make Donations for The Gut Conservation area and you can request a receipt for Income Tax purposes. (I would suggest sending a self addressed stamped envelope) if you are concerned for such a beautiful site to be kept up so we all can get there and enjoy its beauty. THE NORTH KAWARTHA FOOD BANK'S Lucky Loonie Night Saturday, October 20 NK Community Centre Featuring Uncle George's Catering Doors to open at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, auction at 7pm, (live & silent). Please contact Pat Quast, INDEX The Gut... Front page, 3 West Nile Virus...04 Lions Report...05 Council Notes...06 Bridge Report...06 Apsley Legion...07 Our Genetic Tomorrows...08 Run for the Cure...09 Eel s Creek...10 Fire Fighters Needed in Apsley...11 Community Care...12 Canada Day Parade & Heirloom Seeds...13 Apsley Central Public School Raffle...14 We Will Remember & Chapel Speaker Schedule...15 Bridge Report...16 On the Watch...17 Woodview Neighbourhood...17 Did You Know?...18 Firefly Band...18 Sprtsman s Corner...19 North Kawartha Community Centre...20 Church News...21 Advertisers Directory & Classified Ads...22 BOATER TEST DEPOT The Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) is required to operate any power vessel regardless of operator s age, size of boat or engine horsepower. If you still need to get your Pleasure Operators Card, Smith-Ennismore Community Policing will be hosting the 2nd annual BOATER TEST DEPOT at the Bridgenorth Community Policing Office, 826 Ward Street in the Village of Bridgenorth. The public can attend this location any Saturday during the months of July and August to write the Pleasure Craft Operators Card exam. Boater Test Depot Hours of Operation 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. no appointment required (every Saturday from June 30th through to the end of August.) To make an appointment that will suit your schedule Contact Anita Hayes at Please note: Payment is by CASH ONLY and Proof of Identification is required. Or, do it online at: page 3

4 page 4 75 Years of Craftsmanship 69 Aylmer Street North at Rink PETERBOROUGH Rod Verduyn CRANWELL PLUMBING OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE LICENSED PLUMBING - REPAIR AND NEW CONSTRUCTION LICENSED SEPTIC SYSTEMS WATER LINES COTTAGE WINTERIZING & SPRING START-UP PUMP REPAIR & INSTALLATION EXCAVATION RICK CRANWELL EEL'S LAKE CELL Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Monday s 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Glen Alda Community Centre Contact Alex ApsleyVoice is published by William & Elizabeth Johnston, Box 383, Apsley, ON K0L 1A0 Editor, Production Manager Lucy Perna B.F.A.A.E Business Manager Peter Hughes Distribution Graham Allen Circulation: 5,500 Published monthly Distributed from Lakefield to Bancroft with Canada Post Subscriptions are available for $35 per year. ApsleyVoice The editors, directors and/or publishers will not be liable and assume no responsibility for losses or damages arising directly or indirectly from errors in the Apsley Voice. Opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors of the articles, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors, directors and/or publishers. Any comments sent in to the Apsley Voice may be published. Releasing information to the Apsley Voice will be considered consent to publish. All submissions may be subject to some editing due to space restrictions. Visit us West Nile Virus Found in Local Mosquitoes Health Unit Advises Residents to Protect Themselves From Mosquito Bites The Peterborough County-City Health Unit is advising the public that mosquitoes in the City of Peterborough have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The mosquitoes were trapped July 9, 10, and 11, This is the first positive mosquito pool found in the City of Peterborough this year. Although the risk of becoming infected is low, prevention against bites is the best protection. Residents are strongly advised to use personal protective measures while outdoors to avoid mosquito bites. For further information, please contact: Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer (705) , ext. 391 The deadline for our SEPTEMBER 2012 issue of Apsley Voice is AUGUST 15TH, 2012

5 Lions Report August 2012 By Brenda Lenson July was certainly a very busy and successful month for the Lions starting with Canada Day. Thanks goes to everyone who participated in our Canada Day Parade, without you, there would be no parade. A special thanks to the Murray Montgomery Family and Friends who always entertain us with their very creative inventions. After the parade, people came to the Lions Park to participate in the various children s activities. Even the 15 minutes of rain couldn t dampen the spirit! At the end of the night, there was an amazing fireworks display Home, Cottage, Commercial Kawartha Clean Team Carpet, Uphlostery, Mattress General Cleaning The early bird draw was made on Canada Day and we would like to congratulate Donald Riley of London, Ontario who was the winner of $ Don t forget to get your ticket on a $5,000 travel card so you can have a fabulous trip anywhere that you wish! The big draw will be October 10th. July 21st was our Annual Giant Indoor Flea Market. This is our biggest fund raiser and certainly the most work. We spent 11 days setting up and organizing everything. Thanks go to Gary Geraldi and his staff at the NKCC for all their efforts; everyone who donated items and of course to everyone who purchased a little something at this event! Congratulations to Linda Farrington who did a great job on her first time chairing this event! Don t forget Bingo it s held every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at the NKCC! Come on out and have some fun. Who knows you could be the jackpot winner! Sadly Dave Lee passed away June 22 at the PRHC. He lived at Whispering Pines in Apsley ten years or more. His friends will remember him for his kindness and helpfulness. He volunteered time with the Computer for Kids program and also the Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser for the North Kawartha Public Library and Learning Centre. We Care About Your Smile! Kimberley Paget DD Melissa Hope DD Wayne Paget DD Apsley 183 Burleigh St. Apsley Health Centre You will be missed Dave, rest in peace. Susan Mycroft for all your denture needs page 5

6 Council Notes by Doug Hutton Red Church Gallery 2191 Hwy 620, Coe Hill Featuring original paintings; photography; sculptures; hand-made jewelry and more Open weekends 10 am -4pm Madawaska House Retreat and Organic Gardens Art and Garden Tour August 25 & 26 12:00-5:00 30 New Carlow Rd. Hwy 62 N past Bancroft and Maple Leaf, turn right onto Boulter Rd. 8 kl An acre of gardens & art in a rustic setting Mileage Rate Reduction Council approved a reduction in the mileage rate from $0.58 to $0.54 per km effective immediately. This is in accordance with North Kawartha s 2009 policy to adopt the same rate as Peterborough County. Waste Report Council discussed the 2011 Waste Management report by Waste Diversion Ontario. Gary Geraldi, Director of Parks and Recreation reported that efforts to improve recycling in North Kawartha have been successful. In 2010, the county diverted 39%, and North Kawartha was only slightly better at 40%. Last year, the report shows that the county s diversion rate was 31% while North Kawartha s rate had increased to 47%. Deputy Reeve, Barry Rand stated that it is important that all of the residents are thanked for their continued efforts to make the recycle program successful. Beer and Wine Bottle Return Council discussed a proposal to establish a bottle return depot in part of the building currently housing the Food Bank. Council felt that the concerns of the Food Bank s Board and the unknown long-term future of the building make it an undesirable choice. Council agreed to continue to work with the community to assist in finding a suitable location. Peterborough Greater Area Economic Development Corporation Update Karen Jopling, Agricultural Development Officer, PGAEDC, provided council with a quarterly update. Ms. Jopling explained that her work involves agriculture, but also the kiosk and business advisory programs. The advisory program is offered free to local businesses to help them deal with small-business issues and assist them to grow their businesses. Deputy-Reeve, Barry Rand, thanked her for her presentation and for her work contact businesses directly. He reminded her that there are many small businesses throughout North Kawartha, not just in Apsley, that might benefit from her services. PV PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Lawn mowing and trimming Spring/Fall yard clean up Eavestrough cleaning and power washing Small tree and brush removal Shoreline cleanup Rubbish removal Window cleaning Serving Apsley and surrounding area Phone: (705) Crowe Valley Conservation Authority Report Deputy Reeve, Barry Rand, advised council that Crowe Valley s budget has been restructured to increase flexibility and to better deal with emergencies and daily operations. The Crowe Valley Board also requested that Mr. Rand serve as the chair of new Long Range Planning Committee. Council approved the appointment and also agreed to provide some secretarial assistance in preparing the long-range planning report. Reeve, Jim Whelan said that it is a great idea to develop a long-range plan to avoid future problems. The report is due to be completed by October. page 6

7 Royal Canadian Branch 381, Apsley AUGUST 2012 LEGION EVENTS Car Trunk Sale - August 18 Yes, it s time for your car to do something nice for you, for a change (no pun intended) On August the 18 at about 9 o clock in the morning the Legion will open its grounds for you to bring your car full of treasures so you can sell and keep the profits. This event is a way for the Legion to give back to the community. In England they call this a Car Boot Sale. Here we call it a Tail Gate Sale we are simply going to call it a Car Trunk Sale. Come and have fun with your friends and neighbours. Who knows, you may find a treasure for yourself! Frank Pacheco Commercial & Residential Generator Systems Factory trained Generac Technician Solar: Grid Tie, Off Grid LandscapeLighting Repairs & Upgrades Service Installations FULLY LICENSED & INSURED - ECRA/ESA# Rates: 9 holes-$26 18 holes $39 Week-end rates-9 holes $28, 18 holes $40 (tax included) Discounts: Jr. & Sr.: 1/2 price daily after 2 p.m. Events: Buddy game" 2 person Best Ball Adult and Child Aug 12 Battle of the Lakes 4 person scramble Aug. 26 Shotgun - Limit of 14 teams GOLF(4653) Leagues Ladies-Tuesdays, 8:30 am Men's-Tuesdays 4 pm & Thursdays 8:30 am. SUMMER SALE CELEBRATING Our 20th Season! SUMMER PERENNIALS SALE PERENNIALS Over 300 Varieties of Healthy, Hardy Plants Over 300 Varieties of Healthy, Hardy Plants, Ground Covers and Natives All 25% Off All 20% OFF All Hardware 50% OFF Closed Closed Tuesday Tues. and & Wednesday Wed. in August in JULY page 7

8 OUR GENETIC TOMORROWS When water coming from the tap is barely drinkable, some will continue to drink it. Only when it is proved to be polluted and people start getting sick, will everyone stop drinking it. The same might be said of our moral imperative not to Photo: Lyn Wynans move quickly enough to correct the world s critical environmental problems. If we continue to allow exploitation and greed to lead the way, global catastrophe and an unprecedented loss of life will almost certainly be the result. Many scientists are now suggesting a science fiction solution. When the secrets of our genetic code were revealed, it opened the door to a viable acceleration of evolution, in which our future may well depend, not on doctrine, but on genetic manipulation to get us out of our current crisis. In our Future Evolution, John H. Campbell writes: What has the future in store for humanity? Will our descendants succumb to pollution, the population explosion, exhausted resources or grinding poverty? Might they arrive at permanent prosperity or enter the golden age of leisure? Each vision has its advocates and ethical implications. I predict that human destiny is to elevate itself to the status of the gods. We will transform ourselves by evolution, the same creative process which raised our branch of life to the level of Homo sapiens. This advancement is hard upon us. In a dozen generations people may well advance as far above our contemporary form as we surpass the apes. Descendants of another dozen generations may regard our mental capacities as we do the mind of a mole. We have discovered the material basis of life. Geneticists are laying open our heredity like a circuit board. Embryologists, neurophysiologists and cytologists promise soon to show us how to work any improvement in our phenotypes that we wish. We shall be able to redesign our biological selves at will. Campbell posits that there is no limit to the level of intelligence that humanity will be able to achieve with genetic engineering. But there s a down side to his prediction. Redesigning the human genome will not apply to the seven billion or so inhabitants of earth. Initially, it will be implemented by select groups: those wealthy enough to have their offspring re-wired for superior intelligence, and, of course, there will be government backed programs, which will produce a superior elite, whose built-in mission will be to foster a more egalitarian society. If it turns out that we are to be ruled by a superior elite, it would be critically important to make sure that their genetic redesigning should include compassionate and empathic genes, as well as a built-in wisdom and knowledge of how to institute ethical no harm imperatives. This may not be nature s evolutionary pace of doing business. But if we are going to travel down this Elysian road, let s make sure we have drivers who know the way. Alex Hamilton-Brown, Bancroft Call the Professionals Top Hat & Tales CHIMNEY SERVICES DUCT CLEANING & MASONRY INSTALLATION OF STOVES, CHIMNEYS & RELINES PUNCTUAL COURTEOUS FRIENDLY SERVICE SWEEP RIGHT -- SLEEP TIGHT or Cottage Customers Book to have your chimneys and ducts done when you arrive for the summer to keep the cost down and availability prompt. page 8

9 THERE IS HOPE C.I.B.C. RUN FOR THE CURE By Alice Liberty Time is fast approaching for the C.I.B.C. BREAST CANCER WALK. On Saturday, September 29th at 1:00 pm the WOMEN OF APSLEY will dress in PINK when they do the 5km walk to raise funds to help find a cure for BREAST CANCER. Pink balloons will mark the route starting at the New Community Centre and will head up to scenic Mill Lake Road and back to the centre. This is a new starting point this year and we would like to give the Lion s a special THANK YOU for letting us use their pavillion for our walks in the past years. Everyone has family, friends, neighbours who have lost someone dear to breast cancer and/or is a survivor of this dreaded disease. When asked for a donation, PLEASE DIG DEEP INTO THOSE POCKETS and GIVE FROM YOUR HEARTS and help us find a CURE. Our goal this year is $15, PLEASE HELP US DO IT. Apsley Auctions is excited to announce its 2012 auction calendar SUN. August 5 SAT. August 18 SAT. Sept. 22 SAT. October 6 Sales start at 10 AM at the North Kawartha Community Centre We pride ourselves on our personal service; researching, photographing & advertising your items world-wide. Wally is currently accepting ALL your quality consignments... canoes, decoys, fishing tackle, antique tools, furniture, toys, military items, postcards, photos & more.we will come to your home at no charge to help you decide the best way to sell one item to an entire estate. We have sold a wooden canoe for $4,800, fishing rod $1,200, tackle box $800, wicker chair $1,180, gold bracelet $2,000, postcard collection $25,000, crock $600, toy engine $600. Are there things like this hiding in your basement? Call Wally James Member Auctioneers Association of Ontario A BLUE BOX has been placed outside of FOOD- LAND for pop/beer cans,wine/beer bottles. Proceeds from the collection of these items will all go to Breast Cancer. THANK YOU to the people who have already been dropping them off. Donation forms for the C.I.B.C. RUN FOR THE CURE can be picked up at the Apsley Pharmacy and at the Heart of Apsley or call Alice Liberty (Team Captain for the Women of Apsley page 9

10 Letter to the Editor I find it quite comical when I read that there is a group trying to make Eels Creek a favoured canoe route. First of all Parks Canada will not allow an adequate flow of water from the dam at Eels Lake even when the lake level is high. I have been in contact with our MP, Barry Devolin, about Parks Canada allowing what should be a very scenic Eels Creek to regress into an ugly mud puddle. An to Barry Devolin and our MPP Laurie Scott seems to have worked, at least for now, because today (June 29) there is a bit more flow to the creek. There are many homes along the creek that pump water from the creek to there homes or cottages and the creek should not be allowed to dry up. I understand that in drought conditions this cannot be maintained, but since April of this year we are far from drought conditions. Also the creek as a canoe route?... there are far too many trees down in the creek to allow canoeing very far even when there is enough water flow in the creek. KAWARTHA BATTERY SALES SERVICE (705) Fax (705) KAWARTHA BATTERY SALES & SERVICE W E R E C Y L E 671 Erskin Ave., #201, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7S8 I have canoed the creek and you can t go much more than 100 meters and the creek is blocked by massive trees that have fallen into the creek. I understand that in years gone by the Ministry of Natural Resources did at one time clear the trees from the creek but due to cut-backs this is no longer possible and it s a shame. Maybe if more residents of our area were to complain about the regression of Eels Creek it may prompt the proper authorities to take heed. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Peter J. Day... a resident along Eels Creek Wendy McCue Licenced since Hwy 28, Woodview page 10

11 Letter To The Editor Re: Chief s comments in the old days (Apsley Voice July 2012, page 19.) In 2003 we moved from Oakville to Woodview to get away from the rat race, with no regrets. I decided to join the Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in order to help out in the community. Since it was volunteer I had no idea there was any pay involved. More on this later. According to the 2005 roster sheets, Station 1 had seventeen members, Station 2 had eleven and Station 3 had eight. I was the rookie but was extremely impressed with the experience and professionalism of all the firefighters and the willingness to help others, including me. We were expected to take training every two weeks. We all knew this was part of the job and no excuses were made as valuable knowledge was gained with each and every session. It is true that many responded to the calls but that was expected and let me assure you no one sat on their hands. There was always a lot to do. The response time was very quick as well. There were always two firefighters whipping past my door before I even made it to the garage. In most cases there were usually around fourteen personnel responding to calls and in the three fires I attended everyone was required. The pay we got was minimal and T4 s were issued, so depending on your tax bracket some truly were volunteers! The Heart of Apsley Leadbetters Meats Home of the Cowboy Steak YOUR FAMILY STORE yum yum... The Ice Cream Store ICE CREAM SERVED 10 AM to 8 PM DAILY Helium Balloons & Party Supplies Agent for Dry Cleaning Store Hours 9-6 daily 127 Burleigh St. Apsley I believe Station 1 now has two, maybe three remaining members plus some students. All of the other firefighters have for one reason or another left the force, some with over thirty-five years valuable experience. All I know is that our volunteer force was one of the best and should still be encouraged. Surely in these hard economic times this should be pursued over the move to the much more costly option of permanent firefighters. Steve Whale page 11

12 Walkathon participants outside the Community Care office Photo: Karen Hartford Community Care We hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful warm weather. It s a great time to walk, play a round of golf, check our new gym at the North Kawartha Community Centre or read your favourite book. Keeping active is so important as we age. Volunteers are starting a program of light exercises at Spruce Corners each week. Ladies Golf is also held each week. If you d like to join or for more information please call Dorothy Jordison at On June 28th Volunteers and friends took part in our annual Walkathon. Eileen Matthias coordinated the walkathon and everyone did a great job of collecting pledges. We made $1, and afterwards lunch was enjoyed by all. All the generous donations stay in our community to support Community Care. Community Care also offers a New to You store (C.C. Fashions) this is our major fundraiser. Come in and browse through our excellent selections of gently used clothing, odds & ends, dishes and linens. Donations of any of these items may be left in the drop box at the front of our building. We are located at 168 Burleigh Street beside the Guardian Drug Store. Volunteers and Staff are available to assist you and answer your questions. For more information about Home Support Services or activities in our Community please call Peggy Downey Community Development Coordinator page 12

13 Canada Day Parade HEIRLOOM SEEDS At the Apsley Market, I am often asked: What is an Heirloom Seed?. The quick answer is that it is a seed that has come from a strain of heritage plants that existed 100 or even 200 years ago. The most responses we give to people is there s no such thing as just a red tomato. Taking tomatoes for an example, there are black cherry tomatoes, purple, yellow, orange ones and even ones called Banana Legs. The reason we do not know about all these kinds of fruits and vegetables is because seeds have been genetically modified to produce tomatoes for sale. Tomatoes that are okay picked green and then shipped to the grocery store, look great and the taste well we know what they taste like. We grow only heirloom fruits and vegetables and save our seed because we realize that large conglomerates are buying up seed companies and that access to these wonderful seeds may some be extinct if we do not act to protect them. At this time Monsanto is being allowed to patent seeds that they first genetically modify so the seed will only produce for one year. Our government refuses to label our produce to let us know which ones are genetically altered. If you are interested in knowing more about this and would like to attend a workshop to get some hands on about seed saving, book Aug 11 from 12:30-1:30 to come to our booth at the Apsley Market. On August 18th, we will be offering a how to on preserving herbs; same time, same place. Hope to see you there. Madawaska House Organic Gardens. Laurie Ann and Richard The Canada Day Parade on July 1st by the Lions was a great success again this year with many people getting into the spirit of the celebration and hundreds of spectators lining the streets of Apsley waving flags and cheering them on. For more photos of the Canada Day Parade, see www. Photos: Jim O Shea Happy New Year!!! It s time to plan to be at the 3rd Annual New Years Eve Gala At the NKCC. December :30 to 1:00 Jan.1, 2013 Live Entertainment by Joe Fisher and his pals, Elvis, Neil, Engelbert and Tom Dance, Listen or Singalong Fun, Frolic and Food Tickets will be either in advance or reserved, no walk-up tickets. Watch for more details. Presented by Apsleysgotfun Productions page 13

14 Another Successful Raffle for Apsley Central Public School Left Grand Prize Winner Taso Plagiannis. Middle photo, Second Prize Winner Kathleen Clysdale and far right Third Prize Winner Barb Rice Photos : Carolyn Amyotte On behalf of Apsley School Council, I would like to thank all those who purchased raffle tickets for our third annual Garden & Cottage Wheelbarrow Raffle. This year we had three prize draws and were able to raise over $1,700.00! Our goal is to bring back the music program to our school. I would like to thank all our prize contributors for their generosity and support. Specifically: AM Tech, Eels Lake Cottages & Marina, Haa-Choo, Home Building Centre, Jack Lake Landscape, Kawartha Docks, Kemp s Garage, St. George s Church, Wellington Street, Walt Eggleton and Apsley Garden & Cottage Shoppe. Congratulations to our prize winners as well. Lastly I would like to thank all the members of School Council for their dedication and hard work this past year. We had a number of successes like purchasing a smart board for the extra class and several additional curriculum courses, hosting a Learning Lounge and Family Movie Night, our third annual Festive Feast and our first annual end of the year BBQ. It was an honour to serve with such a positive and forward thinking group of volunteers. I am pleased to know that most of you plan to return for next year s School Council as well. If you are interested in volunteering with the school please consider joining School Council. We meet once a month during the school year with the aim of enriching the educational experience for our children. Enjoy the rest of your summer. See you in September. Sincerely, Carolyn Amyotte Apsley School Council Chair page 14

15 WE WILL REMEMBER THEM We often think about the heroic actions of Canadian combat troops as an army or a squadron that rose to glory by taking an enemy position, such as Vimy Ridge, or played a vital part in an action such as the Falaise Pocket. These were indeed heroic actions. Often, however, inspiration can come from an individual story about a single Private accomplishing a unbelievable act of heroism and fearlessness. Many Canadians won medals, and Victoria Crosses, but no story is as unique as that of Ernest Alvia Smokey Smith, the last Victoria Cross winner to die in On 21st-22nd October 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were ordered to establish a bridgehead across the Savio River in Italy. The Seaforth Highlanders were selected as the spearhead of the attack. With the weather against them, they crossed the river and captured their objective in spite of fierce opposition from the enemy. Heavy rains had flooded the river making the crossing by tanks and wheeled equipment impossible. Thus, the spearhead would not have armored support. There were only rifles, submachine guns and P.I.A.T. anti-tank guns to face a fully equipped enemy. (P.I.A.T. guns were a tubular shoulder-fired mortar, similar to today s Rocket Propelled Grenade.) No sooner had they claimed their objective than it was counter-attacked by three Nazi Mark V Panther tanks supported by two self-propelled guns and about thirty German troops. Under heavy fire from tanks and machine guns, Private Ernest Alvia Smokey Smith led his P.I.A.T. Group of two men across an open field to set up the P.I.A.T. Leaving one man with the weapon, Smokey Smith and a buddy dashed across the road and got a second P.I.A.T. Almost immediately an enemy tank came down the road strafing the ditches with heavy machine-gun fire. Smith s comrade was wounded. The Panther tank was within 10 meters when, in the full view of the enemy, Smith fired the P.I.A.T. and hit the tank, putting it out of action. Ten German infantry jumped off the back of the tank and charged him with machine pistols and potato-masher Grenades, like in a Western movie, Smith strode onto the road and with his Thompson machine gun, killed four Germans and drove the remainder back. Then, another tank opened fire and more enemy infantry closed in on Smith s position. Obtaining some abandoned Thompson magazines from a ditch, he steadfastly held his position, protecting his comrade and fighting the enemy with only his sub-machine gun. The Germans finally gave up and scattered. One tank and both self-propelled guns had been destroyed by this time, but yet another tank swept the area with fire from a longer range. Smokey, showing utter contempt for enemy fire, helped his wounded buddy to cover and medical aid. He then returned to his position beside the road to await an enemy counter-attack. No immediate attack developed and as a result the battalion was able to secure the success of the whole operation, which led to the capture of San Giorgio Di Cesana. Ernest Smokey Smith so inspired his comrades that the bridgehead was held firm against counter-attack until the arrival of Canadian tanks and anti-tank guns much later. For this he was awarded the Victoria Cross for valor, and was pinned by His Majesty King George at Buckingham Palace. Smokey enlisted again to go to Korea, but because of his previous exploits was held back from combat. Ernest Alvia Smokey Smith died in 2005 at the age of 91. He was honoured by lying in State in the Rotunda of the House of Commons, an honour reserved for true Canadian heroes. Smokey s is one story. All the men and women who went in harm s way are heroes. Never forget Barrie Richardson CHANDOS LAKE CHAPEL IN THE WOODS 2012 SPEAKER SCHEDULE - SUNDAYS, 10A.M. (weather permitting) 545 Renwick Road - Lake Lot # AUGUST 5 REV. MURRAY McCOLL Anglican Minister AUGUST 12 DR. WILLIAM McRAE McRae Ministries AUGUST 19 REV. ABE DUECK Grand Island, NY AUGUST 26 REG ANDREWS Peoples Christian Academy SEPT. 2 CHRIS JONES Kawartha Youth Unlimited page 15

16 BRIDGE REPORT Bob Sutton I m just come back from a five-day cruise starting from Peterborough to the Big Chute! The reason I m mentioning this is because after supper with no TV on board, what was there left to do? Play Bridge, of course. I just happened to have a double deck with me and away we went, most evenings for a couple of hours. I kept quiet when errors were made and did not give advice unless asked (difficult for me). This is a little late coming out, but there will be a beginners class on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the North Kawartha Community Centre (NKCC). We hope to cover Contract Bridge so that you can play at home or in your cottage when visitors drop by. Apsley Market Every Saturday 9 am to 2 pm May 19 to Sept 8 Hunter s Parking Lot Your source for unique handcrafted wares New vendors welcome So for one or more lessons, come on over to the quiet, air conditioned hall for free bridge lessons and fun. Call Bob for a game of duplicate on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. at the Trinity United Church or for lessons on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at NKCC Heros A Poem By Gabrielle Bourgault-Kennaley Our Canadian warriors went to war, Throughout several countries and many more. Apsley Pharmacy 168 Burleigh Street Apsley, ON Tel: Fax: Ils ont essayé de faire la paix, Entre les continents qui se battaient. Ils ont reussi beaucoup de fois. Et meme s ils n ont pas, Ils seront toujours des héros pour toi et moi. They risked their lives for others, And many people lost their sisters and brothers. Et on va toujours se souvenir d eux, Car ce qu ils ont fait c est fabuleux. page 16

17 AUGUST BIRDS On the Watch June Hitchcox You may have noticed that the birds are not singing as much as they were in the Spring and early Summer. They were singing then to establish and keep their nesting territory and to attract a mate. Most species have now finished their parenting, the young are off on their own, nesting territory is not needed and they do not need a mate. Many species are now forming into groups or mixed groups including Starlings, Swallows, Grackles, Killdeers etc.. With so many eyes watching for danger, it is much safer to be in a group. They communicate by using their contact calls, not songs. A few do sing from time to time Thrushes, Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Indigo Buntings, Red-eyed Vireos do and after a quiet summer, Blue Jays are heard again calling Jay, Jay, Jay. It is a good time to practise identifying birds when there are just a few singing. Many species are moulting into drab winter colours which is a safety feature for them. All are eating as much as possible to produce the fat for energy that will see them through the winter if they stay or, if they are migrating south, they will need this energy to sustain them until they get to their winter habitats. Migration has started already so we see birds arriving from the north such as Warblers, Veerys, Baltimore Orioles etc. There are exceptions to everything, Goldfinches and Cedar Wax-wings begin nesting in late summer when weed seeds for the Goldfinches are plentiful, berries for the Cedar Waxwings, and the thistle down is there to line their nests. So, it may seem quiet out there but all the birds are very busy doing their own thing. The Woodview Neighbourhood Goods News by Heather Brooks-Hill We waited for this! Now it s here and it seems like it has been here for months! These warm summer months are cherished by Canadians. The extreme heat and drought, however, is somewhat worrisome. Climate change - dramatic swings and flash storms and this is only the beginning. Here, in Woodview and across our township, there is an abundance of trees and lakes. Each tree serves us with its beauty and ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air. The lakes allow us to tolerate and even enjoy the high temperatures. Blessings! Thank-you but with all gifts and pleasures comes a risk. Everyone needs to be alert. Stay safe! Be careful with our children! Photo: L. A. Perna This summer Carly Shewen and Andrew Hough, both from Woodview, are the head swim instructors at the ASLC summer swim programme at Juniper Island Community Centre on Stony Lake Their level of expertise and maturity has been recognized. Young people will benefit from their instruction and they are fine role models. Congratulations! You make us all proud! On weekends, on Hwy 28 at The Big Cedar Country Store, Rose Bolton has set up her summer stand. We all wait for her local organic produce and friendly chat. This is her last year as all of her grandchildren are looking further afield for summer jobs in We hope she will act as our mentor at The Gardens. Speaking of which, mint, parsley and beans are ready for sampling. Basil - a leaf at a time! page 17

18 Apsley New Horizons Firefly Band Prepares for Concert The Apsley New Horizons Firefly Band practicing at Wilson Park Community Centre in Woodview for their upcoming concert Thursday, August 23rd at the North Kawartha Community Centre, following Dinner provided by the ladies of Trinity United Church. We are enjoying the larger facility and air conditioning. Our core group is composed of Apsley Area residents: Del and Judith Manary, Sylvia Worthington, Tom Iacona, Frank Pacheco, Heather Hoelke, Jackie and Barry Jacobson, Keith Allen and Claire Durand, cottagers Jerry Schur and Laurie Hendren have been joined by three more people from Northey s Bay Road as well as cottagers, people from Port Perry, Peterborough and Bancroft who enjoy playing with us. Our new conductor, Gord Thompson was head of Music at Campbellford District High School from and has provided the group with a challenging set of music to perform which will include songs by Neil Diamond, the Beatles as well as some old favorites. $12.00 for a fundraiser for Trinity United Church can be purchased at the Apsley Pharmacy. Please call for tickets or information. We look forward to seeing YOU in the audience this summer. Judith Manary Band Manager page 18 Did you know? The popular Viamede Hotel east of the Mount Julian Hotel was originally built as a boarding house by Mrs. William Graham in It burned in 1908 and was rebuilt brilliantly lit by gas. Since there was no electricity, gas was generated on the property and served as fuel for the old fashioned gas lamps that hung in the dining room, and throughout the hotel. The two indoor bathrooms provided indoor plumbing for the guest. Water was pumped up to the storage tanks by a windmill. The water was supplied to the bathrooms by gravity feed. Each room had a jug of water and a basin. Excerpt from Up the Burleigh Road. For more information about the Burleigh Road Historical Society contact Bob Burns at Sustainable Affordable Beautiful DECRA adds beauty and value to your home Good Value Low Life Cycle Cost Low Maintenance 25-30% Recycled Steel Reduced Energy Consumption & Landfill Impact Call today to discuss affordable ways to bring sustainability to your home! Serving Peterborough & Southern Ontario for 30+ years Call for a quote today! (705)

19 Sportsman s Corner by Roman Miszuk For some people launching and retrieving a boat with a trailer is a daunting task while others make it look effortless. Here are a few tips that will make this job a little easier. Backing up a trailer is simplified by remembering this technique. With your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, turn the wheel in the direction that you want your trailer to go. Try not to over-steer for it is better to smoothly guide your trailer backwards than to do so in sharp, jerky movements. Once at the boat launch, prepare your boat for launching off to the side as not to block the launch for other users. It is here that you should remove your tie downs, detach the bow-hook and safety chains, raise your motor to its highest trailering position, attach docking lines for launching and retrieving your boat, and of course, put the boat s drain plug in. Before backing your boat into the lake, check the launch for both its steepness and for obstructions which can damage your trailer and/or boat. The steeper the launch, the less distance your trailer needs to be backed into the lake. If your trailer has bunks rather than rollers, the trailer must be immersed deeper into the water so that the boat will slide freely from the bunks. If your trailer is not equipped with water-proof taillights and wiring, unplug them before backing into the lake. Your launching rope should be several feet longer than your boat. If you are alone while launching, attach the rope to the front bow ring and tie it to the rear end of the trailer. Once in the water, the boat can be slid from the trailer and you can slowly drive the tow vehicle and trailer forward pulling your boat toward the launch where it can be beached or docked. Retrieval of your boat is basically the same as launching but performed in the reverse order. Remember the depth of your trailer in the lake during launch and back the trailer to the same depth. Some of us are comfortable driving the boat up and onto the trailer while others are not. If you are going to drive the boat onto the trailer, trim the motor up quite high, center the boat on the trailer and slowly power yourself into position. Attach the bow hook of the winch gear onto the bow ring and crank the boat forward until it snugs up to the front roller of the trailer. If you are going to load the boat manually, it is a good idea to have a pair of knee high rubber boots to wear while you walk around the trailer to attach the winch hook to the bow hook of the boat. Once you have pulled the boat onto the first set of rollers, begin cranking the winch handle and the boat should center itself on the trailer. Before pulling the boat and trailer out of the water, attach the safety chain to the front bow ring. Pull the boat and trailer onto dry land and make a visual inspection to make sure the boat is seated on the trailer properly. If it isn t, you will have to launch and reload your boat again. Drive your vehicle and trailer to an area where you can prepare your boat for the trip home without blocking the launch ramp. After strapping down the boat, place the motor in the trailering position, pull the drain plug, check your trailering lights and make sure that all of your ropes and gear have been stowed away properly. You should now be ready to drive home safely and do it all again next weekend. Letter To The Editor We would like to publically thank a total stranger for allowing us to attend the fund raiser for Rob Brock. We came to this community 7 years ago and one of the very first persons who came to greet us was Rob Brock. He cleared our driveway for us in the winter and never once were we unable to access our property due to snow build up. He was reliable and honest and one of the most down to earth persons we have come across. A real fine gentleman. When we heard of the fund raiser, we felt we had to attend to see Rob and help out in any way we could. I attempted to buy tickets but they were all sold out. I was told that if we just showed up, we would not be turned away. How misleading that advice was. Not only were we turned away rather abruptly, we were not even allowed to pop in a see Rob and leave a contribution. That is where the role of the total stranger came in. I believe his first name was Paul and he was the person who donated the boat for the silent auction. He was not allowed to sell us his extra tickets but he willingly gave them to us which we graciously accepted. Thank you Paul, you are living proof that there is good in everyone. Although the event did not start off well for us, it ended well and we saw Rob and participated in the silent auction. The bottom line is that the issue is not about us but about Rob and how much it means for us as a community, whether we are full time residents or not, and the goal to bring him home where he belongs and hopefully together we can make that possible. David and Debbie Machula page 19

20 North Kawartha Community Centre Township of North Kawartha AUGUST 2012 Follow us on Twitter and Summer Hockey School The Township of North Kawartha is pleased to announce the return of the Icy Hockey Academy and the Moore family for the 2nd annual summer hockey school. This year, the hockey school is scheduled for August 27th to 31st. Please check our website for full details and registration details or call Ivy Hockey Academy at for more details. Fitness Centre Fitness Centre memberships have become a very popular gift giving idea. If interested in giving someone a unique gift, please call us to discuss options. Spin classes will be running for the month of August. Please contact Christine Hockley for more information at Please check our website or call for this and other future classes and programs. A Survey is now available and we encourage all Fitness Centre Members to fill one out. It is completely anonymous and can be filled out at the Community Centre or can be filled out online by visiting the Fitness Centre tab under Recreation and Culture on our website. Spruce Corners Apsley's Support Home for Seniors A spacious unit with ensuite bathroom Three meals a day Housekeeping and laundry services Assistance with personal care On-site personal support workers SECURITY ~ SUPPORT ~ FELLOWSHIP SUBSIDIZED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND LONG TERM CARE MAKING IT AFFORDABLE FOR ALL T: (705) Simeon Crescent, Apsley, Ontario, K0L 1A0 Fall Sports Registration The fall sports registrations will be coming out soon. Stay posted to the Township of North Kawartha website for information on new programs coming as well as information on existing programs. Special Events August 5th Apsley Auctions August 18th Apsley Auctions August 23rd Trinity United Church Fundraiser August 27th to 31st Ivy Hockey Academy Hockey School September 8th Adult Three Pitch Baseball Tournament For Fitness Centre Classes and Youth Programming, please check our website or call ext 21 SurNet BARTLETT INSURANCE Part of Surnet Insurance Group Inc. Jonathan Freymond R. I. B. (Ont.) Telephone: Fax: Toll Free Hastings Street N., Bancroft ON K0L 1C0 Commercial / Home / Auto page 20 Kemp's Garage SHELL PRODUCTS - SAFETY INSPECTION REPAIRS TO ALL MAKES AND MODELS 24 HR TOWING SERVICE Gas Pumps Open! Apsley Country Bakery Naturally leavened bread baked in a wood fired outdoor oven Every Day 8 am 6 pm May 15 to Sept County Road

21 Apsley Community Chapel 299 McFadden Rd. Service times: Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Kids Club: ages 6-12 Super-Blessings: ages 2-5 Every Sunday morning 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays Youth Group: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday- Midweek Manna: 7:00 p.m. Ladies Ministries & Men of Destiny Nights Pastor: Rev. John Trotter Church Coe Hill Gospel Church Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. 11 Wollaston Lake Road, Coe Hill Pastor Scott Kelusky St. George s Anglican Church Sunday service 11:00 a.m. Priest-in-Charge: The Ven. David Peasgood Two services each month by Rev. Murray McColl We are honored to have Bishop Linda Nicholls wtih us for the Decoration service August 12, mark your calendars, come join us. Part of the service is out in the graveyard to honor our dearly departed ones. Church News Lakefield Baptist Church Sunday service - 11:00 a.m. 36 Regent St., Lakefield. Rev. Philip J. Brown: The Church at Woodview Sunday service -10:30 a.m. Hwy. 28, at Woodview, Church Number: Pastor Paul Caldwell: St. Mary s Roman Catholic Church Clydesdale Rd., Sunday service Confessions - 8:30 a.m. Holy Mass - 9:00 a.m. New Priest is Rev. Father Ron Meyes has replaced Rev. Fr. Capt.Joachim Nnanna in Our Lady of Lourdes Cardiff, St John Vianney in Highland Grove and St Mary s Roman Catholic Church,Chandos.All mass schedules will remain the same. St Stephen s Anglican Church Hwy 620 at West Bay Road. Sunday service at 9.30 am. Priest-in-Charge: The Ven. David Peasgood Trinity United Church Sunday service - 11:30 a.m. Contact Person: Kathy Northey Phone no In Apsley there is a musical group called the Firefly Band. They were formed in Through the generosity of Dr. Rayes, 12 local musicians had funding to begin practicing and playing at various venues. Over the years they have played to audiences in churches, community centres, Canada Day Parade, schools and the Bancroft Jazz Festival. There are presently 33 members. Trinity is privileged to have several people who belong to the Firefly Band. The Band is very generous in helping organizations with fundraisers. These very talented musicians will provide entertainment at the Trinity United Church Dinner in the North Kawartha Community Centre on Thursday August 23. Dinner is at 6.00 pm and the music starts at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost $12.00 and are available at the Apsley Pharmacy or call On Saturday Aug. 11th Trinity will hold a Giant Yard Sale. There will be many bargains, large bake sale, tea, coffee and cold drinks. Sale starts at 9.00 a.m page 21

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