By Margaret Blair in People, Places, Events, & History on November 11, 2017

In Flanders Fields the poppies bloomed around the graves of soldiers, nature’s reminder of the deaths of the very young with their lives before them. The very young, tragic cannon fodder, fighting the war of their elders, these elders securely ensconced in their clubs and offices. We have a large harvest of poems written by […]


He said we wouldn’t remember

By Lynne Turner in People on November 6, 2017

With no Canadian World War I veterans left and the number who served in the World War 2 dwindling, the late Frank Pinder of Mount Forest would be more than surprised to see how attendance at Remembrance Day services across the region are attracting larger and larger crowds every year. If you’d asked Pinder 40 […]


Life as a Farmerette

By Caroline Sealey in People, Places, Events, & History on October 31, 2017

With men and women serving overseas in World War 2, farm labourers were in short supply in Ontario. An appeal came from the Ontario government for individuals to join Ontario’s Farm Service Force. A letter from A. MacLaren, Director, Ontario Farm Service Force stated, “Canada has a large part to play in the furnishing of […]


Ballinafad heralds Stompin’ Tom

By Willa Wick in People, Places, Events, & History on October 20, 2017

He was a Canadian icon who loved his country. This past Labour Day weekend a plaque was unveiled in Ballinafad for the late plywood thumpin’ super-star. Tom Connors had a rough childhood, starting with his birth to an unwed New Brunswick teenager in 1936. He was shuffled from place to place with his grandmother, to […]


From garden to masterpiece

By Lynne Turner in People on October 20, 2017

It all started when Karen Cheeseman’s husband brought home a package of gourd seeds many, many years ago. Not knowing exactly what they were, Cheeseman researched gourds on the Internet. There was slow dial-up at her home near Dromore, just outside of Mount Forest, and not nearly the information that is at one’s fingertips today. […]


Quadriplegic writer for The Rural Route passes away

By Jennifer Bowman in People on June 25, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to one of our beloved writing contributors following his death on June 2. Howard Savage, just four months shy of his 70th birthday, became quadriplegic 30 years ago. Despite the difficulties that posed to being a writer, he found great joy in writing for The Rural […]


Sugar & Spice: Newsflash: Grandma busted at Conestoga Lake

By Glynis M. Belec in People on October 21, 2016

It all started out quite innocently. I love swimming. Take me to a lake and drop me off and I’ll be a happy camper. So Happy Hubby did that, except he didn’t just toss me out. He came to keep an eye on me, plus he planned to have a nice afternoon nap under the […]


Barn Board Mural

By Willa Wick in Arts & Music, People, Places, Events, & History on October 18, 2016

She’s self-taught, and she’s progressed from finger painting in grade school to her most recent project – a 14 board exterior mural.   Alisha Forbes was born in Palmerston, and although now married, she hasn’t drifted too far from home.  She loved Art the best of all her school classes and has always been a […]


Significantly Seniors

By Glynis M. Belec in Community, People, Places, Events, & History on September 18, 2016

Little did Helen Edwards know when she first started working in the laundry department at a long term care facility, eighteen years later she would eventually end up running a unique community program for seniors. “It was during my work in long term care I discovered how much I enjoyed spending time with seniors,” Helen […]


May I Introduce You To…

By Willa Wick in People on July 16, 2016

Let’s eat!  An excited line of students walked to the community centre grounds from the Minto-Clifford Public School.  Others were there to join them – a couple of parent farmers, not just as chaperones, but to offer their knowledge as well as to learn.  What started as an outdoor information project for the Grade 3 […]

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