The golden years of trucking

By Willa Wick in Places, Events, & History

Come July 1st weekend big rigs will be rolling the roads into Clifford’s Rotary Park for the largest truck show of its kind in Canada.  For “little Clifford” that’s a pretty big statement; but the show, now in its ninth year, is just plain awesome. Hosted by the Great Lakes Truck Club, the big vintage […]


Meeting a Hero

By Wendell Diefenbacher in Motors

They say you should never meet your heroes. And I’m on my way to meet one of mine. I’ve loved the classic shape of the BMW 2002 for years. For me, it all began when I was 14 and spotted one on the road; I thought it was perfect. On the outskirts of Wellesley, I […]


Front Row Seat

By Ruth Anne Savage in Community

“All the world is a stage” is a well known quote. In the normal scheme of things, the closer you are to the stage, the better the view and the pricier the tickets. But in my little corner of the world I’ve been privy to some pretty amazing sights — and it didn’t cost me […]


A Little is Good… More is Better

By David Turner in People

My father never did anything halfway…or even just “full” way. If a project…whether it be constructing calf pens, lining a granary wall, replacing a wooden floor or building a new wagon rack…Dad believed in the axiom “Better overbuilt than underbuilt.” Hence, if a three-inch nail was adequate for the job, Dad used a five-inch. If […]


Book Review: Walking Home by Eric Walters

By Valerie Diefenbacher in Places, Events, & History, Poetry & Literature

Toronto-based author Eric Walters has written a sensitive story about a Kenyan boy, Muchoki, who is newly homeless because of political violence. A president elected from the Kikuyu tribe in 2007 sparked tribal killing that began with the burning of over fifty unarmed people, including women and children, cloistered inside a church in Eldoret. The […]


The Wood Lot

By Howard J. Savage in Community

As the wind howls around the eaves and the snow piles up and we crank up the furnace another notch I find myself remembering the “old” days when we heated and cooked only with wood. Years ago an important asset to any farm was a fair sized wood lot. Hardwood trees were a real bonus. […]


Discovering the Plates

By Willa Wick in Arts & Music, Community

A collector’s personality, or an historian’s, has an unconscious brain sync that keeps eyes and ears open to “the prize”, which may be for himself or someone (s)he knows would enjoy the treasure. Recently Kathy Bouma, Treasurer of the Wellington County Historical Society, found two plates in an antique store. They both had pictures of […]


May I Introduce You To…

By Willa Wick in Community, People

The first time I saw him, he was sitting on a bar stool. No one was around him, and when he finished, he left. He didn’t seek attention, but if anyone glanced his way he had an appreciative smile and nod. He was a good looking chap; slight, with a graying ponytail; well dressed, with […]


Steak Salesman

By David Turner in Motors, People

Al shuffled through the stacks of paper littering his desk. Reams of brochures promoting rustproofing, extended warranties, security systems, communication systems, global tracking systems, leasing and financing options, life insurance, disability insurance, loss of income insurance, road hazard insurance… “Selling cars sure has changed, commented Al, peering at me from over his glasses. “The only […]


Is Gravity our Friend?

By Phillip Legge in Health & Fitness

It’s very interesting that inverting the human body allows you to turn the table on gravity, and use gravity as a positive exercise and therapy tool. It’s true that we need gravity, or we would all float away. However, what does gravity actually do to our body? Is it a positive, or a negative? Can […]