Seaforth welcomes return of the Centenaires

9 Oct

by Diva Melody Hodgson

Seaforth is a hockey town, as are most towns in rural Ontario and Canada for that matter.  What Seaforth has been lacking however, is a hockey team to bring you to the arena on a Saturday night, with your friends or family (or both).  Until now.  On Saturday, Seaforth welcomed with wide open arms the return of the Centenaires which had been absent since 2003 when the team folded from the Junior ‘D’ development league.  Renamed the Huron East Centenaires, the SR AA hockey team took the ice for the first time to a near capacity arena, amidst cheers, whistles, loud enthusiastic clapping and fists banging on the glass.

A little action shot (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

A little action shot (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

What began as the vision of a few, turned into something that the whole community could experience and enjoy.  People of all ages piled into the arena and filled the stands as well as the newly renovated Blue Line Club to watch the game.  They reminisced over their memories of the team from years ago, and looked forward to cheering for their new boys this season and beyond.

The new team may have a new logo, but it carries with it the tradition of the Centenaires past.  See you next Saturday, Seaforth.

Joyce and Marg McClure along with Ben Lobb drop the first puck with Centenaires captain Brendon Merritt and Drives captain Dan Rhames (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

Joyce and Marg McClure along with Ben Lobb drop the first puck with Centenaires captain Brendon Merritt and Drives captain Dan Rhames (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

Mary Paige St. Onge sang O’Canada with the two teams, alumni, officials and the packed stands.

Mary Paige St. Onge sang O’Canada with the two teams, alumni, officials and the packed stands.

The Cents Memorabilia wall in the newly renovated Blue Line Club

The Cents Memorabilia wall in the newly renovated Blue Line Club

Some of the most memorable moments in Cents history

Some of the most memorable moments in Cents history

 

Fall Colour Tour made for a nice family outing

8 Oct
Harper and I in front of the Belgrave Creek

Harper and I in front of the Belgrave Creek

by Diva Melody Hodgson
Years ago we used to promote motocross races a few kilometers up from the Wawanosh Nature Centre, passing the signs early each morning and long after the sun had set in the evening, but we never ventured over.  Erin Dolmage, the Community Education Technician at Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (which includes the centre), has also come out to our Outdoor Sports Camp at the farm* for the past two years, and yet still we have never ventured over.  So this morning, when Twitter and Ontario’s West Coast informed me of the Fall Colour Tour taking place at the Wawanosh Nature Centre, we made plans to load up and finally venture over to the facility for the first time.

Erin Dolmage of the MVCA giving us a brief history on the facilty.

Erin Dolmage of the MVCA giving us a brief history on the facilty.

The Wawanosh Nature Centre is located approximately 7KM northwest of Blyth on what used to be a farmer’s field.  The result of a tree planting expedition forty years ago is a heavily forested area split by the Maitland River and Belgrave Creek, home to many species of critter and plant alike.  The leafy trails, mossy trees and hidden nooks and crannies had the dreamer in me working in overdrive, expecting to find my favourite childhood storybook characters around each corner.

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The Fall Colour Tour welcomed visitors (we were actually blown away by the number of people who came to the centre) of all ages, from newborns to grandmas and grandpas.  The Huron Stewardship Council was on site with live reptiles (snakes and turtles!), there were wagon rides, guided walking tours, hot dogs and fresh apple cider, all of which was free to the public (however donations were accepted in support of the centre).  It was a wonderful day, at a beautiful facility and, as always, made me glad that we ventured out.

Wawanosh Nature Centre
38854 Nature Centre Road | west off Hwy #4, between Blyth & Belgrave
@maitlandvalley
or Visit Wawanosh Nature Centre on Facebook

*Farm being Walton Raceway…it used to be a dairy farm many years ago, and is still called “the farm” out of habit.

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From leeches to crayfish, the creek and river have it all! The MVCA had a learning centre set up for visitors to see the residents of the local water ecosystems.

 

 

The Huron Stewardship Council had many eager visitors.

The Huron Stewardship Council had many eager visitors.

The Huron Stewardship Council were also on site to educate visitors about local reptile species, including snakes and turtles.  The council members were totally at ease handling the snakes and turtles, which helped the visitors to get over their fears and do the same.  Here I am learning how to properly handle a snapping turtle if I happen to find one on the road!

The Huron Stewardship Council were also on site to educate visitors about local reptile species, including snakes and turtles. The council members were totally at ease handling the snakes and turtles, which helped the visitors to get over their fears and do the same. Here I am learning how to properly handle a snapping turtle if I happen to find one on the road!

“Flying” down the trails at Wawanosh.

“Flying” down the trails at Wawanosh.

A Friday Night Fireside Cafe Visit

6 Oct
The Fireside Cafe offers a warm and comfortable dining experience

The Fireside Cafe offers a warm and comfortable dining experience

by Diva Calista Powell

As a loyal Huron-Countian and supporter of local business, I thought I had discovered all of the neighbourhood gems. This past Friday, however, I got the chance to take a break from the books and go out for dinner at The Fireside Cafe on Highway #4, just outside of Wingham. Growing up, I did not visit North Huron much (other than for soccer games), so I feel as if I have a lot of catching up to do in this area. When I heard a lot of talk around town about The Fireside Cafe, I decided it’d be a great way to spend my Friday visit back home.

As I pulled up, I was intrigued to see what was inside this little building on the side of the road. We were greeted with a smile into this trendy little establishment, and it embodied a welcoming and warm atmosphere that made the Fireside Cafe true to its name. It got even better when I saw that they offered a salad bar with the stuffed chicken special, so before I even sat down I knew what I was having for dinner. My Grandma, Polly, decided that she would indulge in the other special, and chose the fish; A lightly battered roughy with a dill cream sauce. This time, she seemed very reluctant to share a morsel of her fish with me, but thankfully for the sake of writing this article for Ontario Travel Diva’s, I can vouch for the fact that the Fireside Cafe can whip up a mean roughy. Thanks, Grandma and thank you Fireside Cafe for a wonderful night out!

 

My stuffed chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

My stuffed chicken with garlic mashed   potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Grandma Polly’s lightly-battered roughy with a hot potato salad and veggies.

Grandma Polly’s lightly-battered roughy with a hot potato salad and veggies.

The Fireside Cafe offers an all-you-can-eat buffet on Saturday and Sunday evenings which includes soup, salad and the dessert bar.

Must Try: Homemade tortilla chips and salsa from the salad bar.

Must Try: Homemade tortilla chips and salsa from the salad bar.

They also feature a wonderful Sunday brunch from 11:30am-2:00pm on Sundays.

They even have a menu for gluten-conscious diners!

To view the Fireside Cafe’s menu visit their website at: www.thefiresidecafe.com/

Follow their culinary journey on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/winghamfiresidecafe

FIRESIDE CAFE
86348 London Road (Hwy #4) about 2 minutes south of
Wingham, ON.

 

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Polly looking pleased about her pecan flan.

Polly looking pleased about her pecan flan.

The smorgasbord of desserts that The Fireside Cafe offers. Decisions, decisions!

The smorgasbord of desserts that The Fireside Cafe offers. Decisions, decisions!

Family adventure on the trail

3 Oct

by Diva Rachel Lynn

On this adventure you’ll meet our amazing, loving, family pet dog named Hank.  We thought about getting a dog for a long time, 1 year to be exact.  We knew it would be a lot of responsibility and wanted to make sure we were good and ready. We knew Hank was the “one” when we went to choose our new family member.  He jumped over his brothers and sisters to get our attention.  Fast forward 2 ½ years.  Hank loves going for walks.  Around the block, downtown, or on trails. He isn’t picky.

On this day, we decide to take the whole family out to the Menesetung Bridge on the north end of Goderich.  The hike is 3.2 km long; short enough for (my daughter) Bea and long enough for Hank to burn off some energy.  I was surprised that my husband suggested this on a Sunday afternoon, football day in our house!  I jumped at the opportunity.

It is a beautiful sunny day.  I can see fisherman in the Maitland River, many people and their pets passing us as we start our hike.  I even see a few golfers at the Maitland Golf Course.  I have been on this trail many times in the summer, spring and fall.  Our hikes usually take us east but today we decide to go west.

The trail starts on an incline and even gets my heart beating a bit faster. This doesn’t last very long and then flattens out for the remainder of the walk.

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At the half way point we find the Maitland Inlet Marina which is on the north side of the Saltmine .  I completely forgot this gem was here.  We walked around to the beach side and just took in the beauty of it all.  On our way back we can walk on the lake side of the trail and there are various lookouts where you can get a peak of the lake.

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At the end I have one happy dog and one content baby.  The sun is shining; we enjoyed nature and some family time.  Life is good.

Hank

Hank

Bea Loves Books

1 Oct

by Diva Rachel Lynn

What do you do with a 1 year old on a rainy fall day?  Head to the Huron County Library.  Bea loves books.  We have been reading her books since she was a wee baby.  Her book shelves are full; some of her favourites are Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and I Love My Daddy Because by Laurel Porter-Gaylord.

I bundle her up and off we go to the Goderich Branch.  There is a children’s section of the library which is great!  We head down the steps once we enter the library to a sea of books.  The place is all to ourselves as no other children are there.

I found this book on the shelf and it seemed appropriate for a day like today: Rain Rain Go Away, by Caroline Jayne Church

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She is trying to tell me she wants that one on the third shelf….reach!!!

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A little side note. I love the fact that there is a washroom on the same level as the children’s books.  You don’t have to walk your children up to the 3rd level.  A minor detail to some, but very important to parents.

It was a wonderful 1st mother-daughter experience at the Huron County Library.  We last about 30 minutes before it was time to head home.  It is a place where your children can explore different worlds, people and things through pictures and stories.  I hope she continues to love books.  This is a place that will become a ritual for us…rainy day or not.

A few facts about the Huron County Libraries:

-There are 12 local branches for you to choose from
-As long as you have a library card, you can rent movies for FREE!
-Wondering what to read next? Sign up for NextReads, their free e-newsletters, and get great book suggestions by email.

To visit a Huron County Library, please visit their website www.huroncounty.ca/library/ for hours and locations.

Until next time!

Rachel

A Day at the Rodeo

17 Aug

by Diva Christine Harris

It was a beautiful day for a rodeo, the sun was shining and there was not a rain cloud in sight.  The afternoon was packed full of action with many different events to watch.

Pole Bending

Pole Bending

We started the day off with an event called Pole Bending.  It’s a timed competition where the ladies have to take their horses through six poles weaving them back and forth and racing back to the finish line.

Tie down roping

Tie down roping

Tie down roping is also a timed event.  The cowboy gives the calf a head start out of the box and then has to throw his loop around the calf’s neck and get the horse to pull back on the rope, he then jumps off the horse, throws the calf on its side and ties up its feet.  This was initially used to administer antibiotics on the farm before it became a sport.

Break-a-way Roping

Break-a-way Roping

Break-a-way roping is a timed ladies event where she has to throw her loop around the calf’s neck and as the rope takes up the slack it breaks away and that’s when the time stops.

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestling starts with the steer getting a head start leaving the gate, the cowboy then rides up on his horse to catch up and jumps off and brings the steer down, all four legs must be off the ground.  His partner called the Hazer keeps the steer from veering away.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle bronc riding is a classic rodeo event.  The cowboy must stay on his bucking bronc for at least 8 seconds to qualify for a score and he may only touch the bronc with one hand on the horses halter.

Junior Steer Riding

Junior Steer Riding

The junior bull riding is for cowboys under the age of fifteen and they ride steers instead of bulls.  They must also stay on the animal for a minimum of eight seconds to receive a score.

Children's Sheep Scramble

Children’s Sheep Scramble

Just before intermission we were treated to some ladies performing daring tricks on their beautiful horses, and the little ones got to participate in a sheep scramble where they were to chase sheep to get coupons off of their backs.

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing

Barrel racing uses three barrels and the cowgirls weave their horses around them in a clover pattern and races back to the finish line as this is also a timed event.  If they tip over a barrel they receive a five second penalty.

Team Roping

Team Roping

Team roping is similar to tie down roping, but there are two ropers.  One is designated to rope the head and the other is to rope the back feet.  If they don’t give the steer the appropriate head start they get a ten second penalty.

Bull Riding

Bull Riding

Last but certainly not least is the adult bull riding, and this is what most people come to see.  The cowboy is sat on a 2000lbs bull who wants nothing but to get this guy off of his back.  The cowboy must stay on the bull for at least eight seconds.  More points are awarded for the difficulty to stay on the bull for things like bucking, spinning and changing directions.  So it helps to have an angry bull.

It was wonderful to have such a big event so close to home and it looks like this annual event will continue for years to come.  If you didn’t make it this year, make sure to come next time!

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The Exeter Rodeo is an annual circuit rodeo event (http://www.ontariorodeo.com).    Watch for 2015 dates at http://www.exeterrodeo.com or LIKE them on Facebook for regular updates.

New Book Illustrates Huron County

17 Aug

The landscapes, communities and lifestyles of Huron County are featured in 167 colour photos inside a fabulous 128 page photo book entitled “The Beauty and Bounty of Huron County”. This volume is the third  hard cover photo book published by T. Wegg Photography, a regional publisher who specializes in books which expand the understanding and appreciation of rural Ontario.

Beauty-and-Bounty-of-Huron-CountySections in the book highlight aerial photos, wildlife images and views relating to Huron’s productive and varied agricultural foundation. In addition, an extensive segment is devoted to the rural landscapes, historic towns and quiet villages that are a particular attraction of Huron County. The volume thus becomes a comprehensive visual survey that will serve as a treasured keepsake and a valuable resource for both residents and visitors.

The photo collection is a collaboration of three photographers. Telfer Wegg is known from previous books and publications featuring his images of rural Ontario. Contributors David Bishop and Bonnie Sitter are Huron County photographers whose systematic explorations of back roads and byways with their cameras have enabled them to capture dramatic visions of Huron County seldom seen by casual observers.

THE BEAUTY AND BOUNTY OF HURON COUNTY
Photographs by Telfer Wegg, David Bishop, Bonnie Sitter
Hardcover – 8.75 x 12 inches – 128 pages – full colour – $40
ISBN 978-0-9698207-6-5
For further information, please contact:
Bonnie Sitter
Bonnie.Sitter@gmail.com
tel: 519 235 1909

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