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Trail markers removed by thieves

By Brian Russell

As per last report, the Wildlands Snowdusters had staked the River/Lake Trail from Stratton to Kreger Road. Since then some kind soul(s) have taken it upon themselves to remove approximately four (4) kilometers of stakes between sixth street and the pines area. There is also another kilometer of stakes misteriously missing just east of Miller’s Creek, with stakes one tenth of a kilometer apart this represents a lot of stakes Each one of these stakes is drilled into the ice to mark the Snowmobile Trail for the safety of snowmobilers, ice fisherpeople and the general public. They do not blow down, walk away by themselves, nor mark fish locations. In short they were STOLEN. As each stake is clearly marked ‘Property of OFSC’ and costs us approximately $6.00 they are of little or no use to anyone other than the snowwmobile club. The WSSC would appreciate your assistance in recovering these stakes and remind everyone that it is illegal to remove them without authorization.

Drying hydrangeas for endless pleasure

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

A while ago I had a column titled “Everyone Loves Hydrangeas”. Not only is this true for fresh blossoms in the garden but everyone loves hydrangeas when they are dried too. The single most important thing about drying hydrangeas is not which method you use but when you harvest the flowers. Fresh blossoms seldom dry completely in the open air. To receive the best results when drying hydrangeas it is best to wait until the blooms begin to dry on the shrub in the early fall. By this time the petals will have faded a bit and feel papery to the touch. At this point, you can cut them, strip off the leaves and air-dry them in a baskets or vase with or without water. If you have the space and the time, hanging them upside down in an airy place out of direct sunlight works well too.

Lots of changes

By Ashley Sharp
RRHS News Reporter

Welcome back everyone! It’s been a long time, as you all know, second semester has started and that is why there has not been an article in the paper for some time. We took a break to study for exams but now we are back. There has been a lot happening during the absence and seasons are now coming to an end and others are beginning.

God in the midst of a city

By Darlene Smith
RR Ministerial

God has tremendous love for cities, towns, villages and countries. I believe because He has tremendous love for the people who live in them.
He is really a strange God. He is different because He loves those under His charge. He loves to dwell with them; live in the middle of them. He wants them to be involved with what He‚s doing and wants to be involved in what they are doing.

Strawberry social set for May 6th

By Irene Hanson
RR Hosp. Aux.

Twelve members braved the cold and came to our regular February meeting. We opened with our auxiliary prayer, the minutes of the last meeting were read and a brief financial report given, as our treasurer was absent.

Soft hay is more palatable

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

The following is part 2 of an article on horse hay by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist with OMAFRA.
Soft hay is more palatable to horses. Unlike cattle, horses use their mouth and lips to manipulate hay and pasture plants when eating. They easily sort feed and eat leaves while leaving the coarse stems.

Changing the colour of your hydrangeas

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

The last column talked about the new varieties of hydrangeas that will grow in our zone. I am sure that you can hardly wait to run out and buy one of these exciting new plants. This column will show you that hunting one down is just half the fun.

The landscape is changing

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

The rural landscape in Ontario is changing, and we are seeing more and more horse farms. There are about 300,000 horses in Ontario, and the numbers are increasing. These horses consume approximately 750,000 tonnes of hay every year. The U.S. has over 9 million horses, and many of these are located within trucking distance from Ontario. For hay producers, there is a huge potential market, but special skills are required. The following is part 1 of an article by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist with OMAFRA.

Remembering Valentine’s Day

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. I remember back to my grade one class with Mrs. Benson and the excitement that grew in our class. Each of us came with our cards to be put into a large Valentine’s box that on the day was opened.

New hydrangeas that grow in our zone!

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

Former columns on hydrangeas explained the differences between the types of hydrangeas and how to grow them. The column describing the different types of hydrangeas cautioned the gardener that very few varieties are actually suited to survive in our growing zone so be careful when you are out shopping. The good news is that this column is to inform you that there are some new varieties of hydrangeas on the market and coming to our area that will actually survive in our Zone 4.


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