Maple Lake: It starts with one kindness

Ξ September 9th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ cottage country, family, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography |

Peggy Lamb, Jim McCrackan

Peggy Lamb, Jim McCrackan, summer 1955

This is my dad and mum at Maple Lake during the summer of their courtship.

Photographs preserve moments in time, many of them precious.

My father is now the patriarch of the family. He carries his father’s name, James McCrackan, and his son–my only sibling carries the same name. It is my last name too after giving it up for 6 years and then getting the name legally returned to me decades ago. I’m taking it to my urn (no grave for me).

I don’t think my grandfather had any time for pettiness, jealousies, vindictiveness–certainly none for gossip. My father is very much like his father and I learned from him at his knee that these traits are highly undesirable.

After a truly awful experience at Maple Lake of which I”m not sure what the end result will be ( though unless addressed in an honest way the repercussions will go on for years) I was astonished to hear of a genuine kindness that was extended towards my spouse on Labour Day. I shan’t name the person–it was “persons” actually, but one in particular who sat aside what might have got in the way of being a good neighbour, a decent person and just helped. It meant a lot even if it wasn’t  intended that way. For all the snark that flew past this summer, one person managed to adjust the sails and set a course correction.

It starts with one person.

 

Dear Family: Please Be Nice To Roger

Ξ September 5th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, family, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography |

@OKBJGM “before you accuse, criticize and abuse, just walk a mile in my shoes”

Firepit, Chris, Roger

Hi Extended Family,

I hope you are enjoying your Labour Day weekend.

As it turns out, literally at the last minute I thought it best that I not return to Maple Lake, given “the situation.”

Both my husband and father who know me well, expressed concern for my physical safety. I believe they see things through the lens of love and I love them for that.

I’d hoped for an apology–that would have been all it took– but as my 17 y.o. son pointed out, such an apology would not be forthcoming. It’s kind of interesting to hear his reaction to “this.”  It’s probably best that he too did not return this Labour Day.

HEAVY EDIT

“You are what you do.”

Please, be kind to my poor husband whose nerves are rather frayed at the moment.  He’s always been good to every one of you.

 

Labour Day Weekend Weather – Haliburton Highlands – Maple Lake

Ξ September 3rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, weather |

Between West Guilford & Haliburton (Hwy 118) August, 2009 (R.Corrao)

Between West Guilford & Haliburton (Hwy 118) August, 2009 (R.Corrao)

Weather Forecast- West Guilford, Maple Lake, Ontario

Weather Forecast- West Guilford, Maple Lake, Ontario

The Labour Day long weekend kicks off with a lovely day tomorrow ( Friday). The morning will be sunny and 57°F but by afternoon expect cloudy periods and a high of 71°F. By evening there may be some isolated showers. Expect temperatures of about 60°F.

Long term Weather Forecast- West Guilford, Maple Lake, Ontario

Long term Weather Forecast- West Guilford, Maple Lake, Ontario

Saturday, expect a picture-perfect day with mainly sunny skies and a expected high of 73°F. Sunday is a near-mirror of Saturday with mainly sunny skies and a high of 71°F. Overnight temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday should be about 50°F. Monday, Labour Day is slated to be another beautiful day, mainly sunny with a high of 71F° and a overnight low of 53°F.

By Tuesday afternoon expect isolated showers  and a warm high of 78°F. The overnight low will again by 53°F. Wednesday will again bring isolated showers with a high of 77°F and an overnight low of 51 °F.

Thursday will be sunny and 75°F with nighttime lows about 46°F.

Have a great long weekend!

 

Tonight! Beaver Theatre: Docunight in Canada

Ξ September 3rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, entertainment, events, Haliburton Highlands, Minden Hills Township, Ontario |

The newly-renovated & revamped Beaver Theatre in Minden, Ontario

The newly-renovated & revamped Beaver Theatre in Minden, Ontario

Once monthly, the Beaver Theatre is proud to bring award winning and thought provoking documentaries to the big screen. Come and join us for a lively or heated (depending on the content) discussion after the films at the Dominion Hotel in downtown Minden. 7:00pm
Venue: The Beaver Theatre
Address: Water St, Minden

Website: www.beavertheatre.ca
As you know, the Beaver Theatre is a landmark in Minden–in the Haliburton Highlands for that matter. If you have not visited recently you may be surprised by the photo above. Doesn’t it look fantastic? It’s been revovated and you can find out about that, (there are many photos of the renovation process–my goodness, what an endeavour!) current and planned events and more by clicking the links and navigating at the website highlighted above.
I’ve seen many films at The Beaver over the 40-something years I’ve visited the Highlands. It’s always been a fun break from the Lake or respite when we’ve had a spate of cold and/or rainy weather. There’s a brand new format and focus that sounds innovative and fun no matter what the weather–so check it out!
Cheers!
Cyn

 

County of Haliburton – Broadband Outreach Program Internet Courses For $10!

Ξ September 2nd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, business, Canada, community services, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario |

Fleming Collage, Haliburton Campus (Photo: Roger Corrao)

Fleming Collage, Haliburton Campus (Photo: Roger Corrao)

Hey there!

I’m spreading the news about  the Internet Outreach Program’s series of courses through Fleming College that is being offered to folks in the Haliburton County. It’s been a long time coming but with the funds from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Farm, and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) finally released Haliburton County can finally join the information age with the Internet. I’ve supplied all the information you should need (below) no matter if you are an absolute beginner, beginner through intermediate, or perhaps a business person building a brand on the world wide web.

I’m truly impressed with the diversity of offerings and the token fee involved for each series that should make this endeavour one that anyone can undertake.

It’s my understanding that broadband service is now or soon will be available to 95% of Haliburton County residents and  the cost is extremely low.

I’m looking forward to taking advantage of this service next summer. Unfortunately, since the funding was held up and I needed to work from the cottage my spouse and I committed to a 2-year contract with a satellite Internet provider and the cost is ridiculous. I’ve been told by a Broadband Outreach Program representative that this provider will need to lower his rates to be competitive but I’m not holding my breath as he’s made no offer yet.

As my cousin’s spouse remarked, this guy should be paying us as we agreed to be the point of origin for his satellite dish so he could offer services to the folks on Maple Lake.

I thought he’d put some effort into marketing as we were promised a lower fee when 5 more people signed up. He never did much–at least not via his website–and he certainly won’t now and it’s become a real pain. Lesson learned. I simply wanted to spend more time at the Lake but the reality was I couldn’t afford to do so without working. Now I’m paying over two years many times more than I made in the sum total of two months using the service.

But back to you smart people for whom the waiting is now paying off. All the info on the almost-free Internet classes is below.

Enjoy!

County of Haliburton- Broadband Outreach Program
Internet Courses for individuals and businesses
at Fleming College for only $10

This series of courses is being offered as part of the County of Haliburton’s Broadband Outreach Program.
This program is made possible by general funding received through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Farm, and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) Rural Connections Broadband Program. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these reasonably priced, yet very interesting courses.
To register for the below courses, please contact Heidi Hudspith at the Haliburton Campus, 457-1680 ext. 6734Internet, Email, and You
This introductory level course is directed at individuals interested in learning about the exciting world of the Internet. Course content will include web browsing, email, social networking, accessing government services, and other uses of the Internet.
Section 1- Tuesday, September 15, 6:30pm- 9:30pm Section 2- Thursday, November 5, 9:00am-Noon
Section 3-Saturday, November 21, 9:00am-Noon
Instructor: Peter Smith
Fee: $10.00Internet Safety and Security
This beginner-intermediate level course is directed at individuals seeking to understand and manage some of the perceived dangers of the internet. The first part of the course will address data and systems security in the face of spam, phishing, viruses, and junk mail. Secondly, the course will help in ‘webproofing’ systems and children from undesirable content and social interactions.
Section 1- Tuesday, September 22, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Section 2: Thursday, November 12, 9:00am-Noon
Section 3- Saturday, November 28, 9:00am-Noon
Instructor: Peter Smith
Fee: $10.00Your Domain-Your Brand
This introductory level course is directed at small/medium business operators interested in raising a profile of their brand through a customized web domain. A customized web domain offers businesses a unique address on the internet. This brings businesses a high level of portability, visibility, and general perception of professionalism. The course will help in finding and developing a domain. Specific items to be touched upon will include business website and email basics.
Section 1- Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm Section 2- Thursday, November 19, 9:00am-Noon
Section 3- Saturday, December 5, 9:00am-Noon
Instructor: Peter Smith
Fee: $10.00Understanding Web Design
This intermediate level course is directed at small/medium business operators looking to manage the development, or redevelopment, of a business website. The objective of the course is not to teach people how to program their own website, instead it is designed to help business operators effectively work with web designers. Essentially, the goal is to teach what is happening ‘under the hood’ of a business website. Topics to be covered include HTML, Flash, cgi scripting (php, ASP, Javascript, etc.), and database integration.
Section 1- Tuesday, October 6, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Section 2- Thursday, November 26, 9:00am-Noon
Section 3- Saturday, December 12, 9:00am- Noon
Instructor: Peter Smith
Fee: $10.00
To register for the below courses, please contact Heidi Hudspith at the Haliburton Campus, 457-1680 ext. 6734

 

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