Don Giffin

Don Giffin

by Kim Cooper If anyone in the Chatham-Kent area mentions maple syrup, Don Giffin was the guy whose name came up. Maple syrup and Don Giffin. The two were a great duo for so many years. Just a few weeks ago, Don passed away peacefully and suddenly at home. This was a tragic loss for […]

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

by Kim Cooper We are so fortunate when it comes to our producers and our food production capabilities. As part of the Chatham-Kent community, and as part of the country of Canada, we really do have much to be thankful for. I know we hear this so much. But it’s so true. I don’t have […]

Sweet potato

Sweet potato

by Kim Cooper How sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they taste like dessert, but they provide some surprising health benefits. Many people think about sweet potatoes as being nothing more than plain old potatoes that can tweak our taste buds with some extra flavour. The sweet potato […]

Karen Robinet’s family and friends try and defend the indefensible

Karen Robinet’s family and friends try and defend the indefensible

Both April Colby and Cade Robinet continued the trolling that Karen Robinet began by sending me messages that support an article that literally denied a quadriplegic man is quadriplegic and which misrepresented an article I wrote as a news article. I sent April Colby a message saying she would be next in being named as […]

Ontario Agriculture Week

Ontario Agriculture Week

by Kim Cooper Agriculture and local food – you have heard me talk about this in previous columns and how fortunate and blessed we are here in Ontario with the abundance of fresh and nutritious foods all year round. In many areas of the world, people don’t even have enough food from day to day, […]

Sheep

Sheep

by Kim Cooper This week, let’s look at sheep. If you travel around the Chatham-Kent area, you will see more sheep than in years past. First, a few terms we need to know. Sheep are over one year of age and have usually produced offspring. Lambs are less than one year of age and usually […]

Local sports star kills 16-year-old girl and no charges are laid

Local sports star kills 16-year-old girl and no charges are laid

Brayden Hopkins has a bright future. Turning pro and playing for Arvika Hockey Club in Sweden this season, the former captain of the Chatham Maroons and the Blenheim Blades might even apply to be a police officer one day. After serving as an auxiliary officer for the Munsee Delaware Police Service he could follow his […]

Watermelon

Watermelon

by Kim Cooper There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh slice of watermelon, with the juices dribbling down your chin. Delicious, juicy melons are a great source of much-needed water and electrolytes to tame the hot summer temperatures. Who would have thought the common watermelon packed so much nutrition? The usual notion about watermelon […]

Agriculture words and meanings- part II

Agriculture words and meanings- part II

by Kim Cooper We are continuing our look at various terms and phrases related to the agriculture sector. Thank you to Farm and Food Care Ontario for their help with this. Cow/calf farm – Beef cows and calves typically live on pasture in spring, summer and fall on farms called cow/calf farms where they eat […]

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