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 watershed icon white bg 74x74 editorial | Watershed’s award-winning editorial takes readers to the heart of our community with insightful stories and articles.


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 watershed icon white bg 74x74 design | Watershed’s classic design appeals to both readers and advertisers who are drawn to its artfully designed pages.

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circulation | With a regional circulation of 25,000 magazines per issue, Watershed is the largest publication in the region.

Cell Phone Lifeline

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After six months Syrian refugees are settling in. Phones keep them connected to their scattered families, their past and their language, but the biggest challenge now is learning English.

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author: Mandy Martin / photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

Highway of Horror

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Ontario has become the “hub” of human trafficking – often referred to as a modern form of slavery – and communities along Highway 401 serve as a spoke in the wheel of despaire.

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Character Builders

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On set with two award-winning costume designers – Alex Reda and Joanne Hansen – who both rekindle their creative energy when at home in the Northumberland Hills.

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 Denise Rudnicki 

Two Lunches with Gerda

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Carefully polishing his image after his disastrous exposure in the Munsinger affair, Northumberland MP George Hees demonstrated that in politics, there’s no easy road to success.

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 Orland French



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fence post 150pxFENCE POSTS: True Confessions from the Ninth Concession

author: Dan Needles / illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

NORMAN MACLEAN, AUTHOR OF A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, famously wrote he was “haunted by waters.” If you own a country property, chances are you fret quietly about water a lot, for without a decent supply of it, a place is pretty much uninhabitable.
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MUST, MUST, MUST: What's New And What's To Do

OUR MUST, MUST, MUST column highlights a broad range of unique events, causes and activities that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed Region.


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garden gate 150pxBEYOND THE GARDEN GATE

author: Tom Cruickshank

A VISIT TO FIDDLEHEAD FARM , where owners Heather Coffey and Steve Laing dig deep to deliver farm fresh veggies this fall...

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cultural currents 150pxCULTURAL CURRENTS

author: Denny Manchee

DON MAYNARD'S MATERIALS RANGE FROM PLUMES OF MILKWEED seeds, to tons of cast aluminum, to carved Styrofoam, repurposed fluorescent light tubes, wood, paint, mylar and wax.

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2014.3 george thumb 73x74GEORGE'S POND

author: George Smith / illustrator: Lee Rapp

WHEN I WAS A KID, MY BEDROOM WALLS were plastered with photos of all the baseball stars of the day. The likes of Minnie Minoso, Lou Boudreau and Stan Musial watched over me each night...

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pams point 150pxPAM'S POINT

author:  Pam Patchet /  illustrator:  Trish York 

AS I ENTER what some call not ‘old age’ but my ‘third age’, I defer to my creaky joints and do fewer power walks in favour of meandering strolls...

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habitat 150pxHABITAT
author: Norm Wagenaar

“DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME,” shouted the Rat, thumping with his little fist upon the table, “that you’ve heard nothing about the Stoats and the Weasels?”...

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glass 150pxGLASS HALF FULL

authors: Billy Munnelly & Kato Wakeillustrations: Jane Kessler 

THE ICE AGE DID A GREAT JOB laying out Prince Edward County into a series of natural communities, all interesting and different. Wine buffs are likely to be most familiar with the Hillier region, but for a fall outing we’re recommending the ‘less travelled’ paths of the southeast...hairline wide 595x15

innovation 150pxINNOVATION

author: Denny Manchee 

YOU DON'T THINK about it in the chair as you flip through glossy magazines while someone combs out your locks, spritzes them with this and that and snip, snip, snips. Waste, that is, the colouring tubes and chemicals, the foils, the bottles, the hair that all end up in the garbage.

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WELCOME TO THE LOCAL FOOD AND WINE SCENE where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors of fine food...

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author:  Joan Williams /  illustrator:  Trish York 

JUST BEFORE DAWN, there had been a spectacular storm, as if summer wanted an explosive last hurrah. Lightning had struck the house with such an acrid sizzle that later that morning, when my automatic garage door refused to crank open, I knew it was a victim of weather...

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in the hood 150pxIN THE 'HOOD
author: Tom Cruickshank

THE FACE MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR but the voice definitely rings a bell. It might take a minute to place her, especially if you were to, say, overhear her in a conversation at Rhino’s or in the check-out line at the Independent...

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meanderings 150pxMEANDERINGS
author: Denny Manchee

TAKE A LOOK AT THE BARRELS in this photograph, handcrafted by coopers using a process that’s been around for thousands of years. When we think of wooden barrels today, wine is the word that comes to mind, especially in Prince Edward County...




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First Words

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Last week Trish York delivered an illustration for Pam’s Point, one of our regular features in Watershed... read more


Congratulations to Watershed and Roger Thomas for the excellent article on Ontario’s modern dairy industry…



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geoff zochodne

geoff zochodne 74pxGeoff Zochodne is the senior reporter at Queen’s Park Briefing, a newsletter dedicated to provincial politics...

joan williams

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Joan Williams is an editor/writer living in Peterborough County.  A former instructor...

mandy martin

mandy martin 74pxMandy’s formative years were spent in Gore’s Landing on the south shore of Rice Lake. At 19, she became the youngest...