C4 Bridgewater Bulletin and Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, Wednesday, September 26, 2007 I]Z=dbZhX]ddaZghCZlh Lunenburg County Homeschoolers Group news Bluenose IV project under sail By Katie Dauphinee Donations of time and money are needed as the building of the Bluenose IV is drawing closer by the day. Mr. Phillip Snyder, the builder of the Bluenose IV, says he will be using the original plans drawn by Mr. Roue. Mr. Snyder also says he will be building the schooner at Snyder’s Shipyard in Dayspring. The keel laying starts on July 1, 2008. They are going to use Douglas fir and local wood to make the Bluenose IV. The hull alone will take about two and a half years to build, says Mr. Snyder. He does not yet have the estimated cost for building the hull. Michele Stevens, a fourth-generation sailmaker at Michele Stevens Sailloft in Second Peninsula, is going to be the sailmaker for the mighty schooner. If the schooner is going to race, the sails will be constructed from a laminate cloth. For regular sailing, Dacron is used. The sails are started by machine and finished by hand. Melanie, Brenda and Royal Stevens will work on all the hand and bench work for the Bluenose IV sails. It will take a team of five or six people to complete the massive full suit of sails Katie Dauphinee interviews Arthur Dauphinee, left, and Lloyd Zinck, who will be making the pulley blocks for the Bluenose IV. measuring 11,000 square feet. Mr. Arthur Dauphinee, president of A. Dauphinee & Sons, says it will take approximately four months to make the ship’s pulley blocks, made of wood, cast iron and brass fittings. It will take an additional two months to make the ship’s deadeyes. For more information about this exciting project and to find out how you can get involved, visit www.SchoonerBluenose. ca. Volunteering goes to the dogs By miKaYLa jOuDReY The seniors and staff always look forward to Gilbert the greyhound seeing him all dressed is a retired racing greyup for every season or hound. Gilbert retired special occasion. A big about four years ago and hit is his Santa coat and moved to a happy, comfy hat. Gilbert always enfamily home. joys the pats and treats For a year or so he he receives, especially basked in the loving ice-cream days — yum! warmth of his family. In order to become a Then one day as he sat Gilbert the greyhound is a former therapy dog, Gilbert had deep in thought, he de- racing dog who enjoys his retire- to take an examination cided, “I’ve had enough ment by entertaining seniors. in large groups of huof this laziness, I’m mans and dogs and then going to get a job!” individually. This was to see if he was So, he told his mum and she agreed calm with certain noises and actions and it was a brilliant idea. Soon enough, okay with wheelchairs, canes or rattling, Gilbert became a certified Saint John big carts. Gilbert came through perfectly Ambulance Therapy Dog. with high marks! When questioned why he decided to Gilbert encourages all communitybecome a therapy dog, Gilbert explained minded pooches to see if they have what it was because he wanted to do some- it takes to volunteer with the Saint John thing for his community and people. Ambulance Therapy Dogs. Check it out So now he is doing something that is at www.sja.ca. enriching the lives of seniors. They look Pretty soon Gilbert is going to share forward to seeing Gilbert on Thursdays. his love and personality on an even We asked Gilbert if he had a favourite higher level when he learns to ride the person and he replied saying he was al- elevator at the South Shore Regional ways fair and tried not to play favourites. Hospital. He had plenty of personality and kisses Stay tuned for further adventures of to go around! Gilbert! Local woman on theatre ship By niChOLaS SKOReYKO bia, Romania to Bulgaria on the Black Sea.” Amara Zee is a theatre/tall She said the best part of ship, sailing and doing plays in the tour was all the people she Europe. Johanna Skoreyko, from met and the interesting things Wileville, just came back from she saw. Johanna made good working on it. She was the tour friends. coordinator. There is a web page Their play was about five where you can watch a video people on the moonship and the of their plays. It is www.cara- Johanna Skoreyko moon goddess, Triton. They land vanstage.org. on the Earth that was ruined by There are a lot of acrobats in global warming. Triton looks like a genie the plays, and really good music. In one in the pictures on the web page. of the plays, people are playing dogs and Now Johanna is going to teach English dancing. in France. Johanna says, “I joined the ship in RotShe says, “The Amara Zee will go to terdam and we sailed to Vienna where we Greece next and when I am finished in spent the winter planning our Danube France, I would like to help them plan the River tour, through Austria, Hungary, Ser- next tour in the Mediterranean.” A dairy farmer’s life By jeSSiCa RhODeniZeR AGE 10 Most people don’t know what a day of being a farmer is like. My father, Glenn Rhodenizer, is a farmer and he works really hard. I’d like to tell you what a dairy farmer does. When I asked my dad what his typical day is like, he laughed and said, “My typical day is chaos.” Dad gets up at six each morning and goes right to milk the cows, feed them, and clean them down. This can take a while, but it’s the top priority of the day to get the most milk out of them. He comes home for breakfast and has a bit of family time with us all because we’re homeschooled. Between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and supper, Dad and Grandad do a lot of different things. They grow a lot of cabbage for sauerkraut, so they seed it, get the ground ready, plant the little tiny plants, and once the cabbage is big enough, they harvest it. They have to store the cabbage and clean it for kraut all winter and spring. Depending on the time of year, Dad makes hay. He uses cow manure to fertilize the ground. When the grass is big enough, he mows it and comes out with his tractor and bales the hay. This takes place from June clean through October. They work fields in lots of different places, and travelling with farm equipment does take quite a bit of time. The rest of the year he brings the bales home so the cows can eat them. Dad said he’s always fixing farm equipment, or greasing it, or trying to make it last longer. They milk again around five or six o’clock. They have to check regularly to see if the deer are in the cabbage, eating it. They have to check in the night too. He said he goes to bed at night some time Jessica Rhodenizer and her dad, Glenn, on the family farm, which includes dairy cows, cabbage, sauerkraut and even a lobster licence. when the clocks don’t work. Dad said the hardest part of his day is when things don’t go right and things are breaking down, because things fall behind and you never really catch up. The best part of his day is the end of the day — if everything has gone well, he feels like he’s accomplished something. Dad told me he became a farmer because he liked the challenge in it. They have a unique situation of cabbage, sauerkraut and cows, with a lobster licence thrown in. It’s a real challenge. There are very few dairy farmers left in this area. The one thing Dad would like people to know about farmers is, “Farmers work very hard. Our food in this country is of the highest quality. “Stuff coming in is not good quality, some is, but most isn’t, for a few cents cheaper. They use things they should never be using on their food.” He laughed and said, “We need free land, if you have any, just give us some.” One thing I want to let people know is how much work dairy farmers go through to let people have milk, so they appreciate it. arts & entertainment Webkinz: The greatest toy of the decade! By eva DixOn Age 7 Guess what! There is a new toy on the market and millions of kids around Canada and the USA are buying them! They are called Webkinz. Webkinz are special because each toy is a stuffed animal that comes with a unique secret code that lets you adopt your pet on-line in Webkinz World. Webkinz World is an on-line world where you can play games, shop for online items and food, answer quiz questions, dress up your pet and even invite friends from your friends list over to play in your virtual world with you. First, you purchase your Webkinz pet. If you are not a Webkinz member go to the Webkinz World home page at www. webkinz.com and click on new member. Then you make up a user name and password, but make sure the user name and password are secret and nobody will know them. That way other people cannot get into your account. You make up a name for your Webkinz pet and tell Webkinz World if the pet is a boy or a girl. Then you enter your pet’s secret code. Secret codes are numbers and letters found on the tag attached to your Webkinz stuffed pet. After the secret code is entered the adoption is complete. First you’ll see the pet’s adoption certificate. If you can print, you can print out the certificate. Then you’ll see the pet’s biography. Click on “start playing with your pet” or “add a new pet to this account.” Once you’re in, you’ll see the welcome celebration for your pet. There will be a welcome present and free gifts in your Webkinz dock. Webkinz has something called KinzCash. KinzCash is Webkinz World money which you can use to decorate your pet’s room and buy clothing and food for your Webkinz pet. You can shop at the W Shop or Curio Shop for these things. The W Shop sells everyday items like food and clothing and things to decorate your pet’s room. The Curio Shop sells rare items not available in the W Shop such as the Royal Estates bed. It can’t be purchased in the W Shop or gotten with your 10th pet or higher as a super exclusive. When you have 10 pets or more you get a free super exclusive bed of your choice. I have six Webkinz pets of my own. They are Cheeky (a monkey), Fluffy (a white rabbit), Moonlight (a pink pony), Jennie (a black cat), Delilah (a Googles) and Lillie (a frog). My Webkinz are all girls. I really love them. It is so much fun that you just want to play it all the time. My mum allows me to go to Webkinz World for one hour a day. I break that time up into half an hour at a time. It is educational too because you can answer questions in Quizzy’s Question Corner where you choose from multiple choice answers in science, math and Webkinz World. Now you see why so many kids love Webkinz World. Bridgewater Bulletin and Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, Wednesday, September 26, 2007 arts & entertainment columns Flat Fifth cuts new CD My organic vegetable garden By juStin RhODeniZeR C5 By nataLja CaRanDanG Paul Buchanan and Eilidh Campbell, with their group Flat Fifth, are currently recording their new CD in CBC Studio H in Halifax. Eilidh and Paul both teach music during the school year. Eilidh comes from Aberfoyle, Scotland, and teaches fiddle, while Paul teaches guitar and piano. They are both excellent musicians and sound wonderful together. Paul, born in Toronto and raised in Newmarket, Ontario, met Eilidh at the 2004 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Eilidh was playing fiddle with her group, Brolum. About a year later, after Eilidh moved to Nova Scotia, they started playing together as Campbell and Buchanan. In 2006, Paul asked a few other musicians to play in a group called Flat Fifth he had started for the Lunenburg Folk Fiesta. The group was chosen to be one of the three acts competing for the final spot at the 2006 Folk Harbour Festival. The Folk Fiesta was their first gig, and they managed to win the competition. Paul’s first and favourite instrument is piano. He plays a wide variety of styles including pop, blues, jazz, ragtime and still even digs out his old classical books now and then. Eilidh plays fiddle, and her first love is traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes. That’s what she grew up listening Justin Rhodenizer, right, takes the stage at the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival with his music mentor, Paul Buchanan, of the band Flat Fifth. to and performing in Scotland. I’m happy to be one of Paul’s students. He’s an amazing teacher who encourages and directs me in my guitar lessons. He even gave my sister, who takes fiddle lessons from Eilidh, and me the opportunity to play a couple of sets with them at the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival. This boosted our confidence and showed us that we could do things we didn’t think we could. Listen for Paul’s three hits on the airwaves — “Wish I Didn’t Know” (which was at the top of the East Coast Music charts for four weeks), “Who’s to Say,” and “Alfalfa Honey.” And keep an eye out for their new CD this spring! When the weather was not too bad, I put my seedlings I have grown organic vegoutside to harden off. When etables since I was six. To the frost passed, I transplantprevent pests, I grow nastured them to my garden. Meantiums and marigolds. while, I sowed vegetables that My garden is located on could be started outdoors. In a slight incline to the north, one bed I sowed peas, swiss which is supposedly not a chard kale and carrots, along good location. Actually, in my Natalja Carandang’s organic with the nasturtium and case, it is a great location! My marigold seedlings. vegetables grow amazingly garden is the healthy result In the other bed I sowed no matter where the location of her hard work, patience pole, bush, and broad beans, is because I take good care and knowledge of gardenstrawberries and potatoes, of them. I made all of my ing since she was six years along with the green cabbaggardens, except the frames, old. es, Chinese cabbages, nasturby myself. tiums and marigolds that I This is how I made my garden this year grew from seedlings. — in the fall, Mama built frames for two This spring I also built my own greenraised beds. I hauled sheep manure from house. It is over a raised bed in which are the barn so the soil could compost and it planted the nasturtiums, marigolds, tomawould be ready in the spring for planting. toes, hot peppers, bell peppers and the one Because manure is acidic, I put ashes tormatio plant that I grew from seedlings (which are alkaline) on it to raise the pH to with broad beans that I sowed and eggabout seven. plants from the local nursery. When spring came, I began growing Throughout the growing season, I mainseedlings indoors. I put them under a sky- tained and harvested my vegetables. I enjoy light and watered them every day. doing it because I love to be outside, see These are the types of seedlings I grew things grow well when I take care of them, — green and Chinese cabbages, Brussels and be able to eat food without poison. sprouts, nasturtiums, marigolds, tomatoes, I think it makes me a happier, healthier hot peppers and one tormatio plant. person. Real bunny love By SaRah ReinhaRDt Age 9 sports Time to box By SpenCeR anD huDSOn maCaDam Hi, my name is Spencer MacAdam and I am almost 11. My brother is Hudson MacAdam and we are both members of the South Shore Boxing Club. Boxing is a great sport and we love it. You can box recreational or competitive. We do focus pads, skipping, shadow boxing, sparring, push-ups, sit-ups and bag work. Our coach is David Penny (or Coach, as we call him). He has been coaching since 1996. He started with Level 1 coaching and one student. He now has a Level 3 and his classes are full. What Coach Penny enjoys most about coaching boxing is to watch the athletes progress and improve physically and mentally over a period of time. Boxing also develops great discipline. It’s wonderful for young people to see what they can achieve. Coach says it’s great to start at a young age like my brother and me, so you will see the benefits and results from it down the road. There is potential for a lot of kids to experience these great benefits that boxing can give you, but because boxing is a misunderstood sport they don’t get a I’d like to tell you about my bunny. Her name is Cinnamon, but we call her Cinny. She’s a Netherland dwarf rabbit. She’s five years old and she’s really cute. I got her when she was only six weeks old and she was only really, really tiny. She could fit in the palm of my hand! Cinny needs a lot of love and care but she’s definitely worth it. I need to feed her and give her fresh water twice a day, and Planting pumpkins By Gianni CaRanDanG Boxing brothers Spencer, left, and Hudson MacAdam work with their coach, David Penny, at the South Shore Boxing Club. chance. This sport is very technical and we don’t fool around. All the proper gear is used at all times. Parents should bring their kids out to try it and see what it’s all about. Our dad boxes too and our mom is in kick-boxing. The whole family can do it. We meet at the old Lions Club on 505 York Street on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come and join us. You’ll love it. beans, broad beans, a cabbage, Brussels sprouts and pumpIn the spring, I dug out kins. the grass from the two cold The deer ate the bottoms frames and put sheep maof the pole bean plants so I nure in it (Mama built the had to get fences and paint cold frames). them white. It took several One cold frame was for days to dry. Then I put them the vegetables and the other all around the garden. Nestled under the leaves one was for pumpkins. I planted my pumpkins in In May I started the seed- is one of Gianni Caranearly June. I got eight pumplings in the house. I put them dang’s prize pumpkins. kins from the composter. The in the landing next to a skypumpkins in the composter light where they would get sunlight. were not growing well until I got them I watered them every day but some because they were growing in rotten vegdidn’t come up. I transplanted them out- etables. side in June. When I planted them in my garden only I planted nasturtiums, pole beans, bush four survived. They made 13 pumpkins! Spiders By miChaeLa RhODeniZeR columns A natural dog lover By amBeR BeCK-RameY Age 12 When I grow up I want to have a kennel and training business because I love working with and caring for dogs. They are very intelligent animals, making it a rewarding experience as a trainer. I enjoy doing events to raise money for the SHAID animal shelter so they may purchase food for the dogs and cats that are sheltered there. Over the past year my sister and I raised money by selling commissioned items and at my birthday event I asked for dog and cat food donations instead clean her cage every second day. Cinny likes to eat rabbit pellets but in the spring, summer and fall, she mostly eats clover, hay and veggies. She’s not an outdoor bunny. We keep her inside at night and in the daytime we put her outside if it’s nice. I hold her almost every day and I know she enjoys that because she licks and snuggles with me. And I kiss and snuggle with her! That’s why I think bunnies are one of the most precious pets to have. of gifts. My sister and I felt so good taking a trunk load of food to the shelter. I hope to continue raising money for this necessary cause. As a homeschooler, I get to learn entrepreneurial skills that I will need to run my kennel business, by making natural dog biscuits and selling them at local fairs and our annual Homeschooler’s Fair at the Bridgewater Mall. My homeschooling has taught me to appreciate all animals great or small and that we should take care of them so that they may feel the love and nurturing all living animals deserve. AGE 6 Spiders make good webs and the webs are really pretty when they’re done. They’re really good because I don’t think the flies see them and fly right in. The spider runs over Skyler’s recipes By SKYLeR maCaDam Age 6 Peanut Butter Munchies 1 cup peanut butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Using your hands, and makes them comfortable by spinning its web on it, because the web is soft and it kind of feels like a bed I think. It’s really good because when the spiders wrap up the bugs they can’t bite us or buzz around us anymore. And in a book I saw webs all over a tree and it was white and so pretty. roll the dough into oneinch balls and drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 min. 350 degrees (makes 30 cookies). Sklyer’s Kisses 2 cups flour 1 cup soft margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 30 Hershey’s kisses This sprawling web prompted Michaela Rhodenizer to investigate spiders. (Hershey Chipits) Using your hands, mix together everything except kisses. Drop one-inch balls of dough onto greased cookie sheet. Press a Chipit into top of each cookie. Bake for 20 min. or less at 350 degrees (makes 30 cookies).
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