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by Sylene Argent It is so easy to harbour negative thoughts when one thinks about one’s self. Many of us see the worst versions of ourselves when we look into that proverbial mirror, yet what others can see can be vastly different. The more we challenge ourselves and open ourselves up to new experiences, the […]

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by Fred Groves Over the past few weeks, my colleagues here at the Essex Free Press have allowed me the opportunity to voice my opinion on what I feel to be a need for change-the Essex Town Council. I have been met with a lot of positive reaction from these and it seems that other […]

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by Jessica Azar Every child and adult has experienced bullying or have bullied someone, even if it was unintentional. I have been hurt a few (okay, more than a few) times by a bully. However, I was raised to understand the bully. By “understand the bully,” I don’t mean accept the bad behaviour. I mean […]

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by Evelyn Couch There is an extreme contrast between the way we do things today and what is was like when I was a child. I think of the way we had of keeping food cool. In what we referred to as the cellar, there was a swing shelf that was suspended from the supports […]

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I wish to respond to Councillor Voakes’s accusations in his recent Letter to the Editor to provide clarity for your readers. Firstly, in my opinion, if Councillor Voakes attended more Council and committee meetings, he might be better informed in serving his residents. For example, few weeks ago, he missed our 5 year budget meeting where […]

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by Evelyn Couch Why do we always think of air conditioning as means of cooling the conditions around us? We think an air conditioner is a unit we put in a window with most of it hanging outside or as a device that cools a building. Isn’t a heater an air conditioner? Whether we think of […]

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by Evelyn Couch When I was living on the farm near Cottam, a beaver decided to live in the stream that was at the edge of the farm. He knew how to cut a tree with his strong front teeth. We could see how it gnawed around the standing tree on all sides until it fell over. Then he dragged it […]

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Negativity and drama can sometimes deter us from focusing on the important stuff. The old saying can ring true, misery enjoys company. Over the Canada Day weekend, I had some time to reflect on what is truly important for a few different, yet equally special, reasons. Sometimes we may forget how great it is to […]

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by Evelyn Couch You must know by now you cannot believe all you read, and that applies to what I am going to type now. A man was working on his motorcycle on the patio while his wife was in the nearby kitchen. The motorcycle accidentally slipped into gear, and the man, holding the handlebars, […]

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by Evelyn Couch According to a lengthy article in the June/July issue of Canada’s History magazine, Joseph Howe was determined to keep Nova Scotia out of confederation. But, there were many powerful forces wanting that province in the new Dominion of Canada.  However, he kept his opposition going to the end, and today there is […]

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