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Easter Thoughts

  It is an early April morning and the sun’s rays are hitting the top of the ridge at Kentish, Jamaica, where the lush green sugar cane is heavy with dew. The sunlight moves slowly, a cascade of gold and…

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In Memory of Debbie Wiecha

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers market – April 3, 2019 In Memory of Debbie Wiecha Our market community grieves the loss of Debbie Wiecha, a long-time vendor famous for her amazing organic peaches and fragrant lavender, and much-loved for her generosity…

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Remembering a Name

Remembering a name forges human connection The NOTL Local – March 28, 2019 by Jane Andres                             Visiting  Juan Del Bolas Mountain in St.Catherine, Jamaica, Jane Andres took this…

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Robert Jupiter of Palatine Hill

A Hero in Our Own Back Yard The NOTL Local – February 23, 2019 by Jane Andres  The original help house on the Servos property later became the Kirby cottage where William Kirby and his wife Eliza (Daniel Servos’ granddaughter) lived briefly before…

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Reliving Good Times on the Farm

The NOTL Local February 6, 2019 by Jane Andres It had all the feels of a long anticipated reunion, the adults hugging and laughing as the children watched with shy smiles, waiting to be introduced. Indeed it was a special kind of…

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Thanking a Farmer’s Worker

Eating Niagara – September 5, 2015 By Tiffany Mayer   A pile of photographs sits on Jane Andres’s dining room table.In them, faces beam out at the viewer: middle school-aged students wear caps and gowns to mark the successful end of…

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Lessons and Legacies in Our Back Yard: Part 2

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada Brock University 2015 In May 2005 I was invited to help with the music at a church service for Caribbean workers. CWOP, the Caribbean Workers Outreach Project, was run by Grace United Church…

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Lessons and Legacies in Our Back Yard : Part 1

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada Brock University 2015 We live in Niagara-on-the-Lake within walking distance to the shores of Lake Ontario.  If you take the path down into the valley behind our home you will find rich bottom…

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Stories Beyond the Mist

A Collection of Foggy Day Rambles The Last Remnants – Ice House and Cemetery This stone structure was the last remnant of the settlement on Palatine Hill. It had been attached to a wooden building which would have originally been…

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