From the Editor

The Link, Winter 2017
| by Valerie Elaine Smith |

Recently one of our columnists informed me that The Link turned 25 years old this year! It was started by Sharon Hamilton back in 1992 and I’ve been the owner, publisher and editor for the last six years.

It’s been an amazing six years and I’ve met so many wonderful people. However, I feel the need for a change and I’ll be putting The Link up for sale soon.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our regular columnists and contributors over the years for providing us with some great articles. I’d also like to give a special shout-out to Linda Chopping who has diligently delivered the magazine to the many locations where you pick it up. Plus a special thank you to Norman Lawson for his excellent proofreading – he’s taught me a lot about punctuation!

You may see me back in the spring if I don’t find an appropriate buyer but I wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know.

In this issue you’ll find a special tribute to local artist Jerry F. Albert who we lost earlier this year. His beautiful winter painting is on our front cover and Janet Jarrell remembers him on our ‘Cover Artist’ page.

Additionally, we celebrate the Canadian Canoe Museum’s 20th anniversary with a story by Tina Rouse. Josie Newman lets us in on a fun dance style. Amanda Newell gives us some ideas for great winter activities for the kids or kids at heart!Elizabeth Palermo speaks with a local woman about her preparation for the Camino de Santiago with training walks through beautiful Northumberland County. Louise Racine tells us all about Buddha Bowls and David Newland thinks “Winter is for the Birds” – but not in the way you may think!

With this issue we also say goodbye to Joyce Higgs who is moving out of the region. Joyce has provided us with many ‘Local Life’ wonderful articles on different and interesting ways people survive for a living in our region. Joanne Culley has filled in with a historical ‘Local Life’ piece on David Fife who once lived in this area and is known for his discovery of Red Fife wheat.

Goodbye for now…and enjoy everything this special time of the year brings.

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