From the Editor

Valerie Smith, Publisher and Editor, The Link

With Robert Tokley having recently received international recognition for his work at Art Olympia, one of the most prestigious juried art competitions with high-profile judges from around the world, The Link is pleased to showcase one of his paintings on our front cover. Robert now lives in Belleville and you can read all about his interesting life story on page 7 in an interview by our Cover Artist columnist Janet Jarrell.

While waiting for summer to get into full swing – perhaps even by the time this issue is in full distribution – be sure to take in our special Art Shows and Studio Tours and Summer Festivals and Events sections. They will give you plenty of ideas to explore and enjoy our beautiful region throughout the summer.

There’s a lot of entertainment happening, especially for Canada 150 celebrations. In addition, you can take in one of our many local Farmers’ Markets with Joyce Higgs who confirms they have become quite the event themselves!

On top of all the fun and excitement, Tim Dyson gets serious about the beautiful but dangerous side of summer storms. Amanda Newell explains the importance of our disappearing country hedgerows and why they should be an agricultural asset.

Louise Racine gives us a lovely, light recipe for Vegetarian Lasagna which utilizes our garden or farmers’ market bounty and Elizabeth Palermo educates us on “blue mind” and how water can provide a meditative state of calm in our busy lifestyles.

Finally, David Newland gives us a funny take – and perhaps brings back some of our own memories – in his article, ‘A Boy and His Bicycle.’

Enjoy everything bountiful that comes with our summer season!

— Valerie