Montie Montana

From Big Muddy to ‘Big Time’      Not every child that slid down a snow-covered hill in Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy Valley eventually had their photo on the front page of every major newspaper in the free world. Owen Harlan  Mickel did. Owen was the fifth child of Edgar and Mary Mickel. His parents had …

Valley Star!

Congratulations to Beeton, Ontario’s Naomi Bristow, on being named the 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Valley Star Awards in Texas. Bristow, who is a popular Canadian yodeller has enjoyed tremendous success on both sides of the Medicine Line, including television appearances and gigs in Branson. The Valley Star Awards are held in …

Grandma

By Corbett Faulkner   You have always been the best, right from the start. From your crab-apple juice to your sweet butter tarts. I have always wondered but never understood. How you can take most anything and make it taste so good. Anyone would like your cookies and shortbread, The strange thing is I even …

The Secret Code of Quilts

Did Scraps of Fabric Lead Slaves to the Underground Railroad?   [Originally published in Aug/Sep 2005 issue of Canadian Cowboy Country] By Ann Chandler   On a warm spring day in May 1854, a colourful quilt hangs out the window of the slave quarters on a plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Few pay attention. Just …