Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 08-06
((--Disclaimer: any pictures used of actors/actresses is only for how that fictional character may look, no claims made.--))

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The Great Grand Rapids Canoe race was held on a warm evening at Crystal Gold Lake in Heathfield. There were contestants from Telarus, Devonshires and of course, Heathfield.  Many came to watch and cheer the contestants on while they enjoyed food and drink. It turned out to be as much fun watching as it was for the contestants.

Contestants: King Alec Noir of Telarus, Ameryk deLorne, Ruler of Leoness, Sir Torrin McGlynne of Rosehaven, Lord Jon Sterling of Telarus, Queen Victoria Montalban of Devonshires, Lady Rennie Savage of Solurius, Kieran Turlough of Heathfield, Sir Alin LeFay of Devonshires, Lady Claire O'Reilly of Heathfield, Lady Julia Traugott of Heathfield, Lady Aly MacDraven of Solurius, Tarro of Devonshires, Queen Julia Noir of Telarus, Lady Annalise Lancaster of Devonshires.

The contestants had to travel five miles from the head of the river into Crystal Gold Lake. The last mile is where the rapids make canoe travel especially hard.  Each contestant did well, some having never paddled a canoe before.  Tarro the Mina tour had his own pet log, and though he ended up in the water when hitting the rapids, enjoyed a meal of raw fish.   At the end of the contest Ameryk deLorne, Torrin McGlynne, Jon Sterling, Rennie Savage and Aly McDraven had made it to the end of the course.  In a race across the lake to determine a winner, Torrin McGlynne placed first, Jon Sterling second and Aly MacDraven third.  Their prizes were sent to them the next day.

The prizes were:  Grand prize: A plaque with their name and event. A Purse of 100 gold along with a New Canoe loaded with Picnic Equipment such as a large basket filled with food, two bottles of wine, potcheen and goblets. Large picnic blanket, plates, utensils and linen napkins.  Second: New Canoe loaded with Picnic Equipment such as a large basket filled with food, two bottles of wine, potcheen and goblets. Large picnic blanket, plates, utensils and linen napkins. Third: A large basket filled with food, two bottles of wine, potcheen and goblets. Large picnic blanket, plates, utensils and linen napkins.

Congratulations to each of the winners, thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to Draven MacShire for organizing the event, and to the Guards of Heathfield for pulling the contestants from the water. --submitted by Xander McDonough

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Brogan Frasier, a member of the respected Frasier clan of Falkirk in Ballicastle, has returned from his travels a new man.  He is planning to open a high class gambling establishment called Falkirk Casino along with his partner, Charles Harwood of these lands. Gambling always brought a bad reputation with it for mostly the lack of discipline in any organized means of conduct. This Casino will see to eliminating the bad from gambling as much as humanly possible. Rules of conduct and restrictions will keep all on the up and up.  Limits will be set so that a family doesn't lose everything on a hand of cards, or a spin of the wheel. A number of retired knights have been hired as guards to keep out unwanted behavior. Only those of reputable reputation will be allowed in than anyone floating through the lands with unscrupulous intentions.

The casino will offer relaxing evenings with games of cards, dice and roulette in a safe, luxurious atmosphere. A gentleman's lounge upstairs will be set aside for conversation and for those who wish to conduct business while meeting others new to the lands. It also brings several jobs to the realm. There will be a least one ladies night. No longer will ones need find a game of chance at the port, taking a chance not to be stabbed in the back for a win. The Opening will be announced soon. --submitted by Danny Frasier

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Life Around Here

Sun-baked earth and ripening fields, the flicker of heat lightning and the heavy dew found at dawn, the lazy haze as far as the eye can see, the sweet scent of roses... the dog days of summer have arrived in a flood of heat and humidity. The lake has become a hive of activity, regardless of the hour, as the urge to keep cool becomes a main focus of young and old alike.

The air reflects the sultry stillness of waiting, shimmering with an otherworldly luminescence that turns thoughts to more than is dreamt of under Heaven and Earth, a breath held in anticipation as if time itself ceases. Movements are slow grace, unconsciously choreographed in a dance célèbre that pays homage to the transition from solstice to equinox in lengthening nights and the first touch of heat's submission to cool.

Let your heart and feet be light as you enter into the dance, embracing surreality in these lingering days of warmth and your smile be as bright as the sun. -- submitted by Mairenn MacNeils

Births: None this Month. Marriages: Vincent deBeauvais to Julia Traugott on July 27th. Engagements: None this Month Deaths: Marie Traugott. Citizenship: Please welcome -- Jonathan Fionnlasdan, Blaen Fionnlasdan, Katherine Munro, Kyle Frasier, Marianne Seton, Joshua Reynolds, Elisa Reynolds, Molly O'Leary, Rebecca O'Leary, Honoria St. James, Brendan O'Sionna.


Elves -- Elves are capricious by nature, and few rules govern their long lives. They are fond of circular dances, feasting, singing and gaming and are mostl likely to be spotted when engaged in one of these activities. Sometimes, for amusement, elves will lure humans into dancing with them or tasting some of their food. In both cases, the humans will lose all track of time and be trapped unless rescued.

If one hears music coming from seemingly uninhabited woods or from underneath hills, chances are the area is inhabited by elves. Elven music is thought to be the source of many great human compositions, but hearing it can also bring on madness.

When walking through the woods, one should pay special attention to hills that are ringed with thorns or close to streams. Walking around such a hill, one might notice places where the ground is sunken. Travelers should beware these hollow hills, as they are likely to be the dwelling places of elves.

Elven skin is pale and translucent. It peels in leafy, petal-like shapes, which change color with the seasons. This 'petaling' appears on both sexes and seems prominent on the limbs, chest, forehead an d shoulders. Most elves adorn themselves in clothing that is comprised of forest materials. Along with the tone of their skins, they wardrobe will also change color with the seasons. Many start with washed-out, paste colors during the colder months and deepen into rich, saturated hues by late fall.

Elves are governed by regional monarchies where the queen has greater authority than the king. Each 'court' is said to be either Unseelie (if composed primarily of malevolent elves) or Seelie (if composed primarily of benevolent elves).

The monarchs lead mounted parades on May Eve, Midsummer Eve, and November Eve. Although people do sometimes see these trooping elves, more often the only evidence is a strong wind that sweeps past an disappears.   -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!

Augustus for August

After Julius's grandnephew Augustus defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra, and became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him. The month Sextillus (sex = six) was chosen for Augustus, and the senate justified its actions in the following resolution.

Whereas the Emperor Augustus Caesar, in the month of Sextillis . . . thrice entered the city in triumph . . . and in the same month Egypt was brought under the authority of the Roman people, and in the same month an end was put to the civil wars; and whereas for these reasons the said month is, and has been, most fortunate to this empire, it is hereby decreed by the senate that the said month shall be called Augustus.

Not only did the Senate name a month after Augustus, but it decided that since Julius's month, July, had 31 days, Augustus's month should equal it: under the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month.

To accommodate this change two other calendrical adjustments were necessary: 1. The extra day needed to inflate the importance of August was taken from February, which originally had 29 days (30 in a leap year), and was now reduced to 28 days (29 in a leap year). 2. Since the months evenly alternated between 30 and 31 days, adding the extra day to August meant that July, August, and September would all have 31 days. So to avoid three long months in a row, the lengths of the last four months were switched around, giving us 30 days in September, April, June, and November.

Among Roman rulers, only Julius and Augustus permanently had months named after them—though this wasn't for lack of trying on the part of later emperors. For a time, May was changed to Claudius and the infamous Nero instituted Neronius for April. But these changes were ephemeral, and only Julius and Augustus have had two-millenia-worth of staying power. (reference -submitted by Kathleen Frasier

April-to-August Spring-Summer Contest Extended

It has been discovered that Joseph McDonough has been the one to send for mail- order- brides for brother, cousin and employee.

This is open to Allied Castles to join in!

In honor of April Fool's Day, and any prank within humor, a contest is being conducted during the whole month of April and extended to August giving ample time on who can play the best prank on another. The best Prankster will receive the prize of an Arabian stallion, a pouch of fool's gold, plus a gold plaque engraved with their name depicting them as King or Queen of Pranks. Second prize will be a finely crafted Dagger and sheath,  given to the one taking a prank in the light it was given. There will be one trick to all of this too, if the one on the receiving end can pull off a coupe then it will be a winner take all! Those of other allied castles and friends may join in if they feel so inclined or mischievous.

 Events recorded of such pranks and reactions will be submitted to Lahoneee. Winner will be announced in the September Issue.



4 large raw potatoes, grated * 4 tablespoons flour * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder * 2 eggs (medium size) * 1/2 teaspoon salt * Oil

Grate potatoes, drain off surplus liquid; add salt, flour, baking powder and eggs. Mix well until all is combined. Cook by heaping tablespoonfuls (spread out a little bit with back of spoon) in hot oil in heavy 10-inch skillet. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove from skillet, drain on paper towels and keep warm in covered container. Serve with whipped sour cream or applesauce. --submitted by Sarah McDonough


1 1/2 pounds (4 to 5 medium) potatoes, peeled & diced * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 3 tablespoons butter or margarine * 2 tablespoons flour * Salt and pepper * 2 cups milk * 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled & sliced * 2 tablespoons chopped onion * 3 tablespoons dried bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender, drain; reserve. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan. Add flour, salt, and pepper; cook until bubbly. Add milk; stir well. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Combine potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, onion, salt, and pepper in lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Add white sauce; blend lightly with spatula. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add bread crumbs; mix well. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over casserole. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot! This Irish potato recipe makes 4 servings.  --submitted by Sarah McDonough



2 teaspoons trans-free margarine * 2 large cloves garlic, minced * 1 medium zucchini, cut into 3" strips * 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 3" spears * 2 tablespoons chicken or vegetable brother * 1/8 teaspoon salt * 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper * 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted * 1/3 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Melt the margarine in a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until soft. Add the zucchini, summer squash, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes, or until the zucchini and squash are tender. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the walnuts and cheese.  --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


3/4 cup English walnuts, ground * 1/4 cup trans-free margarine or butter * 1/4 cup sugar * 2- 8 ounce packages reduced fat cream cheese * 1/2 cup sugar substitute * 8 ounces artificially sweetened, nonfat raspberry yogurt * 8 ounces artificially sweetened, nonfat peach yogurt * 2 drops yellow food coloring * 2-3 large peaches sliced

Place 1/4 cup of the walnuts in a small bowl and set aside. Place the remaining walnuts in another small bowl and add the Margarine or butter and sugar. Mix well with a fork. Press the walnut mixture firmly into the bottom of an 8" springform pan. In a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar substitute until smooth. Remove half of the cream cheese mixture to a medium bowl and whisk in raspberry yogurt. Spread evenly over the walnut crust. Place in the freezer for 1 hour or until firm. To the remaining cream cheese mixture, add the peach yogurt and food coloring. Cover and refrigerate. When the raspberry layer has firmed, spoon the peach mixture over it and freeze for 2 1/2 hours or until firm. Slice when firm, serve with peach slices around the edge and reserved walnuts. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


1 onion, diced * 2 cloves garlic, crushed * 2 tablespoons canola oil * 2 cups of sliced mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, etc) * 1 quart roasted or plain chicken broth * 1 ounce thyme leaves or bunch of thyme stems * 1 bay leaf * salt and pepper * 1 cup cold fat-free milk * 1 teaspoon porcini powder

Sauté onion and garlic in oil until translucent. Add mushrooms and sauté until they begin to caramelize. Add broth, thyme and bay leaf. Reduce to half. Use a chinois (fine mesh sieve) to strain the mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Froth heated milk, spoon on top of soup poured into cups and sprinkle with the porcini powder. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan



1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar * 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil * 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil * 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper * 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2" thick slices * 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices * 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade-cut.

Preheat broiler; coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. In a cup, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, flaxseed oil, garlic, salt and black pepper. Set aside. Arrange the tomato slices on a platter. Place the cheese slices over the tomatoes and sprinkle with the basil. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and let stand for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan



1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel * 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice * 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil * 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger * 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (fennel, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns) * 1/2 teaspoon sugar or substitute * 1 pound salmon steaks, cut into 4 equal size pieces * 8 cups fresh baby spinach leaves * 2 cloves garlic, pressed

In a 2 quart dish, combine the lime peel, lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the oil, the ginger, five spice powder and sugar. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. In a 3-quart nonstick skillet, combine the spinach, garlic and the remaining oil, tossing gently. Cover and cook gently over low heat, or until the spinach has wilted. Drain and keep warm. Lightly oil a grill rack. Preheat grill to medium-high Remove the salmon from the marinade and place on the grill rack. Brush salmon with additional marinade. Close the grill cover and cook for 4 minutes. Open grill cover, turn the salmon, brush with marinade. Close the cover and cook for 4 minutes longer, or until the salmon flakes easily. Discard any remaining marinade. Evenly divide the spinach among 4 serving plates, and center the salmon on the spinach beds. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan



Stir together: 7cups flour * 5tsp baking powder * 3tsp salt * 2tsp baking soda * 2tsp nutmeg  Cream together: 2 2/3c sugar * 1 1/3c shortening * 8 eggs * 8tbs milk * 4c mashed ripe bananas * 1c chopped walnuts or pecans

Stir first ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs one at a time. Add bananas then flour and milk alternating. Lightly grease loaf pans, cook at 350 degrees 60 to 65 minutes. Makes 4 loaves. --submitted by Teri Douglas


Some articles were not run this month as the authors are away on vacation. We wish everyone a safe, happy, enjoyable summer in all activities engaged in and traveling.

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Monthly Horoscope

Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) I don't blame you if you have the feeling that there's very little you can trust in this world. I can fully empathize with how it seems we never really know what other people are thinking, feeling or what their motives are. But despite these questions, it's clear that, at least for the moment, what you see is what is real. It would take a lot right now for someone to fool you, and any situation that threatens to compromise your integrity will belie itself with little or no effort on your part. And, more to the point, you are being offered something, a relationship, an opportunity, specific knowledge or a gift of intuition, that has the power to reach you like few experiences you've ever known. The price, if there is one, is that you be clear with yourself about what you know is true and what you know is false. In a sense, this is a vow of honesty to yourself. We could all use one of those, but in your case the rewards will exceed all your expectations.

Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) After all you've been through lately, I suggest you create some kind of environment for yourself where you get to do a lot of spiritual retreating and psychic regeneration. The most important feeling is that such a space be quiet, secure from intrusion or interruption, and -- very important -- warm. There is an experimental quality to the experience, which is to see how you respond to being in a safe, low-stimulus environment. Do you intuitively relax, or do you get a little tense? When you get into that space of feeling, what are some of the first things you notice, and what are the more intense ones? I know you're trying to solve what feel like some of the most complicated problems of your life, that is to say, inner situations that are just dearly needing to be worked out. I know you need more information about certain things in your life, and about why you are the way you are. It's clear that you're the source of that information, but it's life-altering, life-giving, potent medicine. You need to breathe into it, stretch into it, and listen to it speaking to you in the silence.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) There appears to be a struggle brewing between the Cut Loose aspect of who you are, and the Play it Safe one. I should just tell you right now, Play it Safe doesn't stand a chance, and is going to unravel all the more thoroughly for any effort to have its way. Putting up pure resistance to that process will simply hurt. But we could look at a deeper perspective. Play it Safe is mainly seeking commitment, so it feels safe enough to take the risks that it needs to take. Cut Loose is not as rowdy as you might think; this part of you mainly wants an opportunity to create some semblance of a new reality for you, quite literally to create a space of life that facilitates enduring pleasure. Both parts are working toward the same end. I suggest that if you want to maintain your balance, let your imagination run overtime. Let yourself be as wild, inappropriate, daring and pleasure-seeking as you want, within your inner space. When opportunities to experiment in the physical world arise, and this appears likely, you'll see your chance.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Only you know how you feel about a situation that only you know exists. It would appear that the status of a relationship is suddenly an emotional maze, and you're not sure it has anything to do with your partner. The factors involved are diverse and all of them are deep-water influences. Try to sort out what you want and what you need right now, and please be honest. Part of what you need is a more pronounced sense of community, of people really pulling together. Another is any hint at all that you're making progress on what you might call your deepest healing need. Part of the story is a craving for God that goes far beyond church. In terms of your relationship, or a prospective partnership, perhaps try confiding your feelings even if you can't exactly get clear on what they are. What you're experiencing can be an extraordinarily powerful influence toward building and exploring intimacy, perhaps, as the case may be, with one of your own sex.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) This will be an interesting month. I feel a little silly writing that after, you know, everything else that's been going on. And you may be thinking, wow, thanks, just what I need, another really interesting month. Well, this is a different species of interesting entirely. And you're learning a lot from the others, correct? The particular quality of focus that you're beginning to attain is extremely rare. You are wielding far more power than you know, take my word for it. This month you get to take action on a very significant decision. You may be feeling unsteady now, but remember, any element of existence you wish to change will require a very light touch. You'll also find out that your soul feels more like a Harley-Davidson than it does like a candle burning in a church. One thing about Harleys is they actually get you somewhere.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) It is not too late. You would be surprised how early it is. The past is certainly an important reference point in life, and it has especially been so lately. But recently, you've pulled free of the gravity of a certain mental entanglement, and it would serve you to live as if that were true. Your mind may still have a tendency to get hung up on the ways in which you're getting the short end of certain power-sharing arrangements, and the effects of how you were disempowered in the past. You have every reason to question that reality, and your awareness alone offers you a dimension of power that is rare to experience. Indeed, there may have never been a time when you needed other people less. There are awesome developments unfolding in the psychic region of your self-sufficiency and financial independence. These will not take you further from other people, as our culture so often insists, only closer. It's not too late.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You must be figuring out by now that you're at a stage of your professional growth where your daily activities and long-term goals must address the depth and complexity of your spirit and of the world, if they are to be satisfying. That's a tall order, I know. Most of what we do even in fairly advanced careers is unbelievably superficial, and we're fortunate if we're not in positions where we're contributing to the destruction of the world. But if your conscience is nagging, listen to yourself. It is very likely that you're about to discover at least one extremely significant aspect of your life in which you've been deceiving yourself. But this deception was based on an earlier family lie that has absolutely nothing to do with you. The problem is, it's so big that, once acknowledged, it would call your loyalty to your entire heritage, and the actions to which this has guided you, into question. I say this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) The energy of anticipation must be palpable, and when something as huge as a whole world looms just around the corner, it can be both exciting and frightening. Change is one of the most fearsome prospects among people on the planet. Yet change of a type you have not experienced in a long time is close upon you. A long phase of your life is drawing to a close, and a new one will arise like the New Jerusalem. The door to the past will latch but not lock, and you will spend much of the year in slowly alternating phases on either side of the threshold, which is a threshold of identity. You will change, and the whole world will change in relationship to you. Notice the life you are living now. Notice what you think you want to recreate or leave behind. Make a time capsule, take some pictures, describe your current existence in emails to your intimates. Open it in one year.

Aries (March 20-April 21) By now you've recognized that you must think with precision, but the necessity to act with precision builds with each passing day. Indeed, the current process of your life may be developing toward one specific instance of knowledge, decision and directed movement. You can be certain of two things. One is that the openings are there. Certain people will be revealing themselves as unexpectedly influential in the role of what might be called gatekeeper, enough to completely change what seems to be the outer climate of your life. Second, you will have the strength of both will and endurance to make what can be reasonably called the last of many decisions of a major growth cycle. People feel different, and not just to you -- within themselves, they know it, and you appear to them as someone who has long known something they simply missed. Don't let this go to your head. Their old fears were honest. Now you can get together and agree that there's much more to life.

Taurus (April 21-May 20) Do not underestimate the power of information. This is a lesson that's been hankering for your attention going back to the summer, but is only now becoming apparent given how you need to know in order to survive. Information is most readily forthcoming from the well-documented mirror effect, the way things we need to work on show up in our perceptions of others. I don't mind this theory, but I take issue with how little compassion is typically used when it's applied, that is, compassion for one's own state of being. The mirror effect is a potent source of information, and it needs to be used gently, in measured doses. And the information must be put to work for optimistic ends: in other words, with the sense that we're becoming healthier and stronger, not weaker and more fearful. If you're tending toward the negative, I strongly suggest you use a different therapeutic approach, such as hanging out with people you respect and who really dig you. They'll have their insights too.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) You must, for the moment, get accustomed to how powerful certain people are in your life. Many kinds of power exist, and you may sense a variety of negative potentials -- they're always present, however, and fortunately they rarely manifest. Your cosmic mission (I like that better than 'lesson') is to become comfortable in the presence of what you perceive as so much strength of will, force of belief and the idea that you'll have to somehow submit. That is merely a concept. From the willing space of awareness and acknowledgement, you can negotiate your way into a position of what we might call equity. You may notice that most arrangements, no matter what the power-sharing deal, have a distinctly voluntary quality. What you would be experimenting with here is, for one thing, your flexibility. Another is your propensity to attract extremes. A third is witnessing just how well you can guide your destiny when it seems most unlikely.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)  All bets, agreements, deals, arrangements and promises are off -- if you want. Consider this a kind of Jubilee month wherein every aspect of your world is subject to complete reassessment and renegotiation. Good times for the bold. From the moment you read this, take whatever efforts are necessary to become clear about what must stay, what must go, and what must be so. Moments of revelation and opportunities for powerfully leveraged decisions don't come along every minute. We can always go anywhere, but being in certain places makes it easier to get to certain other places. Right now you are at a hub of your own existence, but the truly interesting quality of this moment is that you appear in a way that seems central or pivotal to many other people. Your reward is the freedom to choose, and even the choices themselves are elements of reality that you select. Beware. Attend your intuition and never gainsay the voice of reality.  -- submitted by Sassy Golden  (Planet Waves)

Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Harbor Master wanted. Top qualifications needed. Music Store Proprietor wanted. Firemen needed on a volunteer basis. Donut Cafe, proprietor to open shop. Bounty Hunters, Chimney Sweeps.

Contact Malcolm Douglas for: Dentist needed to set up office. Leather Worker Craftsman/ Proprietor needed to take over established shop.

Cook wanted, contact Ashleigh Davison

Contact Sammy Sibio for: Waitresses needed, Sibio Bistro.

Thanks to the Job Finder many have gained employment, including Kyle Frasier as our new Sign Maker. Anyone looking for a job not listed or offering their services/hiring please contact Draven MacShire.


??? Question Corner ???

1. If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death to greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family?

2. While on a trip to another city, your spouse (or lover) meets and spends a night with an exciting stranger. Given that they would never meet again, and that you will not otherwise learn of the incident, would you want your partner to tell you about it? If roles were reversed, would you reveal what you had done?

If you would like to reply and have it published in next month's issue, please submit the question with your answer to Lahoneee.


Thought for the Day

Even a small thorn causes festering.  - Irish proverb  --submitted by Sara Devonshire

Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference. --submitted by Brogan Frasier


Many thanks to those who contribute to this newspaper. Any additions, corrections or wishing to run an ad please contact Lahoneee.


Wedding Candles are specially priced as spring and summer are the most popular times for weddings and other such special events. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden.

Lilly Special: at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any such occasion.

Benzaiten Imports has received a second shipment of wonderful items  from the mysterious land of India.  Gold filigree necklaces some with  precious or semi-precious stones, bracelets of gold mesh, beads or delicate gold wires, sandals, saris of colorful silks, statues and more.  We have also obtained some exquisite music boxes and porcelain dolls from France and Vienna. We carry a line of cigars and tobacco products from a new distributor in the colonies. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire

Dockside Tavern and Inn:  Rooms: Mon-Thur Single private rooms: 6 gold a night, Double private rooms: 8 gold a night to include 2 meals and 4 drinks free from 2 pm - 4 pm,  Fri-Sun  Single private rooms: 8 gold a night, Double private rooms: 10 gold a night to include 2 meals and 6 drinks free from 1pm - 4 pm, Rooms by the hour, with companion - 2 gold, to include hot bath, meal, and 4 drinks. In the Underground Room, poker, craps, darts, and pool tables are now provided. Door charge of 5 silver a head, this will include one drink. Happy Hour extended from 11am - 4 pm; Shots of white liquor - 2 silver; Shots of gold liquor - 1 silver; Ales - 5 copper 

The Needle and Spool Clothier:  Summer is knocking at the doors and it is time to shine like the sun.  Imported fabrics have been acquired for the balls and dances.  From a flowing gown to a crisply tailored suit.  Any pre-made clothing for Spring will be on sale with half off the asked price.

The BookStop: Things are ready to bloom.  Stop on buy to get the Almanac pamphlets as well as any books that can give pointers or just explain a certain type of plant.  Any gardening title that is purchased will receive a small sack of seeds (your choice.)

Heathfield Orphanage: Gifts, food, and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated.  School supplies needed for the coming months.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex about any questions.

Bright and Bold: Art supplies and paintings. Get a special deal on portraits this month. Art painting on furniture also offered. Inquire on pricing with Claire O'Reilly.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic is now open at the McKnight estate in Heathfield. Donovan McKnight, DVM, and Katherine McKnight. We are trained in the treatment and care of all domestic and most exotic animals.  The estates are located just outside of Heathfield near Barrington Hospital. Free check up of your pet for the first visit to get acquainted. Emergency service.


Lost And Found
~ Of all the things I've lost in life .... I miss my mind the most ~

Lost: One cocky Cocker Spaniel pup, butterscotch and white with freckles. If found please contact Eddie McAndrews. Reward.

Lost:  a copy of Homer's Iliad in the original Greek, belonging to Joshua Reynolds, signed on the flyleaf in Greek


Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

Flowers - Lisette McTiel, Heathfield Commons.
Lumber - Jon McAndrews Lumber Mill, Ballicastle.
Wines - Mike McAndrews Vineyards, Heathfield;  Darren McCullen Vineyards, Ballicastle.
Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Ptahneferu J'Atar, Ballicastle; Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Clothing - Seamstress - Acacia Sterling, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Nataliya Andree, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - Sadie Badeau, Sara Devonshire, Gates Barrington, Heathfield.
Dockside Tavern - JD Black, Heathfield Port.
Clocks - Aleric. Niklas and Julia Traugott, Heathfield Commons.
Blacksmiths; Horse Shoeing, Swords, Daggers - Lochlan Kearney, Ballicastle; Brian McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Leatherwork and Sheaths - Moncha McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Surveyor - Robert Frasier, Ballicastle.
Herbs Shop - Sara Devonshire, Heathfield Commons.
Book Shop - Mariah McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Archeologist - Kitavari Griffin, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sinead NiAhearne Frasier and Aislin NiFaelen, Heathfield.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Barrister-Legal Advisor - Carlotta Basinstoke, Heathfield.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Art Supplies and Paintings - Claire O'Reilly.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.


Gossip from the Wharf
"If you believe these - I have lands in Rhydin to sell you"
by The Wharf Crones - Matty and Pearl

All gossip that comes in through the port, and places least expected,  you can be sure that Matty and Pearl know every little tidbit and then some added. Embellishing is a way of life to make the tale far more colorful. If something is not certain nor clear, it is easy to fill in those gaps; there is nothing like assuming. They will make sure all gossip gets around come rain or shine and the sharing of a tea biscuit. There is a place for Drama Queens.

**A certain stoic head-of-his-clan was spotted heading to the Oriental lass' house with a bouquet of daisies in his hand.  From flower to flour he came and left with. Was that a grin or grimace on his face? What was it they had for dinner? We want to know!

**Word has gotten around that a certain list of signatures was found in a certain place indicting the culprit. Will the investigator be investigated or will they string him up? We heard he was pretty well hung already.

**One of the knights that has become our favorite went from swooning lassies to talking up storms. With the twist of words he got miss proper in escort for an afternoon. Will she swoon? Will she drool? We need to find a way to follow or get their itinerary.

**From one to another he dared in argument of one compulsive, or is that combustive, lass in words trapped. She flustered taking flight and hasn't been seen of since. Did she take a slow boat to China or as latest rumors, under the wing of a handsome captain thrown into the equation. Will she come back kissed after all? Ah, young love, Pearl and I remember.

**Which brings us to these sisters five, newly home and causing their own stirs. The eldest is husband hunting or more accurately, her sisters are for her. A sneak preview found her kissing a handsome clockmaker when they thought they were alone, late at night when most were in bed. She was found dancing with the hard-to-catch prince of Ballicastle while having her eye on two knights. But the latest is she took off with that very wanted, in many ways,  investigator, riding off into the sunset. Pearl and I don't sleep with the need to know.

**The second oldest was swung over a shoulder of a foreign knight threatening to take her over his knee. She got him good or pewk down his back and so was released. She was later found flirting with a kingsman along with the next sister down enticing him where the oldest was concerned. Will she be his next meal or dessert when she returns?

**The stoic clan- head's younger brother has been found at the lake swimming o'natural. We got a peek, nice cheeks.. wubba wubba. It is said that the lake is infested with mermaids, mermen and seahorses. Is it turning into a underworld wild ride on a new kind of bronco? Pear and I have taken up diving lessons.

**Speaking of young love there are the too shy sweetie that had her head knocked into being another and the furniture maker she has taken a fancy for. Will they make beautiful chairs together? We're keeping an eye on these two when the young man heads for the fruit of the vine which brings us to the master there.

**This particular clan man was one carefully watched or turn blind if caught! He's been single for a goodly many years and now it seems has found one that reached his heart. Archangel with an Angel might just work. Will the daughter accept another into her father's life? We'll catch four birds with one stone.

**The man of discouragement, while his former rival was out on a kissing binge, was found at the lake meeting a nymph. Her light airy ways turned his distraction to possible attraction. We'll have to keep an eye on them to be certain. Will the nymph successfully draw the one from his dark thoughts of gloom? Or will he be left forever astray? Will it be a lover he needs or a friend? Uncertainty rules without enough data in at this time. Gives us more reason to watch!

**From one kingsman to the next as we have had the treat of all four in the realms presently. Those not married of more interest for what they get into. So Cupid with his bow was flirting around the nymph and Alterians. Charm is his middle name with a practiced suave. Will the ladies succumb to his ways? Will he gain a following too? Will he join the rank of Knights of Love? Knights and kingsmen alike. One has fallen will there be more?

**What of our favorite chair claiming, by the seat of his pants, kingsman? Rumors have become more hinted than clear, more secretive in the past month. The stoic one has become even more reclusive leaving much to the imagination of what he's been doing or up to. They say three is a charm but in some cases it is a thorn. We're waiting for the shock wave to hit.

**Which brings us to this unknown female in who she is, rumor is she is engaged to another man, brother of the Angel. Is this a willing arrangement or something arranged that explains her straying eye? Will late night swims bring more than bears but men to meet?

**The daughter of the absent minded one has not missed our scrutiny, she has just not been too outlandish. Yet. She is like a mouse that sneaks in and grabs the crumbs before you realize it. We have noticed her around a few men yet not really with any. Is she trolling for the big one?

**Is love in the air for three Alterians or just a good discussion on the semantics of love and if such is really feasible? Will one get caught while arguing the logistics of such when the heat of passion takes over all logical thought? Can they have babies?

**There is a monster contraption being constructed that Pearl and I sneak into the woods behind the field to get a peek at. Sweaty bare chest men doing the gauntlet dance gets us all fired up. Lucky, or is that unlucky, for the one guard that happened upon us that got pulled down and mauled, ran off never to be seen from again for the harrowing experience. We're that good! We've got our eye on that new one, whoa Nellie, I hope he wanders into our woods. Was that a female allowed on the monster or a pretty lad, too hard to tell from this distance. We thought it was no women allowed. Are there exceptions?


500 Gold Pieces Offered on Captain "Blood Bath" Black ... Dead or alive.

Crimes: High treason against England and Spain, Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape.  Reward is high for any who brings this scoundrel to justice.

500 Gold Pieces for Information Leading to the whereabouts of Bianca Ryan

Missing as of July 24th