Langan's Cranberry Walnut Cornmeal Gluten Free Muffins

Langan's Cranberry Walnut Cornmeal Gluten Free Muffins

These muffins turned out decent. All cornmeal muffins are best eaten warm with margarine on them. If I make them again I would change the sweetened dried cranberries for fresh/frozen cranberries for better taste/texture.

1 cup gluten free flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 egg
1 cup skim milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1.Heat oven to 400°F. Line 12 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups.
2.In large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour mixture and the cranberries and pecans; set aside.
3.In medium bowl, beat egg with wire whisk until blended. Beat in milk and oil.
4.Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be thin). Stir in cranberries and pecans. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
5.Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature

Greyhound Bus From Cambridge: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

It had been about 10 months since I have taken the Greyhound bus from Cambridge into Toronto and here are my thoughts after a recent trip.

1. THE GOOD - My bus was on time leaving and departing. Although many google reviews of Greyhound Cambridge-Toronto route were negative regarding on-time performance my experience was positive on this issue. It probably helped I left in the middle of the morning and returned after rush hour.

2. THE BAD - Amazingly Greyhound still requires you to have a paper ticket. Not sure why they have a bar code on the ticket since nobody scans it. Hard to justify in this day and age that Greyhound cannot go paperless.

Although my ride to Toronto was relatively smooth, I must have had an old bus on the way back. The suspension/shocks were in need of replacement. It felt like I was on a school bus.

3. THE UGLY -  As a private company Greyhound can set schedules that fit their needs. Unfortunately for the over 500,000 people in the Waterloo Region (including the 130,000 people that live in Cambridge) there is no option to take Greyhound into Toronto for a sports event, theatre or just evening out in the big city.

The last bus out of Toronto to Cambridge is 9:30pm which is too early because events run later than that. Greyhound used to have a later bus leaving from Toronto during the summer and they cancelled it all together. Ironically, Greyhound personnel  have stated  that ridership on the late night bus was strong.

The provincial government is reviewing the current bus regulations in Ontario. Changes must be made to allow our own public carrier GO TRANSIT to provide a service that Greyhound refuses to do.

Windsor's Forgotten Movie Theatres - Kent Theatre Ottawa Street

Kent Theatre 1219 Ottawa Street - 1946, 1960 and Now

Many old theatres have been torn down in Canada. Windsor was not immune to seeing some of their beautiful theatres neglected and demolished. Windsorites should rejoice in having the Capitol and Tivoli Theatres still standing proud.

Some Windsor folk will not realize that there are other Windsor theatres still standing. The interior of these theatres may have been torn out but are still standing and have current owners.
Kent Theatre Opening 1946

The Kent Theatre located at 1219 Ottawa Street was opened in 1946. One of the first movies to play there was Valley in the Sun. (see photo above with movie poster out front of the Kent) Here is a link to trailer for that movie.

1960 - Kingdom Hall Of The Jehovah's Witnesses

The theatre has had different uses over the years. It was used as the Kingdom Hall Of The Jehovah's Witnesses. This photo from 1960 still shows the outside in all its glory.

Today the theatre building is owned by private interests. It is hard to tell it was ever a movie theatre. As time moves on the Kent Theatre will become a distant memory of good times spent watching movies there.

The History of Scott’s Opera House Comes Alive in Cambridge, Ontario

Paul Langan, in cooperation with the City of Cambridge Archives, will present the history of Scott’s Opera House that existed in Galt, (now Cambridge) Ontario from 1899 to 1928. It will be part of a pre-opera talk before Vera Causa Opera’s performance of Don Pasquale at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. Media Release (11/07/2017) – Paul Langan, as part of the Canada 150 celebration, will present a talk on the historic Scott’s Opera House that formerly existed in Cambridge, Ontario. 
Vera Causa Opera (VCO) is a registered charity based in the Waterloo Region. 

VCO will be performing a production of  Don Pasquale at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Toyota Auditorium, on November 24th, 2017 at 7pm. The talk on Scott’s Opera House will take place before the opera presentation, at 6:15 p.m.
Paul Langan states:
"I am so excited to work with the City of Cambridge Archives to present this fascinating history of Scott’s Opera House. The fact that I can combine it with the live performance by Vera Causa Opera of Don Pasquale will make for a spectacular night of opera and history."
It is $15.00 General Admission, to see the Don Pasquale opera and hear the pre-opera talk on the Scott’s Opera house. Tickets available at . There are approximately only 50 tickets left to be sold.
VCO will have over 30 performers in their performance. For more information on Vera Causa Opera, contact Dylan Langan, Artistic Director at or by visiting .
Paul Langan, has written 5 historical booklets on various local topics: Remembering Glenchristie; Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd 1956 CP Rail Crash; Hespeler`s Hidden Secret - The Coombe 1907-1947;The Miracle in Preston - Story of Preston Springs Hotel; Forgotten Stories of the Railway. They are available as a free download at his website.

This presentation is made possible by the Canada 150 Cambridge Fund and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the City of Cambridge, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

I Remember Riverside Minor Hockey

My First Year - Riverside Minor Hockey - 1967

It was Friday night and in the Riverside part of Windsor Ontario that meant going to the arena to see the competitive Riverside Minor Hockey teams play. This had been done for decades before me and it was where we went for entertainment.

I never knew then that players we saw at the arena playing like Pat Boutette, who would one day play for the Toronto Maple Leafs or people my own age like Jack Kell who signed with LA Kings or Joel Quenneville legendary NHL coach and player would obtain the successes they did.

I remember vividly sitting in the stands with my friends yelling out every joke we could think to referee Leo Laforest (I think that was his name!) who was good natured and laughed off our lines.

Then it was up bright and early Saturday morning to go to arena with my dad to play house league hockey. I laugh now at how expensive the game has become and how important it is too look good. I had hockey socks with holes in them and the socks rarely matched. Nobody cared back then because we just wanted to play hockey.

I always played house league in Riverside Minor Hockey and remember only a very positive experience at the rink. Decades later when I worked for the City of Windsor for a short time I went to Riverside Arena to fill in as a Zamboni driver for one shift. The whole time I flooded the rink I kept remembering all the good times at the arena.

Today, I watch Joel Quenneville coaching the Chicago Blackhawks and it is great to see his successes.

But when I go home to Windsor and drive by Wyandotte Street where the Riverside Arena used to stand I feel sadness. I have no knowledge on why they tore down the Arena but when they did they destroyed a part of our heritage. Hopefully I will always have the memories.

The Hespeler Pedestrian Bridge That Never Will Be

The Hespeler Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project is underway to put in a new sewer line from the treatment plant for the folks in Silverheights.

I like many other were amazed to see a bridge built across the Speed River just past the dam where Lens Mills currently is. Two large sewer pipes travel over the bridge. It seems very well built with concrete foundations.

Unfortunately once the sewer project is over the bridge will be removed. It is private land that the bridge end at on the Lens Mills side.

It seems odd that the long planned pedestrian bridge across the Mill Pond dam in Hespeler will not be built due to the doomed and underfunded Hespeler River Activation Plan, yet they can build (to the tune of over $3million) a bridge and sewer line to carry human waste..........