Why Not? A memoir in black and white

In Why Not? A memoir in black and white, feisty Carolyn Muir Helfenstein recalls her years as a dairy-farmer-turned-newspaper publisher. With her husband, Harry, Carol has seen - and covered - it all, from the Line in the Dirt farm crisis, to unsolved crimes, small-town reunions and community politics.

Author and publisher have chosen The Teeswater Town Hall Elevator Fund to benefit from the proceeds of books sold at the offical launch, Wednesday, December 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in that historic hall. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with Carolyn Muir Helfenstein and support a community effort.

After twenty-three years, "the Helfies " dispersed their herd of Holsteins, and looked for a new adventure. In 1986, before desktop computers and Internet connections, they bought The Teeswater News, and set up their newspaper office within the walls of their farmhouse on the Second Concession, a unique approach that caught the attention of big-city papers and of CBC television.

From that base and a later office in downtown Teeswater, the paper won more than a dozen awards, and Carol served the Ontario Community Newspaper Association as a judge, director, and then president.

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"Over twelve years, I interviewed amazing rural people, " she says. "Our papers presented their stories, showing their strength, resiliency, and sense of adventure. I hope this book records the same characteristics, not just of our paper, but of many small-town weeklies. "

The book 's publisher, Anne Duke Judd, says, "Why Not? gives readers a slice of rural life as generous as the pies at a church supper, and a story that proves that farmers can do anything they put their minds to. "

The Brucedale Press, based in Port Elgin, Ontario, has more than thirty-five publications in print, all with strong connections to the Queen 's Bush and Bruce Peninsula. A quality soft cover book of 240 pages, illustrated with photos and cartoons, Why Not? A memoir in black and white sells for $25.00 plus GST and is available in area bookstores and museum shops, or from the publisher, 1-866-732-6025 or brucedale@bmts.com

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