On the Farm by Glenn Ells: A fond farewell

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Glenn Ells

I was looking at my file of weekly columns published in The Advertiser and the earliest one there was clipped from the Nov. 1, 1985 edition. It was called Farm Scene and my picture included hair. That was 29 years ago.

Farming in this county and my hairdo have both undergone changes since then. I have tried to give readers some insight into life on a local farm and how important the agriculture industry is to this region.

I’ve always submitted these weekly musings written in my problematic longhand script (wow, they call it cursive writing and don’t teach it in school anymore). Editors that dealt with my writing cursed it at times, no doubt. Because of my writing, my warped sense of humour often got distorted. For example, in the column referred to above, I advised hunters not to leave gates open and not to shoot cows. When printed, the word “rows” came out as “crows.” A couple of weeks ago, “good land” came out as “God land,” so my writing is not getting any better.

The feedback from readers over the years has been great. I will miss that very much. My family will be able to stop being concerned about what I may say next. I’m leading up to telling you that this will be my last “On the Farm” column. I’ve passed my best before date and need to slow down a bit. Some of my volunteer jobs are getting more demanding and I need more family time. It’s been great – best wishes! Glenn.


The staff at the Kings County Advertiser would like to thank Glenn Ells for his years of contribution. He will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best in his retirement. 

Geographic location: Kings

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  • Emilie Desveaux-Starratt
    July 28, 2014 - 15:44

    Thank you Glenn for your years of informative and interesting columns. I always enjoy reading your observations and comparisons of farming & the Valley throughout the years. Your weekly columns will be missed but I wish you the best with your volunteering efforts. Let's hope that you can still contribute the occasional article to the Advertiser.

  • jan
    July 28, 2014 - 06:13

    Farewell. I'm certain your column will be missed. I was told my Gr-Grandmother use to send in 'columns' (more like newsy gossip) back in the late 1890's!

  • Kym Hopper
    July 27, 2014 - 21:54

    Thank you Glen for your many words of wisdom and humour you have shared over the years. Though no longer living in the Valley I always felt I was home when I read your columns. All the best - enjoy your family time