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December 15, 2022 by Carrie Stanton  The Miramichi Reader

As a children’s book author, Groundhog Night: Shubenacadie Sam’s Shadow grabbed my attention for more than one reason. Why, you ask? The stunning cover art by the book’s author and illustrator, Doretta Groenendyk, for one. Both the front and back cover tell a story, in and of themselves. I know, without reading the words, that this book is about a pleasant-faced brown critter, not too big and not too small, who is out on a wintery starlit night, with snowflakes gently falling. He’s standing on a snow-covered rolling hillside, under a glowing crescent moon. Then this book grabbed my attention again: the title. What is “Shubenacadie” and how is it pronounced?

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Abandoned Alberta II video capture

Edmonton photographer Joe Chowaniec (pictured) joins CTV Edmonton to talk about exploring Alberta in search of long-lost and forgotten places for his new book Abandoned Alberta II.

Click here to watch the video on the CTV Edmonton website


Abandoned Kentucky authors

Photographers Sherman Cahal, Adam Paris and Michael Maes


Three Kentucky men are preserving the state's past through photography.

They're bringing history to life in a new book called "Abandoned Kentucky," using cameras and drones to capture abandoned properties across the Commonwealth.

The book combines words and images to tell the story of long-forgotten locations like the former Merchant's Ice and Cold Storage Tower in Smoketown.

Award-winning photographers and historians Sherman Cahal, Michael Maes, and Adam Paris traveled thousands of miles across the state to photograph a variety of vacant properties including homes, schools, and cemeteries.

They said the goal of documenting them is to show readers there is more to these sites than what meets the eye.

"We hope that people at least take away from the book that there is beauty in decay, and that there is more behind these walls than what people might envision," said Cahal, who lives outside of Ashland.

Maes is from Louisville, and believes people are genuinely curious about the mystery behind abandoned properties.

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