by Paul Berube
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
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Have you ever been to Stoney Creek?
Some say it's haunted, so to speak.
It runs six miles through Heartley Glen
and ends its flow at Willow Bend.
Willow Bend, a lumbermill town,
exists above a burial ground.
Indian legend, so it goes,
receives its life from Stony's flow.
As I recall from years ago,
an indian maid called Painted Toe,
rejected by her tribal kin,
immersed herself to cleanse her sin.
They found the body at Willow Bend,
where Stoney Creek comes to an end.
Sadness dwells within this tale,
Her tribal rights were not for sale.
They say at night you'll hear her wail,
for her young brave called Beaver Tail.
Their destined paths may not be found,
they're lost among forbidden grounds.