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Spreading love and kindness

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Summer – we thought you’d never show your true self!

Winter seemed especially long this year in Grey/Bruce, costing us most of our spring, so it’s nice to finally be able to get outside and mostly know what to expect, weather-wise.

Summer is always a gem in our beautiful corner of southwestern Ontario. The fact that we only get a few months of it a year makes it that much more special. I think we should wring every drop out of it, knowing that local highways will be closed again before we know it.

This issue marks our fourth summer of informing and entertaining adults 50+ in Grey/Bruce, and this issue is extra special to me because, in all my years of publishing, I have never written an article… until now! In this issue I detail my volunteer trip to Nicaragua with a group of like-minded residents from Port Elgin and across Ontario.

I had the privilege of travelling to Nicaragua for 10 days in February on a volunteer trip where we did our best to help the people of that very poor, and incredibly beautiful, country. It was truly a life-changing experience, and I’m proud – and also a little nervous – to be putting myself out there in print for the first time. Read ‘Love and Kindness in Nicaragua’ on Page 18.

We also have wonderful stories on the cross-Canada adventure of a dog (and her owners!), the shipwrecks of Fathom Five National Marine Park, our area’s history of being a safe-haven for African-Americans fleeing slavery, and much more!

I hope you and your family have a chance to soak up all summer has to offer this year, and I wish you blue skies, warm sand and lots of memories!

– Amy Irwin, Publisher, Grey-Bruce Boomers

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We want to hear from you!

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We did it! We made it through another Grey/Bruce winter!

My family spent a lot of time at the arena, cheering on our daughter’s hockey team, as well as those of our friends’ children. I love how the community comes together at the rink, especially for those exciting playoff games! However, I look forward to fewer Zamboni fumes and the absence of snow, salt and ice, and can’t wait for green grass and temperatures above zero!

My thanks goes to all of you who provided feedback on our Winter 2017/18 issue! We love to hear from our readers, so be sure to reach out and tell me what you enjoy, and if you have story ideas for future issues, please touch base. Also, if you have a minute, please fill out our readership survey, which provides us with important information about how to best serve you. Find the link on our Facebook page or click here.

We have curated another awesome issue of Boomers for you this spring. I’m sure many of you, especially if you are born and raised in the area, will be familiar with Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, and the ancestral roots that run from there to here. Alan MacLeod recounts his adventures to the Scottish Isle in our travel feature. This feature was especially interesting to me because my hometown of Ripley was settled and built by over 100 families of ‘Macs’ and ‘Mcs’ from the Isle in the 1850s.

We also have a very informative health article about shingles and the new vaccine, as well as a feature on mindfulness and meditation. Our Bucket List feature follows a local man’s journey to B.C. in pursuit of ancient fossils, and be sure to read ‘Bootlegging in the Greenock Swamp’ for the fascinating history of illegal booze production in our backyard.

As always, my gratitude goes to our advertisers, readers, writers and distributors for making Grey-Bruce Boomers the premier publication for local adults 50+. Have a wonderful spring!

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Magazines are like my children

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‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ – Gretchen Rubin. I often reflect on this quote, especially as I watch my children – now 10 and seven – progress through school and become young women right before my eyes. I beg for time to slow down yet I can’t wait to meet the amazing women they will become.

The question we all ask ourselves on a daily/weekly/yearly basis is, ‘Where does the time go?’ With the issue in your hands today it has, unbelievably, been three years since we launched Grey-Bruce Boomers, which remains the only publication specifically focused on the exciting lives of adults 50+ in our region.

As I reflect on the past three years of publishing, I can’t help but compare Grey-Bruce Boomers (and our other publications, Grey-Bruce Kids – celebrating six years! – and Huron-Perth Boomers, soon to turn two) to raising my kids. Some ways the magazines are like my children are:

• They bring me joy! They allow me to work my own schedule while raising my human children (I often refer to my magazines as my third child).

• They make me proud. The feedback we get from organizations, businesses involved with the publications and readers of the magazines is always unexpected and very flattering.

• They worry me. I get stressed about deadlines, curating the right stories, providing the best value for our advertisers, and releasing the magazines to the world where they have to stand on their own merit.

• They take up space in my car! I’m constantly shuttling magazines around to different locations throughout Grey/Bruce, very much like my kids. The magazines leave a lot less mess behind though!

We have another great issue for you with stories about the beautiful Florence, Italy, a local man who skis from some of Canada’s highest peaks, staying safe while remaining active in the winter and much more!

From my family to yours, have a wonderful winter!

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Though summer felt short, fall is still best

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Yet again summer felt short, and, I admit, it was too chilly and rainy for my liking. On the plus side, I made sure to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny days we did have, making them that much sweet.

The turning of the calendar isn’t all bad news either because fall is, by far, my favourite season, so I welcome it with open (although sweater-covered) arms. Growing up on a farm that featured a small apple orchard and roadside market, on Hwy. 21 south of Kincardine, fall always was our busiest season, as the apples were harvested. This fall marks the first year in a quarter century I won’t be helping my parents on the home farm, as they are enjoying their first year of retirement. Had 15-year-old me knew I would one day miss all the work that goes into an apple harvest, she’d be floored, but fresh apples off the tree just can’t be beat, regardless of how much work it takes to put them into your hands. I wish my parents, Roger and Gail Farrell, a well-deserved retirement!

We’ve worked hard to put together another fantastic issue of Grey-Bruce Boomers for you and I think all the articles, written by local authors about local people in Grey and Bruce counties, are worthy of enjoying with a hot cup of coffee or cold glass of wine!

Welcome to our new advertisers and a sincere thank you to our ongoing advertisers, readers, writers, distributors and supporters. We strive to be a true community publication and it’s only with your support we can be the premier publication for local adults 50+.

Please continue to support those represented in our magazine by keeping your spending local as much as possible!

And enjoy all the amazing sights, tastes and events our area provides this fall!

Amy Irwin
Publisher, Grey-Bruce Boomers

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Many great stories in this issue

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Summer … I’m so happy you’ve arrived! Although it seemed like a long, cold and wet spring in Grey/Bruce, it was likely no different than any other. Now, I’m ready for sandals and sun, barbecues and beach days, and trying out my Mother’s Day gift – a new paddleboard!

I hope you are able to take some time for yourself this summer and really enjoy every article in this issue. I think you’ll enjoy the variety and depth of the articles we have for you.

Phragmites are an invasive species that everyone in Grey/Bruce should be aware of, whether or not you live along the shoreline – learn more about how you can help in ‘Fighting the Good Fight.’

Local photographer Sarah Tacoma shares helpful tips on Page 30 for all you amateur photographers out there. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with your camera,  and there is no experience needed to capture the perfect shot.

A Port Elgin man put a major checkmark on his Bucket List by climbing Mount Alpamayo with his son. Read his amazing story and experience the stunning photographs.

There is all of this, plus much more in this issue, including tips and tricks for estate executors, exploring the uniqueness of Victoria B.C., and reliving the history of an Irish mansion overlooking Colpoy’s Bay, north of Wiarton.

So bask in every moment this summer and take advantage of all it has to offer, whether it’s day trips with family, solitary time on the beach or trails, taking in local events, volunteering, or even working.  Take the time to relax or set out on an adventure – whatever summer looks like for you – and enjoy this amazing time of year, because winter will be back before we know it.