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Welcome to winter!

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Since our children were born, parents of older kids told me “Enjoy it while you can because time goes so fast.”

At the time, as a sleep-deprived young Mom, it was the last thing I wanted to hear; yet I now realize how true it is. I am more aware, with each passing day, that as our children get older both the days and the seasons fly by faster. It feels like I was just writing last winter’s Publisher’s Note, and here we are again!

Being mindful of how fast time goes, we felt it was important to take advantage of our time together, and we embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Greece in September.  Our girls – aged 11 and 8 – missed the first two weeks of school and joined us, along with my husband’s parents and sister, to explore three Greek Islands, as well as Athens. Intergenerational travel is something we had never experienced, and we had a fantastic time making memories in another country while enjoying another culture. There were lots of laughs, a few tears, and some learning curves, but mostly just fun!

This issue marks our 4th anniversary of publishing Grey-Bruce Boomers. With 17 issues under our belt, there still seems to be no shortage of topics that are important to adults 50+. There are many things you’re thinking about, struggling with, and wanting a local expert’s opinion on. We hope to have achieved this again in this issue by covering topics such as low vision and eye health, how to pack a capsule wardrobe for this year’s winter vacation, local gem Stoney Island near Kincardine, and the Bucket List travel feature, which follows a local couple on a whirlwind, 111-day trip around the world.

Thank you for your continued support of Grey-Bruce Boomers magazine. We are so very proud to be the only local magazine dedicated to adults 50+ in Grey and Bruce counties.

Happy winter!


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Keep exploring this fall

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Publisher’s Note by Amy Irwin

Yet another amazing Grey/Bruce summer has come and gone. It seemed to be the perfect mix of just hot enough, with all the sunny days explorers and beachgoers needed to be happy, and just the right amount of rain at just the right time to keep the farmers happy too.

Our family had a fantastic summer, spending time camping, at the beach, and many evenings and weekends at local ball diamonds, as both kids played this year. Our girls also took in a couple of day camps, our oldest started babysitting a day a week (where did that time go?), and they experienced their first non-family wedding, where they danced the night away.

The experts say it’s going to be a beautiful fall, weather-wise, perfect for continuing to embrace all Grey/Bruce has to offer. My family has become a proponent of the fall vacation (sorry teachers!), because we don’t think the exploring and travelling has to end as soon as August does. As life seems to get so much busier in October, we think it’s important to embrace travel in the September shoulder season, so this year our entire family – my husband’s parents and sister, plus the four of us – are heading to the Greek Islands (with a few days in Athens), when a good portion of the international tourists have gone home.

Although we’re less local than usual this fall, I encourage you to use our final beautiful days to do some last-minute exploring around Grey and Bruce – the highlights are still there in all their glory, they’re just less busy!

As always, we have a great issue for you with many interesting stories, and our continued gratitude goes to our contributors, advertisers, distributors and you, our reader! Thank you for making Grey-Bruce Boomers magazine the go-to source of local information for local adults 50+!


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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!