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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.

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Welcoming Spring 2017!

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Well, we made it through another Grey/Bruce winter!

Though March often brings its share of unpredictable weather, I think we got off pretty lucky with our winter, despite dire predictions this past fall about a long, cold one. I’m always ready to welcome spring and its longer, brighter days, the first signs of green poking through, and nice rains to wash away winter’s salt, dirt and grime. Bring it on!

I think we have really brought it on in this, our Spring 2017 issue of Grey-Bruce Boomers!

Start planning this year’s outdoor adventures with our story about local birding habitats and tips for getting started with this fascinating hobby. Trust us, you’ll be spotting more than robins. Local historian Jodi Jerome also explores the history of the Grey Roots Museum & Archives, in Owen Sound. Knowledge is power when you know how to protect yourself and your loved ones against scams – there’s a lot of great information in our story about avoiding fraud. Our own Linda Thorn introduces us to the men who wowed crowds with death-defying tightrope walks across the Niagara Gorge, including two young men from Clarksburg. We hope you enjoy these stories – as well as all the others – in our Spring issue!

We are also proud to include the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce’s Vital Signs report in this issue – it’s full of information about six topics related to life in of our community, provides a snapshot of Grey/Bruce and is an important document to help move towards improving the quality of life of our residents. Be sure to check it out!

As always, thank you for reading and sharing Grey-Bruce Boomers, and for supporting our advertisers.

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Make the most of winter

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To be completely honest with you, I dread winter.

The first snowfall is amazing, especially for the kids, but after about a week, I’m done. I hate getting my snow tires on. I don’t love wearing layers-upon-layers of clothes, brushing off my car every day, having my nose freeze every time I leave the house, cleaning up puddles of melted snow off my floor… you understand!

However, we live in Canada – more specifically the snowbelt of Ontario – and winter is inevitable. I have decided to embrace winter this year because it’s comprised of half of our year and a that’s a lot of time to spend in dread!
This year I’m going to skate more often, pull out my dusty snowshoes, and maybe try skiing again. I’m going to play in the snow more with the kids, go tobogganing and make forts. There’s so much to do and explore in our area this season, so don’t let half a year go to waste just because it’s cold outside (but I’m still booking a trip south, even if just for a week!).

We have all worked hard on another great publication for you this winter and we’re proud to say this is our second anniversary issue! So take yourself away to Spain on a train through the eyes of local John Towler, keep yourself healthy this holiday season, learn about great tips for life insurance, read about Wiartonʼs world-record holding female pilot in a story by our very own Linda Thorn, and join a Port Elgin man on his quest to better understand his father by retracing his steps during the Second World War. We are also introducing a new feature called ʻClassic Curb Appealʼ which will feature a local classic car, so contact us if youʼd like to see your baby in print.

As always, thank you to our loyal readers, writers, distributors and advertisers, some of whom have been with us since we launched two years ago! And, however you choose to spend your winter, please stay healthy and try to make the most of it. See you in the spring!

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Fall is a time a renewal

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Ah, fall… my favourite time of year!

As much as I love the short, and this year hot, summer that Grey/Bruce provided us, I always look forward to September. Getting the family back into some kind of routine, buying new sweaters and leggings, breaking out my cute boots instead of flip flops, it’s a time of renewal.

Fall is a time to trade in beaches and barbecues for crisp air and casseroles; a time to enjoy the amazing colours in Grey/Bruce and some awesome fall events; a time to think about getting ready for winter – home maintenance, snow tires and Christmas shopping (which is much more fun!).
As always, we have a great line-up of articles in this, our eighth, issue. We are  fortunate to have so many interesting and knowledgeable people in our community who want to share their expertise and life experiences. It is the contribution of these people, businesses and organizations that make Grey-Bruce Boomers a true community magazine – our stories are written by people in Grey/Bruce for people in Grey/Bruce.

Finally, I have to make mention of our amazing Bucket List feature this issue – Reba Dalgleish has made it her life’s mission to check items off her Bucket List according to the lyrics of her favourite song! Be sure to read all about how Reba has pursued this goal since she first heard ‘You Belong to Me’ in 1952.

As always, please support our advertisers and distributors – especially as we approach the holiday season. They are truly the lifeblood of our communities.

Happy fall!