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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