As a community, we’ve seen our lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “new normal” has produced a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty, and the summer is shaping up to be much different from anything we’ve experienced. Seniors and those who care for them are especially vulnerable. News coverage about outbreaks in long-term care homes is heartbreaking and, frankly, the situation is unacceptable.

At Boomers, we’ve adapted as best we can to the crisis. Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to pause print distribution and offer our Summer 2020 issue exclusively online. Don’t worry, you’ll still find the same engaging and informative content you’ve come to expect from us.

Jodi Jerome brings us a wonderful historical feature about St. Luke’s of Pine River, an Anglican Church built in the former town of Alma, north of what’s now Point Clark, in 1856 (Page 12). Doug Archer offers a lively and beautifully-written account of his Bucket List trip to Egypt (Page 6), and it may just inspire your post-pandemic plans. Sylvain Champagne, of Southampton, also provides a breathtaking photo essay about natural features in Bruce County (Page 22).

We also bring you an in-depth look at multiple sclerosis, a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 77,000 Canadians (Page 17). Finally, we take a look at mental wellness in the time of COVID-19 (Page 28).

This pandemic has impacted us all in unique ways, and we’re no different here at Boomers. Many businesses have been forced to adapt to the new normal, and I thank you for clicking the link that brought you here — it may feel different to read us on your computer, phone or tablet, but we know you’ll enjoy what our authors have to offer this issue.

And please support our advertisers and all local businesses ­­— we need each other more than ever!

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