John Steinbeck said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

A lot of people, especially in Grey and Bruce counties, dread winter – copious amounts of snow, lake-effect flurries, road closures, bitter cold, ice and slush. This season, I challenge you to embrace winter for what it is because we can’t change it! Push yourself to get out and try something new, whether it’s snowshoeing, skiing, skating or just taking regular walks. If you can’t be outside, enjoy cozy times hunkering down at home. If you are truly someone who doesn’t enjoy this season – I can only hope you will appreciate the warm weather all that much more when it shows up in Grey/Bruce. With this being our second ‘pandemic’ winter, one thing we have learned to do is embrace the place and time we are at, value being safe and healthy, and not taking anything for granted.

This winter issue is our second issue back in print after being online only during the height of the pandemic. Thank you for your ongoing support and positive feedback! We are honoured to continue being the only publication for local adults 50+ in the area!

In this issue, the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre writes about the history of local Junior Farmer groups (Page 4). Travelling overseas is challenging at the moment, so Jill Ellis-Worthington shares an intriguing itinerary to explore the province of Quebec (Page 10). Now that the snow is here, be sure you and your loved ones are ready to drive safely this winter (Page 16). If flying is more of your thing, read the profile of a Saugeen Shores resident who is building is own plane (Page 20), while local grandparents Rick and Sande Irwin talk about the best job ever (Page 26).

Thank you for reading Grey-Bruce Boomers magazine – wishing you and your family a safe and healthy winter season!

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