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TCTROS-Fall2015-featby Kelly Babcock

The Choir That Rocks Owen Sound, founded in 2013, is starting into its third year of creating fun for its members and providing entertainment for the community while raising funds for charitable purposes.
The choir boasts a nurturing atmosphere that is intolerant only of intolerance. People of all musical abilities are welcome and songs are learned by ear so no ability to read music is required.
"I wanted to prove to folks that community music is something really special, and to prove to them that they could have fun, have a supportive atmosphere and really learn how to sing for fun." Choir Director Tara MacKenzie told the Hub. "When I see the choir standing before me, I see folks who have done something really brave, while having an incredible amount of fun."
"Members have told me that Sunday nights have gotten them through ...

forgetmenots-regDoes dementia or Alzheimer's disease affect you or someone you know? Are you in the early stages of the disease?
Are you a caregiver? Sheatre and the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce start work this fall on a new play that will share real-life experiences and fight the stigma connected to dementia – and they invite people from the community to take part in creating and presenting it.

Information sessions about The Dementia Play will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 in Owen Sound at 11 a.m. at the Active Lifestyles Centre Grey Bruce (McQuay Tannery Building), 1852 3rd Avenue East. All are welcome, but registration is required.

The project will be developed with local people through a series of workshop sessions and rehearsals beginning in September.
The workshop locations will be determined based on the participants' needs. Starting in November, presentations will be given
to audiences young and old at selected community groups, schools and community events in Grey-Bruce.

"We are looking for ten seniors and caregivers to participate, though younger people..

legion01-featWhen something bad happens in Owen Sound, everyone knows about it before the day is over. Sometimes they know before the bad thing is over.
Such was the case several weeks ago when we awoke to the blazing carnage of fifteen burning households. Before breakfast most of the town knew, by lunch time you couldn't find a table at a restaurant or coffee shop that wasn't preset to discussing the loss and the damage and the shock ...
But this town knows more than trouble, this town knows hope and charity and perseverance. Several months ago when another fire destroyed two homes side by side, the music community made haste to create a benefit concert to help one of their own. But they didn't restrict their assistance to the musician who had lost his home. At his request they included the other household that had suffered the same loss.
And everyone in this town knows that lightning like that strikes more than twice in ...

westhill-featureAll eleven Bluewater District School Board secondary schools are once again ready to open their doors and welcome new grade 9 students as part of the ninth annual Link Crew Day on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Link Crew Day, which has become an increasingly popular tradition in Bluewater District School Board, assists students entering grade 9 with the pivotal transition to secondary school life by establishing connections and providing mentorship opportunities with senior secondary students who are trained as 'Link Leaders'. The senior student leaders are able to draw on their own personal experiences to offer guidance and support to their new grade 9 peers.
A variety of orientation activities have been planned for Link Crew Day, including ...

Cathy-Hird-geese-fullBy Cathy Hird
The calendar and the weather have gifted us with one last week of summer. With school not starting until next week, children and teachers have this extra space. We can all put off the regular routines of meetings and fall programs, and enjoy warm days. Even if we have to go to work this week, evenings will be comfortable for gardening, barbequing or just relaxing.

September is, however, the most purpose-filled month of the year. I am a little afraid that we will pack all the start-up events into a shortened period. Back in June when I was setting up fall meetings, this week was ignored and everything was pushed into the 22 days that follow Labour Day.

In the summer with people taking holidays, it is hard to...

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