Cathy-Hird-PLANAHEad-featBy Cathy Hird

When I was a teenager these signs that read "PLAN AHEad" were common. Bumper stickers and fridge magnets spread the message. The need to be organized was drilled into me. Now I am a planner. I work ahead, getting Sunday preparation done on Tuesday and a sermon written Friday morning. I make Christmas cookies the first week of December so they are waiting in the freezer when family come. I keep a stock of equipment parts--rake tines, haybine knife sections and a spring for the baler--so that repairs can happen ASAP.

Then comes a week like the last one, and I realize I have learned this lesson too well. I actually think I can organize my life. I forget that I am not in control. I forget to flow with whatever comes.

OSCVI-featureFor nearly two years Community Foundation Grey Bruce's Smart & Caring Education Initiative team has been developing a new website,, which aims to identify sources of locally-developed funding for Grey-Bruce area students seeking financial support for post-secondary education and training. This website will include award information to support university, college, apprenticeship and workplace training programs. The mobile-friendly website will allow students the flexibility to search for student awards through highly intuitive filters, with searches by post-secondary pathway, areas of interest, local boards and schools, ethnicity, special interest ties and more.

Community Foundation Grey Bruce now asks for the community's help...

chimneyswifts-featby Peter Middleton and Norah Toth

Habitat, we all have a different interpretation of what it means. When we look at houses, we usually relate to the inside - comfortable rooms, windows and pleasant furnishings. The chimney is really only to let out noxious gasses in the winter and perhaps for Santa Claus to climb down at Christmas. In fact, today, chimneys are often considered redundant. They are either not required on new construction or are capped so that "critters" can't use that space. Chimneys are valuable critical habitat for a threatened species of bird called a Chimney Swift, beautifully illustrated in this painting by Barry K. Mackay.

The Chimney Swift is a small cigar-shaped bird. It is an adept flyer and spends much of its life airborne. When it does land, it does not have the ability to perch and therefore uses the vertical surfaces of chimneys and hollow trees as nesting and roosting sites. When it flies overhead it is often catching a variety of insects. Its erratic flight resembles the flight patterns of bats. If you listen closely, its high chattering call can be heard above you.

In Owen Sound, the Old Courthouse chimney has been used by Chimney Swifts as an important community roost following nesting dispersal. Records show that in 2008 up to 160 birds were counted dropping into the chimney in early August. Since then...

Roselawn1964-feature-by Linda Stinson

Tucked away on a quiet street in the former Brooke part of Owen Sound, is the city's only lawn bowling green still in use. Several evenings a week, members of Roselawn Bowling Club gather to play a game or two of bowls. Neighbours and passers-by can hear the shouts, laughter, or groans as a great shot is made, or missed.

The game has similarities to curling, bocce ball, and alley bowling. The bowls used are not completely round but elliptical, and are weighted to give them a bias or a curving path. The object of the game is to roll the bowl as close as possible to a smaller white ball called the "jack". One bowler can play individually against another player or in teams of 2, 3 or 4. The game is played outdoors on short grass (similar grass to a putting green), with the lawn or green being divided into several rinks.

Many Owen Sounders will remember...




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