rhubarb-featureby Denise Freeman

When I moved to Owen Sound from a large city I had to learn how to interact with my neighbors. Now I am a very friendly, social sort of person, so I was taken aback by my ineptitude. When walking my dog, a smile or nod won't do, I have to stop, listen, chat, look into another's eyes and pay attention. Winston , dog of great skill, presents his upturned furry face and melted chocolate eyes to each passerby, rewarding them with his complete focus. When the furnace repair man arrives on a cold February day and returns our home to cozy and warm, next thing you know the conversation at the door goes on long enough that you might as well put the the kettle on for tea. And my all time favorite, at the Y after Aqua fit, the ladies change area is clattering with gardening tips and travails. No longer a newcomer ,I pipe up from behind the shower curtain that I just can't grow rhubarb. A friendly voice says, " I have so much, would you like some?" "I would love that", "who am I speaking to?", and I emerge naked and dripping to close the deal with my fellow senior swimmer. The next morning she arrived with so much rhubarb she needed a bundle buggy to transport it. Word gets around, rhubarb appeared in our mailbox, on the back deck.

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By Cathy Hird

On our farm, there is a fold in the land that runs across the first fields behind the barn. The farmers who settled our place found that water lay there and dug a deep ditch to carry runoff. A huge swamp oak grows where the ditch began. Then, where it crossed the lane, there is another low spot. Here willows grew, and ducks nested.

To make the field easier to plant, we laid drainage tile in the ditch and covered it over. The big field dries out well, but the swamp oak still thrives, and beside the lane is a pool where ducks swim well into the spring. The willows were removed, but it is wet enough that they will come back, and birds will nest here again.


Portrait-featby Kelly Babcock

The Arts Editor for the Hub is an odd sort of guy. He writes the column "Coming Right Up" every Wednesday so that people who read the Hub know what their options are for the weekend. He also takes care of some of the technical stuff involved in the operation of the on-line, paperless magazine, and helps out in any way he can with promotions.

But there's more to him than that. He is an advocate of freedom of speech, and of LGBTQ rights. He is a writer who writes a blog on ADHD for a psychology web site, Psych Central, in the U.S.A. And he is a musician and song writer.

You may rest assured that all this is true, as the editor in question detests lies and he has written this himself.

One other truth about him is that he abhors Cancer. And to make his contribution to the fight against Cancer, he has collected pledges donated by people who wish to see him shave his head on six different occasions in his life. The seventh time is happening on Saturday, June 6th around 1:00PM at Stow-it Self Storage OS 1960 20th Street East in Owen Sound.

In an effort to get as many people involved in the event as he can, he is offering an invitation to anyone who pledges over $20 to attend a show put on by himself and his band ...

serpent-featby Paul Vanwyck, Exclusive to The Hub

OWEN SOUND – There has been no action on the much needed dredging of the Owen Sound harbour since a report advising against it was released to the public last summer. The 2200+ page report by Dillon Consulting cites pollution by a variety of compounds as the reason not to dredge, but a memo leaked on the internet says Transport Canada refuses to dredge the harbour for fear of angering the sea serpent that allegedly lives there.

The harbour, once known as the "Gateway to the West" because so many settlers headed to the prairies and beyond came through it, is in desperate need of dredging. The city has been asking the federal government, who own the harbour, to dredge it for over 15 years now.

Instead, the feds put up fencing that's supposed to protect the harbour from terrorists and have done repair work on the wall of the inner harbour.

guyskids-featureCelebrate Father's Day by capturing a photo of your favourite guy having fun interacting with the kids or grandkids. The 6th Annual Guys Caring for Kids Photo Contest challenges photographers to capture the visual stories of men in caring relationships with children. Submissions are being accepted until June 26.

Although men are highly involved in the lives of children as fathers, uncles, grandfathers, friends, coaches and neighbours, the majority of visual images in the media still feature females in this role. Several organizations have come together to celebrate the interactions of men with our younger generations.

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