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Tick-Dragging-featureNo ticks were found in tick dragging last week in the Cargill area. Tick dragging is used to catch as many ticks as possible for species identification and testing for the bacteria causing Lyme Disease. Sampling consists of dragging a flannel cloth over and around vegetation where ticks may be waiting for a passing host. The ticks will attach to the flannel cloth.

Grey Bruce is a low risk area. In 2014, the Grey Bruce Health Unit received 17 tick submissions. One tick found last year in the Cargill area tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. The disease in humans is caused through the bite of an infected black-legged tick.

Black-legged ticks are very small and hard to see; as small as a poppy seed. They are usually found low to the ground, on tall grass blades or on shrubs. If you find a tick on yourself, remove it with tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick away from your skin, gently but firmly. If you can, save the tick alive in a jar or screw-top bottle and take it to your health care provider or the Grey Bruce Health Unit for testing. When pulling the tick off your skin, avoid crushing its body. Clean your skin after with soap and water.

TN-featureby Anne Finlay-Stewart

Bob Wallace has built his radio career "coast to coast, up and down the dial" on being a likeable guy you think you know. So it comes as a real surprise to discover that he lives every day with a condition that he describes as having electrodes stuck into your face and connected to high voltage wires. Simple daily actions like eating or brushing teeth can be agonizing for him.

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is the name of this torturer, not that Bob had ever heard of it until long after it had brought him to his knees more than once. It is a disease that shows up most commonly after the age of 50, and the diagnosis is made by eliminating other possibilities like tooth or gum issues. It took five years and a wise dental assistant for Bob to seek out a knowledgeable neurologist. He learned that the source of his excruciating pain was an abnormal compression of a cranial nerve.

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Motorcycle riders from across Grey Bruce take to the road Saturday, June 20 in the 14th annual Jean Farmer Motorcycle Ride for Arthritis. Bikers will go on a 165 kilometer route featuring some of the most spectacular scenic vistas the area has to offer!

Registration is from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Blue Water Curling Club, 651 19th St. E., Owen Sound. Minimum pledge for participants is $35.

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On May 20th, 2015 an area resident was defrauded after being duped by a person posing as a Canada Revenue Agency Inspector, and a co-conspirator posing as a police officer about to arrest the victim for tax arrears. Sadly, our area continues to be plagued by these unscrupulous criminals.

Today a 57-year old Owen Sound woman responded to a phone message left on her answering machine. The fraudster’s message indicated he was calling from Service Canada and had an urgent matter to discuss with her, demanding a telephone call to 613-817-1703, ext. 155. Concerned, she returned the call and spoke to someone posing as Canada Revenue Agent Dan Martine.

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An endowed fund created with Community Foundation Grey Bruce will start providing two scholarships annually

to assist local youth. The Marjorie and Mac Gingrich Endowed Fund will support first year to third year post-secondary students from Grey Bruce who are studying medical sciences or related research at a recognized Canadian university.

The scholarships can support a range of studies, including medical science, research, nursing, or pre-med programs. Two scholarships of $500 will be available this year, with flexible distributions in perpetuity each year thereafter through the earnings from the endowed fund.
The scholarship was begun by Marjorie Gingrich, to mark her long career in nursing and to honour the memory of her late husband, Mac Gingrich. Marjorie and Mac Gingrich were both raised in Bruce County and have backgrounds in education and nursing.

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