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fullmoon-featureDiscover the darker side of Owen Sound, its local history and legends, on a Bishop House ghost walk.

Get a glimpse into the mischief, mayhem and murders committed on our streets and beyond.

Back by popular demand, the walks begin every Sunday evening in July and August at 9 p.m. at the Bishop House, 948 3rd Avenue West. You will be guided a kilometre or two through the scary streets for 45 minutes to an hour.

This year the Museum itself will be open until 9 p.m. on Sundays for those who would like to tour the building before the Ghost Walk. Tickets are only $5 per person, and must be purchased in advance at Bishop House. Get yours early – sales will be limited. Call 519-371-0031 for more information.

Source: media release, Bishop House Museum, Archives and National Historic Site

Larry-Miller-wife-featureCommunity Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to announce that a new bursary fund for post-secondary studies in agriculture is being built to honour a significant milestone in the life of Member of Parliament Larry Miller.

Knowing that Mr. Miller and his wife Darlene are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this July, the Foundation approached them with the idea to transform a personal celebration into a legacy of support for Grey Bruce. Reflecting the Miller family's long-standing ties to agriculture, the couple is developing the Larry & Darlene Miller Agricultural Endowment Fund to provide an annual bursary in perpetuity to students in Grey and Bruce Counties who pursue post-secondary university, college or apprenticeship studies in Agriculture or Agri-Food.

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, www.payforschoolgreybruce.com, 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...

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