seniors-featAll you "Age Friendly Community" supporters – it is time to get creative. The federal government has announced two new calls for proposals under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects that are led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

Carpentry-featBluewater is sparkling with gold following the Skills Canada National Competition, which took place from May 27th to 30th in Saskatoon. Ethan Raymond from Walkerton District Community School, who was one of three Bluewater District School Board students to join Team Ontario at the nationals, won gold in the Automotive Service challenge!

This latest accolade puts an exclamation point at the end of an already successful school year at the regional, provincial and national levels for Bluewater District School Board students enrolled in the skilled trades. The Regional Technological Skills Challenge in Owen Sound at the end of March included over 100 local students competing to represent our area at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition at RIM Park in Waterloo in May. Bluewater District School Board sent a team of 26 students to the provincial challenge. Three of them came home with gold medals, four returned wearing silver and seven won bronze. Twenty-three of the students finished in the top 10 of their competitions, and all 26 finished in the top 20. The three gold medal winners from the provincials advanced to be part of Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition.

The overall results for Bluewater District School Board from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition are as follows:

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.

Arthritis-featSource: Media Release
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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