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Ian Boddy, a one-term Owen Sound city councillor, lawyer and chair of the city's economic development commission, is running for mayor.

salmon-regGot a "big fish" story to tell about this year's Salmon Spectacular derby?

Tweet #FISHOwenSound and you'll likely find it broadcast on a "Tweetwall" hosted by Owen Sound Tourism in the derby tent at Georgian Shores Marina.

About 100 tweets have been posted on the Tweetwall since the derby began last Friday, covering a range of topics from the leading fish to the live entertainment on stage each day. (Brandon Flanagan of Kitchener posted photos of his 20.54-pound salmon when it was the largest caught).

dodd-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

The decisions made at Owen Sound city council are going to impact Travis Dodd's life and his future children's lives. That is why he wants to be at that table.

The 27 year old Dodd was born and raised in this city, graduated from West Hill and after a university degree in political science he volunteered internationally with Canadian development agencies. But he always knew he was coming back to Owen Sound. "The motto fits," he said in an interview, "It is where you want to live. It is about pride of place."

anne-notes-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

  • Chris Geberdt, veteran volunteer with the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular, brought greetings to council from "The Big Tent". His passion for his community could not be missed as he spoke of the year-long promotion for the event from Port Credit to Sudbury. The event itself draws 50,000 people through the site, 450 volunteers and 150 corporate sponsors. "People think fishing derby, they think rubber boots and fishing poles," he said. "But it is so much more than that." Geberdt said his own grandson was giving free hugs along with Tim Horton's gift cards to visitors in wheelchairs. Special events and entertainment for kids, seniors and ladies all lead up to the huge fish fry on the last weekend. The event will make close to $40,000 for local conservation projects. Oh yes, and people fish too.

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