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Busy month planned for July

June 22, 2017

By Jody Didier In 1976, Neil Sedaka released an album called Steppin Out. The third song, on side two, was Good Times, Good Music and ...

Don’t forget it’s Father’s Day

Dads are the hardest people to buy for.

Loon alert

Snorkeling around the shoreline of one of L’Amable’s many lakes last summer, I accidentally finned my way into a pretty sketchy predicament. By no means was this a planned swim into the danger zone. My true intentions that day were in fact rather harmless. My goal, to tip back my last three lime coolers and test out a new underwear camera on a few largemouth bass I had been swimming with the day before. Walking down to the water, I could feel the heat radiating off the rocks as they massaged my feet. Sitting down at the water’s edge, I put on my fins, pulled down my mask and slipped beneath the surface with barely a sound.

One turn around the sun in Bancroft

Today, as I edit away and fit the paper together, I mark my one-year with Bancroft This Week. I hadn’t officially moved to town for another month yet, but I was clicking things and typing away and trying to look like I knew what I was doing. Next thing you know the June 10, 2016 paper was coming out and I was making bad Adele puns.

Biophilia in Bancroft

Turning onto Monck Road in Cardiff while taking one of the many scenic routes to Bancroft, I rolled down my windows to take in the fresh air. Rounding the corner as I approached the first pond, I was forced to pull over to the side of the road by a bald eagle that swooped down in front of my car and then disappeared into the clear blue abyss above me. Walking along the water’s edge, hoping for the massive bird to return, I soon gave up the chase when I became distracted by a pair of frisky red-winged blackbirds and a snapping turtle absorbing the late afternoon sunshine. No need to rush, I kicked off my shoes and waded into the water.

Your body doesn’t go on vacation when you do

We’re heading out of rain season and heading into the sunny season. That means figuring out a way to stay healthy during cottage season — or at least keep looking good for all those family vacation photos.

Community is our greatest resource

The idea of fostering interdependency goes against the grain for most of us — because we live in a culture that celebrates “individualism.” We are taught to be independent, self-reliant and self-motivated. We honour our heroes with trophies and annual awards for outstanding achievements.

Time flies when you’re having fun

There’s something particularly interesting about being journalist in your hometown — especially when that town is a small community like Bancroft. It almost goes without saying that everyone here has been immensely welcoming.

Cottagers returning to Bancroft

According to the Red Cross, floods are the most frequent natural disaster in Canada. If you’re returning to a flooded property, remember to watch for damage that may have compromised the structure of your home or cottage. The Red Cross recommends looking “for buckled walls and floors and sagging ceilings. If you see any of these, leave the home and contact authorities.” Your water may also be compromised with contaminants. The Red Cross states, “Do not use your tap water for drinking, cooking and washing dishes until it has been tested and/or confirmed safe for use by local authorities.”

A week for recognizing mental health

Mental health is a struggle that many people in our community deal with. You’d be hard pressed to find who hasn’t in some way been affected by mental illness, whether it’s them or a close loved one, it’s an issue in our society that is gaining more and more attention every year. Trust me, if you’ve been to a college campus in the last five years, you’d it’d be difficult to find someone that isn’t dealing with anxiety. With that in mind, the first week of May was recognized as Mental Health Week in Canada by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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