Commentary

Time flies when you’re having fun

May 19, 2017

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.

Giving blood isn’t so bad

I’ve never given blood before, have you? Canadian Blood Services hosted a blood donations clinic May 8 at Bancroft’s legion. I attended.

Saying good-bye to Bancroft

A few minutes ago, I finished my last article for Bancroft This Week — appropriately enough, on a Bancroft council meeting, a group I’ve been covering since just before the last municipal election. Now it’s time to complete packing for our impending move to a new town.

Where will our kids learn these things?

“Joe, from Calgary, Alta., come on down! You’re the next contestant on Things I wish I learned in school…” “Thanks, Bob. I’ll try Mathematics for $400.” “You file these documents every year to see if you owe the government money, or deserve some back.” “What are income taxes?”

Wheels, Water and Wings plans underway

Mina Yohanna, pharmacist and owner of Bancroft’s IDA, has agreed to being a major sponsor for the 2017 Wheels, Water and Wings (WWW) festival. This will be the third consecutive year that Yohanna has generously supported activities for the weekend-long festival, scheduled for July 7, 8 and 9 in Bancroft.

No one wants to see the junk from your trunk

There’s nothing like one of our area waterfalls. Its churning currents can easily pull you into a trance — until the same current carries your eyes to a white, foaming, plastic bag caught on a stick near its bank.

Jacques Brel worthy of a standing ovation

Over the first two weekends of April, Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Maynooth brought a little bit of Paris to Maynooth. I had the opportunity to journey north and absorb the performance — wow, what a feat.

Boxed in

Did you ever have one of those years — you know, when all the financial news is just plain bad? That’s the current situation with Bancroft. Council learned last week of another hit to their bottom line — and it’s entirely beyond their control. They did nothing to cause it, and they can do nothing to remedy it. But it could impact the tax rate of every Bancroft ratepayer.

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