Bluewaterskills-featIt was a practical exercise in career-related experiential learning for local students at the area's signature skilled trades event of the year. Georgian College, Owen Sound Collegiate & Vocational Institute and St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound were competition sites for the 11th annual Regional Technological Skills Challenge on Friday, March 27th, which included the participation of 87 Bluewater and Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board secondary students enrolled in technological education courses. Coordinated once again by the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, there were eight diverse categories that students could test their skills in, ranging from Carpentry and Welding to Culinary and Hairstyling. Local industry judges evaluated the competitors according to industry standards. The day also included tours of the various competition sites for local businesses and industries, while teachers and coaches visited Caframo Limited in Georgian Bluffs and Transcontinental RBW Graphics in Owen Sound to hear firsthand from local industries about some of the current realities and opportunities for students in the skilled trades.

Here are the results for this year's challenge.


The 2015 Earth Hour theme is "Use Your Power to Change Climate Change". Earth Hour, a global effort to raise awareness of the many small efforts that can add up in the fight against Climate Change, encourages residents and businesses to shut off lights and any non-essential electrical devices for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. This ninth Earth Hour celebration takes place only months before a major international agreement on climate change is expected to be reached. Grey-Bruce invites everyone to a day of socializing and conversation around citizen action on climate change at St. George's Church in Owen Sound. An evening of music, dance and a community observation of Earth Hour will begin at 6 p.m. following a potluck meal.
The Mayor and City Council of Owen Sound are pleased to lend their support to Earth Hour, and the City will be turning off non-essential lighting at City Facilities (where the lights are not already routinely turned off) and encourages City residents and businesses to do the same. Street lights and lighting essential for safety will not be included.

life book featHave you ever wanted to write and just did not know where to start? Well the Library has the answer – a workshop just for you.
Hosted by author and journalist Jake Doherty whose latest mystery, Bearwalker Alibi, was published in July 2014. This 6 week workshop will teach beginners how to write a fiction short story. The sessions will take place on Monday evenings in the Auditorium from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, starting April 27.

Sign up quickly as space is limited! Cost is only $30 per person for all 6 sessions.

To register or for more information call 519-376-6623, email [email protected] or visit the Public Services Desk.

Awesome-foundation-regThe latest Awesome Foundation has been born in Grey County, bringing a new level of awesomeness to the City of Owen Sound. Twelve awesome individuals have pledged $100 each to help make their community a more awesome place, one great idea and one cash-filled brown paper bag at a time.

Individuals located in the greater Owen Sound area are invited to pitch their best idea to help make greater Owen Sound an even more awesome place to live, work and play. All who are located within 20 kilometers of Owen Sound city hall are invited to email a pitch of up to 300 words to [email protected] by April 15, 2015. The 12 Awesome Trustees will narrow down the submissions to three great community-minded ideas that “make awesome happen”.

Cathy-Hird-flowersA hint of spring is in the air, a breath of fresh air, and a touch of warmth in the sun. This is a time of renewal. I wonder, in your life, what brings you this refreshing gift?

Snow still covers much of the ground, and the dirt is frozen solid. Still, in pots of earth set in the window sill, we can start tomatoes, plant basil and thyme. The sun will warm the earth we bring inside, and green will grow, a reminder that crocuses and maple leaves are coming...



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