business-enterprise-featFull-time students aged 15-29 have the opportunity to start and run their own business with the help of The Business Enterprise Centre - Owen Sound & Area, and the Ontario Government program, Summer Company.

Receive hands-on business training, individual mentoring, and financial awards of up to $3,000 to help you start and run your own summer business. Whatever career path you take, Summer Company will give you the tools you need to succeed.

If you still don’t have a summer job, then it’s not too late to apply for this exciting opportunity! Applications run until May 8th, 2015.

For more information or to apply, visit

cathy-burkina-featby Cathy Hird

Most of us do not face life threatening situations on a daily basis, but we all feel fear. What are you afraid of?

For some of us, there are social situations that make our chest constrict. Standing in front of a crowd to speak makes our legs shake. We have to go to a party alone, will have to mingle with a crowd of strangers, and we break into a cold sweat. We avoid the friend who lost a loved one because we are afraid of saying the wrong thing.

Sometimes we are afraid of failure. We may over prepare, put in hours of extra work to get it right. Or we are so afraid of failing that we do not try. At times, we are afraid the world is failing, that peace is impossible and climate change is bringing inevitable disaster. We are afraid our life is headed for a crash. We are afraid our child is climbing into real trouble.

Whatever we are afraid of, fear shuts us down. We close our eyes so we don't have to see trouble coming. We close our hands so we do not have to touch the task we cannot handle. We put our hands over our ears and close our minds. Fear shuts us away from other people and from ourselves.

coffeecup-featureSaturday, April 18 the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association and City of Owen Sound are teaming up on a community litter pick-up in celebration of Earth Week. Anyone who would like to volunteer should meet in the city hall parking lot for a 1 p.m. start. Dress for the weather, as this is a rain or shine event.
Rubber gloves and plastic bags will be supplied, and pick-up areas will be assigned according to the number of "litter pickers" available. The Sportsmen will provide snacks and draws for prizes to volunteers at the 3 p.m. wrap-up.

swingbeam-featureJoin author Laura Lush at the South Grey Museum on April 22nd as she leads a tour down memory lane to historic barns in her life through a photographic, poetic narrative journey. Telling the story of her father's life spent on the farm from the early 1930s up until 2010, Laura will read from her book Swing Beam. Her father's story spans from farms near Burlington and St. George to his last location on Hwy 21 near Owen Sound. Laura grew up on farms helping her dad with the everyday chores and treasures a lifetime of memories in rural Ontario. The words in the presentation are those of Barry Lush, the poetry is Laura's. In the words of book reviewer Andrew Armitage, "the combination of the two makes Swing Beam a classic for many generations of farmers who have loved the land, their animals, fields, and barns. Barry remembers barns, thatched ones, bank barns, Dutch barns, Mennonite barns. Laura makes them speak." Event starts at the museum in Flesherton at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person and $5 for members. This is part of the annual speaker series, held the fourth Wednesday of every month at South Grey Museum – 40 Sydenham St., Flesherton.


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