ngas-regFor many, catching up on this past winter's utilities bills has been a year long struggle.

The United Way of Bruce Grey is facing an escalation of calls in regard to disconnections from natural gas and electricity providers.

Despite more funds being available to the program, demand has outstripped those resources.

clock-regOwen Sound - Daylight savings time ends on November 2, 2014. This is a great time to make sure that your home has working smoke alarms and conduct a fire drill.

When you change your clocks make sure that all of your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms are working. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms. If your smoke alarms or Carbon Monoxide alarms are not battery operated, test them to make sure they will work.

police-os-regularThe arrest of two males in downtown Owen Sound Thursday afternoon, by members of the Owen Sound Police Service Drug Unit, resulted in the seizure of a prohibited firearm and illegal narcotics.

Detective Sergeant Jeff Fluney stated, "At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Drug Enforcement Officers had been conducting an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking and weapons possession, and made an arrest of two males in the 900 block of 2nd Avenue East. Upon arrest, one male was found to be in possession of $2,200 worth of methamphetamine and $1,075 in cash. The knapsack in his possession contained $350 worth of marihuana and a loaded sawed-off shotgun. The second male was investigated at the scene and released unconditionally."

The arrested 44-year-old Owen Sound male complained of a medical condition so an ambulance was called to the scene and he was taken to the hospital for an examination; he was later released from the hospital and taken to the police station.

smoke-regThe Grey Bruce Health Unit congratulates Grey County on the adoption of a by-law to regulate smoking in or near municipal property. This by-law will prohibit smoking within a nine metre (29.53 feet) radius of any entrance or exit of both county and lower tier municipal buildings in Grey County. The by-law will be enforced by Grey Bruce Health Unit staff and municipal law enforcement. Grey County and the Grey Bruce Health Unit will deliver a promotional strategy over the next two months to educate the public on the new by-law. During this educational phase, any violations of the by-law will result in warnings. Starting January 1, 2015, violations of the by-law may result in a fine of $250 per offence.

ostourism-regOwen Sound – The City's Visitor Information Centre is seeing a marked increase in tourism during the "shoulder" seasons of spring and fall, giving the sector a much-needed boost beyond the traditionally busy summer months.

About 7,000 people visited the Information Centre between May and September, an increase of 16 per cent over the same period last year. The greatest increases were seen in May (up 42 per cent), June (up 50 per cent), and September (up 28 per cent). Visitation during those months almost equaled the mid-summer period.

"The tourism sector is fast becoming a key economic driver with the growing shoulder season and the broad range of activities and experiences now available in the City," said Steve Furness, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism for Owen Sound.


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