Out 'n' About Part 2

 

March 7, 2008

Another House Goes Up -- on Huron

March 2, 2008

Somebody, probably Vincent's Jeweler fixed the Southampton Town Clock.  Must have been chilly up there.  Thank you.

 

February 28th, 2008

At about 8:30 am today, it was very cold and crisp.  This photo shows how the ice has built up quickly.  Crossing the bridge to Rankin Street one gets a very good view of the ice pack's extent. 

Also, there is a big home going in on Rankin next to Wayne MacDonald's house.  it will have about this view all year long.

February 25th, 2008

Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding from Ashley Campbell's hand

Black-capped Chickadee feeding with Ashley and Zachary Campbell.

It seems like spring is not too far away. Horned Larks are back. Last week on a couple of trips on the back roads south of Saugeen Shores I have noticed Horned Larks on the roads and flitting over the snow covered fields. A good sign of spring. Next will be the Robins.

 

Today Sunday, 23rd Feb., Vicky Cooper and I had her daughter and three grandkids out for a hike in MacGregor Park to feed the birds. The Chickadees are singing there "Chickadee, dee dee, dee" and there all to familiar song "Springsss Hear".
 

The kids were feeding Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches and a White-breasted Nuthatch. American Tree Sparrows were present as well and at the main park office we saw a female Pine Grosbeak.

The Cardinals are also starting to vocalize more as you walk around Southampton.

Mike Pickup....

February 24th, 2008

Where are the Baseball Heros?

Lots of people were at the 'Plex' yesterday with hockey, both girls and boys and a Job Fair.  Browsing  in the lobby, I noticed that there is a tremendous amount of space allocated to hockey awards.  Under the stairs there is a cabinet 'devoted' to baseball.  Did you ever notice it?  It has 3 medals, a trophy and a rolled up pennant, that honours some obscure win.  This is not a baseball town.  My Dad who played semi-pro would have been sad.  Hockey is supreme.

February 22nd, 2008

Found an old coal shovel  digging under a house with a broken handle.  It must have been there for many years.  Looks like it was made by a Blacksmith.  I could not throw it in the junk so for $10 it has a nice new 'D' handle and can do some more work 

Pro Hardware still carries good handles and you can even buy a pitch fork in there from Austria.  If you hit the tines, it makes music.

 

February 21st, 2008

Fourteen Guides, Brownies, Sparks and their leaders joined with Southampton Rotary to celebrate Thinking Day at the February 20th Club meeting. The girls presented several skits which introduced the vision, mission and principles of Guiding. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal topped off with ice cream banana splits covered with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.  Photo from Andrea LaBlance.  Thanks...

February 17th, 2008

We noticed that the James B is still in the river.  We hope it will withstand the spring break-up of ice.

February 12th, 2008

The Town Council meeting was canceled due to the weather last night.  We will keep you posted on the re-schedule.  The Weather has been the story lately.  We had a huge number of readers yesterday because so many people stayed home. 

Notice that we are trying to tell our readers that there are some interesting stories behind most all of our advertiser's logos.  Most every ad has something behind it.  We remind you once in a while with the hand icon .  If you hover your mouse over a picture you will see it change from an arrow to a hand on 'most' PCs IF there is a link.  This indicates that there is a hyperlink to something of interest.  If it does not change to a hand, then it's just a picture.  Stay tuned eh?

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February 11th, 2008

Larry Leonard took this picture at 1:35 pm today, February 11th, 2008

Editor: Wow... avoiding big snow bands

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February 10th, 2008

Big Storm ... Where is Fairy Lake?

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February 8th, 2008

Much of history is written in song.  Isn't it strange that there are no songs of the conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan?  Will the songs come still about some obscure spot or battle?  Will the men and women be remembered only in blood?

February 7th, 2008

Big snow storm last night.   We'll have more on that later.  Snowed horizontal with high winds.  Not bad now at 9:00 am.  

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The sky cleared somewhat later and the sun actually peeked out.  It was not too bad.  The schools were canceled early, but it was not a bad day.  It's nice to have the Saugeen Times as a clearing house for weather.  I heard from others today that they tune into the Saugeen Times Weather all the time.  It is comprehensive.

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February 7th, 2008

Every day we check to see what countries have visited the Saugeen Times.  It's kind of a game with us.  We have a lot of people off on vacation so they visit exotic lands and we can detect when and how much they check in to the Saugeen Times.  (for a partial list click here)

We think they like the in-depth coverage of things like taxes, Development Charges and Council Meetings.  We have news too that is never carried in print media due to page and column limitations and people love the pictures too.  How can you beat these winter scenes?

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February 6th, 2008

The 150th committee sent us their flyer.  It is in Acrobat format (pdf).  You'll have to have the Acrobat reader on your system.  If you do click here to view it.

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February 5th, 2008

Ice Pack Breaking Up with Thaw!

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February 4th, 2008

Howdy Neighbour

A Wisconsin friend of one of our readers passed this along. 

Editor:  It  looks like my deck and my cat!

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February 4th, 2008

Winter Picnic Tables High Street between Roberto's Pizza and Armen Higgins Place.... waiting for guests.

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February 1, 2008

Good Bones Save House on Victoria Street

The Seaman & Sons builders are restoring this old house on Victoria Street.  It will be re-bricked soon.  The bricks have been delivered.

February 1, 2008

The monthly e-news from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (The Coastal Centre) provides you with a feature story about an issue concerning Lake Huron, ways you can be a steward to the Lake and upcoming projects and events.  Please pass this information forward to anyone interested. Past issues of e-news can be found at our News & Updates page.
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January 29, 2008

Could this be a Trumpeter Swan?  Birders let us know

These birds were near extinction 20 years ago but work at  the  University of Guelph brought them back to life and there are now  several hundred in Ontario at various times of the year. (Wayne MacDonald)

Editor:  On further research as pointed out by one of our avid readers, the above swan is not a Trumpeter.  The Trumpeter has a black beak like this

 

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January 26, 2008

Talked to a lifetime friend now over 70.  He is determined to climb the 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet.  He will do 15 or 16 next summer.  How's that for aging well?  What a guy!

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January 26, 2008

Interesting people move to the Saugeen Area all the time.  One couple told me that their daughter has been in London England for the last decade or so..  She is an opera soprano who grew up in Ontario. 

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February 29, 2005

Visited a friend of mine today and he had a tiny journal that belonged to his father that he brought out over morning coffee.  It was about the size of a wallet, bound and yellowing.

In it were thoughts, poems and autographs dating back to 1919.  One autograph was in the hand of Billy Bishop.  It was a very distinctive signature that my friend had verified it in Owen Sound.  There were some small poems.  Here is one of them:

Just a little sunshine

Just a little rain

Just a little happines

Just a little pain

Just a little poverty

Just a little gold

Then the all eventful tale of life is told

 

February 26, 2008

Today was a red-letter day for us at our bird feeder -- a male and  female cardinal were eating at the same time, side by side. Others may see this, but we never have.

While one eats at the feeder, the partner awaits in a nearby tree. Then, they switch places. Sometimes, one eats at the feeder while the other is content to pick up the  crumbs that drop to the deck. But, never two on the same perch.  And is there any more beautiful sight in the Bruce County bird world than a male cardinal perched on a snowy tree branch?


Jean Weichel
 

February 24th, 2008

Last night there was a good sunset captured by Bob Cartwright on the other side of the river.  The sun is starting its rapid movement north toward June 21.

February 22nd, 2008

A couple of big cranes down at the docks today.  It was a very nice day for doing work and a sizable crowd showed up.

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February 20th, 2008

Re: Where is This? photo
This is a real guess-The Chantry Island Trading Company on High Street sign?
Megan

No, sorry Megan... you're getting warm though

February 19th, 2008

Where is this?

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February 15th, 2008

Dan Love (L) and Austin Maas are not bothered by the snow

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February 11th, 2008

Mr. Ears

Mr. Ears usually eats on the deck below our bird feeder. Today, however, he was up at the trough, likely because of the heavy snow blowing around the deck. Here, he poses on the deck railing, midway between his two feeding stations. Some ears! (John Weichel)

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February 8th, 2008

We changed the Weather page to show a graph of the temperatures, rain and snowfall taken twice a day on Grey Street in Southampton.  It's much more concise and will be done by the month.  When the month ends, we'll start a new month and put the old month down at the bottom.  It's very neat and the data is supplied by Brian D. Cole.  Thanks, Brian.

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February 8th, 2008

Horses on a side road near the Saugeen yesterday.

  They were glad to be Out 'n' About for a few hours with a blink of the sun.  They were dandy little horses and it's so good to see them together.  Horses should never be alone.  It's sad to see a single horse in a vast field.

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February 6th, 2008

We note again that the Saugeen Track Club members are doing exceptional things around the world.  This little known gem of the area continues to train boys and girls, young men and women and send them off to University.  There is little fanfare and the kids don't need a fortune in equipment to have fun, which is what they should do.  For another example see Sports today.

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February 4th, 2008

Thank you for all the snow crews from the towns around here that do such a terrific job of cleaning up the area after the storms.  You do a great job.  High Street is clear today of the great snow mounds that you take away.

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February 2, 2008

Snow Banks Pile up in Port Elgin

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January 30, 2008

Great volunteer work we notice being done by a Port Elgin Couple at Cape Croker.  You can read more about it on the editorial page where we placed it.

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We went out today, but what the heck could you do with all this wind and snow?  The area closed like a drum.  I'll be interested to see how many hits we get.  Guess what our peak hour is?  It's 3 pm in the afternoon.

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This majestic wild swan spent a few minutes at the mouth of the  Saugeen River this morning (Sunday). I tried to get it in context  with the south dock and some of the fish tugs, but wasn't quite  nimble enough. (Wayne MacDonald)

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January 26, 2008

Talked to a knowledgeable friend about the upcoming Development Charge issue to come before the council next Monday and again on February 11th.  He pointed out it is not fair to compare Kincardine and our area due to the tax base paid differences negotiated a long time ago.  Has the public heard the all the facts?  Confusing issue... stay tuned

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January 25, 2008

Talked to a friend of mine and he alerted me to a giant  billions of dollars auction that is taking place for space in the 700 Mega Hertz Band that is opening up in 2009. So who cares?  We'll  try to tell you why it's important to Canadians and especially Bruce County.... stay tuned for a mini-feature that will end up on the Internet & Technology section..

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January 23rd, 2008

We've noticed in talking to people that they love the Area Weather page and we've gotten some real help lately.  When we are Out 'n' About, people tell us what they like... read below and follow the links.

The Saugeen Times has added an extensive Area Weather Section.  Take a look at Brian D. Coles letter concerning measurement explanations that we will try to post, when he can send them to us.

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Flying Squirrel Seeks Sustenance

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Missing Stedmans

I used to like Stedmans in Southampton.  It was crowded with 'stuff'.  I could always find what I needed in such a small place.  You could buy all manner of supplies and the floors creaked too, which was soothing somehow. Even when it was March, you could still buy mittens.

 The Big Box stores are wonderful, but they don't creak

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The Greathead House

The Greathead house on the SW corner of High and Huron is undergoing quite a renovation.  It seems like just a year or so ago, it was updated.  It's going to be quite a house with the garage having some good space above it. 

With the terrific winds, one has to feel sorry for the workmen doing the job.  If you get a chance glance at it as you go by.  The wonderful High Street will welcome the addition to an old and historic house.  What will it look like?  Lots of rooms and angles.  I like that.