Out 'n' About July 1 to August 14, 2008

13/01/2009 04:25 PM

August 14, 2008

People like to buy local and the Keady Market is the way to do it.  The picture shows about 1/4 of the cars that appeared last Tuesday.  Every summer visitor to your house should take in Keady

August 13, 2008

Early Morning Exercise

On the way to Keady just after Sunrise. 

August 12, 2008

Hi Sandy, That Little guy is a Vapourer Moth Caterpillar. I have attached a photo of the moth that it turns into.  Cheers, Larry Leonard

Editor:   Thank you Larry... see creature below

August 11, 2008

Would any of your readers be able to identify this hairy creature found in our basil patch?  Quite pretty, isn't it.   John Weichel

Editor:  Click on the picture to enlarge

August 10, 2008

The rain was steady today and it was very cold.  The Museum was crowded with people seeking the solace of knowledge rather than the Sun and Sunsets.  Port Elgin streets are a real mess and the traffic moves slowly.

Experienced people use all the alternative routes.  I feel sorry for some of the residents of the side streets.  They will never be the same as the traffic builds.  The streets parallel to 21 are crowded.

August 9, 2008

Sombra and Marine City are two little villages connected by an international ferry from Canada to the US.  Both have coal fired plants nearby.  There was a rush of Canadians over the border to shop and buy 'spirit's today.  The traffic the other way was minimal.

On the Marine City side a man was overheard telling a friend about being laid off after 20 years from an auto parts manufacturer.  The plant will be shut permanently on Tuesday next.  He said he has $107,000 in the bank and his wife is a hair dresser working 7 days a week.  He said he'll have to find a future.

Both villages are beautiful and share the St. Clair River.

August 8, 2008

Interesting Out 'n' About from Tobermory by John Weichel

One hour after I saw the tug boat and ferry going south into the Devil Island Passage toward Lake Huron, the tug was towing the ferry back north past Cove Island. After half an hour of maneouvring near Echo Island, the tug had tied the ferry to its port side and was heading back south to Devil Island Passage.

 Shortly after, I heard on the radio that the crew of the tug found Lake Huron was too rough for the ferry; the plan is to anchor of the south side of Cove until the winds die down.

 I have also found that the tug is the Florence M., a McKiel tug, and the ferry is the Christian Island ferry, the MV Sandy Graham. It is being taken to Hamilton. If I recall, the ferry was damaged some time ago. The two are now anchored about two miles north of us, in the shelter of Cove Island.

August 7, 2008

Sunset by Walberg

Notice the interesting double reflection off the water.

 Photo by Liz Dadson at the Kincardine Reunion

Jack B. Nimble juggles for the crowd lining Queen Street for the Kincardine Reunion parade Saturday.

August 5, 2008

Sandcastles Down at the Beach Saturday
G.R. Schuett

August 4, 2008

The small vessel in the foreground is a 36 foot work boat.  It looks very seaworthy and is used by the contractors on the water intake project.  It gives you some idea of the size of the barge in the background.  Good seaman have good boats and these contractors don't go for looks, but for solid and reliable work horses.

August 3, 2008

This is the view from the former Sunset Grill in Port Elgin that was recently torn down.  The view won't last long, when a new condo project will erase it for the general public.  Too bad!

August 2, 2008

Shoreline Bakery has big line-up Saturday for their great breads and other bake goods.  Even in winter Saturday is a busy day for them.

August 1, 2008

Chris Hughes of Bruce County Tourism really knows how to market.  He has had many hits like his US Public Broadcasting TV specials.  Each time he puts one of those on, he gets thousands of requests for Tourism Packages.

His latest hit is really interesting.  The placing of the Bruce County Symbol, the Lighthouse in Vaughn Mills Mall will really be a boon for Tourism up here in the future.  As shopper's go to various stores, they are sure to say "meet me back at the Lighthouse' at 2 pm. 

Way to go Chris!

July 31, 2008

Water intake works continues

According to sources, the new water intake pipe is going in at the best possible site.  The water is deep and cold and the lakebed is rock so that the water is among the purest in the Great Lakes.

When will it be completed?  No one is quite sure.

July 30th, 2008

This was taken  at the Port Elgin Harbour a couple of days ago by Gail R Schuett  Click on the picture to enlarge.

July 29, 2008

The Museum is doing well. There is a lot of energy and lots of people.  The Music Class was in full swing today so cars parked on High and Victoria with music wafting up from the 'Little Lake'.

July 27, 2008

Patterns in Nature

Sometimes these webs appear on deck on a boat, even in the bow.  They are amazingly strong and can withstand lots of water hitting them. 

July 27, 2008

Sunset Grill on Port Elgin Beach is finally gone ... too bad this view won't last for much longer.

July 25, 2008

Betty Bender has one of the most beautiful gardens in the area.

July 24, 2008

These 3 amigos were caught Sunday July 20 traveling up Green St in Port Elgin. We commented on the unusual boat race and they quickly replied they had "run out of water".
Submitted by Stephanie Kelly

July 23, 2008


Hi Sandy:

This is "Ruhler" performing her first task of the day before breakfast!  Paper boys, paper girls and now paper dog!
Barry Ruhl

Editor:  I think Ruhler would like to tune into www.saugeentimes.com too.  What a great face she has.

July 21, 2008

Now, now, there is plenty of room in Fairy Lake for all of us Carol Walberg

July 19, 2008

Huge Crowd greets the Tall Ship Playfair as it enters the Southampton Harbour with a giant barge in the foreground Photo by Ian Evans

July 19, 2008

Tree hits Larry & Katherine Leonard's House

Hi Sandy,  "Yesterday was a warm calm night" was your last post on out & about, then about 9:00 O'clock, all hell broke loose!

I was down at the flag helping Mike Sterling pull in the flag. It was in the middle of a thunderstorm with teeming rain, extreme winds and lightning all around. The flag was like a 50 foot spinnaker in the wind. We were soaked to the skin. I went back home, got changed into dry clothes and then the tree hit the house! What a night.

See the attached photo taken this morning after the town took the tree off the roof last night.

Cheers, Larry

Editor:  See Letters for Mike's comments on what happened.

July 18, 2008

Yesterday was a warm calm night

July 16, 2008

If we are not known for anything else, we should be ever proud of our glorious sunsets  As the sun sets, it goes right through the spectrum.  We've yet to see the famous 'flash of green', but others have

July 15, 2008

Jack Russell jumps with abandon last Saturday at the Plex.  Photo courtesy of dog lover Jen O'Reilly

July 14, 2008

Despite concerns raised by neighbouring residents along the beach in Port Elgin, the Sunset Grill remains. According to its owners and the Town of Saugeen Shores, demolition was to have begun by the end of June.

Several residents expressed concern about the safety of the site and also the hygiene, given that rats have been reported.


July 12, 2008

Constable Dave Butcher

Due to the wet weather of late, the Saugeen Shores Skateboard Park is slightly behind schedule.

"We want to make sure everything is exactly right," says Constable Dave Butcher, the driving  force behind the park.  "If that means a delay, so be it."

The anticipated open was to be July 15th however, as of today, July 11th, it is expected that park will open July 26th.


July 10, 2008

Artist and elementary school teacher, Tia Mushka, is teaching limestone carving in the Boathouse as part of the Southampton Art School summer program.  "Some of the students like to do mideaval things like gargoyles but others are just carving whatever idea they decide on."

July 9, 2008

On a warm summer's night the Port Elgin Railroad is filled with visitors who tour the harbour

July 8, 2008

Sunset Photo Walberg is interesting because of the unusual cloud formations

July 6, 2008

Southampton Harbour Sunday July 6, 2008

The Southampton Harbour is a busy place these days.  The company doing the water intake project is wasting no time.  They were working Sunday morning at 9 am with their giant crane in action putting down or lifting up their spuds which are used to stabilize the barge.

July 6, 2008

Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby held their Sponsor and Media lunch in Tiverton with special guests

Back Row (L) Kincardine Mayor Larry Kraemer, Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, MP Paul Steckle, Ron Plaskett
Front Row (L) Len O'Connor, Minister Donna Cansfield, MPP Carol Mitchell, Ray Walser,President Lake Huron Fishing Club

July 4, 2008

Wonderful Recent Sunset by Carol Walberg

July 3, 2008

Work continues on new Medical Clinic in Port Elgin

July 2, 2008

The Southampton Harbour is a bee-hive of activity.  Notice we now have a 'super barge' and another smaller one.

July 1, 2008

World's Best Mom turns 71 ... see the Event Planner for the party details on July 25

June 30, 2008

BBQ fundraiser for 150th (L)Pat Highley, Barb Wilson, Lorne and Jeannie Shantz


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August 14, 2008

Sunday.... Spray at Port Elgin Pier.... kid's are filled with wonder.... Walberg photo

August 12, 2008

The Great White Egret chicks take a long time to mature.  They leave their nests on Chantry Island about the first of August.  Larry LePage took a picture of one chick grabbing a morsel of food and scampering off to avoid a more mature Gull chick.  The tables will be turned shortly.

August 12, 2008

Ominous cloud taken at Miramichi Bay by Walberg on Sunday last.   The weather patters have been dramatic.

August 11, 2008


Here are some pictures from Saturday at Pottawatomie & Chippawa Golf course when around 8:30 am huge rain and wind storm came in and down trees on Pottawatomie and uproot trees on the golf course

Shelly Acton


August 9, 2008

Deere on the Beach by G.R Schuett

August 7, 2008

Due to the higher water depth, the ramp from the dock to the walkways had to be adjusted for the comfort of the people on the tours.  The water is nice compared to the cold of April when they were installed for the year. (Photo by Walberg)

August 6, 2008

Photo by Liz Dadson

Two-and-a-half-year-old Stephanie Platt, daughter of Dianne and Randy Platt of London, dances to the music of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band as it marched down Queen Street in the parade Saturday.

August 3, 2008

Betty McCulloch (R) and Anne Wakelin

The Hospital Auxiliary continue their garage sale from last week on Saturday at the home of Bette McCulloch of Southampton.

The original sale, held at various venues a week ago, raised more than $3,000.  McCulloch's location then raised $900 and the continued sale was expected to raise several hundred more.

August 2, 2008

Just a note to regular readers.  The Propeller Club members and Chris Hughes installed the Lighthouse in the Vaughn Mills Mall.  They left Thursday about 1 pm and worked until 3 am in the morning.  After a bit of shut-eye, they returned on Friday morning for the final touches. 

The light is on and it's positioned near the GAP.  Nice going guys.... great job.

July 31, 2008

The Town is so busy now at the height of summer.  It's nice to see everything busy and the children out and about.  Some of our readers send glorious pictures to the Saugeen Times as Out 'n' About attests.  Maybe we should put the best of the Saugeen Times together as a column some day soon.

July 29, 2008

Many months ago, the Saugeen Times published a breath-taking  photograph of Milford Sound in New Zealand.

 My wife and I returned recently from a trip to Newfoundland. I took this photo of Western Brook Pond, on the west coast of the province. Spectacular scenery, too!

John Weichel

Editor:  The picture John mentions is shown below.  The two pictures are remarkably alike eh?  Good memory John!

July 28, 2008

Wal-Mart Structure like a giant erector set starts to take shape.  It will be 175,000 square feet of area and a 'super store'

July 27, 2008

The first doctors to take up practice in the new medical clinic on Monday, July 27th with the rest on August 5th

July 24, 2008

This kind of peaceful respite abounds in both Port Elgin and Southampton.  One often sees families or individuals enjoying the beauty.  You can see somebody has done a lot of work here.

Walking and riding bikes has opened up this world to many.

July 23, 2008

Checking the 'fit' of the new Lighthouse that is being built by the Propeller Club and will be placed in Vaughn Mills Mall in the near future.  It would be good if one like it could be installed in the Port Elgin Harbour.  Chris Hughes head of Bruce County Tourism has commissioned this 15' 6' Light to promote Bruce County Tourism.  If you go to the Mall take a look and meet your friends at the Light.  Smart marketing Chris!

July 21, 2008

The Playfair arrives on Saturday by Wayne MacDonald

If you'd like to see a larger format of this picture click here  The picture has a good sense of place with Chantry Island in the background and the very large crowd.  Notice the flag too!

July 20, 2008

Period Costumes

Bob Cartwright submits this photo from yesterday at the harbour, when thousands gathered to see the Tall Ship Playfair come in about 10:30.  We see two residents in period costume Brenda Barringer and Robin Hilborn

July 19, 2008

Tall Ship Playfair at the Southampton Harbour (Hilborn)

July 19, 2008

Everyone enjoyed the Lake Huron Fishing Club fish fry held at Northshore Park in Port Elgin on Saturday July 19, 2008

July 18, 2008

The big buzz around town today was the coming of the Tall Ships into Southampton on Saturday at 10 am.  Everyone is excited.

July 18, 2008

Zayan Khan (stroller) with grandmother Tahira and grandfather, Khalid Khan, from Pakistan take in Southampton's harbour

July 17, 2008

The Boat House in Southampton was very busy today.  Paul Valanti was holding one of his stained glass classes.  Paul is experienced and he has his students busy all the time.  They are very quiet and all you can hear is the buzz of their grinding machines.  He's a good teacher.

At the same time Bob Trelford, Rick Schumacher, Murry Majore and Peter Haskey work on the Vaughn Mill Mall Bruce Tourism Lighthouse.

Also see Bob Trelford Returns

The Boat House is one of the most useful buildings in the community and it's a tribute to the Town and the Marine Heritage Society for restoring it and making it useful for many.

July 15, 2008

Sunset with Sailboat by Carol Walberg

Carol Walberg who treasures the local scenes sends beautiful pictures to us on a regular basis.  We should at the end of the year have a review of all the best photos taken in the past year.

July 14, 2008

The Harbour seems to have a new look every day.... it's a real working harbour.

July 14, 2008

(L) Kay and 'Flea' Christie and Jan and John Vleck joined 150 other golfers for Southampton's 150th Golf Tournament at Chippewa. on Saturday, July 12, 2008

 July 13, 2008

Ten  of these were on the fencepost and took off one at a time.  Are they Turkey Hawks?

July 12, 2008

The Saugeen River now has four barges in the harbour.  Some of them are over 100 feet long.  Avid viewers saw a tug ease a barge into the wall gently at about 5 pm.  It was a deft job and very professional.  The old guard was there to watch including Mayor Smith

July 11, 2008

Construction continues on roads in Port Elgin making transit through the Town an adventure.  Experienced drivers know their way.  Tourists seem to be lost.  Be careful

July 10, 2008

Harbour in Southampton with the barges and working boats in the background.  Roses and Thorns.

July 9, 2008

Liz Ritchie takes visitors on a tour of Southampton, stopping at the Museum

July 7, 2008

Clayton Knechtel (R)

Long time Southampton resident Shirley Helwig, the former Shirley Knechtel died recently ... See Obituaries for Eagleson  Funeral Home.  She was very proud of her father Clayton, Chantry Island Lighthouse Keeper from 1937 to 1941.  She told many stories about her childhood on the Island.  She spoke often and fondly of her father who was a wounded WWI veteran.  He looks powerful in the above picture at the Island.

July 6, 2008

A most interesting picture.  The new water line is assembled in the Southampton working harbour and Friday it was towed out and into position.  The harbour is a beehive of activity lately with big barges and tugs at work.  Come take a look.

July 6, 2008

The water is perfect for swimming... brisk and clear days.  People enjoying the beach with lots of drowsy people catching some zzzzzz'x after a long cold spell

July 5, 2008

Storm Clouds over Chantry Walberg

July 4, 2008

The 150 Anniversary Celebration committee is now offering a red and white specialty wine that will be available only at Southampton's LCBO.

At Fromager, the music store in Owen Sound yesterday, there was a young boy 12 playing the Dobro with his grandfather just on a whim... what a prodigy.  It's a magnificent instrument too!

July 2, 2008

The Rugby Girls at Last Saturday's SDSS Beach Graduation Photo Shoot

(L to R) Kayla Miller, Michaela Campbell, Ali Cleaver, Janelle
 MacArthur and Anna Shave.

July 1, 2008

Fairy Lake ... Painted Turtle meets a denizen of the deep

There are people and creatures that are at Fairy Lake every day that surprise the viewer. 

It is sad that the wonderful band shell has been vandalized.  It is in tatters.  Everyone should be on alert to anyone who disturbs this peaceful spot.  It's a place for everyone to enjoy.