Last year at this time, it was so cold with most roads being a sheet of ice. Today it was 22 degrees Celsius. It’s a wonder what a year can do.
Holy crap! That’s all I could say after receiving my first Hydro One bill. I lived in the Village of Point Edward for the last 17 years where taxes are cheap and garbage collection is twice a week during the summer months (with no limit of what went out to the curb), kid’s activities are right around the corner, and regular pay outs from the casino were just some of the many benefits from living in Point Edward. However, it was time for new adventures.
Hello! After a short hiatus, I’m back. And boy am I ever glad to be back. I was humbled to hear the so many wonderful comments from First Monday followers. With that, let’s get back to business.
The night is October 2nd, 2015 and the headline reads “Huge multi-vehicle pile-up kills three people on Ontario highway” which leads to the Facebook post “We are asking for support for Wyoming volunteer, Neil Bain.”
2014 was an unforgiving year for snowstorms with continuous accidents on Highway 402 between Mandaumin and Forest Road. Calls to the Wyoming Fire Department were up drastically, triggering Mayor Lonny Napper to write the Province about the increase in accidents along this particular stretch of road.
“Welcome to the town of Petrolia” is the sign you see as you enter this little town nestled 20 minutes away from Sarnia. It’s known as Canada’s Victorian Oil Town and also for its yearly Petrolia derby. I have yet to see a better derby. Lately I’ve spent a little more time in P-Town as many call it.
Go, go, go, seems to be the norm any more for many people. Rushing here and rushing there, and before you know it we are left asking, “where has the time gone?” With that comes the oversight of missing many things that can impact our lives.
Ah, to go back and do it all over again. Some would change it, some wouldn’t. I for one would not have changed anything… well actually I probably would have been a little more cautious on my spending habits, but heck I had fun spending my moola.
Many use it every day while others use it every so often. It is the link between two countries. While thousands will travel back and forth for shopping, visiting relatives, employment, camping, or attending sporting events, others will use it as a means for engaging in criminal activity between borders: The Blue Water Bridge. It’s considered Canada’s second busiest border crossing that many of us took for granted until 9/11. Thousands of lives lost in such a short time span, and for what?
This month my column goes out to one of Sarnia Lambton’s many unsung heroes who like several others, have been taken way too quickly. Joanne Klauke LaBelle otherwise known as “the Lady from Harmony.”
I met Joanne many years ago outside my paralegal office (my prior career, real estate agent now).
I happened to be outside when Joanne stopped to ask me something. Well a five-minute conversation turned into almost two hours of talking and sharing stories.
It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s a blizzard out in the county. It’s da ja vu all over again. The date was December 13, 2010. An estimated 300 people needed to be rescued from vehicles on Hwy 402. At the time Lambton County Warden Steve Arnold declared a state of emergency.
Just when I was ready to write about something different this month, like the people who leave shopping carts right next to someone’s car rather than placing the cart just a few steps away in with the rest of the carts, or maybe even writing about “paying it forward,” I managed to get side tracked once again by brilliant ideas thought of by government.