Weekend Smiles

Life explained On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and  bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.” The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten…

St. Marys Tennis Courts

On Wednesday morning at the St. Marys Tennis Courts, Andrea Hodges, the driving force behind the 2014 “Support Our Courts” reconstruction of the courts, held a ceremony to dedicate a new donor wall recognizing the many local people and groups who helped make the idea a reality. Pictured, from left, are Rena Spevack, chair of…

Letter to the Editor

You may have seen the commercial on television.  It depicts a bank being robbed and a thought-to-be security guard telling customers and bank employees that he isn’t a guard but only a monitor. He says, “I’m only a bank monitor” and  then, ” there’s a bank robbery.”  Maybe this is what we need when it comes…

Health Canada plan proposes three-year phaseout of neonic imidacloprid to protect aquatic insects

According to a press release issued on Nov. 23, Health Canada has completed its re-evaluation of the neonicotinoid pesticide “imidacloprid,” and has published its draft risk assessment for public comment. Among their conclusions are that the use of imidacloprid “is not sustainable, and the levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and…