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It’s Easy Being Green Litter comes out of hibernation

By Julia Taylor

Aaah winter. So pretty. It covers up all the garbage. Unfortunately, now that the snow is melting away, all that litter is reemerging. There just seems to be so much of it this time of year. I got so sick of it one spring a few years ago that I did what the average engaged citizen would do. I complained. I wrote a letter to express my distaste over the amount of trash that was trashing up my neighbourhood. And you know what that accomplished? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Hmmphh. Well, I never. What I did next might shock you (reader discretion advised) I cleaned it up myself. Yup, garbage all garbaged up, neighborhood all cleaned up. The thing is, I cared enough about it that I wanted it to change. So I figured I might as well do it myself because complaining wasn’t doing anything except littering people’s ears with garbage talk. At first I remember hiding my garbage bag when people drove by. What would they think of BobcaygeonHomesandCottages.com BobcaygeonHomesandCottages.com BobcaygeonHomesandCottages.com BobcaygeonHomesandCottages.com

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me picking up garbage? But then I realized I wouldn’t think twice about picking up garbage on our lawn. And this community is our collective lawn. Being a steward to our community and our environment is a good deed, and adds value to everyone’s lives. So if the trash is bugging you, grab a bag and be proud to be a steward. You could even host a community clean up. Did you know you can adopt your road, and the city will help you with supplies and landfill fees? Check out your local service centre for details. “Be the change you want to see”—Mahatma Gandhi.

Williams brought baskets to Bobcaygeon

By Glenna Burns

Elder Doug Williams—a former chief from Curve Lake First Nation, has many good stories to tell. On Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Bobcaygeon library, he told an eager audience some more about the history and people of the Kawarthas. Bobcaygeon is a Mississauga Anishinaabemowin word that is actually a sound, he explained. It’s the sound water makes when it rolls over rocks or fallen timber. So imagine if you will, the sound of Bobcaygeon. Williams also talked about his canoe journeys from Curve Lake to Bobcaygeon with his grandmother when he was young. Fifty years ago they would paddle to the village to sell her black-ash baskets for ten to twenty-five cents each. “Grandmother made good baskets.” They camped overnight in the marshes around Perfectus Point before setting out the next day to sell or trade more baskets on Sturgeon Lake. “We were the swamp people. We felt people

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