Time to get my passport

I’ve still to acquire a passport to cross into the States down the road, which I’m told costs around $85 but comes quickly after you send away a questionnaire from the post office.
But then, it’s also good for overseas travel.
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Two young yellow Lab pups were seen loose along the highway near Mine Centre. One was picked up and brought here while the other ran into the bush.
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Unfair policies for occasional teachers were described in recent letters to the Times and revived memories of my time as a part-time (or spare) high school teacher, which I would have enjoyed more under the right conditions.
Compared to other remuneration those days, though, the pay was good!
For one thing, I was never called in to teach until 9 a.m., by which time I usually was at work on my farm. Hurrying to get ready and arrive before the first classes were over should have alerted the vice-principal, who looked after our few spares, to discover the need for replacements earlier.
Among spares of those times was an American of a different school background who brought a small son to school to leave in the teachers’ room for the day.
This was a fellow named “Hobby,” who bought the store near the Noden Causeway and is remembered for having a sled dog team. He didn’t stay long with us, but filled in as he could because regular teachers were seldom available.
Still, we managed to keep our classes going and one regular said recently that I had done well!
I taught English with my “B.J.” degree.
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Long hair on many of our boy students is rarely as pretty as girls’ hair, although sometimes longer! As well, when they go outside together, the girls use cigarettes same as boys.
Both habits—long hair on boys and smoking by girls—were seldom noticeable years ago, so what’s next you may wonder?!
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Outdoor accessories are coming on strong, including trampolines such as one in McIrvine where a young neighbour lady, asked if she enjoyed it, quickly replied, “All the time!”
My first summertime buys were a floating dock at a very good price and a picnic table that folded into a bench.
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Dave Craven, partially deaf himself, “speaks” sign language very well to communicate with his wife, except for the fact he lost part of an index finger, which he says (with a laugh) makes him stutter.
He attended the Belleville, Ont. school to learn it and reports, while others here also went there, that the school is now moving to Milton, Ont.
Dave, 71, is full of information on other things. For instance, his family came from Ireland while another Dave Craven at Kenora, also of Irish descent, comes from England.
Both also have brothers of the same first name (Lloyd).
Then Dave reports noticing the town hall had its fuel oil tank (17 feet long) dug out on Friday because its heating, like most buildings around town, is now by a gas system.
This explains the fresh hole in the front lawn of the Civic Centre.
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Nick Andrusco reports a niece in Winnipeg is the most talented member of his talented family. A newspaper feature gives Elizabeth Gray full credit for a school play in which she produced everything, including the costumes.
Her father operates the St. Charles Golf Club.
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Gabby Hanzuk, our foremost volunteer, has expressed regrets over being unable to play a leading role in the development of the proposed casino here. Her mother has taken ill and Gabby is her only child, so much of her free time is no longer available.
However, she believes several of her regular associates on community efforts may wish to help get a casino going here.
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Only two pulpwood trucks inspected for safety were detained for repair while the majority were found to be in good condition, a recent edition of “Screenings” reported.
Trucks are inspected for mechanical fitness, load security, and for the presence of required safety supplies and proper tools. The monitoring team included representative from mill sales, other forest companies, the Ministry of Transportation, and OPP.
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It’s a very busy time around both my daughters’ homes in Iowa.
Sarah’s husband, Ted, reports their farming neighbour was starting to seed more than 800 acres to corn and soy beans. He explains both crops will go into fuel.
Meanwhile, Marion’s husband, our Dave Allison, had his Iowa Stars hanging tough in the American Hockey League playoffs during the team’s inaugural season.
Former Times sports reporter Emmanuel Moutsatsos wrote a lengthy feature article on Dave in the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal last week.
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Bruce Murray, a wartime airman, spoke for the other Legionnaires assembled here Saturday night for the annual veterans’ dinner, thanking the ladies’ auxiliary for a great meal.
This year it was served to everyone seated instead of the diners lining up.
From now on, the first Saturday in May will be the night for the Legion’s dinner.
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Although some might have thought last Friday was a record for late snowfalls, I recall another early May snowfall from 1954 (also on May 5), which was much heavier that all we got last week.
I believe it’s not that unusual because usually we have to put up with at least one late powdering to be ready to face summer again in the right, thankful spirit!
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The local Lions Club again deserves applause for its annual miles-long cleanup across the Crozier roadways around the Kitchen Creek golf course, where members voluntarily collected truckloads of bottles, debris, and paper last week.
The Lions now are looking forward to the annual visit by the “Eye Van” on July 4-15. Also coming up is the club’s Charter Night, reports member Joe Gervais.

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