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District man living off the land

For 14 years, Doug Pearson has had five days off a week. He lives in a house he built himself, with a basement he dug by hand. He grounds his own wheat, and travels everywhere by bike.

“It’s kind of like the back to the earth movement from the ’50s and ’60s. I’m left over from that,” he said.

Students make posters against violence

Some 64 students at Donald Young School in Emo took part in a poster contest with the message, “Raise Values Above Violence.”

“We had a very good response,” noted Brigette Schulzki, adding the three judges from St. Patrick’s CWL had a hard time choosing the winners.

“I wish we could have given twice as many Raymond Respect Bears away,” she added.

Needle exchange being eyed here

The Northwestern Health Unit will look into setting up a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users here following a meeting with various local partners this week.

While team leader Ken Allan stressed the proposal is “very early on in the process,” it was agreed the health unit should look into getting more information on whether such a program is a viable undertaking.

Alberton looking at new community hall

Alberton is taking a close look at building a new community hall after getting an extension on a Small Communities Capital Assistance grant until the end of the year.

“A lot of communities used the grant last year. [But] due to time constraints, we weren’t able to get all our ducks in a row,” noted Alberton clerk Faye Flatt.

“Now we’re just fine-tuning,” she said.