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Andy Glennen, great outdoorsman, wonderful father and grandfather, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008.

He was born June 27, 1931.

Andy is survived by his sons, Glenn (Monique) and Terry; daughther, Jackie (Vern); and his loving grandchildren, Crystal, Matt, Derek, Kaylee, Brady, and Michelle.

He will be sincerely missed, and will be greatly remembered, by his family and friends.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hart Pioneer Centre (6896 Hart Highway).

Hold every member responsible

We can be thankful that the election campaign in Canada is much shorter than that of the United States. But even by our short campaign, the election seems to go on for far too long.

After all the campaigning, accusations, and slights, when Parliament reconvenes, it will be much the same as the Parliament that ended. Perhaps after three elections with no clear-cut winner, it is time for all politicians to put the knives away and begin working for Canadians.

After all, that is what we sent them to Ottawa to do.

‘Go green’ for the sake of the planet

By Marie Snider

About 20-25 years ago when the “green” movement was young, I took a short leave from work to research how our family could live more environmentally-friendly.

At that time, we had been advised that coloured toilet paper was bad for the environment. Though disappointed, most of us gave up our co-ordinated bathrooms.

We all did a little recycling, but the environmental movement as such hadn’t taken off.

Don’t let squirrels eat your bulbs

By Melanie Mathieson The Gardening Guru

This is the time of year when many gardeners are out planting spring flowering bulbs.

Let’s face it, planting bulbs is a time-consuming job that involves a fair degree of effort and nothing is more frustrating than watching your local squirrel population digging around, undoing your hard work, and running off with their cheeks stuffed full of tulip bulbs!

Communications technology influencing financial woes

By Troy L’Hirondelle

With all the talk in the news about the financial troubles now affecting almost every region in the world, it seems worthwhile to discuss how the technologies of the modern communications era may be influencing this economic phenomenon.

To help get some background, I entered the key phrases “Internet and economic crisis” and “technology and economic crisis” in my search engine and looked through a few pages of web and news results to see what the issues were that might be surrounding this topic.

Soil testing offers great value

By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo

There are a number of misconceptions floating around out there that keep us from getting the best value from soil testing.

In some cases, they mean that samples don’t get collected at all. This is a total waste of valuable information you could use to improve your bottom line.

•Myth: My farm is unique, so a soil test can’t be relevant.

Lessons learned

With the chill winds of autumn reminding us that summer is over, reminiscing over the past season’s follies was in high gear down at the Bakery in Drizzle Creek the other morning as I pulled up a chair.

“When did you say you were heading south?” Pickle quizzed me as I extracted a pencil and began recording his latest escapade on a napkin (my short-term memory is just not what it used to be).

Pickle was silent for all of 30 seconds, trying desperately (but in vain) from not exercising that profound ability of his—getting his foot in his mouth.

Pre-fishing key to wins

The past few weeks, along with my friend, Davis Viehbeck from Thunder Bay, we have been working on a story for a new bass fishing publication coming out of Toronto called “Bassman.”

The story is a recap of the top five finishers from the region’s two premier bass tournaments, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship and the Kenora Bass International.

This was a fun story to work on. We came up with a group of questions we asked each team and what we found out was very interesting. Some answers had distinct similarities while others were vastly different.

My crystal ball shows Red Wings facing Flyers for Stanley Cup

By Mitch Calvert

This has got to be the best time of year to be a sports fan. The NFL is in full swing, baseball is in the thick of the playoffs, and the NHL is back on rinks across North America.

Normally every hockey pundit on the globe likes to chime in with their biased—and usually incorrect—predictions on how the standings will unfold.

I am no different.

(And even if I’m completely off base, by the time the season is settled, this column will be a distant memory. So what do I have to lose?)