Good bye

Section: 
Editorial

Independent readers will be sorry to hear of the death of Bryan Edden.

 

Bryan operated a garage for many years at the corner of the 5th and Highway 21. Whenever he got a bee in his bonnet, he would grab an old piece of paper, usually an Independent bill, and write a letter to the editor. There was usually grease on his hands, I guess, because his ballpoint or pencil wouldn’t write on the greasy spots on the paper, making his notes hard to translate at times.

 

Bryan didn’t have much in the way of education, but he had a lot of common sense. One of those teachers in the one-room schoolhouse he attended must have taught him that “brevity is the soul of wit”.

 

His letters were popular with a large number of Independent readers. I got more comments about his letters than any other thing over the years. One or two people gave me hell for running his letters, but most people loved them. Basically, he usually said what a lot of people thought.

 

Old cars, specifically the Kaiser, were his hobbies, and he, at one time, had a fleet of them and the mechanical genius to keep them running.

 

He was honest about everything – I remember him telling me years ago to quit wasting money on my old Mustang.

 

He had health problems since his retirement but he was always cheery, always chuckling when he came into the office with one of his letters.

 

I’ll miss him and his letters.

 

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Dana and I spent a couple of days last week exploring the Bruce. This is the ninth year Bruce County tourism has the “Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport”. Under the program, you take your passport and visit the 12 passport stops and get your passport punched. Then you enter it in a draw for prizes.

 

We went up the lake side of the peninsula Tuesday, stayed at Tobermory, and returned home Wednesday down the Georgian Bay side.

 

The first passport stop is at Black Creek Provincial Park, of which I had never heard. And it’s not well marked, but maybe the locals like it that way – it has a beautiful, sandy beach.

 

Be prepared to walk at Purple Valley, and likely some of the other places in the county we’ve yet to visit.

 

Get off Highway 6 and you’ll see a lot of interesting places and names – Old Woman’s River for one.

 

You don’t have to leave the county to find some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

 

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A trip up the peninsula gives you a first hand look at what the falling lake level is doing to the shoreline. At Oliphant, the water has receded hundreds of feet. At Tobermory, changes had to be made to the dock to allow the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to pick-up vehicles.

 

It reminded me of an article I read week last in the Mackinac Island Town Crier (Michigan). The article was a report on a meeting of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers held June 1 and it said the first draft of a study examining the effects of withdrawing and consuming water from the Great Lakes is now available.

 

I couldn’t find the report on the web, but at the meeting Michigan gave its water usage figures for 2011 – 10 trillion gallons.

 

I imagine Ontario and other states also use huge amounts. It’s not surprising lake levels are low.

 

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Happy birthday; Mom – 98 years young tomorrow and still going strong!