20 YEARS AGO – DE­CEM­BER 31, 1996

Wiarton Echo - - PAST AND PRESENT -

- It turned out to be a white Christmas af­ter all and the weather was se­vere at times but on Friday morn­ing, it was a nice day for a walk even though a bit chilly. All bun­dled up against the cold, Vic­to­ria Brown and her father Ken en­joyed a stroll down Wiar­ton’s main street. By Satur­day, tem­per­a­tures rose and most of the snow melted and at dead­line Sun­day, fore­casts were call­ing for a cold front to sweep into the area.

- Tech­ni­cally, non-na­tive an­glers, boaters and other users of Bruce Penin­sula-area wa­ters should ob­tain a li­cence from the Saugeen First Na­tion af­ter Jan. 1, says Saugeen Chief Richard Kahgee. But for sev­eral months it will be an “in­terim li­cence” while Saugeen con­tin­ues to draw up new leg­is­la­tion de­tail­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions for the use of the wa­ters it re­gards as its sov­er­eign ter­ri­tory, Kahgee said.

- Tammy Gil­bert, a 17-year-old Wiar­ton High School stu­dent from Pur­ple Val­ley is turn­ing heads in the pro­mo­tional field with her ef­forts to raise money for breast cancer re­search. Tammy is or­ga­niz­ing a Yuk Yuk’s stand up com­edy show at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound to raise money for breast cancer re­search and she is al­ready get­ting a well-de­served big hand for con­ceiv­ing, or­ga­niz­ing and pro­mot­ing the event.

- John Miller of RR3 Wiar­ton has is­sued a chal­lenge to the Penin­sula to give gen­er­ously to the area’s food bank through­out the year as the need for as­sis­tance doesn’t be­gin or end at Christmas. Miller re­cently do­nated $600 to food bank co­or­di­na­tor Mary Mil­lar.

Dec. 22 - 1st Mar­lene Case­more 2nd Fran Bram­ston 3rd Jean Lundy

I hope ev­ery­one has had a won­der­ful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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