Build­ing solid foun­da­tions for roads – and men­tal health

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - Bon­nie Ashcroft

Even though it might look stormy the weather is cer­tainly on the mild side as the snow sounds like a ping pong pel­let hitting on things. The wood fires are spark­ing well and that is a sign of mild tem­per­a­tures. Have you re­mem­bered to throw some of your potato peel­ings in your wood stoves to keep your pipes clean? Win­ter­time seems to be tele­vi­sion time and have you no­ticed how so many of the bet­ter pro­grams are Cana­dian pro­duc­tions and the graph­ics and an­i­ma­tions are nor­mally Cana­dian as well – ku­dos.

To grow a mountain out of a mole hill is amaz­ing. The Bell Let’s Talk ini­tia­tive for men­tal health soared over other years of “easy money” to the foun­da­tion, rais­ing over $6.5 mil­lion this year – which is a record. Not only is it not cost­ing the donor monies it is an ev­ery­day thing with them to make this easy do­na­tion and what a way for all to rally to­gether to make the pot grow large.

Re­ally bul­ly­ing is often a step to­wards harm­ing the men­tal health of oth­ers and one does won­der why it is so easy to nit pick, crit­i­cize, whine and com­plain when cit­i­zens re­ally have the dog by the tail. Ku­dos to well known names who have stepped up with their life trou­bles.

An­other re­cent news­pa­per ar­ti­cle was on home­less women and how they lack per­sonal things to live each month with. Be kind and not look down one’s nose as there are many fac­tors that have evolved lead­ing to this state of life cir­cum­stances.

Road in­fra­struc­ture to­day is rel­a­tively easy com­pared to what it was when the road was built in what is known as the cen­tre road swamp. This is in the area of the Albe­marle-East­nor town line known as the Lawrence Road on the sig­nage. Some place in the area of 1919ish and by 1924 the road was com­pleted through the swamp muck. This area had mainly burnt in the fire of 1908 that rav­aged much of the Penin­sula area from Ge­or­gian Bay across and then for sev­eral winters it still burnt in the muck. Ap­par­ently poles went down 14 feet be­fore they hit a bot­tom here.

It was made with the labour of 75 men who dug stones off the south­ern prop­er­ties and then hauled them to the swamp area with their horses to be dumped. There was a large stone crusher which would have been driven by ei­ther horses or steam en­gines to break the stones down in size. Spring came and the steam machines pushed the stones in deeper. When it came time for the gravel it was shov­elled onto their wooden wag­ons by hand to be dumped on the road. When this road was com­pleted the bot­tom width was 28 feet ta­per­ing to 22 feet at the top. The town of Wiar­ton and Town­ship of East­nor had to each give $200 for the con­struc­tion and a levy of $200 was raised by Albe­marle. This feat was wel­comed as it was go­ing to shorten the trip to the north with a bet­ter road and now the Penin­sula didn’t have to cross to ei­ther the east road or the “Gov­ern­ment” road which is now known as the Daddy Weir and West roads.

Be­cause the roads have now all been mainly re­built the “cor­duroy” which was cedar posts laid in the wet ar­eas of a road to have a base is some­thing of the past to come to the sur­face.

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