Building solid foundations for roads – and mental health
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.