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Column: Only six thinking days left ’till Christmas

Every year I’m asked: “What do you want for Christmas,” and every year my answer is usually the same: “I haven’t really thought about it yet.” You could see how frustrating that would be in late November, or early December, but when the 20th hits and I still don’t have an answer it’s downright infuriating.


Councillor Lloyd Ferguson column: Seasons’ greetings and thank you

Thank you Ancaster residents for re-electing me as your city councillor in the most recent municipal elections. With three challengers, your overwhelming support of my candidacy gives me a clear mandate and demonstrates a shared belief in “Keeping Ancaster Special.” During my first two terms on council, my focus was on improving public infrastructure and [...]


GROWING GREEN: The dark side of mistletoe

Mistletoe and holly have long played an important role in Christmas celebrations.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Bridge: A game of aptitude or attitude?

There’s an old joke that asks who’s easier to talk to – a serial killer or a bridge player?


Column: My latest adventures in papersitting

For the last few weeks I’ve been papersitting the Ancaster News and the Dundas Star News for Senior Editor Debra Downey who is off on a well-deserved vacation in the sun. Judging from the fact that readers haven’t come after me with torches and pitchforks it leads me to believe that I haven’t done too horrible of a job as editor pro tem.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: The Bridge offers men a fresh start

What would you think of an organization that would help your son, brother, friend or relative make better choices than a life of crime?


Column: Why I can empathize with Taylor Reed

Whether or not Reed could have avoided the penalty, he’ll be wearing the goat horns over it for a long, long time. Many will be angry at him, others may feel sorry for him, but few of us can truly empathize with him.


GROWING GREEN: Time for reflection

Fall is drawing to a close and with it the end of another gardening season.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: The majority must be heard on LRT

Even though I support the LRT, maybe it is time for us to pause for some sober second thought.


THE SKY THIS MONTH: December’s Geminid meteor shower promises to be great

By Mario Carr, special to the News Astronomers say the annual Geminid Meteor Shower peaking Dec. 13 should be a great show this year. If it doesn’t cloud over, viewing conditions are predicted to be excellent under a mostly moonless Saturday evening sky. At it peak, more than 60 meteors per hour should be seen [...]