Somehow it’s winter again in Huron-Perth. Each year the holiday season seems to creep up on me more quickly.

While I’m well aware winter always comes after fall, I’m always surprised by the first snowfall (which happened on Halloween this year, a cruel joke!), leaving me, like many others, scrambling to get snow tires on, finish raking leaves, put away patio furniture and then think about the long list of Christmas duties that lie ahead. The cold and snow will come, regardless of whether or not we are ready, so we might as well enjoy it, check out the activities at the local arena, hopefully get the snowmobile out, play in the snow with the grandkids or hunker down with a good book or movie and wait it out until spring.

In this issue we have an interesting interview with Stratford resident David Kirby – an actor turned forest fire fighter. We also have an informative article about preventing falls while indulging in holiday cheer; while the Rural Response for Health Children writes about the increasingly common issue of grandparents raising grandchildren. Huron County Museum provides a look at some of the key industries in Huron County from years past. Finally, travel along with Jill Ellis-Worthington to the great State of Alaska, whether you have been, plan to go or enjoy armchair travelling you will enjoy her insight and photos from this amazing place.

I hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season surrounded by those you love, and all the best in 2024!

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