OP-ED: Opinion Stories by Chris Savard, OurHometown.ca http://www.ourhometown.ca/opinion/savard/ In his lifetime, Chris Savard has spent time as both an elected official and a hot air balloon pilot. As such, FULL OF HOT AIR seemed to be an appropriate name for this column. Savard will provide his thoughts on a number of topics including sports, politics, local issues and more. His opinion combined with $1.80 will buy you an XL Coffee at Tim's! Get your purple on for Epilepsy Awarenesshttp://www.ourhometown.ca/news/NL1882.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/news/NL1882.phpOurHometown.ca is sporting purple today in support of Purple Day. Canadian Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy and to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. Get your purple on! We will be wearing ours in support of our guy, Tristan! Pictured is Tristan Burk after a recent hockey game. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:31:30 +0000 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Dowdeswell visits Lakeshorehttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0411.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0411.phpSavannah Beaulieu (9) and Tristan Burk joined Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain to welcome her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at the Atlas Tube Centre today. The Lieutenant Governor was in the area conducting a number of visits in Southwestern Ontario. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:02:24 +0000Bald Eagle spotted on the way to schoolhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0396.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0396.phpEach morning, Tristan and I travel west along Wyandotte Street on our way to his school. Last week, we spotted a Bald Eagle in the field behind the Riverside Sportsmen Club in Windsor. There has been a fair bit of media coverage of the eagles that can be spotted in this area. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:36:53 +0000Judy Bobka will be forever missedhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/opinion/OP0069.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/opinion/OP0069.phpToday, I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a great lady, relentless supporter and a dear friend. Judy Bobka passed away yesterday. Our sympathies to her husband Dan, her daughter Sarah and family. Cornwall, SDG, and the province at large has lost a wonderful human. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:39:26 +0000SNAPSHOT - Golden Crowned Kinglet in Stoney Pointhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0394.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0394.phpToday, we saw a Brown Creeper and a Golden Crowned Kinglet in our backyard. Both are new entries into our Bird Journal. We recently filled the feeder in hopes that the Orioles, Cardinals and Blue Jays will return this spring. The golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) is a very small songbird. Adults are olive-gray on the upperparts with white underparts, with thin bills and short tails. They have white wing bars, a black stripe through the eyes and a yellow crown surrounded by black. The adult male has an orange patch in the middle of the yellow crown. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:02:10 +0000SNAPSHOT - Brown Creeper near Lake St. Clairhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0393.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0393.phpIt has been too long since we have paid attention to our bird feeder. With spring here, we filled the feeder over the weekend and it was a busy few days in the backyard. Today, we saw a Brown Creeper lurking in the trees by Lake St. Clair. While he never made it to the feeder, we were able to catch a small glimpse of him in this out of focus shot. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:56:24 +0000SNAPSHOT - Playing possum in Stoney Pointhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0389.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0389.phpThis afternoon when we pulled into our driveway, and we saw this possum sitting on the neighbour's composter. He/she patiently watched us unload the groceries. The possum was also not shy to have his/her photo taken. Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:57:12 +0000SNAPSHOT - Ontario native eyes second Super Bowl ringhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0386.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0386.phpLasalle, Ontario native Luke Wilson will attempt to win his second Super Bowl ring today as his Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patrioits in Super Bowl XLIX. Wilson was a later round pick by Seattle in April of 2013 and now has a chance to win his second Super Bowl in just his second NFL season. Wilson is a Villanova high school product and Essex Ravens product. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:50:21 +0000SNAPSHOT - Green Heron on the dockhttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0383.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0383.phpThis morning I was standing on the dock and this Green Heron landed on the dock a few doors down. He was fishing for minnows. I grabbed the camera and in my rush, I didn’t get the settings quite right but here are some photos of his visit. Cynthia and I saw him a few weeks ago when we were out for a kayak ride. He came to this dock a couple of times today. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:31:33 +0000SNAPSHOT - Neighbour knows besthttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0380.phphttp://www.ourhometown.ca/lifestyle/HS0380.phpOn Canada Day weekend, myself and the neighbours to the east and west were out on our docks fishing. My neighbour to the west and I caught nothing but weeds, but our neighbour to the east seemed to be pulling in fish after fish. Tonight after our boat ride, I decided to try my new lure. Ten casts in, I got a hit. Fish jumped out of the water and the jitterbug landed this large mouth bass. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:31:11 +0000