Counting some blessings

A quick scan of this week’s Wellington Advertiser could serve as a pick-me-up to those weary of the litany of negative, tragic and foreboding News to be found on the pages and web pages of national and international media these days.

 Page 21 this week contains the story of Salem’s Christian Linton and Alma’s Jackson Kirk, who have taken a giant step toward achieving their hockey dreams with their selection in last weekend’s OHL Priority Selection draft.

On page 5 is News that the provincial government appears ready to pitch in to help Minto and Mapleton recover from last June’s devastating flood, with some measure of Ontario Disaster Relief Program funding. It’s good to see the province planning to help out.

Also welcome News is the announcement of the list of speakers for this year’s Empowerment Day, to be held May 3. Initiated by students from Drayton Heights Public School in 2015, the event has grown to fill Guelph’s Sleeman Centre with about 5,000 students, on hand to hear inspiring messages from people who have faced challenges they can barely imagine. It’s great to see this event continue and grow.

Elsewhere in this edition, the efforts of Norwell District Secondary School to revive the local Relay for Life event, last held in 2010, are detailed. Up to that point, the school had raised $265,854 for the Canadian Cancer Society through successful events over the years. The relay’s renewal is good News for the cancer society, and also for the students who will have a chance to participate in this uplifting challenge.

There’s more good News, but you’ll find it yourself as you flip through.

In the News business we often find ourselves focusing on stories of strife and despair, so it’s good, every so often, to take a step back and count some blessings.