Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oh Deer!

I've noticed this winter a growing proliferation of deer in the area, perhaps it's due to the severity of the weather we've had and their need to forage more diligently for food. The accompanying photo was shot today by the traffic light at Mountain Road and Jozo Weider Blvd. Three deer were just off the road one of which made a mad dash across Mountain Road headed west towards the ski hills dodging cars as it went.
Almost daily as I travel along Highway 26 west of Cranberry Links, numerous deer can be seen in the woods on the north side of the highway, often they are lying down in a group which you don't often see. They seem quite accustomed to all the traffic as I have on occasion, pulled off to the side of the road, put my car window down and they are completely unphased even when you are no more than 75' or 100' away. While it's nice to experience nature up close, just make sure it's not due to one embedded in the grill of your car. Perhaps the 50KM speed limit on Highway 26 west isn't such a bad idea after all.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.