CBRM not happy with clean­ing up con­trac­tor’s mess

Cape Breton Post - - GRACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARONMONTGOMERY-DUPE

Phalen said they as­sisted with the cleanup.

“ The street clean­ing equip­ment in east divi­sion is shut down for the win­ter. There is a piece of equip­ment in Syd­ney we bor­rowed and they sent peo­ple out to try and clean some of this up.”

A spokesper­son with Pub­lic Works Canada — in­volved with the project — said the mild weather is cre­at­ing muddy con­di­tions so as a re­sult they have de­cided to hold off on their haul­ing un­til the tem­per­a­tures drop more.

The soc­cer field is ex­pected to be ready at the end of March, ex­cept for the grass, which will take time to grow.

Eric Par­sons, project leader with Pub­lic Works Canada, said they will be get­ting some equip­ment to help them clean the roads.

“ With any of th­ese construction projects there will be some dirt or dust.

“It is a short term thing, long term gain.”

He said they do com­mu­ni­cate well with any area they are work­ing in. A meet­ing was held in the com­mu­nity at an ear­lier date and an­other will be sched­uled in the fu­ture.

“It is a good news story. We are try­ing to do some­thing good for the area.”

“ We will work with the folks in the com­mu­nity to try to re­duce the dis­rup­tion as much as we can.” NEW WATER­FORD — Don’t worry if Jerome Gil­lis will be feel­ing up for his birth­day party this week­end — worry about keep­ing up with him.

An open house is be­ing held from 3-6 p.m. Satur­day at the Army Navy Air Force club in hon­our of Gil­lis cel­e­brat­ing his 100th birth­day. His birth­day is Fri­day.

Dur­ing a visit by the Cape Bre­ton Post this week, Gil­lis was work­ing out on his ex­er­cise bike. He ad­mits he does have se­crets for looking so young.

“I eat por­ridge al­most ev­ery day and have a shot of whiskey be­fore din­ner.”

Gil­lis is one of six chil­dren of the late Dan Lauchie and Maryanne Gil­lis. His only sur­viv­ing sib­ling is his brother John Pa­trick, 91, of Detroit, who will be at the open house.

“Ev­ery sum­mer he comes home to see me.”

Gil­lis was a mem­ber of the med­i­cal core in the Cana­dian Armed Forces from 1940-1944 and later worked in the coal mines 42 years.

His wife Sally died 10 years ago. They had one son, Bernie, who died three years ago.

His favourite ac­tiv­ity — which he still does — is fish­ing.

“I en­joy ice fish­ing smelts. I fish when­ever I can.”

He loves to read, work in his gar­den, play crib and tara­bish.

Niece Brid­get Peters of New Water­ford said in his day a favourite ac­tiv­ity was pick­ing blue­ber­ries.

“He likes to sit and chat, to tell sto­ries and jokes.”

Care­taker Linda Wil­son said he also en­joys watch­ing game shows.

“He likes Wheel of For­tune and Jeop­ardy. He is very good at Jeop­ardy, can an­swer a lot of the ques­tions.”

“He also has a great ap­petite, eats al­most any­thing, es­pe­cially loves fish and beans.”

Gil­lis spent six weeks in the New Water­ford Con­sol­i­dated Hospi­tal in Novem­ber with pneu­mo­nia, but as al­ways bounced back, she added.

“He has a great sense of hu­mour, is never cranky.”

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