CBRM not happy with cleaning up contractor’s mess
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.”