Talented Northside entertainer finally starting to see her dreams come true
You may have read an article in last Thursday’s paper about a local girl who’s very busy in the music scene. Carmen Townsend, who has been performing everywhere it seems, touring across Canada, and soon releasing an EP, will be playing today at Thompson Junior High School as part of the ECMA’s Soundwaves Showcase. Actually, her first public performance was at this school, probably at a variety show when she was 14, and now she’s back with a band and all her dreams coming to life. Carmen says she knows she was meant to perform, and her hard work and determination proves that dreams can come true. She’ll likely feel some nostalgia, coming full circle, looking out at many friends old and new, and enjoying herself to the fullest. Carmen has an incredible voice and has created her own style over the years, and we wish her every success that comes her way — she has certainly worked for it. Go Carmen!
Someone else’s dream will finally be coming true soon. Jim Walsh, former fire chief in North Sydney and a member of the North Sydney Historical Society, will see the plans for a new cultural heritage centre finally come to light. It has been Jim’s passion for many years to find a permanent home for the rare LaFrance fire engine, and he, along with the other dedicated committee members of the Society who have worked and planned for this event, will see the reality of a new building marked with a sod-turning ceremony on Saturday. The building will house the museum artifacts, including the fire engine, the library and senior citizens club. Our town has so much history, it deserves to be promoted and displayed. Construction should begin in the near future — another positive feature for the downtown area.
Many businesses in the downtown area have been taking advantage over the last few years of the opportunity to improve their buildings. The signage is especially noticeable, as it is similar in style but each one has a logo unique to that business. Either Eddie Harris of North Sydney or Northend Sign By Ramsay has made these signs. The lat- est one to be installed is on the D&R Dance Studio on Peppett Street. Owner Denise Jardine is thrilled with the new look. Whether it’s a ballerina or a backhoe, these sign makers can create the perfect symbol to complement the owner’s business.
Well, the Olympic Games are about half over now, and judging by the excitement of the crowds there, I think they consider it a success so far. But as five-year-old Jack Fraser said at a volleyball game awhile ago — “it’s not just about winning.” Well, maybe at the Olympics it is about winning, but it’s good to hear the athletes say they try to have fun and enjoy the moment even if they don’t get a medal. The opening ceremonies were spectacular and I’m sure the closing will be just as dynamic. Once the games are over, we’ll look for the excitement of the East Coast Music Awards in early March. There’ll be lots of talent around then, so take in what you can, whether on TV or in person, cheer on the Canadian athletics and entertainers, and take care.