Tal­ented North­side en­ter­tainer fi­nally start­ing to see her dreams come true

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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.

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