Au­tumn mem­o­ries, sea­sonal vis­its

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Ninety-six peo­ple turned out on Sept. 25 to re­mem­ber and hon­our Lynda Burke with the fifth an­nual Lynda Burke Me­mo­rial Walk, rais­ing close to $5,000 for a schol­ar­ship in her me­mory. The me­mo­rial walk be­gan at Cum­ber­land Re­gional Health Care Cen­tre and fin­ished at Gables Lodge with lunch and pho­tos cel­e­brat­ing Burke’s life. She worked at the hos­pi­tal and both Gables Lodge and Cen­ten­nial Villa up un­til her death.

She’s been re­tired for seven years, but Lil­lian Bray con­tin­ued to in­spire stu­dents at River He­bert Ele­men­tary School, who ded­i­cated their an­nual Terry Fox Walk on Sept. 30 to her. Bray, a can­cer sur­vivor, was on hand for the walk, which con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion of the small school rais­ing big dol­lars for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety. The school raised $2,215.30 for this year’s walk.

Well over 2,000 peo­ple passed through the doors at Ski Went­worth on Oct. 9-10 for the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Colours, held ev­ery Thanks­giv­ing at the ski hill. Chair­lift rides ran through­out the week­end, while other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a pork roast sup­per at the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre and guided hikes to High Head, which is an 11-km hike. Satur­day drew 1,200 peo­ple while over 1,000 turned out on Sun­day.

Hop­ing to learn a thing or two from Ox­ford, seven rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Yichun City, China were in the com­mu­nity of 1,150 on Oct. 18 to en­ter into an agree­ment that would see the two ar­eas twinned, as both have great in­ter­est in the blue­berry in­dus­try. Ox­ford Mayor Lloyd Jenk­ins said hav­ing the city con­tact the town goes to show how well-known the small com­mu­nity is for its blue­ber­ries, and that the agree­ment would see “cul­tural ex­changes, friend­ship and eco­nom­i­cal ben­e­fits.”

New Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive leader Jamie Bail­lie be­came the MLA-elect for Cum­ber­land South af­ter de­feat­ing two other can­di­dates in a by­elec­tion on Oct. 26, gar­ner­ing close to 60 per cent of the pop­u­lar vote to hold onto what was a Tory strong­hold un­der for­mer MLA and cabi­net min­is­ter Mur­ray Scott. Bail­lie, the for­mer CEO of Credit Union At­lantic, gar­nered 3,262 votes com­pared to 2,165 for Lib­eral Kenny John Jack­son, while NDP can­di­date Scott McKee fin­ished a dis­tant third with only 276 votes.

When Terry Lau­rette be­gan look­ing af­ter the old ceme­tery in Lin­den, it didn’t him long to re­al­ize the prop­erty was in des­per­ate need of some TLC. So be­gan an ef­fort to re­store the head­stones and bring some new life to the old ceme­tery that has been part of the com­mu­nity for about 150 years. Lau­rette has been dig­ging up the old head­stones and re­pair­ing them. In some cases, he has taken bleach to the stones to re­store their luster while in other cases he has had to glue them back to­gether.

The Pug­wash li­brary of­fers a lot to its com­mu­nity, but its limited space has prompted a group of lo­cal vol­un­teers called Friends of the Pug­wash Li­brary to move ahead with a cam- paign to find a new home for the fa­cil­ity. The group has been putting on a se­ries of fundrais­ers while seek­ing a space more suited to pro­vide all the ser­vices of­fered by the Cum­ber­land Re­gional Li­brary.

With the hol­i­day sea­son fast ap­proach­ing, Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing (MADD) launched its 2010 Project Red Rib­bon cam­paign in Ox­ford on Nov. 9. Project Red Rib­bon is a sign of com­mit­ment to safe and sober driv­ing, ac­cord­ing to MADD At­lantic re­gion man­ager Su­san MacAskill, who was among those on hand for the launch. She said the red rib­bon serves as a me­mo­rial to those who have been killed due to the ac­tions of an im­paired driver.

Colin Brownell of Pug­wash was one of four Nova Sco­tians to re­ceive the Medal of Brav­ery from Premier Dar­rell Dex­ter on Nov. 17 at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Hal­i­fax. Brownell was rec­og­nized for res­cu­ing Calvin Latta of Malagash from a burn­ing car in May of 2009. While not one to seek at­ten­tion, he said it felt good to re­ceive the award, and that he was just thank­ful no one was hurt.

Both sides of the street were lined up with fam­ily and friends as they gath­ered to watch the an­nual Santa Claus pa­rade Nov. 28 in River He­bert. Peo­ple from through­out the county came to watch the pa­rade, which fea­tured 32 floats and a lot of lo­cal par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing school chil­dren. The pa­rade no longer gives out prizes for the best floats, but fea­tures a colour­ing con­test at the school.

To the de­light of kids and post of­fice work­ers, Santa Claus took time out of his busy Christ­mas sea­son sched­ule to visit the Pug­wash post of­fice on Dec. 4. Santa said that ev­ery year there seems to be more kids to make toys for so, to keep up with de­mand, he’s had to hire more elves than ever.

For par­tic­i­pants in the Cor­ner­stone Youth Project, it was an emo­tional day as they said good­bye to those who have be­come fam­ily for the past 10 months, as the pro­gram cel­e­brated its sea­son clos­ing. Spon­sored by the Ser­vice Canada Youth Skills Link, the Cor­ner­stone Youth Project gives par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to gain skills and knowl­edge, which will as­sist them to suc­ceed in the fu­ture.

The story of Christ­mas was seen live and up close over two nights in Pug­wash on Dec. 1617. Co-or­di­nated by the seven lo­cal churches and through the ef­forts of count­less com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, “Beth­le­hem Live” was a tremen­dous suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Bert McWade, one of the or­ga­niz­ers. The weather was beau­ti­ful for both nights, as more than 1,000 peo­ple came from as far as Souris, P.E.I. and the An­napo­lis Val­ley.

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