Autumn memories, seasonal visits
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.