Looking towards the future
Six years after moving to Parrsboro, Karine McGregor was recognized by the town and honoured by the province for her dedicated volunteerism. The busy retiree was to travel to Halifax on April 12 to receive the provincial Volunteer of the Year award, in recognition of her efforts in such areas as Parrsboro’s Communities in Bloom project, the Catholic Women’s League, Relay for Life, Ship’s Company Theatre and Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum.
For years it’s been one of the town’s quieter, scenic and rural areas to live, but Phinney Lane has been a private road. One resident, who owns several acres of property in the area, said he was prepared to subdivide the properties into residential building lots if the town is prepared to take over the road and provide services such as maintenance and snow removal. He presented his idea to town council, which later granted his request.
Local high school students received a glimpse of some of their career options on April 12, as the Parrsboro Drug Awareness Committee hosted its biannual career conference at Parrsboro Regional High School. Students from Grades 7 to 12 took in various presentations from a wide variety of professionals, and seemed to receive the information positively.
Recognizing the value of the Age of Sail Heritage Centre to the local tourism industry, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong affirmed the federal government’s commitment to tourism at an April 18 meeting in Port Greville. The MP was guest speaker at the Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society’s annual general meeting, where he took the time to compliment the society for its dedicated service to the community and its mandate since 1992.
You can never be too prepared for an emergency, but staff members at South Cumberland Community Care Centre were trying their best on April 26 during a “mock disaster” training exercise. The objective of the event was to prepare for situations in which the facility’s patients and long-term care residents would have to be evacuated, and to test out updates to the centre’s emergency plan. High school student volunteers stood in for patients during the exercise.
Life is not a fairy tale, but Kimberley MacMillan and four of her friends were hoping their Relay for Life participation would help make for a few more happy endings. The youths formed their own team, “Everyone Deserves a Happily Ever After,” and were well under way in raising funds for the annual Canadian Cancer Society event to be held in Parrsboro for the third time on June 1112.
Only two years after opening its doors in Parrsboro, Bare Bones Bistro has been recognized for its tourist appeal. The Main Street dining establishment was honoured with the Food and Beverage Award at the Central Nova Tourist Association’s annual general meeting and awards banquet on May 6 in Truro, with owners Glenn and Sue Wheaton on hand to accept.
Ship’s Company Theatre will continue to be a showcase for new and emerging artists from across Atlantic Canada thanks to funding from the federal government. The $7,715 in funding is being provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. It will go to support the theatre’s summer concert series that’s entering its 11th year. The summer concert series runs from July through September and includes seven concerts held each Monday evening at the theatre featuring a diverse range of professional and emerging artists.
With each storm that hits the community, residents of Advocate Harbour cringe at what could happen if there’s another storm surge like the one in December 2008. That’s why residents here are breathing a sigh of relief that an engineering study is going to be completed to determine the best way to fix the seawall for good. The $146,000 study was announced in Advocate on May 21.
The Town of Parrsboro set its tax rates for the 2010-2011 fiscal year at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 22, with residential taxes staying the same and the commercial