Look­ing to­wards the fu­ture

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

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

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