Can­di­date ac­claimed in Bay de Verde

Juanita Em­ber­ley lone nom­i­nee for coun­cil va­cancy


Res­i­dents of Bay de Verde will avoid a by­elec­tion af­ter Juanita Em­ber­ley came for­ward as the only can­di­date to re­place for­mer councillor John P. Woodrow.

Em­ber­ley, a mem­ber of the recre­ation com­mit­tee and the ladies aux­il­iary in Bay de Verde, was ac­claimed on Feb. 1 by re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and town clerk Molly Walsh. It will be her first time serv­ing on coun­cil.

“I just kind of made a quick de­ci­sion and said, ‘ Shag it, I’ll go for it,” said Em­ber­ley, who was born and raised in Bay de Verde.

Though her de­ci­sion may have been a quick one, Em­ber­ley seems to be en­ter­ing coun­cil with some good in­ten­tions in mind.

“ The way I look at it there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment. I would re­ally like to see Bay de Verde pros­per as a com­mu­nity.”

Em­ber­ley said her in­volve­ment with the recre­ation com­mit­tee has made find­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage young peo­ple an im­por­tant is­sue for her. Ef­forts to in­crease the com­mu­nity’s vis­i­bil­ity with tourists are an­other mat­ter she hopes to ad­dress on coun­cil. Such work will hope­fully make Bay de Verde a place where its youth pop­u­la­tion can have a fu­ture.

“It would be great if we could give them a rea­son to stay here rather then to move away. Af­ter all the young gen­er­a­tion is our fu­ture.”

Help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and im­prov­ing wa­ter and sewer ser­vices are other items on Em­ber­ley’s mu­nic­i­pal agenda.

Em­ber­ley will be sworn in at the next coun­cil meet­ing, which is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Feb. 9, and while she is look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing a councillor, there will be some nerves at play.

“I’m kind of ner­vous, be­cause this is a whole new ball game com­pared to the ladies aux­il­iary and the recre- ation com­mit­tee. It’s a coun­cil, and that’s dif­fer­ent al­to­gether. But I’m in­ter­ested, and I’m just go­ing to go to the meet­ing, lis­ten, and then I’ll have a bet­ter idea.”

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

The com­mu­nity of Win­ter­ton has fi­nally lifted its boil wa­ter or­der. The reg­u­la­tor for its chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem broke down in De­cem­ber, leav­ing the town to en­force a month-and-a-half-long boil or­der.

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