Carbonear wins Tidy Towns awards
Communities celebrate tidiness and beautification at MNL convention
The Town of Carbonear has been named a winner in its population category for the 2012 Tidy Towns competition.
The winners were announced Oct. 5 during an awards ceremony hosted during Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador annual convention in Gander.
Carbonear took the top award for municipalities with a population of between 2601-6000, beating out municipalities such as Clarenville, Bay Roberts and Bonavista.
Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade said he was “delighted” with the award.
“A lot of work was done over the last year, and we’re very pleased with the outcome,” he said.
Carbonear has won this award twice before, Slade added.
Meanwhile, Carbonear also received an award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for raising the most money in its population category for the foundation.
It was the second consecutive year that Carbonear claimed the award, which was earned based largely on the success of the annu- al Claude Garland Memorial Walk, which is held in honour of the town’s former mayor.
In 2011, the event raised some $6,000. This year’s walk is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, Mayor Churence Rogers, described a Tidy Towns win as an outstanding achievement for a municipality and their volunteers.
“It is a great victory for the residents who have commitment and pride for their local environment and work really hard to keep it clean, tidy and sustainable,” Rogers said.
The municipalities of Postville, Appleton, Burin and Corner Brook have been announced as 2012 Award of Excellence winners.
The following is a breakdown of other award winners: • Pacquet (population 1-350); • North West River (population 351-500);
• Dover (population 501-700); • Flatrock (population 701-1500); • Glovertown (population 15012600); • Gander (population 6000-plus). The awards were presented by Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien.
“Our government is pleased to support the Tidy Towns program again this year and to extend congratulations to this year’s recipients,” he said.
“Throughout our province we have so many beautiful and scenic communities. The Tidy Towns program honours the towns and community partners who work together maintain their communities and create awareness around the importance of protecting our environment.”
Criteria awards were also given out to the communities for a strong effort in the following areas:
• St. Lawrence — heritage conservation;
• Rocky Harbour – environmental action;
• Wabana — community involvement.
The Tidy Towns program is funded in part by the Department of Municipal Affairs.
Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade (right) accepts a Tidy Town award from Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
RED SHOE WALK FOR FAMILIES – More than 1,500 participants in nearly 30 communities supported Ronald McDonald House through the first annual Red Shoe Crew-Walk for Families on Sept. 22-23. In all, some $160,000 was raised. The funds will support the annual operation of Ronald McDonald House in serving approximately 500 families each year. The grand opening of the house took place on Sept. 27. One of the sites to host a walk was New Harbour/Dildo, where about 170 people gathered to raise some $12,000. The walk in New Harbour/Dildo was organized by Annette Bishop-Higdon and her husband, Chris Higdon. Pictured here is a cheque presentation.