Car­bon­ear wins Tidy Towns awards

Com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brate tidi­ness and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion at MNL con­ven­tion

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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.

Out­stand­ing achieve­ment

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade (right) ac­cepts a Tidy Town award from Kevin O’Brien, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs.

Photo by Laura Keat­ing/spe­cial to The Com­pass

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.

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