Per­salvic opens new com­mu­nity park, trail

Vic­to­ria school un­veils new com­mu­nity gar­den, walk­ing trail

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY TERRY ROBERTS

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered at Per­salvic school in Vic­to­ria on June 7 to cel­e­brate En­viro Fest 2013 and of­fi­cially open a new com­mu­nity gar­den and walk­ing trail. Nearly 100 cedar shrubs were planted in mem­ory of de­ceased loved ones.

An im­pres­sive and unique beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject on the grounds out­side Per­salvic school in Vic­to­ria was of­fi­cially opened on the evening of Thurs­day, June 6. And it was done with great fan­fare and com­mu­nity spirit as sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple packed the gym­na­sium for a cer­e­mony that in­cluded speeches, singing, danc­ing, po­etry and an in­spir­ing photo slideshow. That was fol­lowed by a flurry of plant­ing and trib­utes out­side as the Pan­thers Com­mu­nity Gar­den and a first-rate walk­ing path called “Trail of Paws” was ded­i­cated in mem­ory of a long list of those who have passed away. The pro­ject was part of En­viro Fest 2013, which is spon­sored each year by New­found­land Power at a spe­cial ly se­lected school through­out the prov­ince. The pro­ject shines a light on the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, and pre­par­ing the next gen­er­a­tion to be good ste­wards of the planet. The pro­ject kicked off in April, and saw an area grow­ing wildly and un­kempt trans­formed into a ma­jes­tic place where cit­i­zens — young and old — can en­joy a nat­u­ral set­ting. Just un­der 100 vol­un­teers lent a hand in some way, and some 75 cedar shrubs were do­nated in mem­ory of loved ones. The area also in­cludes a wide se­lec­tion of veg­e­ta­tion planted by stu­dents, and a col­lec­tion of pic­nic ta­bles, benches, a shel­ter and much more. Here are some scenes from the of­fi­cial open­ing.

Long­time New­found­land Power em­ployee and Salmon Cove res­i­dent San­dra Reynolds poses next to a rest area play­fully named in her hon­our — “San­dra’s Time Out.” Reynolds has co­or­di­nated the En­viro Fest for her em­ployer since it was launched 16 years ago. The 2013 event will be her last, since San­dra is re­tir­ing very soon af­ter 38 years with the util­ity com­pany.

Florence Meadus of Vic­to­ria planted a cedar shrub in mem­ory of her late hus­band, Tol­son Meadus, who passed away on June 17, 2006. Tol­son was a mem­ber of the teach­ing staff at Per­salvic.

Among the en­ter­tain­ment was a group of tra­di­tional dancers from the school, in­clud­ing Mor­gan Slade (left) and Daniel Slade.

Grade 4 stu­dent Katie Burke dis­plays the “la­dy­bug” she painted for the Pan­thers Com­mu­nity Gar­den. Katie is the daugh­ter of Glenn Burke and Carolyn Pike of Vic­to­ria.

Th­ese three sis­ters — from left, Diana Dean, Me­rina Mur­ray and El­iz­a­beth Jack­son — are seen walk­ing along the “Trail of Paws” on the grounds near Per­salvic school. Diana planted a cedar shrub in mem­ory of her late hus­band, Wayne Dean, who passed away sud­denly on Dec. 26, 2012.

Tay­lor Slade of Salmon Cove em­braces the sign lead­ing to the “Trail of Paws.” Tay­lor, Grade 4 at Per­salvic, won the trail-nam­ing con­test. She is the daugh­ter of Claude and Carla Slade.

The for­mer prin­ci­pal at Per­salvic, Derek His­cock of Vic­to­ria, was on hand to plant a me­mo­rial cedar shrub. His­cock was prin­ci­pal at the school from 1998-2011, and is now re­tired. He of­fered praise to teacher Stephen King (back­ground) for spear­head­ing the En­viro Fest ini­tia­tive at the school.

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