Car­bon­ear a tidy town

Win­ner of 2013 Award of Ex­cel­lence from MNL

The Compass - - THE COMPASS -

For the past year, the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil has been brain­storm­ing ways to beau­tify parts of the town that have fallen by the way­side, phys­i­cally, his­tor­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally.

Af­ter a hard push to clean up road­sides, cul­ti­vate pub­lic ar­eas, en­cour­age green ini­tia­tives and cre­ate bet­ter and neater sig­nage for tourism ar­eas, Car­bon­ear has earned the pres­ti­gious Tidy Town’s award.

Tidy Towns is a pro­gram ran by Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador through its en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee.

Bon­av­ista Mayor Betty Fitzger­ald is the chair of the Tidy Towns com­mit­tee.

“Tidy Towns is com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing civic pride, en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion through com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and the chal­lenge of a pro­vin­cial pro­gram, with fo­cus on the pro­mo­tion of green spa­ces in com­mu­nity set­tings. This prov­ince has plenty of beau­ti­ful places to visit and live, we’re pleased once again to ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and com­mu­nity part­ners,” she said in her ad­dress at the Tidy Town awards lun­cheon Nov. 8 in St. John’s.

The cri­te­ria to earn an award in­cludes tidi­ness, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage con­ser­va­tion, tree/ur­ban for­est man­age­ment, land­scaped ar­eas, flo­ral dis­plays and turf and ground­cov­ers.

Car­bon­ear earned the “Award of Ex­cel­lence,” an award given to com­mu­ni­ties who have scored the high­est over­all dur­ing the eval­u­a­tion for two con­sec­u­tive years.

The sec­ond high­est par­tic­i­pants — or those who have not re­ceived the high­est rank­ing the pre­vi­ous year — in each cat­e­gory will re­ceive the “Pop­u­la­tion Cat­e­gory” award. Car­bon­ear re­ceived this award last year.

For this year’s re­cip­i­ents, see be­low. Award of Ex­cel­lence re­cip­i­ents: • Car­bon­ear; • Ap­ple­ton; • Burin; and • Fla­trock. Pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory re­cip­i­ents: • Cat­e­gory I, pop­u­la­tion 1 to 440 — Woody Point;

• Cat­e­gory II, pop­u­la­tion 441 to 650 — Trout River;

• Cat­e­gory III, pop­u­la­tion 651 to 1,000 — Arnold’s Cove;

• Cat­e­gory IV, pop­u­la­tion 1,001-1,800 — Har­bour Bre­ton;

• Cat­e­gory V, pop­u­la­tion 1,801 to 2,500 — Wabush;

• Cat­e­gory VI, pop­u­la­tion 2,501 to 5,000 — Grand Bank; and

• Cat­e­gory VII, pop­u­la­tion over 5,000 — Marys­town. Other awards: • Well-minded com­mu­nity award re­cip­i­ent — Nor­ris Point; and

• Out­stand­ing com­mu­nity award re­cip­i­ent — Kip­pens.

Terry Clower pins a poppy to the cross of re­mem­brance.

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