Taking out the trash
Harbour Grace acts quickly to remove garbage pile at town’s boundary
On Sunday, May 18 during the Victoria Day long weekend, a Bryant’s Cove man turned to social media to voice his frustration about a pile of garbage he found near his hometown.
Rob Dove posted a photo of a
heap of black garbage bags, two couches, an arm chair and parts of an animal carcass that appeared to be caribou and many more pieces of trash at the top of the ridge where his hometown and Southside Harbour Grace meet. The pile was next to the main road, visible to passersby.
After three days, the photo had been shared over 100 times and gar-
The Royal Canadian Legion in Bay Roberts will hold a general meeting Wednesda, May 28 at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear legion or appropriate dress.
Food security networks workshop
A Food security networks workshop will take place at the Star Hall seniors’ room in Placentia May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call 227-0003.
Book sale for charity
There will be a used book sale at the Trinity Conception Square Mall Friday, May 30 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds going to the Terry Fox Foundation.
Gospel in the park
The Gospel in the park benefit concert will take place May 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy Community Park. For more, visit www.ahenl.org.
Yard sale for charity
There will be a yard sale at 218 Main Road in Shearstown May 31 at 1 p.m., weather permitting. All funds raised will go to the crohn’s and colitis foundation of Canada.
The Royal Canadian Legion in Bay Roberts will host a dance Saturday, May 31 at 10 p.m. Music by Lloyd Snow. For more, call 786-2075.
Effective June 1, the Carbonear AA group is relocating to the Keyin College building on Goff Avenue. Meeting schedule is unchanged: Monday,Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Old time country music
The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon old time country music event June 1 at 2 p.m. Open mic performances welcome.
There will be a kitchen party at the Glacier in Mount Pearl Saturday, June 7, featuring Shanneyganook and the Masterless Men in aid of the Mount Pearl Senior Blades hockey team. This is a 19-plus event. For details, call 7481100.
Cancer care fundraiser
No Retreat, No Surrender will be hosting fundraising events June 7 and 8 in Harbour Grace. June 7 there will be a meet and greet at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Admiral’s Marina. At 10 p.m. there will be a dance at the Harbour Breeze. On June 8, there will be a moose sausage breakfast nered dozens of comments, all of them showing the same frustration as Dove in his initial post.
One commenter described the garbage as “ridiculous.”
Another wrote, “they wouldn’t want this in their backyards, so why put it in ours?”
Dove would like to see those responsible charged. at the Admiral’s Marina at 8 a.m., followed by a motorcycle ride at 1:30 p.m. For more, call John at 597-2382 or Curtis 589-4050.
Craft and flea market
The Spaniard’s Bay recreation centre will host an indoor craft and flea market June 8 and 22. Interested vendors can contact Donna at 786-1480.
Senior and youth fair and exhibition
There will be an age-friendly senior and youth fair and exhibition June 10 and 11 at the Freshwater Community Centre in Placentia Bay. For more, call 227-0003.
The annual Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation dinner and auction will be held Saturday, June 14 at the Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace. For more, contact Don or Shelley at 945-5289.
Looking for volunteers
The Conception Bay Museum in Harbour Grace is looking for senior volunteers from any CBN community during the months of June until September. New board members also needed. For more, call Pat at 596-2171 or Cheryl at 595-2261.
Tuesdays night Texas hold ‘em
Held weekly at the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear, beginning at 8 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome. For more, call 596-3691.
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The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline program is looking for donations of reusable clothing and cloth items. Items can be dropped off at the red drop boxes at Foodland in Whitbourne, Freshmart in DildoPowell’s Supermarkets in Carbonear, Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts. For more call 1-800-505-5525.
Hosted by The Family Worship Centre, Harbour Grace, each week from 11 a.m. to noon. For more, contact Pastor Wally White (596-5426).
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Other drop site available
The deputy mayor of Harbour Grace, Sonia Williams, was one of those who shared the photo. She was disappointed that someone could dispose of their trash in such a way, especially since the Eastern Waste Management waste recovery facility is about 10 kilometres away on Incinerator Road, along the North entrance to the town.
“There’s no need,” Williams told The Compass in a phone interview May 21. “We have a facility opened up for everyone in Conception Bay North to use. If somebody is going to bring it such a distance (already), why wouldn’t they go there?”
The site the garbage was disposed is located on Bryant Cove Road on a steep hill. There are no houses nearby. In order for someone to drop off trash at the location, they would have likely needed a vehicle.
The town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, was also upset at the situation.
“Nobody should be dumping garbage today when there’s a facility that takes everything but glass and cardboard not far away,” Barnes asserted.
For Williams, the pile wasn’t surprising, although she believed it shouldn’t have happened.
“Every year it’s the same thing,” she explained. “It’s an issue right across the province. And it’s not necessarily small garbage.”
Barnes was notified of the situation May 20 and called public works supervisor Pat Hearn to join him in checking out the site. It is unknown if it was inside the town boundary that the garbage was found, but Barnes said that wasn’t important.
“We never took any chances,” he said. “We had to get it cleaned up because it was right on the side of the road.”
Hearn organized a team of town employees and had the garbage cleaned up the same afternoon.
“It didn’t matter where the garbage was, in Harbour Grace or not,” Barnes continued. “I just explained that we had to get it done.”
Meanwhile, the waste recovery facility, which has been open since late last year, collects different construction materials, tires, furniture and appliances, among other things.
The facility is open Tuesday noon-4 p.m., Thursday noon-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a. m.- 5 p. m., and municipal leaders from surrounding towns have encouraged all residents of Conception Bay North to use the facility.