Tak­ing out the trash

Har­bour Grace acts quickly to re­move garbage pile at town’s boundary

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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

Legion meet­ing

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.

Dance

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.

AA meet­ings

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.

Kitchen party

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.

Auc­tion

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.

Nom­i­na­tions open

The NL His­toric Trust is ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions for the 30th South­cott awards in three cat­e­gories: build­ing restora­tion/preser­va­tion, de­sign in con­text and her­itage trades­per­son. For more, visit hos­toric­trust.ca.

Cloth­ing do­na­tions

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.

Sun­day School

Hosted by The Fam­ily Wor­ship Cen­tre, Har­bour Grace, each week from 11 a.m. to noon. For more, con­tact Pas­tor Wally White (596-5426).

Cal­en­dar is a com­mu­nity ser­vice of­fered by The Com­pass to pro­vide non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions with space free-ofcharge to pro­mote their meet­ings and com­mu­nity events. We re­serve the right to edit out ticket prices, ad­mis­sion fees, and any other items we con­sider to be pre-paid ad­ver­tis­ing.

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.”

Or­dered cleanup

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.

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