Hearth Hill de­struc­tion rais­ing con­cerns for Bay de Verde mayor Com­mu­nity cal­en­dar

Ger­ard Mur­phy fears site may be­come en­vi­ron­men­tal eye­sore

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Some de­struc­tion on Hearth Hill in Bay de Verde has caused con­cern for res­i­dents and mem­bers of coun­cil alike.

Hearth Hill, a quarry in Bay de Verde that’s vis­i­ble along the main road upon en­ter­ing the small com­mu­nity, has seen some rock re­moval and blast­ing in re­cent days. The de­struc­tion has be­gun to ring some alarms for mem­bers of the coun­cil, in­clud­ing Mayor Ger­ard Mur­phy.

Mur­phy told The Com­pass he un­der­stood the work was be­ing done to col­lect ma­te­ri­als for con­tract work; how­ever, he said he is more con­cerned about the af­ter­math, rather than the de­struc­tion it­self.

“I un­der­stand that con­trac­tors need ma­te­ri­als and things like that. That’s not an is­sue at all,” Mur­phy said. “How­ever, I am con­cerned about the state of the site once they have what they need.

“Any­one coming to Bay de Verde from the main road can see this, and it would be a shame for the site to be left in a mess,” he said. “What would vis­i­tors think if that was one of the first things they saw when they come to the town?”

Mur­phy ex­plained the town had no is­sues with the ac­tual de­struc­tion, and that meet­ings and dis­cus­sions had been held pre­vi­ously on the sub­ject. How­ever, he noted that as mayor, he could not ig­nore some­thing he felt could po­ten­tially im­pact the com­mu­nity’s fu­ture.

“I’m not look­ing to im­pede con­tac­tors and their work, that’s not it at all,” Mur­phy added. “I just don’t wish to see this be­come an en­vi­ron­men­tal eye­sore. I’d like to see it prop­erly dealt with when they have what they need, if that’s pos­si­ble. Although I’m afraid that likely won’t be the case.”

Mur­phy said there is a set of safety reg­u­la­tions to be met once such projects are com­pleted, though he wasn’t con­vinced th­ese reg­u­la­tions would be enough to en­sure the site’s to­tal safety.

He noted one rule

Aug. 30

Faerie En­coun­ters

Have you ever won­dered what faeries are or where they come from? Join us and lo­cal sto­ry­tellers Den­nis Flynn, Sheila Power, Hu­bert Furey, Cliff Ge­orge and spe­cial guest Michael For­tune (via Skype) as we ex­plore the un­known. 7 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre. $10 at the door.

Sept. 3

Labour Day break­fast

At the Bay Roberts Le­gion from 8-11 a.m. $8 for adults, $5 for chil­dren.

Sept. 9 Jam Ses­sion

At the Bay Roberts Le­gion. Free event starts at 3 p.m.

Sept. 12 Steak night

stat­ing Bay Roberts Le­gion at 5 p.m.

Sept. 15

Anud­der Bit of Fool­ish­ness and a Mug Up

At the Cen­tral United Church Hall, Bay Roberts, on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, 2017, be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. There will be tra­di­tional NL mu­sic, skits, lo­cal per­form­ers, tou­tons, and more. Tick­ets are $12.00 and are avail­able at Bartlett’s Irv­ing, Water Street Va­ri­ety, or by call­ing the church of­fice at 786-3178. There will be a lim­ited num­ber of tick­ets avail­able at the door.

Sept. 23

Red Shoe Walk

that no holes on the site should be less than five me­tres deep; how­ever, Mur­phy thinks five me­tres could still po­ten­tially be dan­ger­ous to any­one walking Red Shoe Walk for Fam­i­lies Sept. 23 in New Har­bour, Trin­ity Bay. Walk will take place from the Com­mu­nity 5 Lion’s Club with reg­is­tra­tion at 10 a.m. and walk start­ing at 11 a.m. It will con­clude with hot dogs, cake and treats for ev­ery­one. Con­tact An­nette Bishop-Hig­don to get your spon­sor sheet and join in this fun event @ 582-3445(home) 6834343 (cell) or by e-mail­ing ahig­don@nlh.nl.ca.

Oct 1

Health foun­da­tion telethon

The Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion will hold its 28th an­nual Telethon Sun­day, Oct. 1 on EastLink TV Chan­nel 10 and Rogers TV sys­tems through­out the re­gion. For more in­for­ma­tion or to be­come in­volved call Don or Shelly at 945-5289. Help us help you with your do­na­tion.

Satur­day

Car­bon­ear Le­gion chase the ace

At the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Car­bon­ear, every Satur­day, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. with the draw tak­ing place at 9 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion call 596-3691.

Tues­day

New Hope Al-ANON

Meets every Tues­day 7:30 p.m. at the U-Turn Ad­dic­tions Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear, at 46 Pow­ell Drive. A 12-step re­cov­ery pro­gram for rel­a­tives and friends of al­co­holics.

Wed­nes­day

about the area should such a hole go un­marked.

“We’re re­vis­it­ing the same prob­lem we’ve had in the past. I’ve been mayor for many years,

NAR-ANON

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion NARANON Fam­ily Group of­fers a 12step pro­gram de­signed to help rel­a­tives and friends of ad­dicts re­cover from the ef­fects of their ad­dic­tion. We al­ways main­tain per­sonal anonymity. Meet­ings Wed­nes­day nights, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the U-Turn Ad­dic­tions Cen­tre, 46 Pow­ell Drive, in Car­bon­ear. For in­for­ma­tion, call 786-1797 af­ter 5 p.m.

Mu­seum and gallery

The Road to Yes­ter­day Mu­seum and the Christo­pher Pratt Gallery in the Ca­ble Build­ing, Water Street, Bay Roberts, will be open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m. July 3-Aug. 31. This sea­son we have new art­work by Mary Pratt, Ge­orge Nose­wor­thy, Gary Kennedy and other prom­i­nent artists, as well as up­dated mil­i­tary and phar­macy ex­hibits.

MIS­CEL­LA­NEOUS Di­a­betes Canada cloth­ing drop-offs

Does your chil­dren’s fash­ion sense change on a weekly ba­sis? Not sure what to do with your old cloth­ing? Do­nate your re­us­able cloth­ing and cloth items to Di­a­betes Canada’s re­us­able goods do­na­tion pro­gram. Drop your bagged items in our red cloth­ing do­na­tion bins lo­cated at: Drover’s Store in White­way, Gas Land in Old Per­li­can, Whit­bourne Food­land and Fresh­mart in Dildo. Call and I’ve seen sim­i­lar oc­ca­sions where con­trac­tors would leave a site once they were fin­ished, and we as a com­mu­nity would be left with an en­vi­ron­men­tal eye­sore,” said Mur­phy.

“I un­der­stand they have a job to do … but I am cer­tainly con­cerned about the fu­ture of the site, both for the com­mu­nity and for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mur­phy also thinks there was a dis­con­nect be­tween coun­cil and con­trac­tors in­volved re­gard­ing the bound­aries set out for the quarry and the de­struc­tion site.

He ex­plained that, some­where along the lines, a de­ci­sion was made to ex­pand the bound­aries of the quarry, ul­ti­mately giv­ing con­trac­tors more space to work. How­ever, Mur­phy fears the bound­aries are fur­ther than he orig­i­nally un­der­stood, and the dis­con­nect 1-800-505-5525 or visit de­clut­ter. di­a­betes.ca for more in­for­ma­tion. Your do­na­tion will make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the 11 mil­lion Cana­di­ans liv­ing with di­a­betes or pre­di­a­betes, while di­vert­ing items from land­fill.

Lit­er­acy

New­found­land and Labrador Laubach Lit­er­acy Coun­cil is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove read­ing, speak­ing and com­pre­hen­sion (in English) in a con­fi­den­tial and con­ve­nient way from home for FREE us­ing the TOTI Vir­tual Teach­ing he sus­pects may prove to be an is­sue in the fu­ture.

Now, Mur­phy hopes to see the bound­aries brought back to their orig­i­nal mea­sure­ments.

“If we as coun­cil missed some­thing, then that’s that, but we would like to have more of a grasp on what’s go­ing on over there,” added Mur­phy. “We don’t want to see the bound­aries made smaller, just to have them brought back to what they were. Sim­ple things like this can get very com­pli­cated pretty fast.”

De­struc­tion is still on­go­ing on Hearth Hill as of Fri­day, Aug. 25, and no end date was spec­i­fied. Mur­phy added he had no in­ten­tions of try­ing to put a stop to the project, and that he and coun­cil sim­ply hoped to have their con­cerns ad­dressed. pro­gram. Reg­is­tra­tion open across New­found­land and Labrador but spots are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion email laubach@ nf.aibn.com or call 709-634-5081.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Hearth Hill, a quarry in Bay de Verde, has be­come the site of some de­struc­tion re­cently.

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