Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

CHEERS: To all who helped make the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val a huge suc­cess — again. De­spite a some­what omi­nous fore­cast, the weath­er­man co-op­er­ated nicely and big, ap­pre­cia­tive crowds were on hand for the three days of coun­try mu­sic, high­lighted by three-time Grammy-win­ners Zac Brown Band on Sun­day night. RCMP were out in force and laid a small num­ber of drink­ing and driv­ing and liquor-re­lated charges. Po­lice were happy to re­port that traf­fic moved seam­lessly in and out of the venue park­ing lots with­out any is­sue go­ing into Sun­day’s fi­nal day.

JEERS: To Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Paula Big­gar and her crew for the mess they left on the road lead­ing to Bloom­ing Point Beach. High­way crews re­placed an old bridge along the un­paved road and the bridge work has long been com­pleted. But the road on ei­ther side of the new bridge has been left as a rut-filled, hilly, dan­ger­ous dis­as­ter. Not the best way to show off our beau­ti­ful beaches for the hun­dreds of Is­landers and vis­i­tors alike who use the pop­u­lar beach.

CHEERS: To 13-year-old Pa­trick Mur­phy, a P.E.I. Chil­dren’s Wish Child who got to ex­pe­ri­ence the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time as he was made “Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer for a Day” aboard the HMCS Char­lot­te­town. Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the 15th an­nual “HMCS Run for Wishes” cam­paign, HMCS Char­lot­te­town was docked at the Char­lot­te­town wa­ter­front un­til July 3 as part of Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions. The ship departed for Hal­i­fax with Pa­trick at the helm — ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily. Com­man­der Jeff Hutt heard about Pa­trick’s wish to re­ceive a cata­ma­ran from Chil­dren’s Wish, the choice that came out of his love for sail­ing and be­ing on the wa­ter. Hutt of­fered to or­ga­nize this op­por­tu­nity for the ac­tive Sea Cadet.

CHEERS: To Krista Shaw who is step­ping down af­ter al­most 10 years as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Boys & Girls Club of Char­lot­te­town and Mon­tague. Callen Cud­more, the club’s di­rec­tor of pro­gram­ming will be step­ping into the act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor role. One of the club’s big­gest fundrais­ers is com­ing up July 21 with the 23rd an­nual Celebrity Golf and En­ter­tain­ment Clas­sic where 36 celebrity guests from through­out the world of sports and en­ter­tain­ment will help form 36 four­somes for the event at Fox Meadow.

CHEERS: To Mary O’Don­nell, nom­i­nated by stu­dents, par­ents and school staff from Ver­non River Con­sol­i­dated School, who re­ceived one of two 2017 School Bus Driver of the Year Awards. The Prince Ed­ward Is­land Home and School Fed­er­a­tion presents the an­nual awards to rec­og­nize the im­por­tant role bus drivers play in the lives of chil­dren each day. O’Don­nell is known for her kind­ness, care and re­spect for the stu­dents who ride on her bus.

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