Cheers & Jeers
CHEERS: To P.E.I. veterinarians Dr. David Condon and Dr. Jeanne Lofstedt who received awards during the annual meeting of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) which wrapped up in Charlottetown over the weekend. Condon, who grew up on a small farm on P.E.I., received the Small Animal Practitioner Award for his compassion towards the animals in his care and his dedication to the student veterinarians he mentors and supervises. Lofstedt, a native of South Africa, was honoured with a Life Membership to the CVMA for her significant contributions to veterinary profession worldwide.
JEERS: To officials with the RCMP Musical Ride who insist that riders wear wool uniforms during their summer performances. The heavy wool uniforms must have made riders hot and uncomfortable during weekend shows in Charlottetown as temperatures soared past the 25 C mark. Perhaps a cool cotton or some other fabric, which would look as formal, but give riders some comfort, is in order.
CHEERS: To the dozen Island forest firefighters who are leaving today to help with the serious wildfire situation in western Canada. The 12 Islanders will depart for British Columbia as part of a joint P.E.I./Newfoundland and Labrador fire team. Of those, 11 will be actively involved in fire suppression while the remaining member will serve as the Island’s liaison representative. P.E.I.’s Forest Weather Index is currently high due to recent dry weather — all burning permits are suspended until conditions improve. The majority of the Island’s forest firefighters are still in the province should they be needed.
CHEERS: The City of Charlottetown, which recently installed a plaque to recognize the former home of Don Messer for his contribution and presence in the community. Don Messer and His Islanders became the most popular television show on the CBC next to Hockey Night In Canada. Messer was born in New Brunswick moved to Prince Edward Island in 1939 to work at CFCY Radio and formed the group, Don Messer and the Islanders. The home at 15 Belmont Street was originally constructed in 1950. Don Messer purchased this home in 1960 and lived there for several years. The Don Messer House is currently owned by Melvin and Debbie Ramsay.
CHEERS: To the new Growler Station at the Gateway P.E.I. Liquor retail store in Borden-Carleton which is to help highlight Island beer producers. The Growler Station is a state-of-the art pouring station that features local breweries such as Moth Lane, P.E.I. Brewing Company, Gahan House, Upstreet Brewery and Barnone.