Ox­ford’s end­ings and be­gin­nings

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Ruthie Pa­triquin is the com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the Town of Ox­ford.

Town coun­cil­lor needed

Due to the res­ig­na­tion of Tom Kay, Ox­ford is short one town coun­cil­lor, re­sult­ing in a call for nominations that was posted on Dec. 17. De­tails are on the town web­site.

The Town of Ox­ford will have Shel­ley Hoeg as the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer. Should an elec­tion be re­quired, it is sched­uled for Feb. 2, 2019. Are you on the vot­ers list?

Lead­er­ship changes

At the De­cem­ber 2018 coun­cil meet­ing, Tru­man Rush­ton and Ken Hick­man were of­fi­cially sworn in as the Ox­ford Fire De­part­ment’s fire chief and deputy chief, re­spec­tively. At the same meet­ing, Coun. Rick Draper was named deputy mayor for a oneyear term. Tom Kay had pre­vi­ously held this po­si­tion. See town coun­cil meet­ing agenda pack­ages and min­utes which are posted on the town’s web­site to keep up to date on what’s hap­pen­ing with Town of Ox­ford coun­cil and staff.

Con­grat­u­la­tions

OREC Grade 6 stu­dent, Maryn Smith, was the 2018 na­tional im­mu­niza­tion poster win­ner for Nova Sco­tia. This con­test is bian­nu­ally spon­sored by Im­mu­nize Canada to pro­mote im­mu­niza­tion for good health. Con­grat­u­la­tions Maryn!

Sup­port for small busi­nesses

Are you think­ing of start­ing a small busi­ness or do you have a busi­ness idea that you’d like to pur­sue but need more in­for­ma­tion? Reg­is­ter for the Busi­ness Start-Up in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to be held in Ox­ford on the evening of Jan. 16. The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Corp. (Cum­ber­land), Carys Wood, will be the pre­sen­ter. This free event is part of the Small Busi­ness Su­per Se­ries spon­sored by the Town of Ox­ford (Com­mu­nity Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment) and the Cum­ber­land Busi­ness Con­nec­tor. The Feb. 20 ses­sion in the se­ries is on so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing. Matthew Guy of Luma Me­dia will be the pre­sen­ter. Space is lim­ited and pre­reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for both ses­sions. Any­one in Cum­ber­land County may reg­is­ter. More de­tails are avail­able on the town’s of­fi­cial Face­book page, the Town of Ox­ford web­site, town hall, the Ox­ford Li­brary or by con­tact­ing me. If there are other top­ics that you would like to see cov­ered in a March ses­sion, we may be able to sched­ule an ad­di­tional one.

Did you know?

The Ox­ford Le­gion Branch # 36 wel­comes ev­ery­one to drop in on Fri­day evenings, be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. to so­cial­ize, play darts or pool, or just re­lax. The branch is at 74 Jack­son St. The le­gion stresses it’s “here for the com­mu­nity” and you do not have to be a mem­ber to par­tic­i­pate in the Fri­day night so­cial.

The Ox­ford Li­brary hosts a free monthly book club (sign up with the li­brar­ian), and a stitch­ery group (drop in) for adults, as well as var­i­ous pro­grams for chil­dren and youth.

The Ox­ford Walk­ing Club in­vites you to walk with them ev­ery Mon­day at 6 p.m.

The Ox­ford Cap­i­tal The­atre hosts bi-weekly mu­si­cal jam nights (Jan. 18 is the next one). Do­na­tions at the door are wel­come.

You can bring your hel­met (or bor­row one) and at­tend town­spon­sored free pub­lic skates at the arena on Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days (thanks to gen­er­ous do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions).

Snow­shoes and poles may be bor­rowed free of charge from the town’s recre­ation de­part­ment.

The Ox­ford Pioneer Her­itage Club of­fers pub­lic card games.

These are just some of the many op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in Ox­ford. Check out the com­mu­nity cal­en­dars for more de­tails and to learn about ad­di­tional events.

Vol­un­teers to as­sist with tax re­turns

Or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ox­ford are en­cour­aged to con­sider host­ing a free tax clinic. Many peo­ple can­not do their own tax re­turns and some can­not af­ford to pay to have it done. This means they miss out on ben­e­fits and cred­its to which they are en­ti­tled. Canada Rev­enue Agency will as­sist or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­vide these clin­ics. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out www.canada.ca/taxes-vol­un­teer. Sum­mer Em­ploy­ment grants Busi­nesses and not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions need­ing ex­tra help this sum­mer may want to in­ves­ti­gate one of these Sum­mer Em­ploy­ment grants to see if they are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for fund­ing as­sis­tance:

https://www.canada.ca/…/ ser…/fund­ing/canada-sum­mer­jobs.html

https://no­vas­co­tia.ca/prog…/ stu­dent-sum­mer-skills-in­cen­tive/

Please note the Jan­uary dead­lines.

Work­ing to­gether to pro­mote events

Have you thought about all the ben­e­fits of pro­mot­ing your events? We’re call­ing on or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ox­ford to start the new year by send­ing your event no­tices to the town well in ad­vance of the event date. Whether you feel you need our ex­tra help with pro­mo­tion or not, by ad­ver­tis­ing in the pa­per com­mu­nity cal­en­dar and the town web­site’s com­mu­nity events cal­en­dar you help the pub­lic, tourists, and oth­ers to see all the great op­por­tu­ni­ties Ox­ford has to of­fer which has po­ten­tial to in­crease tourism, up at­ten­dance at events and pos­si­bly add to the num­bers in­ter­ested in join­ing and/or vol­un­teer­ing with your or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­for­mal group or com­mit­tee. In ad­di­tion, when all or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ox­ford ad­ver­tise in one cen­tral cal­en­dar and make a habit of check­ing that cal­en­dar in ad­vance of sched­ul­ing events, there is less chance of dou­ble book­ing dates.

Ruthie Pa­triquin

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