Oxford’s endings and beginnings
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?
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.
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:
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.