$14,000 boost

IOOF Hall gets new life with new roof, re­pairs

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

Coun. Andy Thomp­son is a firm be­liever in the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity cen­tres to ru­ral peo­ple.

“For me, those com­mu­nity build­ings — es­pe­cially in the re­mote ar­eas of Pic­tou County — are ex­tremely im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity. That’s where they hold all their events,” said the county coun­cil­lor.

That’s why he’s happy to see a re­cent project to re­pair the roof, gut­ters and fas­cia boards at the IOOF Hall in Sunny Brae has been com­pleted.

The roughly $14,000 project was paid for with money from the com­mu­nity, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment as well as the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Pic­tou County.

For a build­ing that was ag­ing and badly in need of re­pairs, it adds se­cu­rity for the fu­ture and helps pro­tect it from dam­age.

“The com­mu­nity is quite happy about it,” he said. “They’re look­ing to do more work to the build­ing.”

In the fu­ture, Thomp­son said he’d like to see more projects like this go ahead, par­tic­u­larly ones that will make com­mu­nity cen­tres in the county more ac­ces­si­ble for el­derly peo­ple and those with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

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