Reminder to attend Municipal Election in Clyde River: At 7:00 PM on Monday, November 3rd, Clyde River will join communities across PEI holding municipal elections. Six councillors and a chairperson will be elected at a Special Election meeting being held at the Riverview Community Centre – 718 Clyde River Rd. This Council is being elected to a four-year term.

All eligible residents are encouraged to consider offering to better their community as a council member or to attend the meeting and participate in the election process. As the saying goes, “Decisions are made by those who show up.”

Like many small communities, Clyde River elects municipal representatives during a Special Election meeting. Candidates must be present at the meeting or submit a signed document stating they are willing to be nominated and stand for election. Candidates are nominated from the floor by eligible voters and voting takes place shortly afterwards. The election results are announced following the vote count. The entire process takes about 2 hours.

To be eligible to run for municipal office, you must be:
• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of your municipality for no less than one year preceding the nomination date.

To vote in the election in your municipality, you must be:
• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of the municipality for the past six months.

For more information visit: http://www.municipalelectionspei.ca or contact Administrator – Bruce Brine 675-4747 or clyderiver.cic.@pei.sympatico.ca

An enthusiastic group of history buffs attended yesterday’s event, heritage photos in hand, and they are already asking when we can have a similar event again. Pictures and memories were flowing with interesting surprises. As you can imagine, in a close-knit community, one family often has photos of other families from the community or school events. Joyful laughter could be heard throughout the afternoon. Many are planning to find more family albums and bring them back to be digitized.

Here are a few highlights of what we have in our collection of photos and artifacts so far:

Photo Collections: We already have an extensive collection of multi-generation family photos, including several tintype photos, with many more collections to come.

  • Beer Family (Hilda Beer & Donald Hector MacKenzie Collections)
  • Boyle Family (Annie Boyle Collection)
  • Cameron Family (Elizabeth Cameron Collection)
  • Darrach Family (Donald Hector MacKenzie, John Darrach & Hilda Beer Collections)
  • Dixon Family (Hilda Colodey and Alex & Mack Dixon Collection)
  • Livingstone Family – Baltic Road – (Elizabeth Osborne Collection)
  • MacLean Family of Meadowbank (MacLean & Beer Collection)
  • MacLean Family of Meadowbank & Clyde River (Jean MacLean Collection)
  • Waller Family (Bill Waller Collection)
  • Clyde River School – Classroom photos from early to mid 190os
  • Photos collected from families when History & Stories of Clyde River was researched/written
  • General photos featuring Charlottetown and other parts of the Island
  • War photography (Beer, Darrach & Jean MacLean Collections)
  • Clyde River Women’s Institute (Beer Collection)
  • Clyde River 4-H Club (Beer Collection)
  • Clyde River Mills (Dixon, Scott & Beer Collections)
  • L.M. Montgomery Portrait (Darrach Collection)
  • Charlottetown Waterworks (Darrach Collection)

Digitizing photos is a wonderful way for small photos to come to life and to share memories with other members of your family and with your community. Each donor will receive digital versions of their photos to share. We accept photo album donations for our archives, we can arrange a time to visit you to digitize photos from your albums, you can email us digital photos or you can take them along to a future event. The most important thing is history is captured. The benefit of sharing with the community is all the contributions together show a rich historical picture of earlier times.


  • Gaelic Bible from 1830s of Mary Ann (MacDougall) Darrach
  • Autograph book from 1930s
  • Ina Beer Darrach diary from 1902
  • Framed family photo of John Darrach (grandson of Duncan Darrach) and children
  • Miller MacFadyen book of poetry
  • Two account books from Berrigan’s store in Dunedin
  • Items from Matheson’s Store
  • Clyde River School bell
  • Letters from early 1900s
  • WWI Soldier Lee Darrach’s letters home

Historical contributions:

  • Eric MacPhail’s self-published book of photos and stories of the MacPhail family

There are more photo and artifact collections that have been identified. If you would like to contribute to this important historical collection, please contact any of the following:

Vivian Beer – 902-569-8665 or vivian@eastlink.ca
Bruce Brine – 902-675-4747
Sandra Cameron – 902-675-3154
Hilda Colodey – 902-675-3171

Note: If I have missed any details, let me know and I will update article – vivian@eastlink.ca

New faces in the crowd

Pancake Breakfast

The Friends of Clyde River are planning another pancake breakfast this Fall on November 16th, and we are looking for volunteers. There will be an organizing meeting this coming Monday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre.
The purpose of the organizing meeting is to bring together community members who are willing to help out with the event. Our hope is to spread responsibilities around, so that many folks have manageable, specific jobs and no one is asked to take on too large a role. We will need volunteers to help out in the kitchen, in the dining room and at the door. We will also need help ahead of time with publicity, ticket sales or donations. Our goal is to have everyone who wants to help to find something they are comfortable with. Thelma Gillespie will once again provide great leadership to the volunteers in the kitchen.

The #1 purpose of the breakfast is to bring people together in fellowship for some good food and conversation.

Please do what you can to spread the word to your personal network and consider how you and your family can participate.

We encourage all volunteers to attend on Monday evening, so we can ensure we have a great team in preparing for this event. If you have any questions, please email Bruce Brine at clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca.

Horse and wagon

Where was this photo taken? And who is in the photo? Attend on Saturday and find out.

Seniors from Clyde River and surrounding communities and those with connections to the community are invited to attend the second Capturing Collective Memories Event at Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River on Saturday, October 25th, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

The focus of our next event will be on “Clyde River’s Heritage Photo Collection”. We invite you to take along old family albums or individual heritage photos ranging from the early 1900s to 1960s which were taken within Clyde River or surrounding communities, of present or former Clyde River residents, or taken by Clyde River folks during travels to other parts of the Island, other provinces or countries.

We have a goal to have the largest inventory of digitized heritage photos of any community in PEI.

Since we first announced the event two weeks, our updated total is now over 800 digital photos scanned from family and community albums.

Saturday’s event will be entertaining…

  • In one room, we will feature 150 select photos projected on a screen and will be asking the audience to offer clues and stories about the photographs – a sort of “Historical I-Spy” game. These photos are a rich historical treasure for our community and for PEI. Also, we know some could be reproduced into beautiful paintings, so we invite any artists to come along to check them out.
  • In the other room, we will focus on taking digital photos of album photos and individual photos that you bring along. Select digital photos will be reproduced on high quality stock paper and featured in revolving photo exhibitions at the Riverview Community Centre and in heritage albums on our Clyde River website. As a contributor, you will receive your own digitized photos that you can share with your family.
  • Refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions leading up to the event, please contact Vivian Beer at 902-569-8665 or email vivian@eastlink.ca or other committee members: Sandra Cameron, Hilda Colodey or Bruce Brine.

For those who are unable to attend or part of our larger website audience living in other places, please send digital heritage photos or photo albums to Vivian Beer, contact vivian@eastlink.ca. Let’s bring these photos home to Clyde River for all of us to enjoy and for future generations.

This project, “Capturing Collective Memories from Seniors” is made possible with funding from New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada.

Refreshments will be served at this event.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 11.28.08 AMThe Clyde River Women’s Institute is sponsoring a Bingo Night at APM Centre on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and they encourage families to come out to enjoy the evening. There are many great prizes! You can purchase tickets at the door or in advance from any W.I. member.

The tickets are $10 which includes a pad of 13 pages with 4 bingo cards per page. There will also be a 50/50 bingo card, dabbers for sale and a raffle draw.

The perennial bed was filled with leaves but after they were taken away the flowers looked healthy. Here Maggie Cameron and Shirley Farrar help Vans. Donna Woodside made the final touches.

We invite community volunteers to join together for Clean Up time at Murchison Place Park this coming Saturday, 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is great fun and good exercise. It is a great chance to enjoy this beautiful place at the end of the season. Refreshments provided.

The Clyde River Community Council has received information about a major funding program available through the province of PEI. The Gas Tax Fund provides money to Island communities for capital infrastructure projects. Clyde River plans to participate and can receive approximately $70,000 over the next 5 years. Before moving forward on project proposals, the Clyde River Community Council is seeking input from residents. Everyone is invited to a public meeting to receive more information on the funding program and to begin discussing potential project ideas.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 16th at the Riverview Community Centre. For more information contact Bruce Brine at clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca or 675-4747.


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