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There will be a public meeting at Riverview Community Centre on Thursday, December 12th to discuss a proposal regarding Bulk Carriers Expansion on Bannockburn Road. All residents and property owners are welcome to attend.

Clyde River’s New Aerial View

Flying into PEI on Sunday, Air Canada took a convenient flight path over Clyde River, so I took full advantage by capturing some shots of the community’s latest aerial view that feature the new bypass highway. Click to enlarge photos.

 

Clyde River Council will host its second Seniors’ Lunch & Learn event on Friday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. with a presentation by RCMP Cst. Gavin Moore entitled “Be Scam Savvy”.  He will address the unsolicited and all-too-common phone and computer messages that can be annoying, intrusive and possibly a threat to personal security. All are welcome. Please register for lunch by December 4th by emailing administrator@clyderiverpei.com or calling 902-394-2846. If a storm date is required, it would be December 9th, 11:00 a.m. The presentation will take place at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road. We thank PEI Seniors’ Secretariat and the Clyde River W.I. for their assistance in making this series possible.

The first in the series of Seniors’ Lunch & Learn events was a great success with 40+ in attendance. Ellen Dixon offered advice on Working the Kinks Out. After the session, guests enjoyed some hot Chili.

Mark your calendars for the second in the series which will be Friday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. when RCMP Constable Gavin Moore will talk about phone scams, computer fraud and related topics. More details will follow in a reminder.

This series is hosted by Clyde River Council with assistance from the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat and the Clyde River W.I. Each event includes a presentation on a topic related to health, recreation or safety, tailored to those 50+ and is followed by a hot lunch. The sessions are free and they take place at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road.

The following story appeared on CBC Prince Edward Island site on November 11th. We have reprinted it here with their permission. We are pleased to feature this story of Jean MacLean who lived for many years in Clyde River and now lives in Meadowbank but stays very involved in our community activities. We look forward to reading the published book in 2020.

Author Katherine Dewar and Jean MacLean look through a photo album to stir memories. (Isabella Zavarise/CBC)

A P.E.I. author has been collecting the untold stories of Canadian women who served in the Second World War.

Katherine Dewar began working on her latest book about two years ago. While the book is still a work in progress, Dewar hopes it will preserve the legacies of the many women who were part of the war effort.

“They’ve got absolutely amazing stories, these women, and they’re all so brave, they’re all so laid-back,” Dewar said.

“I guess I know why they lived to 95 and 97. Nothing seemed to bother them. They took it in stride.”

The stories include women rescued from the Mediterranean Sea after their ship was sunk by torpedoes and women who served on the battlefields of Europe.

Among the stories Dewar has collected is that of Jean MacLean, who served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS or commonly referred to as “Wrens”) in Halifax.

MacLean, now 95, told Dewar she liked the camaraderie with her fellow Wrens. There were some women whose mothers had done everything for them, even washing their stockings. MacLean said the war taught them to be self-sufficient.

MacLean said her time in the military made her become used to what was available. She said they were given orders and did what they were told. When the war ended and women returned to civilian life, MacLean said it impacted how they were able to live their lives.

“They were just so used to someone telling them what to do,” MacLean said.

After meeting her husband while stationed in Halifax, MacLean moved to the island in 1945.

Jean and husband Harvey on their wedding day in Halifax. (Submitted by Katherine Dewar)

“I wasn’t used to anything with boats or fishing, or anything like that,” said MacLean, who grew up in Ontario and has lived in Meadowbank, P.E.I., since leaving the war.

Her Wrens uniform is on display in a museum in Kensington, P.E.I.

Dewar said the stories in her book have a common theme of women who weren’t afraid of adventure and didn’t seem to be rattled by what was going on around them.

One Island woman told her about living in military barracks where 60 women shared one bathroom. She said the woman told her she thought it was “paradise” because it had running water, power, a telephone and a washing machine.

“She had come from rural P.E.I. where they never had any of those things, so she thought life was good,” Dewar said.

When she began her research, Dewar was in contact with 17 women ranging in age between 95 and 104. While working on the book, she said nine have died.

Of 11 women she interviewed, she said four had boyfriends that were killed during wartime.

“Some of these stories are very, very sad, too,” Dewar said.

She hopes to have the book ready for publishing sometime in 2020.

Dewar has written other books, including Those Splendid Girls and Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine.

Article written by Isabella Zavarise, CBC.

Many of you will recall last year we featured 32 transcribed letters from The Great War that former Clyde River resident Lee Grant Darrach (1882-1953) wrote to his brother in Boston. Further to publishing these documents, Alan Buchanan was engaged to read each of the letters which was recorded by Perry Williams, Virtual Studios Creative Digital Media. These recordings certainly bring to life the gripping reality of the War that Lee experienced. To listen to Alan’s reading of each of the letters, click here or on the photo, scroll down and click play on each of the 32 audio files appearing just underneath each title. You can read along as you listen. We commemorate Remembrance Day 2019 by sharing these audio letters. This project was managed and supported by the Clyde River History Committee. We once again thank the Darrach family for sharing these letters.

With assistance from the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat and the Clyde River W.I., Clyde River Council is hosting a series of Seniors Lunch and Learn events at the Riverview Community Centre over the next few months. Each event will involve a presentation on a topic related to health, recreation or safety and tailored to the 50+ age bracket. The event will be followed by a hot lunch. The sessions are free. Organizers ask that if you plan to attend to please leave a message at 902-626-8668 or administrator@clyderiverpei.com so they know how much food to prepare.

The first event in the series will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, when physiotherapist Ellen Dixon will discuss how physio can possibly ease the aches and pains that sometimes accompany the golden years entitled “Working the Kinks Out.” All are welcome to attend.