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Rev. Steven Stead and his daughter Sadie added their first children’s story to YouTube today. They make a great team. Gather the children around and watch. Maybe you will want to try out this experiment as well. Steven and Sadie hope to feature one each Wednesday. They warn us that next week’s experiment will be a lot messier. Make sure to subscribe to the Central Parish YouTube channel, so you don’t miss their entertaining and thoughtful messages.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, ones that we could not have imagined just a few short weeks ago. Rev. Steven Stead, Pastor of the Central Parish Presbyterian Charge, which includes Clyde River and Canoe Cove churches, has risen to the challenge to minister online to his congregation at a time when feeling part of a community is vital. Even though people can’t meet together in a physical place of worship, we are fortunate to have technology where we can connect via the internet.

Central Parish has set up its own YouTube Channel which you can subscribe to here and be alerted when a new video is added. Steven has posted his first service in two parts which we have embedded below for viewing on our site, or you can click on video to watch on YouTube. Of course, he adds a little humour at the beginning when he explains the solution he came up with to alleviate his awkwardness of preaching to an empty church. Music is provided by their praise team called Revelation.

On behalf of the community, thank you, Steven, for being a good sport and moving outside your comfort zone to continue your important ministry at a time when we need your spiritual guidance, and humour, too. We have a large website audience, so your ministry will reach not only Clyde River and Canoe Cove but many other communities across Canada, the United States and around the world. COVID-19 knows no boundaries; neither does God’s love nor the ability for us to come together.

We invite viewers to leave a comment below to let us know what part of the world you are watching from and how you are getting along. We encourage you to share this link with your family and friends. If you would like to reach out to Rev. Steven Stead, you can email him at steven.stead@hotmail.com.

Part 1: March 22, 2020:

The Senior’s Lunch & Learn originally scheduled for March 18th will be postponed until April. Please check back here for updates.

The Rural Municipality of Clyde River welcomes residents and property owners of Clyde River to a public meeting at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The agenda will include a presentation on emergency assistance available to municipalities from the Canadian Red Cross and the opportunity to view and provide input on the Municipality’s draft budget for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

Our third and final lecture for 2020 will take place this coming Saturday. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Olive Bryenton, Ph.D. – Pioneers in Aging

Olive Bryanton, Ph.D. (Guardian Photo)

Combining her lifelong interest in older adults and lifelong learning, Olive graduated with her PhD in Educational Studies at UPEI in May 2019. Her study topic was “Pioneers in Aging: Women Age 85 and Older Living in Rural Prince Edward Island.” Olive will talk about the 10 women in her study and their experiences and continued contributions to rural communities. Because these women consented to participate in her study knowing they would not be anonymous, she has their permission to make them visible. By telling some of their stories we will learn why we are fortunate to have these “pioneers in aging” living in our communities and how their voices contributed to a new program for older adults living in this province.

Olive Bryanton grew up and spent the early part of her married life in Malpeque and Summerside. She spent most of her life in Hampshire, where she and her husband Harold raised their five children. Olive began her university educational journey as a mature student and continued her studies into older adulthood.


Our lecture series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. This presentation is followed by refreshments. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.

Maritime Electric is proposing upgrades to electrical infrastructure in our area. They sent the following letter to residents on February 10th with details and an announcement of an upcoming public meeting:

Dear Customer:

Maritime Electric is proposing the construction of a 138 kV transmission line from Maple Plains to a new substation in Clyde River to accommodate electrical load growth and improve the reliability for our customers in the area.

Maritime Electric is holding a public information session to describe the proposed project, including the route options, substation location, environmental aspects and reasons why this project is necessary. Company representatives will be present to discuss the proposed project and answer any questions.

Public Information Session:

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 (Storm date: Wed. Feb. 26, 4-7 p.m.)

Time: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 1475 Route 13, Kelly’s Cross

The map [below] shows the proposed location for the new substation and route options for the transmission line.

If you have any questions about the proposed project,
please contact us:

Tel: 1-800-670-1012
Email: customerservice@maritimeelectric.com.

Yours truly,

Enrique Riveroll, Vice President, Customer Service

Map showing proposed substation and route options

Saturday, February 8th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Gary MacDougall, The News Media: A work in progress

Gary’s talk will touch on a history of the Charlottetown Guardian; the issue of fake news, then and now; and a look at the impact social media plays in our news consumption. Gary will also discuss some of the more unusual questions he fielded during his time serving as managing editor of The Guardian.

Gary MacDougall

Gary MacDougall is a retired P.E.I. journalist. He had a 47-year career in the newspaper industry, with over 20 of those years serving as managing editor of the Charlottetown Guardian. In 2017, he received an Atlantic Canada Journalism Award in the Lifetime Achievement Category. In 2013, MacDougall was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to journalism on Prince Edward Island. He has recently published his second book, “Wayne Gray: A Man of Vision.” His first book, “Forbie,” was published in 2018 and has become an Atlantic Canada best seller. MacDougall and his wife, Ola, live in Cornwall, P.E.I. They have two sons and four grandchildren.


The Clyde River Lecture Series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. All presentations will be followed by refreshments and a social time. These events are a great chance to get out in the winter to learn about and discuss our interesting local history. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.