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Hurricane Dorian – Daily Provincial Recovery Update for Municipalities

Situation: 

As of 1:30 pm, 7,061 Maritime Electric customers on the Island remain without power.  Maritime Electric’s most recent status update is provided here:

Status Update – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – We made progress yesterday on some of the areas hardest hit by Dorian. The weather made work challenging at times and caused some fluctuating outages. We restored power to approximately 2,800 customers yesterday and there are 73 crews out working again today to restore power

We deployed a helicopter again this morning to double-check certain lines for more damage due to the weather we had yesterday. We found a few additional trees on lines during this aerial inspection, which some crews are working on now.

To report an outage or downed line, please call 1-800-670-1012 or report online.

As of 11:00 am Thursday, Summerside Electric has approximately 130 customers without power.  The utility expects all those customers without building damage will be restored before the weekend.

Reception Centres

Municipalities reporting their buildings are now open for regular operations during normal business hours.

In addition, as of 10 am today, there are 2 reception centres open:

Lot 11 Community Hall 82 Milligan’s Wharf Road 0800-1600 hrs
Resort Municipality 7591 Cawnpore Lane (Cavendish VIC) 0900-1700 hrs
Tignish Fire Hall (if required) 241 Church Street 1500-1900 hrs
Tyne Valley Fire Hall 7078 Route 12 1100-2300 hrs

REMEMBER TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

If you know of a neighbour who is vulnerable and without power, please check on them to make sure they are ok.

Food Banks

Government has provided funds to Island food banks so that any resident affected by Hurricane Dorian can avail themselves of the excellent food they provide.  Residents affected by Hurricane Dorian are encouraged to use this service when they are in need of food.

The Island Helpline

Residents who would like assistance dealing with anxiety or stress at this time may contact The Island Helpline for support.  The Island Helpline provides free, confidential emotional support and crisis intervention to Islanders of all ages.   Contact them at 1-800-218-2885 or visit their website at https://www.theislandhelpline.com/

Food and Fire Safety

Please refer to this information sheet for important food and fire safety information.

Debris Removal

Provincial road crews have been working diligently since Saturday to clear trees, branches and other debris from roads to ensure driver safety.

After debris removal from the roads is complete, provincial crews will assist with curbside debris pick-up from homes and businesses over the next few weeks.

Yard/tree debris must be bundled and placed near the road following Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) cleanup guidelines.

  • Twigs and branches should be bundled, tied and set out near the road
  • Make sure debris does not block traffic or pedestrian access
  • Each item (or bundle) must be less than 50 lb. and be 4 ft. or less in length
  • Do not use plastic bags, feed bags, or cardboard boxes for cleanup material

Yard/tree debris will not be collected with compost cart collection, but only through this special storm cleanup effort.  Regular compost collection will be limited to household organics only during this period.

Twigs, branches and storm debris can also be taken free of charge to any IWMC Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers until Saturday, September 21, 2019. Effective Wednesday, September 11, all drop-off centres will be open extended hours (8 am-4:30 pm – Monday through Saturday) until September 21.  Bulk loads do not need to be bagged or tied.

Visit Island Waste Management Corporation(link is external) for drop-off site locations. Some sites currently do not have power and these locations will remain closed until services are restored.  IWMC’s website will be updated as drop-off sites re-open.

Charlottetown and Summerside also have debris collection plans in place for their residents, however, residents are still welcome to drop-off debris at IWMC sites.

Municipalities or businesses with large loads of debris should contact IWMC directly to arrange a drop-off.

Road Closures

Please check 511 (by phone or online) for the latest information on road closures in your area.

Please remember, updates are also available through Island media outlets and on @peipublicsafety on Facebook and Twitter.

The PEI Emergency Measures Organization (PEI EMO) has asked local municipalities to post these daily updates.

Hurricane Dorian impacted PEI Saturday and overnight into Sunday. All areas of the Province were impacted by tropical force or hurricane force winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Many Islanders are experiencing a prolonged power outage as well as communications issues.

TODAY’S UPDATES:

REMEMBER TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

If you know of a neighbour who is vulnerable and without power, please check on them to make sure they are ok.

Maritime Electric

As of September 11th at 10 am, Maritime Electric indicated there are 13346 customers without power. They continue to work to repair the damage.

Reception Centres

As of 10 am today, reception centres that have checked in with PEI EMO are:

North Shore Community Center 2120 Route 25
Murray River Community Hall 1084 Macinnis St
Cardigan Fire Hall 358 Shore Raod
Lower Montague Community Centre 179 Lower Mont Road
Milton Community Hall 78 New Glasgow Rd. Rte 224
Borden Carleton Arena 246 Main St.
Kensington Murray Christian Centre 15 School St
Lot 11 Community Hall 82 Milligan’s Wharf Road
Miscouche Fire Hall 15 Main St
St. Nicholas 3866 Rt 11
Resort Municipality 7591 Cawnpore Lane,
Cavendish VIC)

REMINDERS

Food and Fire Safety

Please refer to this information sheet for important food and fire safety information.

Debris Collection

Provincial road crews will be assisting in debris collection, once they have finished clearing Island roads and sidewalks. Residents are asked to bundle their debris and place it near the road, but not on the road. Keep safety in mind.

Road Closures

Please check 511 (by phone or online) for the latest information on road closures in your area. Please remember, updates are also available through Island media outlets and on @peipublicsafety on Facebook and Twitter.

Debris Removal after Storm: 

Provincial road crews have been working diligently since Saturday to clear trees, branches and other debris from roads to ensure driver safety.

After debris removal from the roads is complete, provincial crews will assist with curbside debris pick-up from homes and businesses over the next few weeks.

Yard/tree debris must be bundled and placed near the road following Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) cleanup guidelines.

  • Twigs and branches should be bundled, tied and set out near the road
  • Make sure debris does not block traffic or pedestrian access
  • Each item (or bundle) must be less than 50 lb. and be 4 ft. or less in length
  • Do not use plastic bags, feed bags, or cardboard boxes for cleanup material

Yard/tree debris will not be collected with compost cart collection, but only through this special storm cleanup effort.

Regular compost collection will be limited to household organics only during this period.

Twigs, branches and storm debris can also be taken free of charge to any IWMC Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers until Saturday, September 21, 2019. Effective Wednesday, September 11, all drop-off centres will be open extended hours

(8am-4:30pm – Monday through Saturday) until September 21. Bulk loads do not need to be bagged or tied.

Visit Island Waste Management Corporation for drop-off site locations. Some sites currently do not have power and these locations will remain closed until services are restored. IWMC’s website will be updated as drop-off sites reopen.

Charlottetown and Summerside also have debris collection plans in place for their residents, however residents are still welcome to drop-off debris at IWMC sites.

Municipalities or businesses with large loads of debris should contact IWMC directly to arrange drop-off.

McArthur Family Cemetery

At our Cemeteries History Circle this past Saturday, the McArthur Family Cemetery in Churchill was mentioned quite a few times. Many commented that most would not know it existed. A few of us from the Clyde River History Committee decided to explore it this week and feature it on our site. We welcome anyone with knowledge of the cemetery to connect with us to ensure that this sacred space is not forgotten. As we receive more details, we will update this article. We would love to hear stories about the people buried here so we can add brief bios. Please feel free to use comments section below or email clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

McArthur Family Cemetery

There is no signage. It is the second laneway to the left off Peters Road in Churchill. You will know the path as there are deep tracks leading up through the forest, making it necessary to leave our vehicle and walk approx. 200 metres. We thought the cemetery would be overgrown, but we were pleased to see it was recently cleared, so we had easy access to view stones. Jean and Sharon McLean gave us a list in advance with names that they were able to identify from viewing stones a few years ago. So further to what you will find on Historic Places here, the following is the Mclean list of identified names and details. The photos are from our visit this week.

The first stone in McArthur Family Cemetery remembers Donald and Christy’s five children who died of Diphtheria

Children of Donald and Christy McArthur were the first to be buried in this cemetery. Five of their children died within 7 days with Diphtheria in 1879:

John A. died Sept 19, 1879, age 14

Nicholas, died Sept. 16, age 6

Catherine A, died Sept. 19, 1879, age 6

Donald A., died Sept. 22, age 8

Angus died Sept. 22, age 2

The remaining names appear in alphabetical order:

Cann, Mrs. Ann, died April 1, 1912, age 92; Charles McL. Cann, died April 15, 1887, age 27

MacArthur, Charles, died Dec. 30, 1894, age 47

MacArthur, Donald, died August 14, 1899, age 64; his wife Christy, died April 16, 1909 (Notes: : Christy McLean was from Clyde River. They were married Jan. 21, 1868.)

McArthur, John, died December 14, 1888, age 25; also his uncle Duncan McArthur, died March 18, 1887

McArthur John, died April 29, 1895, age 70; his children Donald, Lauchlin, Ewen, Margaret Ann, Katie, Donald, Alfred, Ethel, Marion & Christina

McArthur, John & Donald – In memory of John died March 13, 1886, age 23; Donald died Oct. 5, 1887, age 25, beloved sons of Nicholas and Maria McArthur. “God in his wisdom has recalled the boon his love had given. And though the body slumbers here the soul is safe in heaven.” (Note: Donald died of Consumption – source: http://www.islandnewspapers.ca)

McArthur, Mary E, died Dec. 28, 1891, age 27 (part of stone leaning on the base); Catherine M. died Feb. 4, 1898, age 29 (this looks like the bottom of a stone which was lying on ground) daughters of Nicholas and Maria McArthur (Notes: Their eldest daughter Ann McArthur died at 17 years on Dec. 13, 1874; confirmed Catherine M. died on Feb. 4, 1898 – source: http://www.islandnewspapers.ca)

McArthur, Nicholas, died Jan. 2, 1905, age 80; his wife Maria McLean, died Nov. 28, 1912, age 85

McArthur, Peter, died June 31, 1892, age 38

McLean, Charles, died July 16, 1881, age 65; his wife Mary McArthur, died April 1, 1906, age 85

McQuarrie, Archibald, died Dec. 5, 1891, age 48; his wife Catherine 1852-1936

Rogerson, Allan L., 1834-1918; his wife Catherine, 1842-1920; son J.A.C. Rogerson, 1868-1901; daughters Barbara Grace, 1873-1882; Ada May, wife of A.A. Pollard, 1883-1916; James D. Rogerson – 1879-1962; granddaughter Emma, 1905-1906 (Notes: Catherine Kitty Shaw born March 14, 1844 (1901 census) in Bonshaw married Allen Rogerson of Crapaud on March 26, 1862. Catherine died 1920 and Allen died 1918. They are buried in the MacArthur Cemetery, Churchill, PE. Allan was the son of John Rogerson and his wife Mary Ann Allan. He was born October 1835 in Dumfries, Scotland. They had the following children: 3 males and 8 females. Catherine Kitty Shaw was the first child and daughter of John Shaw and Margaret Isabella Matheson and granddaughter of Archibald and Catherine Bell. Source: Island Register)

Committee notes:

  • This cemetery is located on land once owned by Donald and Christy McArthur.
  • The first burial date is 1879 and the latest burial date is 1962.
  • We saw remnants of an old wooden fence in the nearby forest, so, at one time, there must have been a fence around the cemetery.
  • The cemetery has been very recently cleared – we are not sure by whom, but we would like to acknowledge their good work.
  • We acknowledge Jean and Sharon McLean for transcribing information from stones.
  • It is a very beautiful and peaceful location. There were a few tiger lilies at some of the graves.
  • The straightest headstone is the earliest one in remembrance of the five McArthur children.
  • If the deep tracks were filled in the lower part of laneway, the cemetery could be accessible by car, but it is a lovely walk.

The following is a gallery of the stones with captions of names and details (click on any photo to advance through gallery):

 

Clyde River Baptist Church

The Clyde River Baptist Church will host a Gospel Concert on Sunday, September 1st, 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature Judy MacGregor and Joan Reeves. All are welcome.

The Clyde River History Committee will host a Cemeteries History Circle this coming Saturday, August 24th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road in Clyde River.

We are focusing on cemeteries within the area that have historical connections to Clyde River. This takes in communities extending anywhere from Emyvale/Riverdale, Bonshaw/Appin Road, Argyle Shore/Canoe Cove, Nine Mile Creek/Cumberland to North River/Warren Grove and all communities in between. There were also early pioneers buried in the Old Protestant Burying Ground in Charlottetown and with ancestral connections to those buried in Belfast area cemeteries. We would also be very interested in identifying cemeteries and family names of ancestral connections buried outside of PEI e.g. Boston/Quincy area, Western Canada, New Zealand and Australia or any other areas as this helps to tell the broader story of family connections and migration.

We have identified at least 32 cemeteries in the local area that range from larger ones still in use to pioneer and family plots. We invite participants to take along any research, so we can compare notes and help each other to solve any mysteries or gaps in research.

We will provide tables to display research, photos, artifacts, and family trees. If family trees indicate where ancestors are buried, that would be even more valuable to the group.

The history circle will begin with an overview of our objectives for the afternoon which includes collaborating to increase our historical knowledge of cemeteries in the area. We will ask participants to introduce themselves and highlight their areas of knowledge/research of specific cemeteries and identify what they would like to learn from the session. For others who have not yet conducted research, they can identify those cemeteries of particular interest and any questions they would like answered. This feedback will form the discussion outline for the afternoon, beginning with topics of high interest. Those with research notes will have a chance to share their knowledge.

Following our history circle discussions, there will be an informal time where participants can chat with each other over refreshments, visit the table display and Clyde River’s museum featuring artifacts and photos.

We look forward to meeting you next week. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email vivian@eastlink.ca.

For a list of cemeteries and related stories on our site, please link to our earlier story.

Pioneer Cemetery in Clyde River

The Clyde River History Committee will be hosting a Cemeteries History Circle on Saturday, August 24th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. We have chosen a summer date as we thought it would be a good time of year to also welcome those home from away who are interested in cemetery research and have local ancestral connections.

We are focusing on cemeteries within the area that have historical connections to Clyde River. This takes in communities extending anywhere from Emyvale/Riverdale, Bonshaw/Appin Road, Argyle Shore/Canoe Cove, Nine Mile Creek/Cumberland to North River/Warren Grove and all communities in between. There were also early pioneers buried in the Old Protestant Burying Ground in Charlottetown and with ancestral connections to those buried in Belfast area cemeteries. We would also be very interested in identifying cemeteries and family names of ancestral connections buried outside of PEI e.g. Boston/Quincy area, Western Canada, New Zealand and Australia or any other areas as this helps to tell the broader story of family connections and migration.

We have identified at least 32 cemeteries in the local area that range from larger ones still being used to pioneer and family plots. We invite participants to take along any research they have, so we can compare notes and help each other to solve any mysteries or gaps in research.

Our committee thought this event would be a great opportunity to broaden our network of historical enthusiasts/researchers and genealogists and to capture interesting stories about early settlers and founding families among our communities. We think it will be valuable to identify who is researching local, complementary topics, as this can ultimately help each of us gather a fuller historical picture.

We realize this is an ambitious adventure, so we will likely stay fairly high level and not delve too directly into specific family trees. However, the event will be a good opportunity for you to connect with those who are researching similar family trees which you could collaborate with after event.

We welcome you to RSVP for this event, but it’s not necessary. It would be very helpful to the committee if you could let us know you are planning to attend and what your specific interest/research is of any cemeteries in our area. It will assist us in customizing the format for the afternoon to best meet the interests of the audience. You can RSVP by adding a comment below or by emailing clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

We also welcome non-researchers who are interested in listening to the conversation. Sometimes we don’t realize how many stories have been passed down to us which may hold the clue to advance local historical research. That’s the fun of history. It’s like a large jigsaw puzzle and the missing pieces drive us to learn more.

For reference, here is the list of cemeteries in the area and a few stories that have been featured on our site:

  1. Appin Road Cemetery
  2. Argyle Shore Cemetery
  3. Bonshaw Pioneer Cemetery
  4. Brookfield Presbyterian Cemetery
  5. Canoe Cove Presbyterian Cemetery
  6. Old Protestant Cemetery (only aspect that connects to Clyde River ancestors) – story here
  7. Churchill Presbyterian Cemetery – story references pioneers
  8. Stewart Family Plot, Strathgartney – story references Stewart family
  9. MacArthur Family Plot, Peter’s Road
  10. Clyde River Burnside Presbyterian Cemetery – story here
  11. Clyde River Baptist Church Cemetery
  12. Clyde River Pioneer Cemetery – story listing all visible stonesstory 2, story 3
  13. West River United Church Cemetery, Cornwall
  14. Newson Pioneer Cemetery, Ferry Road
  15. Dockendorff Pioneer Cemetery. York Point Road
  16. St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cumberland
  17. East Wiltshire Baptist Cemetery
  18. St. Anne Roman Catholic Cemetery, Emyvale
  19. Hampshire United Methodist Cemetery
  20. Kingston United Church Cemetery – story here
  21. Howard Christian Cemetery, Kingston – story 1story 2
  22. Long Creek United Baptist Cemetery
  23. Saint Thomas Anglican Cemetery, Long Creek
  24. Long Creek Pioneer Cemetery
  25. Hyde and Crosby Pioneer Cemetery – story on Hyde pioneers, story on Crosby pioneers
  26. St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Miltonvale
  27. New Dominion United Church Cemetery
  28. Ladner Family/Old Garden Cemetery
  29. Port-la-Joye Cemetery, Rocky Point
  30. St. Catherine’s Pioneer Cemetery – story 1, story 2
  31. MacEachern Family Cemetery, St. Catherines
  32. James Warren Pioneer Cemetery, Warren Grove

Additional articles/sites referencing genealogical connections:

If some of the family researchers in our website audience can only connect with us virtually, we welcome you to send along any information that you think would be helpful for us in our history circle discussions and, also, feel free to send along any questions you would like us to ask the group which will assist in your own research.

It is our hope that we will develop an excellent list of contacts from this event and this initiative will add value to our individual research efforts.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 24th at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Vivian, Chair of Clyde River History Committee at vivian@eastlink.ca. We also welcome attendees to visit our museum that features over 200 artifacts and also several heritage family photos. This history circle will take place at Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. Refreshments will be served.