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Further to a death in the community, the Spring cleanup of Murchison Place Park will be rescheduled to Monday, May 23rd, 8:30 a.m. We invite anyone in the community to take part in the cleanup, as it’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and enjoy some fresh air. Take along a rake, work gloves and any other useful garden equipment e.g. wheelbarrow. Refreshments will be served. It will be a good time to catch up and clean up our beautiful community park. 

Clyde River residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Thursday, April 28th, 7:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre to offer input as we begin the process of creating an official land use plan for the community.

PEI’s Municipal Government Act requires that every municipality have an official land use plan in place by December 2023. If you have any questions, please email administrator@clyderiverpei.com

Clyde River will host “Origami – the art of folding paper” with Ayumi Coward on Wednesdays, April 6 to 27th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River. The cost is $20. Pre-registration is required. Please call 902-368-7526. Join us for some fun and make new friends. This workshop series is sponsored by the Community of Clyde River.

The Municipality of Clyde River will host a public meeting to present the budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Burnside Presbyterian Church. Masking and social distancing protocols will be in place. A link to attend virtually can be can be requested from the CAO, administrator@clyderiverpei.com

As part of Radiant Rural Halls, Shipwright by Patrick Jeffrey and Vernon Corney will be presented on March 5th and 6th at the Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road. The storytelling exhibit will be open from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with performances from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Shipwright is a storytelling exhibit that combines sculpture and performance to evoke Prince Edward Island’s shipbuilding past. Have a cup of tea at the Riverview Community Centre and witness a PEI shipyard straight from the nineteenth century, complete with a fleet of ships built by local craftsman Vernon Corney in their first public display. Each day, the space is occupied by a pair of shipwrights played by Patrick Jeffrey and Jacob Hemphill. They work and sing, sleep and eat, play banjo and do their chores in a performance directed by Benton Hartley. Come feel the sense memory of PEI’s age of sail.

Vernon Corney is an Island craftsman who works in metals, paint, wood, and more. He was once a sailor on a navy vessel travelling throughout Atlantic Canada. When he moved ashore to raise a family, he began building model ships to continue his passion for seafaring. He has continued this tradition for over fifty years. Now ships he has built are in private collections across Canada, and his crest work can be seen in the Kingston Legion. Vernon is an avid CB radio enthusiast and was riding a motorcycle well into his 80th year. He lives with his wife Geraldine in the woods of New Dominion. They have a Jack Russell Terrier named Piper.

Patrick Jeffrey is a theatre maker from Long Creek, PEI. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, he has performed in companies including the Atlantic Repertory Company (Saint John), Repercussion (Montreal), and the Confederation Players (Charlottetown). He has played a rat, king, lover, fighter, sister, dentist, prospector, ghost, robot, politician, conspirator, dead cat, puppeteer, and now, a shipwright. 

Radiant Rural Halls is a series of public art events, including installations, workshops, screenings, and performances, held in rural community halls and organized by this town is small, PEI’s artist-run centre.

Attendance: This is a drop-in event. We ask that visitors wear a mask and follow provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Event & venue details are available at https://thistownissmall.com/radiant-rural-halls

(Top left) Best Overall: Alex & Audrey MacPhee; (Bottom left) Most Creative: Kathy Toole & Chester Remley; (Right) Darren & Kate Dawson

Thank you to all those who participated in our second annual Christmas Decorating Contest. It was an enjoyable evening for Council representatives to drive around our beautiful community of Clyde River and Dunedin to enjoy all the Christmas displays.

The following are our 2021 winners:

  • Best Overall: 672 Clyde River Road – Home of Alex and Audrey MacPhee
  • Children’s Favorite: 991 Linwood Road – Home of Darren and Kate Dawson
  • Most Creative: 8 Clyde River Road – Home of Kathy Toole and Chester Remley

Season’s Greeting and all the best for 2022 from the Council of the Rural Municipality of Clyde River.

2020 contest winner

The second annual Christmas Decorating Contest for Clyde River and Dunedin will be held Wednesday, December 15th. No application necessary, just make sure you have your outdoor light display on between 6:00 pm and 8:00 for judging. Prizes will be for Best Overall, Most Creative and Children’s Favourite.

The winners will be posted on this website. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Wood at clydesheep95@gmail.com .

 

The Central Queens Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation (West and Clyde River watershed group) will be holding an AGM at Bonshaw Community Center on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. Jordan Condon will be the guest speaker and will talk about his master’s project involving salmon egg survival and give an update on the saprolegnia issue in our rivers.

The Clyde River History Society attended the launch of the book, We’ll Meet Again, this past Saturday at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown. Author Katherine Dewar, who has participated in our Clyde River Lecture Series, presented her latest book that features the fascinating stories of women who took part in World War II in varied capacities.

Katherine said that she had to write this book or their stories would be lost. Reading The Guardian, she would see the obituaries of these veterans, and that spurred her to get started. She set out to research their stories and interview the ladies still living. It was their chance to tell their stories. Research assistance was offered by Jane Dyment who is a member of the Clyde River History Society. Jane is a descendant of Thomas and Jane (Robertson) Beer of Clyde River and lives in Ottawa. She was able to conduct research at the National Archives on Katharine’s behalf.

During the event on Saturday, Katharine featured Jean MacLean from Meadowbank, earlier from Clyde River, and a member of the Clyde River Baptist Church and Women’s Institute over the years. Jean was one of the six ladies in attendance for the launch, and she wore her WWII uniform. An excerpt of her story was presented.

Katherine also recognized Norma MacLean who lives in Charlottetown now but was very involved in Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Women’s Institute in Clyde River. Norma is now 101 years and was not in attendance at the launch. You may recall an earlier story where we recognized her 100th birthday last year.

Further stories:

  • CBC PEI story featuring book launch: The heroic PEI women who served in WWII – and where you can meet some of them – read
  • PEI Historian’s new book aims to preserve the ‘amazing stories’ of WWII women – read
  • CBC Video featuring Jean MacLean finally receiving membership to legion at 96 – link here to watch the video

The book is available at local bookstores. 

 

Council is excited to announce that the UPEI Seniors College is offering three courses at the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River this Fall. Advance registration is required and starts Sept 8th. You can set up a membership account at this link: https://www.seniorscollege.ca/createmyaccount.aspx. Once you have an account, you can then register for courses. Drawing, Origami and Human Health are the three topics that will be featured in Clyde River. If you wish to view all courses, you can link here: https://www.seniorscollege.ca/viewcourses.aspx. Hope to see you there!