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The Municipal Council of Clyde River will be hosting a public annual meeting of Clyde River residents and property owners on Wednesday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m. The Council will present the budget for 2021-22. The meeting will take place at Burnside Presbyterian Church to comply with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. Masks will be required. For those residents/property owners who would prefer to participate in the meeting virtually, please email the Community Administrative Officer at administrator@clyderiverpei.com to register by March 9th, and you will be sent connection/call-in details. If required, the storm date for the meeting will be Thursday, March 11th.

The recreation reimbursement amount has doubled this year thanks to assistance from the PEI Government COVID-19 Restart Assistance Fund. The annual reimbursement is calculated at $60 per activity/child to a maximum of $120/child. Children must be 18 years or younger and a resident of the Municipality of Clyde River. This reimbursement covers the time period of April 1, 2020 to March 31st, 2021. Link here to the form that you can complete and send to Clyde River’s Administrator at administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

As Pretty as a Christmas Card

Best Overall winner – 891 Bannockburn Road

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s “Let’s Light it Up” Christmas Decorating Contest. Clyde River and Dunedin residents outdid themselves with holiday cheer. There were many beautiful displays, so it was challenging to choose winners. We certainly recommend that you take time to drive around the community to take in the sights. The following are our 2020 winners:

  • Best Overall: 891 Bannockburn Road – home of Joel and Cathy Mills
  • Most Creative: 15 Gass Lane – home of Dane and Beth Woodford
  • Children’s Favourite: 6 Circle M – home of Duane Curtis

Season’s Greetings and all the best for 2021, from the Council of the Rural Municipality of Clyde River.

(Photo of Clyde River Pioneer Cemetery)

Since we launched the Cemetery Stories course at the beginning of November, it has grown in popularity. We originally were focused on Clyde River and area, but we received high interest from other communities and provinces and even from the US and England. We decided to open it up, and we now have 70 participants from across PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, California, Alabama, Georgia, Vermont, Massachusetts and England.

We received coverage in The Guardian, on CBC Mainstreet and the CBC PEI website. The CBC coverage doubled our registration within a day. Here is a link to the CBC article. We also received attention from Canadian historians and professors and they shared information on our course on their social media pages.

Cemetery Stories is a self-directed course and it’s free. We provide the curriculum outline that includes suggested readings and activities. We change topic every two months. The course runs until August 2021. Participants choose the cemetery/ies and individuals to research. Each participant is encouraged to prepare brief biographies (approx. 200-500 words) of six people within the cemetery/ies they choose.

We promote collaboration among participants, as we highlight the family names that each is researching. Through these collaborations, you can share research tips/findings and feedback on biography development. Biographies could be of ancestors, friends or an individual whose headstone struck your interest. Questions are provided to assist in biography development.

We have a few registrants from Clyde River, and we welcome more to join in. There is always an option to create a local community study group that can work together. The biographies would become an important contribution to the history of our local cemeteries. They would introduce future generations to the people that helped to build the community they live in. Here is the study outline:

Study Plan:

  1. Understanding cemetery history and gravestone design (November- December 2020)
  2. Gathering family names, photos and obituaries (January-February 2021)
  3. Gathering family stories (March-April 2021)
  4. Understanding how old-time residents managed their health (May-June 2021)
  5. Individual free time to explore and organize your research findings (July 2021)
  6. Clyde River & Area Cemetery Tours (August 2021)

You can view the full curriculum document here. To register for the course, you can link here. If you have any specific questions, please contact Vivian Beer at clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

A recreation reimbursement of $30/activity is available to youth (18 years of age and under) who are residents of the municipality. The annual maximum amount is $60/child for two activities. All types of recreation that enhance a healthy lifestyle qualify. The year runs from April 1st 2020 to March 31st, 2021.

Here is the application form for reimbursement. Please send your application to Fred Beer, Clyde River Administrator, administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

Christmas Decorating Contest

2020 will be a year to remember. Let’s do our best to celebrate this holiday season and spread some cheer. We are inviting all residents of Clyde River and Dunedin to light up the community. The Christmas Decorating Contest will take place on Wednesday, December 16th. Just make sure to have your outdoor light display on between 6:30 and 9:00 pm to be judged for the competition. Prizes will be awarded for the “Best Overall”, “Most Creative” and “Most Outlandish”. No entry form is required.

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

The Clyde River History Committee has decided to forego a 2021 Clyde River Lecture Series further to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of the lecture series, we have decided to proceed with a Cemetery Stories Study Series that people can take part in via internet from their own home. This course is self-directed and will run from November to August 2021. Over the course of the next months, we will introduce topics that participants can focus on with some suggested readings and outlined activities. We invite participants to share their research with the whole group at any point and pose any questions that others can help answer. Participants can choose the family names and cemeteries of their choice.

We have set up a Facebook page “Cemetery Stories – Clyde River and Area” and we welcome you to collaborate there on this project. We invite you to share highlights of your research. If you are not on Facebook, participants are welcome to add comments to this story or email questions/highlights of your research to clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

Participation/Registration:

  • Participants will register for free for this course. Registration form here or email clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca
  • We will share the participant list with the study group and area of research to promote collaboration.
  • Participants are invited to offer an introduction highlighting the focus of their individual family and cemetery research so that others with a similar focus can reach out to collaborate. They can also pose research questions to the group.

Historical Period:

We will focus on the time period of 1850 to present, but, in some cases, we may reference earlier dates. For the brief bios’ writing exercise, we can go up to the present day because it’s easier to write about deceased ancestors/friends that we actually knew personally.

Learning Objective:

Primarily to build an archive of research and stories related to those early ancestors buried in Clyde River & vicinity cemeteries which will offer future generations insight into the people/personalities that contributed to the early life of the community. Some participants may choose to work on cemeteries in other communities within or outside PEI, and that’s fine as well. All are welcome.

Cemeteries:

There are three cemeteries in Clyde River, and we have identified at least 30 cemeteries in the area which represent family and community connections to Clyde River and area.

Study Plan:

List of topics that will be covered in the course and schedule:

  1. Understanding cemetery history and gravestone design (November- December 2020)
  2. Gathering family names, photos and obituaries (January-February 2021)
  3. Gathering family stories (March-April 2021)
  4. Understanding how old-time residents managed their health (May-June 2021)
  5. Individual free time to explore and organize your research findings (July 2021)
  6. Clyde River & Area Cemetery Tours (August 2021)

Please link here to see the full course outline/curriculum. If you have any specific questions, please reach out. You can email clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

The Central Queens Wildlife Federation (West River and Clyde River watershed group) will be holding their annual general meeting Thursday evening, October 29th, 6:30 at the Riverview Community Center, Clyde River. The public is invited to attend to hear about the watershed group’s activity this past season and provide input for the upcoming year.  They will also be looking to fill a vacancy on the Board as well.

The Clyde River Municipal Council has received a complaint of fireworks being used in the community. They want to remind residents that it is illegal to possess fireworks in PEI unless you have a special permit. Please refer to a recent article that appeared on the CBC site. Read here.

Little did our Clyde River History Committee know when we worked on cataloguing and photographing artifacts in our community museum two years ago that we were ahead of our time. The COVID-19 pandemic has launched many of us into a virtual world, which has made us, hopefully, much more comfortable with what it has to offer. Even though we are not sure when we will once again host history events at the community centre, we can bring you a virtual tour of our museum and heritage photo collections. I think we have something for everyone.

We invite you to view our artifacts and heritage photo albums. This virtual tour could make for an interesting interactive activity for all of us. Under each photo in the galleries, you will see a comment box. We would be delighted if you added any details, memories and stories as you view individual photos. We have also included a link to an audio exhibit, so you can sit back and listen as well.

We will be adding more photos over the next months, as we have almost 3000 digital photos in our collection which we plan to bring online.

 

Community Artifacts:

For any of you who have visited our physical museum, you know what an interesting collection we have and the memories and stories that come to mind as you view them. Some visitors have commented that it feels like a visit to their grandparent’s place. You will see a variety of items from Clyde River that were generously donated by local families and relatives living throughout Canada and the US. Items include cameras, handicrafts, school books, autograph books, blankets, community store items, tools and personal items. Link here to view gallery.

 

Cups & Saucers:

Most all of our cup and saucer collection was donated to the museum by Elizabeth Osborne. It was her mother’s, Olive (Livingstone) Osborne who grew up on the Baltic Road. However, I think many of you will quickly recognize that the patterns resemble your own mother’s or grandmother’s collection. Our history committee member Rowena Stinson has a vast knowledge of cups and saucers, so if you have any questions, please let us know and we will do our best to answer them. Link here to view gallery.

 

North River Rink Hockey:

One of our most popular photo galleries in the history of our website has been Memories of North River Rink, so this could be a good time for the men in our audience to look through the gallery and offer comments and stories on individual photos. You will definitely find many people you know. We added names under the photos to assist you. Link here to view gallery.

 

War History:

The Great War: For war history buffs, we have something for you as well. You can read letters written by a soldier from The Great War and listen to each of the letters voiced by Alan Buchanan. Even in our two months of lockdown, which is a mere glimpse of how our society can be interrupted by a world event, I think we will have even more appreciation of the unbelievable resilience these solders had, along with their families waiting at home. They went in thinking they were only going to fight a war for a few months and go home. To read and listen, link here.

WWII Naval History: For naval history buffs, here is a story and photos from HMCS Prince Henry on patrol off the coast of South America. Link here.

 

Genealogy:

Next to hockey, our most popular stories relate to genealogy. Here are a few links that will satisfy the genealogist in the family, if they happen to have any connections to our area. We regularly receive emails from those researching family history. Our committee loves to help out and we have accumulated quite a bit of knowledge along the way. And what we don’t know, we usually know someone who does.

  • Clyde River Pioneer Cemetery with photos – link here
  • McArthur Cemetery with photos – link here
  • Cemetery stories – link to category of stories here.
  • Genealogy stories – link to category of stories here.

 

General Community History:

Scrapbooks: Here are stories and photos from community scrapbooks – link here.

General stories related to Clyde River and area history: We now have over 700 stories on our site and 460 of those stories are related to history, so we invite you to delve in to our online library of stories – link here.

The Clyde River History Committee would like to thank you all for your contribution to our physical and virtual museum. We hope you enjoy your visit.

 

Want to contribute to our Virtual Museum?

If you have artifacts or heritage photos that you would like to add to our collection, please let us know. Set aside any artifacts you wish to donate until after the pandemic, but please send any scans of heritage photos to clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca in the meantime.

If you are interested in sharing photos of artifacts that will remain in your family’s collection, we would love to see snapshots of them for interest sake and make them a part of our virtual gallery – we will just indicate that they are part of a private collection. A few photo hints: if it is a small piece, just set on a white sheet in a naturally lit area and take a landscape style photo. If it is a larger piece, take a landscape shot of the object using natural lighting. We can always adjust and crop photos after. If you have any questions, please let us know.

 

Interested in participating in a Virtual History Huddle?

We would be open to hosting an online history circle (huddle) if there is enough interest. We could use a platform such as GoToMeeting or Zoom. We would definitely be happy to organize. We could establish a theme and each participant could share their research/comments on the topic. It could be an interesting experiment, as we have a broad geographic website audience. If you are interested, please email clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca and let us know what subjects you would be interested in discussing. The only criteria is it would have to some how relate to the history of Clyde River and area. Depending on the topic, we could invite a special guest with expertise in the area.

In the meantime, please enjoy the virtual museum tour and stay safe.