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As part of the Cemetery Stories Course, the Clyde River History Society is hosting a cemetery tour in Clyde River on Saturday, August 21st, 1:30-3:30 p.m. It’s mostly a chance for course participants to finally get to meet each other. We will visit the two cemeteries connected to the Presbyterian and Baptist churches. We will offer a brief introduction and then the group or smaller groups can tour through cemeteries. Our history society members will be available to answer questions. After the tour, we will enjoy some refreshments at the Riverview Community Centre. It’s all within a short walking distance and there is lots of parking. We will begin at the Burnside Presbyterian Church Cemetery (intersection of Dog River & Clyde River Roads) at 1:30 p.m. If it is raining on the 21st, we will reschedule it to the following Saturday, the 28th. To gather an idea of numbers, please let us know if you are hoping to attend in the comments below or email vivian@eastlink.ca.

All are invited to join us at our Strawberry and Ice Cream Social Take-out at the Riverview Community Centre on Tuesday, July 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be a cash only event, $8 for adults and $5 for children. The community centre is located at 718 Clyde River Road.

The Council of the Municipality of Clyde River would like to thank the households who took the time to submit their responses to the Emergency Management Survey that circulated recently. Thanks to the replies received, Council is aware of those who might need assistance and those who may offer assistance if an emergency situation should arise in our community. The Municipality’s Emergence Management Plan will be completed later this year. Further to those who participated in the survey, the winner of the gift certificate is John Read.

Summer Job Opportunity

ARCH (Association of Rural Community Halls) has received funding for a summer position through the Jobs For Youth program. The position would be based in North Milton, but some of the work could be done at home. For more details on this opportunity and for instructions on applying, please visit Work PEI.ca – link here

Lori and Ivan Perry donate a lending library to Murchison Place Park – pictured here are Lori, Ivan and Mayor Hilda Colodey

Lori and Ivan Perry have built and donated a library to Murchison Place Park, using materials donated by Wood Millers on the Meadowbank Road. The library is located within the gazebo and features a selection of books for children and adults. Visitors are welcome to enjoy some reading within the park or to take a book home. Community members can donate books to the library. What a great gesture of community spirit. Thank you, Lori and Ivan.

Student Jobs Available

The Municipality of Clyde River has applied for and received funding to hire two students under the provincial “Jobs for Youth” Program and the Federal “Canada Summer Jobs” program.

Applicants (students) who are between the ages of 15-29 years of age, residents of PEI and Canadian citizens are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to residents of Clyde River. Those who are interested should send their resume directly to the CAO (administrator@clyderiverpei.com) Deadline for applications is May 27th. Interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, May 29th.

The successful candidates under the provincial Jobs for Youth program will be employed 8 weeks in June thru August 2021 to a maximum of 320 hrs. The successful candidate for the “Canada Summer Jobs” program will be for 9 weeks for a maximum 270 hrs. Time frame optional from June 2021 to February 2022.

Each position will involve doing a variety of tasks including lawn, garden and grounds / facility maintenance and assisting the Community Center Co-ordinator on special events and programs. If you have any questions, please contact CAO directly.

The 2021 Census enumerates the entire Canadian population and more than 15 million households are expected to complete the census this year. Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. Governments use census data to make informed decisions about things like roads, public transportation, schools, daycare centres, retirement residences and health services. The benefits to the community increase with every completed questionnaire.

You can complete the census online here.
(You would have received your secure access code in the mail which you can enter to begin census.)

Some helpful videos:

What is the census?

How do I complete the census?

Why is the census important?

The Municipality of Clyde River Council requests all household representatives in Clyde River to complete the Emergency Management Questionnaire that was delivered to your mailbox today.

As of December 31st, 2021, all municipalities in PEI are required to have an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that complies with Provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) guidelines to protect the health, safety and welfare of community members and minimize damage to property and the environment. As we develop our plan, Clyde River Council is seeking to identify those in our community who may be vulnerable or who may be able to help their neighbours in an emergency. All information gathered is strictly confidential and will only be used for emergency planning purposes, unless you grant permission for other purposes. 

Extra copies:

If for some reason, you don’t receive your questionnaire or if you have a Cornwall or other community-based post box, you can download and print the PDF here or pick up a copy at the Riverview Community Centre beside the mailbox. 

Deadline and drop off location:

The deadline to complete this questionnaire is Friday, May 28th. Please drop your completed questionnaire in the Riverview Community Centre mailbox that is located at the front of the Centre. 

Prize draw for participation:

The names of those who complete the questionnaire will be included in a draw for a Gift Certificate for MacPhee Meats.

Background resources:

More background can be found here.

Spring cleanup of Murchison Place Park will take place Saturday, May 29th, 9:00 a.m. until noon. We invite anyone in the community to take part, 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 great time to catch up and clean up our beautiful community park. The rain date would be the following Saturday, June 5th.

No worries, this bear was found in Clyde River in 1843. Donald Murray from the Baltic Road had been having some trouble with them. As the article says, they “had been making too free with his sheep.” Having lost a prime sheep, Donald was “determined to watch for the marauder”. He was only watching for about five minutes when the Bruin (brown bear) made its appearance and was instantly destroyed.

We find out that Donald took the bear skin to town to sell. “A large bear, in capital condition, was brought to town for sale yesterday, weighing 300 lb.” It turns out the skin was not at its best given the time of year, so it would not fetch a high value. We are unable to report if Donald even covered the cost of his prime sheep.

Sometimes when a man killed a bear, they earned a nickname, so I’m wondering if Donald became known as Donald “Bear” Murray, like a local folk hero. I have MacDonald relatives on my mother’s side from across the river which were referred to as the Bear MacDonalds. The story goes that one of them killed a bear with their hands, or that’s how the story evolved. My father would tease her by times when she got a little angry, “that’s the Bear MacDonalds comin’ out in ya.”

Having lived for more than a year with COVID restrictions, there’s a good chance that the Bear MacDonalds have been comin’ out in us, too.