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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.

The Clyde River Council would like to notify the community that their next council meeting will be virtual and will take place tomorrow evening, Wednesday, May 13th, at 7:00 pm. Residents are welcome to join the meeting online. Council requests that you RSVP by emailing administrator@clyderiverpei.com. An access code will then be emailed to you. Council requests that you log in at least 10-15 minutes in advance of meeting.

Clyde River Baptist Church

The Clyde River Baptist Church led by Rev. Garth MacKay is now offering online church services on YouTube. You can link here to view their latest service and subscribe to their YouTube channel to hear about upcoming services.

Further to restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Murchison Place Park remains closed until further notice. We will offer an update at a later date and under the direction of PEI’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison. To stay up to date on PEI’s COVID-19 news, please link here and watch daily briefings here. On behalf of the community, we thank Dr. Morrison for her leadership and all our front-line workers during this time.

Central Parish returns this week with their Palm Sunday Service and Children’s story. Steven has a few announcements:

Easter Egg Creations:
A reminder to young folks that they are looking for your Easter Egg creations for Easter Sunday. They can be pictures, drawings or decorated hard boiled eggs. Once you have completed them, take a picture and post it on the Central Parish Facebook page. Steven said it will brighten up their page and get us ready to celebrate together.

Drive-Thru Food Bank Donation:
Today, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Afton Community Centre, main Parking Lot – location. This event has been approved by Afton Hall and Food Bank. Here are the safety rules for drop off:

  • Please stay in vehicle
  • Place donations in cardboard box or bag
  • Have donations in your car trunk, hatch or truck bed for easy removal. Volunteers will not enter your car. Please don’t place donations in your back seat.

Easter Week Services Schedule:

All services will be featured on their YouTube Channel:

  • April 9th, Maundy Thursday Communion
  • April 10th, Good Friday Service
  • April 12th, Easter Sunday Service

Palm Sunday’s service features a sermon “Highs and Lows”, music by Casting Crowns, Goo Goo Dolls and Paul Baloche. The Children’s Story this week is “In God, we are a new creation.”

Children’s Story:

Norma MacLean will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, March 30th. Norma was an active member of the Clyde River Women’s Institute for many years, attended and sang in choir at Clyde River Presbyterian Church, former employee at Moore & McLeod and served in the RCAF, Women’s Division during WWII. Please offer greetings below in the comments section and we will make sure to email them to her at the Garden Home where she is currently living. Or, if you wish, please email your greetings to vivian@eastlink.ca and they will be included.

Update: Norma received our messages. You can view photos on the Garden Home Facebook page here.

Rev. Steven Stead returns to the Central Parish YouTube Channel this week where he talks about the importance of belonging. Despite our physical isolation, we can still connect digitally and find things to be grateful for.

Part I:

 

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: