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Clyde River Community Council invites all interested residents to attend a public information meeting on two topics that will affect our community in the future. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 17th at the Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Rd.

Cornwall Bypass – At 7:00 PM, staff from the provincial Transportation division will present information on plans for the completion of the Cornwall Bypass. This will include information on work planned in Clyde River. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period.

Municipal Government Act – Following the first presentation, members of the Clyde River Community Council will present information on the recently passed provincial Municipal Government Act (MGA). This new legislation requires significant changes to the way all municipalities on PEI operate and are structured. This meeting is the beginning of a dialogue process on how our community moves forward under the MGA. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period.

For further information contact: Bruce Brine, Community Administrator, at clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca

Our 5th Annual Clyde River Lecture Series is back after attracting record audiences in 2016. The series has become the place to be on Saturday afternoons during an Island winter, where you can enjoy entertaining stories from the past along with warm hospitality and refreshments. All are welcome to attend. We invite you to take along any memorabilia or photos related to the topics. Tables will be set out to display your items. The lectures take place at the Riverview Community Centre on Clyde River Road.

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Photo credit: The Guardian

Saturday, January 21st, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Carol MacLellan – “The Attraction of Old Home Week” – depicting 125 years of the Provincial Exhibition

Everyone who grew up in PEI has great stories about Old Home Week. Carol says she had enough stories and photos for many books. This rich history covers an important part of Island culture where rural and city folks have come together since 1888 to celebrate at an agricultural fair in Charlottetown. Carol will introduce how the book came about as well as discuss the involvement of the Old Home Week Board and History Committee. She will talk about the interviews, research and how they organized and designed it to make sure they covered the many wonderful aspects of the exhibition. Books will be available for purchase at the event ($20).

Carol MacLellan is a retired teacher having taught all grades from 1-12, starting in a one room school to teaching English in High School.  She was Allied Youth Advisor to her students for 20 years and 4-H Leader including Overall Leader for 16 years with the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club. After retirement, she served for 14 years on the Provincial Board of Women’s Institute, the last three representing the National Board of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. While she was Chair of the Women’s Institute handcrafts and Arts Show at the Provincial Exhibition, she was asked to become involved in writing the history of Old Home Week. “The Attraction of Old Home Week on Prince Edward Island,” depicting 125 years of the Provincial Exhibition.

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.20.09 PM.pngSaturday, February 4th – 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Author of Those Splendid Girls  “The Heroic Service of Island Nurses in the Great War”

In Those Splendid Girls, author Katherine Dewar combines her love of history and knowledge of nursing to redreScreen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.24.28 PM.pngss a 100-year-old wrong: the absence in the historical narratives of both Prince Edward Island and of Canada, of nurses’ experiences in the real War. Told through the stories of Island nurses, their experiences of mud, blood and courage reflect those of women from all provinces who served amid the horrors of WW I. Dewar identifies at least 115 Island women who answered the call to war, many of whose names have not been known until now. Granted rare access to private diaries and fragile photo albums tucked away in dusty attics, she pieces together their stories of hospitals, bombings, fear and friendships to provide this powerful new account of the war. Katherine has received several heritage awards for research and writing, most recently The PEI Museum and Heritage Award of Honour, given for an outstanding contribution to the heritage of P.E.I. over a long period of time. More info at thosesplendidgirls.ca  Books will be available for purchase ($27.95).

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.27.33 PM.pngSaturday, February 18th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Alan Buchanan, Storyteller – “Home from Boston: Stories of Island Family Connections in the New England States”

Many Islanders, especially from large families, went to the Boston area in the early part of the 1900s to find work, but they would always return in summers to visit their Island siblings and cousins and enjoy their ancestral Island home. This will be an opportunity to hear Alan’s entertaining stories but also to share your own. For those Boston area cousins that follow us here on our website, we welcome you to email us your stories as well in advance of the event and we will make sure to share them.

Alan Buchanan was born and raised in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He has had a varied career, but lately has become best known as a storyteller. His career on-stage began with the production, Belfast People, in the 1980’s. Since then, he has been a member of the award-winning group, Hedgerow, and has also been featured on local, regional, and national radio broadcasts, including the popular CBC comedy show “Madly Off in all Directions”. Several summers ago, he was a member of the cast of Story which played to sold-out audiences at the Guild in Charlottetown, and for the past two summers he has been a part of the fabulously popular Four Tellers at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown. His hilarious stories centre on the colourful characters and cultural quirks he observed growing up in a rural community.

Following the lectures, refreshments will be served. We welcome our audience to also take the time to visit our large collection of archives and heritage photos at the community centre. If you have any questions about the lectures, please contact Vivian at vivian@eastlink.ca.

Rachel O’Connor, Breanne Burgoyne, Kristie Rogers, Lauren Lenentine, Coach Pat Quilty

Clyde River’s Breanne Burgoyne will be representing PEI’s Junior Women’s Curling on Team Lenentine at the 2017 National Junior Curling Championships in Victoria, B.C., January 21-29. Her teammates include Rachel O’Connor (Charlottetown), Kristie Rogers (New Haven) and Lauren Lenentine (New Dominion). Breanne, Lauren and Rachel have curled together for nine years. This year, they welcomed Kristie Rogers to their team. Coach Pat Quilty has been with them from the beginning and has spend countless hours preparing them for this achievement.

Breanne says, “Putting my excitement and appreciation into words is impossible! My team and I are so honoured to represent the Island in B.C. This honestly is a dream come true; however, this is only the beginning.”

In April 2016, they ended their season by winning the Atlantic Under 18 Championship in Halifax. As they entered this curling season, their goal was to represent PEI at the 2017 National Under 21 Championships in Victoria. They worked hard, on an off the ice, through the Summer and into the Fall. They travelled off island on numerous occasions this past Fall to compete with some of Atlantic Canada’s strongest competitors, including against the Nova Scotia team that won the world championship in 2016. They were determined to meet their goal and were focused on one outcome at the provincial play downs held in Montague over the Christmas holidays. Their dedication paid off.

There will be a Meet & Greet Fundraiser for the team at the Cornwall Civic Centre, 29 Cornwall Road on Saturday, January 14th, 5:00-7:30 p.m. (storm date – January 15th). Chili and snacks to be served. Donations to cover expenses will be graciously accepted, and a Gift Basket will be drawn for on January 17th. For any additional information, please contact Jennifer Lenentine at jenlenentine@hotmail.com or call (902) 393-2625. Make sure to follow @TeamLenentine on Twitter.

img_5223“We don’t really have much of a winter before January.” Newcomers from other provinces and countries say we told them this when they moved here. As they confront us this week, we look a little sheepish and our lips are pursed ever so slightly.

What they don’t know is we Islanders can be in some amount of denial about the weather ourselves, like it’s actually part of our identity. We brag about the sunny days and downplay the squalls. We even deflect the discussion to storms occurring in other places. “Yes, but did you see the weather they are having in Vancouver?”

We only really discuss it truthfully among ourselves. In fact, we don’t even have to discuss it. It’s communal knowledge that can be conveyed with a glance. It’s almost part of our DNA.

Those new to PEI can find our weather confusing and will not fully understand the ocean effect. Islanders have a more innate sense of predicting weather and will adjust our behaviour as easily as the local wildlife, squirreling away food and water and hunkering down, hoping the power doesn’t go out with yet another gust of wind. Rural folks with farms are operating in full gear protecting their herds and flocks. The survivalist instinct kicks in, no explanation necessary.

However, we will say to those from away, “Yes, it’s bad, but this is an unusual year, maybe the worst since the 1970s.” It’s our way of putting them off, knowing we don’t have to come up with another excuse until next winter. And with any luck, there will be a bad winter in Texas.

Heck, maybe we aren’t that different from other Canadians or even those from the New England States and northern Midwest. And who knows, it could still be raining on Christmas Day.

Lawson Drake of Meadow Bank will receive the 2016 mentor award of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty during a ceremony Dec. 7 in Charlottetown.

Lawson Drake will receive the 2016 mentor award of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty.

(Article appeared in The Guardian. Reprinted with permission.)

The Meadow Bank resident will be recognized on Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m., during a dinner in his honour at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown. It will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Walter MacKinnon at 902-566-2982. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, Dec. 2.

Drake is a worthy recipient of the award, a news release states.

“He has been a superb teacher and motivator of young people. He has been a church elder and served his community in other ways as an author, historian and conservationist. He has also been an avid supporter of genealogy and traditional Scottish fiddle music.”

However, the focus of this award is his teaching and administrative roles at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Drake was a biology professor at Prince of Wales College when it went from being a two-year college program to a four-year degree-granting program. The small university turned out its first and only degree class in 1969.

Drake was selected as the first chairman of the UPEI biology department and undertook the huge job of melding students and faculty from Prince of Wales and St. Dunstan’s University into one unit and helping to blend the two sets of courses into one curriculum. He remained as chairman during those first critical seven years of the new university.

“During this time, Lawson was not only a mentor to the many students he taught, he acted as a mentor to the faculty and brought them together as a team,” the release states.

He later became dean of science and chaired the transition committee leading to the creation of the School of Nursing at UPEI. Drake was also a staunch supporter of the Atlantic Veterinary College and helped mentor the founding faculty. He was recognized as one of the Founders of UPEI and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Both Lawson and his wife Eileen served as mentors for their children, John and Carolyn, who are pursuing their successful careers on Prince Edward Island.

Editor’s Note: On behalf of the Community of Clyde River, we offer our congratulations to a well-deserved recipient. Lawson is a great supporter of historical activities and events in Clyde River. We have tapped into his vast knowledge a number of times.

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From the article “40+ Creative Pinecone Crafts for your Holiday Decorations”

The Clyde River Women’s Institute is hosting a Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Community Centre. They will be doing crafts with pinecones. Participants can bring their own pinecones, glue guns and scissors if they can, otherwise they will be provided at the centre. Casual wear is suggested. Finger food will be provided. No cost. If you are interested in joining in, please contact Betty Watts at 902-566-2840 to register.

Editor’s note: I found an article that features 40+ ideas of how to create pinecone crafts for your holiday decorations. Lots of fun and beautiful ideas to get your creative ideas flowing. Link here.

At 7:00 PM on Monday, December 5th, Clyde River will hold a special election meeting. The intent is to fill two vacant positions on the community council. Residents at the meeting will elect a new Chairperson and a Councilor. The meeting is being held at the Riverview Community Centre – 718 Clyde River Rd. These two new members will join the current Council for the remainder of the current term which ends in two years.

All eligible residents are encouraged to consider offering to better their community by standing for one of these positions or to attend the meeting and participate in the election process. As the saying goes, “Decisions are made by those who show up”.

Candidates must be present at the meeting or submit a signed document stating they are willing to be nominated and stand for election. Candidates are nominated from the floor by eligible voters and voting takes place shortly afterwards. The election results are announced that evening following the vote count. The entire process takes about 2 hours.

To be eligible to run for municipal office, you must be:

• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of Clyde River for no less than one year preceding the election date.

To vote in the election in your municipality, you must be:

• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of Clyde River for no less than six months preceding the election date.

For more information contact: Administrator – Bruce Brine 675-4747 or clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca