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Invitation to Clyde River residents from The Central Queens Wildlife Federation:

Clyde River

The Central Queens Wildlife Federation (CQWF) is currently executing a multi-year restoration plan for the Clyde River watershed. To date we have focused our efforts on the West Branch (Baltic Brook) and are expanding our efforts into the main branch this year.

The decision of the Government of PEI to construct the Cornwall Bypass will have a significant impact on the Clyde River watershed. As we are currently working in the watershed, CQWF was invited by the Government to provide advice and technical support during the planning and construction phases of the bypass.

We have identified a number of potential projects to protect and enhance the habitat, and we would like to obtain input from the community on these and other ideas to develop an overall vision for the watershed.

What would the residents of the Clyde River like to see? Is there a desire to restore the Acadian forest, develop nature trails and interpretive sites, create wetlands or other ideas? 

The meeting is scheduled for Jun 8th, 7:00 PM at the Riverview Community Centre and all are welcome to attend.

We will provide a brief overview of the projects we are considering and there will be an open forum to answer any questions as well as time for informal discussion.  We hope to see you there!

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Heads up…the latest edition of the Clyde River Newsletter will be sent out to all community households this week. Stories include details on:

  • Upcoming Spring & Summer Events:
    • Murchison Place Park Cleanup – May 13th, 9:00 to Noon
    • Canada Day Celebrations, July 1st, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Riverview Community Centre
    • Strawberries and Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, July 12th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Riverview Community Centre
    • Art in the Park, Saturday, July 22, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Murchison Place Park
  • Public Meeting to discuss Cornwall Bypass crossing Clyde River Watershed, June 8th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Youth Summer Opportunity
  • News from the Clyde River Women’s Institute
    • Roadside Cleanup, May 13th
  • Recreation and Swimming Reimbursements Available

PDF version here.

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Clyde River in June 1The Clyde River Baptist Church will continue to host their popular Gospel Concert Series “Growing Young” on the following Sunday evenings at 7:00:

  • May 21st
  • July 2nd
  • September 3rd
  • October 8th
  • November 12th

Everyone is welcome to attend. Also, if you love singing or play an instrument, we welcome you to participate. For more information, call Pastor Garth MacKay, 902-836-5625.

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Clyde River Baptist Church, Clyde River Road

The Clyde River Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter Sunday Gospel Concert on April 16, at 7:00 p.m. Garth and Liane MacKay will be hosting a Gaither-style concert featuring special music by Grace Times Three. Everyone warmly welcomed!

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You are never too old to enjoy a tasty hamburger, so the residents at Burnside Community Care are pleased to be joining in on the Burger Love celebration and entertaining their guest Hon. Wayne Easter. Chef G.V. created a classic style burger featuring local hamburger from MacPhee’s Meats in Clyde River topped with generous amounts of sautéed onions, mushrooms, bacon, and cheddar cheese. A chicken wing tops off the bun and a cucumber and carrot sculpted into a flower and leaf motif decorates the plate. Owner Alan MacPhee says, “The residents are having fun with the occasion. A delicious burger is great to enjoy at any age.” They wrapped up the meal with Burger Love trivia along with some fun prizes.

Editor’s Note: I had the opportunity to enjoy a Burnside Burger and it was as tasty as it looks.

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This Saturday is our third and final 2017 History Lecture and you won’t want to miss it. It takes a good dose of humour to get through an Island winter and Alan knows just how to make us laugh.

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Inevitably a photo with the Boston relatives over by the car. John Darrach, happy to have his son John with wife Beatrice and children Mary and Ted home from Boston.

Excerpt from Mary Ann Darrach’s letter to her son John and his wife Beatrice in Boston – 1907. 

This is Tuesday. Yesterday, we had a blinding snowstorm, the worst this winter, but today it is fine.

The boys are going to town with loads. The snow was about gone before this snow came, so there is not much sign of Spring here now. We are all fairly well. Hope these lines will find you all the same. Tell me when you are coming home.


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.

All are welcome to attend. Following the lectures, refreshments will be served. We invite you to take along any memorabilia or photos related to the topics. Tables will be set out to display your items. 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.

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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.

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