Archive for the ‘Rivers’ Category

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 4.06.12 PMThe West River Watershed Group is pleased to welcome Clyde River native, Rebecca Gass, to the Board of Directors to represent and liaise with the Clyde River community on work being done within the Clyde River. Rebecca comes to the Board after studying at Mount Saint Vincent University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Public Relations. She currently works at the University of Prince Edward Island in the Department of Integrated Communications and brings with her an expertise in communications and event management. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys practicing yoga, travelling, hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her family and friends.

“I was so fortunate to be able to grow up in a beautiful community like Clyde River,” says Gass. “I’m so pleased to represent and contribute to the community I love in this way.”

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Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 12.38.39 PMIn between Winter weather warnings and following a little touch of Spring in Winter, we can think of what activities we would like to take in. The Clyde River Lecture Series last year was popular and many people were asking if it could be continued. The Friends of Clyde River group extended invitations and we have three speakers confirmed for February. We hope for good travelling. Make sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend. Invite your friends and family from other communities as well. The lectures will take place at the Riverview Community Centre.

This year, we are spreading the lectures out over the year, so here are the three that will launch the 2014 series. I think they will be well worth getting bundled up for and heading out to learn, meet friends and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Saturday, February 8th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Dr. Lawson Drake – Rare Words and Old Readers – Changes in Farming

Lawson Drake was educated at Prince of Wales College, MacDonald College, Cornell University and Dalhousie University. He taught biology and agriculture at Prince of Wales College and is now retired from UPEI where he taught biology. He served as the first Chair of the UPEI Biology Department and was its third Dean of Science. He is a native of Meadow Bank where he lives with his wife Eileen in a house built by his grandfather in 1881 on a farm that has been in the Drake name since 1852.

In his lecture, he will lead an interactive presentation “Rare Words and Old Readers” where he will highlight changes in farming during his lifetime and from earlier times. For example, he might ask you, “If someone gave you a firkin, could you eat it, spend it, put it in the bank, give it to someone else, fill it or plant it? His talk will no doubt stimulate some interesting discussions about farming.

Saturday, February 15th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Judy Shaw – Renovating the Shaw Family Homestead, St. Catherine’s

Judy is the granddaughter of Walter Shaw, former premier of PEI from 1959-66, and is now living in the family homestead in St. Catherine’s where she had spent summer vacations with her grandparents. She is the daughter of Bud and Ethel Shaw who live in Oshawa, Ontario. Judy is retired but is working as a consultant. She is a graduate of University of Guelph and worked for 34 years in regulatory affairs, government relations and public affairs with Syngenta and its legacy companies (Novartis and Ciba-Geigy), that included six years at Syngenta’s Global Head Office in Basel, Switzerland, on the product development team. Judy’s passion for agriculture led to a philanthropic giving back program focused on agricultural leadership in Canada as well as sustainable agriculture and hunger issues; enrolment with Imagine Canada; and a leadership development program for grower association board members to enhance their effectiveness as advocates for agriculture. Judy is currently the President of the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame and Director with Genomics Atlantic and, among many other previous roles, she has been President of the Canadian 4-H Council.

Judy will speak about coming back to live in the Shaw family homestead that her grandparents built and managing renovations over this past year. The home is a modified Cape Cod style similar to homes built in the 1860s and particularly to a home that her grandmother lived in while she was nursing in Boston. The home was built in 1923 on a farm settled by the Shaw’s in 1808. Judy will speak about the interesting things she found during the renovation, what is unique about renovating an old family home and gardens of a place with so many memories, what to consider, what to keep and what to change. She will bring along some old photos as well as some before and after shots.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Jack Sorensen, Tryon & Area Historical Society – Capturing the History of a Community for Generations 

Jack Sorensen is a retired Electronics instructor from Holland College who is now dedicated to developing a vintage radio collection, researching and interpreting local history and being active in church, cemetery and watershed activities. He chairs the Tryon and Area Historical Society, Archives Committee at South Shore United Church and Tryon Peoples’ Cemetery.

Jack will speak about the growth of their Historical Society and how it contributes to community spirit. Their activities include walks, talks, concerts, interviews with area seniors, establishing collections of historical artefacts and materials, developing interpretative trails and carrying out school heritage projects. Jack’s presentation will offer us a wonderful example of what another country community has achieved in capturing and celebrating their area’s history. Of particular interest will be how they actively support intergenerational events and projects where young people and seniors come together. Young people enjoy hearing old stories, and technology can be a great way of making history available in a way that interests them.

Lectures run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are followed by coffee/tea and homemade treats. If you have any questions about the lectures, please contact Vivian at vivian@eastlink.ca.

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Doreen Pound

Doreen Beer Pound, a lifelong resident of Clyde River, has expressed an interest in recapturing some of Clyde River’s past in watercolour and pen. She is accepting submissions of photographs of homes, barns, businesses, buildings, items, or scenes depicting early times in Clyde River and area.  If you or someone you know has a photo(s) that you feel would be of interest and might be suitable, please contact Doreen at doreenpound@gmail.com or at 902-675-2466.

Each submission should include some background information, i.e., location, when it was built, by whom, who lived/worked there, type of business with brief description. If it is a photo of an item, explain what it is and what is was used for. She will select from the photos and create art featuring watercolour and pen that will be displayed at a public showing later this year at the Riverview Community Centre. Doreen’s work will be her contribution towards the Prince Edward Island’s 2014 celebrations. It is her wish that our community’s history be recorded not only in word but also through art. Preferably she would like a good quality COPY of original photos that do not need to be returned.

Doreen has been painting in both watercolour and acrylics but prefers working with watercolours and pen where she has developed a style she particularly enjoys. She credits Julia Purcell, well-known local artist, with introducing her to the fascinating world of sketching and intricacies and magic of watercolours at LEAP, Learning Elders Art Program, held in our community for a number of years along with PEI Seniors College. She has also studied under Henry Purdy, Mary Curtis, Geraldine Ysselstein, Susan Christensen and Anne Gallant, all well-known and respected Island artists.

Here are some samples of heritage photos and her pen and watercolour interpretations:

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Dunedin photo

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pen drawing

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Crossing the river

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Watercolour and pen

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While Victoria MacPhail was home for the holidays, she found this newspaper clipping in her grandfather Eric MacPhail’s scrapbook from 1979 which offers us a fascinating glimpse into the West River ferry service. It makes a couple of references to Eric’s grandfather Robert MacPhail, better known as R.A. MacPhail. She also found a couple of links that offer more information on the ferries, City of London and S.S. Harland. This feature will take you on a journey back in time. There’s nothing like a trip down a river to bring out our sense of adventure. Enjoy and thank you, Victoria, for finding this treasure.

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Harland in Service on the West River

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clipping, part 1

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clipping, part 2

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clipping, part 3

Notes: Victoria found links offering more details on City of London and S.S. Harland at http://www.sailstrait.wordpress.com – click here for the first article. A second article specifically highlights the City of London, click here.

Interesting facts from http://www.sailstrait.wordpress.com:

  • The City of London was in service from 1903 to 1908 and was then sold to interests in Quebec.
  • This boat could accommodate 500 passengers and the fare was 20 cents.
  • The research makes reference to the City of London’s size, which caused difficulty during half tides.
  • The Island Tugboat Company had the S.S. Harland built in Nova Scotia, which was named after Managing Director F.W. Hyndman’s first cousin’s late husband, Sr. Edward James Harland who was a partner in Harland and Wolff, a company that later launched the S.S. Titanic.
  • The S.S. Harland ended its service sometime around 1936 and went to Cape Breton.

About the author of the newspaper clipping, Joseph Devereaux: Doreen Pound tells me that the Devereaux family lived in New Haven in the house across from the Legion building. There was later an antique shop on the property. On Island Register, it shows what I believe might be the family tree, click here. There is mention of a Joseph Devereaux who was born in Kelly’s Cross in 1910 (his grandfather living in New Haven), graduated at Dalhousie University in 1936 as a medical doctor and practised medicine at City Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.28.12 AMThe West River Watershed Group will host a community meeting for residents of Clyde River on Monday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. The meeting will focus on the work that has been carried out during the 2013 year and the upcoming work for the 2014 year. All are welcome to attend.

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Clyde River SubwatershedAre you or anyone you know interested in helping to improve the local environment in Clyde River?

Clyde River is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Board of the West River Watershed Group. This organization carries out improvements to local waterways including the Clyde River. For more information on their great work, please refer to their website by clicking here.

What’s the commitment? Attend monthly meetings held in Clyde River and neighbouring communities.  Keep good communication between the group and Council and provide updates to our website publisher.

What do you get?  You will have the chance to meet some highly committed and environmentally knowledgeable people, gratitude from your neighbours and the good feeling that comes from doing something for the environment and your community.

Please contact Bruce Brine at clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca or 675-4747.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.28.12 AM Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.27.33 AMAll are invited to attend the Central Queens Wildlife Federation presentation on their work over the past two years along the Clyde River, Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. They will also talk about what their plans are for this year and their desire to move ahead with a 5-10 year sub-watershed management plan for the Clyde River.

Wonderful results have been achieved in removing fallen trees and silt that are restricting the flow of the river. Also, the river banks in places have been stabilized by planting shrubs and deep-rooted trees.

One only has to take a walk through the forest to our rivers and streams to see silt caught up in tangled alders restricting the flow of the river. To then see it opened up and the water and fish moving freely does one’s heart good. It brings back good memories of visiting the river as a child.

As a community, we can take a direct role in practicing good stewardship of our lands and water. It is a great project to involve youth, and students often take part in volunteering hours to help with the cleanup.

To educate yourself before Wednesday’s meeting, the Central Queens Wildlife Federation’s website offers many resources that provide an excellent overview of their work:

  • Website home page, click here.
  • Feature on the history of the watershed area, click here.
  • Slide show and explanation on how they clear sediment from the river, click here.
  • Slide show and explanation on how they add a cover habitat for fish, click here.
  • Review the original Watershed Plan, click here.
  • View the google map that shows the different watersheds, including the Clyde River sub-watershed, which make up the West River Watershed, click here.

See you on Wednesday. We extend a special invitation to the young people in our community.

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