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The Senior’s Lunch & Learn originally scheduled for March 18th will be postponed until April. Please check back here for updates.

The Rural Municipality of Clyde River welcomes residents and property owners of Clyde River to a public meeting at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The agenda will include a presentation on emergency assistance available to municipalities from the Canadian Red Cross and the opportunity to view and provide input on the Municipality’s draft budget for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

Our third and final lecture for 2020 will take place this coming Saturday. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Olive Bryenton, Ph.D. – Pioneers in Aging

Olive Bryanton, Ph.D. (Guardian Photo)

Combining her lifelong interest in older adults and lifelong learning, Olive graduated with her PhD in Educational Studies at UPEI in May 2019. Her study topic was “Pioneers in Aging: Women Age 85 and Older Living in Rural Prince Edward Island.” Olive will talk about the 10 women in her study and their experiences and continued contributions to rural communities. Because these women consented to participate in her study knowing they would not be anonymous, she has their permission to make them visible. By telling some of their stories we will learn why we are fortunate to have these “pioneers in aging” living in our communities and how their voices contributed to a new program for older adults living in this province.

Olive Bryanton grew up and spent the early part of her married life in Malpeque and Summerside. She spent most of her life in Hampshire, where she and her husband Harold raised their five children. Olive began her university educational journey as a mature student and continued her studies into older adulthood.


Our lecture series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. This presentation is followed by refreshments. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.

Maritime Electric is proposing upgrades to electrical infrastructure in our area. They sent the following letter to residents on February 10th with details and an announcement of an upcoming public meeting:

Dear Customer:

Maritime Electric is proposing the construction of a 138 kV transmission line from Maple Plains to a new substation in Clyde River to accommodate electrical load growth and improve the reliability for our customers in the area.

Maritime Electric is holding a public information session to describe the proposed project, including the route options, substation location, environmental aspects and reasons why this project is necessary. Company representatives will be present to discuss the proposed project and answer any questions.

Public Information Session:

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 (Storm date: Wed. Feb. 26, 4-7 p.m.)

Time: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 1475 Route 13, Kelly’s Cross

The map [below] shows the proposed location for the new substation and route options for the transmission line.

If you have any questions about the proposed project,
please contact us:

Tel: 1-800-670-1012
Email: customerservice@maritimeelectric.com.

Yours truly,

Enrique Riveroll, Vice President, Customer Service

Map showing proposed substation and route options

Saturday, February 8th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Gary MacDougall, The News Media: A work in progress

Gary’s talk will touch on a history of the Charlottetown Guardian; the issue of fake news, then and now; and a look at the impact social media plays in our news consumption. Gary will also discuss some of the more unusual questions he fielded during his time serving as managing editor of The Guardian.

Gary MacDougall

Gary MacDougall is a retired P.E.I. journalist. He had a 47-year career in the newspaper industry, with over 20 of those years serving as managing editor of the Charlottetown Guardian. In 2017, he received an Atlantic Canada Journalism Award in the Lifetime Achievement Category. In 2013, MacDougall was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to journalism on Prince Edward Island. He has recently published his second book, “Wayne Gray: A Man of Vision.” His first book, “Forbie,” was published in 2018 and has become an Atlantic Canada best seller. MacDougall and his wife, Ola, live in Cornwall, P.E.I. They have two sons and four grandchildren.


The Clyde River Lecture Series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. All presentations will be followed by refreshments and a social time. These events are a great chance to get out in the winter to learn about and discuss our interesting local history. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.

“Before You Go Travelling …” the fourth presentation in Clyde River’s Seniors’ Lunch and Learn series, will be held at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road, on Thursday February 6th at 11 a.m. Weather delays, illness or accidents can play havoc with travel plans. Experienced travellers Margaret Stewart and Tracey MacLean will address how health and travel insurance, travel companies and agents can help ease the stress of unexpected disruptions to your plans. Admission is free and all are welcome – please register for our lunch that will follow the presentation by February 4th by leaving a message at administrator@clyderiverpei.com or at 902-626-8668. We thank PEI Seniors’ Secretariat and the Clyde River W.I. for their assistance in making this series possible.

The 8th Annual Clyde River Lecture Series will begin this Saturday. All are welcome.

Saturday, January 25th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Linda Jean Nicholson – Genealogy and Serendipity: Crossing the pond 

Linda Jean Nicholson (Guardian photo)

In September of 2019, Linda Jean travelled to England, Scotland, and Norway on a genealogical research trip. Her plan was to search for distant relatives in dusty archives and ancient cemeteries and, if time allowed, visit some local historical sites. What she also found were lovely people, beautiful scenery, and unexpected connections.  Linda Jean will share stories about her trip and the serendipity she experienced while walking where her ancestors once lived.

Linda Jean Nicholson is Executive Director of the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation and a past President of the PEI Genealogical Society.  A certified genealogist, Linda Jean has been doing research for over 40 years and has authored several articles and books on Island history and genealogy. She was born and raised in suburban Boston, but all four of her grandparents originated from Prince Edward Island. She is currently working on her thesis for her Masters of Arts in Island Studies from UPEI on the development of the poor relief system on PEI.


The Clyde River Lecture Series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. All presentations will be followed by refreshments and a social time. These events are a great chance to get out in the winter to learn about and discuss our interesting local history. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.

Despite the blustery weather, people turned out to attend pharmacist Rebecca Dunn‘s presentation “Knowledge is Your Best Medicine”. After presenting tips on how to maintain and improve our health, our most important asset, Rebecca answered pharmacy-related questions. Members of the Clyde River W.I. and Council served lunch. The next session is tentatively scheduled for February 6th. Watch this space for updates!

The Clyde River History Committee is pleased to announce our 8th Annual Clyde River Lecture Series that will begin on Saturday, January 25th. Topics will cover genealogy, news media and aging. Each year, we wonder if we can find yet more topics that connect with current interests, but that’s the interesting thing about history – there are layers upon layers of subjects to pursue. We always keep our ears open for ideas, so feel free to make suggestions for future. When we pick the three topics for a series, we try to pull out an overall theme. This year, as we move into a new decade, these presentations will offer us a chance to reflect on where we come from, how we make sense of the world we live in and how we can grow old well. We welcome you to join us.

 


Linda Jean Nicholson (Guardian photo)

Saturday, January 25th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Linda Jean Nicholson – Genealogy and Serendipity: Crossing the pond 

In September of 2019, Linda Jean travelled to England, Scotland, and Norway on a genealogical research trip. Her plan was to search for distant relatives in dusty archives and ancient cemeteries and, if time allowed, visit some local historical sites. What she also found were lovely people, beautiful scenery, and unexpected connections.  Linda Jean will share stories about her trip and the serendipity she experienced while walking where her ancestors once lived.

Linda Jean Nicholson is Executive Director of the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation and a past President of the PEI Genealogical Society.  A certified genealogist, Linda Jean has been doing research for over 40 years and has authored several articles and books on Island history and genealogy. She was born and raised in suburban Boston, but all four of her grandparents originated from Prince Edward Island. She is currently working on her thesis for her Masters of Arts in Island Studies from UPEI on the development of the poor relief system on PEI.


Saturday, February 8th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Gary MacDougall, The News Media: A work in progress

Gary MacDougall

Gary’s talk will touch on a history of the Charlottetown Guardian; the issue of fake news, then and now; and a look at the impact social media plays in our news consumption. Gary will also discuss some of the more unusual questions he fielded during his time serving as managing editor of The Guardian.

Gary MacDougall is a retired P.E.I. journalist. He had a 47-year career in the newspaper industry, with over 20 of those years serving as managing editor of the Charlottetown Guardian. In 2017, he received an Atlantic Canada Journalism Award in the Lifetime Achievement Category. In 2013, MacDougall was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to journalism on Prince Edward Island. He has recently published his second book, “Wayne Gray: A Man of Vision.” His first book, “Forbie,” was published in 2018 and has become an Atlantic Canada best seller. MacDougall and his wife, Ola, live in Cornwall, P.E.I. They have two sons and four grandchildren.


Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Olive Bryenton, Ph.D. – Pioneers in Aging

Olive Bryanton, Ph.D. (Guardian Photo)

Combining her lifelong interest in older adults and lifelong learning, Olive graduated with her PhD in Educational Studies at UPEI in May 2019. Her study topic was “Pioneers in Aging: Women Age 85 and Older Living in Rural Prince Edward Island.” Olive will talk about the 10 women in her study and their experiences and continued contributions to rural communities. Because these women consented to participate in her study knowing they would not be anonymous, she has their permission to make them visible. By telling some of their stories we will learn why we are fortunate to have these “pioneers in aging” living in our communities and how their voices contributed to a new program for older adults living in this province.

Olive Bryanton grew up and spent the early part of her married life in Malpeque and Summerside. She spent most of her life in Hampshire, where she and her husband Harold raised their five children. Olive began her university educational journey as a mature student and continued her studies into older adulthood.


The Clyde River Lecture Series takes place at the Riverview Community Centre at 718 Clyde River Road. All presentations will be followed by refreshments and a social time. These events are a great chance to get out in the winter to learn about and discuss our interesting local history. Our museum will be open to view our collection of over 200 artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, vivian@eastlink.ca.

Editor’s Note: Here are links to our past 22 lectures:

Back row: Steven Shoemaker, Heather Fleming, Darlene Kneabone, Carolyn Wood       Front row: Julia Purcell, Hilda Colodey (Mayor), Ruth Nelson

On behalf of Clyde River Council, I would like to extend wishes for a safe and successful 2020. In 2019, the completion of the bypass brought changes to the landscape and traffic flow in the community. The Clyde River History Lectures, Canada Day celebration, Seniors’ Lunch and Learn series and Christmas Party brought a lot of people to the Community Centre, and we invite you, your family and friends to attend the 2020 versions of these events.

In early March, we will welcome your input at a public meeting where the budget for the 2020–21 fiscal year will be presented and updates on Clyde River’s progress in conforming to the new Municipal Government Act will be available. Early in 2020, Council will be starting to work on two major requirements of the Act: an Emergency Management Program and a Land Use Plan.

We remind you that Council meetings are open to the public. If an individual or group wishes to address Council they can do so after contacting the Administrator (administrator@clyderiverpei.com) in advance of the meeting to be added to the agenda. To view the schedule for upcoming council meetings that are open to residents to attend, please visit the Council page here.

Council continues to be appreciative of the hard work done on Council’s and the community’s behalf by CAO Fred Beer and website manager Vivian Beer.

Best wishes for 2020 from your Community Council: Heather Fleming, Darlene Kneabone, Ruth Nelson, Julia Purcell, Steven Shoemaker and Carolyn Wood and Hilda Colodey.