02 AM | 02 Feb

St. Peter’s Bay Wild Blueberry Festival and Homecoming

Planning is well underway for the 2017 St. Peter’s Bay Wild Blueberry Festival and Homecoming. At this point, we are booking bands, entertainment for the park and even looking into new events for Saturday, July 29th. Stay tuned for more details. We have also been listening to the feedback we received in our survey last fall and changes will be made to incorporate some of the suggestions that were made at that time.

Everyone know the festival is a lost of fun, however, it takes a huge commitment from volunteers to make it happen. We have people who work one event and we have others who work multiple events including being part of the planning stage that is taking place right now. Organizing meetings are open to everyone and all help and input is appreciated. We not inly need chairpersons, but also volunteers willing to put in a few hours on an event.

In addition, the Vice-President position is currently vacant on the executive and, to date, we have been unable to fill it. This will also be the last year for the remainder of the executive and these positions will be vacant as of this fall.

2017 will be the 35th Annual St. Peter’s Bay Wild Blueberry Festival and Homecoming. For the Festival to continue, it needs more volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time and help us make the 35th Annual festival the very best yet. If you are interested please contact Keila Hebert at 902-961-2934.

02 AM | 02 Feb

Greenwich Boardwalk Construction Update Parks Canada

Work crews are still hard at work on the boardwalk of the Greenwich Dunes Trail in PEI National Park. The aquatic boardwalk across Bowley Pond was removed before Christmas. The terrestrial portion of the boardwalk was removed in early January and is now busy being re-built by crews. Once the pond thaws, crews will begin the installation of the floating sections across the pond to reconnect to the new viewing platform for the parabolic dunes that was constructed in the fall of 2016. It will be 3-4 weeks for the new floating sections to be installed and the trail to be re-opened. This new boardwalk will protect fragile ecosystems and provide safe passage of visitors to view the stunning parabolic dunes at Greenwich. The trail will re-open following completion of the boardwalk by early summer 2017.

01 AM | 02 Feb

Skills Link Update

The Skills Link Project is in its final stages and we are very excited to congratulate our 9 participants on successfully completing their 10 week work placement.

Each individual has shown great dedication and commitment to their employer as well to improving themselves. They have set goals and achieved milestones while learning valuable life lessons. We are proud of you all.

We would also like to thank our partners in the program, the community of St. Peter’s Bay, the government of Canada, and all of the other businesses that participated.

02 PM | 03 Jan

Skills Link Project

Happy New Year! The skills Link Project is almost complete and our participants are having great success with their individual job placements. Our 9 participants are placed throughout various businesses in Kings County and have been working hard to accomplish their goals as valued employees. You may have seen them at MacDonald’s Rite Stop, Eastern Kings Sportsplex, Rollo Bay Holdings, Sobeys, Pizza Delight, Garden Isle Farms and Bohemian Finding’s. These young men, have taken the skills learned and developed in our 8 week in class workshop and transferred those skills into the workforce. We have had many success stories over the past 3 months and I am sure we will see more over the remaining 3 weeks. Great Job Guys!

-Barry O’Brien

02 PM | 03 Jan

Are You a Homeless Youth? We can help.

John Howard Society

My name is Carla MacAdam (BA,BEd) and I am the Resource/Researcher for the St. Peter’s Bay Youth Initiative researching Youth Homelessness in Kings County, Prince Edward Island, funded through The John Howard Society. The purpose of this project is to identify youth in Kings County at risk for becoming homeless/hidden homelessness (ie couch surfing) or who are already experiencing periodic homelessness or housing insecurity, to identify existing service providers and support youth in accessing those services. Further to this, we are seeking to find gaps in current services and are working towards new, innovative programming and services for at risk youth.

At this time, I am reaching out to those in the education system, Federal, Provincial and Kings County service providers, as well as local service and community organizations and individuals in order to identify those youth who might be in need. This funding will address issues and barriers young people face with regards to housing options, employment services, relationships between provincial government departments, agencies, and organizations who service youth and identify gaps in present services, so that these are able to lube and function in the community and move to independence. A repot will be written and forwarded to our stakeholders to determine whither or not there is an issue for youth at risk of homelessness and lacking services in Kings County, PE. This report will identify whether or not at the present interventions could be expanded, whether there are any interventions, and if a pilot project is necessary.

If you are a youth who has experience (or is experiencing) homelessness or know of any youth who may be experiencing homelessness (including hidden homelessness), your input would be very much appreciated. Please contact me at 902-961-3073 (office), 902-330-8900 (cell) or spbyouthinitiative@gmail.com.  

-Thank you, Carla MacAdam

02 PM | 03 Jan

Tree lIghting Ceremony

St. Peter’s Community Council would like to thank Debbie MacKinnon and the Fitness class for their assistance with the Tree Lighting Ceremony for 2016. Debbie put a lot of time into making this a success, even with the weather not co-operating with her. It was still a great family event and we were pleased with the Sing Song with Anne MacEwan at the Dr. Roddie Center. Hot chocolate and candy canes were enjoyed by all in attendance. Hope this can be a yearly event and planning can start for 2017.

06 PM | 26 Sep

Parks Canada Announcement

Dear valued Parks Canada stakeholder,

Parks Canada wishes to advise you of several infrastructure projects happening in the Greenwich area in PEI National Park this fall. These projects are part of Parks Canada unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

On October 3, work will begin to replace the boardwalk on the Greenwich Dunes trail. This structure will be replaced as it has reached the end of its lifespan. Parks Canada is taking measures to ensure that rare and sensitive plant species and environmental features are protected while this work is taking place. Please note that the Havre Saint Pierre, Tlaqatik and Greenwich Dunes trails and the trails parking lot will be closed while this work is underway.

Parks Canada will continue its project to better delineate its boundary lines in Greenwich, PEI National Park. Boundaries will be delineated through the clearing of trees and brush around boundary lines, as well as the placement of signage and fencing as appropriate. Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by the infrastructure work and, as such, is pleased to provide these updates. We thank local residents and visitors for their patience and support while this important work is happening. For more information on these projects, please contact Greg Shaw, Project Manager at 902-672-6377 or greg.shaw@pc.gc.ca.

Best regards, Karen Jans, Field Unit Superintendent – Parks Canada, PEI

03 PM | 26 Sep

10 Fun Facts about Halloween

  1. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  2. The word “witch comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.
  3.  Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  4. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas!
  5. Trick-ortreating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  6. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin .
  7. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows Eve” or “Hallows Evening,which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1.
  8. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
  9. Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
  10. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
03 PM | 26 Sep

Skills Link Project

the-bay-news-issue-150-october-2016The exciting new Skills Link Project sponsored by the Community of St. Peter’s Bay and funded by Employment and Social Development Canada is now underway. Participants were chosen through an interview process and finalized. The program includes 8 weeks in the classroom and 10 weeks of hands on work experience. This is a great opportunity for youth ages 15-30 and we look forward to it. Barry O’Brien a Child and Youth Worker from Georgetown will be the Facilitator, as well as Assistant Keila Hebert .