06 PM | 05 Sep

SEAM Program 2018

The SEAM program at St Peter’s Bay Complex had their graduation ceremony on Friday, August 10, 2018. It was a happy event. SEAM, or Skills Enhancement And Mentorship, is offered to students looking for help to find employment and direction. An insider’s point of view might explain the program, in his own words, a little better.

The SEAM Program

“The SEAM program is a great opportunity for students that need help finding and preparing for a job. The Instructors mentor and train the participants to help in finding a job that is suited for them. They do team building exercises to help you know the people that are working with and what to do on the job site. They also ask you to go on job work placement to get used to a real job. They also bring in guest speakers to talk about what they did in their lives and what they do for jobs. There was one speaker who was a misguided kid when he was growing up, but he is now a successful lawyer. It’s a fun program to be in and there is lots of experience you get out of it like meeting new people and making new friends. My favourite thing to do in the program was the Escape Room because we all had to help each other out to escape. I hope someday in the future I will see everybody that was in the program again and catch up on what they are doing. To me the SEAM program wasn’t like a job. To me, it felt more like a second family that I’ve never had.” Written by a Participant of the SEAM Program.

Many thanks to Keila Hebert, Meagan MacDougall and Naomi Cousins for all their hard work and dedication to this program! The SEAM Program was sponsored by The Rural Municipality and The Province of PEI.

Many Thanks for their Generous Funding!

06 PM | 05 Sep

Blueberry Festival – Thank you!

Many Thanks to everyone who came out to support of the Festival and all the volunteers and to the Festival Committee for all the hard work and support in making the 36th annual 2018 St Peter’s Blueberry Festival a great success. Looking forward to next year! Keila Hebert – Festival Chair

06 PM | 05 Sep

Parks Canada Summer Update

As the 2018 summer season comes to an end, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to Parks Canada places and enjoyed the summer with us! The beautiful weather paired with FREE admission for youth made this summer one of the best ones yet! Beach Supervision and Facilities The last day for Greenwich beach supervision was August 20. The beach facilities such as showers and composting toilets will remain open until September 15. For more information on beach supervision, visit our website (www.pc.gc.ca) or call 902-672-6350. Parks Canada Trails in PEI Late summer is a beautiful time of year for taking in the Greenwich Dunes trail. Also at Greenwich, you can find Havre Saint Pierre trail, a 1.1 km wheelchair accessible trail with great lookout points, and Tlaqatik, a wooded trail with interpretive panels and lots of wildlife. Trails in PEI National Park will be maintained until October 12. Visitors are reminded that on-leash dogs are welcome on all PEI National Park and National Historic Site trails (including bridges and boardwalks), but domestic animals are not permitted on beaches between April 1 and October 15. Until September 14: The Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island exhibit is on display at PEI National Park’s Greenwich Interpretation Centre. The award-winning interactive exhibition brings the history of the Mi’kmaq of PEI to life through artifacts, pictures, audio stories and music. The centre is open daily, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

03 PM | 13 Aug

Parks Canada Summer 2018 Update

Blueberry Festival – Look for Parks Canada activities at the Blueberry Festival! We will have a children’s day activity booth and a Parks Canada float in the parade! Updates from Greenwich, PEI National Park Beach Supervision – Surf guards are on duty daily at Greenwich beach from 11 AM to 5 PM until August 20. Programming – Discovery Zone will continue at Greenwich Dunes Trail on Tuesdays from 10 to 12 PM and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM until August 30. The Greenwich Interpretation Centre is open from 9 AM to 5 PM until September 14. Species at Risk in the Greenwich area of PEI National Park

Piping plover

Greenwich is an important breeding habitat for the endangered piping plover. Parks Canada has been monitoring Greenwich for piping plover activity ever since 1998, when Greenwich was first incorporated as a part of Prince Edward Island National Park. The tip of the Greenwich peninsula and the outflow of Schooner’s Pond have been the most productive areas for piping plovers over the last decade. In 2018, one breeding pair was present at Schooner’s Pond outflow. The male in this pair had been previously banded by Canadian Wildlife Services at the Rustico Causeway in PEI National Park in 2014 but has since utilized the habitat at Schooner’s Pond outflow for breeding each year since 2015. Greenwich is important not only for breeding, but piping plovers also use this long stretch of beach for feeding and resting before beginning their migration south for the winter.

Bats

Due to a combination of threats such as habitat destruction, pesticides, wind turbines, and particularly the emergence and spread of white-nose syndrome, the concern for the three Canadian bat species in PEI National Park has risen. In 2014, three bat species (Tri-colored Bat, Northern Myotis, and Little Brown Myotis) were listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), enacting legal protections on individuals and their residences (e.g., roosts and hibernacula). Prince Edward Island National Park began monitoring bat activity in 2015, including sites in Greenwich, to help understand what species are present and detect changes in the activity levels of these species. PEI National Park continues to monitor bat activity in 2018 in Greenwich wetlands and has been expanded to monitor infrastructure that has the potential to be overwintering sites (hibernacula) for these bats.

05 PM | 11 Jul

Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Festival 2018

Warm up to the Festival Community Yard Sale: Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 am – 12:00 pm St. Peter’s Rink. 3 tables for $10. Register by July 26th at 393-0247 Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament Registration: $150 per team (maximum of eight teams) (Ages 16 & Over) Guaranteed one game Friday evening and two games Saturday. Teams must have 10 players on the field at all times – 5 guys and 5 girls. Registration deadline: Monday, July 23 Register with Randy Byrne at 902-620-1862 or by email at rdbyrne4@gmail.com.

Crokinole Fun Day: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm St. Peter’s Circle Club 9:00 am Singles $5.00 & 1:00 pm Doubles $5.00 All ages, all skills. We can find you a partner Lunch included, Cash Prizes, 50-50 Draw. Please call 961-2445 to register in advance. Pub Night: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm St. Peter’s Circle Club Featuring: Nolan Compton. Admission: $5.00 All 19 and over are welcome.

Festival Week

Family Movie Night: Monday, July 30th: 8:00 pm St. Peter’s Complex (Outside – Bring your own chairs) Free admission Canteen available. Trivia Night (Two Rounds): Tuesday, August 31st: 8:30 pm St. Peter’s Rink Sponsored by: Main Street Mall Hosted by: Cathy & Lynn Doors Open at 8:00 pm & Trivia begins at 8:30 pm Admission: $2.00 All 19 and over are welcome. Yuk Yuk’s Standup Comedy Night: Wednesday, August 1st: 7:30 pm St. Peter’s Complex Featuring Comedians Adam Delorey & Jeremy Furlong $10 Advance Tickets (Available at Johnny’s Service Station or calling Craig Campbell 393-2870) $12 at the Door. All 19 and over are welcome! Remainder of Festival Week Events to follow in August Issue.

05 PM | 11 Jul

Parks Canada – Greenwich PEI National Park Update

FREE Admission for Youth 17 and Under. There’s no better time to take the whole family ti PEI National Park and Green Gables Heritage Place! Update on Greenwich, PEI National Park : Last year, in 2017, we saw the much-anticipated completion of the replacement of the Greenwich boardwalk. It also saw a large increase in visitation of Greenwich likely related to the distribution of free Discovery Passes and the national campaign promoting the exploration of “hidden jewels.” We always knew that Greenwich was a treasure, and last year a lot of others learned this, too! This summer, there are no major infrastructure projects scheduled to take place at the site but there are some new things to note.

  • The Greenwich Interpretation Centre hours of operation will change to 9 AM to 5 PM based on historical data, and it will be open until September 14.
  • The Mi’kmaq exhibit, Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, is on display at the centre again this summer.
  • A brighter and more noticeable welcome sign for the Greenwich Interpretation Centre has been installed.
  • The two small kiosks at Greenwich will be closed and all traffic will be directed to the centre to purchase permits. Entrance kiosks will be redesigned for next season as part of the overall entrance kiosk project for PEI National Park.
  • A new pergola is to be installed at the junction point along the Greenwich Dunes Trail as a rest area and for pop-up interpretive programs. Greenwich Beach Surf guards will be on duty at Greenwich beach starting June 30 until August 20, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Surf conditions at Greenwich will be updated daily beginning June 30 until August 20. For up-to-date conditions, please check
  • Geenwich Dunes: a not-to-be-missed trail that is 4.8 km long, featuring a floating boardwalk that provides a view of the parabolic dunes.
  • Havre Saint Pierre: a 1.1 km trail with interpretive panels and a lookout point. This trail is partially accessible for people in wheelchairs.
  • Tlaqatik: a 4.8 km trail along the coast of St. Peters Bay, featuring interpretive panels and local flora and fauna. For more information about hiking in PEI, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/pe/peiipe/activ/randonnee-hiking.

Interpretation Activity and Program Schedule 2018 :

We’re excited to kick-start our interpretive programming in PEI National Park on July 2nd! Make sure to check out some of the activities taking place at Greenwich this summer such as Discovery Zone, a bilingual program offered on the Greenwich Dunes Trail on Tuesdays from 1 PM to 3 PM and Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 PM, where you can explore some of the treasures of PEI National Park. Interpretive programming will run until September 3rd. Blueberry Festival: We’re busy gearing up for the Blueberry Festival parade – we can’t wait for you to see our float! Stay Connected!: Bamtext Alerts – Text “OPT IN” to 902-200-4499 to receive text messages about activities, events and more at Parks Canada sites in PEI! (If you ever wish to discontinue these alerts, simply text “OPT OUT”.) PEINow: Our online parking tool will help you get up-to-date information on parking conditions across PEI National Park at parkscanada.gc.pc.ca/peinow. Parks Canada Mobile App: Download our new app for free and create your personalized packing list, add fun filters to your pictures, and tag special events you don’t want to miss! For further information please visit our website (pc.gc.ca/pei) and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/peinationalpark) and Twitter (twitter.com/ParksCanadaPEI), or call 902-672-6350.

Parks Canada Summer 2018

Help Preserve Our Park and Wildlife Parks Canada would like to remind everyone that the seemingly kind activity of feeding foxes can be harmful. Feeding foxes and other wildlife will cause them to become habituated to humans and rely solely on humans for food. They may also get too close to vehicles which could cause them to be killed. Help up keep our wildlife wild and do not feed the wildlife. If you see anyone feeding wildlife in the park, please contact Park Canada dispatch at 1-888-773-8888. To protect migrating shorebirds, including the Piping Plover, as well as ensure visitor safety, the Domestic Animal Regulations are now in effect until October 15th. Under this regulation, all domestic animals, including dogs, cats and horses are prohibited from the beaches in PEI National Park. Please help us to preserve the beautiful dunes of our PEI National Park beaches. Sand dunes play an essential role in sheltering nearby homes and cottages from destructive storms. They help buffer the impacts of the wind and prevent flooding. Walking on the fragile marram grass can kill it, and with the protective grass covering removed, dunes are more easily eroded by the wind. Dunes that are degraded or that have lost marram grass are more likely to erode further during a storm surge and could result in flooding of adjacent areas. Help us protect them by staying off the dunes, and using the designated boardwalks.

01 PM | 05 Jun

Blueberry Festival Update

We are in need of chairpeople as well as any other volunteers to help out with the festival. We continue to say, “Many hands make light work” and this certainly proves to be true for a festival of this size. If you’ve been thinking of volunteering, please give us a call.

The next meeting will be held on June 5th at 7 p.m. at the Firehall. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there!

Contact Keila at 961-2934

Thank you,

2017 Blueberry Festival Executive