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27 March, 2009 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 39 Magazine cover to feature guild's quilt The Tidal Threads Quilt and Needle- and members have produced many beau- work Guild on Grand Manan is busy tiful items this year. working on its raffle quilt, which this year On February 12 the group visited the will benefit Action Ministries. After suc- nursing home and presented an informal cess with Herring Days/Grand Manan quilt and needlework show for the resi- Smokesheds last year, quilters knew it dents there. would be a challenge to come up with The group is proud to announce that something to equal that project. However, Herring Days was chosen by the Canadian two members, Dawn Locke and Ellen Fos- Quilters' Association as the cover quilt on ter, found a pattern'that met with the the association's quarterly newsletter, group's approval, and now the guild mem- which has just been published This maga- bers are well on their way to finishing the zine has Canada-wide circulation and top and getting the quilt on the frame. The" well-respected in the quilting world. In- quilt features a lighthouse theme with side the magazine is a description of the many shades of blue for the background, quilt's inspiration and construction, with The quilt is on the frame now, and quilt- reference to the guild and the herring in- ing began on March 19. dustry on Grand Manan. Over the past few months guild mem- New members and visitors are always bers have improved skills in c01our theory, welcome. The group meets at the North piecing techniques and appliqut. Show Head Baptist Church Vestry every Thurs- and tell is an important part of meetings, day from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. MEETING to learn more about restorative justice practices was a group of community members and students in the Grand Manan and Chipman Restorative Justice in Schools partnership, which included (back row, left to right) Richard Lloyd, Wayne Sturgeon, Helen Johnston, Stephany Labrecque, Sharon Green, Carl Casey, Corey Reiter, Brent Cyr, Katie Wilson, Treena Mersereau, (middle row, left to right) Heather Brown, Haven Greenlaw, Leanda McQuaid, Haley Barton, Kelly Cameron, Abby Crawford, (front row, left to right) Daniel Small, Valerie Mallock, Loveica MacKenzie, Gina Ellis, Millan Brown, Rose Stewart, (very front, left to right) Jane Miller and Bobby Sundstrom. Partici- pants were given certificates from Ken Smith, RCMP J Division restorative consultant. WORKING on a new lighthouse-theme quilt are members of the Tidal Threads Quilt and Needlework Guild. (Sharon Greenlaw photo) District 1 RCMP report for area posted On March 15, RCMP on Campobello sponded to three non-injury accidents in- responded to a two-vehicle non-injury ac- volving deer on Highway 1. cident in VVilson's Beach. On March 21, a checkpoint was con- On March 14, RCMP in St. George re-ducted on the Whale Cove Road in Grand sponded to three non-injury motor vehicle Manan. Approximately 15 vehicles were accidents involving deer on Highway 1. checked with no infractions noted. At a On March 22, RCMP in St. George re-checkpoint on the Ferry Wharf Road in Grand Manan, approximately 15 vehicles C I were checked with no infractions noted. R,,.,o.s and Girls ub RCMP responded to four non-injury plans fundraising involvingmtr vehicle accidents along Highway ldeer. events RCMP in Charlotte County are advis- for summer ing all motorists of the abundance of deer The Grand Manan Community Centre along the highways and roads, particu- Complex is to house a multitude of pro- lm-ly along Highway 1 from St. Stephen to grams not only for the Boys and Girls Saint John. Motorists are asked to slow Club but for the island of Grand Manan as down and be watchful for deer as a colli- well. They are in the process of acquiring sion with a deer can cause serious dam- funds for the completion of the ice hockey ages and injury. area. The completion of the village offices The Department of Transportation has is drawing ever closer, and they will be posted numerous deer warning signs along impressive. Highway 1 to alert motorists of the poten- The Boys and Girls Club will be host- tial danger. However, several of these ing a fundraising dinner with Chef signs have gone missing mainly from the Michael Smith of the Food Networks to Pocologan section of Highway 1. These run in conjunction with the Grand Manan signs are important in warning unsuspect- half marathon and 10-kilometre road race ing drivers of the potential dangers, and it taking place on July 25. To register for the is a criminal offence to remove any sign race go to Atlantic Chip online. For more from the highway. If anyone has any in- information on the Chef Michael Smith formation regarding the missing signs dinner contact Pete Sesplankis at please contact the RCMP office at 755- or phone (506) 662- 1130 or the local Department of Trans- 3825. portation. Vacation on West Quoddy Head at U.S. Easternmost Point Lubec, Maine Former USCG Quoddy Head Station District 1 VACATION RENTALS Low Daily Rates Full Modern Kitchens DirecTV, WI-FI Perfect for Reunions! Bill Clark www.quoddyvacation.com 1-877-535-4714 toll-free learn restorative justice by Heather Brown unteer time at the Boys' & Girls' Club. A At the end of semester one, while most contract is signed, and follow-up takes high school students were relaxing and place to see how things are going. enjoying a couple of days off school, a Grand Man Community School was small group Of Grand Manan youth wel- looking for other schools in the province corned youth from Chipman High School. that might be interested in partnering, They met with community members to preferably other small communities with learn more about restorative justice, a way similar concerns and issues. Chipman fit of dealing with conflict and healing rela- the bill and was able to bring five students tionships. In the community, restorative down for the training. GMCS had seven justice forums are often held to avoid hav- students and nine adults from the commu- ing offenders being sent through the court nity participate. Training was held at the system. Instead, they sit down with vic- Grand Manan Community Programs cen- tims, and often family, and talk about what ter, with the support of the RCMP Foun- happened, enabling both sides to under- dation. Future funding is hoped to be stand why a crime was committed and secured through various agencies. Contin- how it has affected all those involved. In ued funding will allow GMCS students to schools these forums are held to avoid continue the exchange and go back to suspension and other punitive measures. Chipman. Restorative justice may involve bullies, Students shared what they saw as con- vandals and drug users. The main differ- cerns in school justice. Not surprisingly, ence between the two settings of commu- these issues are the same in both commu- nity and school is that in schools students nities. They include: apathy, inconsis- are trained as facilitators. Students sit tency, zero tolerance, attendance policies down with their peers instead of with ad- and incidents that go beyond the school ministrators. In the community forums, walls- community problems. offenders learn how the whole commu- Highlights of the time spent together nity may have been impacted by their ac- went beyond the training sessions. Stu- tions, dents enjoyed the role-playing, brain. Last year, Grand Manan Community storming sessions and the circle time, but School was the first school in New they also enjoyed the informal time spent Brunswick to train student facilitators, over meals, during Wii challenges, and This year, Grand Manan invited Chipman between commercial breaks of Gossip to join in the journey. Community mem- Girl. bers, including nurses, teachers, RCMP Sharon Greenlaw, Karey Ingalls, Ruth officers and other adults, participated in Fair-Parker, Jocelyn Brown, Kathy -the two day training and offered support Mallock and Laureda Ells helped with the to the students, meals and accommodations. Also assist- By having adult role models involved, ing were Helen Johnston, School District the students have a community connec- 10; Kate Wilson, Grand Manan Nursing tion, with people they can look to for help. Home; Wayne Sturgeon, village council; Students gain a skill set that will help them Treena Mersereau, Grand Manan Com- in their own lives, as well as help them in munity Programs; Carl Casey, Stephany future studies, whether it be in criminol- Labrecque and Lisa Williams, RCMP; and ogy, policing or social work. Sometimes Sharon Green, mental health addictions. situations are too close to the peers, so Principal Richard Lloyd and Resource adults may be called in to act as co-facili- Teacher Leanda McQuaid were involved tators. RCMP might be'invited to join a as well, providing nine staff members forum; if they have legal information that trained in restorative -practices. Training might explain possible consequences if was led by Ken Smith of RCMP J Divi- such behavior continues, or if charges sion, along with Jane Miller of Kwantlen were to be laid instead. College and Rose Stewart of Chipman. The main function of the forum is for In May, students from the two schools victim and offender to face each other and have been invited to present at the C0m- begin to repair the harm that was done. At munity Partnership Conference in the end of a forum an action plan is agreed Moncton. The conference is highlighting upon, often reflecting a way for the of- youth engagement throughout New fender to make things right. A student may Brunswick communities. Students from be asked to help student council with the two schools will be preparing through decorating for an upcoming event. In the video conferencing until they can meet community, a person may be asked to vol- again.