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11 December, 2015 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 43 Grand Manan council updated on tourism by Arlene Benham access event funding and marketing op- At the Grand Manan Village Council's portunities. Pond asked the council to con- monthly meeting on December 7, Mayor sider a donation of $3,000. Grand Manan Dennis Greene commented on the crowd would be invited to participate in a re- at the Remembrance Day service. "It made gional cruise ship planning program for me proud to be a Grand Mananer. We "niche ports." should remember [veterans] all year "There's a real opportunity in southern long." He also noted that new fencing has New Brunswick for this," Councillor Bon- been erected by the Coast Guard at South- nie Morse commented. She would like to west Head and acknowledged the 100th see communities in the area coordinate birthday of Weldon Ingalls, thanking him their efforts. Pond replied that this would for his long service as a volunteer, be the goal. Abby Pond, executive director of the Charlotte Coastal Region Tourism Asso- Other business ciation (CCRTA), addressed the council Mayor Greene read several letters. The with an update on the 2015 tourism sea- village received a reply to the inquiry son. "This year was a stellar year in tour- about reduced hours at Grand Manan's ism," she said, noting that many tour Service New Brunswick (SNB) office operators had their "best year ever." The from the minister responsible. Ed Doherty association currently has 65 members. The wrote that in 2016 SNB's "customer care visitor information centre in St. Stephen, team" will be reviewing smaller offices in which has a separate room for Charlotte rural areas with the goal of improving ser- County, saw a 30% increase in traffic. In- vice, and noted that more online and come from the "destination marketing .... teleservice" options are available. fund increased, indicating more people were Greene read a letter to the commanding staying at accommodations. Most of the as- officer of the RCMP's J Division request- sociation's funding comes from this pro- ing a meeting about drug abuse and a let- gram, in which 2% of room fees are paid to ter to the minister of transportation them. CCRTA's activities include direct requesting the report from the ferry ser- marketing and funding of local events. A vice review, which was to be finished in couple of summer students travelled around September. He also read Deputy Mayor the region to festivals, and a promotional Robert Moses' letter to the transportation video has been created for their website at minister regarding road improvements. . They The village's request for funding for this offer training to members to "make their work notes that Ingalls Head Road is nar- businesses better" and to "develop. posi- rower than Route 776 and that the latter is tive authentic tourism." A strategic plan is rutted and hazardous when wet. Both are being developed and communities will be "major arteries of commerce" for trans- asked about their marketing needs. Ten portation of lobsters and feed. Roads that percent of CCRTA's funding comes from were chip-sealed in 2005 also need resur- municipalities and "keeps the lights on." facing. The village awaits replies to all These contributions allow communities to three inquiries. PERFORMING Handel's "Messiah" as the finale of their recent concert are members of the Fishermen's Friends Choir of Grand Manan. They performed a variety of music for capacity audiences on two nights. Accompanists were Brenda Tate, Ann Wetzl and Dan Mullen. Highlight soloists were Eugene Ingersoll and daughter Joanne Brown. Proceeds from the concerts will support Action Ministries. (Arlene Benham photo) Pink Week raises awareness on bullying by Abigail Ross was so bad he didn't want to go the school. Ryan Laird was the guest performer for He has visited over 300 schools in Canada Grand Manan Community School's Pink to tell his story. This event was to raise Week finale. Laird is part of the Bigger awareness about bullying and what to do Than That Bully Prevention and Youth when it is seen. It was also to give courage Empowerment Movement and spoke to students and encourage them to pursue about creating hopes and dreams and his their dreams. own life experiences. Laird is a singer/ Laird let Saul Fitzsimmons come up on songwriter who made his dreams come stage with him and play air guitar. He also true after heading to Nashville and reach- asked some of the audience what they ing out to Taylor Swift at the age of 18. wanted to do when they are older. He en- The assembly was hosted by the stu- couraged Barbie Hartford and Oceana dent council and teacher Carla Ward, who Badeau to come up on stage and show off got in touch with Laird. Laird played their singing talents. songs he wrote and campaign songs, like Pink Week went smoothly and carried a "Hey Ashley," "I'm Your Man" and "Big- strong message. The school is grateful to ger than That." Ryan Laird for being part of the Pink Week Laird told about when he was in Grade finale and to the student council for ar- 7 and was bullied at school. The bullying ranging the event. GREETING shoppers at Grand Manan's Christmas market was Santa Claus. (Arlene Benham photo) Rotary auction begins Christmas season by Arlene Benham atmosphere at the curling club. The auc- Christmas events on Grand Manan be- tioneers are wonderful and engaged the gan on the final weekend of November crowd. Tickets on the tables are popular with two island traditions, the Rotary auc- and we had good quality items." tion and the Christmas market. Planning for the auction starts right af- On November 27, about90 guests filled ter the Rotary Festival in August, but the curling club for the 37th annual auc- members don't get too much of a break tion. Admission for the evening was two now. Parker says they are already work- nonperishable items for the food bank. ing on the 2016 festival. The room was decked out in blue and yellow Rotary colors and seasonal ar- Christmas market rangements with tea-lights decorated the The following day, the community cen- tables. Seafood chowder, coffee and ter gym and halls were full as the Christ- doughnuts were served as the bidding pro- mas market was hosted by the Boys' and ceeded. Island and mainland businesses Girls' Club. About 50 to 55 vendors of- and individuals donated 95 auction items fered a great variety of food, art, jewelry, and about 85 elimination draw items. Af- pottery, knitting, toys, Christmas decor, ter every 10 auction lots, several elimina- wood and other crafts. A number of raf- tion tickets were drawn; winners could ties also took place. Two Ontario visitors choose a prize from two tables, were lucky in the quilt raffles, which tick- Hallie Bass, Robert Griffin and Wayne ets have been sold on for months. Janet Sturgeon were the auctioneers for items Erdman of Kitchener won the museum's ranging from firewood and topsoil "Razzmatazz" quilt, and Shannon Mc- through tools, clothing and household Cready of Toronto won the Tidal Threads goods, to gift certificates for tours, ac- guild's award-winning "Wings Over Wa- commodation and services. With good ter." The latter raised $5,081 for the Hos- lobster catches this season, there were pital Foundation. quite a few lots of lobster available, as After lunch, Santa Claus visited with well as some scallops. Homemade goods the children and asked how good they had were popular as always, with some of the been; he then toured the hall with an best bidding for a pair of work socks by RCMP escort not far behind. It was un- Peggy Small, a couple of apple pies from clear whether this might be because he Norma Neves and a basket of goodies had double-parked his sleigh outside. from the women of Deep Cove. Bid Boys' and Girls' Club President Han- amounts totaled over $11,000. A little nah Mullen calls the market a success and more might have been raised if Bass, a says the turnout was about the same as nurse practitioner, had auctioned off a par- previous years, with more children meet- ticularprescription; her joking suggestion ing Santa. Most vendors did well; food drew a lot of laughter, and not a few bid- and wreath vendors sold out early, and ders' cards were waved high. some mainland vendors have already Acknowledgements were given to Han- asked to book next year. "Everybody nah Mullen of Fundy House for the coffee needs to be thanked," she says of the vol- and doughnuts, and to Arthur Middleton unteers who helped set up the event, partic- and Billy Clinch who donated the ingredi- ularly the Wesleyan Youth Group. She ents for the popular chowder. Griffin also is appreciates club neighbor Grant Avery, grateful to the members of Rotary Youth whose loudspeakers across the road greeted who held up auction items for display and market-goers with a variety of Christmas carried the smaller ones amongst the tables, music. Proceeds from the market support "They are a tremendous asset to our club. the club's programs and expenses. They're learning leadership skills," he says. Mullen also wants people to know that "It was a lovely night," says Rotary they will be taking bookings for parties president Beverley Parker. "A very suc- and other events at the Anchorage Park cessful auction, large crowd and every- house's "great room," which has been body had a good time." She says it was an decorated for Christmas. "It's good for added bonus that some fishermen who family dinners, anniversaries, sleepovers," were ashore were able to attend. She she says, and while they have booked a thinks the secret to the auction's perennial number of Christmas events, the house success is its warm and friendly atmo- will be available to rent all winter. To sphere. "It's fun. People really like the inquire about a rental, call 662-8341. Great Canadian Dollar Store ~> ~'~~~ Grand Manna, NB 506-662-3882 ~:> Wishes all our friends & customers a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 4 t