There are some benefits in staging a peaceful protest, one being that you will hopefully be heard by the powers that be. Capers 4 Health Care did just that, they staged a protest both inside the MLA Geoff MacLellan’s office and outside. Ironically outside what is known as the People’s Mall. Well, the people were rising up and speaking up for health care on the island. Geoff MacLellan did make an appearance to address the crowd outside and the one thing that everyone could agree on is that there is a health care crisis on the island. The protest began at 11am on January 25, 2019 and ended in the afternoon. Here are some pictures from today’s event…
Reserve Mines Ladies Auxiliary to take $500 from the proceeds of Christmas Fair to adopt a family in the community this year. The annual Christmas Fair will be held at the Reserve Mines Fire Hall on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am to 3pm. Admission for this year’s fair is $1.
This year’s fair will include vendors such as Epicure spices, Tupperware, Avon as well as local crafts and glassware. They will also be operating a canteen with hotdogs, pop and chips for the kids.
They could not do much for the kids this year at the fair due to the busyness of the Christmas season, Brenda Binder says, “at Christmas we are very busy and just stick to the vendors.” Brenda Binder is a member of the social committee for the Ladies Auxiliary.
There were about 100 to 150 people in attendance last year, Binder estimates. They are hoping to do the same this year.
You can park at the fire hall if you don’t block any fire trucks. Parking is also available along the road.
This is a community run event doing good for the community as the money made at the event will be given back to the community.
A similar Adopt-a-Family program has been in operation out of the Every Woman’s Centre in Sydney for around 27 years in the community Wanda Earhart says who works for the Every Woman’s Centre in Sydney. They help 600 families each year in the community. Locals who want to help can register as a business or family group and either buy a toy or make a monetary donation to the program.
Reserve Mines has a history of community gatherings at Christmas to benefit everyone and this year is no different. Jackie Murray, manager of the Glace Bay Central Credit Union Reserve Branch, says that “Tompkins Home and School along with the Reserve Mines Seniors and Pensioners Club and the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire dept is hosting a Turkey Dinner for all students at Tompkins on Dec.18. The Firemen will escort the children as they walk up to Pensioners club on main street (weather permitting) and each child will be served a hot meal and some treats served by the school volunteers and the ladies at the pensioners club.”
A perfect picture of a community coming together for Christmas.