New Glasgow - The breadth and depth of events taking place in our community never cease to amaze. For many towns events peak during the summer months, but not so for the Town of New Glasgow.
September saw a great celebration of Culture Days and once again our town supported this national event. We were very pleased to welcome our three new NSCAD- New Glasgow Community Studio Artist in Residence: Morgan Salter from Kingsbury, NS; M.E. Sparks from and Brianne Williams from Coldbrook, NS-but with family roots here in Pictou County. All three artists have already began workshops and other projects in the community while developing their own art. The artists also held an impressive opening exhibit which was very well attended and well received by the community.
The Pictou County Multicultural Association hosted another very successful Fusion Festival at Glasgow Square with an amazing richness of cultural diversity. We also held an event celebrating the restoration of the Pioneer Cemetery as well as the unveiling of an interpretive panel explaining the incredible heritage significance of the cemetery and the pioneers who are buried there. This project was led by Judge Clyde Macdonald and a committee of dedicated volunteers. Two more heritage panels were also unveiled, honouring both the history of the Coal Chutes and the Arthur Carriage Shop. This project was spearheaded by Philip MacKenzie and Judge Clyde Macdonald.
Also of note was the launch of an Action Plan to Address Racism and Discrimination, a project of great importance. Our Business Advisory Committee has been working hard and its first completed initiative was the launch of seven public Wi Fi hot spots during Small Business Week. This project was the brainchild of Jim Fitt. Jim, Vice Chair of the Committee, along with our IT Director Derek Eisan have invested a lot of time and expertise into the project which we hope the business community will support to help create a cost effective yet efficient wireless area in the downtown core. Our Council has endorsed this innovative new project to help increase both leisure and business travel in our community.
New Glasgow and Pictou County won the bid for the 2015 Nova Scotia Seniors Games. A local committee with representative from New Glasgow, the County and DEANS, is beginning its work to host a high calibre event and we look forward to great involvement from our residents when we roll out the red carpet for the Games participants and spectators. It was also a great honour to officially dedicate our Town Hall Board room in memory of the late John Brother MacDonald, a coaching and sports legend in our town.
I was also delighted to take part in the Harvest Time pie judging contest with Deputy Mayor Henderson Paris and it was wonderful for the New Glasgow Farmers Market to welcome approximately 1000 visitors for this great event. It is outstanding that the NGFM will host two winter market days on Nov. 16 and December 14 from 10 am-2 pm. The fall line-up for Glasgow Square Fall Line is a star studded one and the Celtic Circle is also hosting a great line up of events for the fall. The Look-up Art Gallery was recently opened by Andy Cunningham, adding yet another asset to our town and one of our artists in resident M.E. Sparks will be hosting an exhibit there from Nov. 5th to 23rd.
We are very pleased that the 55 Plus Club has been relocated to the New Glasgow Fire Station and that the good weather has cooperated for much paving and patching to take place.
Before we know it, our official Christmas celebrations will begin and I invite all residents to take in our annual Holiday Light up on November 16 sponsored this year by MacLeod Lorway Insurance Group as well as the annual town sponsored Christmas Parade on the 17th with the theme- The Music & Magic of Christmas.
Our community has also been greatly impacted by the tragic stabbing of Scott Jones and equally inspired by Scott's courage and goodness.
In closing, I would like to commend all candidates who ran for office in the provincial election and congratulate our newly elected MLAs Pat Dunn, Karla MacFarlane and Tim Houston. We look forward to working with them as well as with Premier Stephen MacNeil and Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie to build a stronger Nova Scotia. I was pleased to send letters to the three MLAs as well as Premier MacNeill and Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie on behalf of our town.
-Barrie MacMillan is mayor for the Town of New Glasgow.