Parrsboro celebrates Communities in Bloom volunteers

Andrew Wagstaff
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Town yet to decide on 2014 participation in program

PARRSBORO – Before deciding on whether to continue its participation in Communities in Bloom this year, Parrsboro took the time Tuesday to thank the volunteers who earned the town a five-bloom ranking in the provincial level last year.
Mayor Lois Smith and councillors Lisa Ward, Rob Fancy and Ron Shaw hosted a recognition event for the volunteers at the Parrsboro Fire Hall on Jan. 14, during which local Communities in Bloom committee chairman Dr. David Howe officially presented the mayor with the five-bloom plaque he accepted in Halifax in November, and the mayor offered official thanks on behalf of the town to those who worked so hard in the effort to improve the town.

Among those on hand at the Parrsboro Fire Hall on Jan. 14 to celebrate the town’s successful participation in Communities in Bloom were (from left) Dr. David Howe, Taylor Redmond, Mayor Lois Smith, Carolyn Henwood and Nancy Curleigh.

“We wanted to have a gathering of folks who worked so hard this summer, for Communities in Bloom and for just improving the town in general,” said the mayor. “We were thrilled with the volunteers, and the public works guys who did a great job. Council is very pleased with what was done.”

The five-bloom ranking was the reward after a very busy year in Parrsboro that saw considerable effort put into beautifying the town, and cleaning up, with contributions from numerous volunteers, some of who were in the small crowd in attendance on Tuesday evening.

Also in attendance was project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond, who the mayor also recognized for her considerable efforts. Smith also gave credit to Howe and Dawn McCully, who co-chaired the effort.

Ward thanked the volunteers for their leadership and community spirit.

“A number of people in the community took a lot of pride in themselves after seeing all of you hard workers out there, and they were all doing their part, so thank you very much,” she said.

Should Parrsboro wish to continue with Communities in Bloom, it has two options, Howe explained.

“We have the opportunity to do the same thing provincially if the town wants to, or we have the option to do it nationally,” he said. “This will be the year we have that chance, and it would coincide with the town’s 125th anniversary. So, it’s something the town can think about.”

He will further discuss these options with town council at its Jan. 21 committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Following the presentations, which also included a letter of congratulations from the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade read by Helen Tyson, those present gathered in a circle to discuss ideas for 2014. Among the topics were Redmond’s plans for the coming year, which include the marketing of Parrsboro as a wedding destination; as well as the plans for the town’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

As for beautification, all seemed to be in agreement that some attention needs to be focused on the town’s entrances, which were an area of criticism from the Communities in Bloom judges.

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Organizations: Parrsboro and District Board of Trade

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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