Easy Living in Truro

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The Easy Living Expo provided visitors with an opportunity to discover some of the fabulous goods and services available in downtown Truro.

Ted Lohnes, past president of the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club, gives Barb Gorman some tips on using the Ubi_launcher. The club was one of several organizations that took part in the 4th Downtown Truro Easy Living Expo.

More than 30 participants set up displays at the Best Western Glengarry on Saturday for the expo, providing information and food samples and answering questions.

“This is a cross section of what the downtown has to offer,” said Grace Murray, the promotions and marketing coordinator with the Downtown Truro Partnership. “There are a lot of businesses and community groups taking part and there are new things to see each year. The expo is a fun day where people can stay as long as they like, look at what’s here and enjoy live entertainment and food sampling.”

This is the fourth year for the expo and Murray said that 450-550 people attend each year.

As people looked over displays and chatted Harry Bentham provided music on the piano, adding a special touch to the event.

One organization with a table at the expo was the Arthritis Society. Volunteers with the society were providing information and determining whether there is enough local interest for the arthritis self management course to be run again in the local area.

“A lot of people tell me that the course really helped them,” said Greta Mathewson, who has served as an instructor for the program. “Some groups may be interested in having a speaker talk about arthritis, and we can help with that too. We want people to know that we haven’t forgotten Truro.”

More information on arthritis can be found online at http://www.arthritis.ca/NS and anyone interested in contacting the society about the self-management course can contact the organization at 1-800-321-1433 or info@ns.arthritis.ca or call Greta Mathewson at 895-0708.

Another group that participated in the expo was the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club. They had not only information on their sport, but gave visitors a chance to try it out. The Ubi_launcher, a new bowls delivery aid, was also being introduced.

“With this, if you have bad knees or a bad back you can still play,” said club president Karen Hennigar. “It will help an aging population stay active.

“We have a membership of about 80 now. Once people try it they realize how much fun it is.”

The sport is for all ages and with outdoor lighting at the clubhouse and green activity can continue into the evening. More information on the club can be found online at http://www.cobequidlawnbowls.com .

Food, clothing, jewellery, music, health care, cosmetics, books, and other recreational activities were also part of the expo

Organizations: Easy Living, Downtown Truro Partnership, Arthritis Society Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club

Geographic location: Truro

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