Warden's Christmas Message

At this most joyous time of year, it is only appropriate that we take time from our busy schedules to reflect on our lives and count the many blessings we enjoy by
living in Nova Scotia.
Warden Keith Hunter
Christmas is when we take a break from our sometimes too busy lives to be with our loved ones and to reflect on the accomplishments of the year past and begin to look forward to the challenges of the new year.
Living in Nova Scotia is challenging and sometimes difficult. It has always been so. Our parents and our grandparents accepted the challenge of building our province, and our children and grandchildren will continue this work in a new millennium.
Christmas is one of the few times in the year when we can focus entirely on those closest to us - family and friends.
Christmas is also a time to reach out to those people in Nova Scotia who are less fortunate.
We should take time to thank all those kind and generous people in Nova Scotia who give of themselves to make other people's lives easier and who help them get over some of the inevitable bumps that occur in life. People who raise funds for our various charities and those who do other good works both during the Christmas season and throughout the entire year.
On behalf of myself, the Council and staff of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, I wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year!

Warden Keith Hunter
Solid Waste Pick Up During the Holidays
Alternate Collection Dates  
Regular scheduled recycling pick up for Friday, December 25, 2015 has been rescheduled to Friday, January 8, 2016.

Regular scheduled organics and garbage pick up for Friday, January 1, 2016 has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 2, 2016.

For more information about the 2015 Collection Schedule or to see our Householders Guide to Waste Management, please visit Solid Waste.
Staff Feature - Municipality of the County of Cumberland
Heather Laurie - Event Coordinator, Youth Coordinator & Canteen Worker
Heather plays an integral role in providing community recreational services intended for residents, visitors, and other community initiatives at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre. She is responsible for the coordination of all Community Centre events, managing the kitchen, maintaining the kitchen and equipment, as well as providing customer service for the Community Centre. Events that Heather helps coordinate include:
  • Ice Rentals
  • Farmers Markets
  • Christmas Parties
  • Cumberland Blues Games
  • Craft Fairs
  • Graduation for NSCC & High School
  • Maggie's Place Programs
  • Concerts
Youth On The Move
Hosted in Nine Schools throughout Cumberland County
The after-school period can have a major impact on the development of children and youth. Barriers such as conflicting schedules, lack of supervision, and transportation challenges make it difficult for families to access quality, sustainable after-school programs that encourage youth to get active and be healthy.
In order to create more physically active opportunities for youth in Cumberland County, the Department of Health and Wellness, CCRSB, YMCA of Cumberland, and local recreation departments have partnered to coordinate and implement "Youth on the Move" after-school programs - at NO COST to participants.
Youth on the Move hopes to encourage youth to get approximately 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity during the program time and provides them with a healthy snack. Since 2011, the program has been implemented in nine schools around the County and has reached over 200 participants and trained over 50 leaders. 
To learn more, contact Virginia at the YMCA. (902) 667-4724.
211 Nova Scotia
Find the Right Community or Social Service
Navigating the expansive network of community and social services provided by government and the not for profit sector can be challenging. With the launch of 211 Nova Scotia in February of 2013, over 4000 community and social services available across the province are now just a phone call or mouse click away. 
211 is  available 24/7, in English and French and for the hearing impaired. There are also interpretation services available in over 100 languages. 
December Council Dates
December 2 and 16
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet on December 2 and 16 at the Upper Nap pan Service Centre. 
December 2, 2015 at 6:00pm
December 16, 2015 at 1:00pm.
Municipal Office Holiday Closures
Service Centres closed for the holidays
The Municipal Service Centres in Upper Nappan and Springhill will be closed on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 4:30pm. 

The Service Centres will reopen Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am.

Engineering & Operations 24 Hour Emergency Phone Numbers
Upper Nappan Service Centre: (902) 667-2358 
Springhill Service Centre: (902) 597-3832

Services and Programs Available to County Residents
Heating Rebates
Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia are offering low-income homeowners free energy efficiency improvements.
Home Energy Assessment Program
Have a full evaluation of your home's energy efficiency done. Complete  any of the suggested upgrades within 12 months and they will help you cover the cost. Choose from either low interest financing up to $25,000, or up to $5,000 in rebates. - an Efficiency NS initiative

Heating Assistance Rebate Program
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) provides help to lower-income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. Deadline is March 31, 2016.
Property Tax Rebate For Seniors
This program, administered by Service Nova Scotia on behalf of the Department of Community Services, is designed to help eligible seniors remain in their homes by providing them with an annual rebate on their municipal property taxes.
The program provides eligible homeowners with a 50% rebate of the actual residential municipal property taxes paid the previous year, up to a maximum of $800.00 per year. 

This program closes December 31, 2015.
CCTS Route Survey
Cumberland County Transportation Services (CCTS), the local community transportation service that provides transportation services to transportationally disadvantaged residents of Cumberland County, is evaluating their  current service offering and ex ploring the opportunity of adding a fixed-flex route system that would connect Amherst, Oxford and Springhill. 
They are asking that all residents of Cumberland County take the time to fill out the survey  whether they currently use the CCTS service or not. The survey is completely anonymous, unless the participant would like to be entered into a draw for a $100 Sobeys gift card. 

Deadline to participate is December 11, 2015.
Grant Opportunities
Recreation For All Foundation
Do you have a great idea or current program that supports recreation in our communities? You may be eligible for some funding.

Eligible organizations must be a registered charity, NS municipalities or a registered amateur sport association.

Applications will be accepted online until January 8, 2016
Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award
Community organizations working in the areas of physical activity, healthy eating and/or mental health are invited to apply for the Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award. The award has been given annually since 2011 to a Nova Scotia community group making innovative and strategic actions to support and promote health. The award recipient will receive a $10,000 grant for the advancement of health promotion initiatives in the community.
Deadline Jan 15, 2016
Prevention Innovation Grants
Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable. With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place.

Let's experiment with new ideas and methods, use technology, and try things that have not been done before. We want to expand the field of best practices for sexual violence prevention work and this is a key way to do it. Get your creative juices flowing!

*    There are 2 grant packages - one for amounts up to $5,000 and the other up to $50,000
*    This is a one year, non-renewable grant program
*    Applicants are welcome to apply again next year
*    Grants are due on January 15, 2016
Grant Feature - Defenders Motorcycle Club
The inaugural Bordertown Biker Bash was a definite success, despite some poor weather.  Events and activities included stunt bikes shows, t attoo competitions, t ours (across Confederation Bridge, to Parrsboro, to Malagash), and a  c oncert at the Curling Club.

The event is estimated to have had 750 people in attendance, 22 vendors and they raised $14-$15,000, as well as raising the profile of Cumberland County.

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland granted $10,000 to this event from the 2015-16 Grants to Organizations budget. The return has been significant and planning for a 2016 event has already begun. They have verbal commitment from 55 vendors, and an exciting concert line-up including Matt Minglewood and Donny and the Monarchs! 

HOLD THE DATE!!  JULY 15-17, 2016

Upcoming Christmas Events
Annual Seniors Christmas Dinner 
Royal Canadian Legion, Parrsboro. ($10 tickets at Town Hall)
Thursday, December 3, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Santa Claus Parade
Main Street, Parrsboro 
Friday, December 4, 6:30pm

The Sounds of Christmas
Wentworth Recreation Centre
Friday, December 4, 7:30pm

Christmas Craft Fair
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
Saturday, December 5, 9:00am to 2:00pm

Christmas Celebration with Maggie's Place
Knights of Columbus Hall (Robie Street, Amherst)
Saturday, December 5 from 10:00am-12:00pm
(art, songs, decorating cookies and visiting with a special guest!)

Christmas Tea and Sale 
St. George's Anglican Church Hall, Parrsboro ($7.00)
Saturday, December 5, 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 
Family Christmas Party
Parrsboro Fire Hall (FREE)
Monday, December 7, 6:00pm-7:30pm
(reading Christmas stories, making festive crafts and singing carols)

Project Red Ribbon Springhill Launch
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
Tuesday, December 8, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

An Old Fashioned Christmas
Cumberland County Museum & Archives
Wednesday, December 9 & Saturday,  December 12

Let's Upcycle Christmas
Maggie's Place, 11 Elmwood Drive, Amherst
Monday, December 14,  9:30am to11:30am
(902-667-7250 to register. Childcare provided.)

Christmas at White Birches (with Maggie's Place)
White Birches (Fox Ranch Road, Amherst).
Tuesday, December 15 from  1:30pm-2:30pm
(902-667-7250 to register or to let us know if you need transportation.)

Holiday Cookies Workshop
Maggie's Place, 11 Elmwood Drive, Amherst
Thursday, December 17,  9:30am to11:30am 
(902-667-7250 to register. Childcare provided.)

Parrsboro Citizen Band Annual Christmas Concert
Parrsboro Citizens Band Hall, King St.  ($10 admission)
Monday, December 21, 7:00pm
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