JULY 2017
Tax Bill Payment
Deadline for payment is July 15, 2017
The deadline for 2017/2018 tax bills is July 15, 2017.
Bill payments can be made at any of the following municipal service centres:


Upper Nappan Service Centre

Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Parrsboro Service Centre


If you have any questions about payment options or your tax bills, please  contact us .
Plan Cumberland Open Houses at Cumberland Public Libraries
Open houses to be held at libraries throughout Cumberland County
Municipal staff and planners will be holding open houses at libraries in Cumberland County to discuss Plan Cumberland - an ongoing review of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-Law. They will answer any questions regarding the project, and collect community feedback. Open houses will take place every Thursday, throughout July and August:
Springhill Public Library - July 13th, 2-4pm
Pugwash Public Library - July 20th, 2-4pm
Parrsboro Service Centre - July 27th, 10am-12pm
River Hibert Library - August 3rd, 2-4pm
Advocate Library - August 10th, 2-4pm
For more information about the open houses or Plan Cumberland, please visit our website PlanCumberland or find us on Facebook at PlanCumberland

Municipal Employee Recognition  
Service Recognition Milestones and Attendance Recognition
25 employees at the Municipality of the County of Cumberland will be recognized at the July 5th Council Session for Service Recognition and Attendance. The following employees are receiving Service Recognition Awards:

Ron Moore - 10 Years Service

Barry Melanson - 10 Years Service

Brenda Moore - 15 Years Service

Thomas Trenholm - 30 Years Service


The following employees are being recognized for their Attendance (using 2 or less sick days over the previous fiscal year:

Rennie Bugley
Mike Johnson
Chris Clark
John Burbine
Wayne Christie
Richard Hicks
Richard Dobson
Peter Cottingham
Brian Herteis
Pat Boyce
David Buell
Betty Ann Paris
Kevin Yorke
Joan Ellis
Wanda Nicholson
Kellie Seaman
Cathy Ward
Fred Arsenault
Steve Varner

All are welcome to attend the Council Session on July 5th to recognize these employees!
Outdoor Recreation and Tick Awareness 
Tips on how to mitigate the risks of tick-borne illnesses while enjoying the outdoors
Nova Scotians are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors safely by learning to avoid the blacklegged tick bites that can cause Lyme disease.

Blacklegged ticks are found throughout Nova Scotia. Tick checks are the most important defence against the spread of tick-borne illness. To learn more ways to protect against tick-borne illnesses, please see the Outdoor Recreation and Tick Awareness Information Sheet.
Councillors' Corner
Advocate District School Principal, Don Gamblin retires
Councillor Fletcher would like to give best wishes to Don Gamblin, Principal of Advocate District School, on his retirement at the end of this school year. Many thanks Don for all your years in the classroom!

Advocate Harbour sisters are provincial high school track and field medallists
Councillor Fletcher would like to congratulate 16-year-old twins Denver and Gabby Fraser from Advocate Harbour on their recent provincial high school track and field accomplishments! Denver won gold in the long jump and triple jump, and Gabby won silver in the triple jump. Both sisters are contenders to make this summer's Canada Games in Winnipeg. Congratulations Denver and Gabby!
MacPhee remains undefeated with win over Hebert
Councillor Jackson would like to congratulate Springhill resident, Jerico MacPhee, on winning the Elite 1 MMA Amateur Lightweight title. The Elite  1 MMA Amateur Lightweight belt is one of two title belts MacPhee now holds. He is also the Cage Rage Amateur Featherweight title holder. Congratulation Jerico!

Joggins Fossil Institute Celebrates 9th Anniversary
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
July 7, 2017
On Friday July 7, the Joggins Fossil Institute celebrates the 9th anniversary of the opening of the Joggins Fossil Centre and the inscription of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs as a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of July on the following dates:

July 5, 2017 at approximately 6:00pm
July 19, 2017 at approximately 6:00pm

Council Sessions are held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunity Listings
Each month we try to provide our community with a list of current funding opportunities available throughout Nova Scotia as well as across Canada. Each grant listed below is provided by a different organization, as evidenced by the accompanying logo and website links.

To specifically view the Municipality of Cumberland County's grant offerings, please visit our Grant Programs page.

If you are interested in learning more about our grants, or if you need some assistance in filling out applications, please contact us.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Organizations eligible to receive funding:
  • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups
The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.   Eligible projects include:
  • Schoolyard greening and outdoor classrooms
  •  Park revitalization & restoration work
  •  Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs
  •  Community gardens
  •  Natural playgrounds (natural play elements only)
  •  Citizen science projects in public green spaces
  •  Bioblitzes
  •  Trail building and restoration
  •  Neighbourhood park programming
  •  Recycling/composting programs
  •  In-class/indoor and outdoor environmental education programming
Deadline: July 15, 2017.

Learn More
Employment and Social Development Canada:
Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities

Eligible Grant Recipients:
  • not-for-profit organizations, including social enterprises;
  • businesses (maximum 99 full-time equivalent employees);
  • small municipalities (population under 125,000 as per most recent census data (2016));
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities).
Eligible Projects:
  • All activities presented in funding applications must reflect eligible activities;
  • The duration of the proposed projects must be a maximum of 52 weeks (one year);
  • Funding from ESDC cannot exceed $50,000 per project;
  • Projects must demonstrate how they meet the mandatory 35% leveraging requirement;
  • Projects must demonstrate community support for their project;
Deadline: July 26, 2017 at 11:59PM (PST)
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Investors Group Community Coaching Grants
Are you hosting:
-An NCCP workshop?
-A coach developer training or evaluation event?
-a conference with an NCCP workshop?

The Investors Group Community Coaching Grant program has grants available for organizations that bring coaches and coach developers of community-based sports together under one roof to learn, train, and network with each other. 

Applications are welcomed for events scheduled to run April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
Eligible applicants can include:
  • Community schools
  • Community parks and recreation departments
  • Community sport clubs
  • Community leagues
  • Provincial/territorial coaching associations
  • Provincial/territorial sport organizations
  • National sport organizations
Learn More
Volunteer position as English-language support for newcomer family in Springhill
An energetic and enthusiastic individual is sought for English-language support for a newcomer family to Springhill, NS. This opportunity is ideal for students seeking language and cultural exchange!  
Details :
  Summer volunteer position (July ~ August/September, 2017).
  • Learners are a family of three (one adult and two children) with beginner-level English skills.
  • Lessons will be held at the family's home, or a neutral location (to be determined) in Springhill, NS.
  • English support volunteer must be willing to commit to 2 to 6 hours per week.
  • Candidate will possess a university degree, or be in the process of obtaining their degree (preferred, but not required).
  • Candidate will possess a TEOSL or other ESL-related certification, or have related previous ESL experience (preferred, but not required).
  • Candidate will have functional Spanish skills (preferred, but not required).
  • Candidate must be willing to obtain (at no cost) a criminal record check and child abuse registry check (mandatory).
Interested persons please submit your CV to rorey.hoeg@cansa.ca
Volunteer positions available with the Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the
most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking volunteers.  

Equipment Cleaning and Maintenance volunteer for the Community Health Department. Reporting to the Service Centre Coordinator this position will clean, maintain and preform basic repairs of Red Cross HELP equipment.

Service Centre Assistant for the Community Health Department. Reporting to the Service Centre Coordinator this position will provide excellent customer service to clients who require a
variety of services offered by the Canadian Red Cross.

Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder for Disaster Management (DM). Reporting to the PDA Supervisor, the PDA Responder will be responsible to fill various on-call shifts on a 24/7 schedule that includes weekends, holidays and evenings. When called on to respond, the PDA Responder will be required to provide relief directly to clients in need of assistance.

Nominations Open for Recreation Nova Scotia Awards
The Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) awards were initiated to pay tribute to those exceptional individuals, organizations, facilities and communities who, through their efforts and skills, made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of the recreation movement in Nova Scotia.

This year, the RNS Awards will take place Thursday, September 28th at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. RNS is currently seeking nominations for all award categories!

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Bring Kids' Run Club to Your Community
Doctors Nova Scotia is pleased to be offering our long-standing physical activity program, Kids' Run Club (KRC), to sport organizations across the province. This free, non-competitive running program has traditionally been implemented by schools, but can also be adapted to groups of any size and for kids of all ages. K

RC is a great opportunity for sport clubs/teams to provide team-building experiences and multisport exposure, help kids develop fundamental movement skills, and improve their physical literacy and fitness. It's also fun! Program materials include running logs and finisher's prizes (drawstring bags or water bottles). The timing is perfect to use KRC to help your athletes train as a team for a spring fun run!  For more information, contact Kerry Copeland at 902-483-5640 or 
kerry.copeland@doctorsns.com  or check out the link below.

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Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council Member
Nova Scotia Health Authority has made a commitment to involve citizens in establishing priorities and making decisions that matter to them and impact their lives, our community and the sustainability of our health care system.

The Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council is committed to providing excellent care for the patients and families of our community. We are looking for volunteer Patient and Family Advisors to provide input to our Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council.

We are seeking three (3) community-minded individuals to bring a patient and/or family/caregiver point of view and voice to the meetings. No special knowledge or skills are needed. The ideal person is someone who can use their experience as a patient or family member/caregiver to help positively shape the care we provide. 

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Dates and Beaches Open for 2017 Season
Provincially Supervised Beaches

Nova Scotians can enjoy provincial supervised beaches this summer under the watchful eye of lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting Saturday, July 1. 
Happenings in Cumberland County
Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery: Classes and Workshops

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS are in full swing.
Watercolour Painting with Margaret Wiles  Mondays 1:00 - 3:30.  June 12 to July 17 and August 7 to Sept 11.  $12 per class:  materials $3.  Beginner and intermediate.  Adults, youth, children over 6 with accompanying adult.  Enquiries to Margaret at ecc4up@hotmail.ca

Acrylic Painting with Diana Vertis McIsaac.  Tuesdays 10:30 to 12:30 or 1:30 to 3:30; Sundays 10:30 to 12:30  $20. Adults. Enquiries to Diana at vertis@seaside.ns.ca

Copperplate Etching with Bob Morouney
One-day workshops - $90 or Two-day Workshops - $200. Wednesdays 9:30 to 4:30. June 14 to Sept 6.  Adults. For information or to register contact the gallery.

Hand Built Pottery with Melanie Landau. Two sessions $40 includes materials and firings. Beginners and those with prior experience. Children over 6 (with accompanying adult). Youth and adults. Enquiries to Melanie at (902) 661-1887 of melanielandau@gmail.com. Schedule: Thursdays 1 - 3:30.  July 6 & 13; August 3 & 10; September 7 & 14.

Pottery Wheel Throwing with Charlie Atherton. Two-hour sessions $30.  Previous experience with clay and hand building required. Youth and adults. Contact Charlie at cratherton@gmail.com

Pottery Open Studio time will be available for: completing work from class, making additional pieces. $20 per 2 hour session.  Contact Melanie (see above).

Acrylic Painting with Laurell Hamilton - Fridays 1:30 to 3:30. Bring your paints, supplies and projects and get some tutoring. $10.  Must pre-register. Enquiries to Laurell at laurellhamilton24@gmail.com

Plein Air with Nancy Spear - Thursdays 11 a.m., June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug, 10 Aug 24, Sept 7, Sept 21. Enjoy painting or drawing outdoors in scenic locations.  Call ahead to confirm and bring paint supplies and stool. $5 per session.

Worskhop: Crushed Eggshell Painting with Diana Vertis McIsaac. Adults. Saturday, July 8 from 1:30  to 3:30 p.m.  $45. Contact the gallery to sign up. 

Workshop: Mask Making for children and youth ages 8 and up with Diana Vertis McIsaac. Saturday, August 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Contact the gallery to sign up.  

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Sunset Community Summer Fair
WHEN:         Saturday, July 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 
WHERE:       the Sunset Community, 140 Sunset Lane in Pugwash
WHAT:            an old fashion fair
free admission
live music
children's games
petting zoo

CJSMA's Solid Waste App!
Never forget your garbage day again!
The Cumberland Central Landfill has made it even easier for residents to stay connected with waste management collection and programs.
Download the free Solid Waste Mobile App by searching for Cumberland County Solid Waste in the App Store. Use your mobile phone to view collection schedules, receive collection reminders and  service alerts for any interruptions to waste collection such as cancellations due to weather. Residents can also sign up online by visiting www.cjsma.ns.ca .
Wondering what goes where? Visit www.cjsma.ns.ca to use the new Waste Wizard and search our  database of over 300 items for disposal options.

CJSMA also provides sorting guides, information about upcoming Household Hazardous Waste events, FAQs, and information about provincial solid waste programs available to residents.

For more information about Solid Waste Collection Schedules and Routes in your community, please visit 
Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority.
Have you Changed your Mailing Address? 
Change of Address Form

To notify the Municipality of a change in your mailing address please fill out our Request for Change of Address form.

Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office.

Calling for Submissions for Next Month's Newsletter!
Send us information about your community events and programs!

If you know of an upcoming  program or event in your community that you would like to see included in our municipal monthly newsletters, please contact  Allie MacLean .

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