JUNE 2017

Notice of Relocation of Services - Springhill
Municipal services to Springhill residents moved to the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre effective May 23, 2017
To serve you better, tax payments, water bills, and all other general inquiries for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland have moved from the former Springhill Town Hall to the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre effective
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Office hours remain: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

For more information regarding the move, please contact (902) 667-2313 or

Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre Facility hours will remain unchanged.
Community Services and Probation Services hours will remain unchanged (Thursdays) to serve clients.
Springhill RCMP hours and operations will also remain unchanged.
2017/2018 Budget Approved  
Budget approved May 25, 2017
Council has approved the Municipality's 2017/18 Operating and Capital Budgets at a Special Council Meeting held May 25, 2017. The 2017/18 budget is comprised of $27,119,404 for operating and $21,579,030 for capital. Highlights of the approved budget include 29 capital projects, two of which are the Parrsboro Wastewater Treatment Facility totalling $12.5 million and the Pugwash Water Supply project totalling $5.8 million. 
Youth Photo Project - Plan Cumberland
Plan Cumberland (a project of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland) is inviting the youth of the Municipality to show us Cumberland County through their eyes. This project involves engaging youth in the municipal planning process in order to help inform the future direction of the Municipality.

To find out more information about this exciting initiative, or to submit your photos, please  visit Plan Cumberland.
2017 Cumberland County Bike Week 
Springhill BMX Park
Development began in the spring 2016. Several youth from Springhill high school volunteered their time to begin working on this future site. Several meetings later and approval through the municipality saw equipment and works begin. 

Currently the park is open but under development. On site is a beginner track and mountain bike track for use right now. Future development plans include two speed tracks and a larger BMX track. Plans also include establishing a BMX Club, which will be open to any youth in Cumberland county.

With the support of local volunteers, youth and the Municipality this BMX Park will be one of a kind in our area. Saying that, it is the hope that more might pop up and that BMX and bike riding will become a major pastime for youth in Cumberland County.

Grand Opening ~  June 9th

Trail Flow Porta-Park 

Tunes provided by DJ Ronnie Maine
Free BBQ
'Bringing Back Play' in Cumberland County

The Municipality discusses ways to engage children in physical activities by Bringing Back Play
Over the past few years the recreation staff in Cumberland County have been putting a lot of energy and focus into "bringing back play".  With a very high level of obesity in Nova Scotia and Canada's very low score on ParticipACTION's annual report card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, we have our work cut out for us.  Traditional methods of offering more programs do not seem to be having the effects we all hope for, so in addition to supporting those local programs we are also attempting to approach children through old school play.

Fundy 55+ Games - Springhill
June 21 & 22, 2017 
The Fundy 55+ Games are set to be held Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Springhill. The Fundy 55+ Games are open to all Fundy Region residents, ages 55 and better (Cumberland County, Colchester County & East Hants County). To register for the Games please complete and return the application form before the June 9 registration deadline.

For more information, or to register for the event, please visit our website.
Councillors' Corner
Deputy Warden Don Fletcher would like to congratulate Andrew Wagstaff, from Port Greville/Fox River on placing 21st in the 2017 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon! Andrew finished with an official time of 3:22:57.1. Congratulations Andrew! 
River Hebert Outdoor Exercise Equipment
Outdoor Exercise Park Open
The Municipality, the Federal Government, and the River Hebert, Joggins, and Area Development Association worked together to build an outdoor exercise park in River Hebert next to the Heritage Models Museum. 

We'd like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help install the exercise equipment. There are five pieces of equipment and everyone is invited to visit River Hebert to try out the new exercise equipment! 

Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Techs
Symposium held April 29, 2017
After rain threaten to put a damper on things the sun came out early Saturday morning on April 29th for the 2017 Symposium of Maritime Amateur Radio Technicians (S.M.A.R.T.) hosted by the WestCumb ARC in Amherst NS.

This year's event was held at the
Dr.Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill Nova Scotia. A total of 87 amateurs attended the event.

Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Techs
Springhill Community Clean-up
June 1st clean-up successful
Despite the rain, 25 Springhill High School students and grade six classes from West End Memorial and Junction Road Elementary Schools came out and did some serious clean up!

They picked up litter throughout Springhill and did an amazing job. Well done!

Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of June on the following date:

June 14, 2017 at approximately 6:00pm

Council Sessions are held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunity Listings
Each month the Municipality tries 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.

New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program was launched in October 2004. Projects funded are helping seniors become active members of their communities by encouraging them to use their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit other people in their communities.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is now accepting applications for community-based projects funding until June 23, 2017. Eligible applicants include not-for--profit organizations, municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, research organizations and institutes, educational institutions, school boards/school districts, community-based coalitions, networks and for-profit organizations.

Eligible applicants can receive up to $25,000 per year in grant funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
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Is Your Non-Profit Group Looking for Insurance?
Through All Sport Insurance Marketing Ltd. and MacDonald Chisholm Insurance, group members of Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) may purchase general liability insurance. This program is designed and is suitable for volunteer recreation groups.

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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.

The 2017 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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2017-18 Hike NS Courses & Workshops 
Beginning in June through to February, courses range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:

*Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; 
*Field Leader - Hiking Courses; 
*Field Leader - Winter Module; 
*Field Leader - Overnight Module; 
*Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and 
*WILD Connect Course. 

Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop

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T idnish Bridge Art Gallery
Youth (ages 12 -19) are invited to submit art works for an exhibition using any medium (eg. drawing, painting, photography, fibre arts, pottery, etc)
Awards for best works!

Maximum sizes: Frames or canvas outside dimensions: 18 x 24 inches; pottery/sculpture 12w x 12d x 18 inches high.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Delivery of Work: No later than 5 p.m Friday, July 21, 2017.
Exhibition Opens 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017 with Reception from 2 - 4 p.m.
Show closes at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Artwork Pickup: Sunday, July 30, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Call for Submissions for an Exhibition: Small Wonders 6 X 6 X 2017
Exhibition Guidelines:
Established or emerging artists are invited to submit art works in any medium for a juried exhibition. 
Artwork must measure exactly 6 inches by 6 inches,
be on a sturdy surface that can be wall hung, be unframed and have a hanging device. 

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Exhibition Opens Sunday, August 27, 2017 with Reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
Exhibition Closes Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5 p.m.  

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Happenings in Cumberland County

Girls World day camp is a day camp that the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County puts on every summer. The program promotes good self-esteem, and healthy lifestyles for girls between the ages of 8 ½ - 12. 

Locations for summer 2017:
- Amherst from July 4-7 OR 25-28
- Advocate from July 13-14
- Springhill from July 18-21
- River Hebert August 2- 
- Parrsboro from August 8-11
- Oxford from August 15-18 

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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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