Volume 1, Issue 1
Januar 08, 2002

Winter Newsletter
MINEVILLE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION


Decorate for Christmas Contest
We had a great night for the Christmas Decorating contest and bon fire. It was cold, but the hot chocolate and bon fire helped keep everybody warm. The # of homes that were decorated this year was impressive and they keep getting better every year.
The 3 winners were:
210 Candy Mountain Road
21 Tall Trees Court
5 Stillwater Court

There were also many honorable mentions:
20 Deerwood Dr.
Two Rivers (last house on right)
30 Foxwood
34 Foxwood
18 Foxwood
2 Riverfront Dr.
653 Mineville Road
79 Dempster Cres.
55 Dempster Cres.
83 Two Rivers Dr.
167 Candy Mountain Road
230 Candy Mountain Road
223 Candy Mountain Road
77 Candy Mountain Road
34 Candy Mountain Road
32 Candy Mountain Road

The prizes from our sponsors were great:
1. Porters Lake Superstore donated 3 $25 gift certificates (1 per winner.) They also provided the hot chocolate and the donuts.
2. Maryann's Gifts (did you know that Maryann lives in Mineville?) donated a plush snowman and ornament.
3. Porters Lake Home Hardware donated a Braun Coffee Maker.
4. The Vines Restaurant donated a $30 gift certificate.
5. Pizza Jo's donated a gift certificate for lunch.
6. Lake Echo Triple A donated a $10 gift certificate.
7. Lakeland Plant World donated ornaments.
8. Blockbuster Video donated 6 mugs.
Thanks to all of them for their support.
Also, thanks to our judges:
1. Councilor Keith Colwell - His 3rd year participating.
2. Carl McGrath - Porters Lake Superstore Manager.
3. Norma White - Projects Manager of SALTSCAPES magazine.

Thank you to the Lake Echo Community Choir for leading us in song
We also appreciate Santa taking time out of his busy schedule to attend.
Thanks to Doug Colson who pulled our judges around and decorated the sleigh for the 3rd straight year. Doug also helped decorate the tree and setup the bon fire pit.
Karen Webb and Guido Schneider were also involved with the organizing.
The primary organizer was Clare O'Brien and she did a fantastic job just like the other 2 years.
Doug Colson has taken some great pictures of the event. Guido has put them on the web already.
MP Peter Stoffer Donates $200 & SHB $50
MP Peter Stoffer has donated $200 to the MCA in support of our many projects. The SouthEastern Health Board also presented us with $50 for our community support of their recent survey.
Bottle Drive - Saturday, January 12th
There will be a bottle drive on Saturday, January 12th starting at 9:30 am. If you can assist with collecting the bottles please contact Karen Webb at 829-2983. If possible, please leave your bottles by road side on Saturday morning for easy pickup. We appreciate your support for our bottle drives in the past.
New Thank You Sign - Bennett Park
A new thank you sign recognizing our many sponsors has been put up on the building at Bennett Park. Thanks to Twin City Engravers for giving us an excellent price on the sign and the engraving.
New Message Board Contact - Cindy McKay
Cindy McKay has volunteered to manage the message board for 2002. To rent the message board ($10 fee), you can contact Cindy at 829-2775. Thanks to Karen Webb for taking care of the sign for 2001.
New Treasurer - Lori Mitchell
Lori Mitchell has volunteered to be our new treasurer. Lori has an accounting background and has also been involved with many community activities. Thanks to Martin Tanner for being our treasurer for the past 2 years. He has remained on the executive as a director.
Rental of Tools
We have some tools that were purchased with funding from HRDC for the Bennett Park project (large wheelbarrows, pry bars, pick axes, etc.) If you would like to rent these for a small donation please contact a member of the executive.
Park Signs
Our new park signs are now up in our various parks. These were purchase through a funding program through N.S. Trails Federation. Wendy Tanner of Whitman Signs had them designed and put together for us.
Sponsoring Newsletter
If you wish to sponsor the mailing of one of our newsletters, the cost is $50. This covers the full cost of putting the newsletter together and getting it delivered by Canada Post. Your company ad is placed in the newsletter (half to full page.)
Future Projects
The project we are hoping to do for 2002 is to put a playground and trail in at Werner Park (Two Rivers Village.) We will also be fixing up the trail at Middle Park (Candy Mountain Islands) in 2002. We are hoping to put a bridge joining the 2 islands in 2003 (we will need the carpenters of the area to help with this; design is in progress.) There will be a 1 acre parcel and a 10 acre parcel of parkland with the new development behind Candy Mountain Road. We will be working on those when they become available. If you or the company you work for can help with any of these projects please let a member of the executive know.
Auction - April 27th
We will be having our 3rd annual auction on April 27th at GTO's in Penhorn Mall. Viewing of the auction items will start at 6:00 with the auction starting at 6:30. If you can help out with this fundraiser by either providing a item to auction or helping out with the organizing please contact Karen Webb at 829-2983. Last years auction raised over $5000 towards our projects.
Community Dance - January 26th
Karen Webb has organized a community dance for January 26th at the Lake Echo Firehall from 9:00 to 1:00. DJ services are being provided by Mineville resident - Kevin Murphy - of KSM Entertainment (he has a great selection of music.) We have some prizes which include hats, shirts, etc. and 2 pairs of Mooseheads tickets donated by Councilor Keith Colwell. The cost of the dance is $5 per person at the door. Contact Karen Webb at 829-2983 for details.
Secretary Needed
The MCA requires a new secretary on the executive. Thanks to Denise Pellerin for fulfilling this role for the past year. If you can help out please contact a member of the executive.
Garbage
Some people have expressed concern about the amount of garbage in the ditches along the Mineville Road. Unfortunately, nobody is going to pick it up for us. If there is enough interest, we can organize a community cleanup in the Spring.
1000 KM Walking Club
Just a reminder, that if you walk or jog on a regular basis you should be logging your kilometers. A map showing distances of the various streets in the area can be found on our website (you can log KM's outside of Mineville too.) Once you've logged 1000KM's you win a free T-shirt with the Mineville logo and 1000 KM Walking Club on it.
Interior Paint Donated - MacKinnon and Olding Limited
Scott MacKinnon with MacKinnon and Olding Limited has arranged for the donation of the interior paint, brushes, etc. for the interior of our community building at Bennett Park. Lori Mitchell and himself have also volunteered to do the painting.
Contacts
see 'ABOUT US' section
Mineville Community Association