Clinton CiB Chair Christine Johnstone (r) with judges Claire Laberge and Gerry Teahen at the Community Welcome on Sunday

Clinton CiB Chair Christine Johnstone (r) with judges Claire Laberge and Gerry Teahen at the Community Welcome on Sunday

Striking a Balance – Clinton welcomes CiB judges

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

The judges are here

Claire Laberge of Montreal, QC and Gerry Teahen of St. Mary’s, ON arrived in Clinton on Sunday, July 21 to evaluate the Village of Clinton in the Communities in Bloom National Competition. A Community Welcome Dinner was held in their honour with 55 people attending.

During the Welcome event all those attending judged the Funky Flowerpot Contest. The winners were picked by popular vote with each person attending getting one vote. At the end of the evening two of the entries had the same number of votes. One was residential and one commercial. Emerging as winners were entries by Margaret (Muggs) Fletcher and the Roundup Motel.

The Clinton CiB Committee thanks everyone who came out to welcome the judges and to those who brought salads, etc. to share.

The tour of the community was held on Monday, July 22 with visits to showcase all aspects of the community. Watch for information on that next week.

Senseless Vandalism

If people living in the North Bonaparte area are wondering why their roads are slow to be graveled, graded, etc., this summer don’t blame Interior Roads. Blame the vandals who disabled a loader in the North Bonaparte gravel pit some time during the first week of July.

It appears that they arrived by quads, did the damage and left again without being seen. All the windows in the loader were smashed, caps removed from the gas tank, hydraulics, oil, etc. and gravel poured into the tanks and paperwork (log books, registration, etc.) strewn about on the ground.

Ken Kelly of Interior Roads estimates the damages to be in the thousands of dollars. If anyone has any knowledge of this incident or if anyone saw anything suspicious in that area during that time they are asked to call the Clinton RCMP at 250-459-2221.

E-Waste Collection

A hastily planned e-waste collection was held in Clinton on Monday, July 15 after one Clinton resident advised the TNRD that he had collected about three pallets full of electronics and wanted to get rid of them. He had them stored in his back yard and hoped to get them moved out before the CiB judges arrived on July 21.

The Battery Doctor sent a truck and two men to Clinton to pick up any e-waste anyone had collected. Notices were put out around town on July 11 and on the Village website to let residents know.

By the time they packed the truck to leave they had collected four pallets full (4’ x 4’ x 8’ high). That is a lot of electronics that were kept out of the landfill.

The TNRD has advised that by mid-August they hope to have an e-waste collection area at the Clinton Eco Depot where residents can drop off their electronic waste.

Clinton’s 50th Anniversary

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Incorporation of the Village of Clinton, the 150/50 Committee held a Sock Hop and Ice Cream Parlour on Tuesday, July 16th.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in the style of the early 1960s and music of that era played throughout the event.

One could enjoy ice cream cones, floats and sundaes with all the toppings.

Acting Mayor Wayne Marchant read a letter of congratulations from MP Cathy McLeod.

Over 50 people attended, enjoying the classic vehicles parked outside the hall, the costumes, ice cream and music.

There are more 150/50 sanctioned events to come so stay tuned!

Music in the Park

Following opener Arlen Park, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson took to the stage in the second of the Music in the Park series in Reg Conn Centennial Park in Clinton.

The weather co-operated, there was a good crowd on hand and these two did not disappoint. The lively tunes just kept on coming.

The 150/50 Committee has done it again, bringing top-notch entertainment to Clinton.

There are two more such events when Ridley Bent takes to the stage on Aug. 10 and Barney Bentall on Aug. 31.

Susan Swan