Vol 22 No 7
Linking Island Communities Together With Community Powered Stories and Events
“Why I Relay”
I have been participating in the Kensington Relay for Life for the past 10 years. I have been a committee member, a team member and a volunteer. I relay for ALL families affected by cancer but most importantly in honor of my brother who had his own battle with cancer in 2008-2009 and is now cancer free. He is a fighter no matter what, and a fantastic inspiration. I relay to make a difference and it is so touching to be at a relay to see all the participants walk the track with their yellow survivor shirts on. The photo above is from a Relay for Life held in Kensington. The photo is of myself my brother Josh Gaudet and our father Don Gaudet. Katie Gaudet-Champion
Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back!
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April is Daffodil Month
... the month to join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against Cancer continued on p. 2
Congratulations Kensington Wild On Provincial Win
Get your Relay For Life team together now!
Kensington Relay For Life Committee is ready to take your registrations for this year’s Relay which will take place on Saturday, June 7th. Back in 2005, a group of KISH students wanted to make a difference. Joining together, they decided to host a Relay for Life. 10 years later, the Relay in Kensington is still going strong. Come together this June for our 10th anniversary of the Kensington Relay for Life! Let’s Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back against cancer, while we commemorate our silver anniversary. Register NOW online at www.relayforlife.ca, or at the Kensington Town Hall, and send any questions to kensingtonrelay@ gmail.com
schedule for Saturday, June 7 on p. 2
Kensington Wild win the Provincial Title 4 games to 2 over the Charlottetown Islanders. The team expressed Thanks to all their fans from Kensington and around PEI for making their season such a memorable one. General Manager-Mike Gallant, Head Coach-Mark Carragher, Assistant Coach-Kyle Dunn, Assistant Coach-Matt Fortier, Manager-Ivan Gallant, Trainer-David Bernard.
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NEW LONDON Community Complex March Draw Winners
Barbara Doughart and Wendell Thompson
$1000 Dollar Winner Ron Chappell, Summerside $100 Dollar Winners •Nancy Key - Summerside •Laura Larkin - Rustico •Gerry and Natalie Mawhinney - Grahams Road •Kenny Waugh - Wilmot •Carmen Rix - Kensington The draw made by Barbara Doughart.
Submitted by Makayla Oatway and Teila Coulson
High School Hockey Is Back! High school hockey is back again at KISH for the second year. The boys tournament took place this week at Community Gardens Arena in Kensington. The girls team had to join forces with Kinkora Regional High to create the KISHORA team, they played in Evangeline Wednesday and in Summerside on Friday. Athletics Badminton zones took place this week for bantam singles at TOSH on Wednesday and the Midget singles are being held on April 8th. Practices are next week for seniors. U16 and U18 spring volleyball league night is next Wednesday night at KISH. Late French Immersion Info Night A grade 7 late French Immersion meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm in our school’s library. This information session is for parents from Kensington and Kinkora families who are interested in registering their son/ daughter for late French Immersion. Registration deadline is Friday, April 25th. For more info, contact Donald Mulligan at KISH (836-8901) or the English Language School Board (888-8400) Grade 12 Students The next grad activity has been postponed due to the storm days. A later date will be announced for when participating students will try their hand at curling at the Silver Fox in Summerside.
The bus leaves at 3:30 and will return at 6:00pm. Cong ratulations Skills Canada- Two of our grade 12 students were winners in the recent Skills Canada held in Charlottetown. Matthew Arsenault won silver in the “outdoor-power equipment” category. Keir Blackett won bronze in the “carpentry” category. Bridge Building Contest- Matthew Crozier, grade 12, won the grand prize and beat the alltime record he set in 2012. His bridge (made out of Popsicle sticks) held an impressive 505 pounds of maximum load, which beat his old record of 490 pounds! His recordbreaking bridge made the night more even exciting as all those in attendance waited in anticipation to see if he could break the record. Thank You! We wish to thank the Kensington Lions for their recent donations to the KISH breakfast program. Green & White Review Auditions have been underway this week and the week before for performing acts. The date is yet to be determined but we promise a great concert, as always! Important Dates April 7, 8, 9th Grade 12 French Immersion DELF Test April 18th- No classes April 24th- Green and White Review April 25th – Report Cards For more information visit the KISH website at http://kishwebsite.wordpress.com
schedule Relay For Life cont’d from p. 1 MARK YOUR CALENDAR Kensington Relay For Life Schedule Community Gardens Complex Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:00pm - 12 midnight 4:00pm - Entertainment and Activities 6:30pm - Opening Ceremonies 7:00pm - Survivors Victory Lap and Team Lap 10:00pm Luminary Ceremony 11:30pm Fight Back
Daffodil Campaign Helps Islanders April is Daffodil Month – the month to join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. • The number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the population grows and ages. This year alone approximately 880 Islander will hear the words “You have cancer”. • While cancer continues to take a huge toll, it’s important to remember that progress has been made against this disease. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. And the survival rates for some cancers are much higher -with childhood cancer at 82%, breast at 88% and prostate at 96%. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%. • A cancer diagnosis
can be daunting, which is why the Canadian Cancer Society is asking Islanders to purchase bouquets of fresh daffodils and to wear a daffodil pin and wear it during April to show their support of those living with cancer. • Volunteers will be selling fresh daffodils at grocery stores and shopping malls across PEI from Wednesday, April 2nd - Tuesday, April 8th. • Daffodil pins will be available by donation throughout the month of April at PEI Liquor Retail Outlets, Murphy’s Pharmacies and all Credit Unions. • Every donation made to the Canadian Cancer Society brings us one step closer to preventing cancer, detecting it earlier, improving treatments and helping Canadians live healthier lives.
April 9, 2014
The HST at One
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by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association The Harmonized Sales Tax has been a reality for over a year now, and it is logical to ask the question “how have Islanders fared?” The answer is a mixed bag, since some items went down in price while others went up. However, the bottom line has been in the minus column when it comes to the pocketbook. That is because the items that went up increased nine per cent while those that came down dropped only 1.5 per cent. Those items that were previously subject to both provincial Sales Tax and the federal Goods and Services Tax went down from the combined rate of 15.5 per cent to 14 per cent. Items only subject to the 5 per cent federal tax went up nine per cent. Many of the items that increased tended to be big ticket items. Electricity stands out on that list. Islanders, who had long been paying some of the highest light bills in the country, found themselves paying nine per cent more. Gasoline also took a
major hike. It is not so long ago that PEI enjoyed the lowest gasoline prices in the region. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia both ultimately decided to regulate gas prices in the hope that they would be able to offer their residents prices in the same range as PEI. Those days are long gone. The HST was the final piece of the puzzle that took PEI from the lowest to the highest at the pumps. Neither the government nor the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has done a particularly good job in explaining why, given the fact that both of our sister Maritime Provinces also have a harmonized tax. The tax anniversary coincided with the release of the consumer price index—the calculation compiled by Statistics Canada that tracks the cost of living. The index rose 2.7 per cent in the province last year compared to 1.1 per cent in the rest of the country. The news is even worse when you look at indi-
vidual categories. Energy, which includes both electricity and gas prices, went up 7.5 per cent in PEI. By contrast, the national increase was 1.5 per cent. That is quite a difference and the gap is not likely to close anytime soon. Clothing went up five per cent when averaged over the 12 months from February 2013 to this February. The increase was actually closer to ten per cent for most of the year, but there was a significant decrease for the Christmas shopping period. By contrast, the cost of clothing actually went down nationally in 2013. The cost of shelter also went up under the index. However, that probably
can’t all be blamed on the tax. Rentals and leases are not subject to the tax, and there was no change in houses that are resold. The only change was new houses are now subject to the tax. Food also increased slightly both nationally and provincially, but basic food items are exempt from the HST. The province does provide HST rebates to low income Islanders and those advocating the tax promised prices would actually come down as businesses passed on the tax rebates they received on the supplies they purchased to consumers. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan has indicated in a number of media interviews that hasn’t happened quite as fast as he would have liked. However, he is still confident there will be some price adjustments over the next few months. Plans to introduce the
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tax caught most Islanders by surprise, since it was not part of the Liberal platform in the 2011 election. Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was pressuring PEI and the other provinces that did not have the tax to implement it and there was a one -time payment from Ottawa intended to offset lost revenue. That prompted the opposition parties to label the measure a tax grab. Both Ontario and British Columbia adopted the tax in 2010, although B.C. later changed its mind.
Page 3 In fact, the HST became history in that province the same day it was first levied in PEI. Will the tax be an issue in the next election? Probably not. The fact is the tax is now a reality and Islanders are making the adjustments the tax regime has brought. Maybe the opposition parties will promise to rescind the tax but that is no guarantee it would happen should they win. Remember Jean Chretien’s pledge to get rid of the GST?
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Kensington Scotiabank Supporting Local Girl Guides Scotiabank Kensington was pleased to support the local Kensington Girl Guides group with the group’s Three Course Dinner prepared by Chef Bev Campbell and Live Auction fundraiser by selling tickets at the bank and, in turn, matching funds raised. The final total also included proceeds from a softball tournament that was held last summer in O’leary.
Kensington Scotiabank with Girl Guide Group L-R: Lucas MacLeod (Scotiabank), Kerri Bertram (Scotiabank), Jaunita Boucher, Judy Paynter, Nicole Boucher, Victoria Boucher, Hannah Paynter, and Cindy Doucette (Scotiabank).
Kensington Heritage Library 6 Commercial Street
Tues. 9:30am to 12:30pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm Shelley Tamtom Wed. 12 noon to 5:00pm Library Technician Thurs. 2pm to 7pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sat. 9:30-12:30pm Sat. 9:30-12:30pm to 1-3pm www.library.pe.ca April 12th Celebrating International Children’s Book Day and Kensington Pay it Forward!: Drop off gently used kid’s books for Book Swap Sat. 12th- Children’s Book Swap: All Day-Kids only, FREE children’s book swap and Easter craft 1:30 pm April 15th Tuesday at 10 am Preschool Story Time ... Easter Egg Hunt! Jelly Bean Contest! Enter to win by guessing how many jelly beans are in the jar! Contest closes on Jelly Bean Day - April 22nd! Good Luck
Thurs. 17th – Arthritis Society Presentation 5:30-6:30 pm Thurs. 24th - Knit & Stitch Group 2:30 pm Thurs. 24th ART journals with Catherine! Back by popular demand!! 5:30 - 7:00pm. Check Facebook for details! Sat. 26th Book Club: 10am Ten Secrets to Healthy Eating with Jenneca Pomeroy, Dietician 1:30 pmPlease check www.library. pe.ca or Facebook: Kensington Heritage Library for updated activities.
The proceeds go to the Kensington Girl Guides upcoming trip to London England in August as Goodwill Ambassadors for the Town of Kensington’s Centennial celebration.
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Kinkora Regional High School Update submitted by student reporter Michelle Jones This column gives the community the opportunity to see what is going on at the school, both the successes, and the challenges. It will also highlight the efforts of teachers and, give student recognition of accomplishments.
Dates to Remember Apr. 18 - Good Friday. No classes. Apr. 21 - Easter Monday. No classes. Apr. 24 - School Dance from 8-11 p.m. Apr. 24/26 - Badminton Provincials. Student of the Week Congratulations to our most recent Student of the Week ~ Alex Torok. Next School Dance The next school dance will be ‘The Luau’, which will be on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 8-11 p.m. School Council Our School Council meets the last Wednesday of every month. Next meeting is Apr. 30 @ 6:30 p.m. All parents/guardians are most welcome. Literacy at K.R.H.S. We’ve had some great results on our Literacy Assessment with 77% of the students achieving a 70% or higher average. This is an increase of 16% over last year’s results. I would like to recognize the effort that students put into writing the assessment and to improving their literacy skills throughout the year. Well done! Intermediate Literacy Assessment The Intermediate Literacy Assessment is a multi-session assessment of reading and writing outcomes as described in the Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum Guide: Gr. 7-9. It will be administered to Gr. 9 students on Apr. 15, 16, 22 & 23. School Health Grant K.R.H.S. has received a $500 School Health grant to help purchase a blender for the breakfast program to help ensure that more students at Kinkora Regional High School are going to classes with break-
fast, and to help students increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. Annual Hockey Pool Log on to officepools. com for results. ID is Kinkora & password is guest. Current leaders are: 1) Shelley Tremere 2) Brett DesRoche and 3) Natalie Allen. Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Island is doing a build in Kinkora this summer. Special thank you to Susan Zambonin the executive director of PEI Habitat for Humanity who presented to KRHS students and staff on Mar. 25 on the Kinkora build. If students or parents are interested in volunteering for the Kinkora build, please contact email@example.com. or go to cm2pei. neworg.com and register as a volunteer. Encounters with Canada Bon voyage to the following students who will be representing K.R.H.S. at Encounters With Canada at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa this month:Michael Lawless & Brady van der Velden - Apr. 13-19, 2014 Sports and Fitness Preventive Dental Services A Dental Public Health Team will be at Kinkora Regional High School to provide preventive dental services from Apr. 14May 7. Music Program A huge thanks goes out to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival as they awarded Kinkora Regional High School $1,300 towards the purchase of a Yamaha Euphonium for the music program. Special thanks to Peter Wynne for the excellent work he does with the K.R.H.S. Music Program.
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Spring Musings From Ebenezer I met an acquaintance one day this week and she told me her little bird tale. It seems that over the course of time she got rather tired of feeding the greedy blue jays so she simply stopped feeding the birds, period! Well, the blue jays weren't altogether thrilled with this development so proceeded to start eating the paint off the house. Did she resume putting out bird seed? No and she says that now the jays have taken up grazing on the bare patches of lawn instead of the paint. I don't know how common this paint-eating business is but over the years there have been a couple of cases where readers wrote in about paint-eating jays. In those cases I encouraged them to start feeding the birds a more varied diet and it seems that this helped. This latest report leads us to understand that if we stop feeding the birds that there could be repercussions that we never dreamt of. If the birds are or were eating the paint on your house, we'd like to hear your story. Gracefully Ever so gracefully........ This week I was driving in the Ellen's Creek area of Charlottetown, away upstream where it is just a creek, nothing more. This part of the city is quite built up with not
a lot of green space left – a combination of commercial and residential development. To my surprise I spotted a hawk flying overhead and it wasn't all that high up either. Flying, yes, but technically speaking, it was just gliding around without a noticeable flap of its wings. Now I'm no expert on hawks, so please don't consider this to be a positive identification – just a “best guess”. There's a section in my Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds that shows you what the hawks would look like if they were flying overhead and my guess is that this was a red-tailed hawk. They are classified in the PEI Field Checklist of Birds as Uncommon here spring through autum and rare in winter. In Ebenezer we hear their squeal high overhead quite often in summer but I have never seen one close up. It was one very large bird. I wonder what it hoped to find in that area this time of year?
Spring! It's spring and today I spent some time in the only section of garden here that's not covered with snow – my mint garden. Now it started out to be a “herb” garden but many of you may know that once you plant mint, that part of the garden soon becomes a monoculture. The mint doesn't like competition and soon crowds out anything else that might be growing there. Clipping off the old dead stems today, once in a while I'd get a little whiff of mint – lovely. Soon I'll be able to pick fresh mint for tea! When spring rolls around, my thoughts often turn to pruning. Books have been written on the subject but I find the volumes of information available often overwhelming. I'd like to see all that I need to know condensed to about one sentence. Several years back, I had someone who knew what he was doing tackle the job of pruning my flowering shrubs. Mind you, I was aghast at first because they got quite a clipping but they went on from there to do splendidly, thanks I know to the pruning. But I tend to leave well enough alone and only prune when the shrub is getting in the way. That works fine for some but others need pruning to stay healthy. The Rodale Press “Expert's Book of Garden Hints” covers pruning in a modest 10 pages. Here are a couple of generalizations that they made. Trees or shrubs that bloom in the spring should be pruned (if necessary) after blooming. If they bloom on new growth, they should be
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pruned before growth starts in early spring. Those are simply generalizations. Many shrubs require special care. For instance , a weigela should be thinned out on a regular basis otherwise it could end up dying out in the center and become very unsightly. Do you have a clematis, a climbing rose, a honeysuckle or a trumpet vine? Careful attention to the timely pruning of these plants is sure to be beneficial. Check online or see what a gardening book has to say about your plants. Okay, so your pruning is all looked after. Now how about dividing some of your perennials, hostas in particular. Time was when I found hostas boring but I have changed my tune and have them all over the place. I read a while back that many us have hostas that never reach their full potential because every spring we are lopping chunks off the side of them so we can have more and more hostas! I was talking to one lady today who plans to do some serious hosta pitching this spring. Her yard has a long row of plain green hostas and she plans to replace them with lilies of one sort or another. Keep in mind that there are many, many different hostas out there and they can certainly add interest to your landscaping plan. Want some new inexpensive hostas and lilies? Watch for yard sales and little roadside stands later in the spring. Gardening comments or questions? Drop me a line at 471 New Glasgow Rd, Ebenezer, PE, C1E 0S8 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Variety Concert April 12 - 7:30 pm
at Crapaud Community Hall
Music supplied by Bill, Gertie & Erma Campbell with Special Guests: Juliette Squarebriggs & Jack Darrach Stompin Tom - Wade Campbell Dancer: Bronwyn Bridges and the hilarious Mavis & MyrtleSharon MacRoberts & Marie Dow Lunch - Biscuits & Jam, Tea & Juice Admission Applies 50/50 draw Fudge sale In support of the Crapaud Hall
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Raise The Wall Day Quickly Approching
McCarvill Family - Colleen with her children Morgan 10, Emma 7 and Wil 18 months.
Kinkora build starts June 21st!! On June 21 the Kinkora build starts at 10 Somerset Street. Get a group together and come out to work on a build this summer; youth group, school group, friends, co-workers. You will be exhausted at the end of the day....but it will feel SO good! “The children and I are extremely excited and looking forward to the start of the build on June 21st. We are so appreciative of all the support we have received. It will be a dream come true for us.”
WIN a Lobster Supper for 12 with all the Fixings. Purchase a ticket for the chance to win. Draw date: Mother’s Day May 11. For more information contact Lesley Cousins 836-3016.
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April 9, 2014
Senior Surfers Open House Showcase Beautiful Basket Weaving
Front L-R: Lois Brown-Instructor, Nora Richards-Instructor, Grace MacLeod-Senior Surfers President and Ruby Cousins-Senior Surfers Coordinator for the Basket Weaving program.
On March 21 a wonderful Open House was held to showcase the art of Basket Weaving and story telling by 10 members of the Senior Surfers Club. Funded by the Federal New Horizons for Seniors program and, coordinated by Ruby Cousins, it consisted of 8 sessions that were held weekly at the Seniors Centre at 25A Garden Drive. The program also included story telling, a Mi’Kmaq lecture and a planned trip to Lennox Island. Ruby Cousins highlighted the success of the Senior Surfers and those who have been instrumental in their support: Federal Government New Horizons program, Town of Kensington for
seniors building, KenNet for furnishing, Community Gardens for snow removal, and the list goes on. Grace MacLeod, President of the Senior Surfers was on hand to welcome and introduce guests: Betty Jean AllenProgram Officer for Service Canada (New Horizons for Seniors’ Pro-
gram), Mayor Gordon Coffin, Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley, Hon Wes Sheridan, MP Wayne Easter, basket weaving instructors Nora Richards & Lois Brown and, to present certificates to all the participants who completed the program. Participant Louise Weeks, on behalf of
all the participants, was pleased to present certificates and tokens of appreciation to instructors Nora Richards and Lois Brown. Winners of the Basket Draws (donated by the instructors) were: Verna Lynn Weeks, Mayor Gordon Coffin and Wes Sheridan.
Artist Works on Commemorative Mural
Anne Gallant works on mural at her studio on Broadway Street Artist Anne Gallant works on one of three 4X4 murals, a streetscape of Kensington that potrays business and commerce and the way of life the year the town was incorporated, by transforming old black and white photos into full color, bringing the history of Kensington alive.
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Jacob Brown of the 1231 Kensington army cadets, taking part in the annual Cadet Regional Winter Expedition (Exercise SubZero) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Considering the winter we’ve had this year, you would think that most people would be dreaming of jetting off to somewhere warm and sunny to shake off the winter blues, but one local youth had an entirely different destination in mind, and it paid off in a way that he never saw coming. Summerside teen Jacob Brown, 17, a member of the 1231 Kensington army cadets, just returned from spending a week in Happy Valley-Goose Bay where he was taking part in the annual cadet Regional Winter Expedition, affectionately known as Exercise
SubZero. He was one of just 18 senior cadets from all four Atlantic Provinces chosen to attend the grueling event, which included a three-day, forty kilometre snowshoe trek pulling all necessary equipment on sleds. “It wasn’t easy pulling all of our gear with us, cooking in the snow and sleeping out in tents, but it was something I felt that I worked hard to prepare for.” Jacob, who is the Regimental Sergeant Major of his cadet corps, (the top appointment an Army Cadet can achieve) worked hard to qualify for the expedition. The
cadets are selected based on their physical fitness, their leadership abilities, as well as their participation in other aspects of the cadet expedition program. Although marksmanship is RSM Brown’s first love, expeditions are a close second and this was an adventure he won’t soon forget. If you are between the ages of 12-18 and would like to join the 1231 Kensington Army Cadet Corps free of charge, contact Captain Tracy Enman at 854-2215 or Tracy.Enman@cadets.gc.ca Cadets parade on Monday 6-9 pm in Slemon Park.
Happy Group Seniors- This Means Something To Me
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Members of the Kensington Happy Group Seniors, who participated in a 10 week free painting and writing program with artist Wendy Lefebvre, were pleased to display their paintings and the individual stories that they wrote at an Open House on March 23. Funded by the PEI Dept. of Tourism & Culture, under the directions of Minister Robert Henderson, the Learning Elders Arts Program (L.E.A.P.) provided them with the opportunity to learn various artistic disciplines under the theme “This Means Something To Me”.
Malpeque Bay Credit Union Boardroom April 24, 7:00pm sponsored by PEI Rural Beautification Society April 24, 7 pm At Malpeque Bay Credit Union boardroom Speakers: •Al Picketts of Norboro, on planting and growing, black garlic •Donna Sutton of Clinton, demonstrating how to make old fashioned flower, and heritage garden, arrangements •Vince MacRae of Summerside, on planting heritage gardens For more info, call Janet at 886-2528. Everyone Welcome No charge Refreshments Door Prizes Central Queens United Church Hunter River April 24, 7:00 pm Speakers: TBA Come to this workshop and learn more about the PEI 2014 Special Heritage Competitions open to all ages. Everyone welcome. No charge. Refreshments. Door prizes. Contact: Sharon at 902-621-2609 PEI Rural Competition Books are now available at all PEI Access Centres, and most Garden Centres when open.
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PRACTICING for the Upcoming Rubber Boot Revue At 15th Annual PEI Crokinole Championship Atlantic
Doug Neill of S’side and Fred Doughart of Long River practising for the upcoming Crokinole Championship.
The Island Crokinole Championship for Singles ages 16 and up and Pairs with partners of any age older than 9 will be held on Saturday April 12th at the North River Fire Hall Trans-Canada Highway Cornwall. Final registration on the 12th for Singles is at 8-8:30, play starting at 9 am, and
Pairs 12-12:30, with play starting at 1 pm. For Registration forms and Rules call Donald Steeves at 569-3142 or pick them up at the weekly crokinole parties evenings 7:30 pm in the Warren Grove community center Monday’s, Hunter River Lion’s Hall Thursdays, or the Cotton Cen-
ter Stratford Friday’s. Fred Doughart of New London will have Registration forms and Rules for the Kensington area players wishing to play who missed the April 5th preregistration deadline call 886-3283. Following the Singles Round Robin Play a championship playoff between the two top Men and two top women players will take place just before the included free lunch and before the Pairs tournament round robin play starts in the afternoon. Following the playoff round between the top two Pairs teams, cash prizes and awards will be awarded.
The Atlantic Veterinary College will hold its first “Rubber Boot Revue” on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the College. Emceed by well-known actor and comedian Wade Lynch, this new event will feature Island entertainers and some of AVC’s talented students. Fiddlers Sons will be on stage, with Eddy Quinn on lead vocals, John B. Webster on guitar, Garth Matthews on bass, and AVC’s very own Courtney Hogan (Class of 2015) on fiddle. And members of The VagalTones, AVC’s student band, will show
off their musical talents. As well, dogs decked out in costumes will vie for the coveted title of “Top Dog” in the AVC Top Dog Fashion Show. There will be a silent auction, and refreshments for sale. Doors open at 7 p.m. for viewing of the silent auction items, with the entertainment to start at 7:30 p.m. The Rubber Boot Revue takes place at AVC in The McCain Foundation Learning Commons. All are welcome. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call (902) 566-0589.
You don’t need to be a champion to enjoy a day of fun and camaraderie on the 12th of April.
Cst. Mullett of the Kensington Police Service is looking to start up a Block Parent Program in the Town of Kensington. There will be an information meeting on Thursday April 10th at 6:30 PM in the basement board room in the town hall. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like more information Cst. Mullett can be reached at kmullett@ townofkensington.com or 836-4499.
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Study Proves Community College Good Investment by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist, President Canadian Association of Journalist PEI, Vice president Atlantic Farm Writers Association A study released recently shows Holland College is a good economic investment for both the graduates and taxpayers. The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International, was commissioned by a consortium of community colleges in the region and similar studies were done on the community college systems in those provinces. In a climate of intense competition for corporate donors and declining government support, an institution that wants to ensure its continued existence better be able to justify its case economically. In the past few years, there have been similar studies commissioned by a host of organizations ranging from Confederation Centre to the spin-off impacts of the potato industry. Like its counterparts in the other Atlantic Provinces, Holland College has a network of
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campuses across the province—right from Tignish to Souris. That is quite different from the University of PEI that has just one campus in the capital. The study shows the college has a total economic impact on the province of $220.7 million in added income. They have 617 full-time equivalent staff and a payroll of $34.9 million. The college spent another $24.2 million to support its day to day operations. Close to 35 per cent of the college’s students come from out-of-province and study estimates they collectively spend $12.2 million on such items as food, accommodations, and transportation. As important as those figures are, a key component of a college education as far as many students are concerned is the added earning potential. In other words, what are the job prospects
upon graduation and will that college diploma help secure a higher salary. On that score, the study suggests last year’s graduates will receive $4.10 in higher future earnings for every dollar they invested in their education-- the equivalent of a 22 per cent rate of return. Despite the rising cost, that still makes it a good investment for students. What about the taxpayers? In the fiscal year which ended March 31, Islanders contributed $29,303,400 towards the operation of the college. There, too, the news is good. The study shows 72 per cent of Holland College’s students remain in Prince Edward Island after completing their education. If they are living here and earning more, they will be contributing to the economy and helping to finance the service government provides. With an aging workforce and a declining population, their tax contribution is badly needed. The study predicts government will collect an additional $43.5 million in higher tax receipts. Society will also benefit
from $6.4 million in savings related to a reduced crime rate, less demand for income assistance, and increased health and well-being across the province. “Since its inception 45 years ago, Holland College has played a vital role in communities across Prince Edward Island,” said College Vice President Michael O’Grady said. “Now, with more than a dozen campuses and centres tip to tip, our college continues to be a significant economic driver.” However, that doesn’t mean the college is immune from economic challenges. Just days after the study was released, the college announced layoffs to its adult education program. The Adult Education program will still be offered in all nine locations across the province, and will service the same number of students, but there will be changes in the delivery model. A substantial portion of the funding for the Adult Education program comes from the Labour Market Development Agreement. The amount of funding is contingent on the number
of participating Employment Insurance eligible students. Fewer EI eligible clients in the Adult Education program have made the current structure unsustainable. That change will result in the loss of 5.5 full-time equivalent term positions and the equivalent of 4.5 fulltime casual positions There have also been cuts in other parts of the college as the institution balances its budget. Three positions that are currently vacant will not be filled and two casual employees will not have their contracts renewed, while up to five other
employees will see their hours reduced. Such moves are indeed unfortunate for the people involved, the student population and the economy as a whole. However, the sad reality now is that layoffs, whether in postsecondary education, the civil service or the private sector are unfortunately now a part of the work environment. Few people are now neither shocked or surprised when they hear such news—a far cry from my parent’s generation when workers had an expectation of a job for life.
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Senator Hubley Introduces Legislation for a National Day of Fiddling Senator Elizabeth Hubley introduced a Private Member’s Bill for an Act respecting National Fiddling Day in the Senate Chamber. This enactment would designate the third Saturday in May in each and every year as “National Fiddling Day.” A Saturday was chosen to allow and encourage people to enjoy the day to its fullest. In 2012, the third Saturday in May of each year, became World Fiddle Day, after a campaign began among fiddle players to encourage popular recognition and to celebrate the appreciation, beauty and history of fiddle music, and in honour of Antoni Stradivari, the renowned crafter of stringed instruments. Senator Hubley, a fiddler herself, believes a National Fiddling Day in Canada is important, as the art of fiddle playing has a significant role in the cultural and social history of Canada. Quotes “I am very excited to introduce this legislation. Fiddling has a rich history in our country, one which I believe needs to be recognized and celebrated. From our kitchens, to our barns, to our fields and to world stages, Canadian’s from across our country have contributed to the immense popularity of a very traditional form of entertainment.” - Hon Elizabeth Hubley, Senator, Prince Edward Island “The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Associ-
ation, on the occasion of our 25th anniversary, is delighted that the Honourable Senator is proposing this bill. Fiddling is an integral thread in the cultural tapestry of Canada and a National Fiddling Day would be a most fitting recognition by our Government on behalf of all Canadians.” - Ronald J. Bourque, President, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association “Fiddle music is the original pipeline connecting all regions of Canada. It is the music of our souls and the stirring of our hearts. When we hear it as a nation, it unites us from sea to sea to sea in a joyful expression of collective toe-tapping. I wholeheartedly support Senator Elizabeth Hubley’s efforts to declare the third Saturday in May as National Fiddling Day.” - Ivan Hicks, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship Lifetime Achievement Award winner and member of the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame and North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame
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Kensington Lions Club Enjoy Crib every Tuesday 7:30pm Play Auction every Friday 7:30pm Flea Market every Sunday 9am-2pm Kensington Lions Club have regular meetings on 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s each month. Tuesday Crib 7:30pm. Friday Cards 7:30pm. Sunday Flea Market 9am-2pm Card Party Results Friday, March 07 1st-Anna Windsor 2nd-Glenna McLelland 3rd-Madeline Roberts Low-Robert Jorgensen Door Prize-George Clark 50/50-Gwen Profitt Friday, March 14 1st-Borrows MacPhil 2nd-George Clark 3rd-Fannie Roberts Low-Lloyd Profitt Door Prize-Roy Campbell 50/50-Dot Paynter Friday, March 21 1st-Dianna Cole 2nd-Connie Paynter 3rd-Norma Seaman Low-Betty Millar Door Prize-George Clark
50/50-Fannie Roberts Friday, March 28 1st–Mary Houston 2nd–Lois MacLeod 3rd–Marian Johnstone Low–Fulton Cousins Door Prize–Norma Seaman 50/50–Thelma Moase Crib Party Results Tuesday, March 04 1st-George Wall and Dave Ross 2nd-Rudy Croken and Betty Champion 50/50-Hilda Jorgensen Free Night-Betty Carr High Hand-Mel Reeves, Ken Simmons, Fred Lamont Tuesday, March 11 1st-Pat Brennan and Don MacLelland 2nd-Ivan Gallant and Emmett Hagen 50/50-Connie Reeves Free Night-Barry Chappell High Hand-Donald Sin-
As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those, past and present, who have made my life full and enjoyable. I have been blessed with wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help me celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. Thanks to everyone who attended my 90th birthday on Sun, March 23rd. Your presence was much appreciated. Everett Burt
“Fiddling in its many styles, Métis, Scottish, Irish, Ukrainian, Old Time, etc. all share the common thread of spreading happiness throughout our great land. I am a proud third generation Canadian Fiddler and am thrilled to support this initiative.” - Calvin Vollrath, composed fiddle music for 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies
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Looking For Meaning “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You our potter, and all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)
Lauretta Balderston free-lance writer We were privileged to attend the art show of beautiful paintings depicting something in each artist’s home, or life, that was meaningful to them. These were amateur artists taking a ten week course, sponsored by L.E.A.P, many of whom had never before painted while considering the meaning of why they were painting that particular item. The pictures on the canvasses varied from a mug given by a special friend and, when used only on special occasions, brought pleasant memories of the special friend to mind, to lovely china tea sets passed down from generation to generation. One lady chose to paint the old, almost forgotten, clock sitting on the mantel which had to be wound with a key every few days. The intricate carving on the wood around the clock had to have been made by a craftsman, an ancestor, who really loved his work and carefully carved that love into every detail. One painting very simply showed a plain white vase, a pottery mug waiting for the tea bag and hot water and a ball of yarn with two knitting needles poking through it, untouched as yet and waiting for the aged hands to start a new project. The instructor had asked each person to paint the story of the items chosen showing, then writing, what each meant to them stirring up old memories of the past and also a little angst in the present of what to write. At the art show some of the artists shared their personal stories with a passion that made each painting vividly alive and meaningful to those of us
A Thank You Suddenly she was gone. We gathered ourselves, our emotions, our memories, our thoughts, our prayers, and our heartened strength to go forward. Through the hectic week, the end of October 2013, we were supported by many communities near and far; they sustained us in our time of grief. The family of the late Joanna Harris (Carl) would like to acknowledge that support. Mr. Charles O’Regan and Mr. Eric Lockhart for conducting the funeral service and leading her congregation. Mr. Ira Moase and staff of Davison Funeral Home for their most dignified and professional service.
in the audience. (On the drive home my husband asked me what I would have painted had I been able to attend this particular course. What article in my possession had that extra special meaning to me, either from my past or my present, that I would want to capture it on canvas and share the story with others so they would understand how it had impacted me? I’m still pondering that one! ) I know each participant will be filled with a mix of lovely emotions every time they look again at the work they created allowing others a glimpse into their personal life. My mind recalled the verse in Psalm 29:2b: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.“ (NKJV) God is the master artist of all creation. He created each one of us and has our story all written. He tells us how much we mean to Him in His Word. “Even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 (NIV) He has filled the canvas of our lives with life and beauty that bring Him alive to everyone we meet. However we sometimes take the brush out of God’s hand and try to change the picture, distorting that story so lovingly written. We make mistakes, go off on our own path and, like that old clock in the art show once just sitting there on the shelf being taken for granted, He is forgotten as we forge ahead on our own path in life. Then one day, we look at our circumstances and our situation and wonder how we ever ended up here. Then we realize God is still there where we left Him- wait-
Organist Sheila MacLean for the lovely rendition of hymns, which Mum so, loved. Ms. Debbie Cooke for her unfailing and loyal service to Mum over the years, and to Dr Monica McNeill for the same. To the Kensington Police and Island EMS for their very courteous assistance. To PEI Home Care for their years of exemplary service. Eugene and Georgina McIntyre, Lorna Johnstone, Helen Smith and other family members who willingly offered their time to ensure the large and extended family were well cared for and free of concern. The young pallbearers and flower-bearers who performed their solemn
ing for us to return, take His Hand and allow Him to complete the work He started in us when we determined to make it on our own. He knows us! He knows our needs! He knows what we are capable of with Him! Our family has experienced illness these past months that have left us depleted of energy and challenged our thoughts many times on many days. But through it all, God has shared our tears, calmed our fears and given us hope that in all this He is was, and will be in control! We have nothing to fearthe canvas has been filled and He is putting the finishing touches to the fabric of our life. It has, and continues to be, a painful lesson as we struggle to allow God to paint our story and make adjustments as He sees fit. ( We are all so bold as to think we know better than our God!). Our comfort comes from knowing beyond any doubt that He knows best and we have only to let go and let God! (This is a daily surrendering for this strong willed person who wants to always be in control, but with God’s help and assurance, I am learning.) Our journey of life and faith takes us on paths we would choose never to walk and the shadows may hide the light up ahead, but we can know that God is already in tomorrow and He knows just what we need to keep on keeping on. Let’s place our hand in His and allow Him to write the story of our lives so we will vividly reflect His light and truth to all we meet along the way! Then our life will mean something to God, to us and to those we have touched with our story! “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2a (NIV)
duties in excellent fashion, she would have been so proud of you all. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 who organized and assisted at the following reception and the Ladies Auxiliary who provided the luncheon To all who sent flowers, condolences, food, posted tributes, and offered support in so many ways, thank you, you were great. In all, it was a lovely farewell, in which many participated. Mum would have tried to suppress a huge grin, but her heart would not allow it; she would have been bursting with pride and she would have loved it! Thank you. Sincerely, The Kids and Grandkids
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Kensington New London Presbyterian Church Rev Alan Stewart Welcome April 13 Kensington Worship & Sunday School 11 am St. John’s, New London Worship & Sunday School 9:30 am April 17th Maundy Thursday Communion Service will be held in Kensington Presbyterian Church April 20 Kensington Worship & Sunday School 9:30 am St. John’s, New London Worship & Sunday School 11:00 am April 18th Good Friday Service will be held in St. John’s, New London Church at 11:00 AM
St. Mary’s Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish Father John Molina Masses: Sat: 7pm, Sun: 9am St James Summerfield Sunday at 10:30am Clinton View Lodge: Every first Friday. Prayer Service Clinton View Lodge every second Wed. at 1pm. Fellowship: Last Sunday of the month following Mass in the parish centre. Meetings: Knights of Columbus: Second Monday of the month at 8pm. Catholic Women’s League: Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
Kensington United Church of Canada Rev. Robert McCarthy April 13 10:30 – Service of Worship & Sunday School (Palm Sunday) April 17 7:30 - Maundy Thursday Service April 18 7:30 Good Friday Service April 20 10:30 – Service of Worship & Sunday School (Easter Sunday) For updated info and to view all our programs, check out our website at: www.kensingtonunited.ca
Kensington Nazarene Community Church 47 Victoria St., Kensington Pastor Ray Hinchey •Worship Meeting: Sunday 11:00 a.m. •Adult Study and Discussion Group Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Kensington Community Church Pastor Gene Carson Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge Victoria St, Kensington Sunday Evening 6:30pm Pastor Gene Carson RR1 Kensington, PEI, C0B 1M0 Tel: (902) 836-5220 CSSM Ministries
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“All are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” Worship/Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. - Princetown 11:00 a.m. - Southwest River April 17: Maundy Thursday 6:30 pm - Potluck supper & worship at Southwest River April 18: Good Friday 7:00 pm - Worship at Princetown
Anglican Parish of New London Rev. Margie Fagan April 13: 9 am - St. Thomas’ 11 am - St. Mark’s & St. Stephen’s April 17: 7 pm - St. Stephen’s April 18: 12 pm - St. Mark’s April 19: 7 pm - St. Thomas’ April 20: 7 am - St. Thomas’ 9 am - St. Elizabeth’s 11 am - St. Mark’s & St. Stephen’s April 27: 9 am - St. Elizabeth’s 11 am - St. Mark’s & St. Stephen’s 7pm - St. Thomas’ Fishermen’s Service
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Gospel Music Concert at Princetown United Church Malpeque to Honor and Celebrate the memory of the late Arnold and Ruby MacDonald.
“Arnold MacDonald and Friends” was one of the first local TV gospel music shows on Cable 10, featuring local talent. Mark this date on your calendar and watch for further notice of the lineup for this concert, June 1st at 7pm. Besides the cable TV show Arnold and Ruby went all over the Island into nursing homes, hospital, Manors to give of their time to warm the hearts of many. The proceeds will be given to Princetown United Church and the Salvation Army.
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