Councillor Susan MacLeod does an excellent job of using social media to keep Queens County people up to speed on what is happening here.
On Sept. 22, the first official day of fall, she posted a list of ten things to do now that fall had arrived. Some of her suggestions were to attend events currently going on; others were more whimsical.
She thought people might like to go to the Seaside Craft Show in Beach Meadows, or go to look at the sculptures in the Cosby Garden Centre. They could take part in Lights Along the Shore events and look at lighthouses. They could go to a hockey tournament at Queens Place or watch drag racing at the Greenfield airport.
While at Queens Place they could walk around either inside or outside tracks. They could walk on any of the many beaches in the county, They could enjoy lobster chowder at the West Queens Recreational Centre in Port Mouton, and take in a food sale and crafters market at Coastal Queens Place.
People could go to the local library or museum, or go to the SPCA thrift shop.
Susan doesn't just act as a bulletin board for the county. She also celebrates life in Queens County. She posted a picture of a Human Spirit and Appreciation award won by Cookie Trainor, given by Kiwanis International, for her work in the Kiwanis community.
She posted a picture of Roy Payzant, taken by Alex J. Walling, painting fire hydrants in the town of Liverpool. Roy paints each hydrant to look like a soldier from Privateer days and has been doing so for years; Susan notes that he volunteers his time and creative abilities for the project.
She gave space to a poster advertising the Hospital Hustle fund-raiser, held earlier this month, and to the Local Food Awareness Week. She posted a number of sunny photographs taken during the recent Queens County Fair parade in Caledonia, including one of Councillor Brian Fralic pretending to be at the controls of a float, with Mayor Chris Clarke looking on. Mayor Clarke walked the length of the parade, beside the Region's float.
She had another of Councillor Fralic happily hanging onto the horns of one of the oxen in a team owned by Alan Tufts, Westfield, whose float was a prize-winner in the parade. Facebook being the interactive site that it is, Brian's comment on the picture was that he felt like such a farmer, but that it was hard to look cool while watching for cow patties. Dawn Robertson wrote to say that it was hard to know what Brian would get up to next, and Brian replied that he never knew when he woke up where he would be that day, but that it was a good life.
You can be on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to Facebook, but if you find it fun to know what people are thinking and doing, you ignore it at your peril.
The Region of Queens float, by the way, was also a prize-winner. Based on the county's strategy for attracting both residents and businesses, it featured a natural setting complete with canoe, and had three pillars for the arts, research and health, topped with a sign saying Wilderness, Creative and Economy.
Susan and her husband Butch are hosting an exchange student from Brazil this year, and when Susan posted a picture of the student, Lorena Souza, people wrote in to welcome the girl to the community. When the Hank Snow music festival took place at Queens Place, Susan was there with a camera and posted a variety of pictures from the event.
Susan has given space to local businesses like the Privateer Country Kitchen, located on Main Street, where the old Woodpile Cafe used to be. We lunched there the other day, on chicken fettucini, which was very nice. The restaurant is owned by April Backman and Joan Murphy, who are sisters. It opened in August after being in another Liverpool location for nine years.
After our lunch we headed over to the provincial Registry of Deeds to do some historical research; the deeds officer there, Tasha Whynot, did an exceptional job in handling our requests. What a great person to have on staff.
And so, congratulations to Susan for her work in keeping people abreast of happenings in her county, via Facebook. Hers is a personal but informative approach, and fun to boot. Her page goes out to those who are "friends" of hers on Facebook. There are many, and if you are not already a friend, just go to Facebook and ask her.
- Tom Sheppard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org