Grand Pre announcement sparks warm anticipation for August event
GRAND PRE NS – A celebration of peace and friendship at Grand Pre National Historic Site this August will be well attended – if the announcement was any indication.
Lion Steve Campbell presents Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski with a cheque for $7,000 raised by the Bridgetown Lions for a bus shelter on Post Office Street. Surrounding the two are other Lions members, municipal staff, and Bridgetown Businessman Kirk Lycet who donated the property.
BRIDGETOWN - Bridgetown has a brand new bus shelter thanks to the Lions Club and Annapolis County – along with support from Scotia bank and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
A couple dozen Bridgetown Lions Club members and municipal staff showed up at the steel and glass enclosure March 16 to celebrate the community achievement and hand over to the county the $7,000 raised to help pay for it.
A couple of years ago there was a Lions auction and the focus of that auction was to raise money for a project in the town,” said Lion Steve Campbell. “The club decided on doing the bus shelter – so that’s what we did.”
Campbell said the Insurance Bureau of Canada also donated money, and local businessman Kirk Lycet gave them the land on Post Office Street between Granville and Rink streets. The county put the shelter up and owns it.
“There was a little bit of a delay in it going up just because of the cross-over between the dissolving of the town and the county taking over,” said Campbell. “So there was a bureaucratic process that had to happen there. The auction was a couple years ago and that’s why this is going up now.”
Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski was at the March 16 celebration and accepted the funds raised by the Lions. He said the tricky part was to discover if there had been a motion by the Bridgetown council to put the project in place.
“We knew the project was on the horizon,” he said. “If they already made a motion to do it we could have simply proceeded immediately.”
Staff went back through the minutes and no motion was found.
“That meant we had to start the process over again and it had to trickle its way through the machinery of the county,” Habinski said. And he’s glad it did.
“This is an example of how a community association can really benefit its community,” Habinski said. “The Lions organized for this, they fundraised, they volunteered, and they picked a project they knew would be a tangible benefit to the community – and they made their community better. They do that on a regular basis, one project at a time.”
The warden said to him the bus shelter project is particularly valuable because it helps some of the most vulnerable people of the town.
“The people who really rely most on the bus are the people who don’t have access to other modes of transportation,” he said, “and when you help the people in the community who are the most vulnerable you have a remarkably large impact on the overall health of the town.”
Campbell said the Lions will continue with community projects – and in fact another auction is coming up on April 8.
“Proceeds from that one are going to the new school playground,” Campbell said. “We’re focusing on a particular piece of playground equipment for that. That’s our next focus. Our next goal.”
The April 8 auction will be held at the Bridgetown Legion with viewing starting at 6:30 p.m. and features auctioneer Rick Bezanson.
Lion Steve Campbell presents Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski with a cheque for $7,000 raised by the Bridgetown Lions for a bus shelter on Post Office Street. The county built the shelter and owns the structure.