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Historic community centre in Grand Pre sees upgrades after funding received

The outside of the historic Horton Community Centre in Grand Pre.
The outside of the historic Horton Community Centre in Grand Pre. - Submitted

Fixes include electrical and ceiling upgrades, new industrial dishwasher in kitchen

GRAND PRE, NS – The inside of Grand Pre's Horton Community Centre has been given a facelift after receiving local and provincial funding.

The centre received a grant of over $10,000 from the province’s Communities, Culture and Heritage Department. The department’s minister Leo Glavine toured the centre with Kings South MLA Keith Irving Jan. 23 to see its new ceiling insulation, updated electrical and sound systems.

They were joined on site by the centre’s trustees chair Herman Mentnik.

From left: Communities, Culture and Heritage minister Leo Glavine, Horton Community Centre Trustees Chair Herman Mentink and Kings South MLA Keith Irving.
From left: Communities, Culture and Heritage minister Leo Glavine, Horton Community Centre Trustees Chair Herman Mentink and Kings South MLA Keith Irving.

The centre also received funding from the Eastern Kings Memorial Health Foundation, which it used to purchase and install an industrial dishwasher in the kitchen and for upgrades made to the kitchen’s cabinets, work table, and service counter.

A well-used building for community events, the centre will now be a “safer and more comfortable facility,” according to Mentnik.

Glavine applauded the renovations, calling the project, “a successful [one], resulting in a modern energy- efficient upgrade to a building constructed in the 1800’s.”

Irving also spoke positively about the project.

“Community halls are the backbones of many rural Nova Scotia communities,” he said.

“It is imperative that proper maintenance and upgrade work is performed on these important facilities to ensure they are able to effectively meet the needs of local residents.”

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