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The Fortune Teller

March 2010
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Fortune Outdoors
By Bill Butt

     Well it’s time for another Winter Carnival, seems like only a few Months ago we were doing the same thing getting ready for the outdoor winter games winter sports of all kinds. We really want more snow and frost before we can take full advantage of the great outdoors.
     Fishing has not been good that is what all the outdoor ice fishermen are saying, not as good as last year, I did get a few meals of trout last winter but up until now, I haven’t caught any and no one has had enough to bring me a meal as yet.
     We have had a really good mild winter so far as I predicted that we would as some of you might recall. A lot of the signs of climate change were noticed in the early part of the fall, and it came true. I will make another now to say that we will have a late spring - that is for temperatures to get up to shirt sleeve weather.
     Everyone knows that we are all saddened by the devastation of Haiti. Some of the back side photos that most haven’t seen makes you really want to give thanks that we don’t have that to contend with. I am sure everyone gave what they could to help out those poor people that have been left homeless and some with no families at all; children with nothing in site only death and disease. We want to express our thanks to all those who gave in one way or another. Our walkers from the town and the Royal Canadian Legion that made the walk around the loop to collect funds for Haiti did a swell job. I don’t know how much was collected but, whatever it was, it was sure needed and a special thanks to the walkers from this town who gave up their time freely to help those in need. Many thanks to all of you who gave and to those who walked to collect the gifts from the givers. None of us will ever miss what we donated to such a worthy cause.
     Never got into the country much this past month either it was snow drifted to much for bikes or not enough for skidoo. The forecast wants a lot of snow for the week end lets hope we get some of that as we need to get a poker run in towards our winter carnival outdoor fun thing.
     Condolences from Hattie and I go out to Fay and family on the passing of her father who was also a great outdoor person; a long time trapper who spent many a happy day on his trap line - some of it was for profit and others just to be in the great outdoors in and around Fortune. He was very versed in the back country walking trails of which he travelled many times on his fur trapping trade; also a good outdoor story teller and should be remembered as one of the finest outdoor person who took only what he needed from the country.
     A note to the ATV association members of the multi trail ticket sale on Newfoundland Hamper that is on-going; for all trail members please bring in your donation of something of Newfoundland to be place into the hamper at the boxes provided at the local Grocery stores. Remember the draw is on the first week in March. Let’s make it a worthwhile hamper from members of the multi trail in and around Fortune outdoors.

290 Sir Humphrey Gilbert Sea Cadets
By Joanne Pierce

     A big thank you to the cadets, parents, leaders and anyone else that helped in any way with the Sub Sale held on February 28, 2010. It was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank everyone who purchased Subs for your support.

Fortune Lions Club
By George Riggs

     The Fortune Lions Club would like to thank all those we attended our Annual Valentine Candlelight Dinner and Dance on Feb. 13th, our Winter Carnival Jiggs Dinner on Feb. 20th and our Special Winter Carnival Bingo on Feb. 25th. All three events were well attended and enjoyed by all attendees.
     Despite the inclement weather, Lion Winston and Cathy Mavin attended the 2nd District Convention in St. John's on Feb. 6th - 7th.
     During February the Fortune Lions made the following donations:

  • The Haiti Disaster Relief Fund - US$900.
  • Spina Bifida NL - Can$ 25.
  • The Lung Association NL - $50.
  • Toward Dogguide for individuals with Autism - $50.
     In addition to our weekly Thursday Night Bingo (doors open at 7:30pm and Bingo starts at 8:00pm) Lions activities for March include a St. Patrick's Day Dinner/Dance on March 20th. Tickets cost $10.00 each and can be obtained from Lion Ruby Walters 832-1665, Lion Cecil Lake 832-0766, Lion Jake Weymouth 832-1616 and Lion George Riggs 832-2822.
     We look forward to welcoming our District Governor Lion Leonard Mooney to our 50th Anniversary Charter Night Celebrations on April 10, 2010.

Salvation Stars Mime Troop
By Joanne Pierce

     Salvation Stars Mime Troop and their leaders would like to thank everyone who helped decorate and set up Friday night for our Sweet Mime, everyone who helped clean up Saturday night and everyone who brought "sweets" to share after the concert. We would like to thank Roy for your help with our music, not only at our Sweet Mime but all year. We would especially like to thank Mrs Burt, Mrs Hatcher and the staff at Lake Academy for all their support. Last but not least, we would like to thank everyone that purchased tickets; we hope that you enjoyed our Sweet Mime. If we forgot anyone, we sincerely apologize, but we do want to thank everyone that helped in anyway make our 5th Annual Sweet Mime a huge success. We hope to see you all again in 2011.

  • Website: www.salvationstars.piczo.com
  • Facebook Group: Salvation Stars Mime Troop

Salvation Army Sunday School
By Joanne Pierce

     Salvation Army Sunday School (My Great Big God) Our schedule for March and April is as follows...

  • March 1 - Bring A Friend Night
  • April 12
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • March 22 - Easter Party
     Children up to and including Grade 3 are invited to attend ... Time is from 6:30 - 8:00 pm ... We hope to see you at Sunday School.

News from Darin King, Ph.D
M.H.A., Grand Bank District; Minister of Education

Nominations for “URock!” Volunteer Awards Being Accepted

  • Who: Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector; Intergovernmental Affairs, Hon. Dave Denine, Minister
  • What: Annual “URock!” Awards Program
  • Purpose: To recognize the contributions of young volunteers, and organizations with a connection to young people.
  • Nominations: Two categories: (1) Individuals (2) Organizations or Non-profits
  • Individuals: Individual nominees must have made outstanding voluntary contributions; be 30 years of age or under; and a current or past resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Organizations or Non-profits: Groups nominated must be led by young people, or have made an outstanding contribution for the betterment of youth.
  • Nomination Deadline: On or before March 15, 2010.
  • Nomination Forms: Forms and relevant information are available at: www.urockvolunteerawards.ca
     Telephone: 1-877-895-8891
     If we can be of assistance to you with this, feel free to contact our office, Corey or myself, at 709-832-2531, 1-877-997-9933, or by e-mail at: coreyparsons@gov.nl.ca; or darinking@gov.nl.ca

Canada Summer Jobs 2010
     Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while achieving tangible results for both students and their communities.
Canada Summer Jobs is about:
  • providing work experiences for students;
  • supporting organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizing that local circumstances, community needs, and priorities vary widely.
How to apply for Canada Summer Jobs
  • Before completing an application, employers must consult the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide and review the local priorities for their constituency. They are available on the Web site, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting a Service Canada Centre.
Apply online
  • The online application process makes applying quick and easy. An electronic confirmation number of successful receipt will be generated once the online application is submitted. Employers must keep this number for future reference.
Download a paper application form
  • Employers can download a printable form. Completed applications may be submitted in person, by mail, or by fax, to any Service Canada Centre.
Application Deadline: February 26, 2010.      If we can be of assistance to you with this, feel free to contact our office, Corey or myself, at 709-832-2531, 1-877-997-9933, or by e-mail at: coreyparsons@gov.nl.ca; or darinking@gov.nl.ca

New Provincial Government Program to Help Create Age-Friendly Communities
     I am pleased to share with you information on the new Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program.
The Program - Designed to provide funding to:
  • incorporated municipalities,
  • Inuit community governments and reserves, and
  • seniors’ organizations
     Throughout the entire province to support them in planning for an aging population.
What is an Age-Friendly Community?
  • one where the physical and social environments are designed to enable older individuals to live in a secure setting,
  • enjoy health, and
  • continue to participate fully in society.
Program Objective
  • allow communities to evaluate resources and assets in terms of their contribution to an age-friendly community.
  • support the development of projects that contribute to an age-friendly community.
Program Details
  • Ten communities will receive $10,000 each, and
  • 10 to 20 seniors’ organizations will receive between $5,000 and $10,000 each.
Application deadline: March 12, 2010 Further Information Contact the Office for Aging and Seniors at:
  • 729-4856 or toll free at: 1-888-494-2266
  • email aging-and-seniors@gov.nl.ca
  • or visit www.gov.nl.ca/health/agefriendly.
     If we can be of assistance to you with this, feel free to contact our office, Corey or myself, at 709-832-2531, 1-877-997-9933, or by e-mail at: coreyparsons@gov.nl.ca; or darinking@gov.nl.ca

February 16, 2010: MHA Pleased with Funding to Assess Fortune Wharf
     The Honorable Darin King, MHA for the District of Grand Bank, is expressing his pleasure with yesterday’s announcement by Minister Gail Shea, Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), to assess the marginal wharf being used by Ocean Choice International (OCI), in Fortune.
     “I am very pleased that DFO has committed to investigate the structural problems that exist with the wharf used by OCI,” said King. “Upgrading the plant wharf is important to the company and their plans for continued infrastructure work at the facility, leading to a viable future.”
     MHA King has been working collectively with the Harbour Authority and the Fortune Town Council on a number of issues that are affecting users of the Fortune harbour.
     “I will continue to work with the partners to ensure the wharf is upgraded and the harbour is dredged,” King said. “I have made representation to the Federal Minister and officials on these issues and look forward to a commitment from the Federal Government to resolve these issues, as they are important to the economy of the town.”

February 16, 2010: Burin Peninsula Highway to Receive Significant Upgrades
     The Honourable Darin King, MHA for the District of Grand Bank, is pleased to confirm that a tender has been called for roadwork on the Burin Peninsula Highway.
     “I am pleased to confirm that Minister Hedderson has called tenders for a significant piece of roadwork on the upper portion of the Burin Peninsula,” said King. “This is great news to the residents of my District as well as the entire Burin Peninsula.”
     The tender is for upgrading and repaving 8.9 kilometres of Route 210, Burin Peninsula Highway, from the Trans Canada Highway towards North Harbour. The project will be cost-shared 50/50 between the Provincial and Federal Governments under the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
     “This year’s investment will add to the over $2.5 million dollars of road work done on this section in 2009,” King said. "This project will continue the upgrades to the Burin Peninsula Highway, thus enhancing our ability to pursue new economic development in the region and ensuring safe and secure highway transportation for the area."
     Highway upgrades are part of the Williams Government’s overall infrastructure program valued at more than $4 billion over the next several years and which includes investments in healthcare, education, justice, social housing, transportation, municipal and other provincial infrastructure.
     Media contacts: Corey Parsons, 709-832-2531, coreyparsons@gov.nl.ca

Recycled Teenagers Club and 50Plus Federation
By Rita Kearley

     We held our election of officers on December 17, 2009. This was done by our new Link Director for the area, John Hannahan from Marystown.
     The results of the election went as follows: President – Elizabeth Caines; Vice-President – Elsie Bobbett; Secretary – Rita Kearley; and Treasurer – Minnie Hillier.
     January 11 was our first meeting for the new year. On January 25 we held our committee meeting to draw up our agenda until May, which will be our closing time.
     We are still low in numbers but when all members pull together you can accomplish a lot.
     February 1 was our second Dinner Meeting, with Jiggs Dinner, which everyone enjoyed. We are back to the club on Thursdays for our winter cook-ups and see what we will do to sell tickets on for our fall sale.

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