Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Finally the next stage of Highway #7 – Main Street widening will occur this summer. It will entail the renewal of pavement from Wilfred Jackson Way and Cherry Brook Road  to Lake Major Road and Ross Road. The proposed work will result in a centre turning lane for this entire section of street and bicycle lanes will be incorporated into the roadway. There will also be some adjustments to driveways, new sidewalks, and a crosswalk relocation. All efforts will be taken to minimize disruptions to traffic during this construction. Once completed, cross street traffic egress should be much safer for all.

As of June 1st, the new RCMP detachment office at the Community Centre will be open to better serve the greater Preston area.

On Sunday June 10th, at 3 PM, the NS Home for Coloured Children (NSHCC) will be having a BBQ to officially launch  its commemorative Old Home Community Garden in dedication to the late Dr. Melville Cumming.  Volunteers are welcomed to partake and plant some vegetables for yourselves. If you are interested in having a free plot to use, please contact Joanna Pugh at 434-0674 (extension # 2) jpugh@nshcc.caor check out their web-site: www.nshcc.ca for more details.

At this time I wish to congratulate all High School, Community College, and University Students on their achievement of graduating. May all of you have the very best of luck with life successes in your future endeavours.

The United Nations has designated the year 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. In addition to this, the Canadian Environment Week (CEW) will promote the theme: Working for a Clean, Safe and Sustainable Environment. CEW 2012 will be held from  June 3rd – 9th.  During that week it will also be World Environment Day (June 5th), Clean Air Day (June 6th) and World Oceans Day (June 8th). For more details visit: www.ec.gc.ca/sce-cew/. During CEW and throughout the year, we are urged to reflect on the many ways we can take action to protect and preserve our natural surroundings. Clean NS is promoting ‘CANS’ – Clean Across Nova Scotia – which is a brand new initiative that aims to bring together volunteers from across the province for the most impressive act of collective stewardship. www.clean.ns.ca/programs/waste/cleanacrossns/ . It is important to recognize that every effort counts in reducing air and water pollution, preserving our special places, and tackling climate change. Together we can make our environment cleaner, greener and healthier. Please consider hosting your own  community cleanups on June 8th & 9th. The Great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up and other related activities across the province are meant to connect volunteers, communities, government and organizations to tackle waste issues at a whole new level. CANS is part of the global cleanup movement called “Lets do it! World Cleanup 2012”. If you wish to organize a clean-up campaign or  Adopt-a-Highway, go to these two web-sites for more details:  www.gov.ns.ca/tran/hottopics/aah.asp  www.myhrm.ca/ToolKit/OrganizeaNeighbourhoodCleanUp.php.

HRM Animal Control By-law A-300 (www.halifax.ca/legislation/bylaws/hrm/documents/By-LawA-300.pdf) is intended to promote responsible pet ownership. Be sure to have your dog licensed.  However, there have been some complaints about untidy owners who are not picking up after their dogs. Sections 7 (1c) & 9 (1d) of the by-law specifies that a dog is not to defecate on any public or private property other than the its owner’s property, without the dog owner immediately removing the defecation. Please be respectful and clean up the doggie doo and do not kick it into the roadside ditches because that can lead to other environmental run-off problems.  If any residents see a dog running at large, they should contact the owner if they recognize the dog or contact HRM Animal Services at 490-4000, 1-800-835-6428 (toll-free). When reporting a dog running at large, residents should provide a description of the dog, and the time and location where the dog was seen running at large.  For more information, please go to : www.halifax.ca/AnimalControl/index.html