FUNDS AT WORK

Treasure Chest Funds at Work in Our Community

Twelve local St. Margaret’s Bay non-profit partner groups organize the weekly BTC 50/50 draw. The draw awards exciting prize money to the winning player and substantial funding for projects and services delivered by Treasure Chest partners.

Volunteers from BTC’s partner groups spend many hours on the weekly draws and from their share of Treasure Chest proceeds deliver programs, services, recreation and other activities for the benefit of individuals, families, the environment and our community.

Examples of Treasure Chest funds at work are shown below.

Future’s so bright…

Hammonds Plains Community Centre, a BTCA partner via its Community Centre Hub, recently upgraded its lighting. Every light fixture inside and out has been converted to LED for energy savings; more potlights have been added inside, with dimmer switches, providing flexible lighting options for events. Bonus: four outlets now have USB ports to keep devices charged. Bright, efficient and keeping you connected! The project was also made possible with a rebate from Efficiency Nova Scotia.

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New Crossroads Connections!

Cooperation among local community groups and development agencies is bringing a new Community Enterprise Centre to St. Margaret’s Bay.

One of the directors of Bay Treasure Chest Association gets animated when he talks about the 50-50 weekly lottery. “Fundraising as a group of service organizations, we can do so much more working together than we could individually,” he says.

Carry that notion into a different realm, as you walk through the doors of the new SMB Community Enterprise Centre (SMB CEC) at the Crossroads in Upper Tantallon (the former Mariposa Market). You’ve got a boardroom, offices and meeting rooms around the inside perimeter; after the reception area when you first enter, there’s a common area, or a hub, where you can perhaps attend a workshop, have a coffee or connect with other community members.

Here’s the notion again:

We can do much more working together than individually. The purpose of the SMB CEC is to be a hub of activity and growth by tapping into the experiences, skills and knowledge of varied community members, consolidating resources and expertise, for mutual benefit.

The CEC, which officially opens in April, is the result of several BTCA Partners pooling their funds earned. The venue will specifically offer:

  • Drop-in conversation, socialization and networking space
  • Permanent location for the Seniors Association and other not-for-profit groups
  • Serviced offices and meeting spaces, staffed by volunteers from the SMB CEC partners
  • Social enterprise and entrepreneurial resources including
    *delivery of training programs for local volunteer groups and businesses
    *access to funding and grant programs
  • Delivery of government services in St. Margaret’s Bay

For more information please see the CEC floor plan and visit smbcec.org

If you are potentially interested in being part of this community project, please email info@smbcec.org or contact Fred Dolbel 902-823-1144, fred@bayseniors.ca

Above: the reception area for the new Community Enterprise Centre. Watch for a Grand Opening announcement in April.

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BayRides expands its fleet

BayRides has a new a van, meaning it now has three vehicles: two vans and one bus, to provide accessible, safe and affordable door to door transportation for residents of St. Margaret’s Bay.

The new van will help support the rapid growth BayRides has experienced since 2015. “We expect to cover 90,000 kilometres in 2018 and 2019,” says Julie Stover, executive director. “That represents about 5,000 one-way rides.”

Julie says there’s been an increase in the number of riders using the service to get to and from work in the Bay area as well as to the MetroX bus stop at Exit 5 to get to work in the city, and to schools, shops, and appointments.

One rider is Matt Walsh, shown above. Prior to working at Subway, Matt wanted to take a morning course in Halifax. With a little help from BayRides, he was able to establish a routine: his mother dropped him off at the MetroX stop on her way to work, where he got a bus to town; in the afternoon BayRides picked him up there, and drove him home.

 

BayRides now takes Matt to and from work at Subway. “It’s given me my independence,” he says, adding that he hopes the organization will at some point offer weekend and evening service so he can have more flexibility with regard to his work schedule.

“Our partnership with Bay Treasure Chest helps us maintain fares, and provide rider subsidies as needed,” says Julie.

Find more information online at bayrides.ca.

Above: Matt Walsh and the new BayRides van. The service enables individuals to live in the area without a car, or with only one car in their family. Riders report an improved quality of life that comes with an increased independence and connection to the community.

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Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust – New Nine Mile River Bridge

The new Nine Mile River Bridge is complete! This milestone project took five years from inception, involving funding from Bay Treasure Chest, as well as Off Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, Connect2, PRRA, District 13 Councillor Matt Whitman, Safety Minded ATV Association (SMATVA), plus hundreds of volunteer hours — in particular from SMATVA president Mike Marriott, also Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust board member.

Where is the Nine Mile River Bridge? It’s 6.4 kilometres in from Goodwood, the east side of Hwy 333 on the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road (also known as the Old Coach Road) on the Chebucto Peninsula; it’s the trailhead boundary to entering the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area on the east side.

Mike’s volunteer crews, many members of SMATVA, led the charge to create this wonderful new 20-metre (66 foot) link that allows multi-use trail access from Goodwood to Seabright, across the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road (approx. 20 km), to Lewis Lake and Tantallon communities via the Lewis Lake Fire Road (approx.12 km) and to Woodens River/Old Halifax Road on the west side of Hwy 333.

Stay tuned for an event this spring to celebrate its completion!

For more information about Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust please visit fivebridgestrust.ca

Above: Mike and long-time FBWHT supporter Beth McGee on the new bridge.

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St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library — new toys!

This group, part of BTCA partner Bay Youth Hub, recently replaced two old tricycles and bought a slide. Hip hip hooray!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bay Youth Hub: Community Consultations and Yurt Play

Above, from left: playing in the yurt; views from outside and inside.

Members of the Bay Youth Hub have been participating in community consultations regarding what people want for youth in our district, including of course the youth themselves. GPI Youth are conducting the surveys, and putting together the results to share with the community — to that end they hosted some focus groups and coffeehouses in their Youth Yurt last spring.

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Yurt Building Workshops for Youth

GPI Youth participated in several yurt-building workshops last spring and fall, and are now building a yurt. Interested youth should contact Gwen Colman at 902 489-7007 if they want to participate.

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St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library Christmas Party

From one of the (adult) Christmas party participants: The very talented face painter Jill came; we all love getting our faces painted! We also had a special visitor — Santa — who gave out presents to the children; he read stories and sang Christmas songs with them as well. Bonus: there were Christmas crafts and party boxes. We all had plenty of fun and far too much to eat!

 

 

 

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Seniors Grocery Shuttle

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay and BayRides–both Bay Treasure Chest Partners–have combined forces to offer a free Seniors Grocery Shuttle on Tuesday mornings, alternating weekly between Sobeys and Superstore in Tantallon. Shoppers are picked up from West Dover to Queensland, and points in between.

Volunteers are available to help participants with shopping as well as getting groceries inside the door at the other end; there may be time for the group to relax and catch up on news in the community room before the shuttle returns you home.

“Services for seniors is a wonderful idea,” noted participant Neil MacArthur, from Hacketts Cove. “We become a little isolated, as everyone will find out when it’s their turn.”

This free service is made possible through funds raised via Bay Treasure Chest.

To register for the Seniors Grocery Shuttle, please call the Seniors Association (902) 820-3334.

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2017 Environmental Stewardship Grant Recipients

Six community organizations in the St. Margaret’s Bay area have taken on environmental education and trail improvements thanks to grants awarded last year under the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust’s new Environmental Stewardship Grants Program.

Using funds from the Bay Treasure Chest, the Trust launched this program last spring; work has been underway throughout summer and fall. Projects range from repairing a bridge and culvert to prevent trail erosion to creating a new connector trail from the St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails to the parking lot area of Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park, allowing for increased parking and access to outhouses.

“It’s a winning partnership when the Trust can provide funding through these grants to community organizations who will do the projects we just couldn’t accomplish on our own,” says Harry Ward, Trust Chair.

Watch for news on the program’s 2018 projects!

Shown above back row, from left: Harry Ward, FBWHT Board Chair, Kimberly Berry, Bluff Trail Stewardship Program and WREOW, Tom Musial, Chair FBL Coalition, Mike Marriott, President, Safety-Minded ATV Assoc., Lindsay Gates, BLT Rails to Trails. Front, from left: Karen Sullivan, BLT Rails to Trails Assoc., Mike Lancaster, Bluff Trail Stewardship Program and WREOW, Katherine Klefenz, BLT Rails to Trails, Alana Ziegler, GPI Atlantic Youth, Gwen Colman, GPI Atlantic Youth.

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Creating warmth for Micou’s stewards

Nick Horne of the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association (SMBSA) created a video to show the transport of a 400 pound wood stove insert across the sandbar to install in Micou’s restored historic fisher cottage. Micou’s, a tidal island accessible by a sandbar at low tide, is located in the Glen Haven community near the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay. Its beach, wetland and forest with trails has become a focal point for recreation and celebration of natural and cultural elements of the community, used frequently by hikers, kayakers, boaters and youth education groups such as local schools, the Sierra Club, GPI Youth and Katimavik.

The Island is cared for by a group of Island Stewards organized by the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association. The stove was funded by Councillor Matt Whitman and Bay Treasure Chest to help stewards care for the island year round.

Also shown in the photo are Mike Lancaster, Jeff LeBoutilier, Scott Pelton, and Thomas MacLeod. 

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New ramp at Hubbards Barn

The Hubbards Barn Association (HBA) oversees the Hubbards Barn and Community Park which is home to the very popular Hubbards Farmers’ Market, and hosts many weddings and other community events throughout the year.  The HBA used some of its Bay Treasure Chest funds to install a beautiful concrete ramp to improve access to our Barn. The ramp is flanked by gardens tended by the children and staff from the “Through the Years Day Care Centre”

 

 

Oooh Canada!

The first scene of “Oooh Canada!” whereby Britain and France face off. Shown left to right are Sophia Lindfield and Maia McCann.

Unicorn Theatre’s original show“Oooh Canada!” is an entertaining look at the many facets of Canada’s personality and culture, through the eyes of young Canadians. Members of Pegasus—Unicorn’s enhanced theatre program for youth in Grades 7-12—worked hard on the project for six months, with support from mentors/directors Katerina Bakolias and Grace Dean.

First, a team of writers created a script; a selection of Canadian music was then added. The show was cast, a support team was assembled and rehearsals began in May.

The teen cast took the show on the road from June 24 to 29, performing at Tantallon and Keshen Goodman Public Libraries, the Museum of Natural History and Halifax Central Library (audience: 150 people). The show on Canada Day, at Unicorn Theatre’s home base in the Bay Community Centre, attracted more than 100 people. Unicorn’s Canada 150 project was made possible by funding from the Bay Treasure Chest.

Outings for seniors

The SMB Seniors Association uses some Bay Treasure Chest funds to subsidize group outings to local historical sites and cultural activities.

Again in 2017 three excursions offered local seniors an opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and share experiences in traditional Nova Scotia performances and Twenty-four local seniors enjoyed a memorable performance of Nova Scotia Tattoo in June. On August 19 another 44 seniors made a long distance visit to Annapolis Royal’s Heritage Gardens www.historicgardens.com.  An even larger group had a late summer cruise on the Bluenose II in her home port of Lunenburg.

Seniors in the Bay area can enjoy day trips without the hassle of parking in the city or driving long distances by themselves. BayRides helps local residents connect with the departure and return of the large tour bus.

 

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Preserving the Bay, one Island at a time

The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association (SMBSA) has used contributions from Bay Treasure Chest to coordinate projects that further its mission of preserving and enhancing the Bay area’s environment, heritage and quality of life. Projects in 2017 include:

*Micou’s Island Stewardship Program – more than 100 volunteer Island Stewards.

*Troop Island Stewardship Program – more than 1,100 lb of waste removed.

*Eyes On Islands – St. Margaret’s Bay Island Community Stewardship Program – more than 500 lb of waste removed.

*Summer Stewardship Assistants Program – partnership project with St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails (SMBARTA), Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization (WRWEO) and Safety Minded ATV Association (SMATVA).

*The creation of the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program in partnership with WRWEO.

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Kiley Bridge upgrade

In June 2017, with funding support from the Bay Treasure Chest, St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association completed the replacement of deck and stringers of Kiley Bridge in Ingramport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enabling Accessibility in Hammonds Plains

Shown above, left to right, are Shaun MacIntyre, Geoff Reagan, Steve Rowland, Fred Dolbel, Ken Mitchell, Meaghan MacKinnon-Pratt and Anne-Marie Evans.

Bay Treasure Chest funds are used to maintain and improve the Hammonds Plains Community Centre for long-term community benefit. Keeping a 78-year old building safe, accessible and relevant for a modern, growing community is hard work… made easier with Bay Treasure Chest support.

Recent accessibility improvements include a new low-threshold door with an electric opener, which makes accessing the building from the wheelchair ramp easier. A grant was received from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund, and together with BTC support made the project possible.

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Walking Guide Books

Joanne Ewasiuk (R) of D&Jo’s Country Market receives her copy of “A Walking Guide to the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road” from BTC volunteer Beth McGee. The Walking Guide is a recent publication of the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) made possible through funding partnerships and the Bay Treasure Chest.

Many Walking Guides have been distributed free to local nature lovers and walkers as a result of Bay Treasure Chest dollars at work in our community. (Walking Guide books are available at the Tantallon, Keshen Goodman, and Captain William Spry libraries, however they are in very short supply.)

 

 

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Puddle Bridge

With generous funding support from the Bay Treasure Chest, J.D. Shatford Memorial Trust and Aspotogan Heritage Trust, St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association completed the replacement of the deck and stringers of Puddle Bridge in Black Point in May 2017. This is the longest wood deck bridge on St. Margaret’s Trail.

 

 

 

 

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Summer interns help with area preservation

This past Summer Interns Allyssa Poulin & Kaitlyn Enders, hired in part with funds from the Bay Treasure Chest, did a lot of work for the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, as well with Bay Area Rails Trails Association, Safety Minded ATV Association, Five Bridge Wilderness Heritage Trust, and the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization.

Their work included: forest fire prevention, shoreline garbage cleanup, gathering firewood and building a wood crib, bank stabilization, planting Alder catkins & erosion wall, trail maintenance, and invasive Japanese Knotweed control and removal. Click to read their report.

 

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Grocery Shuttle

Working together the Seniors Association and BayRides, provide a year round Tuesday morning grocery shuttle using funds received from the Bay Treasure Chest. The shuttle alternates weekly between Sobey’s and Superstore in Tantallon.

Volunteers help participants with their grocery shopping and the driver or a volunteer assists with getting groceries inside the door when the shuttle returns shoppers to their home. Thank you to Superstore and Sobey’s for providing coffee/tea and refreshments and a socializing opportunity for grocery shuttle patrons.

The grocery shuttle is proving to be very successful with shoppers being picked up from West Dover to Queensland and points in between. The service is now using both the BayRides bus and van.

To register for the Grocery Shuttle call the Seniors Information Centre at (902) 820-3334.

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Nine Mile River Project

The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) has invested funds received from the Bay Treasure Chest towards our Adopt the Nine Mile River Project in partnership Clean Nova Scotia and Royal Bank of Canada through their Bluewater Fund Program.

This research will determine whether headwaters of the Nine Mile River are impacted from commercial, industrial and residential land uses and activities north of HWY 103.

Bay Treasure funds helped to augment costs for laboratory analyses and the employment of university students associated with the ongoing collection of surface water samples at nine key locations.

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Wider Distribution of Newsletters

The Seniors Association uses Bay Treasure Chest funds to print and mail monthly newsletters to seniors who do not use computers. Printed newsletters are also distributed around the community to help seniors, families and caregivers stay informed about upcoming activities. Newsletters help seniors find a wide variety of resources that help them live safely and well. Articles advise families of various government programs, rebates and assistance as they become available through the year.

 

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Helping Local Seniors Remain Healthy

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people will experience shingles (Herpes Zoster) in their lifetime, and seniors are at higher risk than other age groups. The nerve pain associated with shingles can be excruciating and last for months and in some cases, years.

The Seniors Association used Bay Treasure Chest funds to help provide shingles vaccinations to Bay area seniors in early 2016. Seniors who received the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and did not have a prescription drug plan that covered shingles vaccinations qualified for this assistance.

 

 

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SMB Rails to Trails Signage

Bay Treasure Chest funds received by the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust helped fund several signs placed on the SMB Trail by the SMB Area Rails to Trails Association.

 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar and Bulletin Board

Bay Treasure Chest funds received by the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay provides funding for CC-Net, an on-line Community Calendar and Bulletin Board. CC-Net is managed by Connecting Communities whose purpose is to support 30+ volunteer organizations from Peggy’s Cove to Hammond’s Plains, and from Hubley to the Aspotogan. The website www.cc-net.org and Community Calendar helps churches, community and other volunteer groups publicize their activities, including fundraisers, public performances, and events.

CC-Net also features a Community Bulletin Board where not-for-profit groups can find volunteers, partner with each other, ask for donations, and advertise for paid employment opportunities.

The website also links to a powerful online Community Search Tool which anyone can use to find local service providers of anything from accommodations to a Yoga teacher.

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Seniors Housing

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay in conjunction with Transition Bay and government housing agencies has been holding community-wide workshops in preparation to bring affordable rental accommodation to the community.

For this vital work The Seniors Association is reserving the largest part of its share of Bay Treasure Chest funds to develop affordable housing options for the St. Margaret’s Bay area so that more people can enjoy all that life here provides.

 

 

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Unicorn Theatre

Bay Treasure Chest funds assisted with the many 20th Anniversary activities that took place at the Unicorn Theatre in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, including purchasing the performance rights and scripts for the youth-driven “Wizard of Wonderland” production.

The Unicorn Theatre bought some LED lights, wireless microphones and headsets, as well as other small pieces of electronic equipment to improve lighting and sound. Also, Unicorn had some shelves built and bought a new laptop to run the music for the shows and another wireless microphone.

The Bay Treasure Chest is delighted to support creative activities and exploration by the youth in our community through the Bay Youth Hub which includes GPI Youth, The St. Margaret’s Bay Skateboard Park, the St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library and the Unicorn Theatre.

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Bike Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road

In the summer of 2015 the Our HRM Alliance, the Ecology Action Centre and others staged a series of events called Hike The Greenbelt. It was an opportunity for the citizens of the Halifax Regional Municipality to explore the many wilderness opportunities on the their doorstep by hiking, canoeing, biking, and running.

One of the events was a bike trip down the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road across the Chebucto Peninsula on a historic route dating back to the late 1700s! This short film documents a part of their journey. This event was hosted and financially sponsored by the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust utilizing funds from the Bay Treasure Chest.

Click here to see a video of the event by Kent Martin.

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Micou’s Island Improvements

Funds from the Bay Treasure Chest have been used by the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association to make necessary repairs to the house on Micou’s Island. The house dates back to the late 19th Century and its original timbers were floated by barge out to the Island. It is now used as a residence in three seasons for our participants in the Micou’s Island Stewardship program. The Stewards keep a watchful eye on the Island, conduct workshops, host groups, and make improvements to trails.

Click here for more information about Micou’s Island and the Stewardship Association.

 

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Stewardship Association Drone

With the use of funds from the Bay Treasure Chest the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association assisted with the purchase of a Drone for aerial photography for the Ecology Action Centre. The drone will be used by the EAC to have an “eye in the sky “ on the use of lands, forests and waterways in Nova Scotia. Sharing in the utilization of this Drone, the SMBSA will record images of the St. Margaret’s Bay Watershed area to look for changes or misuses of the environment including the Islands of the Bay, especially Troop Island and Micou’s Island. Most of us know our part of the Bay but few of us have an overview of the whole area thus we also hope to produce a video of “The Bay from the Air” which will give a complete and dramatic aerial view for all.

 

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BaySeniors Excursions

In 2016, the Seniors Association will use some Bay Treasure Chest funds to subsidize group outings to local historical sites and to cultural activities. The first excursion will take members and community guests on a tour of Canada’s Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Seaport Market, and the new Public Library in Halifax. BayRides helps local residents connect with the departure and return of the large tour bus.

A late summer excursion is also being planned to visit the Hope for Wildlife Centre in Seaforth, NS.

Early response indicates that seniors in the Bay area are pleased to enjoy day trips without the hassle of driving and parking in the city themselves. Excursions offer local seniors an opportunity to socialize with old friends and make new friends. More information available on the Seniors Association website.

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BayRides Santa

With funding from the Bay Treasure Chest, Santa used BayRides to help people get to all of the Christmas in the Bay events, and gave his Reindeer some much needed rest before the big night.

 

 

 

 

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A New Mural on the BLT Trail

Some users of the BLT Trail may have noticed something new on the trail – a beautiful new mural on the Highway 103 overpass.

Although graffiti, when expertly done, is a well-recognized artform, this was not necessarily the case for the haphazard collection that covered the 103 overpass. The Blackbook Collective Art and Clothing, a company formed by local artists, was contacted to undertake the project. The Collective designed the murals, engaged a talented group of artists to do the work, and executed the project in a matter of days.

The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust, with funds from the Bay Treasure Chest, the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization, and the Rails To Trails Association shared in the costs of this delightful project.

Click here to watch a YouTube slideshow of the mural.

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Seniors Fitness

Treasure Chest funds are being used to support light exercise and other group activities, and to provide wellness support to more local seniors and families in several locations around St. Margaret’s Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

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