The Holiday Season is now officially here, and preparations for the holiday festivities are well under way. Most of the stores in the malls have completed their decorating and their establishments are full of bright lights, Christmas trees, and holly. It is quite noticeable that many residents, including myself, are taking advantage of the moderate temperatures to put our outside Christmas lights up. From the looks of the amount of snow still on the ground, we will likely be having a white Christmas.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few of the activities taking place during the Holiday Season: (1) the Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Thursday, December 02. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. at Victoria Hall Park for a candlelight walk to the Faith Baptist Church, where the official ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Join us for hot chocolate, apple cider, Holiday treats, Christmas carolling and a visit from Santa; (2) the New Maryland Lions Club 15th Annual Food & Toy Drive will take place on December 06 & 08. Santa’s float and all his helpers will tour the Village all three evenings, beginning with Springwater and Castle Acres subdivisions on Monday night, Applewood and Forbes subdivisions on Tuesday night, and finishing off on Wednesday night with Pine Ridge Estates, Highland Acres, Cedar Acres, Centennial Heights and Sunrise Estates subdivisions. The Lions Club are also hosting a Turkey Drop at the Fire Hall on Saturday, December 4th and their annual kick-off breakfast at Wetmore Street pub on Sunday morning, December 5th; and (3) we will be hosting a Free Community Skating on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Aitken University Centre from 1:30 & 3:15. Bring your family and friends to join in on the fun.
During the last couple of months the Village Council, our Treasurer and our CAO have gone through one hundred pencils, worn out more than fifty erasers, and no doubt endured many sleepless nights. Yes, you are right, it’s Budget Time. We all started feeling good with the knowledge that the 2011 budget was near completion, with only a few numbers still to come. Unfortunately two of those unknown numbers include the assessment and the unconditional grant amounts, and both have a major impact on the outcome of our budget. We have been advised by the department of Local Government that we will have these numbers, and a few others, by mid-December. The budget cannot be completed without this critical data, so unfortunately, we have no choice but to postpone the completion of the budget until early January.
I issued a proclamation at the last Council meeting designating December 17, 2010 as anti-bullying day. I would like to further suggest that everyone take time to reflect on what it means to be a Bully or the victim of bullying. The Oxford Dictionary defines a Bully as “a person who uses power to coerce others by fear”, and bulling is defined as “to persecute, oppress, or coerce by force or threats”. There are some people living in New Maryland who have lived with, or are living with, bullying. Bullying is a learned behaviour and occurs in more environments than just schools, and it is not confined to only children. We, as individuals and members of the community, have the power to prevent bullying before it becomes a problem. The Premier of New Brunswick, Hon. David Alward, has designated December 17th, 2010 as Anti-bulling Day in the province of NB and we encourage you to share this information with your family, friends and colleagues.
A Motion of Council was passed at the last meeting as follows: Be it be resolved that the Council for the Village of New Maryland re-appoint Debra Connors as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee for a period of three (3) years, as per Section 12 of the New Brunswick Community Planning Act. Debra Connors has been a valuable member of the PAC since November 2007. On behalf my colleagues on Council and members of our administration staff, I would like to thank Debra for committing another three years to the committee and thank her for all of her previous time, dedication and valuable input.
My intent for the Mayor’s Notepad is to keep you informed on what is happening in our community, from Council’s perspective. I am also open for any suggestions or new ideas you may have to enhance the quality of life in our municipality.
Please don’t forget that I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You can contact me through the Village Office at 451-8508, or my E-mail address.
On behalf of my colleagues on Council and our Staff, I wish you all a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.
Drive carefully and watch out for the little ones.
Something to think about, “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.” -Larry Wilde
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