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Reviving community spirit aim of committee

Marystown Councillors Darlene Lafosse-Blagdon and Mary Beth Farrell are teaming up to revitalize the town’s Tourism and Special Events Committee.

Marystown Council’s Tourism and Special Events Committee co-chair Coun. Mary Beth Farrell and chair Darlene Lafosse-Blagdon are reorganizing the committee in order to get more residents involvement and revive community spirit. George Macvicar Photo


The Southern Gazette

Chair Mrs. Lafosse-Blagdon said five new members from the community have been added to the committee to date and recruitment is still ongoing.

Council approved the recommendations Tuesday night to include Jeff Pittman, Kayla Mallay, Sharon Stoodley, Cindy Mallay and Bern Pike.

Mrs. Lafosse-Blagdon said “We’re excited to be chosen to take on this role for tourism in the town.”

Co-Chair Ms. Farrell acknowledged “We want more community involvement. It’s a chance for residents to get involved for more family oriented activities.”

Mrs. Lafosse-Blagdon agreed “We want new ideas from residents to renew community spirit.”

Ms. Farrell noted this was one of the topics discussed at the door when they campaigned for council last September.

Council agreed to new terms of reference for the committee on which to build community involvement.

One event the committee plans to focus on for more community enjoyment is the Marystown Day activities to be renamed the ‘Shining Seas Festival’. It will be four-day weekend event, Aug. 1-4, with activities hosted in different parts of the town and not just at the Track and Field.

Mrs. Lafosse-Blagdon said “The Committee hopes to partner with community groups, such as church groups, to determine an event they would like to hold.”

The committee chair identified for council an architect had been engaged to appraise the Jerome Walsh Museum in Little Bay to determine if repairs can be done to the building. Also the date for the Burin Peninsula Cancer Relay for Life at the Track and Field has been set for Saturday, Aug. 16.

Another committee meeting was held last night to bring the new members up to date on discussions so far.

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