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Community Calendar


If you would like to announce your upcoming event, write the Southern Gazette at P.O. Box 1116, Marystown, A0E 2M0. You may also call 279-3188, fax 279-2628 or e-mail

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The Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council will be hosting a Book Give-Away at the the Peninsula Mall Saturday, April 27th from 9:30 am to 4pm. Our aim is to promote literacy to residents of the Burin Peninsula. All books have been donated by local libraries and community members, and will be given away free of charge. Drop by and take as many or as few as you like.


Cozy Corner Crafters meets every second Wednesday at the Salvation Army Faith and Hope, Marystown, at 7 p.m. Pook or hook mats, knit, crochet or sew. Beginners to advanced. Join us and experience a night of fun, food and fellowship. Further information from Linda Stockley, 279-2863 (O) or 891-2555 (R) and Edith Dicks, 279-3124.


The Burin Peninsula chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada has a monument to honour people from the region injured or killed in an alcohol or drug-related crash. To add a name, call 277-5811, email, send a message through Facebook (MADDBurinPeninsula) or Twitter (@MADDBurinPen), or contact any member of the group.


The Marystown Museum is expanding its archives on the history of Marystown and the Mortier Bay region. Anyone wishing to share a recollection or item relating to the area’s fishing or shipbuilding history, or personal stories of local residents or the community, call 279-0439 or e-mail

Diabetes Clothesline

Donate your reusable clothing and cloth items to the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline. Drop your bagged items in the red drop box located at Home Hardware in the Marystown area. For further details, call 1-800-505-5525.

Free computer access

Marystown Memorial Library, located in Sacred Heart Academy, offers free computer services. Call 279-1507 for more info and hours of operation.

Headline: Support Groups

Mental health support group

For ages 14-18 every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Merge. All are welcome. For more details contact Jimmy Bonnell at 277-4973.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings are held in the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre Education Room each Thursday and Saturday, 8:30-9:30 p.m. A meeting is also held each Monday in St. Lawrence in the basement of the priest’s house. For more information call 277-4174, 873-6018 (Donna), 277-6666 (Shane), 873-3423 (Kevin) or 357-2317 (Cathy).

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a group of recovering drug addicts. It costs nothing to be a member. Weekly meetings are held in the education/conference room at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, Thursday and Saturday, 6:30-8 p.m. For more info, contact Tom at 277-3058 (cell) or 891-1255 (home).

Child loss

The Compassionate Friends Burin Peninsula Chapter provides support for parents dealing with the loss of a child, meetings the last Wednesday of each month at The Merge in Marystown from 7-9p.m. for more information call Barbara Noseworthy: 277-1837, Reuben Noseworthy: 826-2919, Maureen Shea: 277-3223 or Gwen Antle at 277-0311.

Brighter Futures

Pregnant? Call the Healthy Baby Club! This Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures program offers friendly support, helpful information, food supplements and prenatal education. Offices are available across the peninsula. Call 279-2922 or toll free 877-777-2723

Crisis line

The Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre has a 24-hour information and confidential support on sexual violence. You can call toll free 1-800-726-2743 or visit the website at

TOPS meetings

Regular weekly meetings of TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) are held on the Burin Peninsula. For time and location in your area, call Elvina at 832-3813/5573.

Overeaters Anonymous

The Overeaters Anonymous Skype/telephone meeting takes place every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. To take part, please call toll free 1-877-738-1742 or email

Gambling problems

A weekly meeting for individuals and families affected by gambling is held each Tuesday, 8-10 p.m. in the rehab conference room at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre. For more information call 891-5030 or 832-3690. If you need to leave a message, someone will return your call ASAP.

Seniors Resources

The Seniors Resource Centre, 280 Torbay Rd. in St. John’s, has an information line. Call 1-800-563-5599.

Family resource library

Sacred Heart Parish Pro-Life Group, Marystown, has a video lending library dealing with a variety of pro-life/pro-family issues. This includes short presentations, documentaries and full-length films. They can be borrowed during regular parish hours (279-1625) or by contacting any member of the pro-life group. Anyone on the Burin Peninsula is welcome to borrow these resources. For more information, contact Margie at 279-3580.

Headline: Volunteers wanted

Community groups are always in need of volunteers. So if you’re got some time to spare, and are looking for something to do, why not consider volunteering with one of these groups:

St. John Ambulance

Learn valuable skills, have fun and play an important role in your community. For more info call 1-800-801-0181.

Hospital Auxiliary

The Burin Peninsula Health Care Hospital Auxiliary is looking for new members. Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Burin hospital. The auxiliary is open to both men and women. For more information or for an application, contact Marilyn Martin at 891-3471 or call/drop in to the gift shop at the hospital (891-3494).

Alternative Measures

The Burin Peninsula West Alternative Measures program needs volunteer mediators to help youth. Alternative Measures is a voluntary alternative to the court system.

Contact Cindy Stone, liaison social worker with Health and Community Services, 279-7900 or Dominic Lundrigan, program chairperson, 891-1742.

Grand Bank

The Gran-For-Line Alternative Measures Program-Extrajudicial Sanctions is looking for volunteers in the Grand Bank-Fortune Area. Extrajudicial Sanctions is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides an alternative to court proceedings for young people who have accepted responsibility for the offence they committed. All volunteers receive training. For more info, contact Child, Youth and Family Services in Marystown at (709) 279-7911.

Special Olympics

The Marystown Special Olympics also needs volunteers. The group meets at Marystown Central High School gym each Monday at 6:30 p.m.


The Burin Peninsula SPCA is looking for volunteers to help with day-to-day operations at the shelter. Duties include walking and feeding animals and general shelter clean up. If you are interested in lending your time, please contact the shelter at 891-8000. Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age.

Foster Families

A local chapter of the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association has been established on the Burin Peninsula. To become a foster parent or for further information on fostering, contact 1-877-754-0218.

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