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Community Economic Development Forum – October 3rd

The future of our communities will depend on actions we as citizens take to shape them. We have seen recent developments that have been citizen driven such as the Little Folk’s Daycare, a non-profit daycare operated by a volunteer board in Flower’s Cove serving the 26 communities of the Straits. Similarly the Ivy Durley Place is expanding to meet the aging needs of our citizens primarily from Castor River to Eddies Cove East. Successful Come Home Year Celebrations were held in Savage Cove, Roddickton and Conche this summer. Cook’s Harbour-Wild Bight-North Boat Harbour raised $100,000 to build a Let Them Be Kids Playground and St. Anthony Lions are working with Habitat for Humanity to enable four families to be homeowners. We have much to be proud of when we are community building.

I’d encourage anyone to attend the following Community Economic Development Forum:

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Let’s Keep Building – Together!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

BUY LOCAL: Why not wake up to local coffee and teas from Dark Tickle Company?

Waking up to local coffee and teas from Dark Tickle Company in St. Lunaire-Griquet is the perfect way to begin your day. This morning I perked some of Dark Tickle’s finest partridgeberry coffee. The pleasant aroma when brewing boasts berry flavour, as it circulated around the room. My locally produced “mummer’s mug” was filled with the wonderful black liquid as I began to think about our local economy.

I am a supporter of this local company that is truly unique. Their bakeapple, blueberry, partridgeberry and crowberry teas a divine. A wonderful gift to give any tea lover as  thank-you, on a special occasion or just every day gesture of kindness. They have an array of products and make jams, jellies, vinaigrette, chocolates and other products directly on-site. You can watch them at work in the small commercial kitchen through a wall of glass windows. Their products can also be purchased on-line at http://www.darktickle.com. They even have Iceberg chocolates! I certainly look forward to tasting those soon.

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Supporting the local economy in rural regions is critical for success. Small businesses, like Dark Tickle Company employ local people, re-invest in their business and also support other ventures, the community and spend dollars as well in the local economy. The more out-shopping we do for goods and services at Big Box Stores, the more  money is funneled out of the local economy.

If we are to keep our communities from becoming “ghost towns” we must spend our money at the corner store,  co-operative and independently owned businesses. Keeping local dollars exchanging as many hands as possible before it is lost from the region is a way to maintain wealth and expand new business opportunities and employment.

Can we produce more locally? Can we buy more locally? I believe we can!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Icebergs Again in Goose Cove, NL

A visit to Goose Cove is good for the body, mind and soul.

On July 22, 2011 – The water was peaceful, clouds puffy and lots of icebergs in the harbour. I passed by the Simmonds Family wharf and fishing rooms. Its age is greatly showing with the curves in the roof and slight slants to the right or left. It is evident that the decline and mismanagement of our fishing resources has led to out-migration and effected the way of living in this small Town, as it has with many other outports in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador. The prosperity is not felt in rural regions, as it is in large cities. The needed investments are not being made to maintain, further develop and properly market our tourism assets on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Greater action is needed to preserve the cultural significance and history in these small outer buildings that are truly a part of our heritage.

Further along there was Pumley Cove Trail. I was greatly impressed, as it had appropriate signage, was well mapped and provided important information, for example 1 KM (Easy). This is just the type of trail for me :). Good things happen when local groups, the community and a lead partner, like SABRI, all work together to develop something positive that adds value for the traveller and also for the locals that live here year-round. Community control of resources leads to greater success.

This Town is an absolute destination, see more for yourself…

The icebergs near the harbour. Another wharf once predominate, now falling.

A mini-berg near a house, fishing rooms and other outer buildings. I love the small wharf built along the rocks edge. Newfoundland & Labrador has talented people.

The highly landscape reminds me of a land before time, just perfectly preserved and available for those who are lucky enough to live here to enjoy. Goose Cove is a reflection of rural outport Newfoundland & Labrador.

The icebergs are so large they almost block the harbour.

The Great Northern Peninsula has the markings of a Great Tourism Advertisement that focuses on the people, lifestyle, culture, history, landscapes – the Experience. Let’s get moving on this as we have a world of living art to show in every nook and cranny! A photo can be taken just about anywhere…

Live Rural NL – Experience the Great Northern Peninsula

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Twitter/LiveRuralNL

 

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