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Collection begins on Monday, June 8. Place material at your curb by 6 a.m.
Collection vehicles will visit each area only once, so place your materials out on June 8 and leave them until they are collected.
Wood & materials should be placed in separate bundles at least 1.2m (4 ft) apart.
All materials must be disassembled and be no longer than 1.2 m (4ft) in length.
Only materials designated as heavy garbage (see list below) will be collected.
Placing a FREE sign on your items can encourage others to find use in the objects.
PLEASE do not place weekly garbage/recycling/organics with the Heavy Garbage material. The Heavy Garbage and your weekly garbage are collected separately.

WHAT’S IN: Please place these materials in separate piles.
Bulky Materials such as sofas, mattresses, asphalt shingles, bagged insulation, carpet, flooring furniture, box springs, vinyl windows, etc…
Metal Materials such as fridges, stoves, deep freezers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, metal fencing, bicycles, water tanks, steel bath tubs, etc…
Wood Materials such as disassembled fencing, wooden stairs, wood posts, wood shingles, decking, etc…

No household garbage, blue bag material or organic waste
No vehicle parts or tires
No branches larger than 1 inch in diameter
No propane tanks or cylinders
No concrete, mortar or brick
No computers, monitors or television sets (these can be taken to our Recycling Centres in Baddeck or Dingwall.)

For more information please call 902-295-2117 or 902-295-2026.

Scotland Tour - September 7-16, 2015 (10 Days/9 nights)
Visiting : Barra, North/South Uist, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh,Oban, Glencoe , Glenfinnan, Roybridge

Includes: Return airfare Halifax /Glasgow/Halifax, 8 nights in hotels in Scotland one night on the plane, Breakfast every day and lunches and /or dinners. 75 % of the meals, Ferry crossings, Motor coach transportation, Admission to attractions/castles, Guided local commentary in select places, Guidance to local Ceilidhs/pubs, Completely escorted from Halifax by Ron Mac Eachen for entire duration of trip

Not included: Items of a personal nature, phone calls, alcohol etc, travel Insurance and anything not explicitly outlined in “ what’s included “above

Price is $3660 plus $220 taxes or $3880.00 total
Price is based on double occupancy
If single it would be 480.00 per person extra

For complete itinerary or reservations call 1 877 726 3947
or email sandygroup@ns.sympatico.ca

Summer Student Employment Opportunity - Deadline May 29
A Festival Events Assistant position is available at Washabuck Community Centre for 8 weeks at 35 hours per week. To be eligible, students must:be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Duties include: assisting with planning annual summer festival, preparing material for brochure, print, prep for events and maintenance of grounds. Please email cover letter & resume to washabuck@gmail.com before May 29th at 4pm.

Harbour Greenhouse - NOW OPEN
May hours 10am-5pm
25% off all perennials until Sunday, May 16th
25% off shrubs until Sunday May 23rd

District #3 is Going Clean & Green - Saturday May 23
Come out and join our litter cleanup! 10am-12noon (rain or shine)
Gathering Places:
Boisdale: Fire Department
Christmas Island: Fire Department
Grand Narrows: Ferrymen's Hall
All bags and gloves will be provided. CBRM Solid Waste will start collecting the bags at 1:00pm on day of cleanup.
For further info, contact: Councillor Mae Rowe - 902-794-2715

11th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the CB Cancer Centre - May 23 - SOLD OUT
Join us for a special evening as we raise funds for the Patient Care Fund of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. The Centre is a vital resource for many of our family and friends. All proceeds go to the fund. Entertainment by Dawn & Margie Beaton. Tickets are $30 per person and available from the Highland Village or Legion. Sponsored by the NS Highland Village Society, Royal Canadian Legion 124, St. Columba CWL, District 1, Municipality of Victoria County. 19 yrs and over. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Thanks to everyone for making this our biggest dinner yet!!

Little Narrows Ferry Fee Increase
As of April 1st, 2015 the Little Narrows Ferry Fees are going to increase as follows:

Single Toll: From $5.50 to $7.00
Book of 10: From $13.20 to $35.00
Year Pass: From $162.00 to $250.00
Truck Pass: From $648.00 to $1000.00

This will affect business, tourism, families, seniors and every individual in the District.
I encourage everyone to call or email MLA Pam Eyking to voice their displeasure on the proposed Fee Increase.

Pam Eyking
Phone: 902-736-7263
Email: eykingpz@gov.ns.ca

Geoff MacLellan (Minister of Transportation)
P.O. Box 186 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2N2
Phone: (902) 424-5875
Fax: (902) 424-0171
Email: TIRMIN@novascotia.ca

Premier Stephen McNeil
P.O. Box 726
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2T3
Phone: (902) 424-6600
Fax: (902) 424-7648
Email: PREMIER@novascotia.ca

Paul MacNeil
District 1 Councillor
Victoria County

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
Student Employment Opportunity - Deadline May 23
Iona CAP Site has an 8 week (June 30 - Aug 21) at 35 hours per week Community Trainer employment opportunity available.
Responsibilities include, maintaining CAP Site, providing IT training to community members, facilitating technology camps for youth. Open to youth in high-school and university. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to ionacapsite@gmail.com before May 23, 2015 at 4pm.

Helping Older Adults Connect With Mobile Technology

The C@P Program helps older adults learn how to use mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones. Want more information, visit  http://www.vccaps.com/

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  Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Little Dipper Boutique Hours of Operation
The Little Dipper Boutique is open Sunday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm.
The store carries beer, wine, spirits and coolers via the NSLC.
Everyday convenience items, confections, tobacco and lottery are also be available.
Phone number is (902)725-2000.
Email is: littledipperboutique@gmail.comSuggestions as to what we should carry and sell in the store are welcome.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
Student Summer Employment Opportunities
The Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society is now accepting resumes for student summer employment positions.
Confirmed positions:
Marina Attendant, Event Planning Coordinator, and Business Development Coordinator
Preference will be given to those attending or entering post-secondary school programs. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age.
Interested candidates should email resume to: GNWDS@hotmail.com
Note: Hiring will be ongoing… Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. Positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found. Apply Today!

Annual Meeting - Tuesday, May 26
The Annual Meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront will be held 7pm, Tuesday, May 26th at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are always welcome.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Dave Gunning-In Concert - Rankin School of the Narrows - May 29
Rankin School of the Narrows is proud to present a performance by DAVE GUNNING on Friday, May 29. The concert will begin at 8:00 PM Doors open at 7:00 PM and is open to people of all ages!! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for student/children. Tickets will be available at Rankin School, Iona, The Little Dipper Boutique, Iona, The Beaver Cove Take Out, Beaver Cove, The Curiosity Shop, Charlotte St. Sydney.

If you have any questions please call us at Rankin 902-725-2210. You can hear Dave Gunning's music by visiting his website - www.davegunning.com

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Student Job Posting: Groundskeeper/Kitchen Helper
Thanks to the Federal Summer Jobs program, we have an 8 week student position available @ 30hrs/wk paying $10.60/hr. The selected student will assist with food preparation and hall set-up; Assist with regular light maintenance, grounds up-keep and building clean-up. Student must be min. 15 years of age and a full-time student, attending high school or post secondary school.
Email resume to info@rcl124grandona.ca. Deadline: May 22.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for May 25th:
Rising Jackpot: $2838.25
Building Jackpot: $3700.00
Toonie Game: $941.00 (plus one half of evening sales)
WANTED: BINGO callers and floor walkers.

Weekly Legion Newsletter
The Grandona Legion weekly newsletter is updated every Thursday. To view the current newsletter, please click here or visit the Legion website (link above).

Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Next Session: May 31st
Group guitar playing sessions, the first Sunday of every month from 3-5pm. These sessions are a fun way to strum and sing along with a group at no cost and with no pressure
Players should already have basic guitar skills. Also... if possible please bring a music stand, capo, pick and a pen.

Due to conflicts with other local events, dates for June, July and August are subject to change. Check this site for dates of upcoming sessions
Anyone wishing to drop in to observe or sing along is welcome. (19 yrs and over).
Any questions contact: Brenda (newsletter@rcl124grandona.ca) or Quentin (qmd@seasidehighspeed.com)

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next visit: June 5th.

Canadian Diabetes "Clothesline" Drop Box
A Clothesline Drop Box is now located outside the Legion (beside the back deck). Feel free to drop off your donations of gently used clothing anytime.

Saturday Night Darts
DARTS 7:30 p.m. Every Saturday Night.
COME OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. Teams are picked each night.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
May 22: Grilled Haddock
May 29: Corned Beef & Cabbage
June 5: Roast Beef
June 12: Roast Pork

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
May 22: Jerome Campbell & Cindy Allen
May 29: No Ceilidh
June 5: The Roadies
June 12: The Middle River Band

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - bar closed
Thursday - 4:00 to 11:00pm
Friday - 4:00 to Midnight
Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
Chase the Ace - Friday nights - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - May 29, 2015
The Northside East Bay Chase the Ace takes place on Friday evenings at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall. As of Friday, May 29th, the jackpot will be $700+ with 43 cards left. Ticket sales take place between 7 and 9 pm with the draw shortly after 9 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.

2015 Visitor Season - June 1 to October 18
The Highland Village opens for the 2015 visitor season on June 1st. Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily. Watch this space or check out our website for more information on our events and programs. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

May 31 - Gaelic Exhibit Openings (see below)
June 9 - Calum Cille/St. Columba Day
June 13 - Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare Day - Food, Cash's Carding Mill & Public Archaeology.
July 1 - Canada Day Open House
July 3 - Heritage Skills Day - Workshops
July 27 - Annual Malagawatch Church Anniversary Church Service
July 28 - Best of Boxwood, Musique Royale Concert
July 28-30 - Stras a' Bhaile Gaelic Folklife School
July 30 - Donald Og Day
August 1 - 54th Annual Highland Village Day Concert
August 20 - Fish Cake & Beans Supper

Recurring Events & Programs
Traditional Ceilidhs - Tuesdays & Thursdays - July 1 to October 18
Milling Frolics - Wednesdays & Fridays - July 1 to October 18
Children & Youth Programs - July & August
Adult & Family Experiences - July & August

Exhibit Openings - Sunday, May 31 - 2 to 4 pm
We invite you to join us for the opening of 2 Gaelic exhibits which will be on display this season at the Highland Village - `Gaels of Nova Scotia’ & LIRSINN: An Taisbeandh - NSCAD University Gaelic Posters. Come and explore the exhibits and join in a milling frolic. 2-4 pm. Free admission.

June 1 - October 18 “Gaels of Nova Scotia” Exhibit
The Highland Village is please to host the exhibit “Gaels of Nova Scotia”. The exhibit showcases Gaels who left Scotland to settle in northeastern mainland of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Sharing similar values, customs, cultural expression and language, these pioneers established what is today, Nova Scotia’s unique Gaelic identity. The exhibit will run from June 1st - October 18th. The exhibit is included with the price of regular admission.

June 1 - October 18 - LIRSINN: An Taisbeandh
Lirsinn (layr-sheen), means perspective, insight, or vision. It is a project of the N.S.C.A.D. 2015 Designing for Cultural Restoration class, led by Marlene Ivey in collaboration with Nova Scotia Highland Village, Office of Gaelic Affairs and the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. The posters are represented in three themes: Youth and the metaphor of Bernan Brde (the dandelion), a symbol of spring renewal, hardihood and resilience; Sean fhaclan (proverbs), the Gaelic wisdom system and rain, Nova Scotia’s native Gaelic song tradition. The posters will be exhibited at the Highland Village from June 1st - October 18th. The exhibit is included with the price of regular admission.

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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
World Oceans Day Local Events
* Saturday Grand Narrows Lobster Boil at Iona Heights Inn -2-4 PM, June 6*

* Grand Opening Celebrations for Iona Heights Frolic and Folk Pub Live music 4-7 pm June 6,7 *

World Oceans Day Presentations St Columba Parish Centre June 7 1-4:30 pm

World Oceans Day Kickoff - Saturday, June 6
Kickoff Event and Dance featuring “Rowdy Dow” http://rowdydow.vpweb.ca
Grandona Legion - 9 PM adult admission (19yrs & over) NEW PRICE $10.00
Make sure to invite friends and family to come to be part of the fun.

World Oceans Day Displays St Columba Parish Centre & Iona Port June 7 - 1-4:30 pm
* CBU Bras d”Or Institute * Bras d’Or UN Biosphere * CBU Verschuren Center * NSCC Nautical Institute * Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture * Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) * Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) * Bedford Institute of Oceanography * ACAP Cape Breton * Atlantic Ship Wreck Diving * Strait Area Chamber of Commerce * Boating Cape Breton * Trans Canada Trails * Orangedale Railway Museum * Highland Village Museum | An Clachan Gaidhealach * Central Cape Breton - Discover Us! 2015 * Canada Coast Guard College * Canadian Forces Recruiting * Cape Breton Partnership * RCMP * Wally Ellison (writer) * Dan E. MacNeil (Geologist) * Victoria County Bookmobile * Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia * Nova Scotia Council of Communities * HMCS Shawinigan *

* Food * Fun * Entertainment*

World Oceans Day - June 7 - On the Map

See the Cape Breton's Aros na Mara Event on the Global Perspective


As we move forward with Discover US 2015 we will be needing area photos so we can help promote the scenic virtues of the area as we organize the promotion of local events.

Please send photos, with include in email the name of the submitter, the location (event with an address) and a story behind the photo, date taken (if known) and sent to rpointk@hotmail.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Beginners Yoga - Thursdays
Yoga finished for the season, see you in the fall

Progressive 45's Card Game - Wednesdays
Will be held every Wednesday at 8:00pm at the Boisdale Fire Hall. Light Lunch will be served. Jackpot, Loonie draw & even Splits.

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  Home & School  
Home & School Meeting on Monday, June 1st at 7pm at Rankin School. Everyone welcome, come out to help support the Home & School's efforts!

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Mass Changes and Shared Ministries along Route 223
As we move into April there are a few changes to the mass schedule.

Saturday - St. Barra, Christmas Island - 5:30 PM
Saturday - St. Michael's, Baddeck - 6:30 PM
Sunday - St. Mary's, Frenchvale, - 9:00 AM
Sunday - St. Columba, Iona - 11:00 AM
Sunday - Holy Trinity, Waycobah - 9:30 AM
Sunday - Queen of the World, Wagmatcook - 11:00 AM

The ministries will continue to be shared amoung St. Barra, St. Columba and St. Andrew's throughout the next 3 months. Please check the bulletin for the schedule of the ministries. The bulletin is available at the following website each week. If you are unable to participate in the ministry for the week you are scheduled, please contact someone to replace you on that day.


New Website for Parishes
Check out the new site which includes the up to date bulletins. Website for the parishes. http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Seniors Cafe - Thursdays
The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department invites all Seniors from Ironville to Little Narrows and all surrounding areas to a series of workshops that will be interesting and fun. We are inviting seniors (50+) and youth in our community to exchange information and learn from each other.

There will be guest speakers from the legal community, ACAP, CB Regional Library, dieticians and nutritionists, caregivers, Clean NS, Department of Housing, fitness experts, dance and Gaelic instructors, and more. Many of our guest presenters will cover topics that promote wellness and healthy aging by connecting seniors to vital resources within the CBRM and province. Tea and refreshments will be served as well as weekly door prizes and giveaways.

The Cafe take place on Thursday evenings (May 14, 21, 28, June 4 & 11) starting at 7 pm. The workshops are free of charge and pre-registration is not required. See you there. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors.

Christmas Island Monthly Meetings
The regular monthly meeting of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department takes place on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the fire hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Iona Volunteer Fire Department Monthly Meeting
The Iona Fire Dept. regular meeting is usually held on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm at the the Fire Hall.

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  Little Narrows Community Centre  
"Raise 'Em Up!" - The 2nd Annual Little Narrows Community Fundraiser Concert - June 20
Mark June 20th, 2015 (7-9pm) on your calendar and come out for a entertaining evening of music, song, dance and comedy at the Little Narrows Community Centre! The money raised will go to bursary funds for graduating high school students from Little Narrows, and to the hall repair fund. Adm: $10; children 14 & Under $5. To purchase tickets, phone (902) 756-2731 or buy them at the door!

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Cape Breton EagleCentralCapeBreton.com Your On-Line Guide to the Highland Heart of Cape Breton.
Located in the center of Cape Breton Island, almost completely surrounded by the magnificent Bras d'Or Lakes - Canada's Only Inland Sea. The Bras d'Or  is one of the finest sailing and boating venues in the world.
The Bras d'Or Coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.