Even without the bows and pretty wrapping it was just like Christmas in Truro on Friday with funding announced to increase accessible transportation and to provide flood relief funding.
Thumbs up, thumbs down
In a whirlwind of morning announcements in Truro and Bible Hill, Colchester-North MLA Karen Casey, who also holds the portfolio of Education Minister, announced $344,275 across the province with Colchester and Truro receiving the lion’s share of about $277,401, as well as announcing more than $412,900 for accessible transportation across the province. The local Colchester Transportation Co-operative Limited will receive about $32,900 to increase their fleet’s offerings.
Thief robs community spirit
There are a number of organizations with dedicated volunteers who pour themselves into service to the community. One shining example of this is the Salvation Army. Not only does it do outreach in the community, facilitate programs from low-income earners and offer support and food bank services as needed, they operate a thrift store in downtown Truro on Forrester Street.
Last week the store was targeted by a vandal who damaged its donation bin, dug inside it stole items, broke others and left behind a mess of items strewn across the parking lot. The same person also made an attempt to break into the organization’s 15-passenger van parked nearby.
This type of behavior is disheartening for the many people working hard to improve the lives of others.
Not giving up the fight
Kudos to local Korean War veterans Curtis Faulkner and Jim Matheson who laid down their arms years ago but are continuing to fight a battle with no end in sight. The Truro Daily News captured their story in Saturday’s edition highlighting the efforts of the two veterans expressing their long-standing demands to have a stone memorial of some type created to mark the contributions of locals who served in the Korean conflict.
Their plea has caught the ear of Truro’s mayor Bill Mills and we hope to see movement on this request in the near future.