(Thumbs up) Cougar Dome rises
Great to see the Cougar Dome inflated this weekend. This $2.2-million project is another great addition to the Truro and area landscape and the recreational opportunities its 16,000-square foot artificial surface affords the community, especially young people, is simply outstanding. We can't wait to see it open for operation, hopefully in November or December. Kudos to Scott Annand for his vision and tenacity in seeing this through.
(Thumbs down) Courtesy bus controversy
Getting children safely from school to an after-school sitter is a major issue for working parents, not all of whom can leave work in the middle of the day and transport them. So to lose access to the courtesy bus that had been dropping children off at their after-school destination, such as occurred at Valley Elementary School for nearly 30 children recently, makes life a whole lot more complicated. Here's hoping a solution can be found. Perhaps the parents involved could even help pay for some of the gas for an extra bus. After all, the alternative is using their own vehicles and time.
(Thumbs up) Alice Street School memories
The demolition of Alice Street School three years ago must have been a sad day for the thousands of east-end Truro students who attended over the decades. What a great idea, therefore, by four former students who refurbished 55 coat hooks salvaged from the school, attached them to pieces of wood, complete with an image of the old school, and are giving them to former classmates. Take a bow, Cathy Hinton, Kevin Sibley, Robyn Pickrem and Jay Brenton.
(Thumbs down) Anti-bullying society disbanded
Sad to see the Truro-based Cyber Internet Safety Society shut its doors. The organization had hoped to continue extending its anti-bullying message throughout the province but was only able to raise less than half of the estimated $200,000 annual budget needed to operate. A little surprising that this fine program didn't receive any major funding from the provincial government.
(Thumbs up) Interchange coolness makes sense
Colchester County Council is right to look the other way when it comes to a proposed $28-to-$34-million interchange from Highway 102 near Hilden to the Truro Business Park. After all, what's really in it for them, especially when their own industrial park in Debert is only a few miles away? We still support the interchange idea, but the only way it's ever going to become a reality is for the Town of Truro to get major financial help from the federal government and/or provincial government. And traffic on McClure's Mills Road will keep getting worse.