Ro t h e s a y, N B R O T H E S AY R E A D E R V O L U M E 11 I S S U E 2 October 2010 MAYOR’S MESSAGE . INSIDE THIS ISSUE: The summer of 2010 was extremely busy in the town of Rothesay. The 150th anniversary Animal Control 2 of the naming of Rothesay by the Prince of Wales (Duke of Rothesay) was a well received event in the Town. The re-enactment of the Prince’s arrival by train at the historic Rothesay Emergency Alert 3 Station was certainly the event of the summer. In addition, the Seniors’ tea party was well Fall Clean-up 2 attended and special programs were held to celebrate our teens and families. The spec- Kennebecasis Public Library 3 tacular fireworks display received many favorable comments. All the anniversary events were well planned, well executed, and Rothesay residents showed their appreciation by K.V. F. D. 2 turning out in the hundreds. Mayor’s Message 1 Rothesay Council offers a special thank you to Bill Artiss and the Anniversary Committee, Recreation News 4 Gay Drescher and other members of Rothesay staff, Suzanne Doyle-Yerxa and the K.V. 2 Players, the Rothesay Police Department, the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department, and a Speaker Series special thank you to Ruthie Fullerton for her efforts as our capable Coordinator. Thank you Santa Claus Parade 4 one and all for a really great show. 70 Hampton Road “Rothesay, New Brunswick - The First 150 Years”, a history of our Town authored by Jude Rothesay, N.B. E2E 5L5 Carson and Gretchen Kelbaugh, made its appearance on August 7, 2010 and has become a best seller in Rothesay. Dozens of citizens provided valuable data for the authors and book sales have been brisk to date. The book would be a treasured Christmas gift and can Phone: (506)848-6600 be purchased at Benjamin’s Books, Kennebecasis Drugs, and the Town office. Fax: (506)848-6677 Information: 847-INFO (4636) Changing to another important topic, the town of Rothesay has joined with Saint John and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org surrounding municipalities to provide an Emergency Alert Service. This notification service is available free of charge to all Rothesay residents and you can be notified by telephone, cell phone and/or e-mail (your choice) regarding storm warnings, boil water orders, etc. This program is a prime example of Rothesay’s ongoing commitment to communicate with We’re on the WEB! its citizens during or in anticipation of emergency events. www.rothesay.ca Council endorses this program and urges all citizens to register so that you can be notified by telephone at your home or office and/or by e-mail of emergency events occurring in the community or anticipated to occur. 1. Register online by going to the Town’s website and click on Emergency Alert. An email will be sent back to you providing a password to activate your service immediately. 2. If you do not have an e-mail address, please come to the Town Hall for a registration • Deputy Mayor Blair MacDonald 847-2724 847-8607 847-3028 847-4922 847-5429 847-8846 848-6662 847-5895 214-0102 form. You will be registered for telephone and/or text notifications. Mayor & Council Contacts 3. All registration data is kept in a secure database. This is a service that many citizens have been asking for and I fully endorse this emergency • Councillor P.Gallagher Jette preparedness endeavor, in partnership with eight surrounding municipalities. • Councillor Scott Cochrane • Councillor Norma Mullett • Councillor Terry Kilfoil • Councillor Tom Young • Mayor William Bishop • Councillor Don Shea In closing, I urge all citizens to help keep Rothesay “special” by keeping the environment clean and green and our own bodies healthy and vibrant. William J. Bishop Mayor Page 2 R o thes ay Re ade r ANIMAL CONTROL The 2011 Cat and Dog Licenses will be available to purchase at the Town Office on November 1, 2010. The cost for a spayed female or male is $5.00 and $10.00 for an unspayed female. The Town requires proof of an up-to-date Rabies Vaccination Certifi- cate. If your Veterinary Clinic’s protocol does not require a Rabies Vaccination yearly, please request a letter from your Veteri- narian informing the Town of this protocol. It is imperative that your cat or dog be licensed on a yearly basis. The Town Office receives numerous calls regarding lost cats and dogs. Staff can aid in having your “best friend” returned home if you have purchased an annual license and make sure the tag is attached to your pet’s collar. . Speaker Series Rothesay Recreation Speaker Series will be taking place again on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm at the Rothesay Town Hall starting in January. Check out the Town’s web site at www.rothesay.ca for an updated schedule in December. KV FIRE DEPARTMENT .The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department would like to offer these fire safety tips when dealing with power outages: • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors electrically connected to your home’s power supply will not work unless they have battery back-up. Make sure your home has at least one battery operated smoke alarm as a fail-safe. • Make sure that electric stove elements, ovens, kettles, clothes irons, hair dryers, etc. are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from starting when the electricity is restored. • Use flashlights or chemical light sticks instead of candles or lanterns to reduce fire risks. • Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor, residential use and maintain safe distances from combustible materials in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. • Portable generators should be used outdoors in a well ventilated area only. Refuel only after shutting it down and allow- ing it to cool. • Propane and charcoal barbeques should be used outside only. Do not bring them inside the building. • Any device that burns fuel requires oxygen to burn properly and ventilation to remove deadly products of combustion. Carbon monoxide is produced by any device fuelled by natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gaso- line, or wood. It is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that can be deadly. • Have an emergency preparedness kit available in the event of an extended outage. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. For more information on what your kit should contain visit www.getprepared.gc.ca. FALL CLEAN-UP NOVEMBER 8th—12th Rothesay will once again conduct an annual cleanup of leaf and yard waste this Fall. Scheduled for the week of November 8th, the cleanup will collect leaves and yard debris for composting. Because the material is relatively consistent, it can be handled differently from the organic material in the weekly compost collection resulting in lower cost to the Town. Everything must be curb side by 7:00 a.m. on November 8th, REGARDLESS OF YOUR SCHEDULED PICK UP DAY. Residents are encouraged to use decomposable bags, non-waxed cardboard cartons or garbage cans that can be emptied into the trucks for storage of leaves and grass to reduce handling costs. Bundles should be no more than four (4) feet long, less than 50 lbs. and must be only organic material. Only trees that are less than 4 inches in diameter will be collected. Con- struction material such as plywood, will not be picked up. Residents are encouraged to compost these materials on their own property for use in landscaping and gardening but if this is not appropriate or desirable, the annual pickup provides an environmentally sound means of disposal. Page 3 Rothesay Reader The Greater Saint John Community Foundation is a longstanding respected charity in our Region. Estab- lished in 1976 as a trustee for charitable, educational and cultural purposes, it has cumulatively provided annual grants of over $5.2 million dollars to a broad range of over 275 Saint John area charities, thanks to generous donors. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation is organizing a community event, “Ovation”, this year, timed to celebrate the City of Saint John’s 225th and Rothesay’s 150th birthdays and including all our region’s municipalities, Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal. “Ovation” is a one-time “signature event/fundraiser” for the Community Foundation and we are pleased to have the generous support of James C. Irving as Honorary Chair. You are invited to be part of this exciting evening by purchasing tickets to Ovation. Individual tickets will be sold at a cost of $100 or in “parties” of 10 for $1,000. Tax receipts for a portion of the ticket price will be available upon request. The tickets are available at the Grand Bay Pharmacy (Guardian Drugs), Kennebecasis Drugs (Guardian), Rothesay, or at The Foundation Office, 40 King Street, Saint John (672-8880). Rothesay, in partnership with the communities of Grand Bay-Westfield, Hampton, Norton, Quispamsis, Saint John, St. Martins, Sussex and Sussex Corner, is now offering an “EMERGENCY ALERT SERVICE” which will quickly notify you and your family by email or phone, of a potential emergency which may affect you. Register your name and contact information online—at www.rothesay.ca. This information is held in a secure database until an emergency occurs or is expected in your area. An automated message is sent directly to the landline telephone, cell phone or e-mail address provided. Online registration requires a valid email address. If you or someone you know does not have an email address and wishes to register for this service, registration forms are avail- able at the Rothesay Town Hall (70 Hampton Road), the Kennebecasis Public Library (1 Landing Court, Quispamsis) or by download. Completed forms must be returned to Rothesay Town Hall, 70 Hampton Road, Rothesay, NB. The Emergency Alert system is part of the Sentinel Emergency Management Planning Software Suite purchased through a Joint Emergency Preparedness Program grant. Rothesay thanks its partnering municipalities for participating in this joint pro- ject. Fall Events at the Kennebecasis Public Library Tuesday Toddler Story Time: For children 18 to 36 months and their parents/caregivers. 10:30-11:00 a.m. Friday Three and Up Club Story: For 3 and 4 year old children and their parents/caregivers. 10:30-11:00 a.m. Family Drop-In Table: Check out our family drop-in centre with weekly themes and crafts for parents and children to enjoy to- gether. Reading Buddies Group: Saturdays from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. For elementary school aged children who are learning English as a second language, This program is a volunteer program. This program runs in conjunction with the Newcomers Coffee Hour and started October 2nd. Thursday Morning Babies in the Library: For children from birth to 18 months and their parents/caregivers. Thursday morn- ings from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Runs November 4th to December 2nd. Registration is required (849-5314). Adult Programs: Kennebecasis Book Club: Meets every third Thursday 12:00-1:00 p.m. Oct. 21st: Silver Salts by Mark Blagrave. Newcomers Coffee Hour: Meets every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Make new friends and practice your Eng- lish in a comfortable social setting. Everyone welcome. English speaking volunteers required. Started October 2nd. This pro- gram runs in conjunction with the Reading Buddies Group. Thursday Night Knitting Club: Meets every Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Special Events: October is Canadian Library Month: Come and celebrate this year’s theme: Opening Doors to the Future. Silent auction starting October 1st, 2010. Tuesday Evening Children’s Story Time Yoga: For 8-12 year olds. Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. from October 5th to 19th. Registration is required (849-5314). Zen Teen Yoga: for ages 13-19. Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Runs Nov. 9th to 30th. Registration is required (849- 5314). Contact Your Library at - TEL: 849-5314 FAX: 849-5318 email@example.com http://www.kvlibrary.org Page 4 R o thes ay Re ade r Great Summer Fun! Thanks to all the wonderful RECREATION ACTIVITIES children who participated in our Day Camp and/or play Halloween Stories, Songs and Stunts ground program this sum- Stories, Songs and Stunts to explain all those terrifying things we see at Halloween will be held in mer. It was a great suc- and around the Bill McGuire Centre, Saturday, October 30 with David Goss. Activities and stories cess. Both campers and will be age appropriate. There will be two sessions: counsellors had a lot of fun 6:00 p.m. – Ages 7 and under going to the beach, taking 7:30 p.m. – Ages 8 and up trips, creating works of art Stroller access for the first session only. Hot Chocolate will follow both sessions. Come in costume, and becoming dodge ball as there will be prizes for the best costume -girl, boy, man and woman! If it’s wet, we will be indoors experts! Thanks also to at the Bill McGuire Centre. Mother Nature who sent us great weather this year for optimum summer fun Rothesay Recreation hopes to see you all back next year! Rothesay Arena Upgrades – Going Green! It is common knowledge that the Rothesay Arena predates many residents. Constructed in the KV3C and Rothesay 1970’s it has seen little if any major upgrades. Recent provincial incentive programs have allowed Recreation Family the Town to seek funding to change the way the water is heated for ice production. Flood water for Play Group ice making represents a large portion of the water used at the Arena. Experience wonderful ‘play’ mornings with Through Efficiency NB, under the Energy Smart Participant program, a system to pre-heat Zamboni songs, crafts, stories, water was installed. This system simply works by installing two 100 Gal. tanks containing a heat ex- parachute games, changer which is connected to the hot gas discharge from the refrigeration plant compressors. This snacks and themed ac- discharge line carries ammonia at approximately 240 degrees F which pre-heats the water to about tivities designed to en- 110 degrees F before entering the electric hot water tanks used to fill the Zamboni. The standard hance children’s learning electric tanks top up the temperature to approximately 140 degrees F, which is required for flooding and meet other fami- the ice surface. In operation since September, this system has delivered water at or above the re- lies. Every Tuesday at quired 140 degrees F. As a result, no electricity has been used to heat the standard hot water the Bill McGuire Centre tanks! from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more info visit The energy savings realized from this installation is calculated at 280 GJ per year. These savings www.kv3c.ca or call equate to a green house gas reduction equivalent to removing 10 vehicles from the road. Cost of 849-7266. the project is $35,000.and has a 3 year pay back period. KENNBECASIS VALLEY 12TH ANNUAL KV SANTA CLAUS PARADE This year’s Santa Claus Parade will be on Saturday, November 27, 2010 starting at 6:00 INTERESTED IN p.m. from KV High School and finishing at Clark Road. Storm Date: November 28th COMMUNITY GARDENING? SKATE WITH SANTA The Recreation Depart- ment is exploring the Come and enjoy a free skate with Santa on Saturday, December 12, 2010—3:00—4:00 p.m. at the idea of creating a com- Rothesay Arena. munity garden for our residents . The idea is to have divided plots in a Seeking Volunteers for Rothesay Committees fenced-in communal Rothesay Council is supported by many Committees of Council and also participates in decision- area for people to grow making in the greater Saint John region through various Boards and Commissions. Rothesay resi- food for themselves and dents are invited to participate in the local decision-making process by offering to serve on Rothesay their families. If you Committees or as a Rothesay representative on regional Boards and Commissions. Applications have any feedback or are reviewed by the Nominating Committee and recommendations are made to Council. The term is are interesting in being usually for a two year period and can be renewed. involved in this exciting new project please con- An application form is available online or at the Town Hall that can be completed and returned to tact the Recreation De- Mary Jane Banks, Town Clerk by email (MaryJaneBanks@rothesay.ca) or regular mail to 70 Hamp- partment at 848-6652 or ton Road, Rothesay, NB E2E 5L5. firstname.lastname@example.org.