On November 6th, I took part in the 20th Annual Vince MacDonald Road Race, alongside 50 other participants. As anticipated, the great spirit of the people from the Town of Trenton was evident. The weather was bright and sunny and the event was very well organized. Runners from other parts of Nova Scotia came and participated in the race at Trenton Steeletown Park, they were warmly welcomed.
To mark the special occasion, athletes wore T-shirts commemorating the 20th year of the Vince MacDonald Memorial Race. After participants lined up, a moment of silence was observed honoring Vince MacDonald’s memory. Many runners finished the race with improved times over last year. Others received awards for their performance and the top winner of the day was Dave MacLellan, who finished with a time of 34:40.
I visited the site today (September 30th), I am very pleased that work has begun on our new correctional facility. "We're investing over $30-million in this project and it's going to create 70 new correctional jobs, in addition to the employment created during construction.This is a significant investment in the justice system that will help stimulate the local and provincial economy. I am very much looking forward to opening the doors to this new, modern and safe facility by early 2014.The tender for the installation of sewer, storm and water lines as well as driveways, parking lots and the building area, will be issued by the middle of October.The tender for the construction phase will be issued by the end of November.For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just/Corrections/NENS.asp
Pink carnations floated along the East River, marking an end to the 10th Annual Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival. The residents of Pictou County, have done it again, with over 35 teams participating, helping raise $150,000.00 to support the Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivors Group here in Pictou County, the Special Olympics in Northern Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association.
The Premier was honoured that he was asked to participate in this year’s 10th Dragon Boat Festival. He was very pleased to be part of the opening ceremonies and wishes to thank organizers and participants for their dedication to supporting local charitable organizations – a sentiment I too share.