Port Elgin to honour N.B. Cadets
Port Elgin to honour N.B. cadets
Published Thursday March 17th, 2011
by Meg Edwards
Times & Transcript staff
Port Elgin will honour New Brunswick cadets with The Freedom of the Town this spring in an impressive parade of five core cadet groups and a marching band.
A traditional military honour, The Freedom of the Town is bestowed on esteemed members of its community and gives the cadets the right to enter and march with colours flying and drums beating.
Local cadets leader Barb Butler told Port Elgin council this week that this might be her last parade so she is making it a big one.
The regional cadet parade is set for Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. and will start at the school, travel up Moore Street to Main Street and end at the race track.
Tents will be set up outside the old regional high school for the dignitaries such as the Hon. Senator Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, and possibly New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas.
Butler has had a busy season with the cadets, recently hosting a large group of cadets on an interprovincial exchange.
Three cadets are being sent for national testing this month and one boy, Justin Jacobs, having distinguished himself with high grades and good performance, was invited to join a week-long winter expedition in Labrador in which the cadets did a 40-km trek.
In April, eight cadets are applying to go to Ottawa for an ‘Encounters with Canada’ trip, funded in part by the Terry Fox Foundation.
Meanwhile, councillor Terry Legere said that he was looking for bids for ditching work to be done in the Harper Heights area.
“We should get at it before the water starts to run and we start to get reports of flooding.”
Village maintenance supervisor Gordie Butcher reported that Port Elgin’s pump was not able to keep up with the amount of water this spring. Water has been seen bubbling up from the sewer grates.
“Every municipality is facing that,” said councillor Joanne Trenholm. “There is just too much snow and the systems are not big enough