Happy Halloween 2013 !!!!

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Halloween is one of my favorite times of year, firstly because I like autumn, and secondly because I like the planning of Halloween. Children and adults (who participate) plan their costumes, the decorations for their homes and what tricks or treats will be given at the door. All this makes for a nice time of year, especially the spooky movies!! I usually do not stray away much from the Food Network in my daily life, but this time of year I like to find as many horror movies to record for when I have the time to watch them, which is usually when everyone is gone to bed. I like the suspense, and anticipation of the unexpected, even though I have seen most of the good ones before. A movie I would like to recommend that is (in my opinion) a little different than most is the “Skeleton Key” staring Kate Hudson. This movie do not have masked people with knives or chain saws, nor do it have zombies and vampires, all I am gonna say is find it and watch it.
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Halloween Radio
There are plenty of Halloween stations out there to help us celebrate today, some with noises and frightening laughter, others with Oldies Halloween tunes (like the Witch Doctor) and then there are some that are dedicated to children’s music. Here is the link to the station I play outside our house every Halloween, http://www.munchkinradio.com/
Safety Tips for tonight via the RCMP

Special thanks go out to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for sending out these tips to ensure those of you who are partying tonight has a great Halloween experience.

If you are planning a weekend of ghoulishly-good and frightful-fun at Halloween parties then you will want to keep these safety tips in mind to avoid a hair-raising experience.

– Make sure to use the buddy system while at a party. Stay with at least one of your friends at all times, especially if don’t know many people.
– Be cautious of underage drinking, or any illegal drugs that may be circulating around the party.
– Make sure to never leave your drink unattended.
– Don’t accept a ride home from someone at the party, especially if you think they may have been drinking or doing drugs.
– Agree on a time and a place for you and your friends to meet in the event that you get separated so that you can all go home together.
– Call your parents or a trusted adult right away if you feel uncomfortable and want to be picked up.

If you are Bay Roberts Bound please watch out of our Children and be sure to follow the signs to our Halloween Park, it is a great place to take some pictures. The Bay Roberts Fire Department and Avalon North Wolverines will be patrolling our streets and giving out treats throughout the evening.

Creatures of the night at the Halloween Park

Creatures of the night at the Halloween Park


I hope everyone has an amazing evening filled with lots of fun and goodies.
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Stay Safe!!!

Ottawa our Capital and Communities in Bloom 2013

Over the past 5 days I had the opportunity to travel to Ottawa to be part of the Communities in Bloom National Symposium. It is a national competition showcasing some of the most amazing communities in Canada and across the world. Bay Roberts won the Newfoundland Tidy Towns title for a few years back which permitted us the honor to become part of the CIB family. We have a long history with this organization as there was once a winter component, as a result, The Town of Bay Roberts were two times National Winterlights Champions, these trophies are still displayed proudly in my office. We do know that the Communities in Bloom movement is more competitive, the judging is very detailed, as a result we must take all the information the judges give us and use it, plan with it, let it empower us. This year we scored a 80%, which means 4 blooms, this is a good score for a community but honestly only sets a benchmark for the coming years. The town is working on many projects to help enhance our community, having the opportunity to travel to the CIB Symposium affords us the chance to learn, become empowered and motivated to make our community more beautiful, environmental, and functional. I am very proud of Bay Roberts and the many volunteers who help make our town our home and a place to be proud of. Upon returning to Bay Roberts, I look forward to working with these volunteers, and seeking new ones to help us move forward by using the judging comments and recommendations. (Thank you our CIB Judges, Berta and Jim)
Below are some pictures of some of the technical tours we took while here in Ottawa, they are a source of inspiration and motivation for the future.

Farms are part of our past and certainly our future, I was inspired by the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Farms are part of our past and certainly our future, I was inspired by the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum


Rideau Hall is a treasure, especially how it preserves history by the use of gardens, and plantings to celebrate history and those who visited over the years.

Rideau Hall is a treasure, especially how it preserves history by the use of gardens, and plantings to celebrate history and those who visited over the years.


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Some wonderful colors still remaining at the Governor Generals home. Rose garden is almost ready for winter it seems, but is still beautiful.
Trees have been commemorated with a plaque for years for visiting royalty and heads of state. This can certainly apply to any community, I think we will use it!!

Trees have been commemorated with a plaque for years for visiting royalty and heads of state. This can certainly apply to any community, I think we will use it!!


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Bay Roberts Halloween Park 2013

It is hard to believe, but Halloween is just around the corner!! As I drive around the region it is evident everyone is getting into the mood and decorating their homes and gardens big time. I remember when decorating for Halloween meant putting up and few colored pumpkins in the window. Today, for some, people go all out, creatively decorating as much (or more) than they do for Christmas. The lights, blow up creatures and spooky sets are worth hopping in your car and going for a tour (if you like Halloween).

Photo courtesy of Margaret Ayad

Photo courtesy of Margaret Ayad


In Bay Roberts, our community likes to celebrate all the seasons, and we like to invite everyone to our community to help us celebrate. Last year we launched a Halloween Park, our inspiration was the beautiful Quebec City, it has a wonderful park that celebrates the season and the folklore of the region. We have taken this idea and created out own community park, it is a great place for family pictures in the day or night. We also host the public during our lantern tours which takes place in the evening(October 29-30, 7 pm start); it is moderately scary, but fun for the whole family. We have various characters that walk the park and specific stops along the way to hear the ghosts, witches and the tormented tell their stories.
The spider ghost of Bay Roberts Halloween Park!! (part of our Lantern tour October 29-30 7pm)

The spider ghost of Bay Roberts Halloween Park!! (part of our Lantern tour October 29-30 7pm)


The blood thirsty and the tormented!!

The blood thirsty and the tormented!!


If you have a chance to visit Bay Roberts, follow our signs to the park and enjoy, be sure to bring your camera.

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)


While in Bay Roberts, please visit the stores, restaurants and service businesses what have the Fall in Love with Bay Roberts signs in the windows and doors, most businesses are offering discounts during this year’s marketing program.

Thanksgiving , Newfoundland Style

One of Mr. Herb Badcocks pumpkins next to his cottage on the Shoreline Heritage Trail during last years Thanksgiving Walk.

One of Mr. Herb Badcocks pumpkins next to his cottage on the Shoreline Heritage Trail during last years Thanksgiving Walk.


Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada and for many of us planning has begun. But is it celebrated as intensely, passionately and commercially as it is with our friends to the south? Canadian Thanksgiving, in my opinion is lower key, it is still reverent and family oriented but reserved. Maybe it is because we have ours much earlier and most of us are still trying to cling to the memories of summer. Our US friends seem to celebrate it as big, or bigger than the Holidays, there are special sales, and television programming dedicated to the holiday (which I love btw).
Here in my part of Canada and in my home it is a day of reflection (and of course relaxation). We do cook a turkey and have a huge meal, but for the most part it is quiet and time for family. It is a day that I get to cook with my wife Lisa, this does not happen very often as I do most of the cooking while she takes care of the homework with the kids. Each year we plan together what will be the special casseroles for our family feast, some recipes she gets from her mother and some by researching cook books and on the internet. This coordination of side dishes has become part of our Thanksgiving tradition and I look forward to it each year.
A picture to set the stage for the Thanksgiving Walk. Rain or shine it will be a go!! I will have the kettle on!!

A picture to set the stage for the Thanksgiving Walk. Rain or shine it will be a go!! I will have the kettle on!!


New Traditions
Although it is a treat to be able to sleep in when you have a day off, it is also nice to start the day early, go for a walk, discuss what you are thankful for and have a refreshment as the sun rises(Yep, I did say as the sun rises). Last year the Town of Bay Roberts and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation designed a event to celebrate Thanksgiving by having a sunrise walk, reflection service and refreshments on the Shoreline Walking Trail. The event really set the tone for a wonderful day; I got to spend time with my son Kaegan, walk one of the most beautiful trails in Canada, reflected with friends and enjoyed the early morning hours here in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador. The event left me feeling refreshed and lighthearted and thankful for this new tradition we started.
Here is map of our walking trail for those who wish to continue on and finish the trail on Monday.

Here is map of our walking trail for those who wish to continue on and finish the trail on Monday.

For those of you who live close to Bay Roberts, I invite you to take part in this event, you will not regret it, make it part of your Thanksgiving Tradition.
7am @ Cranes Hill (Follow Water Street to the east end)
Here are the GPS settings for those of you are planning to come for a visit
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W 053 degrees 13.820’

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I know it is a little early but I wanted to give you a little advanced notice!! A special thank you goes out to our Thanksgiving Walk sponsor, Cowan’s Optical and Republic of Newfoundland Eyewear !!
On behalf of my family, Lisa, Maggie and Kaegan I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!Ron

Fall in Love with Bay Roberts

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Autumn is probably my favorite season, it is filled with sights and smells of our changing season. The color of the leaves, the smell that fills the air and the cool breeze that hits ones face all makes me smile. This introduction to my blog post is intended to set the stage to invite you to fall in love with Newfoundland and Labrador and especially to “Fall in Love with Bay Roberts”.

Bay Roberts is a busy little town , a community that is very active and progressive. It is also a community to be discovered, to be explored and experienced. During our autumn season our Tourism and Economic Development Department launched a marketing campaign called “Fall in Love with Bay Roberts”. The primary purpose of this initiative is to promote the town of Bay Roberts and to support the business community in the region. Our department has designed as well as linked events to entice residents and visitors to experience our region.

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Supporting our Business

As part of our promotion we have invited our business community to become involved by registering their business as a “participating Business”. By doing so, they receive a large sign that is placed in their window or door in support of the project and offer a special or discount during the campaign.
Although business registration is still ongoing, here is a partial list of the participants. If you see the sign in the door please show your support.

Keeping the Faith Hair Salon
Speedy Glass
Silverwood Inn
Curves Bay Roberts
Dave’s Tirecraft & Service Center
Quizno’s
Seacliff Productions
Tim Hortons
J.W. Parsons
Cowan’s Optical
Bay Roberts Public Library
Avalon Industrial
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(More businesses just added October 5th!!Please support them!!)
Hands of Olsen
Factory Footwear Outlet
RONA
Fusion Fitness Center
Welcome McDonalds Bay Roberts!! (added Oct 8th)
The list keeps growing!!! Please welcome these 5 businesses added today October 10th!!
Rossy Department Store
Melissa’s Closet
Herbal Magic
Jewellery Plus
Bay Roberts Hotel/Scrunchions Restaurant

(Welcome to those who registered!!! There is still plenty of time to get involved!!)A full list of participants will be on our website, including details on their in store promotions. Follow us on twitter, facebook, radio stations of the VOCM/Steele Network, The Compass, http://www.bayroberts.com , Tourism radio Bay Roberts 88.5 or follow this link for a detailed list of events http://www.bayroberts.com/tourism/fall.htm

A special thank you

Special thank you to Mayor Wood, Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and Glenn Littlejohn, MHA Port de Grave District for helping launch “Fall in Love with Bay Roberts”

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