MUSICAL MAYHEM!!!!..Variety Night 2!! May 26, 2007

Everyone be there! Bring your friends!!

The Bear River Youth Centre Proudly presents


Saturday, May 26
Doors open at 6:30 PM
$5.00—12 and under free!

Oakdene Auditorium
Bear River
As if our talent lineup for tomorrow night’s MUSICAL MAYHEM (Sat., May 26) weren’t enough to get you to the Oakdene (doors open at 6:30), check out the prizes that the Bear River Youth Centre has lined up for you:

*Weekend Whale Watch!
*Brunch for Two at the Pines!
*3 Month Adult Pass to Lifeplex!
*Artful Goodies from The Flight of Fancy!
*Gift Certificate from the Digby Superstore!
*Jacket, courtesy of Ellis Chevrolet!

Tickets will be available at the door and throughout the evening, so bring a few loonies and help out the Youth Centre! SEE YOU THERE!

Performances by…John Murray & Ron Murray, Greg Peck, Tom Berry, Danny Proulx, Bebe McLean, Steve Spidel, Heavenly Harmony, The Demons of Swing, Windsong, Dixiemania, PLUS: Brian Isles & Hal Theriault in a Hilarious Scene from their Highly Successful play, Baggy’s House,
and more…

Raffle for Great Prizes!

Proceeds to support the
Bear River Youth Centre

Join Active Saturdays in Bear River


Have fun and be active with us every Saturday this summer!
Games, sports, snacks and more. (Parents–you’re invited to join us!) All equipment is provided-everything is FREE. (All dates are subject to change-call ahead if you wish to confirm an activity.)

May 19: Active Saturdays! Kick-off at the Oakdene Centre in Bear River.
From 2-3 PM, meet our Recreation Coordinator Caroline Draper and find out more about our program; then from 3-4, have fun with DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION, an interactive dance/music-video game.

May 26: Come help us set up the Oakdene Centre Auditorium for Variety Night from 2-4 PM. At 7:00 PM, return to celebrate local talent as we raise funds for the Bear River Youth Centre.
Tickets are $5, kids under 12 are free; canteen and raffle prizes.

June 2: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 9: Meet at Lansdowne Field (the Bear River Community Firehall Ballpark) for Soccer and Softball sign-ups; we will also have a work party to get the field ready, 2-4 PM

June 16: Skateboard Clinic at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 23: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

June 30: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 7: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

July 14: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 21: Cherry Carnival in Bear River–enjoy the Carnival activities!

July 28: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 4: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 11: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 18: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 23: Digby Exhibition Weekend–enjoy the Exhibition activities!

August 30: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

For Active Saturdays: call Caroline Draper at 467-0480;
for Soccer/Softball: call Gerry Chute at 467-0956;
for Dance Dance Revolution and Skateboard Clinic, call Andre Bouchard at 532-0286.

ATTENTION ADULTS (18 and older): Do you want to start up a team activity in Bear River such as softball, soccer, badminton, or
volleyball? Call Caroline at 467-0480. We’d love to hear from you!

Active Saturdays! is made possible by a grant from DIGBYWELLNESS/Digby and Area Community Health Board. Thanks to: The Oakdene Centre, Caroline Draper, Andre Bouchard/County of Annapolis Recreation, & Gerry Chute. Presented by Bear River Innovation, Development, and Growth Society (BRIDGS) and the Bear River Youth Centre.


BRIDGS Vision and Mission Statement (v3)

After considerable, informal discussions, several citizens of the Bear River area concluded that the community is in need of revitalization and economic development, and so formed The Bear River Innovation, Development, and Growth Society (BRIDGS), a volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is “to improve Bear River’s infrastructure, commerce, and economic viability, and thus foster community pride while offering improved quality of life for residents, quality of experience for visitors, and incentive for people to make the community their new home.” We seek also to become a group to encourage and facilitate potential volunteers in our community; that is, to mate people with organizations needing these volunteers.

BRIDGS seeks to form vital partnerships with the involvement and in-put of community organizations and individuals as we finalize our plans. BRIDGS then will draft proposals for potential funders based on our mission.

The Bear River Plan is a multi-faceted plan that will result in:

(1) a revitalization and revival of our main street and waterfront; and

(2) the associated development of new and renewed year-round attractions to draw visitors and new citizens to the community.

Identified Projects

(1) Streetscape and Waterfront:

• completion of sewage system;
• development of a comprehensive water sourcing and delivery system on Annapolis County side of the river;
• installation of sidewalks from seniors’ home to the village and through the village;
• appropriate signage;
• repair and replacement of cribwork along the river bank;
• strengthen and secure road side retaining walls consistent with village heritage;
• establish better accessibility and visibility of the waterfront park and the solar aquatics treatment facility, including full-time interpretive tours of the latter;
• repair of riverside boardwalk;
• canoe and kayak launch/rental facility on the old mill property;

• walking trail through a series of micro habitats and gardens;
• hiking, horse and ski trails;
• organized recreational activities for youth, adults and seniors such as softball and soccer leagues;
• new office (including technical updating for e-commerce), shop, and residential space in underutilized, renovated buildings;
• streetscape cosmetic improvements, such as lamp posts and hanging flower baskets.

(2) New and Renewed Attractions

• assist Oakdene and other interested parties is developing facilities for youth to encourage them to enjoy positive, productive activities, including the building of a multi-use court for basketball, skateboarding, and so on;

• assist the Bear River Heritage Museum Board in development of new programs, upgrading of facilities, or in whatever other way they define;

• “THE BEAR RIVER CENTER” to be housed in retrofitted, underutilized community buildings, and offering cultural and technological immersion experiences in the form of day-long to week-long workshops during which participants will be housed at local bed and breakfast establishments; workshops will be offered in specialized areas such as master art classes, alternative energy technology, drama, computer animation, etc.;

• “THE TIDAL RIVER INTERPRETIVE CENTER” highlighting the role of the river in the community’s heritage, again housed in existing buildings; included will be a major water sculpture illustrating the nature of our tides, interactive displays and models of Bear River’s logging, shipping, and guiding heritage, “green” technology exhibits, and costumed character interpreters, etc.;

• community radio station;

• consistent staffing of the Bear River Cap Site and library (located within the Oakdene Centre);

• farmers’ market for local produce;

• presentation at regular intervals of an original play about Bear River history at the Oakdene Center;

• concerts and seasonal festivals featuring local musicians on a regular schedule at Oakdene and the Exhibition Grounds.

All these innovations will result in significant increases in economic activity and employment, visitor and tourist traffic, and vital improvement in village self-sustainability. “The Bear River Plan” capitalizes on the village’s present reputation as an artistic Mecca, our noteworthy heritage, the uniqueness of our geography, tides, and building structures, our popularity with tourists, and the strengths of our citizens.

BRIDGS survey responses


BRIDGS Survey Responses
Village Meeting, November 9, 2005
Based on 6 Group Reports

Strengths & Opportunities
The people (3)
Beauty of area (3)
Tidal River (2)
Aquatic system
Volunteers (2)
Artistic community
Nice pace of life (2)
Fire Dept.
Area Lakes
Landscape ideal for cross-country skiing, etc.
(Past) music and other festivals
Exhibition buildings
Other facilities (e.g. ballpark)
Health Clinic

Improvements Needed
Sidewalk: from Seniors home to village and through village (4)
Sidewalks cleared—NO SNOW
Hanging baskets of flowers
Lamp posts
Sewer (2)
Walls on waterfront
Downtown buildings
More businesses
Heating for Oakdene
Digby County Garden Space
Pave roads accessing the Village , i.e, Exit 25 and Clark Road
Need more Visibility/ Signs
Landscape of view under the river needs improvement
Village Buildings/ maintenance
Oakdene Community Centre

Keep local jobs/local industry (3)
Youth activities—full time
Senior activities
Programs for Adults
Community Policing (less drug tolerance) (2)
Division of community ,ie, municipality Digby/Annapolis require more unity

Craft Shop
Advertising for small business
Restaurant/coffee shop (5)
Stores & shopping (fruit/veg) (3)
Ice cream parlour
Community radio station
More year-round business
Bank, credit union
Offer new businesses free rent
Farmers’ market (produce only)
Toy shop with puppets

Pool (2)
Skating Rink (4)
Restock the rivers
Hiking Trails
Horse Trails
Sleigh Rides
River boat tours
Canoeing /kayaking, amphibian (duck) tours from Digby to Bear River
Ballfield (2)
Groomed ski trails (3)
Play ground
Organized recreation
Walking Trail to Bear River Bridge
Walking Trials for Seniors
Gym equipment/youth programs for Oakdene (2)
Indoor walking track (Oakdene?)
Lake Jolie Interpretive center

Bus Service or Taxi Company or public taxi/shuttle (3)
Bus tours for seniors
Consistent staffing for CAP Site & library
Paid staffing for maintenance of park and grounds around town (youth?)
Keep Bear River history alive (murals?)
Park setting and resting places around river
Organized music festivals
Expanded use of Exhibition Grounds
Xmas Festival
Storytelling festival/groups
Permanent artists’ display
Doctors, nurse practitioners
Schooner, build or secure a schooner for tours/ museum as in Digby
Community activities, in-services, Film night, Computer club/ games, sports night
at Oakdene

Minutes, August 9, 2005

Tuesday August 9th, 7:30 pm
At the Oakdene Centre

Present: Rob Buckland-Nicks, John and Susan Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Cindy Harris, George Barron, Hal Theriault, Suzette Delmage

1. Call to Order
• Meeting called to order by Chairperson John Malmstrom at 7:35pm.

2. Introductions/Call for Presentations & Delegations

3. Adoption of Agenda
MOTION: Moved by John Malmstrom, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve the agenda. CARRIED.

4. Presentations & Delegations

5. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve and adopt the Miinutes of the August 2, 2005 meeting. CARRIED.

6. Approval of Accounts

7. Continuing Business
a. Formation of non-profit society & Incorporation Documents
• Group can register as BRIDGS with up to 15 directors and members; currently have 5 signed on.

b. Meetings with other groups
• Don, Hal and Andrew have all had conversations with Bobby Benson of the Board of Trade
• Hal’s impression is that Bobby is happy to support the ideas of the group
• Andrew spoke to him at a later date and Bobby expressed desire that BOT should be the body overseeing the project
• BRIDGS will need the support of the BOT to win the cooperation of the municipalities
• Concern expressed by Bobby: Municipality (Digby) supports the Mill Project as a priority and that BOT shouldn’t be doing something else.
• What is the mandate of Bear River Board of Trade? Is the BRIDGS project larger than what the BOT would normally be expected to do?
• Options: BRIDGS could be a sub-committee of the BOT? Invite BOT to be a member of the BRIDGS planning group?
• Need to define the relationship between BRIDGS and BOT
Should work on inviting other members of the community to the next meetings
Cindy will contact Oakdene, Historical Society, Fire Department, church groups
Hal will contact First Nations
Susan will contact Ladies’ Auxiliary
Don was also going to make some local contacts

c. Project Plan – Next Steps
• Hal distributed a handout outlining proposed project steps
• Probably will need a business plan
• ALCOA will give you feed back on your plan very quickly so the group can make revisions to the plan as it evolves (ie. Don’t have to start all over again)
• Cost of business plan $12,000 to $25,000
• Is already a great deal of background information, market trend and statistical information available from the Cultural Centre proposal which would be transferable to the BRIDGS business plan

d. Mission & Vision Statement
• Need more direction from the group on the revision of the vision statement & further definition of the tasks
• Fine tune the goals and objectives: what are the real items that matter?
• Can we finalize the anchor ideas:
– tidal interpretive center or heritage center & museum
– tidal sculpture
– maintain historical streetscape
– educational/experiential center (experiential tourism?)
– art, alternative energy, experiential tourism
– computer technology (could be combination of art & technology such as computer animation or film production)
– strongest points from original discussions were ARTS and HERITAGE
– Hal can provide a draft framework of the project to be presented to other groups

8. New Business
• Discussion of security issues; “yahoos” and vandalism in Bear River
• Need for increased police presence or option of private security services

9. Next Meeting
• The next meeting ill be held on Tuesday August 16th at the Oakdene Centre at 7:30pm.

10. Adjournment
MOTION: Motion made by Susan Malmstrom, seconded by Cindy Harris that the August 9th meeting of BRIDGS be adjourned at 9:20pm. CARRIED.