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CLARE HOSTS FIRST EVER MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT ON JUNE 6

Little Brook, NS – March 6, 2020: Organizers of the renowned Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie cycling experience are hosting their inaugural Terra Fondo gravel ride along the Rails-to-Trails system and other shared use trails in the Acadian region of Clare, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

“Terra Fondo will appeal to the growing mountain biking market while creating a new event to attract visitors to the region during the spring season,” explains Larry Peach, Tourism Manager for the Municipality of Clare.

Participants can choose between two off-road routes. The 19 km option winds through beautiful mixed forests with river views, while the 68 km route includes several lake vistas, historic sites, a farmers’ market and a stretch along the coast.

After the ride, cyclists will enjoy BBQ chicken or vegetarian pizza and local music at Le Richelieu, a charmingly rustic lodge in Meteghan River. A branded T-shirt is included with registration (deadline April 30). Organizers encourage early registration as this event has a 200-participant cap.

It’s no coincidence that Terra Fondo is taking place during Nova Scotia Bike Week, which runs from May 31 to June 7, 2020. Réanne Titus, Recreation Services Manager for the Municipality of Clare, indicates, “Terra Fondo is a great way to promote active living and sustainable physical activity. Think of it as a jumpstart to the summer cycling season.”

Terra Fondo is a community partnership between Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, Association Sentier Clare Rail to Trail Association and Sou’West Nova ATV Association. Part of the event’s mission is to highlight the 45-km network of shared use trails within the Municipality of Clare.

For more information or to register, visit: raceroster.com/events/2020/28655/terra-fondo

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Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has attracted cyclists from down the street and around the world since 2015. Its annual September event is renowned for its unrivalled community spirit, breath-taking ocean views and celebratory lobster dinners. It hosted 992 cyclists in 2019, making it the largest cycling experience in Atlantic Canada. Even more are expected for its sixth edition on September 20, 2020. Participants can choose from five ride options, ranging in length from 35 km to 161 km. The Mini Fondo will be returning for children ages five to 12 on the Saturday of Gran Fondo weekend.

Watch the new promo video for 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NJ2DHMVlzI&fbclid
For more information or to register, visit: https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/

Media contacts
Larry Peach
Tourism Manager, Municipality of Clare
902-769-8555

Louanne Doucet
Owner, Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop
902-778-2133

 

TERRA FONDO EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 6, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check-in and Registration
Le Richelieu (507 Placide Comeau Rd., Meteghan River)

10:00 a.m. 68 km Terra Fondo ride starts

1:00 p.m. 19 km Terra Fondo starts

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm Post-ride meal with live music and prizes
Le Richelieu (507 Placide Comeau Rd., Meteghan River)

5:00 p.m. Route support ends

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Municipality of Clare honours Dr. Aban Comeau for his 41 years of medical service

Little Brook, NS – February 12, 2020: The Municipality of Clare marked the retirement of Dr. Alban Comeau and his 41 years of service by hosting an intimate appreciation ceremony at the municipal office on February 10.

“I have been extremely fortunate over the span of my 41 year career to have collaborated with such an outstanding group of physicians who have also cared for all the people of Clare,” noted Dr. Comeau.

In lieu of a banquet in his honour, Dr. Comeau opted for the Municipality to make a donation in his name to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation. Municipal Council respected his wishes and presented him with a cheque in the amount of $5,000 to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.

“Dr. Comeau has shown great empathy and compassion in a medical world where these values are highly regarded,” noted Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare. “The Municipality and the entire community wish him the best for his well-deserved retirement!”

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Ronnie LeBlanc
Warden
Municipality of Clare
Tel.: 902-769-2031
Cell: 902-769-8006

Amy Paradis
Communications Officer
Municipality of Clare
Tel.: 902-769-2031

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Dr. Alban Comeau (left) accepts a plaque of recognition from Municipality of Clare Warden Ronnie LeBlanc on the occasion of his retirement after 41 years of medical service to the community.

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Municipal Council presented Dr. Alban Comeau with a cheque in the amount of $5,000 to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation on the occasion of his retirement after 41 years of medical service. From left to right: Councillor Hector Thibault, Councillor Carl Deveau, Dr. Alban Comeau, Warden Ronnie LeBlanc, Councillor Yvon LeBlanc, Councillor Eric Pothier and Chief Administrative Officer Stéphane Cyr.

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Dr. Lionel d’Entremont (right) attended Dr. Alban Comeau’s appreciation ceremony at the municipal office to congratulate his former colleague on the occasion of his retirement after 41 years of medical service.

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MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE AND MAINLAND TELECOM ANNOUNCE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET PROJECT

Little Brook, NS – February 7, 2020: The Municipality of Clare, Mainland Telecom and the Province of Nova Scotia today announced the phase-one rollout of a fibre optic network that will span 278 kilometres in Clare, reaching an estimated 4,600 residences and businesses.

The $9.95-million project is funded in cooperation with the Municipality of Clare, Mainland Telecom and Develop Nova Scotia. The Municipality will finance its portion of the project, up to a maximum of $2.45 million, over four years using solely monies from the Federal Gas Tax Fund. Mainland Telecom will be contributing $3.1 million, and $4.4 million will come from the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust as part of Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative.

“Introducing high-speed Internet to our rural community is a transformative project that will meaningfully impact the people who choose to live in, work in and travel to Clare,” stated Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare. “After years of diligent work, Council for the Municipality of Clare is pleased to help improve online access in our region. This will encourage innovation and interactivity among current and potential residents and investors to connect with our neighbours and with the world.”

The fibre optic network, designed for long-distance, high-performance data networking and telecommunications, will be installed by regional Internet Service Provider Mainland Telecom. Customers will have the option to choose either 300-Mbps or 1-Gbps monthly Internet connections.

“Mainland is very excited to move forward with the fibre network project,” said Nick MacArthur, Mainland Telecom’s spokesperson. “This initiative will provide residents and businesses in Clare with access to Internet speeds that are available in more urban parts of the Province and larger centres across the country. High-speed Internet of this calibre will foster new economic opportunities in the region.” Mainland Telecom acknowledges the dedicated efforts of the Municipality of Clare’s CAO, Warden and Council, along with Develop Nova Scotia’s positive contributions to work together with Mainland’s team to deliver the project.

The Municipality of Clare and Mainland Telecom will maintain a communication process with the residents and businesses in Clare in the months ahead and provide regular updates as the rollout progresses. In the coming weeks, the Municipality and Mainland Telecom will review Develop Nova Scotia’s second request for proposals and will discuss a possible application to build on the existing network to offer access to zones that were not covered in the first phase of the project.

Clare is one of multiple communities in Nova Scotia that have recently negotiated contracts in conjunction with Develop Nova Scotia and various Internet Service Providers. The Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative strategy will see high-speed Internet access available to more than 95 percent of Nova Scotia residences and businesses.

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Mainland Telecom is an Annapolis Valley-based telecommunications company that has been serving customers in Atlantic Canada for over 10 years. Mainland is committed to providing local communities with local solutions to offer world-class access to internet services.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Ronnie LeBlanc
Warden
Municipality of Clare
Tel.: 902-769-2031
Cell: 902-769-8006

Stéphane Cyr
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Clare
Tel.: 902-769-2031

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Funding opportunities for organizations and individuals in the Municipality of Clare

Little Brook, NS – January 31, 2020: The Clare Volunteer Fair is taking place on the morning of Saturday, February 8, at the Clare Veterans Centre. Leading up to the event, the Municipality of Clare and Clare Recreation Services wish to remind you of the funding options for volunteer community groups, organizations and individuals to further improve or develop recreation and cultural opportunities for Clare residents.

Grants to Organizations
To help build a stronger community, the Municipality of Clare offers funding to non-profit groups and organizations in the form of grants. Candidates seeking financial assistance from the Municipal Council for the 2020-2021 fiscal year are asked to complete a form to apply.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. For more information or to download the application form, please click here.

Leadership Training Grant Program
This funding program’s objective is to increase the opportunity to support coaches, officials, community sport groups and individual leaders in their pursuit in NCCP and non-NCCP training and professional development.
For more information or to download the application form, please click here.

Community Recreation Assistance Program
The Community Recreation Assistance Program is primarily designed to provide financial assistance to help offset the cost of participating in recreation programs for the benefit of residents of the Municipality of Clare.

For more information or to download the application form, please click here.

Canadian Tire JumpStart Program
Canadian Tire believes all kids should have the chance to run, skate, play and grow. That’s why they have created Canadian Tire JumpStart and Canadian Tire JumpStart Charities, a community-based charitable program from the Canadian Tire Foundation for families that help kids in need participate in organized sport and recreational activities.

Click here to apply online.

Clare Active Kids, Healthy Kids Fund
Funds are available to support local groups and organizations to improve health and physical activity levels of children and youth. These funds are thanks to a partnership with the Municipality of Clare Recreation Services, Valley Active Communities Committee (Nova Scotia Health Promotion) and the Clare Community Health Board.

For more information or to download the application form, please click here.

Are you looking to volunteer in 2020? Does your not-for-profit organization need volunteers? You’re invited to the Clare Volunteer Fair, organized by Clare Recreation Services and Volunteer NS. Learn about the Volunteer Nova Scotia database (www.volunteerns.ca) and discover volunteer opportunities in Clare.

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Clare Veterans Centre. The Volunteer NS presentation will begin at 10 a.m. The Volunteer Fair will follow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, please call the municipal office at (902) 769-2031.

In 2019, three councillors from the Municipality of Clare received long service awards from the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities in recognition of the time and knowledge that they have committed to municipal government. During the Regular Council Meeting on January 15, 2020, Warden Ronnie LeBlanc presented scrolls of recognition to the following councillors:

Deputy Warden Nil Doucet, District 1, for his 15 years of service;
Councillor Danny Hill, District 2, for his 15 years of service;
Councillor Brian Comeau, District 5, for his 15 years of service.

The Municipality of Clare wishes to congratulate the councillors for their commitment to the community.

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