The Lake Ainslie Development Association is holding community workshops as part of the process to create a community development action plan. The community development action plan will direct priorities for LADA for the next 5 to 10 years. It is important that community members and existing organizations share their thoughts on what they hope to see for the future of the area. At the January workshop the results of the community survey were shared and participants discussed ideas and options for natural resources, arts & culture, employment, etc... The February workshop will look at the brainstormed ideas from the January workshop and will consider action steps that can be taken. Everyone is welcome at the workshop, including those who did not attend in January.
What is the purpose? The community development action plan will shape the priorities for LADA as well as for future funding. It will create a long- term vision and goals for planning for the future of the area. Any organizations wishing to be involved in the action plan are encouraged to attend or send representatives. If your organization wishes to be part of the long term planning or discuss how your plans for the organization fit into the overall plan, please contact Marilyn 756-4444 or Coralie 258-2546.
Winter Recreation Classes
Registration for winter recreation classes in Scotsville will be held on February 12 & 13th at the Scotsville School of Crafts. Classes being offered include Beginner and Intermediate Weaving, Knitting, Internet & E-mail for beginners, as well as Tile Rummy and one day workshops. Full details are in the Oran and the Participaper. You can also find the full list of classes on the www.lakeainslie.ca website in the ‘Documents’ section.
There is also an ongoing low impact aerobics fitness class at the fire hall. Contact instructor Maggie Herbert for information and to register.
The Lake Ainslie Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2012. Thanks to all volunteers who have supported the fire department over the years. The Annual General Meeting was held on January 23rd. The current executive is; Chief, Michael Gillis, Deputy Chief, Mike Gillis, Treasurer, Vince Jessome & Secretary, Jesse Fraser.
Fire practice is held every second Wednesday night at 7pm and the regular monthly meeting is the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm. There is a regular monthly meeting tonight: Wednesday, February 6th.
The trail committee had a reorganizing meeting on Thursday, January 31st. There were lots of new faces and interest in creating a trail along the “lower road” below Lakeview Drive, which has beautiful views of the river. The trail committee has received some funding from the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) association and hope to apply for more funding and possibly see work start this spring. Anyone interested in getting involved in the trail committee is encouraged to do so.
New Website for Lake Ainslie
Have you seen the new website for Lake Ainslie? Please take a look and give feedback: What do you like about it, what is missing? Can you suggest ways to make it better and/or more interactive? Submit photos to be displayed and add information to the community calendar of events. Share the website with people who live away or who are thinking of moving to the area. Check out the map and list of local businesses. The website can be found at: www.lakeainslie.ca
Church has reopened!
December saw the first service held at the newly build East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. It was quite a feat to reopen in just one year, and the builders and volunteers put in a lot of time and effort to ensure the church opened for Christmas. The official dedication of the church will be held in July 2013 and the date is to be announced. The church has a website where photos of the rebuild can be seen http://lapreschurch.com
The Lake Ainslie Newsletter will be updated 4 times per year. Please send your events to be included to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please share the newsletter with anyone who might be interested. You can also sign up to receive the newsletter on the lakeainslie.ca website.
SAVE THE DATE! Don’t hibernate!
Saturday, February 9: Community Development Action Plan Workshop #2
This follow up workshop will begin at 9am and will include sharing the information discussed and gathered in workshop #1 in January. This workshop is open to everyone, even if you did not attend the first workshop. Gary Koziel from the Department of Agriculture will be in attendance to share information on opportunities relating to agriculture. STORM DATE is Saturday, Feb. 16th at 9am
Sunday, February 10: Chocolate celebration & bake sale!
Scotsville School of Crafts, 1 to 4pm. Just in time for Valentine’s Day… come out and make your own chocolate candy, or purchase something to take home to your sweetheart!
Sunday, February 17: Board of Governance Training
Are you on a Board for a nonprofit group, serving as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary or Treasurer or considering volunteering in the future and interested in finding out more about your role and responsibilities?
There will be a training session offered on Sunday, Feb. 17th at the Inverness Cottage Workshop. It's free and will be led by the Cape Breton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CBCVO). The Cottage Workshop will provide break snacks & tea and will ask everyone to bring a potluck item for lunch. Please watch the Oran for more details for more details and how to register.
Saturday, February 23: Snowmobile Rally & Dance
February 23, 2013 hosted by Inverness Capers Snowmobile Club, leaving from the Lake Ainslie Fire Hall. There will be a dance at the fire hall on the evening of February 23!
FEBRUARY 10th is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY on February 14th!