Odds ‘n Sods: Scaring up costumes and a quicker council

By Elaine Nyeholt

Spooky Halloween season is upon us once again. It tends to mark the beginning of darkness and wintery weather here.

The youngsters will be out Wednesday, Oct. 31 trick or treating from the first hint of dusk until they end up at the fire hall for their hot dog and hot chocolate treats, which generally ends the evening in time for busy candy-sorting and finally bed.

Delta Kids Club has been cancelled after school at the church on Oct. 31 so the children can fully enjoy their Halloween.

I heard a rumour that a big spook is happening at the Port Clements Community Hall at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Last year’s party was so much fun. Watch for posters around town.

Nov. 1 is a Professional Development Day at the school. The children will be out of whack that day for sure.

It was a treat to see Brian and Sharon Hornidge here for Shaun and Raven’s wedding mid-October. They are looking very good. Congratulations to the newest Mr. & Mrs. Marrs! Many of the family were here for a very busy and wonderful weekend. The weather was ideal for their festivities.

Daylight Savings time disappears on Saturday Nov. 3. “Poof,” it’s an hour back this time. Spring ahead, fall back.

Fishing season is going on and on this fall. I heard a comment that a 16 lbs. coho was taken from the Tlell last week. That is one big fish for a coho. The rains need to be abundant soon — it is getting very precarious for spawning.

The next council meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Congratulations to the incoming councillors who will be learning current issues. At the all-candidates meeting it was brought up by citizens that too many things are tabled, and just left there for lack of enough correct information to carry them through.

Hopefully, more issues can be dealt with “yay” or “nay” and be done. The town clerk will be busy trying to dredge up some of the pertinent information, but the cliché “a poor decision is better than no decision” comes to mind, provided it does not involve a lot of money that is not budgeted. Suggestions are good, but they need to be self- sustaining, or viable for the majority of residents. Budgeting is hard enough for our councillors and staff.

Christmas gift purchasing can begin next week on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. at the gift shop in Port’s old Anglican church. Some items will be at a 50 per cent discount to clear. Do stop by for a good selection of local artwork and crafts. There will be hot apple cider available for a treat.

The next Book Club meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the seniors’ room. They are reading Dead Wake by Eric Larson. If you might be interested in joining, come by and get the information on the next book, and see how it works. The nights are long in the winter and reading is an ideal way to flesh out your evenings… an escape into other realms without leaving home.

A Pumpkin Shoot is set for Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the rifle range. The Rod and Gun Club enjoys hosting this event and would like to have more participation. If you are interested come on out to the shoot.

The next Seniors Potluck Luncheon will be on Nov. 9. Plans for our village Remembrance Day ceremony and luncheon will be firmed up at that meeting. A committee has been set to handle the details, if you wish to help, contact Bunny or the village office.

Meet at the cenotaph at 10:40 a.m. for the laying of wreathes on Sunday, Nov. 11. This seriously interferes with the church service at Cedarview, which normally begins at 11 a.m. A delay will be necessary. I suspect it will work out somehow.

Update: The start of the Friday, Oct. 26 Halloween Party at the Port Clements Community Hall has been pushed back to 5 p.m. to make it easier for kids bussing home from Masset.

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