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Connecting Albert County

April 10, 2015
Volume 1. No. 4



Come and show support for Riverside Consolidated School and hear presentations from parents and other community members about the DEC's sustainability study. The closure of the school can affect not just the students sitting in a bus for up to 3 hours a day, but also local businesses, services and all residents in rural Albert County.

It's not too late to send more letters to the following! 
District Education Council Anglophone East School District, 1077 St. George Blvd., Moncton NB E1E 4C9 -

MLA Brian Keirstead 1037 Route 114 Lower Coverdale, NB  E1J 1A1 -

Hon. Serge Rousselle HSBC Place P. O. Box 6000 Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1 Canada -
On April 2nd, members of the District Education Council (left) took the 1.5-hour bus ride that some elementary students will be expected to make twice a day if the school in Riverside-Albert is closed.

Parents and students lined the route to show their support (above and banner).

Articles about community efforts to save the school are on Culture & Heritage and Current News pages, including:
~ Amazing show of support for RCS
~ Letter writing campaign first step
~ Little initiatives can have a big impact - Riverside School Scholarship Fund
~ Growing food and creating history at RCS

                                                Photos by Janet Wallace
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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, April 11: 22nd Annual Alma Rink Gala Evening & Dance
The Alma Rink Gala is a yearly event that makes our local rink possible! The Dinner and Draw are sold out but tickets for the dance that follows are still available.  Please contact Kelly Edgett at 381-0153 or Amanda Rossiter at 860-0204.  Dance starts at 9pm. Dance tickets are not available at the door and must be purchased in advance. Thanks to everyone for supporting this event!
Saturday, April 11: Country Show
7pm. There will be a country show featuring Carolyn and the Uptown Ramblers plus special guests. Admission:$7.00. Hillsborough Kiwanis Centre.
Sunday, April 12: Pasta Party
5-7pm. Spaghetti, bread, dessert, tea & coffee  for $5.00. Curryville Community Outreach Center.

Tuesday, April 14: Riverside Consolidated Public Meeting
7pm - 9pm. Public Meeting #2 with the District Education Council (DEC) for Riverside Consolidated School at the Riverside Recreation Centre. Parents and stakeholders who have pre-registered make presentations to the DEC regarding the sustainability of the school. See details of community reaction to the possible school closure at Current News and Culture & Heritage.All members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 16: Job Fair
A Job Fair will be held for adults who want to work (part- or full-time), connecting them with Albert County employers who are looking for mature individuals with skills and a sense of responsibility.  If you do not have a resume, there will be a booth to help you create and print one. Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre from 4-8pm. Click here for further details.

Saturday, April 18: Gospel Music Concert
7pm. Judy Ayles, Salisbury & Mac Wilmot, Lower Coverdale
Nightwatch, Moncton (2015 Reunion), Daybreak, Chipman. Hillsborough Kiwanis Centre. Admission: $7.00

Wednesday, April 22: A Fresh Look at Arthritis
Speakers are Nadine Chiasson-Peters, Physiotherapist, and Megan Shannahan, Dietitian. From 2:00-3:00pm in the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre Community Room. Call 882-3100 to register.

Saturday, April 25: Variety Show
7pm-8:30pm. Fundraiser for Tele-Drive Albert County. Click here to learn more about Tele-Drive. Entertaining evening with skits, music and more! Donations at the door. Canteen services on site. Harvey Hall, Mary's Point Road.

Saturday, April 18: Curryville Music Night
7pm. Music Night - The Rocky Cape Band. $5.00 Admission. Canteen Available. Curryville Community Outreach Center

Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26: Usui Reiki Level 1 Class
9:30-4:30 Sat., 1-5pm Sunday at 2897 Main St., Hillsborough. Reiki is a simple and powerful Japanese healing art. It accelerates the body's ability to heal on all levels; the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki restores balance & brings greater awareness. This is a remarkable tool for self healing and to share with others. In the Level 1 Class you will learn the history of Reiki, the Reiki ideals, techniques for treating yourself & others, the healing benefits of Reiki & more.There will be an opportunity for practice & you will receive a Reiki Level 1 Attunement & Certificate of Completion. Investment: $160 - $60 deposit on registration. Nutritious snacks & Saturday lunch included.Contact Andrée Ostiguy at 734-1898 or

Sunday, April 26:  An Active Hope:  A Future for  Rural Communities
7-9pm. Speaker Gregory Heming believes when a community has heart, it has hope. Join us for this talk and open community conversation on issues facing our rural communities, coupled with practical solutions for revitalizing local prosperity. If you have a heart for Albert County, this talk will inspire hope. At Riverside-Albert Rec.Centre. Read more here.
Tuesday, April 28: Public School Meeting
7pm. Public Meeting #3: This is the scheduled Public Meeting where the District Education Council (DEC) will bring the sustainability studies to a conclusion through final discussions, a motion and a vote. See details of possible school closure at Current News and Culture & Heritage.

Saturday, May 2: Introduction to Bee-Keeping Workshop
Hosted by Foods of the Fundy Valley at the Hopewell Cape Community Hall. We will be learning the basics of bee-keeping with Fletcher Colpitts throughout the day. Cost is $30/participant and includes snacks and lunch. Space is limited so please sign up early, as interest has been strong. You can send us a message through Facebook or our website (click here for contact info), or call Janine at 882-2728 or
Wednesday. May 6. Get Loud for Mental Health!
6pm. Join the staff of the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre to 'Walk the Block' in support of Mental Health Week (May 4-10). Meeting at Riverside Consolidated School. All are welcome! Dress for the weather! Traffic safety provided by Riverside-Albert Firefighters. For details, contact Cynthia Stevens at 882-3100.

Wednesday, May 6. Shepody Food Bank Annual General Meeting
7pm. Albert County Health and Wellness Centre Education Room (1st floor), 8 Forest Dale Rd., Riverside-Albert.
Thursday, May 7: Bookmobile
10:30-11:30 Alma Activity Centre/Town Office; 12:30-1:00 Riverside-Albert - Crooked Creek Convenience - 5964 King St.; 1:30 - 2:00 Hopewell Cape - Albert County Museum

Friday, May 8: Foods of the Fundy Valley AGM
5pm. Foods of the Fundy Valley will be hosting their Annual General Meeting at the Hopewell Cape Community Hall. There will be a presentation of our years’ activities along with an informative talk on “Soil preparation” and “Growing longer in our shorter seasons.”  Meeting will begin at 5p.m. with our well-known soup bar. We hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening. Stay posted through our monthly bulletin and Facebook page for more information.

Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17: Albert Early Spring Horse Show
Two-day horse show for all ages starting at 9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 80+ classes.  All are welcome to come watch. Canteen facilities on site. Albert Fairgrounds, Riverside-Albert.

Thursday, May 21. 'From Flappers to Flowers to Frills'
7-9pm. A Vintage Clothing Fashion Show will be presented by Linda Fullerton at Forest Dale Home, Riverside-Albert. Tickets $15 may be purchased from Forest Dale Home Office (Riverside-Albert),Gary Steeves Insurance Office (Hillsborough), Bettyanne Rossiter (Alma). Please support this Forest Dale Home (FDH) Foundation fundraiser for projects to benefit FDH residents. For further info, call FDH Office 882-3015 Ext. 2.
Saturday, May 23: 5th Annual James Terris Memorial Hillbilly Run
The run starts at 10am from the Hillsborough Golf Club.  Be sure to arrive early to register! For more information, see

Saturday, June 27: 1st Annual Golf Tournament
The Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation will be holding their 1st Annual Golf Tournament at the Hillsborough Golf Club on June 27th.  Contact Danny Jonah, Golf Tournament Chair, for more information 734-2526.
Weekly events
Tuesdays. Zumba® class. 7-8pm at Riverside Consolidated School. Contact 882-2831. Evelyn Wachs is the certified ZUMBA® Instructor.

Wednesdays. Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. Parents....come cuddle, talk and have fun with your child or children at a Parent-Child Mother Goose Program.  Join the magic of learning and sharing rhymes, songs and stories!  Adults and Children (Birth - 3 years) at the Riverside Consolidated School Wednesday afternoons 1:30 -2:30pm, April 15 to May 20. This is a free program. To register please e-mail

Wednesdays. Kiwanis Bingo. Hillsborough Kiwanis has bingo every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5:30, games begin at 6:30.
Wednesdays. Pilates. 5:30-6:30, Riverside Consolidated School.  872-0403 is the contact for Sasha Rooney, certified Pilates instructor.
Wednesdays. Zumba® STEP class 7-8pm at Rec. Centre Riverside-Albert. Contact 882-2831 or Evelyn Wachs is the certified Zumba Instructor.
Thursdays.  Knitting. 9:30-11:30am, drop into Turtlepurl yarn studio with your knitting project to sit, chat and stitch. While it's not a formal class, there is usually someone around who can offer support. 4891 Salem Rd (bottom level), Hillsborough.
Thursdays.  Zumba® class 7:00-8.00pm at Rec Centre, Riverside-Albert. Contact 882-2831 Evelyn Wachs, ZUMBA® Instructor. Last Thursday of the month, location changes to Riverside Consolidated School. 

Looking for work in Albert County? Or looking for workers?
Connecting Albert County is pleased to post
job listings for private businesses and organizations in rural Albert County. Please email us
with details about part-time work, full-time jobs, contract positions and other employment opportunities. We have job postings from Hopewell Rocks, Forest Dale Nursing Home, Fundy National Park and more to come.
Job Fair for Adults
April 16 at the Recreation Center in Riverside-Albert.  Many employers will be present, including Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Forest Dale Nursing Home, Fundy National Park, Ponderosa Pines Campground, Broadleaf Ranch, Hillsborough Railway, Karin Bach (An Artist’s Garden B&B), Bayview Motel, Jeff Cooke and Jason Downey (Brunswick Stone).

If you are an employer and are looking for an employee to work, either full-time, part-time or by the activity, you are invited to attend.

If you are seeking employment, you will have the opportunity to talk with several potential employers and explain what you have to offer. If you do not have a resumé, you will be able to obtain assistance at the Job Fair in completing one.


Albert County Health & Wellness Centre
See a description of the Services provided by our community health centre, along with the hours of operation. The centre's family physicians and nurse practitioner are currently accepting new patients. If you live in rural Albert County and do not have a primary care provider, or would like to make an appointment, please call 882-3100. The physicians offer a satellite office in Alma.
Our mission is to celebrate the culture, natural beauty, and sense of community shared and valued by the people of rural Albert County.

We aim to nurture a growing attitude of hope and pride among community members, and to contribute to the economic prosperity of our region.
Who we are:
Connecting Albert County reflects the passion and hard work of many individuals in rural Albert County, including 
Joanne Butland, Deborah Carr, Joseph Gallant, Barb Gebuhr, Lynne Greenblatt, Mindy Holmstrom, Susan Quinn, Phyllis Sutherland, Janine Underhill and Janet Wallace (Coordinator).


We thank our regional community partners, Micha Fardy (United Way Greater Moncton SENB) and Joanna Brown (Westmorland-Albert Community Inclusion Network) for their support. 
We thank the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre for their support in printing newsletters, providing meeting space and offering technical support.
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Connecting Albert County
5836 King Street
Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 4B9

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