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Citizens unite in support of Riverside Consolidated School, March 11.               Photo by Janet Wallace

Connecting Albert County

March 13, 2015                                                                Volume 1. No. 3

Welcome to Connecting Albert County  

Connecting Albert County will spread the news about the following. (Click on the links.) 

To learn more, visit 
Visit to learn more about our community. Here are just a few of the stories on our site.
The Future of
Riverside Consolidated
Articles about community efforts to save the school can be found on our Culture & Heritage and Current News pages, such as: ~ Amazing show of support for RCS
Scene at the Public Meeting:
If the school closes, how many young families will leave the area?

Photos by Janet Wallace

Growlers, Albert County Style

On February 8th, Rick Flanagan, Kevin Snair and Pierre Desjardins donned toques and down-filled jackets to head to the Hopewell Rocks to explore the iced-in shoreline dotted with growlers (small icebergs). The guys spent hours exploring the ice-crusted landscape. Kevin captured the adventure on video (click here). 
Photo by Kevin Snair 

Job listings
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. 
On our
job opportunities page, we currently have  postings for jobs at Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks and Forest Dale. Read about the upcoming job fair on our community economic development page.

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.
Upcoming Events

Event information was submitted by community groups. To post an event on our calendar or submit information for our next e-bulletin, please visit

Monday, March 16: Village of Hillsborough Council Meeting
6:30pm-8:30pm. Regular Council Meeting. Please advise the week prior to the meeting if you wish to be including in the Agenda. Only those listed on the Agenda are able to speak during the meeting. All Village Residents are welcome to attend and view the meeting from the Gallery.

Monday, March 16: Bookmobile
10:30-11:30 Alma Activity Centre/Town Office
12:30-1:00 Riverside-Albert - Quick Mart - 5964 King St
1:30 - 2:00 Hopewell Cape - Albert County Museum
Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day Card Party
If the relentless snowstorms and freezing cold have got you down in the dumps, grab a few friends and come to Forest Dale Home’s beautiful “Great Room” for a St. Patrick’s Day Card Party. There will be card tables with seats for four, new decks of card, and delicious sweets with coffee, tea and punch for only $2.00. If you have not been to the new Forest Dale Home, this is your opportunity to see how lovely it is. Sponsored by Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee in partnership with Forest Dale Home, the afternoon promises to add an Irish Blessing to your winter day! March 17, 1-3 pm. Please call if you have questions or to reserve your spot:  882-2626 or 882-2960. (We will be happy to accommodate singles, and make up tables with three friends you have not yet met!) Forest Dale Home, 5836 King Street, Riverside-Albert

Tuesday, March 17: Deadline to order casserole.
See details of Hillsborough United Church Casserole Fundraiser on next page.

Saturday, March 21: RCMP Hockey All-Stars vs Hillsborough Hillbillies
6:30pm. This year's RCMP Hockey All-Stars vs Hillsborough Hillbillies hockey game at the Hillsborough Arena.  This is a fundraiser that the RCMP organize and proceeds go towards the Hillsborough District Minor Hockey teams.  Everyone is welcome! Donations will be taken at the door. Game commences at 1830hrs!

Sunday, March 22: Pasta Party
5:30pm. Pasta Party at the Curryville Community Outreach Center. Spaghetti, Bread, Dessert, Tea or Coffee $5. Gluten-free pasta available!

Monday, March 23: Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation Inc. AGM
7:00pm. Annual General Meeting of Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation Inc. in the Community Room at the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre with Guest Speaker – Shelley Jones – Topic “Building the Team for Successful Diabetes Self-Management”
Saturday, March 28: Fundy Blades Ice Show
Fundy Blades Annual Ice Show, 11am & 6pm shows. 'Into the Woods' theme.
Sunday, March 29: Curryville Outreach Centre AGM
3pm. Annual General Meeting of the Curryville Community Outreach Center. This is a Community Potluck and there will be gluten-free options. See you there!  For more info, see us on Facebook!

Thursday, April 2: School bus trip for DEC members
Members of the District Education Council (DEC) and the media are invited on a road trip! The group will follow the school bus routes which have been proposed to bring students from as far away as Alma to Hillsborough if Riverside Consolidated is closed. Community members are encouraged to show their support for our local school by writing letters and possibly holding posters along the route. Please check out Connecting Albert County's news page for updates.

Thursday, April 9: Bookmobile
10:30-11:30 Alma Activity Centre/Town Office
12:30-1:00 Riverside-Albert - Quick Mart - 5964 King St
1:30 - 2:00 Hopewell Cape - Albert County Museum

 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. This meeting will allow parents and stakeholder groups an opportunity to make presentations to the DEC regarding the sustainability of the school. If you would like to participate in the public meeting, please contact Dan Sinclair & Angela Sullivan (887-1814,, or Barb Gebuhr (882-2573, See details of community reaction to the possible school closure at Current News and Culture & Heritage.

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.

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.

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

Thursday, May 7: Bookmobile
10:30-11:30 Alma Activity Centre/Town Office; 12:30-1:00 Riverside-Albert - Quick Mart - 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
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
Weekly events
Tuesdays. Zumba® class - Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm at Riverside Consolidated School. Contact 882-2831. Evelyn Wachs is the certified ZUMBA® Instructor.
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 7.00-8.00pm 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. 
Community Announcements

Names of all subscribers to the Connecting Albert County e-bulletin were entered into a draw in late February. The lucky winners were Heather Steeves, Rachel Steeves and John Bennett. Two of the winners won $25 gift certificates for the new Iron Horse Bar & Grill in Hillsborough, and one winner received a $25 gift certificate for the Harbour View Restaurant in Alma. Connecting Albert County thanks the Iron Horse Bar & Grill and Harbour View Restaurant for their support.

Job Postings
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.

Hillsborough United Church Casserole Fundraiser
READY-TO-BAKE CASSEROLES to cook immediately or to freeze! 4 featured recipes all made with Lean Ground Beef: Shepherd’s Pie, Cheeseburger Casserole, Meatballs, and Potato, Hamburg & Bean Dish. Casserole comes in a Ready-to-Bake or Ready-to-Freeze container! Sizes: Senior (approx 1-2 servings) $6; Family (approx 4 servings) $10; Larger (approx 5-6 servings) $15. Pre-order yours today by calling the church office at 734-2529 (leave a message) or call Verna Elliott at 388-5437. Order deadline is March 17. Pick-up at Hillsborough United Church, 2891 Main St, Fri. March 20, from 4-7pm. Order your delicious casserole today!

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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, Livia Goodbrand, 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.
Want to support Connecting Albert County? We welcome volunteers! Contact
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Connecting Albert County
5836 King Street
Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 4B9

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