Letters: Cranberry celebrations a success; Self-serving tree talk

Cranberry celebrations a success

On behalf of Cranberry Community Hall Association I would like to thank Powell River Peak for helping to make our Cranberry Lake 75 celebration [“Second oldest neighbourhood celebrates 75 years,” August 9] an overwhelming success. Blue skies and sunny weather didn’t hurt either.

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We had a full house at the hall during the opening ceremonies and congratulatory remarks from MLA Nicholas Simons and City of Powell River councillor Rob Southcott. The crowd also enjoyed reminiscences from longtime residents Rudy Pearson and Al McKenzie.

Former mayor Stewart Alsgard told some great stories about his youth in Cranberry Lake, then led a large group of more than 40 people through the streets on an entertaining walk filled with insights about people and landmarks in the community. It was particularly heartwarming to see how many residents came out and located relatives in our new permanent photo collection.

The event stirred up pleasant memories for many. For those less familiar with Cranberry, it was a great opportunity to learn about the neighbourhood and its 100-plus year history.

Live music filled Lindsay Park all afternoon and Rotary Club of Powell River raised more than $800 for the BC fire-relief fund. It was a great day for families with lots of kids' activities. We even had a visit from Powell River Fire Rescue and a great display about fire protection.

Our association gained 38 new members and we received a significant amount in donations. The whole day was made possible with the financial support from Powell River Council for Arts and Culture and the initiative was made possible by Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Powell River Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

We hope we have managed to help build a greater awareness of Cranberry’s rich history and importance in our community.

Pat Buckna
Cranberry Community Hall Association president

 

Self-serving tree talk

I read the discussions relating to a new tree-cutting bylaw with great interest [“Committee continues tree bylaw discussion,” July 12].

I support the existing bylaw but see the value of a review and possibly some improvement and compromise. The possibility of retaining only 20 per cent of the trees has already been raised. This seems to me to be excessively generous. How do we know the values the original bylaw was intended to protect will be properly maintained?

3C1B director and local developer Darren Edwards’ demand to clear 100 per cent of all trees, claiming the bylaw and committee are “anti-development,” is self-serving. When he bought the lands he should have known about the restrictions in the bylaw.

I hope council does not give in to unreasonable expectations by developers.

Nadja Hocking
Stustus Road

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