YWCA announces new daycare centre for central Spryfield

Tanis Crosby (left) with her son, and MLA Michele Raymond at the announcement of a new $1.4 million dollar licensed day care centre at the vacant lot beside Tim Horton's on Herring Cove road, close to Central Spryfield Elementary. I'd estimate about 50 people turned out for the community 'kitchen party' at the Captain William Spry Centre. The 57 spots should be useful to many parents in the neighbourhood, as they range from infant to age five.

Tanis spoke about the strength of the Spryfield community, and it's true that many community members turned up: I had a lovely chat with Andrea from the parenting task force and Kristen from St. Paul's Family Institute, as well as Mike Marantette from the Capital Health board. I saw people breaking apart into groups and socializing, and I was pleasantly surprised to get a big solid hug from Julia Feltham, the cello playing half of a Celtic violin-cello duo. Julia, I read recently that a hug should last for six seconds to be fully effective, and boy, do you ever know how to do it right.

The YWCA brought a dinner of chowder, beans, lemonade, and other goodies. As I chatted with Tanis I kept the poor lady from eating her chowder and beans....and I must admit it was rather hard to chat with the smell of that chowder wafting through the room!

So congratulations, YWCA and the parents of Spryfield. You aim to be in by summer 2011, so I'll be following your build as it progresses.

New playground built at Kelly Crossing

A new playground has been built at the Kelly Crossing neighbourhood, which consists of single-family semi-detached homes. The address here is approximately 37 Kelly Street, in the Armdale area. The new bus route Armdale 22 passes right by this little playground. It's funny that the playground and gazebo are complete before the houses!

Herring Cove getting new fire hall

Mayor Peter Kelly reported in his 'Chebucto Update' to the September Chebucto News that Herring Cove will be getting a new fire station, which is going up next to the existing station, "which needs to be replaced due to structural deficiencies."

The Chronicle Herald's Community section today has small article in community briefs. The station will cost just over $2.5 million and be located at 57 Ketch Harbour road. It will be a four-bay station with an engine, tanker, and rescue unit, two full-time staff, and volunteers.

Urban Farm closes garden for winter, and has cookbook available at Spryfield Sobeys

On Saturday, October 30, from 10 am to 12 noon the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield will be thinning out the flower and herb gardens and  selling  the extra plants at the Urban Farm garden. The garden is located near the corner of Rockingstone Road and Ardwell and we welcome all visitors on this final gardening day as we plant our garlic and put our gardens to bed for the winter.

Also, Martha Leary, a long-time volunteer with the society, reports in the Chebucto News that "the Urban Farm's cookbook is a real deal at $15 (pick one up at Sobey's on Herring Cove Road or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). It is a combination cookbook and local history book with plenty of quotes form some four elder local people about how they cooked and what they ate earlier in the last century."

Dinner theatre at the Emmanuel Church Hall

The Emmanuel Church Players present dinner theatre production called 'Mythical McIntosh Run,' at the Emmanuel Church Hall, 322 Herring Cove Road. Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, at 6:15pm. For tickets, call 477-7870. The McIntosh Run is the river running through Spryfield.
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