Community Calendar

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Its name was recorded as "Parlican" as early as 1597, with the "old" being added sometime later to distinguish it from New Pelrican further up the bay.


Jul. 1st '08






Summer has finally arrived! We hope all residents and visitors to our town are enjoying the weather and summer vacations.


The Town of Old Perlican hopes this newsletter will be informative as we share with you the happenings of the past several months.


Tidy Towns 2008


Old Perlican is participating in the 2008 Towns program this summer. Judges Barbra Burnaby and Joan Fleming will evaluate the town on Thursday, July 31, beginning at 12:00 p.m. We hope the weather will co-operate as they tour the town and see what we have to offer.


Residents and Businesses are encouraged to make a special effort to have their properties spruced up for this event. Don’t forget to mow your lawn!


Tidy Towns


Do you need a Permit?


Construction Season has begun. Many people are building sheds, garages, fences, etc. Please remember that you require permits for such undertakings, including development of land. The Town has Interim Development Regulations as we are in the process of preparing a Municipal Plan. Permits are required for many types of development, as well as all construction, and the opening of new businesses. Please contact the town office for further information.



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Municipal Plan:


Work is progressing on the town plan. Council has had several meetings with our planner, Mr. Arvo McMillan to define various zones and protected areas. The provincial government’s mapping division will be flying over the town this summer to update the base mapping. Public consultation meetings are planned for early fall. Residents will be given an opportunity to meet Council and Mr. McMillan to review the proposed plan and offer suggestions/criticism. A Public Notice of the event will be issued later.


We’re on the World Wide Web!


The Town’s website is up and running. Produced by MRON, the website has been active for a couple of months, but we are still adding content. Community groups are welcome to submit material for the "Events Calendar" . Come visit us at

Browse the site, and sign the guestbook. Please add your suggestions on what you would like to see on the site.


A Great Loss:


Council and residents were deeply saddened in mid-May with the passing of Councillor Joy Button, 54, after a courageous battle with cancer. Joy had been a devoted member of Council since 1997. She was also a very active member of the John Hoskins Recreation Commission, serving as treasurer for many years. She will be greatly missed by both organizations, as well as the LOBA. Council extends its sincere condolences to the Button and Stanford families. She is sorely missed.


In Joy’s memory Council has established the Joy Button Memorial Scholarship to be presented annually, commencing in the fall of 2009,

at Baccalieu Collegiate, Old Perlican.


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Welcome, Councillor Mills:


We are pleased to welcome Thomas B. Mills as our new Councillor. Mr. Mills was sworn into office on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, following his acclamation as councillor at the close of nominations July 3rd.


A lifelong resident of Old Perlican, Mr. Mills is excited about serving the town in his new capacity. Council is pleased to welcome him aboard!


Protecting our watersheds:


Council would like to remind everyone that protecting our watersheds is very important . The town has two water systems —Bell Pond Domestic System (also including Middle Pond, and Cran Point Pond) and the Cooks’ Cove Pond Industrial System (including Lambert’s Pond, Second Pond, Fleming’s Pond and Beaver Pond).


Pursuant to Section 39 of the Water Resources Act among the strict restrictions in these areas are: No Swimming, No Boating, No Fishing, No throwing waste in the ponds, No animals permitted in the ponds, No use of Any Motorized Vehicle in the pond area.


We would ask cabin owners in Cook’s Cove to be especially cognizant of the regulations. Perhaps visitors to your cabins are not aware of restrictions. Please inform them of same.


Road Upgrading



The main road will soon be re-paved. Dept of Transportation is undertaking the work, including a new bridge by the Fire Hall. The road will be re-paved from the fire hall to Gasland.


Council will be preparing a Capital Works Application for road paving of several municipal roads in 2009. Details on this work will be announced next year.



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John Hoskins Community Centre:


Renovations are continuing on the community centre. Last winter a Job Creation Program undertook a major job to remove the second story of the old school section, and put on a new roof. Interior work was also commenced to raise the floor in this section, which will be a new multi-purpose room.


Council has recently awarded a contract to Baccalieu Builders Ltd to install new windows, doors and siding on the building and the north side of the gym. We’re getting there!


Another JCP is in the works and Council hopes to complete the multi-purpose room this fall/winter. By this time 2009, the John Hoskins Community Centre will be the jewel of our town, and second to none on the shore. A lot of volunteer hours has also gone into the building, and more work is planned. Thanks everyone!


Celebrating Bartlett 2009


Council is pleased to announce that Old Perlican will be a port of call July 18-19, 2009 for the Celebrating Bartlett 2009 tour, featuring the sailing vessel---The Bowdoin.

A project of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the year long celebration of Captain Bob Bartlett’s life will include traveling exhibits, educational programs, simulated Arctic voyages, ceremonial activities etc.


Old Perlican has been invited to host an event, and Council will be announcing plans for a steering committee ,etc in the near future.


This will also be a wonderful opportunity for other community groups to participate and plan various activities. Stay tuned! If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit



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ATVs, etc:


Despite increased RCMP enforcement of the All Terrain and Motorized Vehicles legislation, the town is still experiencing problems with ATV misuse, especially speeding and reckless driving on local roads. The RCMP has assured Council that they have a zero tolerance policy on this matter. Persons apprehended for various infractions, including driving without helmets, driving with passengers, speeding, etc, could have their machines seized.


Garbage Collection:


Residents are reminded to refrain from filling garbage bags or cardboard boxes too heavy, and to avoid using the larger industrial bags. Regular garbage bags, not small shopping bags should be used.


Our collectors are experiencing a large number of bags containing grass clippings during the summer. Instead of bagging grass, why not practice "grasscycling". It’s better for your lawn, and the environment.


Grass clippings will quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil. Large clumps of grass can be added to your compost pile. Don’t bag those clippings–THINK GREEN!


We are still waiting word on what will happen at the end of this year. Government says the Incinerator must close, but have yet to give us any options for waste disposal. We will let you know when we know!


For the benefit of tourists the town has an RV dumping station next to the fire hall. Call the office to use this facility.


New Employee:

The Town would also like to welcome Darren Squires to its maintenance staff. Darren joined us in April under a 52 week federal Targeted Wage Subsidy Program, and we are pleased to have him with us. He and water plant operator Dave Brewer are enrolled in continuing education for the water and wastewater systems.

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Summer employment program:


Under the auspices of the Lower Trinity South Regional Development Association and Ocean Net a number of high school students are working in the town this summer. They are employed at the Heritage House, as well as working around the town—mowing grass, cleaning up beaches, painting and other general maintenance work. We would like to thank them for their contribution to our town.


How to Reach Us:


Town Office Phone: (709) 587-2266/2639 Fax: (709) 587-2261 Email:

Office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m-4: 30 p.m.

Old Perlican Fire Dept:

Emergencies: (709) 587-2229 (Paging system calls are routed to personnel. When the system answers, please state your emergency. Please give clear directions)

Fire Meeting Room: 587-2144


Old Perlican Ambulance Service: (709) 587-2200/3061

Hospital Dispatches Ambulance.

Incinerator/Dump site: Hours:

Mon–10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(Cleanout)

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

John Hoskins Community Centre: (709) 587-3500

Old Perlican Public Library (709) 587-2639




 685-6893 (Cell)  Maintenance
is not about WINNING–it’s about Civic Pride. Council would like residents and commercial establishments to demonstrate pride in our town year round, not just when judges come to visit.



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