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All set for Grand Falls-Windsor municipal elections

Regular Grand Falls-Windsor town council meeting April 18.
Regular Grand Falls-Windsor town council meeting April 18.

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL-The official declarations have been made and Grand Falls-Windsor residents now await the flurry of candidates to offer themselves for the next municipal council election.

Election Day is Sept. 26 and the Grand Falls-Windsor council cleared the path for nominations at last Tuesday’s regular meeting by declaring Aug. 29 as Nomination Day.

The town manager/clerk and the deputy town clerk were appointed returning officers.

An advance poll will be held Sept. 16.

Election signage regulations were also reviewed and no changes were recommended.


More meals

In a report from the Meals on Wheels Committee, council was informed that several topics are being considered including pricing, fundraising and capacity for meals from the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre post pilot.

The town is a partner in the pilot project.

The committee is focused on increasing the number of meals delivered from 13 to 30 per week for the next phase, a committee report noted.


Show me the way

Council hopes the provincial government will consider a request for more advanced signage to alert travellers of the Mary March Museum.

The Economic Development, Tourism and Heritage Committee also discussed improving in-town signage and refreshing the town’s older signs.


Supporting the ropes

The Committee of the Whole approved a funding request to support a program designed to delay or perhaps prevent dementia.

Some $1,130 was granted to Dr. Krista Barney and doctoral student Chelsea Quinlan for training and materials for the six-week program.

The program was developed in 2012 by researchers at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto.

“Because mild neurocognitive disorder represents a risk to future dementia, the overarching goal of the “Learning the Ropes” Program is to influence this risk, the committee report stated.

“This program is designed to optimize health through lifestyle choices, memory training and participation in training exercise.

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