Berwick’s Earth Hour backers encouraged Mayor John Prall, seated, as he signed a town proclamation in support of the event. From left are (back row) Western Kings Board of Trade staffer Liz Corkum, Sarah MacDonald (Thomas), Carol Tobin, Penny Clarke. Across the front are Zoe Ciarrocco, Prall and Anna Ciarrocco. Earth Hour committee members misisng from the photo include economic development officer David Keddy, Joceline Doucette and Christ Church Rev. Charles Bull.
Berwick has signed on for international Earth Hour 2010 efforts.
Mayor John Prall signed the proclamation March 16 endorsing Earth Hour 2010 events in Berwick March 27, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The town has also agreed to turn off all its street lights on Commercial St., from Mill St. through to Cottage St., and all lights at town hall for the one-hour period.
At council March 9, Berwick Electric superintendant Don Regan said the town has 280 streetlights, all with individual controls. Each would have to be manually turned off and then on by utility staff with a bucket truck, a process that would take several hours.
An Earth Hour committee invites friends to join them at the town hall for a community bonfire, complete with music, refreshments, activities and more; all designed to take advantage of the dark of night’s natural setting and promote worldwide efforts to draw attention to the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.
Kentville endorses Earth Hour
At its March 8 meeting, Kentville’s council advisory council also approved the town’s participation in Earth Hour. Usually, CAC only makes recommendations to council, but because the next council meeting is scheduled for March 29, councillors consented to endorse the proclamation.
“I didn’t think that many people participated last year,” Deputy Mayor Bill Boyd said. ‘The businesses were still open; the arena was open. Don’t get me wrong - it’s a great initiative, but it would be nice (to do more.) Some towns are pitch black!”
“I guess we’re going to try to promote it a bit more,” Mayor David Corkum replied.
Councillor Nola Folker-Hill asked if the town’s power usage during the hour-long period could be obtained from Nova Scotia Power. Chief administrative officer Keith Robicheau agreed to look into it.