Cheers & Jeers: Charlottetown installs plaque at former home of Don Messer

Published on July 17, 2017

Don Messer’s band, from left, Waldo Munro, Rae Simmons, Marg Osburne, Cecil McEachern, Warren MacRae, Duke Nielsen, Don Messer and Charlie Chamberlain.

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CHEERS: To P.E.I. veterinarians Dr. David Condon and Dr. Jeanne Lofstedt who received awards during the annual meeting of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) which wrapped up in Charlottetown over the weekend.

Condon, who grew up on a small farm on P.E.I., received the Small Animal Practitioner Award for his compassion towards the animals in his care and his dedication to the student veterinarians he mentors and supervises. Lofstedt, a native of South Africa, was honoured with a Life Membership to the CVMA for her significant contributions to veterinary profession worldwide.

JEERS: To officials with the RCMP Musical Ride who insist that riders wear wool uniforms during their summer performances. The heavy wool uniforms must have made riders hot and uncomfortable during weekend shows in Charlottetown as temperatures soared past the 25 C mark. Perhaps a cool cotton or some other fabric, which would look as formal, but give riders some comfort, is in order.

CHEERS: To the dozen Island forest firefighters who are leaving today to help with the serious wildfire situation in western Canada. The 12 Islanders will depart for British Columbia as part of a joint P.E.I./Newfoundland and Labrador fire team. Of those, 11 will be actively involved in fire suppression while the remaining member will serve as the Island’s liaison representative. P.E.I.’s Forest Weather Index is currently high due to recent dry weather – all burning permits are suspended until conditions improve. The majority of the Island’s forest firefighters are still in the province should they be needed.

: The City of Charlottetown, which recently installed a plaque to recognize the former home of Don Messer for his contribution and presence in the community. Don Messer and His Islanders became the most popular television show on the CBC next to Hockey Night In Canada. Messer was born in New Brunswick moved to Prince Edward Island in 1939 to work at CFCY Radio and formed the group, Don Messer and the Islanders. The home at 15 Belmont Street was originally constructed in 1950. Don Messer purchased this home in 1960 and lived there for several years. The Don Messer House is currently owned by Melvin and Debbie Ramsay.

CHEERS: To Lalana Paul who brings the voice of aboriginal women and her own life experience to the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Originally from Vancouver, she spent years helping abused and battered women in the city’s Lower East Side piece their lives back together. Looking for a lower cost of living and new opportunities, Paul and her husband drove across the country, purchased a 200-year-old farmhouse, and started building a new life in Belfast, P.E.I. Her parents, (her mom is Cree and her father Scottish) had already moved to the Island before them.

CHEERS: To Curling Canada for moving forward on introducing a helmet policy for young and beginning curlers. Curling Canada’s 14 member associations approved a motion that encourages Canadian curling clubs and facilities to acknowledge a concern about head injuries and concussions, and urges clubs and facilities to implement helmet-use initiatives in beginner and novice curling programs, and that helmets are strongly suggested for all in the Under-12 age category. It puts curling in a leadership position in terms of making sure young and beginning curlers are playing the sport with safety in mind.

CHEERS: To the new Growler Station at the Gateway P.E.I. Liquor retail store in Borden-Carleton which is to help highlight Island beer producers. The Growler Station is a state-of-the art pouring station that features local breweries such as Moth Lane, P.E.I. Brewing Company, Gahan House, Upstreet Brewery and Barnone. The Gateway store historically has the highest percentage of local sales and with many of the Borden-Carleton store’s customers being tourists, it was logical to introduce a new Growler Station giving customers access to a larger selection of local products.