Have your say about affordable housing

The lack of affordable rental housing in St. Margaret’s Bay is a serious ongoing problem. You are invited to share your views on this important issue through a brief survey that will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Nancy Gilbert, chair of the St. Margaret’s Bay Housing Coalition, says the group is working towards the development of a “much-needed multi-generational residential community. We are looking for people interested in modestly priced rental accommodations to complete the survey. We hope that this project will allow people of all ages and abilities to support one another within a neighbourhood community.”
 
If you are interested in affordable housing for yourself or for a friend or family member, please consider completing this survey. The submission deadline is November 6 at 8 p.m.

To access the survey, go here: https://forms.gle/Po2TYuJc2ZY4FzXw8

Printed copies of the survey are available at the Community Enterprise Centre, 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Upper Tantallon.

For more information, contact Nancy Gilbert by email.

Flu shot more important than ever this year

Even if an annual flu shot isn’t part of your usual self-care routine, this is the year it absolutely should be, says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. While the flu shot won’t protect against Covid-19, it will help reduce the number of people getting influenza, which will reduce pressure on the health care system.

Unlike previous years, you have to make an appointment at either doctors’ offices or pharmacies to get the shot, which is available now.

Meanwhile, Dr. Strang says Australia’s experience during their flu season, which is earlier than ours, indicates precautions against Covid-19, especially frequently washing and sanitizing our hands, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distances as needed, and avoiding crowds, will very likely reduce the number of cases of influenza this year.

Lions Club medical equipment lending program

The St. Margaret’s Bay Lions Club has an extensive collection of medical equipment it’s eager to lend out to Bay residents as needed.

One happy and grateful user of the Lions Club medical equipment program is shown in the photo. Bridget Fitzgerald (seated in scooter) of Upper Tantallon is joined by (from left) Lions Blaine MacDonald, Doreen MacDonald and Leonard Bugbee, who is the club’s social services chairman.

Barbara Way, the club’s president, says inventory includes wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, medical boots, commodes, bedpans, k-dishes and hospital beds. The available inventory changes somewhat, depending on what is presently out on loan, but all the equipment is loaned out at no cost to those who need it. Borrowers must arrange for someone to pick up and drop off any borrowed equipment, as the Lions Club is not able to do so.

For more information, contact Lions Club members Parkesh Kapoor at parkeshkapoor@hotmail.com or Leonard Bugbee at bugbeel@eastlink.ca.

October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Health benefits from adopting older cats
  • Remembering a founder of Bay Seniors
  • Bay quilter’s fame spreads to Turkey
  • Living with the ghost of Uncle Lemmie
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

September Newsletter

Our September newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • We need your help shaping our future
  • Share the Harvest event will help food bank
  • Back-to-school prompts demand for kids’ masks
  • The child who couldn’t wait to go to school
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • You need a mask: try one made in the Bay
  • Face masks: your questions answered
  • Art Show ‘a real pick-me up’
  • Our readers celebrate the joys of nature
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Good news for community art show
  • Restaurant dishes up 500 free meals
  • Artist celebrates ‘Nova Scotia Strong’
  • Face mask production tops 700 – and climbing
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

June Newsletter

Our June newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • 3 good reasons to wear a face mask
  • Tips for growing your veggies in a container
  • Friendly Neighbour program to continue
  • Reprieve for popular arts festival
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

May Newsletter

Our May newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Volunteers make Covid masks and gowns
  • Tips to protect hands from all that washing
  • Video link offers exercise and stress advice
  • You tell us about your Covid-19 heroes
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!

Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour Program offers free grocery and Rx delivery to eligible residents

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is ready to help community members who are presently not able to go out to get their groceries, medications and other pharmacy items because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Association is providing FREE delivery by carefully trained volunteers using the highest standards of safety. This service is available to other community members in addition to seniors, who live in the St. Margaret’s Bay region. Participants will be invoiced at 3 to 4 week intervals, so no cash changes hands and you do not need to have or use a credit card to access the service.

See more information below on geographic area served, eligibility, and safety protocols. And please share this information with others you think may need this help.

The Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour Program
If you need someone to pick up your groceries,
pharmacy items or medications, we’ll help!

We’re happy to provide this service if you do not currently have someone who can deliver to you, and one or both of these situations apply:
  • You do not have access to transportation.
  • You are not leaving your home at this time.
Our Friendly Neighbour Program volunteers will:
  • Pick up and pay for groceries for you from Sobeys or the Superstore, using a list our volunteer will take from you over the telephone.
  • Deliver your groceries to your door. You will only be invoiced monthly for groceries purchased for you. The shopping and delivery services are offered at no cost to you.
  • Pick up and deliver your pre-ordered pre-paid prescriptions to your door if the service is not available from your pharmacy.
  • Pick up and deliver non-prescription pharmacy items. You will only be invoiced monthly for items purchased for you. The shopping and delivery services are offered at no cost to you.
Our volunteers:
  • Have been carefully screened.
  • Have been thoroughly trained in contact protocols by an expert in the field.
  • Use a full cleaning protocol for their hands, vehicles and other items with which they are in contact during the pick-up and delivery process.
  • Have a full cleaning kit, including gloves, wipes, sanitizer and disposal bags.
  • Will deliver your items using recommended physical distancing.
 

Because of very limited safe handling supplies (sanitizer, wipes, gloves) and limited funds to operate the program, we must restrict it to the geographic area bounded on the east by Highway 103 exit 4, west to Highway 103 exit 6, south to East Dover and north to Pockwock Road.

For more information or to set up a delivery, please call 902-221-8388 and leave a message.