Centennial planning committee getting ready for big year

Nancy MacPhee
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KENSINGTON — It is going to be a big year in Kensington.

The town is celebrating its centennial in 2014 and, already, several initiatives underway and many more planned to mark the occasion.

In a report of the Kensington 2014 Planning Committee, presented at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, committee chairman Rowan Caseley detailed what has been taking place and future plans.

The budget for 2014 celebrations, Caseley confirmed after Monday night’s regular monthly meeting of Kensington town council, is a little more than $107,000.

That money, he noted, is coming mostly from outside sources, with $47,000 through a Canadian Heritage grant, a $36,000 surplus carried over from 2012, $12,000 to be generated through sales and $10,000 in the 2014 budget.

The committee’s Pay It Forward initiative provided a pizza party to each of the winning classed at Kensington Intermediate Senior High and Queen Elizabeth Elementary, while expressions of interest came in for the committee’s mural project.

It will be the May long weekend when the big celebration will take place.

Plans are being made for fireworks on the Friday night, an old-time parade Saturday; old-time carnival that afternoon in the Community Gardens Complex; Taste of the Island buffet banquet that evening featuring Patrick Ledwell as entertainment; and, on Sunday, May 25, a gospel concert and possible community walk through the town.

The committee has been allotted $24,000 for 2013; with $2,265.25 spent on logo design; $3,877.79 spent on promotion; $2,387.94 on posters and banners; $7,172.58 spent on items for sales; and miscellaneous costs coming in at $558.82.

The total spent to date is $16,262.38.



Organizations: Kensington 2014 Planning Committee, Kensington town council, Canadian Heritage

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