New cookbook stuffed with community support

Eric McCarthy
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WEST POINT -- Carol Livingstone is proud of her West Point community. “This is a community that really pulls together and does something,” she said.

Volunteers with the West Point Harbourside Cookbook project, from left, Carol and Tammi Livingstone and Kilmeny Boates display copies of the new book. Proceeds help with the upkeep of the Harbourside Centre. Facilities there include upper level suite with two balconies and, on the main level, public washroom and laundry, large decks and full service restaurant and large reception room.

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So when a meeting was called last fall to brainstorm on ways to support the West Point Harbourside Centre, more than 20 people showed up to give their input. They quickly mobilized to hold a lobster supper, receiving donations of lobster from two-dozen area fishermen and other meal items from other area residents and raised about $4,000 for the cause.

“The Harbourside Centre and the Lighthouse, they’re both very central to the heart of the community. If it hadn’t been for the community people working together we wouldn’t have either of them,” Livingstone reflected. “So, when you get something started, it seems to me, that it is very important to keep it up.”

It was with that philosophy in mind that work got underway in creating the West Point Harbourside Cookbook.

Hot off the presses, the cookbook contains 497 recipes submitted by area residents. Besides the recipes, though, are photos and information on the Harbourside Centre and what it has to offer.

“The whole idea, if it got sold outside, or given as a gift outside the area, that people would know what you could do in and about the Harbourside Centre,” Livingstone said of the marketing opportunity the fundraiser presented.

There’s also some humour drizzled throughout.

 “A picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words,” shared Kilmeny Boates who assisted with the cookbook layout. Each of the dividers for the cookbook sections also contain pictures promoting the Harbourside. The back of the dividers contain baking tips such as equivalents and substitutions (one egg for one teaspoon cornstarch, or one small onion equals one tablespoon dried onion, and hints on when to use certain spices).

“It was always one of the goals, since we started (the West Point Development Corporation), way back in the 80s, to make the community a better place for people of West Point and surrounding areas, as well as the people from other areas,” Livingstone reflected.

Tammi and Carol Livingstone and Kilmeny Boates typed out the submitted recipes and Boates did the layout for the book, which was printed by Gateway Rasmussen. 

Books are available for sale at Jelley’s Up-West Market, Vinny’s, O’Leary Farmers’ Co-op, Fabric Quilts and More and A.T. Boyles Ltd.

Committee members will be set up at O’Leary Farmers’ Co-op selling cookbooks this Friday from 10 am. to 8 p.m. 

Organizations: West Point Harbourside Centre, West Point Development, More and A.T. Boyles

Geographic location: West Point

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