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ELLEN MACPHAIL: Spring has sprung

['Ellen MacPhail']
['Ellen MacPhail']

Details announced for annual Roadside Cleanup, provincial convention

The P.E.I. Women’s Institute provincial board celebrates spring with the annual Roadside Cleanup, cooking contest winners and a provincial convention.

This year’s WI Roadside Cleanup and cash contest is scheduled for May 11. Residents are invited to once again participate. Yellow bags, introduced last year, can be filled and left on the side of the road on May 11. Islanders are encouraged to once again use WI bags held over from previous years, clear bags from home or to pick up the new WI bags from any IWMC facility, Access P.E.I., Maritime Electric or Summerside City Hall. WI bags will be available in early May.

Large bulky items found during the annual clean-up day can simply be placed on the side of the road. Please note, as these yellow bags are for WI clean-up only, waste carts containing yellow WI bags may be rejected outside of the cleanup time period.

Another cash contest is slated for this year and participants are again invited to take part to vie for one of three $100 cash prizes in each category in May’s cleanup. A total of $1,200 will be randomly drawn upon submission of a pledge sheet and a picture of participants in action. Divisions include family, school, community group and business. Details can be found at or

Winners were also recently announced in the annual P.E.I. WI Youth Island Product Cooking contest. The following young chefs received cash prizes in various categories.

Appetizers: 1. Blake Hamill with Mussels; 2. Cole Sinclair, Kate DesRoches and Shelby Power with Mushroom Cups.

Soup: 1. Olivia Lewis with Parsnip Carrots & Maple Soup.

Main: 1. Breahanna Callaghan with Island Bacon Meatballs; 2. Codie Palmer and Macelynn McGill with Creamy Italiano Chicken & Pasta.

Sweets: 1. Alyssa Millar, Chloe MacCormack and Lance Cadag with Mayo-Banana- Blueberry Muffins.

In other board news, the P.E.I. Women’s Institute Provincial Convention is taking place on May 11 at Slemon Park Hotel and Convention Centre in Summerside with a registration deadline of April 15. For complete details, contact the WI office at 902-368-4860 or view online at

Also, watch for details in communities for local branch events.

Following is one of many WI events happening across Prince Edward Island. New Glasgow WI’s annual Coffee With A Flair is April 27, 9:30 a.m., at the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers building, at 604, Route 258, in New Glasgow. Enjoy a morning of food and fashion. Tickets are available from Jacquie Laird by calling 902-964-2641 Elaine Buttimer at 902-626-7165.

This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director for the PEIWI, and appears in the Guardian every second Thursday of the month. For more information on the P.E.I. Women’s Institute, visit, phone 902-368-4860 or email

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