GAYS RIVER: Let there be light—and now there is once again along a stretch of Highway 277 between Carrolls Corner and Dutch Settlement.
Thanks to members of the 1st Gays Rivers Scouts, who after being informed of streetlights being out by a fellow resident, decided that would be one of their ways of giving back to the community.
“We had a woman in the community, Margaret Ann Probert, she mentioned that the streetlights were off between Gays River Road and Dutch Settlement,” said 1st Gays River Scout leader Carolyn Ashley. “We got chatting about it, and she mentioned about the scouts and I thought that would be a great community service.
“I said maybe we would do it on a scout night.”
She said that’s when they decided to take it on, getting the older scouts to take it on.
“We took our vehicles and stopped along the road, flagging each power pole that had a streetlight out with flagging tape,” said Ashley. “Margaret Ann said for us to let her know and she would call the 311 number.”
The group of five older teenager and four leaders went out in late January, and one-by-one marked with yellow tape the streetlights between Dutch Settlement and Carrolls Corner. There were more than 30 that weren’t working.
After doing that, they passed the information on to Probert, who brought the idea to them after reading about the streetlight issue in The Weekly Press. She then called HRM’s 311 number and informed them, telling them each streetlight that needed to be replaced was marked.
Within a week or two, all the streetlights were replaced and now the drive through that area at night is much better for the motorists.
Ashley said with there being so many streetlights to be replaced, that it would take longer than the standard four days.
She said the scouts were thrilled at taking responsibility and doing the project.
“They were really keen on doing it,” she said. “When I mentioned it to them, and I asked what they thought, they all were ‘that would be a great community service.’ They were really excited, getting out of their vehicle and down into a ditch.”
Councillor Barry Dalrymple said his only involvement was the scouts asking him if they could do it.
“The scouts decided to take that on as a...