Communities in Bloom (CIB) volunteers - take a bow. You've certainly earned it.
Last Saturday, the Town of Gibsons received a floral display award and an honourable mention at the CIB annual awards dinner in Prince George.
More than a year of planning, pruning, painting, planting and prepping by an army of volunteers from Gibsons and the surrounding community paid off.
Acting mayor Coun. Bob Curry said this week that Gibsons looks fantastic - and we couldn't agree more.
It's amazing what a small group of volunteers, Town staff and business owners can accomplish when they work together.In the final voting, Gibsons was only four points shy of competing on a national level. Just a little more elbow grease, and next year Gibsons will be competing against the best of the best in Canada.
All who worked so hard the past few months to earn these accolades should be thanked for their efforts. They have helped transform Gibsons into an even better looking community.
Ding, dong the bells are deadWhile we have a lot of praise for the Town of Gibsons this week, we also want to give them a chance to pause and think.We've received several letters, phone calls and emails this week and in previous weeks concerning the carillon bells project spearheaded by the Gibsons Landing Business Association (GLBA).
The GLBA plays a vital role in our community. They have some great ideas and get involved in many valuable projects, but the carillon bell project is not one of them.
The bell project has been on the books for several years. The previous council turned down the idea and the current administration should have followed suit.
We were in Gibsons last weekend and heard the bells ringing. It was not something we enjoyed and we feel it brings no real positives to the Landing area.
An anonymous donor stepped forward with the funds for this project, which is fantastic. The GLBA and the Town should encourage that donor to offer his funds to another project - maybe next year's CIB competition, the well reconstruction or the new community centre - and let the bells toll for the last time.