MP Kim Rudd was at the local radio station on Tuesday to announce a grant of $24,300 from the Federal Government through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This will support a program Northumberland 89.7 FM is planning to produce where seniors will tell stories about their memories and local history. Hopefully they will be about interesting things that most have not heard of. I suggested an example might be a story by Larry Wilson who was there as a boy in 1951 when a plane landed in the field of his family’s farm – right where Canadian Tire is now. But there are surely more stories. The working title of the program is “Stories for the Ages” – it will be on-air soon.
At the station to hear the good news from Kim were announcer Dave Glover, Station manager Kevin Stuart and Barry Walker, Chair of the Board of Northumberland 89.7 FM – see photo.
Earlier in the day, Kim was at Alderville to announce a grant for $25,000 for the Empowerment and Information Project for Elders. The intent of the New Horizons for Seniors Program is to help seniors stay active and involved in their community. The program has also provided money for multiple other activities in other communities – all with the aim to help seniors stay active and involved.
Northumberland 89.7 FM started in 2012 and provides “Truly Local Radio” to West Northumberland with an office/studio at 1000 Elgin West in Cobourg. Most of the work is performed by volunteers and they strive to support local artists and not-for-profit organizations, providing them with communications opportunities at little or no cost.
One of the benefits they bring to the public – even if you don’t listen to the radio (who would have thought there was anybody in that category?) – is a series of free summer concerts in Victoria Park supported by the Town and other sponsors. This will be the fifth year and each year they get progressively better with bigger audiences. See the Cobourg Internet Entertainment Calendar for details.