Thursday, November 21, 2013

Expression of Interest - Floats for the Torbay Night Time Christmas Parade

Over the past week or so there has been some discussion about this years Santa Claus parade. At one point it looked like the parade may have had to been replaced by a Santa Drive Trough because of lack of interest shown by those who would participate. Council and staff have taken another look at the entire situation and have decided to make one more attempt to make this parade happen.

I know it is disappointing when events do go as planned or attendance isn't that great, we all start to wonder what happened. For an event like this Santa Claus parade in which community participation is essential it is incumbent on all of us to work together to make these things work. The deadline to submit a float for this years parade has been extended to December 2nd and we need to step up and make sure it is a success for our children and families.

If you would like to put a float in the parade please contact Leigh Fitzpatrick at 437-6532 ext 228 or be email

Friday, November 15, 2013

Torbay Sports Hall of Fame - 2013 Ceremony Saturday November 23 at the Kinsmen Center

The ceremony takes place on Saturday November 23, 2013 beginning at 7:30 pm at the Kinsmen Community Center and is open to the public.

This year’s inductees are: 

Athlete Category 
Ms. Pauline (Hearn) Byrne

Athlete/Builder Category
Mr. Barry Codner 
Mr. Bryan Manning 
Mr. Dave Manning

The Torbay Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2009 to recognize people in our community who have made contributions over the years. Since that time there have been numerous people inducted into the hall and honored for their contributions to sports as athletes, coaches and builders.

Last year when I wrote my story about the Hall of Fame inductions I had this to say about Barry Codner.
There are so many people in our town who have had a tremendous impact on our community as it relates to sports. One person I can think of off the top of my mind would be Barry Codner. He has been involved in sports in Torbay for as long as I can remember from the Torbay Rec Program at the old school more than 30 years ago, to coaching me and others in Junior Softball, Senior Softball, Senior Hockey and he continues to run softball programs for children in our community.

Add to that the fact that he is instrumental in the organizing and selecting of inductees in the Torbay Sports Hall of Fame. He is a great contributor and will one day be enshrined in that hall as well, I suspect it will happen sooner rather than later
Now that I see his name on the list of people being honored I feel this is a tremendous accomplishment on his part and a long overdue recognition that he so rightly deserves. That doesn't diminish the contributions of other people who are nominated because anyone who contributes to the betterment of sport and the overall betterment of our community is certainly worthy.

This event is open to the public and considering how many people have played with, been coached by or been associated with any of this years nominees should come out and show their appreciation and support.

Please lets get out and support our athletes, coaches and builders, hope to see you there.

For more information on the Hall and to see current members visit Torbay Sports Hall of Fame

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Torbay Wine Tasting Night - November 15 at the Kinsmen Center

After a great success last year the town is again hosting a Wine Tasting Night at the Kinsmen Center on Friday November 15. There are still a few tickets available so if you are interested in a night out tasting some great wine don't wait. Tickets are available at the town hall and are $20 each....this is a 19+ event.

Last day for entries in the Christmas Card Competition

Today is the last day to get your entries in for this years Christmas Card Competition. So if you are from Torbay and are in Kindergarten to Grade 6 you had better hurry.

Entries are due at the town hall by 4:00pm today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

Tuesday November 5th the Town of Torbay will be hosting a bonfire behind the Town Hall from 6:30 - 8:00pm. The event is weather dependent and a decision will be made at 4:00pm tomorrow if it will be going ahead or not.

The Torbay Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to ensure the safety of the fire. Please come out and have a cup of hot chocolate and roast a few marshmallows.

Breakfast with Santa - Get your tickets

Tickets will be going on sale tomorrow November 5, 2013 for Breakfast With Santa in the Town of Torbay. Tickets go on sale at the Town Hall front desk at 8:30am with remaining tickets being available for purchase on the town's website through the E-Services portal from 12:00pm onward.

There are 300 tickets available so make sure you get them as fast as you can, there is no purchase limit so they may go fast. Every person attending must have a ticket.

Alternate breakfast options will be available for people who may not like pancakes or have allergies. Hope to see you there!!

Torbay Community Market was a great success!!

On Saturday the Town of Torbay held our Community Market at the Jack Byrne Arena and it was a great success. It was certainly well attended with over 3500 patrons coming through the door. It was a special treat for myself and other members of council who were posted in our booth greeting people as they came in throughout the day.

Many people passed along their compliments as they were leaving and commented on how professional and well organized the entire event was. A special thank you and congratulations to Town of Torbay staff who worked very hard to make this market the success that it is.

I would also like to pass along my thanks to the 101 vendors who took part in the Community Market because without them it wouldn't be possible.