Week of June 7 – June 13, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 22

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Kent Co-op in New Minas, NS, wants to make buying local an easy choice. Today, June 10, from 6 to 9 pm, the community-owned store will be hosting more than a dozen Annapolis Valley food producers whose products are available in the store. They will be doing tastings and demonstrations and talking with customers about their local products. Local entertainers will also be performing. “It’s really encouraging when a local business like Kent Co-op makes such an effort to promote our business,” says Anna Anderson, owner of Acadiana Soy Products in Grand Pré. Anderson will be on hand to explain how her company makes its products from Atlantic-grown soybeans, and offering free samples. “There are so many fantastic foods produced right here. The easier it is for people to buy them, the better.” Reconnecting with its role as the local food leader only makes sense for Kent Co-op, which was started by area consumers and producers almost 40 years ago. “We have looked very closely at what the community wants from our grocery store,” says Jim Noonan, president of Kent Co-op. “People clearly didn’t understand that there are literally hundreds of local products available at our Co-op. So we have increased the visibility and signage of every Valley product we have available. After this event, if it’s in the store and from the Valley, you’ll know it!” Noonan also hopes the event will help dispel the myth that only paid members can shop at Kent Co-op. “Everyone is welcome at Kent Co-op, members and non-members alike,” he says. “If you believe in buying local and Atlantic products for your family, it is your best and most convenient choice.”  For more information contact store manager Leigh Johnson at 681-7738, or manager.kent@co-opsonline.com

§      Paul Crane, former director of co-operative development for the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, died at his home in Mahone Bay, NS, this past weekend. Paul Crane had a successful career with a national business development bank. He had developed loan policies, operational manuals, and guidelines for the implementation of a national development fund for entrepreneurs. He had worked with several Nova Scotia CBDCs to develop strategic plans and has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Community Investment Fund, part of a community economic strategy associated with the Harbor Solutions Project in Halifax. He had been instrumental in the design of the Co-operative Council’s Micro Credit Loan Fund.  He was a mentor to several credit union clients and worked with Affirmative Industries through the delivery of the Andrew Peacock Equity Loan Fund for Entrepreneurs with disabilities.  Send on-line condolences to condolences.snow@ns.aliantzinc.ca

§      The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market has been given the green light to start construction. Fred Kilcup, market manager, says the project is still on target to be completed in late spring 2010.The market will have a number of green features including wind turbines on the roof, solar collection and a geothermal climate control system. It will be open six days a week with space accommodation for 200 small businesses and vendors. Halifax http://www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=86Produced

§      Rev Gary Burrill, a United Church minister, was successful in his bid for the New Democratic Party seat in the riding of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley during last night’s Nova Scotia provincial election. Rev Burrill is one of the founders of that area’s Arimathea Funeral Co-op.

§      The world’s largest cranberry company is opening a huge cranberry farm in eastern New Brunswick. Ocean Spray broke ground on a 3,400 hectare farm on Crown land near Rogersville. The company is leasing the land from the province, and is expected to invest up to $90 million to develop the farm. Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papdellis says New Brunswick offers an ideal growing environment. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham says the project puts Rogersville on the map as one of Canada’s key cranberry growing regions. The new farm is expected to have its first crop in 2012. Ocean Spray is a co-operative founded more than 75 years ago and owned by more than 650 cranberry growers and 100 grapefruit growers in North America. http://www.oceanspray.ca/english/harvest/index.cfm

§      Credit unions in Sydney and Sydney River, NS, launched idle-free zones in their parking lots and drive-thru ATMs. Customers will be encouraged by signs saying Idle-Free Zone, Idling Gets You Nowhere to turn off their car engines while waiting in the parking lots or drive-thru lineups. All 10 credit unions in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are expected to join the campaign by posting the signs.  The drive-thru ATM at the credit union’s Townsend Street branch in Sydney is the busiest in the Maritimes and the Sydney River drive-thru is also busy. https://www.sydneycreditunion.com/Home/

§      A former Co-op Atlantic employee, Harold Gordon Stephenson, 86, of Moncton, NB, died June 6. Born in Moncton, he was the son of the late Charles and Ruby (Murray) Stephenson. A graduate of Moncton High, he served overseas with the Tank Division of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers. He graduated in 1948 from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro upon his return from overseas. At Co-op Atlantic, he was manager of the Livestock Department and was a livestock auctioneer. Harold started Co-op Atlantic’s Petroleum Department in 1961. He eventually retired to his beloved farm and ran a hog operation. Harold enjoyed the company of the people who came to his U-pick raspberry field and trout pond. He enjoyed gardening in the summer, raising prize winning glades and dahlias, doing woodwork in the winter, turning out lamps and furniture pieces. Harold will be sadly missed by his wife of 57 years, Marion (MacMichael); sons, Michael (Joanne) and Jack (Kathy). Online condolences at http://www.fergusonknowlesfh.com

§      In support of West Riverview Elementary School’s need to purchase a new gym floor, the staff of the Advance Savings Credit Union,  Riverview, NB, branch recently presented a check to school principal Diane Gillis in the amount of $250.  The funds for the new floor are being cost-shared between the Province of New Brunswick and School District 2. The estimated cost to replace the floor is $25,000.” www.advancesavings.ca

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) have announced the renewal of a 4 year partnership agreement, the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), with the federal government’s Co-operatives Secretariat.  One major part of the CDI is the “Innovative Co-operative Projects” component. Through a selection process, the organizations will support individuals or communities as they test new ways of using the co‑operative model, including creating co‑operatives to respond to identified needs. The deadline for proposals will be July 31, 2009 and an application form and full details will soon be posted on the CCA and CCCM websites. The project proposal can be for one or up to four years funding but each year of funding must be spent by March 31st of the year in question. For 2009-2010, because of the July 31st deadline date for proposals, it is estimated you will have only 6-7 months in which to complete your project. The maximum amount will be $75,000 per year per project. The major policy priorities are: agriculture including farmer-driven projects for value added agriculture and biofuels, rural/northern community development, innovative goods and services, including innovative uses of technology, and capacity building and sustainability. Please check the website of Canadian Co-operative Association www.coopscanada.coop for postings of the application form, in approximately two weeks, or contact: John Anderson at john.anderson@coopscanada.coop for further information and the website of the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité website at http://www.ccc.coop or email Dominique Guénette at dominique@ccc.coop


Trends - Last week I wrote about how the majority of Prius owners purchase the car because of the statement the car makes about the buyers themselves, not about the reduced effects on climate change. The whole gist of the article discussed how the green movement was more about green consumption than doing good for the planet. This week I came across Stadium Associates’ website and discovered that people will buy anything if they think it will set them apart from their neighbours...or that companies will license anything if they think people will buy it. Stadium Associates’ claim to fame is that they are the company that has been supplying a custom blend of Kentucky Bluegrass to Yankee Stadium for the past 40 years. And now, you too, can own some officially licensed Yankees Sod or Yankees Grass Seed. Use it on your lawn or stipulate that your heirs spread Yankees Grass Seed on your gravesite. A fitting end for the final resting place of your officially licensed Yankees casket. See www.stadiumassociates.com and www.eternalimage.net/mlb.php –Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101 – The Belfast Co-op http://www.belfast.coop/  in Belfast, Maine, grew out of a pre-order food-buying club known as the Friends Co-op. The founders of the co-op wanted to make good foods available to the community at a fair price. After three years as a buying club, they realized that there was more than enough community interest to open an everyday natural foods store. They have an extensive take out deli with the menu available on line http://www.belfast.coop/menuAPR09.pdf The Belfast Co-op opened as a storefront business in 1976, with an old wood floor and a sizeable parlor stove, and its motto “All are welcome” was born. Its intent is to be a resource for information concerning health and nutrition, as well as for community topics and other related issues. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Manitoba Co-operative Association Inc. offers 3.5 day seminars for youth “to develop leadership skills, and learn about cross cultural issues and values affecting society, global development and co-ops, all in a beautiful camp setting. You will meet with youth from across the province and learn more about yourself and others at a Co-op Youth Leadership Seminar.” Like the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program, participants also require the local co-ops to sponsor them. Their online registration is still open so learn more or register at http://www.manitobayouth.coop/  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      June 15, 2009 60th Annual Gala, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council with guest speaker Rev Jesse Jackson at World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS. Tickets can be obtained by contacting andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966

§      June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary Congress, Ottawa, ON. See www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.cfm

§      June 19-21, 2009 Symposium organized by the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. Theme is “Legislative and Public Policy Issues”. Abstracts of papers must be received by Mar 31. Final paper and presentation slides by June 1, if applicable. More information and a style guide are available from Tom Webb, jtwebb@auracom.com or tom.webb@smu.ca or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or larryhaiven@smu.ca

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Leanne Boutilier, Sydney Credit Union, was the winner. Answers: Each of the clues below describe a famous pair (example: Salt & Pepper). Can you name each pair?
1. Jingly sound makers & accompanying sounds heard on the Seven Dwarfs commute - Bells & Whistles
2. Corny phrase used by photographers & thin crisp wafers - Cheese & Crackers
3. Small spherical play toy & a letter propagated to many people threatening bad luck unless forwarded - Ball & Chain
4. Mayberry’s deputy sheriff & hollow round percussion instrument - Fife & Drum
A cheery, cheerful or joyous disposition & a unit of company stock - Sonny & Cher
6. Long slender conifer leaf & message board continuous chain of postings - Needle & Thread
7. Kevin of "Six Degrees" trivia fame & chicken predecessors - Bacon & Eggs
Writing implement loaded with ink & bank employee that receives or pays out money - Penn & Teller
9. A paste made from ground goober peas & sweet spread prepared from Concord Grapes - Peanut Butter & Jelly

This week’s contest: There are five women having dinner at a circular table. Mrs. Smith is sitting between Miss Cooper and Miss Andrews. Annie is sitting between Connie and Mrs. Grey. Miss Cooper is seated between Annie and Yvette. Elizabeth is seated with Mrs. Summers on her left and Miss Andrews on her right. Teresa paid the bill. What are the full names of these five women? Please keep those entries coming! Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. May’s prize of a CD of International Music was won by Randi Alexander, Codroy Valley Credit Union, Grand Bay East, NL.  Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.


Co-op CookingPhyllo pastry is always elegant looking and here is a new take on an old favourite that is bound to bring complements from family and guests alike. 
Fast and Easy Apple Pie
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon, divided
4 sheets of phyllo pastry
1 tbsp butter, melted
8 medium cooking apples
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup apple cider
2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or corn starch
4-oz vanilla flavoured yogurt
Mix sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon to create cinnamon sugar. Melt butter over low heat or in microwave. Brush butter gently over phyllo sheets and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Brush 9-inch pie plate with butter. Place phyllo pastry sheets on top of pie plate, creating a cross shape. Gently push pastry down into the dish to mold the pie crust. Peel and slice the apples thinly into a heave, medium pot. Mix in the lemon juice. Add all remaining ingredients except the yogurt. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes (until apples are tender). Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt and pour into prepared crust. Fold ends of pastry over top of pie, pleating to fit (top should look uneven and crumpled).
Bake at 375F for 3 to 5 minutes (top should be crispy and golden brown). - Glenna Weagle


Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads  –This week, from Breakwater Books in St. John’s, NL, http://www.breakwaterbooks.com/ we feature By the Rivers of Brooklyn by Trudy Morgan-Cole. She transforms into fiction the experience of the 75,000 first- and second-generation Newfoundlanders who once lived in Brooklyn, New York – and the experience of Newfoundlanders throughout history who have gone away to find work and prosperity but never stopped dreaming of home.  If you have a favourite book or publishing house (from the East Coast) that you would like to promote, let us know and we will include it. Send your suggestions to news1@nbnet.nb.ca


Our Readers Write - Tell us what you think. Send news, events and information for the Co-op Community Bulletin Board. Suggest features you think might be beneficial to people reading Co-op Circles. We want this electronic newsletter to serve you (be sure to include your e-mail and phone number). Send your item(s), comments and suggestions to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

·    I love the weekly contest. You are tough. #s 1 to 7 and #9 are a walk-through but I have the feeling I could go in circles all day with # 8.

·    Pen & teller makes no sense to me (or would that be ballpoint & teller or pen & CSR or pen & PBR; or CSR or PBR with ballpoint???  I don't know any other terms for the people who handle money in banks and though there are many types of pens out there (gel, marker, etc, etc) I cannot think of one that makes sense with teller/CSR/PBR. Thanks for the mental stretch - have a great day. FYI: Magic and comedy duo Penn & Teller have been performing together since 1975.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 17, 2009


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