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The Mildred Reid Grant Gray Community Centre and Fire Hall

The fishing village, believed to have a population of 78, got together to turn the old firehall into a community hub in 2008. That included building an addition, which would be a new fire station. This project stalled several times, mainly due to lack of funding. But the volunteers persevered, raising $90,000 locally from bake sales, auctions and donations, retired contractor and committee chairman Wayne Dickie said. The project cost $280,000 with $124,000 coming from the province, $35,000 from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and $31,500 from the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Dickie estimates that the volunteer labour was worth about $50,000.

The Mildred Reid Grant Gray Community Centre and Fire Hall is named in memory of a community matriarch and one-time Morse code and switchboard operator, who died in 2014.


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