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Time to act is now. Be heard at the Georgetown conference.

Originally published in The Colchester Weekly News

Dear readers:

From the shores of the Northumberland Strait to the Bay of Fundy, the region’s foundation is shifting.

There have been losses in recent years. Population decreases in some areas have served as a catalyst for school closures and reduction in health services.

These changing times have impacted all traditional industries like fishing, farming, forestry and mining.

However, a movement is afoot to prevent the further erosion of our rural communities and the Colchester Weekly News and sister TC media publications are throwing their support behind it.

The Georgetown conference, themed Rural Redefined, is bringing like-minded people together to discuss the future sustainability of our communities.

You are the leaders in your communities, you have chosen this area as your home and your reasons for doing so are as varied as one can imagine.

Be it infrastructure, hospitals, schools, fitness centers, etc; the environment or the economic opportunities; each one of us has made the choice to be a part of the community.

Do not stand idly by and watch as rural communities erode.

Get involved in this movement by visiting http://thegeorgetownconference.ca/ and apply to become a conference delegate.

To further explain this movement, The Colchester Weekly News will be hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, July 23, at the Tatamagouche fire hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

A Georgetown conference meeting will also be held at the Springhill Centre on July 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Colchester Weekly News invites everyone who has an appreciation of rural life to send us letters to tell everyone why they have chosen to make this area home and what they feel will aid in future sustainability.

Mail letters to Colchester Weekly News, C/O Editor, Sherry Martell, P.O. Box 220, Truro, N.S. B2N 5C3; email Sherry.martell@tc.tc; or drop into the office at 6 Louise St.

Sherry Martell

Editor, Colchester Weekly News