Federal funds announced for Freeport legion, Cornwallis military museum

Published on January 24, 2017

From left to right.. Clifton Thurber Sr., MP Colin Fraser, Fred Taylor, Janet Vickery, Judy Teed, Steve Laugher, Robert Thurber and Katherine Feiel.

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FREEPORT, DIGBY CO., N.S. – West Nova MP Colin Fraser has announced federal funding to help Royal Canadian Legion Carpiquet Branch 92, which received $81,450, and the Cornwallis Military Museum Association, which got $5,357.

The funds come through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150).

An $81,450 contribution supports Legion Carpiquet Branch 92 as it makes improvements to its building in Freeport. The project includes replacing and strengthening the roof, walls and floors; upgrading the washrooms, kitchen and electrical; replacing windows, doors, hot water and pressure tanks; as well as installing a new security system.

These renovations will help revitalize the only venue in the area with the capacity to host major community functions. Additional support for the project includes $81,523 from the legion.

“This funding from the government of Canada has been a breath of new life for Carpiquet Branch 92,” said Robert Thurber, the branch president. “This project has provided us with the opportunity to continue to show the next generations of islanders the contributions and sacrifices the three villages have made to the history and continued security of our great country.”

This funding from the government of Canada has been a breath of new life for Carpiquet Branch 92. Robert Thurber, Legion branch president

A $5,357 contribution supports the Cornwallis Military Museum Association as it repairs the roof of its building in Clementsport.

The museum showcases 50 years of Canadian military history and attracts 1,200 visitors over the summer tourism season. Repairing the roof will reduce maintenance and heating costs and sustain the infrastructure. Additional support for the project includes a $5,358 contribution from the Cornwallis Military Museum Association.

 Non-funded museums, such as ours, have a difficult time raising funds to do major repairs on the buildings in their care,” said Lorraine Herlt, curator, Cornwallis Military Museum Association.Thanks to the government of Canada contribution, we were able to repair the roof of the museum, thus protecting the artifacts and enabling us to meet the criteria to renew our insurance.”