By TIM KALINOwSKI
Judges from Communities in Bloom visited Gull Lake last Thursday for the community’s first official year of competition. In 2013 Gull Lake joined CiB but was not adjudicated. This year Gull Lake was competing
with four other communities of similar size from across the province, and local committee members put on the full court press to show off Gull Lake at its absolute best.
Judges Sheila and Roger Nordick arrived at the Gull Lake Town Hall just before nine in the morning and spent a good hour with local committee members going over the community’s submitted profile, asking many questions about diverse topics relating to the community’s efforts to make improvements over the past year. After coffee and muffins the judges hit the street and toured the entire downtown core including the Wong Guy Shoe Shop heritage building recently acquired by the town and local institutions like the town’s swimming pool. The Nordicks were particularly impressed by the Lyceum Theatre and the community’s efforts in recent years to upgrade and enhance it relying largely on local volunteers and community based fundraising. “One big wow factor for us is the community theatre itself,” explained Roger Nordick. “We can probably fit what you are doing there into several categories and it would still be something no one else would have.”
The Nordicks were also favourably impressed with the new pocket parks and fencing added downtown to enhance the beauty and overall tidiness of the community. After the walking tour was complete local committee members took the Nordicks out to view the volunteer efforts to improve and tidy up the Gull Lake Cemetery.
“In this community what jumps out is the work that’s been done at the cemetery because you look at the immensity of that task and they have tackled it. That’s a huge responsibility. And that’s a wow factor in this community,” said Roger Nordick. (To continue reading click the link below)