Chebucto Community Net at
Word On The Street 2004!
The 2004 Word On The Street
book festival held on Pier 20, Sunday September 19th drew a respectable
crowd, though it seemed to be smaller than in other years.
This year, Chebucto Community Net shared a tent with the
Halifax Regional CAP Association. Chebucto was also
having a public celebration of its 10th Anniversary complete with cakes
and a contest in partnership with HRCA and prize
donor Brilliance Computers
Nova Scotia MLA Danny Graham and Chebucto Chair Marilyn MacDonald slice the
first of two 10th Anniversary cakes.
Chebucto Community Net was founded in June 1994 but there has been a
of having a public birthday party at the Word on the Street, held in September.
It was an earlier than usual start for the volunteers from Chebucto and
HRCA. In planning meetings the layout for the tent exhibit was determined
in advance. There would be a combined HRCA-Chebucto PowerPoint
presentation running on three flatscreen LCD monitors generously loaned by
Dalhousie University Computing and
Information Systems; three Community Access Program public terminals
running on laptops (which would also serve as part of the Solve 6 contest)
using a Chebucto network server running on a Chebucto Plus 56 K
connection. The Solve 6 contest prize, a Compaq flatscreen monitor, also
showing the HRCA-Chebucto PowerPoint presentation, would sit in the middle
of the tent flanked by two large display tables, one for each group to use
as information displays.
Wiring this lot up, with all the power cords and computers was a major
undertaking and easily the most elaborate setup we've ever tried.
Chebucto volunteer Johnathan Thibodeau working behind the scenes
sets up the internet connection and
networking for the three CAP computers.
Chebucto's Treasurer Bernie Hart enjoys a quiet moment with the setup
of the tent and displays completed and fifteen minutes to go before
Word on the Street opens. Volunteers had worked since before dawn putting
There was a steady stream of people with questions both for Chebucto
and HRCA volunteers. The Solve 6 contest, which required players to
use the public internet connection to find and answer questions proved
Nova Scotia MP Alexa McDonough talking with Chebucto Chair Marilyn MacDonald.
Alexa picked up one of our famous mousepads for herself.
Here's one of the two fine birthday cakes supplied
Lacewood Drive store. Kudos to Chebucto Board member Tanya Moxley
for her work on the cake logistics.
Chebucto Chair Marilyn MacDonald and Nova Scotia MLA Danny Graham
cutting the second birthday cake.
Giving out birthday cake to people makes for
a popular booth.
HRCA Coordinator David Murdoch and Chebucto Chair Marilyn MacDonald draw the
winning entry in the Chebucto - HRCA Solve 6 contest.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth, to the hard working
volunteers of HRCA and to Chebucto volunteers Marilyn MacDonald,
Bernie Hart, Mark Alberstat, John McKay, Tanya Moxley,
Johnathan Thibodeau, Chris Watt, Chris Wood, and Andrew Wright.
Chebucto Community Net
Chebucto Community Net Overview.
(4 Mb in size)
Personal, Computer, and Internet Security:
A Primer on how to look out for danger.
(1.5 Mb in size)
These presentations are done in Microsoft PowerPoint. A PowerPoint file
viewer is available free from Microsoft