Penniac, New Brunswick
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Penniac Recreation Centre
Penniac is a vibrant community. There is an active Recreation Centre in the community. Activities hosted here include community breakfasts and suppers, darts, exercise groups, fundraisers and children's events. There is an active Facebook page for the Penniac Rec Centre.
Penniac United Church
The Penniac United Church is active throughout the year. The church has been a part of the community for over 150 years. The Penniac United Church is over 130 years old. There are several stories on how it came to be in the location it presently stands. One recollection, is that Alexander Boss Gibson had a desire for there to be a church in Penniac and had the church constructed. Another story says that the church was originally located along the Nashwaak River, but then was re-located to the present location. There is also a well maintained cemetery at the church.
The Natural World
Historically, Penniac has had a strong connection to the natural world. Many of the original settlers were granted land from the Crown. These land grants are distributed along the main waterway, the Penniac Stream. Many of the land grants are still intact. Most families in the area either currently, or in the recent past were involved with farming, hunting, guiding, fishing, or logging. More currently, there are also Snowmobile Clubs, ATV Clubs, Jeep Clubs and Mountain biking trails in the area.
In the spring of 2011, citizens of the Penniac area became aware that the Provincial Government had given permission for Southwestern Energy, an American Natural Gas Company, to explore surrounding land for possible shale gas deposits. Citizens rapidly mobilized in opposition to this development. The main concerns of citizens are the effects on water, industrialization of their community, and the effect on other environmental factors. The concerns of the residents in Penniac are shared by many other New Brunswick citizens who live in the large of land that is leased to Southwest Energy.
There are several poems and stories written about Penniac, some of which are featured in a best-selling book entitled "Woods, Faces, Bears and Places."
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