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Light Up Riverview display on pause after vandalism 

The Town of Riverview is assessing the cost to re-instate the Light Up Riverview program after a targeted act of vandalism occurred early this morning on January 6. Wires were cut to break the circuit power to most of the Light Up Riverview display, which has attracted thousands of people to the riverfront since November. 
“We are heartbroken to discover that the lights to more than a hundred trees have been damaged,” said Mayor Andrew J. LeBlanc. “It's unfortunate that someone tried to take away this bit of joy but we hear from residents and visitors every day that the Light Up Riverview experience lifts spirits in these difficult times so we’re working to restore it as soon as possible.” 
In December, Council endorsed a plan to keep the riverfront lights on through to the end of Riverview Winter Carnival in February. The municipal budget includes $65,000 to expand the program in 2022. Some of those funds will now be diverted to repair the existing display. 

“The lights you see on these trees aren’t regular Christmas lights,” said David Shea, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Relations. “This is energy-efficient commercial grade lighting that represents a long-term investment by the Town and numerous local businesses who have helped raise funds for this program over the years. We are exploring options to protect that investment for future seasons.” 
Repair work has started today. The lights will be on again by the end of next week although some trees will remain disconnected until new parts have arrived. Codiac RCMP are investigating the incident. Tips can be forwarded to 506-857-2400.  
Said Mayor LeBlanc, “We thank residents and visitors for their enthusiasm for Light Up Riverview and hope to see you on the trail again soon.”  


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