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The Shoreline Journal is a monthly community newspaper based in Bass River, Nova Scotia, and serving the Fundy Shore/Glooscap Trail from Truro to Parrsboro.   See submission deadlines...

Established in 1994, the paper was originally published as the West Colchester Free Press by Ken Kennedy Publications, and later renamed to The Shoreline Journal.  In January 2008 The Journal changed hands and is now under the management of  the husband and wife team of Maurice & Dorothy Rees.  They initiated a redesign of the paper, with the addition of several colour pages in each issue. Each monthly issue concentrates on the many community events which involve residents of all ages, from the elderly to the very young, and those young at heart.  A primary focus is those activities which involve students, whether it be school or 4-H club activities.

Maurice has extensive experience in the community newspaper & advertising field, and has been running several businesses in Maitland for the past few years.  Dorothy is a lady of many interests who added new features to the Journal in particular her Kitchen Korner.  Since November 2008 she has operated her own business, Dorothy’s T-shirt Factory, later renamed to “tshirtsrus.ca”.  The energetic couple have a busy schedule as they are also sales agents for Nelson Monuments and also travel frequently to annual Nova Scotian festivals selling t-shirts.

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March 2019 Issue follows:

Why are we "sitting on our hands"?

With a large variety of topics, I am passionate about, choosing this month’s theme is like being at a grandchildren’s birthday party and you get roped into playing "Pin the tail on the Donkey", while being blindfolded.

I could easily spout off about political musings in Ottawa about SNC-Lavalin; refusal of the provincial government to reveal costs associated with the now Yarmouth-Bar Harbour ferry; reducing meetings of the provincial Public Accounts Committee from 30 meetings to monthly and restricting the topics to be covered. I have enough information to compose two columns on Stats Canada revealing the industry categories that resulted in the Northern Region losing 2,500 jobs in 2018.

Another topic which is dear to every one’s heart, is the restrictions invoked by Develop Nova Scotia to deliver modern high speed internet to rural areas, now that a $190-Million Trust Fund has been established.

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Survey Results: 106-3-3

By Maurice Rees

Sean Wood’s resident’s survey might not have tipped the scales, but it contributed to council’s January 31st decision following a public hearing to deny approval of a development Agreement with Johnathan & Donna Creelman for residential grouped dwelling units in Upper Onslow.

With considerable opposition from area residents, Wood’s and colleagues conducted a survey which resulted in 106 opposed; 3 in favour and 3 with no opinion. The Creelman’s, have owned the property for approximately 30 years, originally proposed two six-unit buildings with a total of 12 units.

In August 2018, the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) requested changes to address concerns by area residents. Ultimately, the plan was changed to a six-unit and a four-unit building with height reductions and side boundary buffering added to the concept.

Councillors wrestled with the concept. They liked the plan, but ultimately expressed opinions, it was in the wrong place, even though staff recommended approval, as in their opinion the plan meet the requirements of planning policy in the Municipal Planning Strategy.

The gallery in council chambers was full and extra seating was arranged for those in attendance, most of who were there to show their opposition. Several area residents spoke in opposition to the project including: Andrew Woods, Greg Gill, and Shelly McNutt. Peter Vissers, broker with Open Door Reality, asked councillors and county solicitor, if realtors are in jeopardy during a real estate transaction for highlighting existing "zoning regulations", as future councils could change the zoning for a particular area. Solicitor, Dennis James, stated future councils could make changes to zoning regulations.

Several residents referred to assurances given to them during hearings in 2002 and agreed to R-2 zoning when assured apartment buildings or anything larger than a duplex would be permissible. Councillor Masters suggested council’s action to bring in zoning regulations in 2002, in essence, protected the community. He expressed the opinion, without any regulations, and if action had not been taken at that time, any developer could have undertaken any time of project, as long as they meet other criteria regarding water and sewage, building codes and highway access.

In the final analysis, after nearly two hours devoted to the public opinion, council denied the application. Several councillors stating their difficulty: it was a good proposal; they liked it, it was slated for the wrong location. They councillors stated a big part of their job, and perhaps most important, is to respect the wishes of the community.

Mayor Blair - Mental Health Cheque

Susan Henderson, right, accepts a $50,000 cheque from Colchester Mayor Christine Blair. The presentation was part of a $100,000 commitment to Colchester-East Hants chapter, Canadian Mental Health Association for new 10,000 sq ft facility in the former Bargain Shop, Prince Street Truro. (Photo courtesy of Raissa Tetanish, Tatamagouche Light)


S. W. Weeks wins $108,325 Tender

By Maurice Rees

S.W. Weeks Construction has been awarded a $108,325 contract for Debert Well 1C Piping Upgrades for the new water tower in Debert. The water tower itself has been completed, and system control work is ongoing, but Prior to abandoning the existing gunnite water tower on MacElmon Road, piping modifications at well 1C are required.

Eleven bidders requested a copy of the tender documents and a total of eight bids were received by the closing date of January 29, 2019. Results are summarized as follows: S.W. Weeks Construction, $108,325; Ian Sinclair Contracting, $140,254; Cumberland Paving, $158,620; Eisener Contracting, $165,142.50; Atlantic Road Construction, $175,000; C.F. Construction, $178,825; Harbour Construction, $179,700 and Brycon Construction, $226,600. HST is not included in tender pricing.

A new larger diameter pipe with the proper length and retention time must be installed to connect well 1C into the existing 350 mm diameter (14 inch) water line which runs behind Kohltech. Well 1C currently has a direct and independent connection to the water tower on MacElmon Road via an aged 150 mm diameter (6 inch) waterline which does not have sufficient capacity for filling the new water tower.
Council’s approved budget includes $2.35M in 2018/19 for Debert Water Tower replacement

The lowest tender price of $108,325 plus HST is well within the remaining budget for the water tower project, which is approximately $1,551,000, given existing contractual commitments. Remaining project funds will be used for the Well 1C piping upgrades as well as some control upgrades and the demolition of the existing water tower on MacElmon Road.

An internal contingency of $10,000 for the project was added to the tender price. The overall project has a projected cost of $2,35-Million and will be completed in 2019.

Our Bill Elliott: ECMA Nominee

By Maurice Rees

The Elliott family is an institution in West Colchester. Bill Elliott is continuing that tradition.

Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 was five years old when he first performed with his family. In his case, Bill Elliott was 14 when he first recorded with his family nearly 50 years ago.

Playing with his father and brother, Mike, they released a CD in 2003 which garnered them an ECMA nomination in 2004 for instrumental Album of the Year. Now 14 years later, Bill has been nominated in the ECMA category of Jazz Recording of The Year. The awards will be given out in Charlottetown, May 1-5.

As part of Bill’s current nomination he is accompanied by cousin, Bruce; brother, Mike and his long-time Cape Breton friend, J. P. Cormier.

More about Bill. He was born into a musical family which influenced him to become an accomplished, multi-instrumentalist with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass. His unique and versatile guitar style earned him the distinction of being named first recipient of the Canadian Certified Guitar Player, CCGP in 2015.

Bill started recording at the age of 14. He has played throughout Canada, the USA, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. He has toured with acclaimed Cape Bretoner, JP Cormier and Matt Minglewood, traded licks with Tim Edey (UK) and opened for Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.

Bills' music crosses genres from Old Time, Swing, Texas Swing, Country, Bluegrass, R&R and Gypsy Jazz. He is an Old Time Fiddle Champion in Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

To the enjoyment of music lovers in West Colchester, in the beginning there were two Elliott’s, brothers Carl and Gerald. They left Economy, as teenagers, relocating to Toronto in 1947. The lure of Nova Scotia brought Carl back in 1972 and Gerald in 1976. By this time, two had grown into five Elliott’s comprising Gerald and his son, Bruce, and Carl plus his two sons, Bill and Mike.

Carl Elliott began the music trend with his brothers. He was born in Economy, Nova Scotia and inherited his musical talent from his mother, Allie, a great piano player, and his uncle, Tommy Albert Linkletter, a first-class old-time fiddler player, who inspired Carl most of all. Their generosity and talent benefited communities all along the shore from Advocate Harbour through Wentworth, to Truro and far beyond these borders. Their first volunteer experience was playing for a dance with their mother and another community member in 1940 for the Canadian Red Cross.

If you wonder why Bill’s veins are full of music, you only need to look at his father, Carl, a three time winner of the Maritime Old Time Fiddling Contest and an Atlantic Old Time Fiddler's Champion. He also judged many fiddling contests in the Maritimes, Ontario and Alberta. In August 2003, Carl was inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

In their own right, Bill and Mike are very talented musicians and play fiddle, guitars, banjo, bass, piano, both sing vocals and have won many fiddling championships across Canada and toured everywhere as well. They all continue to perform as a family band, and write music and continue to do volunteer work with efforts towards fundraising in the local communities.

In 2003, the Elliott’s found time to produce an album entitled, The Elliotts. A great album containing 14 tracks with incredible music. The CD was recorded at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.

Speaking about his musical friend and colleague, JP Cormier said, "Bill is truly among the great guitar players to come out of this country. His technicality is stunning, but his true talent is fire. He plays very difficult things with an abandon that thrills audiences. He hollers, he laughs, he mugs for the crowd, all while coaxing things from his instrument that are unexpected and always seem to fit in."

Bill Elliott – Over 50 years ago, Bill Elliott joined his father and uncle as part of the Elliott Family which started his music career. He has been nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year category for an ECMA award to be presented in Charlottetown in May. (Submitted)


Page One Briefs - March 2019

STRESS RELIEF: May you always have love to share, health to spare & friends who care.

A letter of support for the 2019 Colchester Highland Games has been approved by Colchester Council to assist in the Society’s grant application process. The 2019 Games will be held September 7th, 2019 at the Jennifer Drive Ball fields. An opening event is anticipated for Friday, September 6th at Civic Square.

Colchester Council has received assurances from Canada Post advising that operations at the Great Village Post Office will continue as in the past. There was concern the office might be closed following an employees’ retirement.

The proposed new Northern Pulp effluent treatment plant project was registered for environmental assessment on February 7th. The company's document is available at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea The 30-day public comment period ends March 9. Anyone who wants to share their views on this project should submit them at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/comments.asp or email ea@novascotia.ca Comments can also be mailed to: Environmental Assessment Branch, Nova Scotia Environment, P.O. Box 442, Halifax, NS, B3J 3P8

Along the Shore Health Board Wellness Fair will be held Saturday April 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at West Colchester Consolidated School, Bass River. The Wellness Fair will help individuals and families, who live Along the Shore, more aware of programs and services available to them to support a healthier and more vibrant lifestyle. There will be over 25 exhibitors in attendance to answer questions and provide information on the services they offer within our communities. Free to Attend.  

Annual General Meeting of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will be held March 13th, 2019, 11am at Best Western Glengarry. No charge for meeting. Call (902) 895-6328, or email ec@tcchamber.ca to reserve your seat.

The Disability Support Program is inviting established service providers to apply for grants to develop new day programs and services for youth with disabilities aged 16-24. $600,000 is now available to adult service centres, residential providers and other community service providers that currently operate a day program or have indicated a desire to support youth with disabilities. There is no limit on the application amount, but applicants should discuss proposals of more than $50,000 with staff at the Department of Community Services. The application period is open until 4 p.m. on Feb. 28. Service providers interested in applying can contact the Disability Support Program at YDPapplications@novascotia.ca.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for The Sydney Call Centre Inc. The Sydney Call Centre Inc. has the potential to create up to 750 jobs under the three-year payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, NSBI estimates the company could spend $49,500,000 in payroll. The Sydney Call Centre Inc. would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 750 jobs.

Innovacorp has announced two new members to its board of directors: Nicole LeBlanc, a native of St. George, New Brunswick, and Eleanor Beaton of Windsor. Innovacorp plays a critical role in advancing Nova Scotia's economic growth strategy. For a complete list of board of directors, please visit: https://innovacorp.ca/team

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