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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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The Shoreline Journal

December 2019 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces

December 2019 - Is a Plague Lurking in our Schools?

As a parent or grandparent are you concerned a potential plague may be lurking in our schools?

Statistics show only 71.7% of students have been vaccinated thus creating possibility of tragedy. Even though New Brunswick boasts a vaccination rate larger than 87%, there was an outbreak of 12 cases in 2019.

A bill requiring all students be vaccinated or produce a legitimate medical exemption was introduced in the legislature by Tim Houston, leader of the Opposition. The fall sitting has ended so the bill will not pass.

I am not trying to promote hysteria, but rather give you the facts. If there is a potential of an outbreak, immediate action is required.

Read the full editorial...

11,933 minutes of reading raises $1,000

By Linda Harrington

October was a busy month as the 2019-20 school year got into full swing. It was also Mi’kmaq History Month. The Mi’kmaq assembly the school was planning to attend at West Colchester Consolidated was unfortunately cancelled; however, students engaged in a variety of classroom learning experiences this month that helped to increase their knowledge and awareness of Mi’kmaq history, culture and language. The school will continue to promote and develop cross-cultural learning experiences at Great Village Elementary.

Mr. Jim Lamont visited GVES with a very generous donation from the Corinthian Lodge 63, Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia. These funds will be used to support the Hot Lunch Program. A big thank-you to the Great Village Fire Department for visiting during Fire Prevention Week. They guided students through a fire drill, talked about fire safety, and gave tours of their fire and rescue vehicles.

The GVES Student Advisory Council held its first meeting of the year on October 22nd. The SAC is an advisory body that provides parents/guardians, school staff, community members, and when appropriate students, with a voice to influence decisions that impact student learning. The SAC’s next meeting is scheduled for November 26th at 6:30 at the school. SAC meetings are open to any members of the public. If you are interested in getting involved with the SAC, please speak with one of the current members: Amber Kerr – Chairperson & Parent Rep., Joanna MacGillivary – Secretary & Parent Rep., Terri Francis – Community Rep., Jennifer MacKay – Community Rep., Valerie Rushton – Teacher, Karen Weatherby – School Lunch Monitor or Stephen Fultz – Principal.

The Home & School Committee held a very successful school Read-a-thon from October 7-18th. Congratulations to students and their families for logging 11,933 minutes of reading and raising just under a $1000 in sponsors!

The Home & School Committee hosted a family movie night in the gym on October 18th. There was a good turnout and the feedback was positive. The committee is planning to hold one or two more events this year.

The Citizen of the Week program was started in October and one student from each classroom will be selected each week for the remainder of the year. The Criteria are showing responsibility for their own learning; taking responsibility for their own actions; respecting the school and others and being a good citizen at work and at play. The October Citizens of the Week were: Justin Sinclair, Kyrie̒ Morse, Hailey Field (Oct. 1-4); Isaac MacGillivary, Ashlyn Wallace, Logan Gamble (Oct. 7-11); Alba Maldonado-Kerr, Blake Murphy, Jamie-Lee Alexander (Oct. 14-18) and Mason McMasters, Sophiea Bigney, Lochlan Langille-Higgins (Oct. 21-25).

Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre offers a FREE Parent & Tot Playgroup DROP IN at the Great Village School GYM each MONDAY from 9:30-10:45 am from September to June. Playgroups are a fun play and social time for parents/ caregivers and their children from birth to school age to enjoy together. Each session consists of free play and art time, a healthy, peanut-free snack is provided and the morning ends with circle time – songs and stories and active fun. All families are welcome. For more information, contact 902-895-0200, visit www.maggiesplace.ca  or look on Facebook: Maggie’s Place - Colchester.

After school soccer has ended. For the past six Wednesdays, our grade 2-4 students had the opportunity to participate in afterschool soccer with Mr. Campbell. He is planning to offer a similar program for basketball starting in the new year. Thank you, Mr. Campbell!

If you not yet submitted your student supplies fee for the year, please contact Crystal in the office to make arrangements to pay the $25 fee.

GVES attended a Remembrance Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park, Bass River on November 8th. Students laid wreaths at Services in Great Village and Londonderry on Nov. 11th.

The Discovery Centre will be making a visit to GVES on Monday, November 25th.

Report Cards will go home on November 26th, followed by Parent Teacher Meetings on Nov. 28th from 6PM to 8PM and Nov. 29th from 9AM to 11AM.

Recognition Book Highlights Local Veterans

Onyx, the seven year old K-9 member of the Truro Police Service played a role as sentry of the “Forgotten Heroes” monument in Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bass River. See our multi-page photo essay of services in Truro, Debert, Londonderry, Great Village, Bass River, Economy, Five Islands, Parrsboro, Diligent River, Port Greville and Advocate Harbour starting on Page 11 (Rees Photo


By Maurice Rees

High profile local veterans Gordon McCully and Sergeant Herb Peppard are highlighted in Volume Fifteen, Veterans’ Service Recognition Book published by The Royal Canadian Legion, Nova Scotia / Nuvanut Command. Sgt Peppard, Truro passed away at Camp Hill Hospital on June 12, 2019 at the age of 99, while Gordon Lewis McCully, Debert, who served in World War II and Special Duty Area passed away at the age of 98 on November 27, 2018.

The 208 page Volume 15 Service Recognition Book is filled with stories from various wartime battles and Biographies / obituary notices of hundreds of veterans from across the province. At least 39 veterans from Cumberland, Colchester and Hants Counties are mentioned or listed in the glossy recognition book. Listings include battles or wartime initiatives of World War I, World War II, Korea or more recent tours of duty in which these veterans served, or perhaps just notification of their passing.

Shoreline Journal publisher, Maurice Rees, spent several hours scanning the book and hopes he has not missed any veteran references from the three counties. The results of his research which includes (where possible) page number in the book, name, rank, hometown and service follows:

  • Page 31: Rifleman Donald Thomas, Truro; Corporal Micheal John Makichuk, Debert.
  • Page 33: Lance Corporal Joseph Earl Cuthbertson, Truro and Private Ralph Burton Tuttle, Amherst.
  • Page 55: William Lockhart, Londonderry and Howard Welch, Amherst.
  • Page 57: Lance Corporal Mark Sterling Brown, Cumberland County and Carson Ryan, Truro.
  • Page 61: Private John Miller, Noel Shore; Private Alexander MacKenzie, Denmark, Colchester County; Private John Frazee, Truro and Lance Corporal Stanley White, North Noel Road.
  • Page 63: Private George Graham, Belmont.
  • Page 71: James Layton Ralston, Amherst.
  • Page 79: Hollis Leslie McKeel, Amherst and Thomas Edward Mont, Truro.
  • Page 99: Sergeant Herbert Peppard, Truro. Born July 7, 1920. He was decorated with several medals including two from USA and in 1994 published a book, "The Lighthearted Soldier". He passed away at Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax on June 12, 2019.
  • Page 119: George E. "Bud" Abell, Windsor is listed as serving in the RCMP and Robert w. Acker, Windsor was WW II veteran.
  • Page 121: Timothy Enock Allison, Windsor also served in WW II.
  • Page 125: John Anderson Boyd, Upper Famouth, Hants County served in WW II
  • Page 129: Hugh Ells Christie, Amherst served in WW II.
  • Page 131: Stuart Percy cochrane, Scoth Village, Hants County and William C "Willy" Cochrane, Windsor, both served in WW II.
  • Page 135: Roy Edward Cormier, Springhill, served in Peacetime.
  • Page 141: Harry Philip Fogarty, Windsor served in WW II.
  • Page 143: Colin Robert Gillis, truro was a peacetime veteran.
  • Page 147: Fred Hawkens, Springhill served WW II and Peacetime
  • Page 161: Gordon Lewis McCully, Debert, WW II and Special Duty Area. He was born in 1920 and during the war was a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner. In 1950 he re-enlisted with the RCAF retiring in 1970. He received at least three medals. He passed away on November 27, 2018. John Francis McKinnon, Wallace Station, served WW II and Peacetime.
  • Page 175: Reginald F. Porter, Center Burlington, Hants County served in Korea.
  • Page 179: Reginald C "Roy" Roberts, Windsor served in WW II.
  • Page 181: James Ellis Seary, Windsor served in WW II
  • Page 183: George Shay, Wentworth and Garwin P Smith, Windsor both served in WW II
  • Page 185: Guy M Smith, Windsor served in WW II.
  • Page 187: Percy Frederick Smith and Raymond A Smith, both from Windsor serving in WW II.
  • Page 191: James Joseph "Jim" Smith, Windsor served in WW II.
  • Page 195: Cecil R Williams, Bass River, served in WW II. He was awarded at least four medals and passed in 2013

Copies of Volume Fifteen or to submit content for the next printing contact: Veterans’ Service Recognition Book, Royal Canadian Legion, Nova Scotia / Nunavut Command, 61 Gloria McCluskey Avenue, Dartmouth, NS B3B 2Z3

Information about the book – get a copy or make a submission contact Royal Canadian Legion Branches in Debert, Great Village, Truro, Parrsboro or Springhill.

Jim & Judy Burgess Inducted into Book of Recognition

By Linda Harrington

The Wild Blueberry Producers Association has had a Recognition Book since 1980, and each year a person(s) is recognized for their outstanding contribution to the wild blueberry industry. This year’s inductees were Jim and Judy Burgess and the following citation was read by Jeff Orr prior to the award presentation.

Once upon a time two young people named Judy and Jim met while raking wild blueberries. This is because Jim’s dad, Bob, hired Judy’s family to contract pick some of his fields. Jim and Judy fell in love and were married. For some reason, they chose to be married right in the middle of wild blueberry harvest time on August 21st. So, this has meant that for the past 55 years, Judy and Jim have celebrated their anniversary by taking a load of wild blueberries to the receiving shed. What a beautiful romantic wild blueberry story.

Jim’s father, who was inducted into the Recognition Book for his trailblazing contribution to the industry, along with his partners, sold their holdings in Brookland Products, which was a significant wild blueberry operation, to Roy Hoeg and Keith Crowe in the 1960’s. Bob kept the home farm in Middle Musquodoboit and Jim and Judy helped with the farm. This 200-acre property with about 70 acres in wild blueberries remained the center of their operation.

Once Jim retired from the Department of Natural Resources in the mid 1990’s, Jim and Judy expanded their business, naming it Glenmore Farms. They acquired some additional fields and leased and managed others. Currently they farm about 200 acres of wild blueberries per year of their own and leased land and do some additional contract work for other growers. They also continue to tap maple trees for syrup and grow and sell Christmas trees.

Jim and Judy were early leaders in fresh fruit sales. They moved beyond the old-style winnowers in the late 1990s when they bought their first modern cleaning line. In four years, they had outgrown the barn housing this and in 2006 built a larger facility with three cleaning lines and secured HASAP certification including traceability functionality.

At their peak they had three 8 hour shifts a day and sold about 100,000 pounds of fresh product through Loblaws and other markets. It has since been reduced to one 8 hour shift a day. While only about 10% of their overall production, this fresh line diversified the farm income and served to increase the awareness of wild blueberries in this major urban market area.

Jim and Judy are big believers in pollination. Jim served on the joint pollination committee for many years and helped establish this important ongoing working relationship with beekeepers. They also were very mindful of the habitat surrounding their fields and established Christmas tree plantations around the edges of their fields. This innovative approach means that production goes right to the field edge and adds an additional source of revenue as well as serving as a great habitat for wild pollinators.

Jim and Judy have been very mindful of the importance of field specific treatments to their land. They are well known for small-scale backpack sprayer applications. They also were early adopters of placing softwood bark mulch in bare spots leading to quicker plant rhizome spread. Above ground irrigation, field drainage and land leveling are other strategies they have used to improve the land and its productivity.

Judy has played a key role in managing many aspects of the farm, including on farm logistics, bookkeeping, quality control and the store front and fresh pack. Their partnership in this farm business has allowed this multi-generation Burgess farm to give a lot to the development of the Musquodoboit Valley by employing up to 50 people in the harvest season. Their strong social conscience for others continues to have an impact on the economic and social well being of the region, as they demonstrate what can be done to add value to the land to support local community economic development.

WBPANS is pleased to recognize Judy and Jim Burgess and Glenmore farms for their inspirational leadership in entrepreneurial innovation, sustainable environmental and community economic development through their passion for wild blueberries.

The sons of Jim & Judy Burgess and some of their family posed for a photo following their Induction into the Blueberry Recognition Book. Back  (l to r)- Craig Burgess, Allyson Burgess, Todd Burgess, Lindsey Burgess, Janice Burgess, Melanie Leclerc, Peter Burgess. Front- Judy & Jim Burgess. (Linda Harrington Photo)

$930,000 support for Wild Blueberries

By Maurice Rees

Even though we have provided several pages of coverage of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia’s annual general meeting towards the centre of this issue, the province’s two investments totaling $930,000 were not included.

On November 5th Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell announced $650,000 over three years for research and development projects, including improved packaging. A second package including another $280,000 over two years will help fund the annual Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge that encourages continuous development of value-added blueberry products.

Funding for these projects comes from the Building Tomorrow Fund, a three-year, $9-million provincial investment in agriculture, fishing and aquaculture, while the Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge is a competition among Nova Scotia companies to develop innovative value-added products and packaging solutions. This is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture and the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia. Wild blueberries are Nova Scotia's largest agriculture export at $104.4 million in 2018.

The Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge encourages continuous development of value-added blueberry products. The Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge 2018 winners were Jus Nova Agriculture Ltd. and Fundy Drinks Ltd, both of Halifax. Jus Nova is developing a wild blueberry smoothie featuring plant-based protein. Fundy Drinks developed a wild blueberry sparkling water drink under their VIVEAU brand resulting in a blend of Nova Scotia wild blueberries and lightly carbonated mineral water.

VIVEAU is committed to supporting local growers and picking the highest quality fruit. The fresh fruit varieties are sourced from Nova Scotia orchards. Blueberries, cherries and apples are picked at the peak of ripeness to harness their pure, natural taste without added sugars, preservatives, or artificial flavours.

Research has shown compared to cultivated high bush blueberries, wild blueberries have 39% more healthy antioxidants per serving and over twice as many as strawberries or blackberries making wild blueberries one of the healthiest foods people can eat.

The Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia has tested new automated equipment using lasers to sort fresh wild blueberries. The pilot project at Millen Farms, Great Village represents new and ongoing research and development being supported by the province. Commenting on the project, Brandon Millen said, "This project enabled us to pack a better-quality fresh blueberry with reduced labour. This has enabled us to get real knowledge on whether this technology could work for wild blueberries."

The Shoreline Journal is planning in an upcoming issue to present greater detail about another Colchester company being at the forefront of research and development to improve efficiencies and product quality.

Page One Briefs - December 2019

STRESS RELIEF: I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later: I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have a driver's license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars; The women I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant,... And I don't have acne. Life is great.

Morgan L. Jarvis has joined Patterson Law as an associate lawyer in their Truro office adding his experience in information technology and biotechnology commercialization and intellectual property.  

Before joining Patterson Law, Jarvis rowed for Canada in the London Summer Olympics, taught law students and ran a start-up legal clinic at Queen’s University. Patterson Law has in Halifax, Truro, New Glasgow and Bridgewater.

RCMP have charged two stunters doing 193 km/hr and 168 km/hr. On November 14 at 11:31 a.m., a 23-year-old man from Dartmouth was clocked by police at 193 km/hr on Hwy. 104 in Sutherland's Lake, Cumberland County. At 2:44 p.m., a 22-year-old man from Great Village was clocked by police at 168 km/hr on Hwy. 104 in Glenholme, Colchester County. Both vehicles were seized and towed from the scene. The drivers' licences were suspended for seven days pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act. The fine for stunting in Nova Scotia is $2,422.50. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling the RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267) or 911

Open Data Portal adds new datasets to help grow the economy by using provincial government data made available through the open data portal. The new datasets can be used to support research and commercial applications. New datasets include: details on community-based renewable energy projects funded through the Community Feed-in Tariff Program; data from Develop Nova Scotia's pedestrian counters on the Halifax waterfront data on usage and payments through provincial government dental programs and tourism statistics on visitors to Nova Scotia by road and monthly visitors to provincial visitor information centres. Open data portal: http://data.novascotia.ca

This year, there are 26 successful applicants to the province’s Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. These non-profit organizations can now add solar electricity systems to their buildings and sell the energy generated to their local electricity utility under a 20-year contract.

Community buildings projects can generate up to 75 kilowatts of electricity. Applicants propose a price per kilowatt hour. Clean Foundation independently evaluates submissions and selects the successful projects. 71 projects totalling 3.8 megawatts of electricity have been approved over the past three years; solar energy use in Nova Scotia has grown by about 300 per cent over the past two years and just over a year ago, there were 13 approved solar installers in the province. Today, there are 57 businesses and hundreds of new jobs. Program website and list of recipients: https://novascotia.ca/solar/solar-electricity-community-buildings.asp

Farmers Markets are getting into the holiday season with two special events: Christmas Market Friday November 29, Truro Farmers' Market, Truro and Christmas Market, Friday December 6, 2-6pm, Earltown Farmers' Market, Earltown.

Government has launched an online survey to ask Nova Scotians what they think about open adoption records. The online survey will be available until Jan. 3. In-person public engagement sessions will also be scheduled around the province this fall. Locations and dates for the sessions will be announced shortly. Nova Scotians wishing to participate in the engagement sessions can take the online survey and for more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/adoption-records-consultation/ Nova Scotians can also choose to submit their feedback to adoption.records@novascotia.ca .

Questions about specific adoption records should be directed to the Adoption Disclosure Services Program by calling 902-424-2755 or by writing to: Adoption Disclosure Services Program, Halifax District Office - Child Welfare, 103 Garland Avenue, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0K5.

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