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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; and since November 2008 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 understands that rural communities want to know about news and events in their communities, so that's our focus, the things that directly affect our subscribers, sponsors and customers.  Watch for regular items:

Rees' Pieces (Publishers)               Letters to the Editor            Community Calendar

Heritage Notes                            Sports Events                       Classified Ads

Senior Affairs                               Nature Notes                       Credit Union News

MLA Activity Report                      Community Centres              Fire Brigade

Favourite Pet Photo                      Parish News                        4-H Clubs

Dorothy's Kitchen Korner               Poems & Photos                  Obituaries

Front Page Briefs                         

plus notes from many communities and organizations such:

Bass River, CCJS Student Council, Chiganois, Debert Elementary, Debert Legion, Great Village, Londonderry Council, MacCarell Villa, Masstown, Onslow Belmont, skating clubs & other groups


The Shoreline Journal

January 2017 Issue follows:

Santa tells Myrah Priest to make sure she leaves some cookies and milk at her house for him on Christmas Eve. Santa stopped by the Masstown Market for complimentary photos on Dec. 11th. (Harrington Photo)



Rees's Pieces

January 2017 - Can we afford the costs?

It seems like one step forward and three steps back, when it comes to Colchester and Truro moving ahead. However, that won’t last forever. Hopefully, things will resume moving forward at a steady pace.

There are two recent activities which are positive and over time, bring positive results to Colchester as a whole.

The items are final approval for a Regional Economic Network (REN), which involves Colchester four municipalities: Truro, Stewiacke, Millbrook and the municipality. The other positive move forward is council’s agreement to become pro-active on development of the Debert Airport.

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$532,000 Humidity Dilemma

By Maurice Rees

Just when negative comments about the RECC were starting to subside, they are about to increase again. In January Truro and Colchester council’s will be asked to decide on spending $532,000 to invest in a dehumidification upgrade at the RECC facility, to eliminate ice-level fog and in the long term to save the building’s interior envelope from deteriorating.

The centre’s problems, since it’s opening in March 2013, have been an ongoing concern to staff, elected officials and funding partners for a variety of problems which initially were deemed major deficiencies, including annual operating costs at approximately $750,000, which are approximately 5 times consultant and expert professional projections of $142,000 . It has never performed to expectations.

Recognizing humidity would cause problems beyond the clock not working properly, due to extreme corrosion of wires and internal components, and the ceiling starting to rust, the board of directors engaged MCW, Maricor to seek possible solutions.

MCW Maricor, the engineering firm tasked to find solutions to the humidity issues, has determined to host ice-based events, at times other than mid-winter, the RECC needs to have ten times its current dehumidification capability to deal with moisture conditions for the arena to maintain high standards of ice surface and viewer experience for an event of 1,000 – 1,500 spectators during humid ambient weather conditions. The projected cost to boost dehumidification is $532,000.

MCW Maricor, a division of the MCW Group of Companies, has its primary Maritime office in Moncton, but other offices in Saint John, Halifax and Truro. Eight offices of the MCW Group are in western Canada as far west as Vancouver. It also has a UK Office in London, England.

The team at MCW Maricor, Truro offers municipal and energy engineering contractors to assist with mechanical and electrical needs, with the help of consultants and engineers performing studies and draft designs to provide energy saving solutions.

Colchester and Truro officials are very disappointed with the recent revelations. "While it is very frustrating to face another considerable investment in the RECC, not doing this upgrade would cost us much more in the long run in terms of humidity damage and lost event revenues" said Colchester Mayor Christine Blair.

Colchester pays 60% of the operating costs for the facility and it’s upsetting to municipal staff and council because operating costs have been far beyond the anticipated annual cost of $142,000.00. Last summer, this reporter, was told by a person, not connected with council, but an experienced ice-maker, who shared his knowledge saying the ice-making plant at the RECC was undersized and the chillers/compressors would soon be damaged, beyond repair, from constantly overworking. That person, who wished to remain unnamed, said, in his opinion, the compressors or chillers would have to be replaced within five years.

Outdoor weather conditions, especially during fall and spring use of the facility, create fog over the ice and condensation on safety panes. This led to cancellation of a Moosehead preseason game last year, costing both revenue and reputation. On numerous occasions, humidity has created a fog, which was so thick it was impossible to see more than a couple of feet.

More than once, hockey teams have complained about "poor ice" and that it never has been as good as the ice at Colchester Legion Stadium. In some communities heat generated from ice making operations is captured and used to heat other nearby buildings, thus reducing operational costs of the facility as it generates some income. Modern technology has also enabled steam to be used to generate electricity to be uploaded to an electrical grid or used in other municipal properties.

Speaking on the matter, Truro Mayor Bill Mills is also disappointed by the situation, but finds some consolation in the growing success of the Centre. "We have a great facility that more and more community members are enjoying. It’s a hard pill to swallow right now, but this is spending that will help us attract major international events and more visitors."

Several people, none of them connected to council, or staff of the two host municipalities, who have significant knowledge about the situation, and experience with compressors, ice-making and protecting the integrity of a building, feel the $532,000 dehumidification program may solve the humidity problem, but will not solve the overall problems related to the ice making equipment and energy costs.

A joint meeting of the Town and County Councils on Thursday, December 15th considered options for funding the work. Truro and Colchester Councils will decide in January whether to invest in a dehumidification upgrade for the Rath Eastlink Community Centre as recommended by its Board of Directors.

Meeting Rescheduled for January 10th

Efforts to revitalize economic activity and strive for better community services from Five Islands to Masstown has been ongoing since May 2016. Several public meetings have been held which resulted in a consensus to potentially reactivate the idle West Colchester Community Development Association (WCCDA).

A meeting previously scheduled for December 6th was cancelled because an update of the by-laws and financial statements were not completed. The meeting has been rescheduled to January 10th at the Bass River Fire Hall commencing at 7:00pm.

Individual residents and community group representatives, who are interested in creating one voice to represent the areas from Five Islands to Masstown in the quest for better services and improved economic development are asked to attend.

Things Happen for a Reason!

By Linda Harrington

A while back I was contacted by Walter Millen, a collector of military medals. He had just purchased WWI medals from an antique dealer in Amherst and he believed they might belong to one of my relatives.

Walter kindly brought the medals to my house and sure enough they had the name of my great uncle Major Arthur McKay Ross engraved on them. He was killed in action at the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Arthur Ross

Arthur McKay Ross was born in Tatamagouche in 1889, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Ross of Waldegrave, NS.

He was the eldest of five children and joined the military at a young age, first training at Aldershot when only 17. In 1911, he was one of the members of the Seventy-Sixth Nova Scotia Regiment chosen to represent the Canadian militia at the coronation of King George.

My uncle Richard (Dick) Ross, who passed away a few years ago, had once told Walter to let him know if Arthur’s medals every turned up. Uncle Dick had a keen interest in the family military history, having served as a Peacekeeper himself. Dick was also instrumental, along with former MLA for Colchester North, Bill Langille, in having Peacekeeper’s Day recognized in Nova Scotia on August 9th. He visited uncle Arthur’s grave while on trips to Europe in 1990, 1995 and 2000 and placed a wreath and Canada flag on his grave. I guess Uncle Dick’s love of family history has been passed on to me.

I simply had to pursue the mystery of "why" and "how" these medals had turned up now. I tried searching the internet and online phone books but could not get a match. A few years ago, I had been in contact with one of the descendants of Arthur McKay Ross and she had given me names, birthdates and the location of her siblings but the people had moved or remarried, so I couldn’t seem to track down anyone on the list. It wasn’t until I turned to Facebook that things started to look promising.

I found some names fitting the profiles I had been given and began to send out some Facebook messages. It took several weeks before I finally got a reply and then another few weeks before I received the phone call I had been hoping for. Nancy, Arthur McKay Ross’s granddaughter, called me on Dec. 14th from Ontario.

It turns out her sister Karen, who lived in Pugwash, had became ill and had to go into a long-term care facility. As a result of Karen’s illness, her house and contents had to be sold.

The mystery was now starting to unravel. No one in the family knew the medals existed, except for Karen (who now suffers from dementia). The medals sold at auction, with the rest of the household contents, without the family knowing. Thanks to Walter Millen’s keen eye, they now have the chance to get them back.

Nancy’s daughter sent me a Facebook message telling me how happy she was to know the whereabouts of her great grandfather’s medals. It turns out Walter Millen had also purchased another set of medals that belong to one of her great uncles on her grandmother’s side. She hopes to pass the medals on to her own son, who is named Ross.

This story has a very happy ending. I am going to meet up with Nancy before Christmas, when she comes to Pugwash to visit her sister. It will be a wonderful opportunity to compare family trees and I will be thrilled to know the medals will be safely back with the proper branch of the family.

Perhaps readers can learn a lesson from this story and make sure family members know where important documents and treasures are within a family.

Special thank you to Walter Millen who made this all come together…certainly for a reason!


About the size of a human hand, a fossil has been in a rock at Five Islands Provincial Park has been dates at about 200 million years. The fossil is on display at the Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro. (Submitted)

Page One Briefs - January 2017

STRESS RELIEF: Here’s a few words to get you smiling before you start reading this issue: I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. If that wasn’t enough: Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.

The Shoreline Journal’s annual 90th Birthday Party will be held in early May. If you have a relative or friend who lives or were originally from the area from the Onlsows to Advocate, who will be 90 in 2017, they will be invited to attend. Similarly, if you know someone who was born prior to 1927, but has not attended the annual party, please send their name, age, address and phone number to: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com, or call 902-647-2968.

Viola Desmond, often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre, will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a banknote. Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018. A businesswoman turned civil libertarian, Desmond built a business as a beautician and, through her beauty school, was a mentor to young black women in Nova Scotia. It was in 1946 when she rejected racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. She was arrested and fined; her actions inspired later generations of black people in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada. While it's the first time a woman other than the Queen has been on the face of a Canadian banknote, the Famous Five suffragettes, along with Casgrain, were featured on the back side of a $50 bill unveiled in 2004. The women were dropped from the bill in 2011 when a new polymer version was introduced.

In a statement from Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey said, "On Tuesday, Dec. 13, government asked for the conciliation officer to bring the bargaining teams of the province and Nova Scotia Teachers Union together again in the hopes of reaching a resolution. Everyone involved wants what is best for our students. We hope the union will accept our invitation to resume negotiations. A copy of the premier's letter to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education requesting conciliation services is available here

Energy Minister Michel Samson has had three new portfolio’s temporary added to his workload as he assumes Diana Whalen’s responsibilities as Justice Minister, Attorney General and Deputy Premier. Whalen was forced to take a brief leave from her cabinet duties after being hospitalized on Monday, December 5. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Brent Butt, star of Corner Gas will be performing at the Cobequid Education Centre (CEC), 34 Lorne Street, in Truro, NS on Friday, May 5th at 6:30pm in the You’ll Die Laughing 2017 event in support of the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. Butt will be joined at You’ll Die Laughing by special guest, Bill Carr. Tickets for You’ll Die Laughing 2017 with Brent Butt and Bill Carr are now available from www.ticketpro.ca  1-888-311-9090, and all Ticketpro outlets. 

Operation Christmas, Nova Scotia's annual impaired driving awareness campaign began on Dec. 7 and continues throughout the holiday season. It is being supported by all government departments and law enforcement agencies across the province. Please drive safe at all times of the year.

Tree Trivia:  Help us find a future Boston Christmas Tree. If you know of any big spruce or fir tree that has that perfect conical shape, density and height (45 to 50 ft) that could be a future tree that Nova Scotia presents to Boston as thanks for their help after the Halifax Explosion, please let me know. Donald Cameron, E-mail: Don.Cameron@novascotia.ca

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Television series Eyes For The Job, produced by Fence Post Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $147,944 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $493,146. Another approval included: Feature film Black Cop, produced by Blac Op Films Incorporated, has been approved for a funding commitment of $60,840 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $209,794. To learn more about the productions above, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles.

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