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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 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: 

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MLA Activity Report Community Centres Fire Brigade
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plus notes from many communities and organizations such as:

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

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July 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - July 2018 - Legions still have a meaningful purpose

Donnie Fraser was a happy guy on Thursday, June 22 when his name was drawn during the Debert Legion’s Chase the Ace weekly draw. The ace and his name were drawn and he took home $58,570. Chase the Ace initiatives have been the rage for the past few years and a great "local" fund raising source for many organizations. We all dream about winning millions in the 649 or MAX weekly lotteries, but there is no local content. When an organization such as the Debert Legion undertakes as similar event, not only are they raising money for their needs, but they are helping the community by hosting a weekly social event.

With the advent of social media, people are losing communication skills with family, neighbours and friends. Instead of having a face-to-face conversation some people will text someone in the next room, or even sitting in the same room. The long term prognosis is not good. That’s where organizations like the Debert Legion are continuing to help the community.

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Dorothy and Maurice Rees, shown at the gala event in the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel ballroom during the Atlantic Journalism Awards in April of 2018. Gala coverage from June issue on pages 28 and 29.

"Not Since Moses" – 10th Anniversary

By Terri McCulloch

One of the world's most unique running races turns 10 this year, and is still running strong. The annual "Not Since Moses" run across the ocean floor takes place on Sunday, July 15. The run consists of three events all held the same morning: a 10k run, a 5 k run/walk and children's mud runs, known as the Basket Runs. 

The run continues to be a challenging one to organize with over 55 volunteers from the local area now assisting with run registration and race day delivery. "Unlike 'normal runs' our location on a tidal coast makes our run logistics especially challenging, " said Joyce Eagles, Run Director, "For example, we organize route markers, sweepers, first aid and rescue options all out on the ocean floor to ensure that our runners can enjoy the event safely."

Approximately 600 to 700 runners attend the annual "Not Since Moses". Eagles says attendance varies each year due to the run date having to change each year to 'follow the tides'. Tide times and heights vary every year and run organizers need a ".5 low tide" in the morning in July or August in order to safely schedule the runs. All runners and spectators are bused from the Five Islands Ball Field to the two start locations at Sand Point and Soley Cove. 

The run was founded 10 years ago by then new, resident from California, Dick Lemon, who had purchased one of the Five Islands and built a summer home there. Dick, a long-time marathoner, had begun exploring the intertidal zone near the islands at low tide and wanted to open up the experience to others. The tidal phenomenon in the area reminded him of Moses' parting of the Red Sea, hence the run's catchy name. While some locals initially thought the run's concept was a bit bizarre, it didn't take long for folks along the shore to become involved and see the run as a way to share their special coast with visitors from around the world.

"This year, we have runners from all over Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, France and many other countries this coming year," said Joyce, "It's really quite astonishing to learn that people plan their entire holiday around our run. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to run the ocean floor. It's very satisfying to the volunteers to be involved in something that so deeply moves and inspires these visitors to our shore."

At the core of the "Not Since Moses" planning team are non-profit's board members:  Joyce Eagles, Executive Director; Debbie Eagles, Volunteer Coordinator; Joachim Stroink, Coordinator of Logistics; and Terri McCulloch, Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing. Dick Lemon is still involved as the run's inspiration and he attends annually. 

For the past five years the organization has been supported corporately by Vasque footwear. Masstown Market, the County of Cumberland, Sobeys, Wilson’s Fuels and several local businesses have also been longtime supporters. The owners of Sand Point campground have also been a great supporter for many years and using the campground as base camp lead stability in annual planning. "This is a community run, not a corporate or franchise run with a big budget," said Eagles, "The support we receive in kind, or financially, from all parties ensures that we can offer the run each season."

This year's run is Sunday, July 15, with both the 5k and 10 k runs starting at 8:30 am (the 10k from Soley Cove and the 5k from Sand Point. The children's Basket Runs start at Sand Point at 10am. The run is a non-profit community run, with any remaining funds after annual expenses donated to charity. Last year's run had a small surplus that was donated to the following charities: West Colchester Consolidated School Art Program Bass River, Five Islands Athletic Association and Brigadoon Village

The Start Line. Over 600 runners are expected at this year’s ‘Not Since Moses’ run on Sunday, July 15, with both the 5k and 10k runs starting at 8:30 am (the 10k from Soley Cove and the 5k from Sand Point). The children’s Basket Runs start at Sand Point at 10am.(File Photo)

NSMW generated $1.4-million direct revenue

By Maurice Rees

Samantha Madore and Nick Sharpe will co-chair the 2018 edition of Nova Scotia Music Week, which once again hits the stage in Truro from Nov. 1 to 4. This will be the second of three consecutive years in which the Truro area is guaranteed to host the annual event, building on successes seen here in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Nova Scotia Music Week showcases Truro and Colchester County as a world-class event destination. Madore, who is executive director of the Downtown Truro Partnership has been a member of the local NSMW host committee each time the event has been held in Truro, serving as marketing co-ordinator in 2014 and 2016 and as chair in 2017.

Sharpe, who is the events director at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, has been on the host committee for the past three years and was part of the team which negotiated the agreement to bring the event to Truro for a three-year run from 2017 to 2019.

According to Music Nova Scotia, which owns and operates Nova Scotia Music Week, the 2014, 2016 and 2017 editions of the event, all hosted in Truro, showed the top three years for delegate registration and for public audience numbers over the past decade. In 2017, audience numbers hit a record 8,000 and delegates numbered 1,241.

Using figures and indicators provided by Nova Scotia Tourism, Music Nova Scotia estimated in its 2017 NSMW final report that nearly $1.4 million in direct revenue was generated in the host community by attending delegates, public audiences and Music Nova Scotia.

Artist submission and volunteer registration are currently open for NSMW 2018 at https://nsmw.ca. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Nick or Sam at truronsmw@gmail.comFor more information: https://nsmw.ca 

Registering my opposition – Bill Casey

By Bill Casey

On June 19th, I called a number of friends at the Embassy of the United States of America to register my opposition to the country’s immigration policy of separation which currently separates children from their parents seeking asylum in the country. As a father and grandfather I find this extremely painful to see these children locked in cages.

As a country, Canada is going through a reconciliation process with our Indigenous Peoples because we separated children from their parents. It has caused multiple trauma, PTSD and endless social challenges for those children when they reached adulthood.

Residential schools have proven that separating children from their families does damage to these families. It is frustrating to see the United States adopting a separation policy. I urged the government of the United States to reverse this policy as soon as humanely possible and reunited these children with their families.

Glenholme Testing - No, they are not drilling for water or oil. This is not Jed Klampet’s lands. It belongs to Irving Oil at the Glenholme Corner of Hwy 4 and #2, and is tested every few years for possible soil contamination from the Garage and restaurant located there decades ago. (Rees Photo)

Page One Briefs - July 2018

STRESS RELIEF: After some lengthy discussion all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That's FAITH.

Priscilla Jennings is still searching for a scrapbook lost at last year’s Debert Field Day. It has photos of Debert School covering several years. If someone has it could they call her or drop off at Masstown Market.

Grace MacCormick, Jennifer Singh and Paul Wadden joined Patterson Law as associates in June. The three new associates are not strangers to high stakes. Whether it is their advocacy work for immigrants, experience with human rights organizations or advocating on behalf of women navigating the justice system, Patterson Law’s new associates understand the weight an effective lawyer must carry for clients. MacCormick will be joining Patterson Law’s litigation teams in the areas of estate, civil and commercial litigation. Singh will pursue a mixed practice of civil litigation, property disputes and elder law. Wadden will be joining the firm’s commercial litigation team. Patterson Law is a Nova Scotia firm with offices in Halifax, Truro and New Glasgow.

Tom Taggart sent along a note of an unusual re-acquaintance as he was having breakfast in a hotel in Ajax, Ontario. Taggart travelled to Ontario on the weekend of June 23rd to attend a family wedding. Here is the note from Taggart, "Low and behold who do I meet? An old friend from Edgewood Road and subscriber to the Shoreline. Charles Fowler left Bass River in 1971. I’m looking forward to catching up later today at the wedding reception later this afternoon. Photo to follow."

Pre-primary Registration is Open

Families living within a school community offering the Pre-primary Program who wish to register their child, can do so by contacting their local Regional Centre for Education or the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Pre-primary is open to all children who are four-years old by December 31, of the year they register. To see if a Pre-primary Program is available in your school community in September and for full program details, visit novascotia.ca/preprimary. The Pre-primary Program will be rolled out province-wide by September 2020.

Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana as of October. 17, one month later than expected.

Several areas in Colchester County are undergoing traffic changes as result of patching and paving. In all instances listed below work takes place from daylight to dusk and will continue until August 31st: Bible Hill: Vimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane; Brookside: Farnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving; North River: Route 311 from Stewart's Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane and in Princeport: Riverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane.

Lately, it seems like there is an increase in the number of drivers, who are charged for stunting. In Nova Scotia the fine is $2,422.50, plus loss of driver’s license and the vehicle seized. Under section 273(a) of the motor vehicle act the vehicle will be seized for 7 day's along with the Drivers license for 7 day's. The vehicle will be returned to the owner after the tow fee along with storage fee's have been paid. Length of impoundment is 30 days for a second or subsequent charge pursuant to section 163.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its year-end results on June 19, with net income of $238.6 million on $625.7 million in total sales. For the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, net income was down $0.6 million from the previous year and the total volume of beverage alcohol sold increased 0.9 per cent. Sales of Nova Scotia-produced wine, spirits, and craft beer all increased. A detailed news release can be found on the NSLC website at https://www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Announces-Year-End-Results

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Submission Deadlines 2018

Issue Deadline Published
January 2018 December 12, 2017 December 20, 2017
February 2018 January 23, 2018 January 31, 2018
March 2018 February 20, 2018 February 28, 2018
April 2018 March 20, 2018 March 28, 2018
May 2018 April 17, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2018 May 22, 2018 May 30, 2018
July 2018 June 19, 2018 June 27, 2018
August 2018 July 17, 2018 July 25, 2018
September 2018 August 21, 2018 August 29, 2018
October 2018 September 18, 2018 September 26, 2018
November 2018 October 23, 2018 October 31, 2018
December 2018 November 20, 2018 November 28, 2018
January 2019 December 11, 2018 December 19, 2018
February 2019 January 22, 2019 January 30, 2019

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