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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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December 2016 Issue follows:

Linda Harrington(left) was very excited to win the beautiful painting by Arlene Collins of Parrsboro, the grand prize in the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival Raffle and presented by Alice Pugsley- Promotion Committee Chair.



Rees's Pieces

Christmas, a time for children, is coming, but it’s not a joyous time. Nobody is happy. Students are worried they might not have their school Christmas Concert. Parents are worried "what will take care of the kids all day?" I have to go to work, plus there is a lot of preparation for the big day.

Premier McNeil, most of his MLA’s, particularly Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and education department staff are totally frustrated wondering what will solve the situation. If they came up with a new offer to teachers would it be defeated and tossed back for a third time? Teachers are now worried even more. Well over 90% of them voted to strike, but they are now concerned, if they take significant job action will they be locked out and not get paid in December?

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Record Crops Create Marketing Challenges

By Linda Harrington

Wild Blueberry Producers are used to working hard and toughing it out but this year has seen shaky ground for most.

For the third year, wild blueberry crops have seen record numbers, with over 60 million pounds harvested in Nova Scotia. This has created a marketing challenge for processors and producers faced a low price of 30 cents/lb for their berries, leaving many in the red for the first time.

One producer who wished to remain anonymous said he would have to sell off his fields or at least leave them unmanaged if this price continues. "I can’t continue to keep losing money. 30 cents/lb is way below what it costs to grow the berries. We simply need to get more people eating wild blueberries."

Nova Scotia wasn’t the only area reporting a larger than normal crop this year. New Brunswick, PEI and Quebec all had record crops of their own, creating more than 380 million pounds of wild blueberries for the region.

"Although we are very concerned about the low prices, this large crop does shine somewhat of a bright light on marketing opportunities says WBANA Canada Executive Director Neri Vautour, "It was always risky exploring new markets in case the supply was not there to back them. There is now potential for new product development in existing markets and expansion into new global markets."

Marion Bartlett-Simon, MK2 Agency from Hamburg, Germany discussed new Wild Blueberry Marketing Approaches. A very successful product offered in Germany is 100% Canadian Wild Blueberries in glass jars. There has also been three-month promotion in Doctor’s Offices concerning the health benefits of wild blueberries and this has reached 4.8 million people.

The record crop comes at a time when research suggests many health benefits of eating more wild blueberries and here in the Atlantic Provinces what better way to support your local farmer than to buy a local product, that not only tastes good but is good for you.

Peter Rideout, Executive Director of WBPANS says the over-supply and low price situation is very serious, but it is not hopeless. "We have to remember that there is great strength in this industry. We have a wonderful, delicious, healthy product that we have built markets for around the world. Now there is an urgent need, and an opportunity, to grow those markets further and to find new markets. A concerted effort must be applied here."

MP Bill Casey offered his support during a talk with producers at the AGM. "When wild blueberry producers do well, the community does well," he said adding, "I assure you we understand the challenges you are facing and we are trying to find solutions."

Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell added his support at the AGM Banquet, where he was the guest speaker. "We will work with the industry to grow the market. We need to find value added products with high returns."

Minister Colwell has completed 4 trips to China this past year and is encouraged by the progress being made, including the signing of a major agreement with the biggest online marketing company.

He pledged to help come up with funding to increase marketing potentials for wild blueberries and work with producers to help solve the problem of low price.

Locally the WBPANS promotes tourism in NS while celebrating the wild blueberry during the annual Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival. This past year was the most successful yet with events showing increased attendance. The Festival is held in mid-August, with the grand opening event at the Farmer’s Market in Truro.

Over 300 Wild Blueberry Producers attended the AGM this year and many took the opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns with fellow producers and the Board. WBPANS President Barron Blois has grown up in the industry and been involved for over 60 years.  He stresses the need for the provinces to work together and for producers to have 2 way discussions with processing partners. "We need a long-term plan that puts wild blueberries in front of all consumers in not only Atlantic Canada but all across Canada."

Two research scientists were inducted into the WBPANS’ Recognition Book for 2016. Dr. Paul Hildebrand, retired Research Scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Dr. David Yarborough, University of Maine were introduced and a formal presentation made at the Banquet on Friday, Nov. 18th. -30-

WCCDA Being Revitalized

The West Colchester Community Development Association is looking for new members to help revitalize the organization. The current steering committee and a group of interested people are hoping to put together a large and diverse group of interested individuals, businesses and organizations focused on community economic development. Ideally with strong representation from each of the communities along our shore from Five Islands to Masstown a lot of positive things will happen that will benefit the entire shore.Some areas of interest which have been brought forward during meeting since May 2016 include business development, technology, tourism, environment, education, recreation, social development, health, youth, and arts, culture & heritage.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm at the Bass River Fire Hall, at which time we will elect officers and vote on updated bylaws. Everyone is invited to attend and be part of revitalization of the shore. Refreshments will be served!

Mystery Wreath in Great Village

By Maurice Rees

This beautiful wreath placed at the monument in Great Village is a village mystery. No one knows who placed it, why or what message it is sending. However, it is a work of beauty and is being admired by many. (Flemming Photo)


Last week Sybil Flemming, Great Village sent along two pictures of wreath that is posing a bit of a mystery at the monument in Great Village, which we have published in this issue. Along with the photos her note said, "It was there at least two days prior to Remembrance Day and the annual parade and placement of wreaths. It was very noticeable by its first position on the corner of the stands for wreaths, and by the fact that is was basically white roses and lilies with a scattering of poppies.

Further checking has resulted in a card, nor a scarp of paper around the whole area to indicate who might have placed it, or why it was placed. Mrs Flemming has also gone as far to check with the Legion President and at the Post Office, but nothing has been found.

The mystery wreath has started speculating on the meaning. Some suggest it may have been placed by someone as a reminder to look for peace while remembering; white is a color often associated with peaceful things.  Others suggest perhaps it was placed in memory of unknown soldiers or lost family members. 

Her note to the Shoreline stated, "Or maybe, to quote the great writer, Snoopy, in several Charlie Brown cartoons, "The plot thins." 


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 - December 2016

Nova Scotians can recognize outstanding volunteers in their communities by nominating them for a 2017 Provincial Volunteer Award. Each year the awards honour volunteers from across the province for their selfless contributions. Nova Scotians can nominate volunteers in three categories: volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award. The representative volunteer award recipients are selected by their municipalities. The volunteer youth and volunteer family award winners are selected by a review committee. The premier, lieutenant-governor and minister of the voluntary sector will present the awards at a ceremony in April. Nomination forms are available at http://novascotia.ca/volunteerawards. The deadline for nominations is midnight, Feb. 24.

The winner of the Debert Military Museum Quilt Raffle was Bonnie Sutherland from River John, NS.

Julia Thibault and Andee Weatherby, both of Tatamagouche, were the only two students from Colchester County to receive the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards in a ceremony held at Government House, Halifax on Monday, November 21st. His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J.Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, presented The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Silver Certificates of Achievement to 21 achievers aged 14-24. The award encourages young people to endeavor to be the best they can be at each of the three Award levels— Bronze, Silver and Gold. This Award Programme strives to help young people develop into responsible adults who will continue to learn new skills, stay healthy and fit, care about their environment and contribute to their community in a positive manner. The 21 honoured Nova Scotians join over 8 million youth from 143 countries throughout the world who participate in the Award. Collectively, over a six-to-12 month period, these 21 young people volunteered 1707 hours of community service to the province of Nova Scotia!

Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board now has the authority to impose financial penalties on Nova Scotia Power for not meeting customer service standards. Government proclaimed this last section of the Electricity Plan Implementation Act on November 16th as the board continues with the process of setting performance standards for service reliability and storm response, and customer service. Penalties of up to one-million dollars annually can be imposed and legislation is in place to ensure they will be paid by Nova Scotia Power shareholders without affecting power rates. Minister of Energy Michel Samson says government is following through on its promise to make Nova Scotia Power more accountable to Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotians who have served and protected us will have their own veterans' motorcycle license plate in the spring. "Nova Scotia has a long tradition of military service," said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "The license plate is another way that we can show our appreciation to the people who have served us, protected us, and honoured us in uniform." In 2002, Nova Scotia was the first province to introduce a plate for vehicles to honour and recognize those who have served the country. In June 2014, the Royal Canadian Legion updated its definition of a veteran to include all members of the RCMP. The Royal Canadian Legion defines a veteran as any person who is now serving or has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, a Commonwealth nation or its wartime allies, or as a regular member of the RCMP, or as a peace officer in a special duty area or on a special duty operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime. Applications for the plate will be available online and any Access Nova Scotia location this spring.

WWF-Canada applauds the November 15th announcement by the government of Canada and Northern partners establishing a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Beaufort Sea near the community of Paulatuk, N.W.T. Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam (Darnley Bay) is home to a variety of Arctic wildlife, and is the first MPA in Canada where conservation objectives will be guided by Indigenous traditional knowledge. This MPA prioritizes the conservation of species and their habitats and will prohibit oil and gas exploitation, mining and activities such as commercial fishing. A public meeting was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Parrsboro in early November to discuss possibility of establishing an MPA in the Bay of Fundy. DFO is holding public meetings around the province on 54 potential identified sites.

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Submission Deadlines 2016

Issue Deadline Published
March 2016 February 23 March 2
April 2016 March 22 March 30
May 2016 April 19 April 27
June 2016 May 24 June 1
July 2016 June 21 June 29
August 2016 July 19 July 27
September 2016 August 23 August 31
October 2016 September 20 September 28
November 2016 October 25 November 2
December 2016 November 22 November 30
January 2017 December 12 December 20

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