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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 as:

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

June 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - June 2018 - Transparency needs to be # 1

Over the past couple of decades we have noticed a significant drop in the percentage of voters who actually cast their vote compared to who is eligible. It’s a concern across all levels of government and the drop is most noticeable at the municipal level. Ironic because they are the ones closest to the taxpayer.

Maybe changes are coming as the public become more engaged, from an increasing number of social media platforms, where many seem to climb on the bandwagon to voice their opinion. Most of the occurrences seem to be on the negative side, but maybe positive things will start to evolve as good things can happen at federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Historically, many people have expressed a dis-interest in politics, because they felt their voice or vote did not matter. For democracy to work properly every opinion is important and must be received with sincerity.

Read the full editorial...

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 can be found on pages 28 and 29.

Jenny needs help

By Maurice Rees

(If like most Maritimers your heart is full of compassion, the following will get your attention and cause you to help. Jenny’s mother, a single parent from North River, who works full time at the Truro Mall, doesn’t like to "ask for help", but has reached the stage, she started a "GoFundMe" page. As of May 24th, the fund had raised $1,900. Your help is needed, not just by making a donation, but encouraging people to donate)

Jenny is a student at CCJHS and is in great need.

The Shoreline Journal learned in early May about Jenny’s situation and a need for her "single mom" to raise approximately $30,000 to get a wheelchair accessible van. Four postings were uploaded to the Shoreline Journal’s Facebook Page and have reached nearly 11,100 people, but that is not enough. The Shoreline Journal is seeking volunteers who will use social media to spread the word and encourage donations from near and far.

A trust account for Jenny Lewis has been opened at the Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Ltd. Trustees for the account are Doug MacInnes, Sales Manager, Wilson’s Home Heating and Maurice Rees, Publisher. Those who wish to make a donation may do so by emailing an E-transfer to: dhm@wilsons.ca, or directly at a any credit union branch to Account: (335) 68561-206.

As of May 20th, approximately $1,900 had been committed to the GoFundMe page, which was established by Jenny’s mother, Susan Lewis. Students and staff at CCJHS, where Jenny is a student have set a goal to raise at least $1,500. A private donation of $500 brings donated and committed to $3,900.

During a telephone conversation on Sunday, May 20th, Susan Lewis, Jenny’s mother said, "When Jenny was younger, I was able to put her in the front seat and prop her up, but now that she is larger that is impossible". She added, "In recent years, Jenny has had four operations, two on her hips, however more recently she had operations to install rods in her back. She needs to be in her wheelchair and sitting in a car seat is impossible".

As a result Susan, who doesn’t like to ask for help, confided, "We are like prisoners, because since Jenny is getting older, I can’t put her into the car and with rods in her back, she can’t sit in a car seat. If I need to take Jenny someplace we have to call the wheelchair accessible taxi, which I have to pay for myself".

Although helpful for local trips, there are limitations. "The wheelchair taxi doesn’t run all the time; is not available certain days, and not always available in the evenings", she added.

The following message was extracted from her mother’s GoFundMe page:

Jenny, who lives in North River, is a typical 15 year old girl, who loves playing with her friends and listening to music, but aside from that, Jenny also has Cerebral Palsy, in her situation, it causes her to be non verbal, quadriplegic, and is in a wheelchair full time.

Part of the message posted by her mother reads: "For the past 15 years, we were able to travel with Jenny in a car, but as she grows, transporting her becomes impossible. Jenny has had multiple surgeries, which requires many trips to the hospital. Susan Weber Lewis-mom Gofundme - .

Jenny’s mom is a single mom who works full time at Bentley’s in Truro Mall. Jenny has an older sister with mild CP and challenged walking.

In an effort to get a van for Jenny, the Shoreline Journal is requesting residents donate and encourage others to participate. Students and staff at CCJHS, where Jenny is a student are undertaking some fund raising activities. For information contact: Maurice Rees, Publisher at: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com or call: 902-647-2968.

Connor Murphy, a Grade One student at Great Village Elementary has found a perfect seat on the playground! (Harrington Photo)


CEC Reach for the Top Team Headed to Nationals

By Linda Harrington

Seven members of Cobequid Educational Centre Reach for the Top Team recently won the Provincial Championship held at Dalhousie University’ Agricultural Campus. This ensures a chance for the team to compete in the Reach for the Top National Championship in Toronto at the end of May. The team and coaches travelled to Toronto on Friday, May 25th. Competitions were held on Saturday and Sunday, with the finals held on Monday, May 28th.

Three members of the Team, along with their coach and supporters, attended the Shoreline Journal’s 90th Birthday Celebration on May 12th in Economy. Maurice Rees, publisher, of the Shoreline Journal, invited the Team to the local celebration, presenting them with Team t-shirts to wear on their trip to Nationals.

The CEC team and supporters have been working hard fundraising to cover the $10,000 cost. On May 18th several members spent 14 hours bagging groceries at Sobeys, Robie Street raising almost $1,700 for the day.

Former West Colchester Consolidated School students, Ryan and Brett Spencer, from Great Village are pleased to be part of the Reach for the Top Team this year and are looking forward to their trip to Toronto where they will test their knowledge against 14 or 15 teams from across the country.

Hans Budgey, the Coach of the CEC Reach for the Top Team and his mother Elfriede Budgey, who has been the NS Provincial Reach for the Top Coordinator for the past 12 years were at the 90th Birthday Celebration, as well.

CEC has been involved in Reach for the Top for many decades, and most recently won the National Championship in 2005.

Hollis Ford hosting 2018 Great Race

By Maurice Rees

Hollis Ford, Truro is the local sponsor hosting a lunch stop on the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty on Saturday, June 30. If you are an "old car" enthusiast, make plans to arrive early and find a spot in the Prince Street areas of the Truro-East Hants Public Library, and Truro Farmers Market on Saturday, June 30th.

The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will bring almost 275 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town for the $150,000 event, with the first car rolling into Prince Street in front of the Truro Farmers Market starting at noon.

In all, the participants in the event will cover more than 2,300 miles in 9 days. The start was at the Pierce Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on June 23. The race will finish July 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the banks of Halifax Harbour as part of the city’s Canada Day celebration.

Teams and cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and every corner of the United States will be participating in their vintage automobiles dating back as far as 1913. Rick Hollis, Hollis Ford says, "There are more than 500 people in the entourage from all around the world taking part in this incredible adventure". He added, "At Hollis Ford our entire team is always thinking, "What can we do to bring more people to Truro for a community event. We are pleased to sponsor the 2018 Great Race lunchtime stop in Truro to bring almost 275 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to Truro".

Along the 2,300 mile route, competitors will travel through four states – New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine – and two Canadian provinces – New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Great Race, which began 35 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally.

The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second. They are scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins.

Hollis said, "Cars start – and hopefully finish – one minute apart if all goes according to plan, and will still be in the times-race as they drive down Truro’s Prince Street. The biggest part of the challenge other than staying on time and following the instructions is getting an old car to the finish line each day".

Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants and to look at the cars for several hours. It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look.

Cars built in 1972 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II. In the 2017 Great Race from Florida to Michigan a 1932 Ford Cabriolet won the event when it crossed the finish line in downtown Traverse City. That vehicle was driven by Jody Knowles of Tyrone, Ga., and navigated by Beth Gentry of Newnan, Ga. They won $50,000 for finishing first overall.

A 1913 Bugatti, a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber, a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, a 1917 Peerless Racer and a chain-driven 1918 American LaFrance Speedster are the oldest cars scheduled to be in the 2018 Great Race. The winners will again receive $50,000 of the $150,000 total purse.

Over the decades, the Great Race has stopped in hundreds of cities big and small, from tiny Austin, Nev., to New York City.

In expressing his enthusiasm for the June 30th event, Rick Hollis said, "When the Great Race pulls into a large or small community it becomes an instant festival," Hollis, who has followed, the Great Race for several years said. "Last year with four overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators along the way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event."

The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae and it takes its name from the 1965 movie, The Great Race, which starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. The movie is a comedy based on the real life 1908 automobile race from New York to Paris. In 2004, Tony Curtis was the guest of the Great Race and rode in his car from the movie, the Leslie Special.

The Great Race gained a huge following from late night showings on ESPN when the network was just starting out in the early 1980s. The first entrant, Curtis Graf of Irving, Texas, is still a participant today.

By being sponsor for the Truro leg of the Great Race, Hollis Ford joins some of the largest names in the automotive world. The event’s main sponsors are Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty, Coker Tire and Reliable Carriers.

For more information, go to www.greatrace.com

Page One Briefs - June 2018

STRESS RELIEF: Neighbors: The new neighbors are so in love," remarks Susan to her husband, "he hugs her, kisses her and strokes her hair. Why don't you do that?" He replies: "Because I don't know her that well".

Avid moose hunters have until midnight tonight (May 31st) to apply for one of the 345 moose licenses available in five moose-management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton. Hunters who held a moose hunting licence in the last five years (2013-2017) cannot apply this year.

Applications are accepted for an application fee of $9.25 (HST included), hunters can apply: online at, www.novascotia.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw or by calling 1-900-565-3337 from a landline phone. Online applications require a Visa or Mastercard. Phone applications will be directly billed to your landline phone.

If you are a student looking for summer employment, Anita MacLellan has a opening for 12 weeks, 35 hours per week at $12.00 per hour. To qualify for GeoHeritage Assistant at Cobequid Interpretive Centre, Economy, you must be either graduating from High School and entering an institution of higher learning or attending College/University and returning in the fall. (Proof of enrolment must be provided) Open to qualifying student 15 – 30 years of age. Job starts June 11th. To apply send cover letter and resume to wccda@ns.sympatico.ca listing three references.

Cottage break-in: Can you help? Colchester District RCMP is investigating a complaint of break and enter to a seasonal residence on Little York Rd. The break-in occurred between December 6, of last year and April 25 of this year. The suspect(s) forced their way into the building and caused damage to several pieces of property inside. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000.

The impact of on-line shopping and how it is impacting local retailers across Canada is evident from recent Canada Post 2017 financial reports. Canada Post reported a 2017 profit before tax of $74 million, largely due to unprecedented growth in its parcels business. Most of the Parcels revenue growth of $393 million was from domestic shipments, which indicates the amount of on-line shopping. The Canada Post segment grew revenue to $6.4 billion, an increase of 4.1 per cent over 2016.

A project will begin later this spring to renovate the south gardens of the Nova Scotia legislature. Enhanced accessibility will be an important component, with paving stones replacing gravel on the pathways and ramps added to improve accessibility to the park area. Paving stones will replace the current asphalt driveway on the Hollis Street side of the building. New benches will be installed in the area surrounding the statue of Joseph Howe, as well as planter boxes, flowering shrubbery and new sodding. The site's drainage system will be enhanced and the grade improved. The project calls for improved lighting to the Hollis Street side of Province House and the Joseph Howe statue, as well as more traditional lamp posts. Province House will remain open during the renovation. The project is expected to be complete in early September.

Nova Scotians will now get public alerts on their cell phones from the public emergency alerting system. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. Participants in the national system include private and public broadcasters, cell phone service providers and government organizations. The Emergency Management Office sends test alerts several times a year on TV and radio. Cell phones will now be part of the alert. The test begins with a loud alert sound, followed by a spoken message through television and radio and a message on cell phone screens. If a cell phone is switched off or on silent mode, there will be no sound but a message will be displayed and the phone may vibrate if it is in silent mode. The program is led by Pelmorex Weather Networks (Television) Inc. Information about cell phone compatibility is available at www.alertready.ca

Opus Fund Services (Canada) Limited, an independent and privately owned full-service fund administrator expanding its global footprint, is adding a new office in Halifax. The company has the potential to create up to a maximum of 30 jobs under the five-year payroll rebate agreement with NSBI. NSBI estimates the company could spend $5,580,000 in salaries. The company would earn a rebate up to $369,000 over five years, but would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 30 jobs.

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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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