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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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November 2017 Issue follows:

Rees Pieces - November 2017 - Unlevel Playing Field for Atlantic Canada

Before starting into my rant for the month, I want to make it clear; I am not trying to upset the environmentalists. However, I am trying to encourage, those who prefer a level playing field to sit up and take notice, and maybe, just maybe, take some action even if it’s just calling one of the 32-MP’s serving as a member of Trudeau’s team.

There are numerous, probably 100’s of examples of how Atlantic Canada has faced an unlevel playing field in Ottawa. The National Energy Board implemented new measures exclusive to TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline application, by announcing the pipeline needed to take into account all the Greenhouse gases created by the Oil Sands product from the time it was taken out of the ground until it was used.

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Wilsons Cyclones - Doug MacInnes, Sales Manager, Wilson’s Home Hearting presents a $10.000 cheque to Charlene Bagnell of the Cyclones.  This is the third year of a five year $50,000 sponsorship commitment Wilsons Home Heating have with the five Wilsons Home Heating Cyclones female hockey teams. Several members of the Wilson Home Heating Cyclones attended the presentation. (Submitted)

Palliser Renamed Fundy Discovery Site

By Maurice Rees

County staffer, Paul Smith, presented council will a report concerning the logo and branding work which has been carried out by Vibe Creative, Sydney, who chosen from and RFP issued in January for the Fundy Gateway Project. The former Palliser site will be renamed, "Fundy Discovery Site" and the use of terminology "Fundy Gateway Project" will be discontinued.

The Project Steering Committee met on October 4, 2017 to discuss the proposed brand, logo
and applications and in an approved motion the Committee recommended Council approve the proposed brand and logo. A similar request will be made of Truro Town Council since they are a funding partner in this initiative.

The recommendation from the working committee was approved by council on motion by Councillor Stewart and Parker. Councillor Cooper was the sole nay vote.

Earlier in the October 26th meeting council acted upon a stipulation stating it needs to select an alternate chair for the Council Committee to act as chairperson for Council Committee in the absence of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor. Councillor Cooper has served as the alternate chair since 2008. Nominated by Councillor Gregory and seconded by Councillor Gibbs, Cooper was selected as alternate chair, when no other nominations were forthcoming.

Two other items were on the agenda regarding the former Palliser site and it’s redevelopment to "Fundy Discovery Site", which is the new name adopted following approval of the logo and rebranding initiative included: Natural Playground Project and water line extension in Lower Truro. Both items were explained to council by Paul Smith.

In June staff council approved a phasing plan for the Fundy Gateway project, now Fundy Discovery Site, with an interim capital budget to begin on Phase 1A, comprising a natural playground, public washrooms, dyke trail and service extensions. The entire phase is expected to cost $465,000 with $290,000 approved by an interim capital budget from the municipality, plus $75,000 from the province and $100,000 allocated internally from the Municipality’s Recreation budget.

The natural playground segment was budgeted at $90,000. Luckily all five tenders received were on or below budget.

After review by staff, they recommended council award the playground tender to the Design/Build Team of Upland Planning & Design and Cobequid Consulting, at a cost of $86,170, excluding HST. Other tenders received included Hornbeam Contracting, $86,000, while Turf Master / Virdis; Tessier Recreo Parc and Bienenstock all submitted bids at $90,000. The motion to approve was moved by Deputy Mayor Masters, seconded by Councillor Taggart.

Also in June council approved an interim capital budget for the Fundy Gateway Project which among other things, includes $125,000 for the extension of a central water line from Meadow Drive (off Robie Street) to the former Palliser property. The tender for the water line extension does not close until November 2nd.On a motion by Councillor Boutilier and Deputy Mayor Masters council authorized the CAO to award the tender for the water line extension in Lower Truro if the tender results are not more than 10% of the project budget of $125,000 (inclusive of rebated HST), and; In the event the tender price is higher than $137,500 (inclusive of rebated HST), Council authorizes Council Committee at its meeting on November 16, 2017, to consider options regarding the award of this tender.

Breeders Crown - The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission (NSPEC), operator of Truro Raceway, has been presented with the 2017 Achievement Award at the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet held in Charlottetown. Shown in the photo are: Kelly MacEachen, Events Coordinator at the NSPEC Complex; Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College; Robin Crowe, Executive Director of the NS Harness Racing Industry Association; and Joe Nicholson, General Manager of the NSPEC Complex. (Submitted)

Snow Plowing Level of Service Under Review

By Maurice Rees

Snow plowing of streets or sidewalks always creates a lot of calls from residents and the municipality has been working on an analysis of the expected Level of Service. Public Works director, Michelle Newell, presented to council a number of options of how service could be improved and if the priority should be on streets or sidewalks in school areas.

The municipality has 30 Km of sidewalks and 30 Km of roads.

Her presentation included the possibility of four options ranging from contracting out some of the work; hiring additional casual staff; utilize existing staff and prioritize areas and if it be streets or sidewalks. The fourth option was possibly creating a hybrid of the previous three considerations.

The most common complaint from residents concerns sidewalks, for which there is a budget of $172,000 which is comprised of $10,000 for salt and sand; $77,000 wages; $11,000 small equipment capital allocation, and $27,000 vehicle / equipment reserve for future replacement.

Current equipment and staffing levels are described below, along with current approach to
snow removal on roads and sidewalks: During winter operations (3) shifts: 5:30 am to 2 pm; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and 4 pm to 12 pm. These shifts provide 19 hrs of coverage, Monday to Friday. Staffing complement during winter season includes 1 Manager, 1 supervisor and 10 operators.

Inventory of snow removal equipment complement includes: 4 sidewalk plows (one dedicated to Debert and 3 sidewalk plows in Lower Truro) and 3 plow trucks.

Council asked her to focus on sidewalks around schools and to report back to November 16th committee meeting on how adjustments can be made.

Colchester to the Rescue

By Maurice Rees

The 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion is being commemorated with a special book, "Colchester to the Rescue", which describes the amazing response of people from Colchester to the tragedy. Janet Maybee who collected the data and authored the book said, "It is high time to recognize and honour the kindness and generosity of Colchester citizens on December 17, 1917 and the relief efforts that continued here for several months thereafter".

The book is being offered for the very reasonable price of $5, purpose being to raise funds that will allow for digitizing and preserving the very valuable documents in the Historeum archives that describe the incredible response of Colchester people to the emergency of Dec 6 1917, and the relief efforts that continued here for several months thereafter. 

In talking about the 1917 event and the book, Maybee continued, "Seems astonishing that nobody knows about this outpouring of kindness and generosity. As I’m sure you’ve heard me say, it was not Boston that saved Halifax…that crew didn’t get here for almost three days and meanwhile it was local folks who rushed to deal with horrific conditions and needs. 

In fact the first trainload of doctors and nurses and firemen from outside the city was sent from Truro within an hour of hearing the news. And by mid afternoon a train full of wounded and homeless people came here to a place with no public hospital, but with just that much warning three emergency "hospitals" had been created in the courthouse, the fire hall and the Academy.

The following is an excerpt from the first page of "COLCHESTER TO THE RESCUE";

Communication with the outside world was cut off for many hours and the immediate challenge of rescuing those trapped in burning houses, then transporting the wounded to swiftly-overcrowded hospitals and emergency clinics, was met by every fireman and railway worker who had survived the blast, as well as soldiers from the Halifax Garrison and visiting sailors from Britain and the US. Local doctors, nurses and medical students carried an incredible load before help arrived from outside the stricken city. 

Over the years Nova Scotians have given praise and thanks to the city of Boston for coming to the aid of Halifax, but that story has overshadowed the amazing work of local medical personnel and the citizens who survived the explosion, as well as the surrounding communities who sent help as soon as they learned what had happened. 

These heroes have remained unrecognized for a century. It comes as quite a surprise for many people to learn that in fact Truro sent the first relief train from outside the city, within an hour of hearing about the disaster. It carried volunteer doctors, nurses and firemen, and picked up others from Kentville on the way. Before that day ended other trains had come from New Glasgow, Sydney and Saint John, a full two days before the contingent from Massachusetts arrived with welcome reinforcements and supplies. 

It was a wonderful surprise to discover that the Colchester Historeum contains the records of the only Relief Committee formed outside of Halifax, and that amazing stories of the swift response and ongoing generous care given by the people of our town and the surrounding counties have survived here.

It’s time in this hundredth anniversary year to celebrate their kindness and efficiency, as the Halifax Herald did at the time. Its headline on December 10, 1917 praised "THE SPLENDID SPIRIT SHOWN BY THE TOWNS OF THE PROVINCE AND THE ASSISTANCE SO PROMPTLY GIVEN."

Fran Forman - Fran Forman was celebrating her 98th birthday in fine style with a glamour photo shoot by Mountain Primitive Photography.

Page One Briefs - November 2017

 STRESS RELIEF: Now when I reach for a word or a name, I won't excuse myself by saying "I'm having a senior moment". Now, I'll say, "My disk is full!"

A Benefit Dance & Silent Auction for Jeff Davis and family will be held at the Debert Legion with "Nowhere Road" playing from 7pm to 1am. Private cash donations and silent auction donations can be given to Nick Beaton 902-957-0781 or Trevor Lynds 902-890-4985. Anyone wishing to volunteer or help out in anyway please contact Nick or Trevor.

Cumberland South MLA, Jamie Baillie has tabled a petition demanding a new elementary school for Springhill. He said, West End Elementary and Junction Road Elementary are fraught with leaks, cramped gymnasiums and outdated plumbing and amenities. The petition was signed by 261 community members.

Colchester County District RCMP is asking for the public's assistance to locate multiple power tools stolen from a construction site across from the Masstown Market between the hours of midnight on October 6 and 8 a.m. on October 10 at a in Masstown. The thieves entered two storage trailers that were parked on the site and left with a large quantity of power tools valued in excess of $5,000. Colchester District RCMP is asking anyone with information about the theft to contact Colchester District RCMP at (902) 896-5000 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

The RCMP received a report of a stolen flat deck trailer and scissor lift. The theft occurred sometime between the hours of 11 a.m. on October 8 and 11 a.m. on October 9. Both items were stolen from the rear parking lot of Iller Door Systems on the Truro Heights Rd. in Truro Heights. The Nova Scotia license plate on the trailer is T-409323. Colchester District RCMP is asking anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of these items to contact Colchester District RCMP at (902) 896-5000 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

On October 6, 2017 RCMP issued a release stating on September 15, Colchester District RCMP, with assistance from RCMP Police Dog Services, executed a CDSA Search Warrant at a home on the Old Tatamagouche Rd. in Onslow Mountain. A 39-year-old man is facing multiple drug and firearm related charges after RCMP seized a quantity of cocaine and marihuana in addition to numerous firearms. The man is facing charges for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine and Marihuana, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and numerous firearms related offences. He will appear in Truro Provincial Court on November, 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Since 2015, Efficiency One has run a mercury diversion program on behalf of Nova Scotia Power. People and companies can drop off products, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats and other items that contain mercury, for recycling or proper disposal. It is the only organization accepting a wide variety of products containing mercury. Nearly 20 kilograms of mercury were diverted in 2016. Mercury emissions will continue to decrease in Nova Scotia. The limit will be lowered to 35 kilograms in 2020 and to 30 kilograms in 2030. More information on the mercury diversion program is available at www.efficiencyns.ca/service/mercury-collection .

The Halifax Convention Centre announced on October 12th introduction of a local program to showcase Nova Scotia food, culture and experiences to national and international visitors. The local program includes three key components: local flavour; showcasing Nova Scotia experiences and a pop-up program. The team is incorporating Nova Scotia flavours into their menu by working with local suppliers including Riverview Herbs, Meadowbrook Farms, Acadian Maple, Harbour Cheese and more. The centre's pop-up program will be managed through a partnership with Taste of Nova Scotia, who will work with local suppliers to showcase their products during national and international conventions. The centre's state-of-the-art digital signage network will also feature Nova Scotia photography and video, encouraging guests to explore the community and culture outside the venue.

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Submission Deadlines 2017

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March 2017 February 21 March 1
April 2017 March 21 March 29
May 2017 April 18 April 26
June 2017 May 23 May 31
July 2017 June 20 June 28
August 2017 July 18 July 26
September 2017 August 22 August 30
October 2017 September 19 September 27
November 2017 October 24 November 1
December 2017 November 21 November 29
January 2018 December 121 December 20

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