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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: 

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

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August 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - August 2018 - Department of Environment is to Blame

Lunenburg, with its UNESCO designation, is an iconic destination. However there are two sides to the south shore town’s problems. In the July 11th issue of the Chronicle Herald the front page details the troubles of Lunenburg Harbour with regard to raw sewage, yet the front page of the business section talks about a development plan is near finalization for the provinces only UNESCO designated municipality.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not picking on Lunenburg. That assumption is far from the remotest of consideration.

In the story about Lunenburg’s harbour being in trouble, the opening line states, "Lunenburg Harbour will remain contaminated with sewage as long as there are no laws in place forcing anyone to clean up the pollution or to prevent it in the first place". The province is reported to be considering a coastal protection, but currently there is no provincial or federal act to regulate contamination.

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Koltech to spend $5.365-Million

By Maurice Rees

Koltech will expand with the addition of a 30,000 square foot building to increase the capacity of their insulated glass fabrication line of products. Building and equipment will involve a $5.365-Million expenditure. The company designs and manufactures high quality and energy efficient windows and entrance systems.

The addition will be an add-on to the main building (K-1), which houses the window manufacturing section. The door manufacturing is housed in K-2, the smaller of the two manufacturing facilities.

Koltech started in 1982 and has grown to include 400 employees in Debert, with another a manufacturing facility in Edmonton which employs 125 people in spring and summer months. During the slower winter season Edmonton employment drops to approximately 80 employees, while Debert employment level is reduced to approximately 300.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Kohltech International Limited. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $843,388 upon completion of its project, based on eligible Nova Scotia capital spending of $3,373,552.

The Debert-based company is proceeding with a $5,365,164 total capital investment to increase the capacity of their insulated glass fabrication line. This will be done through the implementation of a secondary glass cutting machine along with the infrastructure to support its addition.

Koltech’s manufacturing capacity of a peak of 400 employees in Debert and 125 at a manufacturing facility in Edmonton, to serve Western Canada, is supported by a dealer network which includes dealers in all Canadian provinces, and at least one dealer in each of the three territories.

Exporting of Koltech’s line of products has not gone unnoticed. The company ships truckloads of finished product to dealers in the USA. A decade ago exports to the USA tumbled during the mortgage and housing crisis, but has rebounded to even greater heights in recent years. With increased manufacturing capacity and application of new technologies, once the expansion is completed, company officials are anticipating even stronger sales growth in the export and domestic markets.

This new machine will use new technology to detect imperfections and improve safety and efficiency. They will also be introducing CNC equipment in their coatings and entrance door facilities to increase capacity and competitiveness.

Casey delivers $175,000 to RECC

Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland – Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced on July 17th a $175,000 non-repayable contribution to the RECC. The funding will be used by the Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre Society to help the organization host the 2018 World Down Syndrome Swimming Championship and Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling’s Masters competition. The contribution was used specifically for marketing, planning and logistics to prepare the event venue.

The funding is through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, which helps Atlantic Canadian communities to develop competitive industry sectors and build on their strengths to create long-term employment and economic growth. The Government of Nova Scotia has provided an additional $20,000, while the County of Colchester and the Town of Truro contributed $30,000 each to the project. 

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which involves targeted actions to stimulate Atlantic Canada's economy, including supporting long-term growth, and to position the region to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

International sporting and cultural events generate significant economic benefits. They also provide an opportunity to develop new relationships with world markets, promoting the province as a tourism destination and a place to do business.

Thousands of people turned out to see the cars in The Great Race and attractions set up at Civic Square on Prince Street in Truro on June 30th. Sponsored in Truro by Hollis Ford, the event proved to be a complete success. Above, the “Wandering Troubadours of Finland" shows how automobile technology has changed. See more photos on page 2. (Brown Photo)

August Happenings 2018


Each Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at the Bandshell at Victoria Park in Truro, presented by Truro Parks Recreation and Culture. Enjoy the music of various entertainers. Bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held (same time) at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre on Douglas Street. For a complete schedule visit: www.truro.ca/programsandevents  


Filled with artifacts, displays and a gift shop, visitors will enjoy a look at Mi’Kmaq heritage and culture in Nova Scotia . Highway 102, Exit 13A, 65 Treaty Trail, Truro Power Centre.

A short walk from Truro’s Downtown, this 3,000 acre Park offers walking and bike trails, waterfalls, playgrounds, outdoor pool, picnic areas, and more. Rent a bike from Bike Monkey (902-843-7111) on the Esplanade or Hub Cycle (902-897-2482 ) on Inglis Place in Downtown Truro and explore to your hearts’ content. For Park information visit: www.truro.ca


Daily Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4pm., visitors may explore the art gallery and the Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. It’s located on Prince Street in Downtown Truro and it’s FREE. Also check out the line - up of attractions coming during the month of July and August. Some of the Headliners, Myles Goodwin, July 26 and Tom Chapen on August 11. For a complete schedule visit: www.marigoldcentre.ca


Established in 1991 and located on the Exhibition grounds at 73 Ryland Avenue, the museum is one of the finest displays of farm – related artifacts in Eastern Canada, Not only farm related but also lifestyles from the past. You will find samples of Nova Scotia glass, Sibley chairs and other items produced in Nova Scotia years ago. Admission is FREE, donations accepted. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 3pm. Group tours welcomed. Visit: www.nspe.ca/farm-equipment-museum.

Upcoming Events:

July 28 – Sounds of Ages Competition and Concert – Colchester Legion Stadium , starts at noon . Check out the talent.

Aug 1st Market fare Dinner Truro Farmers Market 4:30pm visit: www.trurofarmersmarket.org

Aug 2-5 Canadian National Archery Championship Victoria Park, Marshland Drive

Aug 3 -31 Movie Nights In Victoria Park every Friday (FREE) starts

Aug 5 Concerts In Victoria Park every Sunday (FREE) – see above Editorial

Aug 6 Natal Day Concert In Victoria Park (FREE) 2pm-4pm Note: If rain at Douglas St. Recreation Centre)

Aug 7 -12 Canadian National Archery Championship –Victoria Park and Marshland Drive

Aug 11-12 Millbrook Pow Wow – visit: www.millbrookfirstnations.net  Millbrook, NS

Aug. 17 -26 TataFest in Tatamagouche –arts, crafts, entertainment and more, Visit: www.tatafesr.com

Aug.17 Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival Kick Off at Civic Square in Truro at 6pm For a full list of events all over Colchester visit: www.wildblueberryfestival.com/schedule  or see ad elsewhere in this issue.

Aug: 22-26 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition – 73 Ryland Ave., Bible Hill

Aug 24-25 – Rock The Hub Weekend – Civic Square -, Truro NS Visit; www.downtowntruro.ca/for more details.


A small flounder appears to be smiling for the camera. MLA Karen Casey took her two grandchildren for a tour of an active fishing weir off Carrs Brook. Her report begins on page 5 with additional photos on page 6. (Submitted)




Page One Briefs - August 2018

Stress Relief: Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk through 9 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Correction: Joyce Eagles advised the Shoreline Journal the headline story by Terri McCulloch in the July issue contained an error. The story should have said Colchester was a sponsor. Colchester has been very supportive each year and organizers apologize for the error. The organizing committee do get some support from individuals in Cumberland but not the county.

Five organizations in Colchester were among 53 projects receiving funding through the Recreational Facility Development Grant Program. A total of $1.8-Million in funding was announced on June 29th. The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop and improve facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Local organization receiving funding included: Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education, $23,000; Municipality of Colchester, $50,000; Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education, $26,000; Scotia Pool Society, $13,000 and Truro Golf Club, $16,300. A list of organizations receiving grants this year can be found at https://cch.novascotia.ca/recreation-facility-development

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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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