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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  Maurice Rees.  He 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. 

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The Shoreline Journal

July 2020


Rees' Pieces July 2020

"Guessing Game: .08+/-"

Without a doubt since February the world has been tilted on its head with such speed it compacted the centuries of affects the industrial revolution had on all countries into a span of a couple of weeks and there was no stopping anything.

First it was CoVid-19 that quickly became a pandemic claiming over 120,000 deaths in the United States, with well over 2-million testing positive. Canada has certainly has had its hands full, trying to slow its spread and lessening its deadly results. I must say I was impressed with how diligent Prime Minister Trudeau was with daily updates and the speed which he announced many initiatives to help soften the blow on the economy.

Provincially Premier McNeill and Doctor Strang adopted roles of dedication and consistently like I have never seen in my 55+ years in this business. Yes, there were mistakes, and some people have tried to take advantage of the speed in which assistance was rendered. The good thing about their approaches was "no sugar coating", just sincere explanations and directions of what was required from each of us to slow down the community spread.

Towards the end, many people were complaining, McNeil and Strang were going too slow and keeping us confined. History will show their approach was correct for the "time" and they did not waiver an inch until they were comfortable.

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Unique graduation for CEC

By Linda Harrington

This graduate was an addition to the 2020 CEC CoVid-19  graduation ceremonies hosted at River Breeze Farm by Jim Lorraine and his family with the support of many volunteers and area businesses, whose contributions provided the unique ceremony without cost to graduates or their families. See additional photos on Pages 10 & 11. (Harrington Photo)

Sometimes you just have to be creative in troubling times! Thanks to Jim Lorraine, his wife Trish, Jeannine Garrett and lots of volunteers one of the largest High School Graduation events in Canada (with potentially 385 graduates) was able to proceed, despite a world-wide pandemic.

Jim and Trish have a daughter Eryn, and back in September they expected she would be graduating from Grade 12 at Cobequid Educational Centre in June 2020 and they would be attending a normal celebration. But once COVID-19 appeared, and classes were cancelled, it looked like Eryn and her classmates would not be able to experience this once in a lifetime milestone. It was then the Lorraine’s decided they had to try and do something and they offered to host a Graduation event at their Riverbreeze Farm in Upper Onslow.

The local community had already been hit hard with several tragedies this year, including the loss of CEC student Emily Tuck and another classmate Ameila McLeod’s father and stepmother, who were all killed during the mass shooting in April. The possibility of giving local High School graduating students something to smile about immediately had huge support.

Ameilia’s mother Jeannine Garrett started a Facebook page called CEC Grads 2020 and the excitement really began to take off.

Jim Lorraine was overwhelmed with the support from over 200 volunteers, people and businesses donating their time and money to make this happen. "Whatever we needed, people said yes, we never had anybody say no for what we asked and most of the time we didn’t’ even have to ask, they just came to us," he says.

The huge field across from the Riverbreeze Corn Maze was turned into a numbered parking lot for over 400 vehicles with a "stage" formed out of pile of gravel at the front. Graduates were invited to arrive by car with their families and park in designated spots until their name was called. They could then approach the stage and family members could drive along the front of the stage and take photos of their graduate.

Each graduate was presented with a tote bag filled with items including a meal voucher for one of ten restaurants in Truro, where they could go for a meal with their family following the ceremony while they awaited the evening events to begin at 9:00 PM. The unique graduation ceremony was held 4-7 pm with an evening party at 9 and fireworks at 10.

Jim says the committee was able to purchase 1600 meals for the graduates and their families. All expenses for the event were either donated or paid for through a GOFUNDME account that reached over $20,000 in donations.

There was much car horn honking throughout the outdoor ceremony as names were called and after all graduates had their turn walking the stage on Friday, June 26th there was a group photo staged with the graduates all throwing their caps in the air from their parking spots.

Graduates continued to celebrate after dark, with music and celebrity video greetings played on the big screen. At 10:00PM, the fireworks started with one of the largest fireworks event ever set off in the Province, dedicated to Emily Tuck and to Ameilia McLeod’s father and stepmother, Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins.

Earlier in the week graduates picked up their grad caps and gowns from CEC and over three days, five minute appointments were booked for each graduate and four family members to attend an official school-based graduation in the auditorium, where students were presented with their diplomas by the Principal.

When asked how graduates felt about their 2020 Graduation, there were nothing but rave reviews…perhaps this will be new trend.

Congratulations Class of 2020, this will certainly be one for the memory books and well deserved!

Ship’s Company goes online for 2020

By Richie Wilcox

Ship’s Company Theatre won’t be stopped by Covid-19 as it debuts its 36th season online this July. The summer theatre known for showcasing Atlantic voices has brought together some of the most acclaimed musicians from the region as well as a wide variety of talented writers to share powerful Atlantic Canadian stories and songs throughout July and August with the Parrsboro community and beyond.

"I"m so thankful to be able to share these free online offerings this summer," said Richie Wilcox, Ship's Company Theatre’s Artistic Director,
"This being my first season as Artistic Director, I really wanted to be able to connect with the community and, while this might be different than I had originally envisioned, I’m truly excited to bring our summer season directly into the homes of our loyal fans and supporters. And hopefully we’ll gain some new fans along the way!"

July 10, 2020 | The Shipwright Sessions: Beneath Springhill by Beau Dixon
Ship’s company will debut its brand new Shipwright Sessions on July 10 with a free livestreaming event. The Shipwright Sessions give you the opportunity to hear excerpts of works from the playwright themselves combined with a close-up look at the writer through mini-interviews. The first Shipwright Session features an excerpt from Beau Dixon's award-winning Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story. This one-man musical chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958. Learn the story of this Black Nova Scotian man who helped keep seven trapped miners alive and was awarded Citizen of the Year only to find his heroic act marred by racism.

July 17, 2020 | Online Music Nights: An Evening with Ryan Cook
This intimate free livestream will showcase material from Ryan Cook's newly released album Old Faithfuls. Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the-wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. Receiving over 20 award nominations in Canada including three Album of the Year awards, his acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original ballads, and classic country from the 1940s and 1950s. Ryan is no stranger to Parrsboro audiences and those that have seen him know he is a charming storyteller who is as much an entertainer as he is a songwriter.

July 24, 2020| Online Music Nights: An Evening with Vishtèn
The second installment of our free online music series features Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn Twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to dazzle audiences with their fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhran, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour-de-force of traditional and contemporary music.

July 31, 2020| The Shipwright Sessions: Silence: Mabel & Alexander Graham Bell by Trina Davies
Trina Davies shares an excerpt from her script that showcases the relationship between the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, and his deaf wife, Mabel. Written from Mabel’s point of view, this Nova Scotian tale is a beautiful and true love story about how we communicate. Davies is well known to Ship’s Company audiences as her script Shattered debuted at the theatre and Ship’s recently produced her script The Romeo Initiative.

Ship’s Company Theatre would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, the Municipality of Cumberland County, Music Nova Scotia, the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Town of Parrsboro for their continued support. Thank you also to our season sponsors O’Regans and Archway Insurance.


Unapproved Travel Trailer sites

By Maurice Rees

Although he has not been a fan of zoning in rural areas, Councillor Tom Taggart is very concerned about unlicensed travel trailer sites being developed in West Colchester. He has invested a lot of time and effort to bring one particular site before council.

After receiving an inquiry from a constituent Councillor Tom Taggart had council during the May meeting discuss what could be done about several unlicensed travel trailer locations in the West Colchester area? He added the matter the matter back onto the June 25th monthly meeting and part of his presentation was a series on on-site pictures from Orchard Beach Road in the Economy area.

Upon investigation at Orchard Beach Road, he found an area close to the water, which contained approximately 12 travel trailer units located on a lot which does not have any regulatory approval. The general area had been sub-divided by a previous landlord, but one marshy area was purchased by the present owner during a county sponsored tax sale.

On the lots which were subdivided, expensive homes have been constructed. For the owner of a house located on a property adjoining the travel trailer locations, the most recent residential tax bill was $2,164. Taggart says upon further investigation the owner of the lot containing the trailers pays approximately $89.00 in property taxes. He has several concerns about the matter and asked council to find ways to correct the imbalances and also protect owners of existing campgrounds.

Some of the concerns expressed included a power line is connected to a tree; the location is concerned "dry", which means there is no water or sewer services; and the County’s CAO indicated he has received seven calls of concerns after the matter was brought before council during the June monthly meeting.

During council’s discussion suggestions including legislation which would limit locating to one travel trailer per lot; two or more would require installation of approved water and sewer services, which would also involve change in category of use of property from farmland or resource based to a commercial assessment, or check the legalities of introducing a new by-law.

Councillor Bill Masters said, "the longer we let it go the harder it will be to stop it". Another councillor during the Zoom conducted council meeting suggested perhaps a request to Department of Environment to conduct weekly checks on such property locations.

In the end council decided to sent the matter to the PAC committee, who will work with the county solicitor to bring forth an appropriate and enforceable solution.

Debert Fire – NS Power - The cleanup and restoration is ongoing this morning after an overnight fire on Plains Road, Debert. A truck carrying 1000 20lb propane tanks ignited into a raging inferno with exploded propane tanks. Fire brigades from Onlsow-Belmont & Debert worked many hours in a dangerous setting to contain the blaze. (Photo credit to Tyrel Swan)

Page One Briefs - July 2020

STRESS RELIEF: You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.

In anticipation of the municipal elections will be held in October, Colchester has hired a returning officer for the Municipal Election. Mr. Guy Wheeler, who served as Provincial Returning Officer, started on June 15th. Dawn Graham will be returning as the Assistant Returning Office in early July. Ms. Graham served as the Assistant Returning Officer in 2016 and also has experience with provincial elections.

Councillor Taggart has been fighting the battle on behalf of local farmers, who need immigrant foreign workers to compliment their staffing, has suggested it might be beneficial for a committee with a couple of Council members to work with the Federation of Agriculture in preparation for an economic re-launch following Covid-19.

Colchester’s agriculture community will be facing worker shortages this year because there are over 100 Jamaican workers that have been medically tested and are ready to come back to Canada however, they cannot get the Canadian Government to supply the VISAs fast enough. The workers were needed by June 1st.

Covid-19 has resulted in a long lonely days for patients or residents in hospitals and long care facilities, because visiting privileges have been curtailed. Colchester’s Councillor Cooper advised council’s executive committee of a complaint that there is only one portable phone at the Truro Hospital for patients and staff in 30 rooms and there are no video capabilities. Mayor Blair suggested people should contact Ryan Sommers, Chair of the Advisory Committee, regarding their concerns.






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County of Colchester Emergency /

Grief Line / Help Line Numbers

Families of victims may contact Kelly Gratto-McCarthy at 902 843-4193 or 902 893-0677 for details on how to access the funeral support funding.

Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7. Call (toll-free) 1-800-668-6868

Morneau Shepell has opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Call (toll free) 1-844-751-2133.

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia are offering services to enhance the physical and mental health of adults, children, adolescents, and families. Contact 902-422-9183.

HOSPICE Colchester East Hants is also available for grief support by calling 902-893-3265.

For any community member requiring assistance finding the support they need contact Jennifer or Kaitlyn at the Municipality by calling 902-897-3185


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