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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

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July 2017 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces - July 2017- After the Election...

It’s three days after the May 30th election. All election signs have not been removed; recounts in constituencies requiring them have not been held and there is already talk about major changes and probably at least one by-election. Jamie Baillie, who lead the PC’s to almost doubling the seat count has flown a test balloon, he’d lead the 17 PC MLA’s through the upcoming session of the legislature.

However, he’s also going to review his plans for the next four years. Essentially, he’s saying that by late summer, or early fall he’ll be resigning as party leader. Several party members expect since he lives in Halifax, he’ll resign as Cumberland South MLA.

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Lawrence Nicoll enjoys taking landscape photos of scenic areas where artists like to paint or tourists enjoy stopping to take in the beauty.  This photo of Five Islands would make a great postcard.  - (Lawrence R. Nicoll photo)

"We Have Just Begun" - MacFadden

By Alan Johnson

The Little Dyke Residents’ Association is heartened by the fact more than 53 families and 10 government officials have taken the time to produce written statements about the plan by Irving-owned OSCO Aggregates to expand their Little Dyke gravel quarry into a mega-pit.

The group’s Ian MacFadden says comments show people are extremely upset with the way the Irving-controlled company is planning to push ahead. MacFadden points out many people are expressing their disbelief by submitting photographic evidence of suspected wrongdoing on what Irving-OSCO has developed in their smaller pit over the past ten years.

"The comments will serve us well as we secure a meeting with the new Environment Minister, Iain Rankin," says MacFadden. "People aren’t going to roll over and let industry ruin their lives anymore. This is a new generation of home-owners blended with long-time residents in the Little Dyke area who know corporations need to exist, but they also know giant projects like this one have to be done in consultation with people living nearby. We just haven’t had a chance to make ourselves heard until now, so the Minister will definitely hear what we have to say from now on. "

MacFadden says there are currently two meetings in the works as residents mobilize their efforts into the early part of the summer.

He says "it’s especially useful that people who are commenting on things as varied as the water table disruption, destruction of watercourses running through the proposed area, light and noise pollution and wildlife habitat destruction are adamant."

"Some have even proposed lying across the road to block the project, " says MacFadden, "which is expected to produce dozens of new heavy trucks on the Little Dyke Road, Highway 2 and Highway 4 near Masstown’s new interchange. "

"We’ve only just begun to get this thing on the public radar. Expect to hear more about this in the weeks to come, he says. "The Irvings and OSCO have demonstrated no economic benefits with this project. It’s just not worth the risk."

Internet Feasibility Study Approved

By Maurice Rees

Fiber or equally as fast internet service could be coming to all of Colchester County if an Internet Improvement Study and Plan determines it’s feasible and possible. Residents, including constant pressure from Councillor Tom Taggart, have been calling for improved internet service for ages. At its committee meeting on June 15th a recommendation will go forward to council on June 29th to undertake a $9,000 feasibility plan and study.

In a presentation to council committee by Mark Austin, acting Economic Development Officer and staff researcher, it was recommended Council Committee recommend to Council staff undertake the work necessary to produce a Colchester Internet Improvement Feasibility Study and Plan; and, source external funds or allocate funds from the existing Economic Development and Community Development operating budgets to a maximum of $9,000 to cover the expenses and consultant fees. Staff will report back to Council on or before November 2017.

In mid-May the County of Annapolis announced it was borrowing $13-Million to implement a county wide internet project. External funding for the $18-Million project has been received from other levels of government. It is anticipated the build-out will take 18 months.

With a $14-Million allocation being part of the provincial government’s budget proposal and a $750-Milllion CRTC lead project undergoing regulatory development, it appears funding participation might be possible. Staff wants to have a "shovel-ready" action plan in place as soon as funding allocations at the federal and provincial level is confirmed.

Content of the Study and Plan will include: Mapping the current state of available service and gaps in Colchester County; Mapping and identifying ownership of existing system infrastructure (backbone, middle mile, last mile); Describing under-serviced areas according to system challenges and opportunities
(including property ownership and terrain mapping), number of households/businesses/institutions, gap solutions (with future-proofing perspective), jurisdictions, active ISPs in areas, and anticipated costs and funding scenarios for solutions.

Other aspects of the study include: Prioritizing incremental installations in conjunction with above information (quick wins and bang for buck analysis); Exploring funding and partnership opportunities, including other municipalities, community groups, businesses, Federal and Provincial agencies and department; Considering other jurisdictions who where municipalities have had central roles in internet
improvements (eg. Ammon Idaho, Olds Alberta, Stratford Ontario and Annapolis County Nova Scotia).
Methods of community engagement, funding mechanisms and other content identified in the project design or implementation phase will form part of the study.

Implementation of the study anticipates $2,000 of staff time and up to $7,000 for a consultant.

A baby fox prances through the dandelions in the sunshine! - (Harrington Photo)


Fundy Fun Day Economy - July 8th

By Marlee Leslie

The Glooscap Bazaar is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in a big way.  A group of local volunteers are pitching in to celebrate the occasion and to raise funds for a new roof.  Locals are being encouraged to participate in the annual 75 Km Yard Sale from Mingo's Corner, Onslow to Parrsboro. One of the volunteer organizers, Marlee Leslie says, "On July 8th join us at the Ecomony Recreation Centre for 'Fundy Fun Day' to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Glooscap Country Bazaar.  Following the yard sale and barbecue fundraisers, from 6:30pm to 8pm we'll have all-ages activities, games, refreshments and desserts.

She added, "From 8:30 onwards enjoy the bar and Old Time music at the Economy Rec Centre.  As a fundraiser it's $10 admission for adults and FREE for children.  Committee members have been busy arranging for a number of door prizes.  Admission automatically enters you in many door prize draws and proceeds go towards a new Bazaar roof."

Shoreline Journal Awarded 2 Certificates

By Maurice Rees

Although the Shoreline Journal did not walk away with any awards at the Newspapers Atlantic awards ceremony held in Halifax on June 3rd, it did receive two Certificates of Accomplishment for being a standing finalist (top 3) in two categories of the 2017 Better Newspapers Competition (BNC).

The certificates were for Outstanding Community Engagement for its annual 90 & 90+ Birthday celebration for area residents who are 90 or older. The 7th Annual celebration was held in early May at the Economy Recreation Centre and was reported with lots of photos in the June issue.

The second certificate was for "outstanding new revenue idea" for the Shoreline’s accelerated expansion into Cumberland County by launching the "South Cumberland News" to provide additional coverage to the Parrsboro, Port Greville, Advocate and Southampton areas of Cumberland County.

The annual BNC awards are judged by approximately 20 community / weekly newspaper professionals from across Canada. In the General Excellence Class 1 category for member papers with circulation less than 3,000, the Shoreline Journal ranked fifth against similar papers across Atlantic Canada.

The category was won by the Clarenville Packet who achieved a score of 775 out of 1,000 points covering 8 aspects of newspaper accomplishments. The Shoreline’s 5th place score was 710. Member papers achieving a higher score were Clarenville Packet (winner – 775); Gander Beacon, 750; Port Hawkesbury Reporter, 725; and St Anthony Northern Pen, 715.

Of the eight categories, the Shoreline Journal with 140 points was in a three way first place tie with the Clarenville Packet and Port Hawkesbury Reporter in the community news and features category. In the presentation and production quality, the Shoreline was in a two way tie for first place (70 points) with the ultimate winner, Clarenville Packet.

The Shoreline was tied for second place ranking in the Advertising Content and Photography categories. In the eight categories, the Shoreline’s accumulated 710 scored was comprised of 140 points out of 200 for community news and features; 110 out of 150 points for Editorial and Op-Ed page; 110 our of 150 points for advertising content; 70 out of 150 points for front page; 70 out of 100 points for presentation and production quality; 70 out of 100 points for photography; 60 out of 100 points for local ad design and 30 out of possible 50 points for sports coverage.

The larger General Excellence Class 2 category (circulation larger than 3,000 copies) was won by LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater and Lunenburg area with 805 out of a possible 1,000 points.


Page One Briefs - July 2017

STRESS RELIEF: The biggest lie I tell myself is..."I don't need to write that down; I'll remember it."

Senior Moments: A day or so prior to my recent birthday my youngest brother, baby of the family, thought he was being a smartie and sent an email to his older brothers and sisters, with the following note: "You are older than me so maybe you can relate. I don't get it! Lol!". You will enjoy what you find when clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xv1tMioGgXI?rel=0

The Shoreline Journal has complained to CBC about copyright infringement when it posted an online story on June 1st, which included a photo from the November 2013 issue without seeking permission. The photo formed part of its "Little Yorke Road" investigative story by Yvonne Colbert and Phlis McGregor. We called CBC Investigates to express our disapproval for using the photo without seeking permission. They replied stating, CBC News published the photo from the Shoreline Journal, with credit to the photographer and the publication, under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. 

Fun in the Sun Day Camps registration will be held at Masstown Market on Wednesday, June 28th from 6-7PM.The Municipality of the County of Colchester’s Fun in the Sun Day Camps are coming to you. We will be in Great Village, at the Elementary School from July 24-28th. We will also be at Debert Elementary from August 14-18th. Both camps will run from 9-3pm. You can also register at 1 Church Street, Truro, or print and mail forms at: www.colchester.ca/fun-in-the-sun-day-camps Feel free to call, email, or drop by for more information, 902-897-3185 or recreation@colchester.ca

At Colchester’s council meeting on June 29th, Doug MacInnes, councillor for District 9, is expected to ask for a temporary leave of absence. Earlier this year, as Wilson’s Home Heating Sales Manager he received a significant promotion resulting in extensive travel and additional responsibilities. He is anticipated to rejoin council in September.

The generosity of Maritimers came through loud and clear, when they pledged $6,462,352.04 in support of the IWK.on June 3 & 4 for another record-breaking year for the annual IWK Telethon on CTV. The show wrapped up for the 33rd time on Sunday evening after broadcasting live from the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and remote locations in Sydney, Saint John and Charlottetown this weekend.

Colchester District RCMP is investigating the theft of a side-by-side from a property on Crowes Mills Road. The side-by-side is a 2013 Can Am 'Maverick 1000', and is black and yellow in colour. It was taken sometime between May 12 and May 15. Colchester District RCMP is investigating this matter and is asking anyone with information about it to call them at 902 893 6820, or 1 800 803 RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

On June 18th more than 5,000 people from across Canada and around the world participated in the IWK Run for Families on the Confederation Bridge as part of BridgeFest 150. They raised more than $195,000 for the IWK Foundation and donations continue to pour in.

Jim Eisenhauer, Michael Donovan and Chris Huskilson were inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame during a celebration of the event’s 25th anniversary on May 31, 2017. The event was attended by over 1,000 c-suite executives and business leaders from all corners of industry. Through sponsorship, table sales, a raffle and personal pledges, the event raised $544,896 in support of JA Nova Scotia programs, which was a record for the event. The event was chaired by Colin MacDonald; 2015 Laureate, corporate sponsor and personal donor.

On May 20 during National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, Nova Scotia RCMP charged 17 motorists for impaired driving and issued nine roadside suspensions. Of those charged with impaired driving, 14 were impaired by alcohol and three were impaired by drug. Additionally this year, Nova Scotia RCMP issued nine roadside suspensions due to driving with a Blood Alcohol Content between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in one hundred milliliters of blood (50mg% to 80mg%).

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Submission Deadlines 2017

Issue Deadline Published
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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