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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

January 2022


Rees' Pieces January 2022

- Stay home, be safe

Unfortunately, this Christmas season is not as enjoyable as we hoped, but we have to take guidance from health authorities and avoid large crowds and do not do any non-essential travel. This past week, Nova Scotia has recorded it’s highest rate of Covid-19 infections four days in a row. Sunday, December 19thwas an all-time high with 476 instances from lab results. 43 of the new cases are in the Northern Zone, while the Central Zone, which includes Halifax-Dartmouth reported 333 cases.

In addition to being asked not to travel unless absolutely we best find a good book, or some board games to keep ourselves amused, because sporting venues are being closed, and if it keeps up at the rate we have experienced recently, Premier Houston and Dr Strang will have to come up with a slogan, similar to McNeil’s "Stay the Blazes Home". If you are eligible you need to get your booster shot as soon as possible.

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Be prepared for "long haul"

By Maurice Rees

Covid-19 is not going away soon. A piece for advice for everyone from health professionals, government leaders at all levels and others reportedly in the know is for everyone to be prepared for the "long haul" as Covid-19 may be with us forever.

Until the spread of Covid is curtailed, health professionals are constantly advising government on the "next moves" to keep infections, hospitalizations and deaths at the lowest level possible. Guidelines are being updated several times a week. The following is a quick summary of most recent advisory activity.

Within the last two weeks because of a spike in testing and positive cases, public health is experiencing some delays in follow-up. Public health will try to contact anyone confirmed positive by the lab within 24 hours to provide information on required isolation and testing.

All cases will be asked to contact their close contacts. This may be the only contact a positive case has with public health. Detailed follow-ups are being prioritized to support contact tracing in schools, long-term care, healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, shelters and other group settings.

All close contacts, including those who are fully vaccinated, now need to isolate for 72 hours after the exposure and then get a lab-based (PCR) test. Those who are fully vaccinated can stop isolating after receiving a negative lab test. Those not fully vaccinated must continue to isolate, following the instructions for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated, found at https://www.nshealth.ca/information-covid-19-close-contacts

It is important that anyone who tests positive with a rapid test self-isolates immediately and gets a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status. If the PCR test is negative, they can stop isolating if they have no symptoms and are fully vaccinated.

On December 17, Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 8,996 tests.

Christmas Miracle- Dog Missing For a Year is Found

By Linda Harrington

River, missing for a year and spotted in many areas of northern Nova Scotia, now safely home with his humans.

Christmas recently came early for Kim Hillier of Great Village when she saw a photo of a dog on her trail cam at 4 AM. This wasn’t just any dog! This dog was named River, on the run for almost a year and Kim had spent countless hours trying to catch her.

River was adopted In October, 2020 by Michelle MacLean, of Dartmouth from a rescue in Texas. A friend was looking after her dog in Portaupique last December. River got lose and had been on the run ever since.

Kim Hillier was involved in another local search a few years ago for a dog named Annie and since that time she has learned everything she could about assisting with the recovery of missing dogs, even taking an online course to become qualified as a Missing Animal Response Technician. When you say Kim looks for lost dogs, this is a huge understatement. Kim will do whatever it takes to locate and capture a missing canine friend.

The first thing Kim suggests a person should do if their dog is missing is to post a picture on NS Lost Dog Network facebook page and then put-up posters with a large photo of the dog and a phone number to call for sightings. "Do not put the dog’s name on the poster," she insists, "You do not want a bunch or people roaring around yelling the dogs name and scaring then off." This is exactly what Kim did for River. There were posters everywhere in the community asking people to keep a look out for her.

It took three weeks before anyone reported a sighting of River and at first it was just paw prints in the snow, followed shortly by a sighting on the marsh in Portaupique and then she disappeared again for three weeks. "River went missing not close to any place she considered home but she was still in the area," says Kim, who suggests dogs will most often go to water or open trails when they first run off. "They will circle back to where they were last seen and it is important to lay a scent trail outside such as blankets, a jacket or the dog’s bed."

One day in the middle of a snowstorm Kim received a call from Peter Christensen saying he had seen River up the old Castlereagh Road in Bass River. Kim immediately launched into action, excited to have fresh tracks to following in the new fallen snow. She followed the tracks for three kilometers until the road turned into a snowmobile trail. The tracks stopped near a camp and Kim sat down to have some food. Twenty minutes later River popped her head out, so Kim started quietly singing to her, making no eye contact. River stayed for awhile but then was gone, so Kim left food and set up a trail cam. River was seen multiples times on the trail cam and Kim went up everyday to take her food and patiently sit, hoping to gain trust. A "missy trap" and a box trap were set-up, but no matter what food was used for bait, River would not go inside. After two months, River disappeared again, eventually showing up on March 21st on Station Road, Great Village.

Kim lives along the main road in Great Village, and it is interesting to note River showed up in her yard on April 17th and again on May 2nd. Did she track her down by scent?

The next sighting of River was on May 28th in Wallace, 65km from Portaupique but her next destination was even more unbelievable. River was found on June 2nd in Pictou, another 70 km from Wallace and over 100km from where she went missing. It is expected she travelled the old rail bed, but we will never know.

Kim spent five days over in Pictou, staying up all night, trying to lure River closer. She did come close to her truck on the second night for treats but eventually Kim had to give up and return home.

On July 5th, River was once again spotted back in Bass River and then on July 7th she made another visit to Kim’s yard, this time she stayed for 45 minutes.

Kim received a call from Charlene Fletcher on July 28th saying River had been spotted up at the salt shed in Londonderry and when she went to check it out there was River sitting looking at her. Kim set up and baited the traps again. "I received a lot of help from Millie Hanlan, of Station Road and we kept trying to lure her into the trap with a trail of food. For awhile we only had a few panels of the trap set up, then we added the side panels but no door. River is very visual, she would go in and out of the pen with the door off but would not go in with the door on."

River proved to be one smart and evasive dog. Kim and Millie would put the food on a paper plate just inside the door to the cage and she would pull the plate out through the door to eat.

Two weeks before being caught, River was finally going in and out of the trap (without the door being set). One night a bear showed up on the camera inside the trap, with River showing up on camera an hour later. Kim was afraid for River and decided it was time to set the trap door.

"I left teddy bears outside the door and she took the bears and then came back for food. I bought the biggest bone I could find and tied it to the door trigger and I stayed up all night for two nights. All she would do was stand right at the door, without going inside."

The third night, Kim decided to try and get some sleep at home, staying dressed and ready to go and keeping her phone near if any photos were triggered. At 4AM on Dec. 2nd, a photo came through of River at the trap and Kim jumped in her truck and on the way another photo came through of River inside the trap. When she arrived, there was River sitting calmly inside the trap.

Kim was elated, after all the hours and hours of searching, over 10,000 km in mileage and approximately $2000 dollars in gas and food, there was River! She sat down outside the trap and sang "You are My Sunshine" to her for about an hour. Millie came up and sat with her, too and then Kim went inside the trap and sat with her awhile longer. "There was no growling, no jumping and she was amazingly calm. We set up a crate, put on a slip lead and walked her around a bit and then she went into the crate and laid down."

Kim called the owner Michelle MacLean at 5AM and let her know the good news. Michelle drove up later in the day and they took River to be checked out at the vet. She passed her checkup with flying colors, except for Lyme disease, for which she is now receiving treatment.

River stayed with Kim for a few days to decompress after being in the wild so many months. She followed Kim around everywhere and the pair enjoyed some quiet time together.

Lost dog stories do not always have such a happy ending. Without the dedication and persistence of a compassionate volunteer such as Kim, they would keep on running until something terrible happened.

Looking for lost dogs takes an enormous amount of personal time and the costs can really add up for things like gas, bait food and trail cams plus cell service fees.

Kim would like readers to remember if you see a dog running lose DO NOT APPROACH, DO NOT YELL and let the dog come to you. "Dogs can turn feral in just a few hours or a few days. Sitting down, not making eye contact and pretending to eat has a much better chance of getting a dog to come to you then yelling and waving your arms."

Financial Assistance for November Storm

Nova Scotians with uninsurable damage from the heavy rain and windstorm on November 23 were able to apply for disaster financial assistance starting December 13. Applications are available online and will also be available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, municipal offices and by calling 211. The application period will be open for about three months.

Nova Scotians affected by this storm should continue to assess damage, keep all receipts, take pictures and video and work with their insurance companies.

The disaster financial assistance program helps municipalities, small businesses, not-for-profit groups and Nova Scotians get back on their feet after a disaster. The program supports those whose losses aren't covered by insurance. The program will cover uninsurable losses of up to $200,000 per household. There is no deductible.

The Canadian Red Cross will administer emergency funding on behalf of the Province to a list of identified, eligible households. The Province has been working closely with the Red Cross since the storm and will continue to work with them to ensure that eligible households receive the financial assistance they need. Applications and more information on disaster financial assistance are available at: https://beta.novascotia.ca/disaster-financial-assistance-storm-flooding

Liza Madore was heading to Halifax about to go up chicken hill. The lower clouds looked exactly like snow covered mountains.

Front Page Briefs- January 2022


Northern Pulp has submitted an Environmental Assessment, starting the two-year class II EA process for the transformation. Northern Pulp has stated that this process will be transparent and take a science-based approach. This transformation proposal was created using community input and consideration of technology that would be available to facilitate this transformation.

For the month of November, Colchester showed an increase of almost $7-Million in issued building permits. This years permits are valued at $10,162,896 compared to $3,232.573 for last year. Residential single permits were $4,381,000 compared to $1,100,000 for 2020. Residential Multiple permits are $3,360,000 compared to $440,000 for November 2020. For the fiscal year permits are $52,806,383 compared to $35,603,526 for April 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

Colchester residents are keeping renovation contractors and building supply dealers busy by receiving $720,000 in renovation permits compared to $327,000 for renovation permits issued in November 2020.

Three suspicious fires in Bible Hill are being investigated by the Colchester County District investigating three suspicious fires that occurred in Bible Hill. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 18, RCMP responded to a break and enter on Wild Chance Dr. The homeowner returned home to a house full of smoke. Investigation determined that someone had entered the home through an open window and a sweater had been set on fire. At 3:15 a.m. on Dec ember j19, RCMP and Fire responded to a structure fire Wild Chance Dr. and noted a deck on fire. While on scene at this fire, members were advised of another fire nearby on Bomber Dr. which was extinguished by the homeowner. The exterior of the house had been on fire. No one was injured during these incidents. The cause of the fires is under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Colchester County District RCMP at 902-896-5000. Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

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