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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 have initiated a redesign of the paper, with the addition of several colour pages 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 has already added new features to the Journal; and since November 2008 has operated her own business, Dorothy’s T-shirt Factory, which has been  renamed to “tshirtsrus.ca”.  The energetic couple have a busy schedule as they are also sales agents for Nelson Monuments.

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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:

Bass River, CCJS Student Council, Chiganois, Debert Elementary, Debert Legion, Great Village, Londonderry Council, MacCarell Villa, Masstown, Onslow Belmont, skating clubs & other groups


Good-bye fuel pumps! Glenholme Petro-Can shut down its fuel pumps at the end of July putting an end to a long history of fuel service in the Glenholme area. The restaurant and diesel card-lock are remaining open, with showers and a lounge area for truck drivers. Petro Canada's Territory Manager Rick Graham told The Shoreline Journal the company had been planning on pulling the pumps in Glenholme at the end of 2013, but then extended the deadline after a new location was designated for Masstown, as a convenience to their customers. (Harrington Photo)


Rees' Pieces-October 2014

October 2014 - Pressure on Liberals to Manage

Many have watched to see if the newly elected McNeil government would keep or break promises made during the election campaign. Kudos to them. So far, they have done what they said they were going to do.

With the publication of Graham Steele’s book, providing an insight into how governments work on the inside, it appears most decisions are made on electability, not on what’s good for the province in the short and long term. With the Ivany Report as a wakeup call and a roadmap, the challenges are much greater than just decisions made by MLA’s. It requires all elected personnel, to consult, counsel, persuade, beg and twist arms of the general electorate to change their way of thinking and expectations.

The electorate individually and collectively must also keep pressure on MLA’s and municipal councillors to create the climate to bring changes to this province. If we do not succeed in making this province a better and more economical place to live, work and play, we only need to look in the mirror to see who is at fault.

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Deb Howell’s Life Changed in an Instant

By Linda Harrington

Debert: Deb Howell’s nightmare began on Feb. 10th, 2014. One minute she was a healthy 57 year old, working two jobs, as a house cleaner and employee at Masstown Market, enjoying life and able to walk 5km/day, and then all at once her world was turned upside down.

"I walked the dog as usual and then came in and sat down to watch a little television," says Deb Howell.

"Soon it was time for bed, and that’s when I realized I couldn’t get up."

Deb’s husband rushed her into the Emergency department right away and doctors were baffled by her condition. Xrays showed there were no bones broken and she was referred to a specialist in New Glasgow.

With no known cause for her pain and debilitation, doctors decided to take a specimen from her hip and they found a serious infection which was now spreading rapidly throughout the muscles in her hip. The type of infection, known as Staph (Staphylococci ) can be found normally in healthy adults but in the majority of cases, the bacteria do not cause any problems.

"I have had six months of different antibiotics, with two IV antibiotics," says Deb, who has been in terrible pain and unable to walk, without the use of a walker, ever since. "Doctors operated to flush out my hip at one point. They tell me I am a complete mystery as something like this doesn’t usually hit healthy people. I hadn’t even had so much as a cold in years."

Deb has spent time in Truro and Halifax hospital over the last six and half months, and many long weeks recovering at home. "I can’t say enough about the VON nurses, they have been wonderful," she says.

Deb’s friends Donna Currie and Trudy Moore decided it was time to do something nice for this special lady. "Deb is a really nice person and does a lot for everyone," says Donna. "We wanted to do a little something to brighten her days and decided to host "Deb Day"."

"Deb Day" was held at the Debert Fire Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21st. Friends and family stopped by for a potluck meal and many bought raffle tickets on several amazing gift baskets. "Deb hasn’t been able to work in months and any donations received will be a big help as she continues her recovery," says Donna Currie.

Deb recently received the news she had been waiting for. "I will be getting a hip replacement on Nov. 6th, if all goes well at the pre-op clinic at the end of October," she says with a big smile.

The pain is mostly gone but she still has a bad day here and there and it has been difficult to keep her spirits up, after being such an active person and now only getting out of the house about once a week. This is why "Deb Day" was such a huge boost for her. "I had mixed emotions and was rather nervous coming today, but it has been wonderful to visit with so many friends and neighbours, and to have my family here, " says Deb. "I really want to thank each and every person, including those who sent best wishes from afar. I really appreciate what everyone has done for me."

We wish Deb well as her recovery continues.

Ski Wentworth’s Fall Festival of Colours - October 11-12th

By Maurice Rees

Why not spend Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends in the great outdoors at the annual Fall Festival of Colours being held October 11 & 12 at Ski Wentworth.

For a spectacular view of the leaves, ride the chairlift to the top of Wentworth Mountain. It’s one of the most amazing views you’ll see of the Valley. Get your exercise walking back down the mountain. Please note: this is a one way trip only. There is no transportation down the mountain. Its recommended participants are in good physical condition, as the hike down can be physically demanding.

There is no mountain bike access. Sorry, no pets allowed on the chairlift.

This event is weather permitting. Please check the website for updates at  www.skiwentworth.ca or www.facebook.com/skiwentworth

Ski Wentworth General Manager Leslie Wilson says the Fall Festival of Colours continues to grow in popularity. "We had another great turnout last season," said Wilson. "It has become part of a family Thanksgiving tradition. You see the same folks back with the kids and grandkids. It’s a great, active way to spend the day with the family in a beautiful setting."

The chairlift runs from 10am to 4pm. Cost is $15 per person or $40 for a family (maximum 5). There’s a barbeque at the base of the mountain at noon.

The chairlift ride up takes about 20 minutes. The walk down is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Its recommended participants are in relatively good physical condition as the hike can be demanding. 

Back by popular demand, there will be a Petting Zoo (Saturday only) with barnyard animals from a local farm and the Haystack Playground for the kids. Plus, there’s a Scavenger Hunt. 

If you’d like some more direction to your day, why not take a guided hike to High Head? Depart 10am sharp from the Old Valley School House on Barclay Road for an 11km (three hour) hike to High Head. This is an intermediate level hike. This is a free tour, however, donations are gladly accepted for the Old Valley School House. 

Hiking the Maritimes largest ski area is almost as much fun as skiing it! The Early Bird Season pass is on now until Oct. 31. Pick up your application at the Fall Festival of Colours or buy online at: www.skiwentworth.ca  

Need new or used ski or snowboard gear for the upcoming season? The Wentworth Open House, Ski Swap and Craft Sale is Saturday, November 22 at Ski Wentworth.

Make the Fall Festival of Colours part of your family Thanksgiving tradition, Oct. 11 & 12 in the beautiful Wentworth Valley. www.skiwentworth.ca 

$15,000 Raised at Fund Raiser for Cooke Family

By Linda Harrington


Now who would pay money to put Councillor Tom Taggart in jail? (not the Shoreline Journal!) Trevor Spencer has his hands full getting this guy to go quietly!

The field behind Faith Baptist Church in Great Village was bubbling with good food and fun times on August 23rd, as the extended community came together in support of Brent Cooke and his family.

Forty-seven year old Brent Cooke suffered a massive stroke in May, 2013 and has been in the intensive care unit at the Truro hospital ever since. He is paralyzed from the neck down.

A $45,000 wheel chair was generously donated to Brent but modifications costing about $15,000 are necessary. This is when the community event, sponsored by Great Village Baptist Church, came to life.

The main event for the day was a ball tournament, with a bake sale, bbq, dunk tank, bouncy house, mock jail and more.

Many area businesses generously donated to the fund raiser including: Masstown Market, KFC, Classic Rentals, Great Village Wilson’s, TRA Cash & Carry, Debert Hospitality Center, Colchester Bouncy House Rental.

Members of the community pitched in with baking and donating auction items.

Family spokesperson Sonya Barnhill says an amazing $11,800 was raised that day and since then more donations have come in bringing the total up to the goal of $15,000.

"Brent's family has been completely overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. It is so hard to find the words to express our thankfulness and to describe how this has touched our hearts. It has been an extremely difficult time and to have this financial burden lifted from Shirley, Brent and family has been an incredible blessing. Not to mention, the wheelchair will give Brent some independence, which is the greatest gift of all," says Sonya, Shirley’s sister.

The wheelchair is currently undergoing the necessary modifications.

The family sends a huge thank you to Faith Baptist Church and its members for hosting the event and to everyone who donated their time, food and prizes, and to those that came out and showered love and support on the Cooke family. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts," says Sonya.

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H4HNS Open Farm Day - It was Open Farm day throughout NS on Sept. 21st  and Harvest 4 Hunger Nova Scotia hosted an event in front of Captain Cob’s Corn Maze, Masstown. Ian MacHattie and Brenda Leenders were giving an informative presentation on the harvest of corn and the H4HNS program, while those who stopped by enjoyed free corn on the cob. (Harrington Photo)

Lawrence R. Nicoll, renowned landscape photographer from Parrsboro and regular contributor to the Shoreline Journal, has announced an exhibit of his Maritime landscape photographs entitled "Chasing Light" will be held at the Marigold Theatre Art Gallery, Truro during the month of October. The exhibit will be available for viewing Oct. 3rd to the 28th with an opening reception October 8th.

Members of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) demonstrated outstanding generosity earlier in September when they presented a cheque of over $1.5 million to support a significant redevelopment project benefiting the IWK Health Centre’s tiniest and most critically ill babies.

The 37th annual Nova Scotia 4-H Pro-Show, the largest in Canada was just completing when this issue was going to press. Extensive coverage will be provided in next months issue. The 4-H show took place Sept. 26-28, at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill with 40 projects, 90 classes, and 2,400 entries displayed.

Nominations for the NS Country Music Hall of Fame for 2015 inductees begins on October 1st. The general public is invited to submit nominations no later than midnight February 15, 2015 by regular mail NOT by fax or email . For more information and nomination forms go to our website www.nscmhf.ca or Email: floyd.spicer@ns.sympatico.ca  or call (902) 462-0694.

The closing service of St James United Church, Great Village was held Sunday evening, September 28 with Rev. Valerie Kingsbury as guest speaker. This issue had gone to press at that time, so we’ll provide coverage in the next issue.

Colchester SPCA 2015 Pet Photo Calendars are available. Price is $10.00 and can be bought from the shelter and various businesses.

A Coastal Erosion Conference which was being proposed for October 5th in the multipurpose room at Fundy Geological Museum has been postponed until spring 2015. Organizing of the conference entitled, "Coastal Erosion – Challenges and Opportunities" was being spearheaded by Dr. Tim J Fedak, Director/Curator, Fundy Geological Museum. Details of next spring’s conference will be announced at a later date.

Devin Trefry has been appointed Acting Executive Director.  He has twelve years experience as CNTA’s Marketing Director. He may be contacted at: devin@centralnovascotia.com or call 902-893-8782 or 1-800-895-1177.

Humour Corner: Here’s a bit of Marriage Humour: Wife: What are you doing? Husband: Nothing.  Wife: 'Nothing . . .. ? You've been studying our marriage certificate for quite some time. Husband: I was looking for the expiration date.

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Submission Deadlines 2014

Issue Deadline Published
August 2014 July 22 July 30
September 2014 August 19 August 27
October 2014 September 23 October 1
November 2014 October 21 October 29
December 2014 November 18 November 26
January 2015 December 9 December 17
February 2015 January 20, 2015 January 28, 2015

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Maurice & Dorothy Rees, Publishers
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PH: 902-647-2968; Cell: 902-890-9850
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