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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:

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 2016 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces

August 2016 - Let’s invest in ourselves

Before I get into the main focus of this column, permit me a say a few words about immigrants and our need of more. We have three ways to grow our economy. (1) Keep our youth here. (2) become more daring, innovative and increase our efficiency. (3) Bring in a large number of immigrants, who have young families.

Nova Scotians know how to be friendly, helpful and welcoming. We can teach them English and help them find work. What we as commoners cannot do is control how their professional credentials are looked upon.

I listened to a segment on CBC Radio, Halifax, which profiled an immigrant couple from Pakistan who have been here for two years. He has work, but she can’t get a job. She is trained as a hair dresser, but can’t work in that field, because she is not accredited here.

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Michael Congdon - Michael Congdon, of the Opportunity Pony Club, will be representing Canada at the North American Challenge Quiz in Mill Spring, North Carolina July 18th- 31st. The Quiz requires teams to compete in written tests, tack identification, and horse based games. Michael is one of only four Pony Club members from across Canada attending the event. Congratulations Michael! (Harrington Photo)

NSPE 70th Anniversary features "Celebrate Local"

The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) is right around the corner and this year is celebrating the 70 year anniversary on site at the current Bible Hill location. With the 70th anniversary comes a new look, a new feel, and a new promise of what attendees can expect. Volunteers and organizers are excited to open the gates in August to an organized, clean, family-oriented event that focuses on fun, agriculture, and celebrating local.

In fact, ‘’Let’s Celebrate’’ is the theme of this year’s exhibition and there truly is lots of fun and activity planned and happening in anticipation of the event including the appearance of the green shirted Street Team popping up at local events throughout the summer and handing out free passes. The NSPE is presented by Masstown Market and a huge thank you is extended to all sponsors.

This year, organizers are happy to offer a family day pass for $20 allowing a family of 5 entrance to the grounds. The Exhibition runs Monday August 22nd to Saturday August 27th. A full schedule of events with detailed times will be released on social media and the website the first week of August, however highlights to mark in the calendar include:

Monday August 22 – 4H Family Day! Free entrance to the grounds to check out the 4H animals, displays, and skill presentations. Food vendors will be on-site so pop by and have lunch! Opening Ceremonies for the Exhibition will take place at 7pm. Stay tuned for a special show announcement! Please note: Hinchey’s Midway & Carnival and the Industrial Building will open on Tuesday.

Tuesday August 23 – The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition ALL Talent Show is back by popular demand! Please visit www.nspe.ca to enter! Please note: Celebrate Local Vendor Fair starts Thursday.

Wednesday August 24 – The Rear Wheel Drive Demolition Derby will begin at 7pm with the Fiddle Fest to follow at 8pm in the Industrial Building! Please note: Celebrate Local Vendor Fair starts Thursday.

Thursday August 25 – The Celebrate Local Vendor Fair will open at 10am to 8pm in the Industrial Building. There will be Live Harness Horse Racing on the track and a Learn-to-Bet Night. Only $2.00! Come take a chance and pick your favorite horse. A Nova Scotia Music Week Showcase featuring Alana Yorke, Three Sheet, and The Town Heroes starts at 9pm at the Grandstand Patio!

Friday August 26 – The Celebrate Local Vendor Fair continues (10am to 8pm) in the Industrial Building. The Front Wheel Drive Demolition Derby starts at 7pm. Stay tuned for a big announcement on a good ol’ country concert!

Saturday August 27 – The Celebrate Local Vendor Fair continues (10am to 8pm) in the Industrial Building. The highly anticipated Truck Pulls are BACK!

ALL WEEK - Come out to see 4H, Forever Memories Equestrian Centre, the Farm Equipment Museum, Hinchey’s Midway & Carnival, Festival Vendors, the Flower & Vegetable Show, Rug-Hooking, Photography, Fine Crafts and Home Baking in Industrial Building! Check website for specific times for Goat, Sheep, Beef, Dairy, Draft Horse, Light Horse, Ox Pull, Tug of War, Rodeo, and MBRA Pole Bending & Barrel Racing shows happening throughout the week.

Please see website for entry forms for all of the above to enter any of the shows: www.nspe.ca www.facebook.ca/OfficialNSPE @nspe_truro on twitter and Instagram

Please note: information is accurate as of date of print. Check website for final times and locations. See you at the Ex!

Taggart appointed FCM Committee Vice-Chair

By Maurice Rees

Councilor Tom Taggart, District 10 has been appointed Vice Chair of the Federation Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Standing Committee on Social Economic Development. Taggart, who has served on Colchester Municipal Council since 2008, was appointed to his second term on the FCM Board of Directors as a Nova Scotia representative earlier this spring.

Taggart’s appoint as vice chair of the committee was announced by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Clarke Somerville earlier in July. The Mandate of this Standing Committee is to provide the Board of Directors of FCM with recommendation's on priority and program issues as they pertain to: Housing, Homelessness, Aging, Culture and Community Infrastructure, Immigration and Municipal-Aboriginal Relations.

Mayor Bob Taylor and County Council are very pleased and proud of Tom's appointment to this vitally important leadership role. Mayor Taylor echoed the sentiments of his colleagues by stating "Tom Taggart has been one of the true leaders on County Council and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of the Municipality of the County of Colchester. We have every confidence that he will make a meaningful contribution in addressing issues of national significance".

It is expected that over the next year, one of the Committees primary objectives will be to work with the Board of Directors to develop a policy and advocacy position to enable FCM to advocate on behalf of Canadian Municipalities as the Government of Canada develops their National Housing Strategy.

For his part, Taggart is very grateful for the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee. In only his second year on the National Board, he is humbled to have been selected and is committed to supporting the efforts of FCM. Moreover, he stated "It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as National Vice Chair and to have a voice in addressing issues for all Canadians. In particular, I am pleased to have the opportunity to advocate for the Senior Citizens of Nova Scotia; many of whom are from rural communities where housing is a real concern given that many are on fixed incomes and are challenged to remain in their family home".

Although new to his role as Vice Chair, Councillor Taggart is a Director of the Colchester East Hants Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and has a thorough understanding of the linkage between homelessness and Mental Health issues.

FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.

For more information, contact the Municipality of the County of Colchester at (902) 897-3184

Debert Days revived – August 10-14

Submitted by Marie Benoit

Debert Days have been revived by Marie Benoit and her team of volunteers, who have taken it upon themselves to bring back the festivities, which were a big hit several years ago, until volunteers at that time got burned-out.

Not wanting to over-promise, Marie and her committee have only undertaken what they were comfortable they could handle. Planned events include:

August 10 a supper at the firehall provided by the UCW. August 11 will be the pageant for Little Miss and Master at the Debert Legion.

Friday, August 12 will feature a family dance at the Debert Firehallm while Saturday, August 13, the big day, will include the parade and several other Debert Day events.

An open air service is planned for Sunday, August 14th to conclude what is planned to be an annual mid-August Debert Days festivities.

Page One Briefs - August 2016

Tourism Nova Scotia has announced that NovaScotia.com has been ranked as one of the best tourism websites in the world, according to Skift, a prominent media company based out of New York City, that deciphers and defines global travel trends.

Spencer Point Road is reduced to one lane during paving and other improvements from Trunk 2 for 1.4 km. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. The project is expected to be finished Wednesday, August 31.

Karen Casey was nominated, unopposed, by the Colchester North Liberal Association as the candidate for Colchester North for the next provincial election. The nomination meeting was held Thursday, July 21st at Valley Kempton Fire Hall. She has served the area since 2006. Currently she serves in cabinet as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development with the additional responsibility as Chair Treasury and Policy Board. She also sits on the Standing Committee for Internal Affairs. Premier McNeil has asked all constituencies to have candidates nominated prior to Labour Day. A date for the next election has not been set.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, will seek a single supplier to produce driver's licenses and photo identification cards for all four provinces. The change is expected to save Nova Scotia $1.2 million over five years. Cards would no longer be printed at Registry of Motor Vehicles and Access Nova Scotia Centres, but would instead be printed at a central facility and sent to customers through the mail. Clients would be given a temporary document at the service counter that will be valid until the card arrives. The new, more secure cards will be issued when existing cards are up for renewal.

Eric Boutilier has announced he will run to represent District 1 in this fall’s municipal election. He retired in June from the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, where he was the Guidance Counsellor at Bible Hill Junior High and, most recently, the Suspension Support teacher for the Cobequid Family of Schools. Eric has also volunteered with the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, Nova Scotia Music Week and the Dutch Mason Blues Festival. The area has been represented by Councillor Christine Blair, who is vacating the seat to run for the Mayor’s position.

Scott Armstrong has been appointed principal of Great Village Elementary School. Previously he was MP for Cumberland-Colchester and most recently, up until this month, was the Conservative Party’s unelected official critic for Atlantic Canada and ACOA.

Ron Cavanaugh, Councillor District 8, announced at June council meeting, he will be reoffering for another term in the upcoming October Municipal election.

Sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station are reduced to one lane for paving, widening, and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk.

Three wines from Nova Scotian wineries were presented with the 2016 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines at a ceremony at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax, on July 21.

The Centre Communautaire Francophone de Truro, Truro are receiving $6000 under the Age-Friendly Community Grant for an intergenerational project that will have seniors facilitate workshops for children at the Acadian school, sharing their knowledge through songs, painting, writing, dance, games and crafts. At the end there will be a showcase event of the various works created by the children under the seniors' guidance. This is the only grant recipient in Colchester.

Nova Scotia Power has launched a new outage map giving Nova Scotians the most detailed, up-to-date information on outages. It has enhanced features that include showing all outages affecting Nova Scotia Power customers, regardless of the size of the outage, and displaying shaded outage areas to provide better clarity on where outages are occurring. It also enables customers to find their outage by zooming in to their location, searching by an address, bookmarking certain views and using location tracking. The map is completely functional on mobile phones and tablets. The map is accessible at: www.outagemap.nspower.ca

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Submission Deadlines 2016

Issue Deadline Published
March 2016 February 23 March 2
April 2016 March 22 March 30
May 2016 April 19 April 27
June 2016 May 24 June 1
July 2016 June 21 June 29
August 2016 July 19 July 27
September 2016 August 23 August 31
October 2016 September 20 September 28
November 2016 October 25 November 2
December 2016 November 22 November 30
January 2017 December 12 December 20

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