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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


Rees' Pieces - November 2015

Were lessons learned?

Was the election campaign too long? Did the regulations passed by government and mandated for Elections Canada help in the voting? Was the electorate happy when they got to the polls?

To answer the questions posed above regarding the election. Yes the campaign was too long. It was difficult for all parties to engage the number of volunteers needed to provide true democracy and by voting day thousands of volunteers were too tired to really care. They just wanted it over.

If you wish to take lessons on how to make an already irate electorate even more frustrated and madder to the point they threw their ID card at those working the polls on October 19th just follow was Elections Canada was forced to do.

Read the full editorial...

$50,000 approved for Palliser Master Plan

By Maurice Rees

In September Council approved $50,000 (1/3 of the total cost) towards completion of a master plan on the Palliser Property, which is now being referred to as the Bay of Fundy Gateway project. The proposed three way partnership would also include $50,000 from Town of Truro and Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. Staff were directed to make funding applications to ACOA and NS Tourism Agency and explore local funding partnerships with Truro and Millbrook to supplement Colchester’s share of costs.

On October 15th, during the council committee meeting, it was revealed the Town of Truro had approved $25,000 instead of the full $50,000 amount.

At September’s committee meeting council instructed staff to commence development of the Terms of Reference for a Project Steering Committee, which would be mandated to develop "Terms of Reference" for the masterplan process, select a consultant and provide overall direction for the study, direction of staff resources and keep council updated on all aspects of the project and function as a liaison with the broader community on project activities and decisions.

At the committee meeting on October 15th a staff report recommended a 10 person project committee, but council increased membership to 12 people which will include representatives from Colchester, Town of Truro, Millbrook First Nation, Chamber of Commerce, CNTA, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, plus citizen’s representatives.

A meeting of the Tatamagouche Water Utility scheduled for September 16th was cancelled due to lack of quorum. Because the three year budget had to be submitted in mid-October to other regulators, council authorized the October Council Committee to approve the three year operating budget. Tatamagouche Water Utility budgets for 2015/2016 through to 2017/2018 were approved at October 15th council committee. The committee also recommended council approve budgets for the Debert Water Utility for the same three years. .

Previously council budgeted a $400,000 expenditure for a new vacuum truck in the 2018/2019 capital budget. At the October 15th meeting a staff report stated equipment supplier, Joe Johnson Equipment, advised of an opportunity to purchase a used vehicle previously owned by a Municipality in Alberta at a cost of $190,000, excluding taxes. On motions by Councillors Cooper and Stewart the committee approved proceeding with the purchase.

A contract valued at $106,900 from CF Construction was approved to relocate 425 metres of watermain on Dakota Road. Funding will come from the Debert Sales of Houses account. With additional costs for materials testing, staff time and rebated tax, the entire project will cost $120,480, with an internal contingency of $15,000. The relocation is necessary to allow Speciality Steels to expand.

At council’s September 24th meeting council repealed the existing Public Presentations to Council Policy and replacing with a new version. The changes included: First Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise agreed; a maximum of three presentations. The CAO and the Mayor were authorized to sign a new lease with Debert Military Museum.

The building permit activity report for the month of August was $4,394,300 on 55 permits, which was ahead of last year’s 51 permits valued at $3,278,200. The month’s increase over last year occurred with 10 single residential permits valued at $2,095,000 compared to five permits in August 2014 valued at $1.088,000. The Development Activity Report shows 22 permits for August (29 permits in 2014) and 103 Permits year to date.

On August 13th council asked staff at the Solid Waste Department to investigate ways to improve the spring and fall clean-up. In mid-September in a staff meeting with Miller Waste it was learned Miller had a number of equipment failures and slow-downs due to a high volume of material and unsuitable equipment. Wayne Wamboldt, Director, mentioned an analysis is being done to continue with the annual spring clean-up, but eliminate the fall clean-up. The analysis will include assessments to see if items normally reserved for clean-up could be placed at curb-side on scheduled service between the months of April through to December 31st. Staff will continue with the analysis and report back to council at a later date.

The McClure’s Brook Drainage Improvements Project, a commitment of $78,214, will be funded from the Major Flood Reserve as part of Joint Flood Advisory Committee’s work in 2015-2016. Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Colchester Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee (CREDAC), as presented. CREDAC was created following a meeting in Stewiacke, during which Truro, Stewiacke, Colchester and Millbrook agreed to its formation. Each municipality will nominate one person, plus the respective CAO’s and the Band Administrator and the Business or Economic development Officer from each municipality. Councillor Doug MacInnes has been nominated to serve Colchester’s interest on the committee.

The final item requiring approval from the September 10th committee meeting was approval that remuneration to Councillor MacKenzie cease effective September 2 for the duration of the leave of absence as approved by council.

Other items, which have a very direct affect on West Colchester and were finalized at September 24th council meeting are reported on elsewhere in this issue. These items included: Street paving in Debert; Dakota Road Watermain relocation; report of flood remediation work in Great Village; garbage containers for beaches in West Colchester and funding for Victoria Hall, Bass River.

Because the scheduled November 3rd date as presentations to council night conflicts with several members attending the UNSM meetings in Halifax, presentation night for November was moved to November 10th.

Blake’s Pumpkin Jungle

This cute bear was getting lots of attention at Blake’s Pumpkin Jungle along Highway #2 between Truro and Masstown. (Harrington Photo)


Lower Onslow Community Centre receives $10,000

By Maurice Rees

The Lower Onslow Community Centre recently received a $10,000 grant under the Community Access-Ability Program to install a ramp, widen the bathroom entry and widen stairs so a chair lift can be installed. Karen Casey, MLA, Colchester North and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister made the announcement and delivered the cheque at a small ceremony on October 20th.

The changes will make it easier for seniors, people with disabilities and parents with children in strollers to enjoy the space and attached daycare. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year.

"These changes are going to provide an opportunity for all members of our community to attend our popular weekly musical night," said Lower Onslow Community Centre volunteer Ann Fiddes. "Open mic night is a proven fundraiser and a good chance to share country music together."

A similar announcement was made later in the day when St. John's the Evangelist Anglican Church in Truro received $10,000 to improve an entrance and make a washroom in the church hall fully accessible. The changes are part of a larger project to update the church and make its community hall more accessible.

Victoria Hall gets $6,000.

By Maurice Rees

People of all ages will benefit from the new ramp at the Lower Onslow Community Centre. The ramp and other accessibility improvements were made possible from a $10,000 provincial accessibility grant. Shown above in addition to the pre-schoolers are: Starting on the left: Claire Shepherd, preschool teacher; Joann Michelin, preschool teacher, Karen Casey, MLA Colchester North and Minister of Educations and Early Childhood Development and Jennifer McKay, president of the Lower Onslow Preschool Association and board member of the Lower Onslow Community Centre. (Submitted).

Bass River’s Victoria Hall Renovation Project will receive $6,000 from municipal council following a motion by Councillor Taggart based on letter submitted by Wendy Cox, secretary of the organization. The committee through various fund raising efforts has raised $6,950 since early June, but need $15,000 to install a new roof this fall.

The 130 year old building has fallen into disrepair over the last few years. Residents have formed an active committee, which raised over $3,300 with a concert in September in which the Elliott’s played a large part. The Shoreline Journal also assisted with a subscription drive, offering $11.50 from each subscription sold. An ongoing bottle drive, BBQ’s, donations, Chinese auction and 50/50 draws have realized over $3,500.

The committee anticipates having the new roof installed before the snow flies. The next event being planned at the hall is a Christmas Concert in December.

Five Islands - An Iconic Image in Five Islands has been lost.  Tourists and locals, alike, have taken literally thousands of pictures of the hole in Long Island at Five Islands. Mysterious at times, a place of passage at others but in October the hole suddenly collapsed. Another iconic image, clamming, continues oblivious to the loss... (see more photos on pages 11 & 20)

Page One Briefs - November 2015

Colchester has been allocated $100,000, while Cumberland can access $50,000 when proposals are accepted from a community support network to help expand and promote supports and make services more accessible for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Two provincial committees on public awareness and educational resources have also begun work. For more information on the sexual violence strategy, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey was joined by area students on Sept. 28, to turn the first sods new schools in Tatamagouche and Bible Hill. In Tatamagouche, a new P-12 school, which will be home to more than 400 students, will replace North Colchester High and Tatamagouche Elementary. In Bible Hill, a new P-4 school will replace Bible Hill Central and Bible Hill East Court Road elementary schools.

The investiture ceremony for the 2015 Order of Nova Scotia recipients took place in the Red Chamber of Province House on September 30th. The 2015 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: Dr. Margaret Macdonald Casey, Louis E. Deveau, Martin R. (Rudy) Haase, Sharon Hope Irwin and Alistair MacLeod (posthumous).

Heather MacKay is asking anyone in the Great Village/Along the Shore Area interested in the development of a walking trail along the bridge to the Aboiteau to contact her at 902-668-2501 or via email: greatvillagelearningnetwork@gmail.com

It’s unfortunate, but Gloscap Trail 4-H Club will not be active this year. I spoke to Mrs. Van den Hoek, who confirmed the club had seven members last year, but with lack of support from potential members and corresponding lack of adult involvement it was impossible to continue. Some speculate that if more adults could become involved more youth would express an interest.

Government is providing $41,500 to the Municipality of the County of Cumberland to link local elementary schools to the community centre. The Springhill Community Connector will provide a safe walking and biking path for students between our two local schools and the community centre, playground and sports fields.

Anyone interested in suggesting ideas for a possible walk along the river trail in Great Village is asked to meet at the In the Village Café at 10 am on October 31st. Heather MacKay suggests even those who would just like to find out more information or just for support to come and join in and bring your Walking Shoes. If weather permits we will go for a walk.


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Submission Deadlines 2015

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January 2015 December 9 December 17
February 2015 January 20 January 28
March 2015 February 17 February 25
April 2015 March 24 April 1
May 2015 April 21 April 29
June 2015 May 19 May 27
July 2015 June 22 July 1
August 2015 July 21 July 29
September 2015 August 18 August 26
October 2015 September 22 September 30
November 2015 October 20 October 28
December 2015 November 17 November 25
January 2016 December 15 December 22

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