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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-August 2014

Reactions to My Thoughts

In last month's column, I hope no one thought I was suggesting there was no co-operation between municipalities in this area. I wouldn't say that because I know better. The Municipality of Colchester area has been a leader in many areas for providing the best value for taxpayers.

We know the municipal units of County of Colchester, Town of Truro, Stewiacke, Tatamagouche, Bible Hill and Millbrook have joined forces to bring about some very important projects, including, but not limited to: Kemptown landfill & balefill facility, new regional hospital, wastewater treatment plant, Rath Eastlink Community Centre and many other areas not quite so visible.

Sometimes, there is little reaction to my monthly column. Occasionally, I wonder if it is being read. Not the case last month.

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Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Locks Out AA

 By Carol Hyslop

On July 13, 2014, members of the Wentworth and Area AA group attempted to enter Wentworth Elementary School where they regularly hold their Sunday evening meetings. Their key would not open the door - the locks had been changed. For the first time in approximately 20 years they were denied access to the building.

AA has held its meetings in the school as part of the Wentworth Community School program which has scheduled the after-school use of the building for 30+ years. The Community School Council had been notified that no activities were to be held in the school for the month of July as cleaning was taking place.

On Sunday evening the AA group was to collect their materials and supplies and take them to the Wentworth United Church where space had been secured for them until the cleaning was completed.

Meanwhile, in its wisdom, staff of Chignecto-Central Regional School Board had decided that a community presence in the school building was a threat "to safety and security of students and staff at the school" (as stated in a letter from CCRSB staff intended for the Wentworth Community School Council) and had informed the Council their keys would be confiscated and locks and security codes changed.

Volunteers for the Council were not informed when the work was to take place or contacted and given a time to remove their belongings.

Wentworth Elementary School has been an important site for community meetings and activities since its opening in 1959. A community presence in the building has never before been considered a risk to the safety and security of students and staff.

For the foreseeable future, the AA group will have to conduct their meetings in the church basement without their supporting devices.


9300 Parrsboro Fireworks  -  Lawrence Nicoll captured the magnificent fireworks display at Parrsboro’s celebrating of 147 Canada Day. This photo is comprised of multiple exposures.

Platnauer Family Finally Gets Permanent Residence Status

Not everyone is thrilled to receive letters from the government but the Platnauer family was overjoyed when they opened a letter from Immigration Canada on July 22nd and saw the words "Confirmation of Permanent Residence" in big black letters.

Sean Platnauer came to Canada from England in 2009 on a 4 year work permit, with wife Becky and daughter Angelica. The family settled in Bass River, Sean and Becky joined the Fire Brigade, Angelica attended WCCS and then CEC, and life was good. Then Sean’s work visa ran out in April 2013, and with Sean still looking for a permanent job in Nova Scotia, they attempted to apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa until things were sorted out. Last August they received an email stating the Temporary Visa was rejected, and they may have to leave the country immediately.

Friends, family, the community and local politicians rallied to help the family stay in Canada.

The Platnauer’s received a Provincial Nomination from Nova Scotia, followed up with the required police checks and applications. The Federal paperwork had to go through London and they were told this could take up to 28 months to process.

Last month, an email came asking for copies of passports, etc. and the Platnauers sent off everything requested last week. "I was shocked when the letter came in the mail so soon," says a very excited Becky. "We still have to go out of the Country and back in, to get our landed immigrant status, and then this will allow us to be permanent residents."

Sean has been working for Ophelia Group, Halifax and says he is pleased to finally put all this behind them. "Our roots are here in Bass River, and this is where we want to be," says Sean. "We still have some things to sort out, and it may not always be easy, but we want to make it work."

Angelica is going into Grade 12 at Cobequid Educational Center, Truro.

Becky, Sean and Angelica Platnauer wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you to those who helped them through everything the last few years, "Thank you to MP Scott Armstrong, MLA Karen Casey, Councillor Tom Taggart, the Nova Scotia Nomination Program, friends and family far and near, everyone in Bass River, Economy, Great Village and Truro for their everlasting support. And a special thank you to our friend Carl Goodwin who was a major help with

Page One Briefs - August 2014


Chris Hadfield

On June 25, Chris Hadfield shared his experiences going to space with a big crowd in the Community Credit Union Arena and sang a song with the Truro Elementary School Choir. (Submitted)

John Simons, Springhill, has been selected as one of three 2014 Woodland Owners of the year. Chosen from entries for the Central Region, Mr. Simons harvests pulpwood and firewood on the family's 263-hectare property in Springhill, Cumberland Co., with the help of his son, Justin. The family is also expanding their sugar woods which were once operated by Mr. Simons' father-in-law. Richard Rowter, Boularderie East, Victoria Co., was selected as the Eastern Region’s winner while Hiram and Ernest Carver, New Germany represent the Western Region and also have the distinction of being the provincial winner.

Age of Sail Marathon will be held Sunday, August 10th.  8:30 am. $50 preregistration fee.  Full and Half Marathon. Race Kits can be picked up on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Fire Hall Port Greville, Nova Scotia. The Age of Sail Museum is the start and finish line. Race Start Times: Marathon - 8:00 am, Half Marathon - 9:00 am, 10K - 9:00 am, 5K - 9:00 am

On September 13th the Five Islands ATV Club is having its third annual ATV fun run. The cost is $25.00 and $5.00 for rider. Registration starts at 9:00 am. The ride leaves from the Economy Rec Center. The event is a joint fun run sponsored by the Five Islands ATV Club and the Economy Rec Center. Meal included in the cost. For more information call David Yorke at 254-3457 or Tom Beaton at 647-2985.  

The Economy Hall Sessions have continued to grow in popularity with at least two more planned this fall. The next one is going to be a dance on September 27th featuring Frank MacKay and his band beginning at 9:00 p.m at Economy Rec Centre. Advance tickets only at a cost of $20.00. The second Economy Hall Session will be Sunday October 26th featuring Matt Minglewood beginning at 1:30 p.m. tickets for this event will be $20.00 in advance and $22.50 at the door. Steward in attendance for both events and NSLC ID required. For information or tickets on the Economy Hall Sessions call Natalie at 647-2255, Debbie 647-2753 or Micheline 647-2985.

Town of Parrsboro will receive $35,000 from the Department of Municipal Affairs to assist with 50% of a $70,000 wastewater treatment pre-design study. Meanwhile Municipal Affairs will contribute $116,800 towards a $233,600 water booster station on Trider Road in Maccan.

Royal Canadian Legion branches in Joggins and Springhill were two of 17 Legions across the province to receive 50% funding from the Department of Municipal Affairs as part of a $122,000 program to upgrade heating systems and washrooms, repair roofs and siding, and replace doors and windows. Branch No. 4 Joggins, Cumberland County will receive $4,581 for a heating system upgrade, while Branch No. 17 Springhill, Cumberland County will undertake a siding project after receiving $7,118.

Humour Corner: Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than on a bicycle.

Humour Corner: Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than on a bicycle.

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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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