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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 - April 2015

Are We Brave enough?

One has to wonder what the world is coming to and what will happen next. As Nova Scotians we all like to talk about the weather and to relish in doing things as they’ve always been done in the past.

In November and December we were bragging the rest of the winter we were going to be bragging we had moved closer to Florida, then things switched and we had a winter like nothing we can remember. Once the snow started, it seemed like it would not stop. In one of the several storms in March, Halifax received over 9 cm of snow per hour. In relishing the past, here we are at the beginning of April and in many places, if we walked the snow banks, we’d be above the telephone lines, which I can remember from the days of my youth in Northwestern New Brunswick.

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Dr Ewing develops Gorgeous Gorges Initiative

(Dr. Karen Ewing, a member of the RASCALS (Rural Association for sustainable communities along our shore), made a presentation at the RASCALS March meeting. She addressed the ongoing problem of garbage dumping in our rural communities. The following is Dr. Ewing’s presentation.)

"Last Spring I began repelling down Brown Road’s gorges and gullies and hauling up garbage. Thus began the Gorgeous Gorges Initiative.

Every morning my Newfoundland dog Bo and I walked the Brown Road in Upper Economy. Every few days I would bring a garbage bag for the beer cans, cigarette butts, Tim Hortons’ cups, shell casings and wrappers we’d find along the road. The Gorges however were something else again. Every gorge along our route was full of garbage; from old tents and chairs, to car parts and tires, sofas, microwaves, barbeques, carpets, blinds, bottles and glass. It is a mystery how some people can view the natural world as their midden. I watched in dismay as grouse tried to make their home amongst the garbage and small animals drank the water amidst the shard. I determined not to watch any longer and to start to clean this up.

I wanted to ask for community help but was concerned about liability in what turned out to be difficult and somewhat dangerous work, re steep, uneven and slippery inclines, unrecognizable waste, metal and glass and heavy lifting, not to mention ticks, mosquitoes, coyotes and bears! As I gathered and hauled and piled, some folks complained to me that someone was dumping garbage on Brown Road. When I explained it was me, one man decided to help and used his 4 wheeler to haul what I had piled to his home. Waste Management agreed to do a pick up and also agreed to send manpower to help finish the job this spring.

With your help the Gorgeous Gorges Initiative can be expanded and with community support and engagement the practice of dumping garbage can be curbed.

An idea to designate restored gorges as Gorgeous Gorges has been put forward.

Placing surveillance cameras near Gorges previously used as dumping grounds has also been suggested."

Several ideas for possible signage for areas that have been cleaned was also proposed. It was hoped the signage might prevent these sites from becoming dump zones again.

Members of RASCALS were very receptive to helping clean-up our communities and ensuring there is no further dumping of garbage.

It is hoped people who might be responsible for garbage dumping will understand the consequences. Garbage doesn’t randomly disappear. Whether you drop an empty bottle while fishing, through a coffee cup out the window or dump off an old appliance…these things remain where you put them and becomes someone else’s responsibility for generations to come.


Beautiful coastline looking out to sea at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park (Wayne Talbot photo)

Up to $50,000 Available to Community Groups

By Maurice Rees

Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland – Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley is encouraging local organizations to submit their projects for consideration under the newly launched Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Call for Proposals. Deadline for submissions is April 27, 2015.

Organizations can receive a grant of up to $50,000 and are encouraged to apply for funding for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities. Proposals can involve a wide variety of projects, however priority will be given to projects enhancing access for children with disabilities (e.g. playgrounds and recreational facilities), veterans with disabilities or seniors with disabilities.

Municipalities are also eligible to apply in support of the first priority (access for children with disabilities) since a large number of recreational facilities are under their management. As such, all municipalities, irrespective of size, have been included as eligible recipients under this priority only and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application information is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/

Cash Returned to Owner

By Linda Harrington

What would you do if you discovered $200 in cash at your feet?

For Tammy Garnham of Little Dyke there wasn’t a moment of hesitation, she had to find the owner.

Tammy and her husband Danny were out for a drive up Folly Mountain looking at all the snow banks. Driving along one of the side roads, Tammy yelled for Danny to stop as something caught her eye in the snow along the road.

"I was shocked to discover a wad of folded money just lying there," says Tammy. "It was crisp and dry and neatly folded like it had just come out of a bank machine."

She immediately took the money to the nearest house, owned by Cindy Smith and asked her to call around to find the owner.

"I figured it had to have fallen out of someone’s pocket, so they either lived locally or were a snowmobiler," says Tammy. And with just a few phone calls, Cindy had soon found the owner.

The money belonged to Dylan McMullen, who hadn’t noticed it was gone from his pocket until his mother, Brenda asked if he might be missing money. Brenda (who writes Londonderry Community Council Notes for the Shoreline) and Tammy both work at Masstown Market.

"I was very impressed that someone would be so honest and look for the owner of the money right away instead of just putting it in their pocket," says Brenda, "My son, Dylan was very grateful to have the money returned. That was a very nice thing Tammy did."

Tammy, who wouldn’t even have her photo taken for the story, says what she did was no big deal. "Sure $200 would have come in handy, but I immediately thought it was probably someone’s payment for a power bill or something and they would need it."

Well done, Tammy, you have certainly paid it forward!

Page One Briefs - April 2015


An early apology is extended. If readers or advertisers sent information for this issue via email and it’s not in this issue, I sincerely apologize. Just after March 10th, my computer was infected with a very nasty virus. Two days earlier, while watching CBC –TV news, I learned about a couple in British Columbia whose computer was affected the same way with all data being encrypted and it cost them $800 to get relief. I got this weird message, what happened to your files? Then as you read on they give you 10 days to resolve the problem. Whoever was behind the virus asked for $500US to be paid in BITCOIN through Western Union or Wells Fargo.

After consulting with my computer supplier, he knew of three other cases locally and so far no way has been found to re-establish the files. With a cost of over $800 Canadian and not knowing who you are dealing with and no assurance files will be re-established, I decided to install a new drive, software and virus protection.

As a result all data files, including Word, spreadsheets and photos have been lost. The one salvation it did not affect internet or website accounts. I’ve spent the last week rebuilding all forms, and all the things I use on a regular basis.

In closing if you sent me something for this issue and it’s not here, I apologize. Please resend again. - Maurice Rees, Publisher

Our 5th annual 90 & 90+ Birthday Party will be held Saturday, May 9th at the Economy Recreation Centre. If sometime this winter you provided names of those who should be invited, please send along again, as updated data in the files for 2015 has been lost. We would have been working on the invitation list and preparing them to go in the mail later than week. Now we are behind the eight ball, but will get the invitations out in the next week or so. Please email your nominee, who will be 90 in 2015, or perhaps was born prior to 1924 to: Maurice@theshorelinejournal.com or call me at 902-647-2968.

Nova Scotia's P to 12 students are invited to help design a symbol to represent Nova Scotia Heritage Day. The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is looking for unique and original submissions. The final design will be revealed for Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2016. Deadline for submissions is June 1st. Guidelines, registration and consent forms are available at: http://heritageday.novascotia.ca

CNTA will not be offering Amherst Border Display Space any longer. Renovations have taken place at the Amherst Border VIC and CNTA can no longer access this space. If tourism operators had utilized space this past year and have not been contacted they are asked to remove any business related advertising by April 1, 2015.

In May, the Age of Sail Museum, Port Greville will host a group of students from Washington Waldorf School, Bethesda, Maryland who will be visiting the museum and doing some volunteer work. A series of photos and detailed story will be published in the next available issue of the Shoreline Journal.

MP Scott Armstrong announced on March 16th volunteers from the Colchester-East Hants Public Library, are holding a tax preparation clinic to promote the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). In April the clinic is being held at the Colchester - East Hants Public Library, 754 Prince Street, Truro, NS., April 07, 10:00am - 1:00pm; April 11, 10:00am - 1:00pm; April 14, 5:00pm to 8:00pm; April 16, 1:00pm to 4:00pm; April 18, 10:00am to 1:00pm; April 21, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, April 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm, and April 30, 10:00am to 1:00pm. By appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. Call (902)-895-4183.

Soon...soon.  The Wild Blueberry Assoc. of NS held their Winter Information meeting in Tturo.  Growers look forward to scenes like this soon.  See Linda Harrington's report on pages 10 & 11.

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Submission Deadlines 2015

Issue Deadline Published
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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Maurice & Dorothy Rees, Publishers
The Shoreline Journal
Box 41, Bass River, NS B0M 1B0
PH: 902-647-2968; Cell: 902-890-9850
E-mail: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com