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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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May 2016 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces - Where should the money go?

Before I get too far into this rambling, I will admit I am a fan of Premier Stephen McNeil and many of his cabinet. That is personal preference, which I will not let influence my comments here.

However, I’m not so sure Premier McNeil will be a fan of mine when I am done.

The provincial budget has been delivered. It was a tough balancing act for the ruling Liberals to try to be fair across the board. They didn’t raise taxes to try to balance the budget, other than smokers who now must pay at least fifty cents more per pack of smokes.

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Area volunteers recognized in Halifax

By Maurice Rees

Five of the sixty five volunteers from around Nova Scotia who were honoured at the province's 42nd Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 4 in Halifax were from within our coverage area. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard celebrated 65 family, youth and community group volunteers nominated for their selfless contributions by their municipalities

The five included: Ron Logan, Bible Hill, who has volunteered at the Bible Hill Fire Department for a total of 62 years! During that time he was chief for 11 years, an active member for 34 years, and an honourary member for the last 17 years.

Frank Arseneau, Municipality of Colchester started volunteering at the early age of 16. Since then he’s helped start Cubs and Scouts groups in Hilden and played a key role in the minor hockey scene in Truro and Brookfield. Frank has also been part of the Hilden Volunteer Fire Brigade for 40 years, serving as fire chief for three years and treasurer for 22 years. During that time he was awarded Fireman of the Year and Officer of Year.

Madison Tennant, Town of Parrsboro began volunteering in 2008 with Relay for Life in Parrsboro. Since then she has helped with the fundraising and sat on the entertainment committee. She was the public relations chair of her Student Council, and a member of the yearbook committee, and winter carnival committee. In addition she has volunteered at the seniors care centre, and was president of the Leo Club.

Mary Berrigan, Town of Stewiacke, started volunteering in her community about 30 years ago. Throughout that time she has been an active volunteer at the preshools and schools her children attended. She was a Beaver leader for 10 years, and volunteered at the Stewiacke Legion, helping with dinners and events.

Jude Clyke, Town of Truro started actively volunteering when he was 25. He returned to his home community of Truro and began assisting with the Truro Jammers, a basketball program that transcended the sport for local African Nova Scotian youth. He eventually became the head coach of the program and went on to coach the CEC High School’s basketball program and the Halifax Community YMCA Basketball Program.

Important RASCALS Meeting – May 17th

By Joy Laking

There will be an important public meeting that we hope all residents of our shore will consider attending at West Colchester Junior High on May 17 at 7 pm.

A year ago, a small group was formed called RASCALS (Rural Association for Sustainable Community ALong Shore). We met monthly and organized and hosted several small initiatives: a road side clean up, a music night, a games night, regular social drop-ins in several communities, and a RASCALS Facebook page that lists all of the communities activities.

We are experiencing a lack of interest in this organization and a lack of participation from all of our communities, Five Islands through to Masstown. Our goal was not to replace any organization but to form an umbrella group that might be able to work together to strengthen the community feeling along our shore and to work together on some projects that would help all of our communities.

We are calling this public meeting to see if we have enough interest to continue to meet as RASCALS or to form a new umbrella community group for "Our Shore". At this meeting we will also discuss all of the ideas and see what we should focus on if we continue.

Please attend this meeting if you are interested. (If you are interested but can not attend the May 17 meeting please email joy@joylakinggallery.com or call 1 902 890 8450)


A faithful Shoreline Journal reader suggested we include a photo of this unique sandstone rock formation viewed from Soley Cove Road, Economy. An amazing sight with the changing of the tides. (Harrington Photo)


That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm Scoops up 2 More National Awards

Winning at the Canadian Cheese Awards is becoming a regular event for That Dutchman’s

Cheese Farm, Economy Nova Scotia. The awards are held every two years. In the 2016 competition held in Montreal on the weekend of April 16, That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm walked away with the Best Blue cheese in Canada and Best Gouda in Canada.

Since 2004, the small rural Nova Scotia cheesemaker has won 6 Best in Canada awards and placed in the top three 15 more times.

2016 awards included Best Gouda Cheese in Canada for their Gouda, Old Growler. Old Growler is a premium aged Gouda that has a zesty, sharp flavor with a brittle texture. Their signature cheese Dragon's Breath Blue received the Best Blue Cheese in Canada Award. Known for its fierce name, black coating and delicious flavor, this friendly little blue cheese has remained as finalist since its beginnings over 10 years ago.

Maja van den Hoek (the first cheese maker) and daughter, Margaretha were in Montreal on the weekend of April 16th to receive the medals and partake in the festivities, which included of course, wine and cheese. And by cheese, there were mountains of cheese to sample.

Over 300 cheeses were entered in 17 categories. That Dutchman's Cheese Farm had 5 cheese finalists (in the top 3) in 4 categories. Jalapeno Gouda and Smoked Gouda were also finalists with the Jalapeno Gouda placing twice.

That Dutchman's Cheese Farm is a family run business and has been making quality Artisan cheeses in

Economy, NS since 1980. Their shop is open year round and visitors can watch the cheese making several mornings a week.

In the summer their Farm, Animal & Nature Park open to visitors to enjoy. You can find these Cheeses at the Halifax Seaport and Truro Farmer's markets on Saturday mornings. As well many small shops around the province carry their cheese or at the farm and on certain days you would be able to watch them make the award winning cheeses.

Contact: Margaretha van den Hoek Field, 902-647-2751; or, E-mail: dutchmanscheese@gmail.com

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South Colchester Academy in Brookfield won $20,000 in Phase 2 in Samsung Canada’s first-ever Solve for Tomorrow competition. The students created a video about how the river by their school continues to flood their soccer field. They researched why this is happening and what can be done to fix it. The Brookfield school was one of 11 finalists in the nation-wide campaign, which offers a prize of $50,000 and an amazing STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering) experience for their entire school. Voting ended on April 18th.

Nominations closed in early April, but if anyone was missed to be invited to attend the Shoreline Journal’s annual 90 & 90+ birthday party on May 7th in Economy, please send along their name, date of birth and contact information by April 30th to maurice@theshorelinejournal.com or call 902-647-2968.

Belmont Area Correspondent needed. Since the untimely passing of Debbie Weatherby, we are in need of a Belmont Area volunteer who will send a few paragraphs of notes and community happenings on a monthly basis. For details contact Maurice at 902-647-2968, or maurice@theshorelinejournal.com

Adopt a highway roadside clean up Saturday, May 7th (or a few days prior to) from Glenhome to Highland Village and all roads in between. Bags are provided and garbage is picked up by Department of Transportation. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Debbie Smith at 902-662-3742 or smithranch02@hotmail.com. We thank residents who keep the roadside area in front of your own properties clear of litter. It makes a huge difference on the clean-up day!

Nova Scotians are asked to share their views on proposed changes to the building code regulations regarding home-based businesses. The proposed changes would exempt home-based businesses

from certain building code rules intended for commercial spaces if the business occupies less than 25 per cent -- or 50 square metres of a residence. Businesses still have to meet all municipal zoning and land

use bylaws. Nova Scotians are asked to submit their comments on the proposed changes by May 20th. For more information on the proposed amendments, and information on how to submit comments, go to http://novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/BuildingCode/

Tidal energy testing is being carried out in Grand Passage on Digby Neck. A new research platform, the EcoSpray, a marine structure designed to gather data to verify the behaviour of floating tidal energy platforms and their moorings in high-energy turbulent tidal flows. The platform has been deployed in Grand Passage between Freeport and Westport, NS in the Outer Bay of Fundy. Key project partners include: Acadia University, Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd., Fundy Tidal Inc., Dalhousie University and University of New Brunswick. The EcoSPRAY platform was collaboratively designed and built by DSA, Fundy Tidal, and local suppliers Clare Machine Works (Meteghan, NS) and Bear River Plastics (Cornwallis, NS). The experiment includes state of the art equipment to measure motion, mooring line loads, wind speeds, tidal currents, and wave conditions. The platform is equipped with a drag plate to simulate the thrust created by an underwater turbine.

Gary Burrill, newly chosen leader of the NDP may have an opportunity to get a seat in the Provincial Legislature. Halifax Needham NDP MLA Maureen MacDonald, who most recently served as interim NDP leader, has retired from the Nova Scotia Legislature effective immediately. She delivered her letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Assembly on April 12th. Premier McNeil must call a by-election within six months.

MBW Courier Inc., owned by Barry Mitchell and Phil Walters, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award and Eric MacKeen, General Manager of Tri County Ford, has been selected as the BDC Business Person of the Year. Their recognition coincides with MBW’s 20th year in business and Tri County Ford’s achievement of Ford Canada’s President’s Diamond Club Sales and Service Award for the 15th time. The awards were presented on April 21 during the Chamber’s 126th annual gala dinner celebration at the Best Western Glengarry.

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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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