April 26 2017

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex will include a new home for the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS). Clients from GOALS attended the funding announcement in MODG Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 19. Pictured from left to right, front row: GOALS clients Brandon LeBlanc, Rose Andrews, Michael Rudolph, Geneva Clyke, and Ricky Avery. Back row, from left to right, elected officials: MODG Warden Vernon Pitts, MP Rodger Cuzner and MLA Lloyd Hines.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex moves forward
GUYSBOROUGH – After years of waiting, partnership funding has finally come through for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. On Wednesday, April 19 Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner joined Guysborough- Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines at a meeting in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Council Chambers to announce funding for the project. Both provincial and federal governments will fund the CLC to the tune of $1.5 million; total investment of $3 million.

Trans Canada Trail hiker reaches Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – Out of the dark on Highway 16, headlights pick up an odd brilliance in the distance. As the car continues down the highway, movement can be discerned and soon a figure can be seen in the dark; it’s Trans Canada Trail hiker Sarah Jackson making her distance for the day, from Country Harbour to Guysborough.

Ombudsman’s report calls for tighter controls on credit cards, travel advances at MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – The report of the provincial Ombudsman on finances at the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, released last Friday, makes five recommendations for MODG, including ensuring that hospitality spending is clearly defined and preauthorized, and that policy on travel advances be reviewed and strengthened.

April 19 2017

BRIGHT HORIZONS: District of St. Mary’s councillors, Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and local citizens gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sherbrooke for a funding announcement from Central Nova MP Sean Fraser on April 15. Six projects in the District of St. Mary’s will receive funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program with more announcements to come for other communities in the Central Nova riding in coming weeks. Taking part in the announcement were: back row (left to right): Ian MacKeen, Keith Horton, Jim Mills, St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher, Lewis MacIntosh; middle row: Councillor Kaytlan Smith, Eileen Beiswanger, MLA Lloyd Hines, Kelly Kaiser, Don Dunbar, Loretta Lamborne, Rosalee Kaiser, Ardyth Dodge, Councillor Jackie Dort, Teresa Grover; front row: Audrey Jordan, Marsha MacGrath, Sandra Robinson, Jim Michaud, Carole Michaud, MP Sean Fraser, Rickie Grover, Jean Cummins; seated in front: Milton Jordan.

Photo Credit: Nicole LeBlanc

Province, federal government to support Lifestyle Complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial and federal governments are expected to show their support for the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough at a funding announcement on Wednesday, April 19. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has invited residents to the afternoon “infrastructure announcement” by Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner.

Town of Mulgrave to hold special election on June 3
There will be a special election on Saturday, June 3 to fill two vacancies on Town Council. The first vacancy has been in existence since the regular election in October 2016 when only three candidates were nominated for four positions. The second vacancy occurred when Deputy Mayor Evangeline Breen gave notice that she would be resigning for personal reasons. The Deputy Mayor intends to serve until May 4, if permitted by the Municipal Government Act.

Federal support for six seniors projects in St. Mary’s
SHERBROOKE – Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced on April 15 that 11 seniors organizations and projects in Central Nova will receive a combined total of over $192,000 -- including six projects in the District of St. Mary’s. These funds will be used for a variety of local projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

April 12 2017

LADIES IN RED: The Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 56 years of service on Saturday, April 8. As a group these ladies in red represent 600 years of community service. More photos in the weeks edition.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Rural libraries at risk
GUYSBOROUGH – This month an unsettling notice has been posted on the Eastern Counties Regional Library website. It states that inter-library loans will be unavailable from the end of March until the beginning of May due to a staff shortage. Another notice on the webpage asks patrons to contact their MLA to request support -- in the form of dollars, not talk -- for rural libraries which are hardest hit by the current funding formula for this public service. The Journal spoke with ECRL Chief Librarian Laura Emery, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage about library funding and the future of rural libraries.

Tax rates up in St. Mary’s
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s passed the 2017 – 2018 budget at a special council meeting on Monday, April 10 raising taxes three cents across the board for residential, resource and commercial properties. The commercial tax rate now stands at $2.23 per $100 of assessment, while residential and resource tax rates are now .92 cents per $100 of assessment.

Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary celebrate community service
CANSO – What has over a hundred hands, has a combined 1500 years of service and sits at the heart of several coastal communities? This isn’t an unsolvable riddle, the answer is the Canso / Hazel Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the associated Ladies Auxiliary. Last Saturday, both these organizations came together to celebrate 90 and 56 years, respectively, of service to the community. There were laughs, tears and an abundance of goodwill in the room as Fire Department members, Auxiliary members, friends, family and invited guests gave recognition to those that have served.

April 5 2017

ISLAND DREAMS ON THE EASTERN SHORE: Federal, provincial and municipal leaders met last week to announce funding for the 100 Islands tourism initiative on the Eastern Shore. Pictured above, from left to right: Councillor David Hendsbee; Gordon Hammond; Ryan Murphy; Sean Fraser, MP; Lloyd Hines, MLA; HRM Mayor Mike Savage; Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Warden Michael Moser; Karen Wenus; and MLA Kevin Murphy.

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$261,000 for Eastern Shore tourism project
SHEET HARBOUR – Federal funding will help unlock the tourism potential of the Eastern Shore’s 100 Wild Islands area. The $261,000 in ACOA funding, announced by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, will help Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Nova Scotia Association (DEANS) conduct research on the history, places and culture of the 100 Wild Islands area, a unique gathering of islands that has remained virtually untouched for 10,000 years. It provides one large ecosystem and encompasses a mosaic of every coastal habitat found in Nova Scotia.

Local hockey players off to national championship in B.C.
MONCTON – Four Guysborough County hockey players are celebrating a highlight of their athletic careers this week. Their part of the Cape Breton West Islands Major Midget team that took the Atlantic Championship in Miramichi this past Sunday, April 2. The team will fly to B.C. to play in the national midget championship, the Telus Cup in Prince George, later this month.

March 29 2017

SHENANIGANS ON ICE: The Green Group, including Bria Horne, Brooklyn Hanhams, Mya MacKenzie, Miley Munroe and Taylor Boudreau; all participants in the CanSkate program, get ready to hit the ice in full costume at the Canso Flying Figures Skating Club Carnival 2017. Story and more photos in this week's Journal.

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Unanimous vote for MODG budget, tax rates
GUYSBOROUGH – The new 2017-18 municipal budget and status quo tax rates received unanimous support from Municipality of the District of Guysborough councillors at a special meeting last Wednesday, March 20.

Budget 2017 looks to the future
OTTAWA – On Wednesday, March 22 the Trudeau Government released its second budget. Unlike the Liberals’ first budget after the resounding mandate they received in election 2015, this one was a little light on fireworks. Last year’s budget resulted in changes that could be felt immediately in the pocketbook by many Canadians; those who receive the Child Tax Benefit and others who benefited from a middle class tax cut.

Funding to improve rural Internet access
HALIFAX – Rural communities across Nova Scotia will soon have better access to high-speed Internet. The Liberal government has announced $1.44 million for 22 municipal and community high-speed Internet projects, including the following in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie:

March 22 2017

SWEEPING THE HOUSE: Four members of the Chedabucto Curling Club’s junior league attended a training session on March 18 at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling --- Elite 10 in Port Hawkesbury. The young curlers from Boylston’s Chedabucto Curling Club, having received curling instructions from Donalda Mattie, Turning Point Curling School, take a break from their training session to pose with the Sweden’s national curling team: Team Edin. Back row, left to right: Vanessa Dort, Jenna Dort, Hanna Manthorne and Victoria Grady.

Photo Credit: Phil O’Regan

Special by-election fills seat in St. Mary’s District 3/5
SHERBROOKE – It has been almost half a year since residents in District 3/5 (Melrose-Aspen-Caledonia area) in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s have had a representative at the council table. After last Saturday’s by-election there will finally be a new face at the council table this spring, Kaytland Smith.

Vulcan addressing EA conditions in preparation for early 2018 decision
GUYSBOROUGH – The various conditions attached to environmental approval (EA) of the Black Point Quarry project are keeping Vulcan Materials Company busy as it progresses toward a final investment decision in early 2018.

March 15 2017

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Members of the St. Mary’s District Lions Club, Sherbrooke were pleased to present a donation of $5000 to the Sherbrooke and Area Volunteer Fire Department. This donation is toward their Ladder Up Campaign for renovations to their new Fire Hall. Pictured receiving the donation from King Lion Donnie Fraser is Fire Chief Wayne Auton, Ladder Up Campaign Chairman Ed Weir, and Fire Department member Herbie Scott.

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MLS chooses Hazel Hill site for proposed launch complex
GUYSBOROUGH – A company looking to develop a commercial operation to launch satellites into space looked at 14 potential sites in North America and Tuesday, March 14, it announced its final selection is a site near Canso and Hazel Hill.

Hines pushes for public meeting on EHS relocation
The relocation of the Emergency Health Services base in Sherbrooke is on hold -- for now. Last week the Progressive Conservative candidate for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, Rob Wolf, said current MLA Lloyd Hines needed to provide clarity on rumoured plans to shut down the Emergency Health Services depot in Sherbrooke and move it to Melrose.

Local officer among crime prevention award recipients
GUYSBOROUGH – The province paid tribute to those who prevent crime and make Nova Scotia communities safer with the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention on March 9. The three winners of the policing award included Const. Nathan Sparks of the Guysborough RCMP detachment. Const. Sparks championed a hybrid hub model for youth intervention in Guysborough County, which has been instrumental in helping troubled youth before they end up in court.

No amalgamation for Mulgrave with MODG
GUYSBOROUGH – At a special meeting last Wednesday, Mulgrave council voted to withdraw its application to the UARB for dissolution. The town had been pursuing amalgamation with the neighbouring Municipality of the District of Guysborough. UARB hearings were scheduled to start next week.

March 8 2017

BRINGING BACK A CURLING TRADITION: The late Cecil Otis Boyd of Canso began an annual competition in the 1965-66 curling season with his purchase of a trophy that would be awarded to the winner of a recreational bonspiel played over a weekend with one day at the Chedabucto curling rink and another at the Canso curling rink. The curling rink with the most accumulated points would receive the coveted Cecil Boyd trophy and proudly display it within their rink until the next year’s competition. For reasons unknown there was a break in playing for the Cecil Boyd trophy after the 1992-93 season; however, the friendly inter-community competition was revived in 2016. Surrounded by members of both curling rinks, Chedabucto Curling Club member Kenny O’Leary (centre) proudly holds the Cecil Boyd trophy on behalf of his rink which received the most accumulated points this year.

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Company plans to ramp up development of Goldboro mine with new deal
GUYSBOROUGH – With Anaconda Mining’s pending purchase of Orex Exploration, it hopes to accelerate development of a gold mining operation at Goldboro.

Strait Area facing “tsunami” in health care needs -- Steve Smith
GUYSBOROUGH – “If we can’t replace equipment, we lose doctors.” That’s the simple message campaign chair Steve Smith says is behind a $20 million campaign for St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.

March 1 2017

WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY: Your Independent Grocer store owner Randy Avery presents Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (G.O.A.L.S.) clients Harvey Pellerin and Geneva Clyke with a cheque for $757.85 last week. The money was raised through an in-store fundraising campaign last summer. Avery says the store is currently running a President's Choice Children’s Charity campaign which helps fund community organizations and projects such as the breakfast program at Chedabucto Education Centre. All funds raised through in-store campaigns stay in the community.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Mulgrave, Guysborough prepare for contested hearing
GUYSBOROUGH – The amalgamation of Mulgrave with the District of Guysborough may not go as smoothly as Canso’s amalgamation with MODG did in 2013. While there is still the possibility of reaching an agreement in the coming weeks, the Town of Mulgrave, MODG and the province are preparing for a contested hearing with the UARB in late March.

RCMP resumes search for missing Antigonish man
Antigonish District RCMP resumed their search for 23-year-old Craig Joseph Perry on Sunday. Favourable weather and ice flow conditions have allowed for the search to resume after it was suspended on February 20. The search is assisted by Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue, Larry’s River and District Volunteer Fire Department, Pomquet Fire and Emergency Services Department and a helicopter from Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

February 22 2017

TEACHERS UNITE: Guysborough Local NSTU members hit the picket line on Friday, February 17 and took their concerns to the people through a walk around town. Teachers across the province went on strike last Friday to send a message to Premier McNeil that Bill 75 was not a suitable solution to the problems that exist in public education in Nova Scotia.

Photo Credit: Norm MacKinnon

Full house for presentation of petition
GUYSBOROUGH – Community debate around the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex has stirred up engagement with local government to a level rarely seen in Guysborough County. This was particularly evident at last Wednesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting in Guysborough.

Guysborough kicks off Canada 150
GUYSBOROUGH – The Heritage Day holiday in Guysborough was spent by many at the Guysborough Legion where plans for a year’s worth of celebrations and activities were unveiled for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada.

February 15 2017

YOUTH ROCK: Ten teams played in the Chedabucto Curling Club’s 2017 MacLeod Lorway Valentines FUNspiel at the curling rink’s Boylston location. The youngest team participating in the MacLeod Lorway Ladies Valentine’s FUNspiel was a team from the Chedabucto Curling Club’s Junior League. Proudly displaying their enthusiasm is Team Grady from left to right: Jenna Dort (lead), Vanessa Dort (mate), Victoria Grady (skip) and Hanna Manthorne (second).

Photo Credit: Phil O’Regan

Melford could see construction in 2017
GUYSBOROUGH – If a few key pieces come together soon, construction could begin on Melford International Terminal (MIT) in 2017. “That would be our goal, our target,” Richie Mann, MIT’s VP of marketing, told The Journal Monday.

Community campaign reaches $310,000 for Lifestyle Complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The community fundraising initiative in support of the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex has enjoyed a successful run in recent months and now sits at $310,000. Municipality of the District of Guysborough council received an update on the campaign at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8 from councillor Blair George, who sits on the community fundraising committee. The group is chaired by local businessman Randy Avery.

February 8 2017

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK: Members of the Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department and representatives from three levels of government came together last week for an announcement regarding funding for a new fire hall for the community. Pictured left to right: Ed Weir, Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department Building Committee Chairman; Wayne Auton, Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief; Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova; Michael Mosher, Warden for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s; the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie.

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SRSB kicks off African Heritage Month in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – The regular monthly meeting of the Strait Regional School Board was held at the Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre at Chedabucto Place in Guysborough on Wednesday, February 1. School Board members were drummed into the meeting by Wayne Hamilton, executive director of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and he was joined by Board Member Joanne Reddick in the singing of the Black National Anthem.

Rocket launch open house attracts interest and skepticism
GUYSBOROUGH – More than 140 local residents attended an open house on Jan. 31 to learn about plans to potentially establish a rocket launch facility in the Canso - Hazel Hill area.

Sherbrooke building repurposed as new fire hall
Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced Feb. 3 a $242,000 contribution through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) to assist the Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department renovate an existing community building.

February 1 2017

SUPPORTING NEW HOME FOR GOALS: Lenny Rhynold is donating $100 to the planned Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. He is pictured here with his brother Adam from Little Dover, who attends the GOALS program. GOALS -- Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living -- is to have a new home in the complex.

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Petition calls for more consultation
GUYSBOROUGH – A petition calling for more consultation with citizens about the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough is now circulating online and at various businesses in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. There are two versions of the petition, one -- which includes an online version -- was launched by Susan O’Handley of Canso.

The bumpy road -- after you hit a pothole
GUYSBOROUGH – Who do you call after your vehicle hits a big pothole and suffers significant damage? That question was on the mind of Jenny Kaiser of Port Bickerton last July 28, when she was driving her motorcycle along the Nine Mile Woods Road.

January 25 2017

CHANGE OF POST: Rose Sullivan (left) and Brenda Hall close up shop at the old Post Office on 120 Main Street, Guysborough on Friday, January 20. The Post Office has relocated, across the street, to its new home at 115 Main Street.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Saying goodbye to the old Post Office
GUYSBOROUGH – The ending was bitter sweet but after 115 years of service as the Post Office in Guysborough, the grand brick building on Guysborough’s Main Street bid farewell to her final customers and moved into a graceful retirement as a family get away. Friday, January 20 was the last working day in the building on 120 Main Street and Post Mistress Brenda Hall and long-time postal worker Rose Sullivan were there to turn the key for the last time.

Canso-Hazel Hill could host rocket launch pad
GUYSBOROUGH – Is the Canso - Hazel Hill area the ideal spot in North America to launch rockets carrying satellites into space? A company based in New Mexico thinks it just might be.

January 18 2017

COZY QUILT: The Chedabucto Bay Quilters made and donated a beautiful quilt for the Quiet Room at Milford Haven. Picture above from left to right: Bernadette Murray, Evelyne Jamieson, Doreen Roberts (accepting the quilt), Dale O’Connor, and Irene MacChesney. Missing - Dawn Chubbs, Janet Grant and Elizabeth Connolly.

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St. Mary’s District 3/5 heads to polls in March
SHERBROOKE – On Tuesday, January 10 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia made available its decision on the October 15 municipal election in District 3/5 in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Due to irregularities at two polling sites in the District, the municipality had filed an application to the court to nullify the election results in that District. In his decision Justice Scaravelli agreed with the municipality that the election in District 3/5 had not been held in accordance with the Nova Scotia Scotia Elections Act and nullified the results.

St. Mary’s moves forward with infrastructure project
SHERBROOKE – On Monday, January 9 the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s held their regular council meeting and discussed the replacement of municipal water lines on the east side of Sherbrooke in the coming year. The lines, which were originally laid in the 1960s, will be replaced as part of infrastructure funding from the federal government under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

New Lifestyle Complex goes to tender
GUYSBOROUGH – Contractors will be invited to bid on construction of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex starting Friday, Jan. 20.

MODG touts renewable energy potential
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) is, once again, seeking to expand its renewable energy investment portfolio as a result of Emera Inc.’s recent call for parties interested in supplying access the New England Renewable Energy market.

January 11 2017

VIGIL FOR DESMOND FAMILY IN UPPER BIG TRACADIE: People from Antigonish and Guysborough counties, as well as others from across the province, came together on the evening of Saturday, January 7 to mourn the loss of four community members; Shanna Desmond, Aaliyah Desmond, Brenda Desmond, and Lionel Desmond. Among those gathered at the vigil was Kahlil Bower of Antigonish pictured above. Additional coverage in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

A community in mourning
GUYSBOROUGH – The shooting deaths of four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie on Jan. 3 has devastated the local community and sent shock waves across the country.

Tragedy raises complex questions as community deals with loss
There is no manual for dealing with the unthinkable. Families and communities in our area are treading unknown territory in the wake of the tragic events of Jan. 3. They are grieving and seeking answers where few are available.

“It’s something that nobody should ever see”
GUYSBOROUGH – Lionel Desmond was young and new to combat when he joined a 10-man section in fighting the Taliban in Afghaniston back in 2007. Fellow soldier Trevor Bungay first got to know Desmond during the year-long training program in advance of their service overseas.

Did local mental health services fail Lionel Desmond and his family?
GUYSBOROUGH – Relatives of Lionel Desmond say the former soldier who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sought help at St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish the day before he shot his wife, their daughter and his mother at the family home in Upper Big Tracadie, Jan. 3. They say Desmond was turned away by the hospital, either because there were no beds available or because the hospital did not have his file.

January 5 2017

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Guysborough school community mourns student, family
As students and teachers returned to Chedabucto Education Centre / Guysborough Academy on Thursday morning, they were offered support services to help them deal with the sudden death of 10-year-old student Aaliyah Desmond.

10-year-old among victims in Upper Big Tracadie shooting
RCMP says three females, ages 52, 31 and 10, and a 33-year-old male died of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in Upper Big Tracadie yesterday. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to confirm cause of death. The male’s gunshot wounds appear to be self-inflicted, according to an RCMP statement. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.

January 4 2017

COME BACK SOON SANTA: The man in the red suit has retired for another year and it’s time to welcome old man winter. But before Santa headed North he stopped in at Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough to spread some seasonal cheer. He’s pictured here with resident Eva Abbott. More pictures of Santa’s visit in this week's Journal.

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CRTC goal for high-speed Internet welcome in rural NS
Last week it took Bill Carpan, former Guysborough Journal column contributor Stillwater Slim, of Stillwater, Guysborough County six minutes to download a copy of the Guysborough Journal. This snail’s pace high-speed Internet service story is common in rural Nova Scotia but a recent policy announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) offers some hope for the future of high-speed Internet in rural communities across Canada.

RCMP find four dead in Upper Big Tracadie home
Shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Jan. 3, Guysborough RCMP responded to call at a residence in Upper Big Tracadie. Upon arrival officers found four people dead inside a residence.

Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s
2016 was another active year for the District of Saint Mary’s. We completed our strategic plan and have started a number of initiatives to help move forward with the goals and objectives identified in the plan.

December 28 2016

WISHING ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON: The Lincolnville Community Development Association celebrated Christmas and the New Year ahead at a Christmas tree lighting event in the Lincolnville Community Centre last week.

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St. Mary’s council seat in legal limbo
SHERBROOKE – In October irregularities in contradiction to the Nova Scotia Municipal Elections Act were found at two polling stations for the District 3/5 council seat in the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s during the October 15 municipal election. Upon learning of these irregularities, council decided to make an application the the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to nullify the election results in that district.

Getting the mail through for five decades
The drive from Antigonish to Canso can be long and, at certain times of year, treacherous. And that’s with new roads that have eliminated the many twists and turns of the past. But Hughie Farrell, who has been driving the mail from Antigonish to Canso since 1967, says he’s had a pretty good run. He’s finally ready to hang up his mail cap and will make his last official mail run on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Municipality of the District of Guysborough
2016 was a very busy and productive year in MODG with the following highlights: The Municipality moved forward this year in a very strong fiscal position, with financial statements adopted in July, showing an accumulated surplus on our consolidated financial statements including cash and tangible assets in excess of $47 million dollars. We have money in cash reserves in excess of $25 million which includes more than a $1 million dollars surplus from the last fiscal year.

December 21 2016

SMOKE ON THE WATER: Sea smoke rises off Canso Harbour on Saturday morning, Dec. 17; a sure sign of winter.

Photo Credit: Ray White

Sable Wind generates $234,000 in November
GUYSBOROUGH – We may not praise those November winds, but they came with a cha-ching sound for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough as the Sable Wind project generated $234,000 in revenue. That figure was part of a financial report presented to council at its committee-of-the-whole meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 14.

December 14 2016

MIGHTY SPARTANS: St. Mary’s Academy girls volleyball team, The Spartans, once again did themselves proud, bringing home the silver from the Provincial Tournament held recently in Halifax. Back row, left to right: David MacDonald (coach), Nicole Burns, Jessica Ashley, Olivia Pye, Jordan Laing, Laura Smith, Tara Spears, and Grace Baker. Front row, left to right: Eryn Archibald, Megan Turner, Emma Tibbo, and Cameron Muise.

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MODG fights back on salary info request
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is getting behind its employees in fighting a Freedom of Information request for salary information. In response to the request from a resident, MODG surveyed staff in its municipal offices, as well as its nursing homes in Guysborough and Canso to see if they consented to salary information being released.

Desmond announcement uplifting for African Nova Scotians
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz announced that the first Canadian woman to be featured on the $10 bill would be Viola Desmond, a civil rights activist from Nova Scotia.

December 7 2016

WELCOME TO CLASS: Canso and area residents gathered at Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy on Monday morning to show their support for teachers during contract negotiations with the province. Principal Jeff George lead teachers into the school and they were greeted by signs of support such as those held by Noah Delorey and Jacob Cook featured above.

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Parents and students support teachers
GUYSBOROUGH – Through the many twist and turns in the contract negotiations between the province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, one thing has remained constant; support for teachers by parents and students.

Dates set for amalgamation hearings
MULGRAVE – The UARB has set dates for public hearings into the proposed dissolution of the Town of Mulgrave and amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Hearings will be held March 20-23, 2017, with an evening session on March 20. A second evening session will be held in Guysborough on March 21.

Fortress Rum barrels shape new Glynnevan Cabot Triple Barrelled Whisky
SYDNEY – Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. launched the newest member of their award-winning Glynnevan Whisky family, a triple barrelled Canadian rye whisky finished in Fortress Rum barrels from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on Cape Breton Island this week. Glynnevan Cabot Triple Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky is Authentic Seacoast’s continued tribute to magnificent Cape Breton and to its traditions, beauty and people.

November 30 2016

BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: Three-year-old Kenzie from Sherbrooke got an early audience with the man in the big red suit at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration in Historic Sherbrooke Village last weekend.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

ATVers complain about trail barricades
MULGRAVE – Two residents came to Mulgrave’s town council meeting last week to complain about barricades the town installed along a trail through the town.

More than 6000 attend Old Fashioned Christmas opening night
SHERBROOKE – Old Fashioned Christmas had its best opening weekend so far with well over 6,000 visitors on opening night and close to 2,000 on Saturday taking part in activities.

Funding boost for Stonewall Leisure Park
SHERBROOKE – Government funding will be used to replace an existing boardwalk and improve signage and trails at Stonewall Leisure Park in Sherbrooke.

November 23 2016

CELEBRATING CHRISTMASES OF YESTERYEAR: A lovely Victorian Tea was held at the Gun Club in Country Harbour on Saturday afternoon, put on by the local Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The building was beautifully decorated for Christmas with a Victorian theme. Christmas carols were sung and Santa paid a visit much to the delight of the children. The finishing touch to the pleasant afternoon was a luncheon of dainty sandwiches and sweets enjoyed by all. Judy and Shane Gay with their grandchildren Leander, Percy and Charlotte pose in front of the stage which was transformed into a Victorian parlour.

Photo Credit: Arnita Giffin

Guysborough CAO addresses expense criticisms
GUYSBOROUGH – In his monthly report to MODG council last week, CAO Barry Carroll addressed what he said are “misrepresentations” in social media about expense reimbursements. “We have also found ourselves to be a target on social media by primarily a couple of residents who regularly post incorrect or one-sided information on a Facebook site,” he wrote in his report.

Report on terminals “defies logic”, says Mann
GUYSBOROUGH – The leadership of the proposed Melford International Terminal says a recent report that recommends the provincial government focus on supporting the Port of Halifax, and not other proposed ports in Nova Scotia, is an “amateur” piece of work.

Small Things brings laughter and other gifts to Guysborough
Last week the Mulgrave Road Theatre brought their latest show, Small Things by Daniel MacIvor, home to the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre in Guysborough. Local audiences were not disappointed.

MODG pursuing new strategic plan
GUYSOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consulting services to assist it in developing a new strategic plan.

November 16 2016

GATHERED IN REMEMBRANCE: Veteran Earl Jewers surrounded by those who honour the sacrifices made by all veterans at the Remembrance Day service held at the Country Harbour Gun Club. Featured front row, left to right: Warrant Officer Katherine Luten, Earl Jewers, Corporal Brenda Stansfield; back row, left to right: Katherine’s mother Laurie Luten and Earl’s daughter Joan Lewis.

Photo Credit: Susan MacCulloch

Pieridae working on key supply deal
GUYSBOROUGH – Alfred Sorensen isn’t too worried about Donald Trump’s election affecting prospects for Goldboro LNG. When The Journal asked the president and CEO of Pieridae Energy if potential investors might be spooked by the surprise win, Sorensen said he thinks those post-election jitters “are going away.”

St. Mary’s elects new deputy warden
SHERBROOKE – Jacqueline Dort councillor for District 6, Goshen and Area, was chosen as the new deputy warden for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s at the regular council meeting held on Monday, November 14. Dort has been the councillor for District 6 for over 10 years and was the only councillor nominated for the position. The previous deputy warden, David Clark, did not re-offer for a seat on council in the recent municipal elections held in October.

MODG continues negotiations with province on Highway 344
GUYSBOROUGH – “We’re are still talking; the municipality, Mulgrave and the province,” said Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts Monday about the dissolution negotiations for the Town of Mulgrave.

November 9 2016

SUPPORTING THE DREAM: Shirleen Webb sponsored a successful annual Merchandize Bingo for the Children’s Wish Foundation at the Mushaboom Fire Hall. This was the 10th year Webb held the Bingo and she, with the support of Scotiabank who matched funds raised, was successful in raising a grand total of $4,731.45. Webb canvasses the local businesses, organizations, family and friends who are extremely generous with their donations. This event is hosted every year in memory of Webb’s nephew, Catlin Boutilier, who made a trip to Disney World with members of his family, made possible through the Children’s Wish Foundation. Shirleen Webb’s husband’s cousin and his wife, John and Donna Webb, and their daughter Carly were guests at the Bingo and they spoke about the Foundation and their wish for 13-year-old Carly to visit Disney World. Pictured from left to right: Donna Webb, Carly Webb, John Webb, Jason Muis, Scotiabank manager; Ena Spears and Leeanne Cooper, Scotiabank employees.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG passes new policy on travel expenses
GUYSBOROUGH – Transparency and municipal spending among Nova Scotia's municipalities have garnered media attention over the past year, including for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Last week MODG held a special council meeting where new policies were adopted, including one that will see councillor expenses published online on a monthly basis.

St. Mary’s municipal election results still unsettled
SHERBROOKE – The constituents of District 3/5 in the Municipality of St. Mary’s will have to wait a little longer to see who will represent them on municipal council. On November 1 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia agreed to hear the case put forward by the municipality to nullify the October 15 election results in that district due to a number of irregularities that were in contradiction of the Municipal Elections Act.

November 2 2016

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AT WORK: Staff members at Days Gone By Bakery and Restaurant wore their Dress for the Cause bra stickers to increase awareness of breast cancer last week. They donated money to the Dress for the Cause campaign and also decorated cupcakes with the breast cancer awareness ribbon to raise funds for Cathy’s Place Cancer Resource Room at St. Martha’s Hospital. Shown, left to right, are Anne Cleary, Debbie Archibald, Marg Farrell and Lucina Rose.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Guysborough Legion looks for support
GUYSBOROUGH – The Royal Canadian Legion in Guysborough has long been a mainstay in the community; a refuge for veterans, a venue for community events and the Emergency Response Centre for the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. But members of the Legion, which now number 41, are fearful that a lack of support will see this important community hub close its doors.

Mulroney’s StFX homecoming brings big changes
ANTIGONISH – For a small university, StFX has always had a large national profile. The institution has churned out many national and provincial leaders, perhaps none more recognizable than the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney.

October 26 2016

GREEN THINKING WINS AWARD: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough received Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business Community Award last week. With projects like Sable Wind, solar panels at municipal pools and other green initiatives—Guysborough is a leader in green thinking at the municipal level of government in Nova Scotia. Pictured from left to right: Carol MacCullouch, Efficiency One Board Member; Stephen MacDonald, EfficiencyOne, CEO; Deborah Torrey, MODG staff; and Vernon Pitts, MODG, Warden.

Photo Credit: Contributed

St. Mary’s election results heading to court
SHERBROOKE – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s held a special meeting on Monday, October 24 to discuss election irregularities in the District 3/5 poll held on October 15. Rennie Beaver and Kaytland Smith ran for the seat left open when incumbent David Clark didn’t re-offer. Council passed a motion, based on a number of irregularities, to make an application to have the election results in District 3/5 voided under section 152 of the Municipal Elections Act.

Guysborough wins Bright Business Award
HALIFAX – Five winners were awarded Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business awards last week. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough took home the Community Award. The Community award recognizes a Nova Scotia community that has excelled in energy efficiency campaigns or projects.

October 19 2016

PLAYING THEIR CARDS RIGHT: Last week the Mulgrave Volunteer Fire Department presented community organizations with cheques for $1000 from the profits made from the Department’s Chase The Ace fundraiser. Instead of starting the next round of Chase the Ace with a big cash kitty, the Department decided to give back to the community in recognition of their support. The following recipients, pictured above, are accepting the cheques on behalf of: Trinity United Church, Dot O’Leary; Mulgrave & Area Resting Place, Gail Freer; Royal Canadian Legion, Cambrai Br. 37, Keith MacDonald; St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Ft. Allan MacPhie; Michael Breen - Fire Chief, MVFD presenting the cheques; St. James Anglican Church, Walter Crant. Two major projects are also planned for fire hall. Chase the Ace will continue every Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG council unchanged; St. Mary’s welcomes new faces
When MODG council meets for the first time after last weekend’s municipal election, familiar faces will be seated around the table. Only four of the eight councillors in the MODG faced elections: Miles MacDonald, Sheila Pelly, Ricky McLaren and Fin Armsworthy. All of whom won their seats. All other councillors held their seats by acclamation.

Outgoing Mulgrave Mayor lays out future of town
MULGRAVE – The coming year will see big changes in Mulgrave with a new mayor following Saturday’s vote and the anticipated amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on the drawing board. Outgoing Mayor Lorne MacDonald says that is something positive that mayor-elect Ralph Hadley has to look forward to. MacDonald says of Hadley, “The people would like to see Hadley be on the council of Guysborough when we go...they will have a strong voice at the table to make sure Mulgrave is dealt with fairly.”

Pieridae reaches tentative agreements with labour unions
HALIFAX – Pieridae Energy Ltd. continues to meet major milestones for the proposed Goldboro LNG processing facility.

October 12 2016

STEERING TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH: Jacob Halloran met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on board the Pacific Grace in Victoria, B.C. as part of a delegation for, a youth-led organization working to end the stigma associated with mental health.

Photo Credit: Canadian Heritage

Hurricane season hits Guysborough County
GUYSBOROUGH – Over 100 mm of rain fell on Monday, October 10 in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Rain, the monthly average for October falling in one day, caused basement flooding and turned roads into rivers, washing out shoulders and undercutting pavement. Following the rain was wind; trees toppled over and after several hours of sustained gusts, power lines failed, leaving many without electricity from Monday night into Tuesday.

Pieridae on track for final investment decision
GUYSBOROUGH – Pieridae Energy had predicted it would make its final investment decision for the $8 billion Goldboro LNG project by the end of 2016. The company confirmed to The Journal this week at it is still on track to meet that target.

Guysborough student takes mental health message to Royalty
HALIFAX – “I hope that they went away with a sense of the passion that Canadian youth have for ending the stigma that surrounds mental health particularly youth mental health,” said Jacob Halloran after meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a member of the delegation in Victoria, B.C. on October 1.

October 5 2016

BRIDGING BACK TO NATURE: Craig Jamieson and Cecil Cashin inspect a bridge on a section of trail located between Queensport and Cole Harbour. This section of multi-use trail was previously a road for for vehicular traffic up until 50 years ago when the bridge failed. After 15 years, volunteers, with the aid of municipal and provincial governments, brought the trail back to life with the construction of a new bridge.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Water troubles continue in Mulgrave
MULGRAVE – In 2010 the Town of Mulgrave decided to develop design plans for a new water treatment plant. Construction began shortly thereafter and was completed in 2013. Since then problems have plagued the plant resulting in a failure to bring the new system online.

Student hit by dumptruck in Monastery
MONASTERY – Tuesday morning a student from East Antigonish Education Centre and Academy was hit by a dumptruck on Hwy. 4 in Monastery near the school. The accident happened at 8:11 a.m. The child was transported to the IWK in Halifax via LifeFlight with serious injuries.

Sexual Violence Network brings 90 service providers together
PORT HAWKESBURY – Ninety local service providers gathered in Port Hawkesbury Monday to learn more about how to support victims and survivors of sexual violence. Seeking Safety is a counselling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse by introducing a variety of coping skills and strategies.

September 28 2016

WORKING TOGETHER: The Antigonish Guysborough Black Development Employment Resource Centre and the Guysborough County Career & Job Counselling Centre recently merged with the Antigonish Career Resource Centre and Career Connections in New Glasgow under the umbrella of Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres. An open house was held at the Guysborough office on September 16. Pictured from left to right: The Honourable Lloyd Hines, MLA Guysborough - Eastern Shore – Tracadie; Donna Hochman, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner; Kim Avery, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner; and Dorothy Bennett, Nova Scotia Works – Career Practitioner.

Photo Credit: Contributed

PM tells Antigonish refugee family story at UN
ANTIGONISH – What happens when the Prime Minister of Canada tells your story at a United Nations Summit? Your phone starts ringing. That is what happened to Tareq Hadhad last Tuesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the UN at the Leaders Summit on Refugees in New York, relaying the recent history of the Hadhad family of Antigonish to the summit participants and to the world.

Guysborough teen dies after Richmond County collision
LOUISDALE – An 18-year-old woman from Guysborough died after being air-lifted to hospital following an accident in Richmond County Friday morning. RCMP say the vehicle she was a passenger in left the road and hit a concrete culvert just after 8:30 a.m. The 23-year-old driver sustained serious injuries as well. The vehicle was travelling West on Highway 104 near Louisdale at the time of the collision.

The autumn garden
GUYSBOROUGH – Typically when we think of the garden at this time of year we think of the harvest. It’s time to get all of the vegetables in before frost starts to nibble at the leaves. But if harvest is the only gardening chore you can think to do in September and October, Sharon Bryson, the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs director for the Eastern District, has some news for you: harvest is just the beginning. On Monday, September 26 Bryson spoke to the Guysborough and Area Garden Club on the topic of fall gardening.

St. Martha’s kicks off ambitious fundraising campaign
On September 27, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation launched their most ambitious and important Campaign to date with a Press Conference/Kick-Off Event at Clare Marie Gathering Place at the hospital. The Foundation has set a goal of increasing its Endowment Fund to $20 million by 2026 under a campaign entitled “St. Martha’s and you. The time is NOW…”

September 21 2016

TERRY’S MARATHON OF HOPE CONTINUES: The 36th annual Terry Fox Run was held in Sheet Harbour on Sunday with twelve participants. The event, sponsored by the Sheet Harbour Lions, is coordinated by Bev Smith assisted by Anne Marie Perry and this year, Bev’s nine-year-old granddaughter, Hailee Pelletier. Hats off to Terry’s Team member, cancer survivor, Elmer Josey who raised $1,477 for the cause. Collectively, the total raised by local runners was $3,457 through sponsors and t-shirt sales.

Photo Credit: Janice Christie

MODG asks neighbouring municipalities to help fund recreation complex
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has voted to ask for a helping hand from nearby municipalities in raising funds for the proposed Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough.

St. Mary’s adopts 10-year strategic plan
SHERBROOKE – At last week’s regular council meeting, St. Mary’s councillors voted unanimously to adopt the St. Mary’s 2026--10 year strategic plan. Warden Michael Mosher said council and staff have been working on the formulation of the plan for over a year.

Rob Wolf to run for PCs in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie
GUYSBOROUGH – Rob Wolf has secured the PC nomination for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie. Wolf, a teacher and counsellor, says he decided to get involved in politics because he tired of seeing so many young people having to leave their homes to find opportunities elsewhere.

September 14 2016

ROAD READY: A beautiful sunny Saturday morning greeted cycling enthusiasts as they prepared to leave the starting point on Green Street, Guysborough to participate in the first Gran Fondo ever held in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough last weekend. The ‘big ride’ brought out cyclist of all ages and abilities who were encouraged by onlookers as they wheeled their way through coves and communities. More photos on pages 8 and 9.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Gran Fondo a grand success
GUYSBOROUGH – Gran Fondo is now part of the vernacular in Guysborough County. Loosely translated from Italian as “big bike ride”, the growing worldwide phenomenon now has firm footing in Nova Scotia, after the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Saturday, Sept. 10. Three hundred cyclists (organizers hoped for 200) choose among four routes – all featuring some of Nova Scotia’s most impressive scenery.

Official opening of Ellis Bridge along Trans Canada Trail
ASPEN – The official opening of the new Ellis Bridge, part of The Great Trail, took place in Aspen this past Saturday, Sept. 10. This is the third bridge installed by St. Mary’s Trail Association volunteers and a crucial connection for Nova Scotia within The Great Trail’s national network, as Canada 150 celebrations in 2017 draw closer.

Bond announces candidacy for MODG District 8
The municipal election is starting to heat up with the announcement of a second candidate, Carl Bond, now running for the District 8 seat.

Bear Head LNG and Bear Paw Pipeline partner with NSCC
HALIFAX – Bear Head LNG Corporation Inc., Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation (Bear Paw) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on training solutions to ensure Bear Head LNG and Bear Paw have access to the skilled workforce needed for its natural gas pipeline and proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Strait of Canso in Richmond County.

September 7 2016

LET THE GRAN FONDO BEGIN! A cyclist makes his way over the hill in Port Felix. This is just one of the many beautiful seaside vistas awaiting hundreds of cyclists during Guysborough’s inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo bike event on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Sexual assault story was fabricated -- RCMP
SHERBROOKE – Labour Day weekend was an uneasy one in Sherbrooke and surrounding communities. On Saturday RCMP issued a news release about a disturbing attack the evening before. The story was that a stranger drove up to a home where a woman was outside. They had a brief conversation and then the man sexually assaulted her. He then fled in his car.

Canso and Area Food Bank closes
CANSO – The Canso and Area Food Bank Association ceased operation on Wednesday, August 31, and now begins the search for an alternative way to provide emergency food support in the community.

Community pitches in to host Lost Shores Gran Fondo
This Saturday, September 10 promises to be an exciting one in Guysborough as 300 cyclists gather to ride the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo.

Break, enter, and theft into residence
CANSO – Guysborough District RCMP are investigating a break, enter and theft into a private residence in the community of Canso. Some time between July 16 and August 16, person or persons unknown entered a residence and stole a number of musical instruments.

August 31 2016

A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY: Don MacEachern, driving Yogui, with Ruthanne Hart as groom received a participant prize from Don Wescott at Sherbrooke Village last Saturday after the traditional driving day competition concluded.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mill Pond tour highlights local flora
GUYSBOROUGH – The Mill Pond, located just outside of the village of Guysborough on Hwy. 16, is a local landmark frequented by anglers and enjoyed by recreational users of the TransCanada Trail, which skirts the property. In recent years changes have been afoot, changes that have left many locals curious. Last Saturday the proprietor of Fern Ridge Landscaping, Sean James, led a public tour of the property detailing the landscaping philosophy used to develop the site. The group was accompanied by property owner Robert Mayfield, who is pleased with the results.

A sporting day of traditional driving in Sherbrooke
SHERBROOKE – Another fine day of driving, horse and cart, in Sherbrooke Village was held on August 6, 2016. Seventeen teams participated including Leo from the Village driving a Canadien pair.

August 24 2016

“THAT PROUD, FAST QUEEN OF THE GRAND BANKS FLEET, PORTRAYED ON EVERY DIME”: The Bluenose II passes historic Grassy Island last Thursday, making its way to Canso for the annual Canso Regatta and becoming part of the beautiful scenery that inspired singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, who wrote and made famous the song “Bluenose”.

Photo Credit: Lost Shores

Bluenose, great weather make for memorable Regatta
CANSO – A spirited parade, fabulous fireworks and special visit by the Bluenose II made Canso Regatta 2016 one to remember. The annual summer festival has been run by the Eastern Communities Youth Association (ECYA) for the past 15 years. General Manager Marie Lumsden has held the reins for the past seven years. In an interview with The Journal on Tuesday, she said the Bluenose reported more than 1000 visitors in eight hours, for a very successful day at the dock.

Charges laid by RCMP Child Exploitation Unit
PORT HAWKESBURY – The RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) has arrested and charged a Port Hawkesbury man following an online child exploitation investigation.

RCMP investigates Break and Enter with Violence
FLEET SETTLEMENT – The Guysborough County RCMP’s Sherbrooke detachment is investigating a robbery with violence in Fleet Settlement.

August 17 2016

FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE: The placing of flowers and wreaths is one of the tangible ways people from near and far demonstrate their remembrance of loved ones lost at sea, during the annual Seamen’s Memorial in Canso. Pictured here is Blake Doyle with the flowers he will place at the altar during the Seamen’s Memorial Service on Sunday. See more on the ceremony pages two, six and seven.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG welcomes glowing audit report
GUYSBOROUGH -- The audit is in and the news is good for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. On Tuesday, August 9, representatives for the firm Grant Thornton presented the 2015/2016 financial statement to council. “You’re doing something right, that’s for sure. It is a very positive statement. It is not often that you see financial assets in a municipality. And to that degree, it is quite substantial,” said Grant Thornton representative Kim Livingston at the end of the presentation.

Monument to ‘church in the wildwood’
MELFORD – There is a small clearing in the forest nestled close to the waters of the Strait of Canso in Melford, just off route 344. When you travel the short gravel path to the place where the Melford United Church once stood you can feel the peacefulness of the location, which led to the foundation of the church on that spot in the early 1900s. To this day, walking among the gravestones with familiar community names engraved upon them, it is certain that the deceased are resting in peace.

Armsworthy to reoffer for District 8
CANSO – “I’m not taking no for an answer,” said Fin Armsworthy of his record on standing up for the people in his constituency. “Sometimes they put me in the penalty box but I get out.”

August 10 2016

HAPPY FEET: Michelle Fougere 1st place female (26:22) at the ‘Between the steeples 5 K’ with daughter Malin Fougere (2 years old) who was the youngest participant in the Kids Fun Run.

Photo Credit: Contributed

MODG honours Guysborough and Area Garden Club
GUYSBOROUGH – As you walk the streets of Guysborough you may notice a flower box or bed here and there and you’re sure to stop and take in the beautiful flower garden at the entrance of the Old Court House Museum on Church Street. All those wonderful blooms did not sow themselves; they had lots of help from the committed green thumbs that make up the Guysborough and Area Garden Club. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the club’s inception and that milestone was marked by a presentation to club members from the warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Vernon Pitts, last Sunday, August 7 at the Old Court House Museum.

Jr. Broadhorns take provincial gold
GUYSBOROUGH – This past weekend the U12 Jr. Guysborough Broadhorns made their hometown proud by claiming the league’s top title in the province at the St. Croix, Hants County tournament. The team, made up of 11- and 12-year-olds from across the county, is led by coaches Shane Cook, Fabian Dorion and Edward Connolly.

Honeywell to be key contractor for Goldboro LNG
HOUSTON – Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced on Aug. 1 it will provide full automation and safety systems and serve as integrated main automation contractor for Goldboro LNG. Honeywell technology is currently being used in more than 40 similar LNG import and export terminals around the world.

August 3 2016

WHO YA GONNA CALL? These Ghostbusters used squirt guns to attack bystanders along the Guysborough Come Home Week parade on Saturday morning. The local Liberal Association’s award-winning entry fit in well to the theme of Rockin’ the 80s.

Photo Credit: Helen Murphy

DeCoff and MacDonald re-offer for MODG council
GUYSBOROUGH – Two long-time community volunteers and educators had a chance to experience municipal government in recent years and both have decided they would like to continue to serve the community as municipal councillors. Miles MacDonald and Neil DeCoff told The Journal this week they will both be re-offering in October’s municipal election.

Police investigate death of 21-year-old man in Sheet Harbour
SHEET HARBOUR – Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man that occurred Sunday night in Sheet Harbour.

StFX shut out of federal infrastructure funding
ANTIGONISH – St. Francis Xavier University will not be receiving funding from the new federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

July 27 2016

FUN ON THE RUN: Guysborough area children aged 3 to 12 took part in the annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, July 23. The Kids Fun Run is just one of many events that take place every year during Guysborough Come Home Week.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Locals act to save history
BOYLSTON – Bessie Reddick (nee Lawrence) has a lifetime of memories surrounding the Baptist church that stood until recently in the seaside community of Boylston. As a young girl in the late 1940s she attended services regularly at the Boylston Baptist Church with her family, one of a handful of African Nova Scotians families that were part of the predominantly white congregation. It was through her efforts, with the aid of like-minded local citizens, that a piece of the church remains in a nearby cemetery to preserve the history of the church in the memory of the people: the church bell.

Fishermen’s friend
STILLWATER – Many Journal readers are familiar with the name if not the face of Chris Sinclair of Stillwater. He has been a contributor to this newspaper on behalf of the St. Mary’s River Association for the past four summers. Some may have been wondering where his commentary on the river has gone this fishing season. The answer is much further afield.

Coming to a screen near you
GUYSBOROUGH – “I have always been interested in video production,” said Justin MacDonald of Lesterdale in Guysborough last Thursday night. He had just finished screening two short films he produced this past year as part of his course requirements at the Humber School of Media Studies & Information Technology in Toronto. The films, Goldfish, a 10-minute drama and Breath of Life, a short documentary were both warmly received by the hometown audience.

July 20 2016

FOR THE LOVE OF WALKING: Miguel Love spent a lovely July evening in Guysborough last week as part of his his trek through the Maritime provinces. Watch for Love pulling his homemade rickshaw throughout the region this summer. Read the full story in this week's Journal.

Photo Credit: Lois Ann Dort

Search and Rescue could dissolve without funding support
GUYSBOROUGH – The volunteer organization that rescues people who are lost could use a little rescuing of its own. Without funding support, the group may dissolve at the end of this year. In that case, those needing help could wait hours for a team from another area of Nova Scotia to arrive.

Boylston man charged after threatening RCMP with firearm
BOYLSTON – A 20-year-old man arrested after threatening citizens and RCMP officers in Guysborough District on July 13 has been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital for assessment. William Anthony Pius George appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on Friday. He is scheduled to be back in court on August 5 to answer to the charges.

Mulgrave Road Theatre opens window to memories
GUYSBOROUGH – Everybody has a story to tell, even if they don’t know it. That is the premise behind the newest offering from the Mulgrave Road Theatre Company, Generations, arriving just in time for Guysborough Come Home Week.

July 13 2016

GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY PROJECTS were front and centre at Superport Days ‘16 held in Dundee last week. Attending the meetings were from left to right, Chris Ridgway, Vulcan Materials; Michael MacDonald, Morien Resources; Mark Brown, Goldboro LNG; Mike Uberoi, Melford International Terminal (MIT); MODG Warden Vernon Pitts; Richie Mann, MIT; MODG Councillor Myles MacDonald; MODG Councillor Neil DeCoff and Bob Stevens, MIT.

Photo Credit: Vibe Communications

Melford poised to become North America’s first port of call with SSA Marine partnership
GUYSBOROUGH – A new partnership to develop the planned marine terminal at Melford, along the Strait of Canso, is being described as a game-changer in getting the project built. SSA Marine, Melford International Terminal and Cyrus Capital Partners L.P. announced their joint venture and investment in the Melford Atlantic Gateway last Wednesday.

Excitement at Superport Days as major projects near milestones
DUNDEE – There was a new energy at Superport Days ‘16 in Dundee last week as projects that have been in the works for years are coming fast to decision points and Melford International Terminal presented details on an exciting new partnership.

Government of Canada invests in seven fishing harbours in Central Nova
OWL’S HEAD – On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $10.8 million over the next two years in the repair and maintenance of harbour infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova.

July 6 2016

STANFEST FRIENDS: The Stan Rogers Folk Festival family is made strong by dedicated volunteers and the fan favourites who come back year after year, including Valdy. The popular singer-songwriter is pictured here with the performer relations crew in the Green Room, from left to right: Michelle Richards, Laura Mercer, Sheri Andrea and Liz Murray.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

20 years on: The tradition grows
CANSO – It’s been a fun-filled, song-filled, sun- and rain- and wind-filled 20-year journey. And not without some notable bumps along the way. For two decades now the seaside community of Canso has played host to thousands of music fans, accomplished artists and up-and-comers for the annual Stan Rogers Folk Festival. A volunteer-driven success story, the team behind Stanfest could take a generous measure of satisfaction this past weekend in reaching such a significant milestone with yet another successful event.

Province announces fund to celebrate Canada 150
In 2017, Canadians across the country will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Nova Scotia has launched the 150 Forward Fund to help communities and groups create programs and events to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

Theft of art from Stan Rogers Folk Festival
CANSO – Guysborough District RCMP are investigating the theft of items from a vendors site located at the Home Made Village, Crafter’s area of Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS. The theft occurred between 2100 hours on July 2 and 1120 hours on July 3, 2016.

June 29 2016

HONOURING 40 YEARS OF SERVICE: Dr. Anita Foley stands proudly in front of the new Health Services Centre in Guysborough that bears her name on the day of the grand opening and official naming of the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 25.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Guysborough celebrates opening of Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre
GUYSBROUGH – “How long is a lifetime?” asked MLA Lloyd Hines at the grand opening and naming ceremony of the Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre in Guysborough on Saturday, June 25. “Because that is what this woman has given us; a lifetime,” he stated, referencing the guest of honour, Dr. Anita Foley, who sat with friends and family at the front of a large gathering celebrating the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital and honouring her for her long service to the people of Guysborough and surrounding communities.

Stanfest over the years, looking through the lens
GUYSBOROUGH – Pam and Alan Sampson have had a unique point of view on the Stan Rogers Folk Festival over the past 20 years. They are both volunteer photographers for the annual music festival, and they’ve had a special visual insight into the evolution of Stanfest over the years.

June 22 2016

WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF: Authentic Seacoast proprietor Glynn Williams with a bottle of his locally produced spirits at the grand opening of the Authentic Seacoast Distillery and Brewery on Saturday, June 18 in Guysborough.

Photo Credit: John Bastin

Spirits rise in Guysborough
GUYSBOROUGH – The day of the grand opening of the Authentic Seacoast Company’s newest venture, a distillery and brewery, could not have been more perfect: sunny skies with a few drifting clouds and a strong but pleasant breeze kept event-goers comfortable. Between 300 and 400 people, both local and from across North America turned out for the opening day event on Saturday afternoon and were treated to a scrumptious array of finger food, a taste of the locally made spirits and a few speeches to put the day in context.

Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre
GUYSBOROUGH – Dr. Anita Foley will be honoured this weekend with the grand opening and official naming of the new Health Services Centre located in the new wing of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. While many citizens throughout the Guysborough area lobbied to have the new wing named after Foley, she is humbled by the honour and accolades. A long-time health practitioner in Guysborough there are many who owe Foley their health if not their lives and feel the new Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre is a fitting tribute for all she has done for healthcare in Guysborough and surrounding areas. Foley sat down with The Journal last week to talk about her years in practice and the opening of the new hospital wing.

Volunteers make the festival go round
CANSO – This year sees the 20th anniversary of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso; a milestone few believed possible when the idea for a music festival first sprouted in this small fishing community. And it would have been an impossible feat if volunteers were not willing to get the event off the ground with what could be calculated as thousands of work hours volunteered on a yearly basis. The saying, it takes a village to raise a child, can be extended to the festival where a majority of the population of Canso have had a hand in the success of Stanfest year upon year.

June 15 2016

CUPCAKE WALK TO SUMMER: As the year winds down at the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society clients celebrated summer with creatively crafted and scrumptious cupcakes on Monday, June 13. Left photo features Kim Smith and Adam Rhynold. Right photo features Geneva Katherine Clyke.

Photo Credit: Contributed

No “knee-jerk” reaction on travel expenses
GUYSBOROUGH – The regular council meeting held for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on Wednesday, June 8 did not include any discussion on the travel expenses claimed by council and staff that were released as part of a Freedom of Information request submitted by CBC earlier this month. When questioned after council adjourned about the MODG policy response to the released expenses Warden Vernon Pitts stated, “As far as I am concerned, I don’t think the Municipality of the District of Guysborough is doing anything wrong. I, for one, do not want a knee-jerk reaction. Council has a mandate, we have a budget, and we go forward based upon that.

St. Mary's council supports Fort Mac
SHERBROOKE – The District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s voted in favour of donating $1000 to the Canadian Red Cross for the Fort Mac relief effort at Monday’s regular council meeting. Like many other Nova Scotian municipalities there are few residents who have not been touched by the wildfire disaster.

Authentic Seacoast Distillery and Brewery grand opening
GUYSBOROUGH – The first distillery in the world located at a golf course opens June 18 in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. The state-of-the-art distilling and brewing facility is home to Authentic Seacoast’s award-winning spirits and craft beer brands, including GLYNNEVAN Whisky, Sea Fever Rum, Fortress Rum and Rare Bird Craft Beer.

June 8 2016

TREES FOR CHANGE: Each spring since 1972, thousands of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts have planted trees through the Scoutrees Program. Scoutrees give all scout members the opportunity to demonstrate, through action, their concern for the environment. By planting trees, youth learn about the important role trees have in our lives, the critical need for conservation, the impact of climate change and how scouts can do their part to create a better world. Last weekend the 5th Canso Scout Troop planted approximately 500 trees as part of the annual Scoutrees for Canada Project. Pictured from left to right: Crissy Robar, Kelsey Pellerin, Marissa Fraser, Kiera Newell, Ava Sampson, Bradley Pellerin, Connor Feltmate, Tullee Erkidjuk-Schnare, Sheila Luddington and Harold Roberts.

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Mulgrave prepares to face UARB on amalgamation
MULGRAVE – The Province of Nova Scotia has submitted and signed its Letter of Intent to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) regarding the dissolution of the Town of Mulgrave and amalgamation with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. But the terms put forth by the Province are not agreeable to either municipal unit involved.

District 8 Councillor looks for review of council spending policies
CANSO – Last week when news of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s spending on business trips was revealed by a Freedom of Information request by the CBC, District Councillor Fin Armsworthy knew none of the receipts would be his. Armsworthy has been effectively banned from travel since he voted against the municipal budget in April of 2014. He has not attended out-of-province conferences and told The Journal last week that his lack of travel has not interfered with his ability to represent his constituents and do his work as a councillor.

Canso Regatta future organizers sought
CANSO – “The ECYA board is sort of burnt out. It has been 15 years and that is a quite a long stint for one organization to run the regatta,” said Marie Lumsden, general manager of the Eastern Communities Youth Association. That is why a meeting has been set for 4:30 on Sunday, June 12 at the ECYA Youth Centre on Telegraph Street, Canso to discuss the future of the regatta and the role local groups can play in organizing the annual summer event.

June 1 2016

HONOURING THOSE WHO SERVE: The Mulgrave Fire Department  recently congratulated three of its members on their 25 years of service and dedication. Honorees Seward Benoit, Jimmy Spencer and Basil Benoit are pictured here. A fire fighters watch was presented to each of these department members on May 20, 2016

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MODG defends conference spending
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has been identified as the biggest spender among Nova Scotia municipalities on travel to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference in 2014. On Tuesday, May 31 CBC news released figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request pertaining to the monies spent by Nova Scotia municipalities on trips to recent FCM meetings.

An international education
GUYSBOROUGH – For those that know him, Kittitee Vanuptikul, better known by his nickname TM’m, is touted as the poster boy for the Nova Scotia International Student Program in the Strait Regional School Board. The soon-to-be 18 year old is outgoing, polite, talkative, active in extracurricular activities, and can boast many new friends at his new school. Vanuptikul came to Nova Scotia from Nonthaburi, Thailand, near Bangkok two years ago and is now getting ready to graduate from Guysborough Academy and head off to Ontario to follow a passion for cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute. Before the final Grade 12 crush overwhelms him, Vanuptikul sat down with The Journal at home in Guysborough to talk about his experience as an international student in rural Nova Scotia.

Discover Guysborough’s Lost Shores at inaugural Gran Fondo
Mark your calendars for Sept. 10 and plan to explore the Lost Shores of Guysborough on two wheels. Join a few hundred other bicyclists to soak up some undiscovered oceanfront scenery for the day.

May 25 2016

PADDLES AT THE READY: The Canso Barrens Outdoor Recreation Program went kayaking on Back Lake, Hazel Hill, last week with Jan Sebastian LaPierre and Chris Surette of A for Adventure. The session was sponsored by the MODG (use of equipment) and funded by NS Health and Wellness.

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MODG wants better deal from Province
GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough isn’t in the business of maintaining highways. Council would like that recognized in a deal from the Province in support of Mulgrave’s amalgamation with the municipality. Who will pay for the refurbishment and maintenance of the 6.2 kms of highway 344 that run through the town, post-amalgamation, isn’t the only stumbling block in getting a deal MODG can live with, but it is a significant one. The municipality says there is a $14.2 million infrastructure deficit in the Town of Mulgrave, and while it doesn’t expect to get all of those costs covered by the Province, the additional $6.9 million price tag for bringing that stretch of highway 344 up to an acceptable level of maintenance is a big problem.

St. Mary's budget passed
SHERBROOKE – Taxes in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will go up this year by two cents for both residential and commercial properties. On Wednesday, May 18 council passed the 2016 – 2017 budget setting new tax rates at $0.89 per $100 of assessment for residential rate payers and $2.20 per $100 of assessment for commercial rate payers. Water and sewer rates remain unchanged at $205 per unit. Warden Michael Mosher said the tax increase will bring an additional $34,000 into the municipal revenue stream.

Canso student takes action on cold-water coral conservation
CANSO – Something as simple as a child’s love for animals can make change in the world. Mya MacKenzie, a Grade 1 student at Fanning Education Centre, has taken her love for animals and translated that into a fundraising campaign to save cold-water coral with the help of Earth Rangers, a not-for-profit kids’ conservation organization. Last weekend MacKenzie walked the Gully Trail in Canso for pledges as part of her fundraising efforts. She sat down and told The Journal about her interest in saving animals the day after her walk earned $160 in pledges.

May 18 2016

IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE: The second annual Tool Box Challenge event was held at the SAERC gymnasium last week and with a field of 12 schools competing, was won by the team from Chedabucto Eduction Centre/Guysborough Academy. Pictured above, from left to right, are team members Rebecca MacKeen, Hunter Poirier and Dylan Pinkham with Jeremy Samson, member of the SRSB Tool Box Challenge Committee.

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MODG sends relief to Fort Mac
GUYSBOROUGH – “That’s the easiest money I’ve ever spent,” quipped Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts after a unanimous vote to donate $5,000 to the relief effort in Fort McMurray. And why was that? According to Pitts, Fort Mac and the western oilsands have brought a lot of money into the MODG over the years and it was an easy decision to give back in their time of need.

GOALS celebrates 20 years
GUYSBOROUGH – Time flies when you’re having fun. That may be the old cliche that comes to mind for some as clients, staff, and community members celebrate Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society’s (GOALS) 20th anniversary this week. But it has not all been fun and games and the perennially favourite Friday meals for the public; there’s been a lot of work, personal development and love put into this venture in the past two decades. There is also commitment to keep this much-needed program running in the community for decades to come. Last Friday, just as the weekly lunch crowd thinned out, The Journal sat down with GOALS manager Donna Cook to talk about the organization -- past, present and future.

Guysborough Academy students win Tool Box Challenge
GUYSBOROUGH – The transition from classroom learning to real world application is often difficult to demonstrate but the Tool Box Challenge brings together aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into one hands on learning experience. Last week students from schools in the Strait Regional School Board met to compete in the challenge where they were required to work in teams with provided materials to build a machine that would propel a tennis ball at a target. Out of twelve participating schools, the Guysborough Academy team took home the top honour winning first prize in the competition. The Journal met with the winning Guysborough Academy Grade nine students-- Rebecca MacKeen, Hunter Poirier and Dylan Pinkham -- their teacher Kevin Chisholm and Principal Barbara Avery to discuss the event.

May 11 2016

QUILT DISPLAY AT SHERBROOKE VILLAGE: The Compass Rose Quilt Guild recently got together for their annual Show & Tea at the Sherbrooke Village Exhibit Centre. The event raised $500 which was generously donated to the Sherbrooke and Area Fire Department’s “Ladder Up Campaign”. “Each quilt is a true piece of art and it is very fitting and fortunate for us to have them at the Exhibit Centre to display,” says Sherbrooke Village Executive Director, Stephen Flemming. Pictured from left to right: Bonnie Fraser, Emma Harpell (Compass Rose Quilter’s President), Jo-Ann MacGrath (Compass Rose Quilter’s member), and Chelsea Stone.

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Fleeing Fort Mac
SPRUCE GROVE, ALTA – As the wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray continues to burn out of control, residents and workers from the area are trying to come to grips with the harrowing ordeal and uncertain future. Amidst all the facebook updates and news stories streaming through to the East Coast, where many Fort Mac residents claim roots, there was one that was widely read in Eastern Nova Scotia; a post of gratitude and hope from John Craig MacIsaac who hails from Goshen. In the early Alberta hours of Friday morning, MacIsaac spoke to The Journal about his experience of the Fort McMurray evacuation and his hope to generate support for those affected by the fire through his story.

Suncor worker heads home as workcamps open to evacuees
EDMONTON – “It is very surreal because you watch this on TV all the time, like when there are floods or hurricanes in the US, and you think, ‘That’s awful,’ but you really don’t grasp it until your in the midst of it,” said Carolyne Hadley when asked if she had ever been in a natural disaster before her brush with the Fort McMurray wild fire last week.

Mulgrave draft budget predicts surplus
MULGRAVE – Last week Mulgrave town council was given an overview of the draft budget for 2016 - 2017 by the interim CAO. “The predictions we have are for a $99,000 surplus after March 31, 2017. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 it looks like there is a small surplus of $15 to $20,000. That’s not too bad,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald. The budget will not be finalized for approval until the CAO meets with department heads to discuss the upcoming year.

May 4 2016

OPEN TO BUSINESS: Members of the Community Liaison Committee for the Black Point Quarry Project met with Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources officials at DeBarres Manor last week to review the decision by Environment Minister Margaret Miller to grant environmental approval for the 355-hectare quarry. Those gathered included front row, left to right: Amy Ridgeway, Donna Hochman, Charla Sullivan-Cosgrove and Mary Jucina-Taylor. Back row, left to right: Councillor Blair George, Rob Carter, Mike MacDonald, Shawn Leith, Warden Vernon Pitts, Frank Leith, Atisthan Roach and Chris Ridgeway.

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The future is digital -- and print
GUYSBOROUGH – Back in 1996, the small team at this newspaper debated whether they should invest very limited resources in this new thing called email. That was when one of the staff positions was a typist. News items were sent by mail and typed into the one computer. Cutting and pasting had a more literal meaning then, as news stories and ads were printed out, trimmed, run through a wax machine to get sticky and then positioned onto large layout pages. Logos were physically pasted onto the ads.

Hospital campaign thanks community with donor wall
GUYSBOROUGH – This week marks the end of the Enhancing Our Health Services Campaign with the unveiling of a donor wall acknowledging the funds raised by the community. When asked in February 2015 about the challenge of a small community raising $700,000, Honorary Campaign Chair Kaye Williams replied, “Just watch us!” The people of Guysborough responded generously and the donor wall is in recognition of their dedication and support for the Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

Final plans for Lifestyle Complex unveiled
GUYSBOROUGH – Residents wanting to get up close and personal with plans for the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough had their opportunity last Thursday, April 27. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough held an open house at the Municipal Building to share its final plans for the recreational and social complex -- a $10.92 million facility to include a 17,000 square foot community centre, artificial turf soccer field and four-lane track, refrigerated outdoor shinny rink and a 1,000 foot refrigerated skating trail.

Vulcan gets environmental approval
GUYSBOROUGH – Proponents of the Black Point Quarry project were in a celebratory mood last week when Environment Minister Margaret Miller gave environmental approval to the plan for a 355-hectare granite quarry, with a marine terminal and loading facility alongside in Chedabucto Bay.

April 27 2016

SPRING CLEANING: Guysborough Sparks, Brownies and Guides made a meaningful contribution to the community by celebrating Earth Day on April 22 with their spring clean up. The girls did their outdoor spring cleaning along the Shore Line Trail.

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Seawind Landing hosting country / folk duo
CHARLOS COVE – Feeling a little country, or perhaps a little folk? Fortunately two outstanding lights from the Canadian Country/ Folk music scene-- Cindy Church and Susan Crowe-- are now on tour in Nova Scotia. Originally from Nova Scotia, these artist have been nominated for Junos and numerous other awards.

RCMP lay charges in fatal motor vehicle collision
NEWTOWN – Port Hawkesbury RCMP have laid charges in a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred last October in Newtown.

Final sentencing from Port Bickerton home invasion
ANTIGONISH – A violent home invasion in Port Bickerton on March 6. 2015, has led to prison time for the last of the three accused to be sentenced. Codi James Scott Bungay-Lloyd, 22, was sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail at Supreme Court in Antigonish last Tuesday, April 19.

April 20 2016

HARD CHOICES: Members of the Strait Regional School Board in consultation on a motion before the board calling for the permanent closure of Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre.

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MODG pleased with repeal of “must-run” requirement at biomass facility
GUYSBOROUGH – Last week this paper reported that the province amended the Renewable Electricity Regulations removing the “must-run” requirement for the biomass facility at Point Tupper. The “must-run” stipulation had legally required the plant to run at full electricity generation capacity at all times. This amendment will result in fewer trees harvested in Guysborough County for biomass; welcome news for local municipalities who have, in the past, voiced their concerns to Nova Scotia Power about the impact biomass harvesting was having on local forests.

SRSB votes to close Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre
PORT HAWKESBURY – After months of lobbying from the community of Mulgrave to save Mulgave Memorial Education Centre, the Strait Regional School Board voted to close the school at a tension-fraught meeting in the SAERC auditorium on Wednesday, April 13. After several motions amending the original motion, from a P to Grade 4 school as of September 2016 with complete closure in June 2017 to a P to Grade 6 school with complete closure in June 2018, the final vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the motion for closure with one dissenting vote cast by District 10 board member Mallori Nickerson.

April 13 2016

WELCOME HOME: The ECYA celebrated the opening of their new centre on Telegraph Street in Canso on Sunday, April 10 with an open house. Youth from the Canso area, as well as local dignitaries, came out to experience what the new centre has to offer. Pictured back row, left to right: Tullee Erkidjuk-Schnare, Ava Sampson, Marissa Fraser, Emma Snow, MLA Lloyd Hines, Noah Livingston, Ashton Creamer, Arianna Rhynold, and Andrew O’Handley. Front row, left to right: Dawson Keefe, Lucas Swaine, Mya MacKenzie, Maria MacKenzie, Kelsey Pellerin, and Oliver DeWolfe.

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St. Mary's moves forward on infrastructure improvements
SHERBROOKE – The District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s passed a motion to move forward with paving work and sewer and water line upgrades on Court Street at the regular council meeting on Monday, April 11. The motion was passed after an agreement was reached with the Department of Transportation to cost share the paving project; 50 per cent from each partner. The sewer and water line upgrades will be funded solely by the municipality.

Pothole repair season begins
As the weather warms, provincial highway crews are starting to shift operations from snow clearing to repairing potholes.

Amalgamation schedule hits snag
MULGRAVE – The UARB meetings planned for May 24 and 25 to hear the plans for amalgamation between Mulgrave and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough will be postponed to the end of June. Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald told The Journal on Tuesday that the province had yet to provide the MODG with a letter of intent. The letter of intent from the province, Department of Municipal Affairs, will outline provincial funding for the amalgamation of Mulgrave with the MODG.

April 6 2016

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Spring Fling in Canso
CANSO – Nova Scotia has been hit this week by what could be called the worst part of our winter yet this year, the worst because it is officially spring. In light of the season pronounced on the calendar, if not by mother nature, the Canso Library and Resource Centre held a Spring Fling event on April 3, a few short hours before old man winter came knocking on the door again. Fortunately Sunday afternoon started out sunny and cool in Canso and many community members turned out for the event which featured an art sale, performances by The We’koqma’qewiska drummers from Waycobah First Nation, and a reading by renown artist Alan Syliboy from his new book The Thundermaker.

School lock-down at Chedabucto Place
GUYSBOROUGH – On Friday, April 1, a code blue was initiated at Chedabucto Place resulting in a lockdown of the entire school shortly before 2 p.m. In a release to parents the reason given for the lockdown was a medical emergency incurred by one of the students.

Province celebrates local volunteers
Volunteers from around Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 42nd Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 4.

A Hockey Hart
GUYSBOROUGH – Not everyone gets to be part of a history-making hockey team, let alone have that experience while they are still in elementary school, but Emily Hart of Guysborough had just such an experience on the weekend of March 26.

March 30 2016

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County residents invited to town hall meetings
Residents of Guysborough County are being invited to provide their input on how police resources are allocated this year in Guysborough County.

Fraser highlights budget's impact on Central Nova
OTTAWA - Last week the new Liberal Government under Justin Trudeau tabled its first budget. The budget is a true test of the government's ability to deliver on campaign promises and Central Nova MP Sean Fraser told The Journal in an interview over the weekend that he thinks the government has succeeded on that front.

MODG passes budget
GUYSBOROUGH - No hike in tax rates and an increase in the income eligibility for the low income tax exemption is good news for the citizens of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. At a special council meeting on Wednesday, March 23 council passed the budget for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year with near unanimous support. Councillor Fin Armsworthy, District 8, voted against the budget stating that he wasn't voting against what was in the budget but against what wasn't in the budget.

March 23 2016

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Project encouraging participation in local government
The province is working with the Springtide Collective, a non-profit group, on a project to encourage Nova Scotians to get involved in local government.

Drysdale legacy aids local firefighters
GUYSBOROUGH - On a wet, Wednesday afternoon last summer, a plaque was unveiled on the Guysborough waterfront to commemorate the giving spirit of the late Jim Drysdale. When Drysdale passed away in 2012 he bequeathed a significant portion of his wealth to community organizations in the Guysborough area. One of the nine recipients named in the Drysdale legacy was the Guysborough Volunteer Fire Department. At the end of January the Fire Department purchased and received a new fire truck, in large part with the money they received from the bequest.

Canso Lions Fishing for Sales
The Canso Lions Club are taking orders for the popular spring fish sale. Orders will be taken until Friday, March 25 with delivery on Friday, April 1. To order contact Lion Barry Lumsden 318-0062, Lion Bill Roberts 366-2625, Lion Paul Horne 366-2870 or Lion Alvin Winmill 366-2797; proceeds from the fish sale will assist the Canso Lions Club tax bill.