Amalgamation with Mulgrave
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.



Taxes on the rise

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.

Also in this edition...

Read about Mulgrave Road Theatre's latest production, an interview with Garnet Rogers about his new memoir, celebrating the achievements of local students, and the latest from Murphy's Law and our IT Guy.





Council news

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.

Amalgamation with Mulgrave
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.



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