Summer festivals, community investments
The crazy, amazing and beautiful experience that is high school can’t be described in words, said Pugwash District High School’s 2010 valedictorian Benjamin Williams. The closest to describing high school years are children’s choose-your-adventure storybooks, Williams told fellow graduates, parents and Pugwash High faculty at the school’s graduation ceremony on Monday night. Forty of the school’s 41 graduates took the stage in gowns June 28 in front of weeping parents and flashing cameras.
Fine summertime weather drove crowds out to different areas in the county to take part in the country’s 143rd birthday. Throughout the day, Pugwash’s streets were rampant with thousands going to the Gathering of the Clans festival for parades, highland music, dancing and the strong man competition. The large number of people was, no doubt, thanks to the sun, according to event co-ordinator Lisa Betts. The main draw in the morning was the parade, highlighted with the red of fire engines, Philae Shriners’ helmets and pipe bands’ kits.
Now in his fifth year of lifeguarding at Heather Beach, Zach Deutsch seems familiar with every face in the crowd and every swell that reaches the shore, but his eyes never leave the beach. And, so far, the summer season had been a great one for local beach goers. Joining Deutsch on beach patrol this year were lifeguards Regeanne Belliveau and Amherst’s Emily Matthews.
For the 11th straight year, the North Shore Antique Tractor and Engine Club held its show at the Verstraten farm in Lorneville, with a variety of activities taking place, including wagon rides, woodsman competitions, woodcarving, and farrier services (putting shoes on horses.) The local church sold desserts in the barn, while the Sunrise 4-H Club held a barbecue, with all proceeds benefiting the local organizations.
Representatives from most levels of government celebrated a redesigned Pugwash waterfront at Cyrus Eaton Park on Friday. Federal, provincial and municipal representatives, who together raised nearly $200,000 for the project, were at the ribbon-cutting on the opening day of HarbourFest to see the fruits of their labour. The project didn’t just create a beautiful park that will be enjoyed by residents and tourists but also a number of short-term jobs for the community, according to Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong.
Jessie Dowe of Warren was one of two Canadians selected to attend the World Simmental Congress in Australia in September. The veterinary student had been showing the cattle breed since 2005, and put together a Power Point presentation on the benefits of using Simmental genetics in crossbred herds as part of the application process through the Young Canadian Simmental Association.
Josh Froebe got to see a lot more of Central Nova Scotia than most this summer. The 16year-old Pugwash native was one of the 47 cadets from across the country working to become licensed glider pilots. Asked if he could see his home community from high above the ground, he replied: “If Wentworth wasn’t in the way, I could.” Froebe has been a member of the 77 Arrowhead Squadron in Truro for four years.
Safety was the primary focus of a large federal investment to get the Wallace wharf shipshape. On Aug. 12, Cumberland-ColchesterMusqudoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong visited a worksite at the wharf to officially announce $436,000 in funding from the federal government to fund the stabilization of the aging structure. Alton Brown, spokesperson of the Wallace Harbour Authority, said there has been great concern about the deteriorating condition of the wharf in recent years.
Miniature horses have been pampered pets for kings and queens and they’ve also been put to work hauling coal in coal-mines, but these days they can often be found showing off their beauty and skills at miniature horse shows. About 20 mini-horses competed Aug. 22 at the Oxford Arena.
A $200,000 project to fix the waterfront in Pugwash was drawing rave reviews from those using the improved boardwalk. The work was needed after two storms in the fall of 2008 severely damaged the waterfront and washed away a large portion of the walkway, causing it to be closed. The village commission looked into repairing the waterfront, and the end result was $131,000 in funding from the federal government and the province, $50,000 from Cumberland County and $19,000 from the village to complete the project.
Except for an unwelcome guest by the name of Earl who cancelled Saturday’s parade with his rain and high gusts of wind, the 2010 Cumberland County Exhibition proved to be another action-packed week of family fun. The hot weather drew a lot of people out to the midway and the Oxford Arena to enjoy the rides, the livestock and the 4-H events. The exhibition gives the 189 members of 4-H in Cumberland County the opportunity to compete and qualify for the provincial show, which takes place Oct. 1-3 in Truro.
Co-operation between fire departments and Mother Nature ensured a successful open house on Sept. 12 for the River Hebert Fire Department. The even allows people to look at firefighting equipment and see how it works, and can also help with recruitment. Fire Chief George Rector said they had one fellow pick up an application during the open house and hopes more people join the fire department.
People were transported back to the freerange way of life during Open Farm Day at Holdanca Farms, which is located on Route 6, between Pugwash and Wallace. Fifty-nine farms throughout Nova Scotia, including four in Cumberland County, opened their doors to the public on Sept. 18. The 500-acre farm managed by John Duynisveld includes many species, such as 300 head of cattle, 140 sheep, 800 turkeys, 7,500 chickens, 80 ewes, a llama and a ram.