Sum­mer fes­ti­vals, com­mu­nity in­vest­ments

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

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