Look­ing back at Shel­burne County his­tory

Tri-County Vanguard - - OP-ED - Eric Bourque

From 1982

An off­shore oil boom was com­ing and it was time for Nova Sco­tians to get ready, said Roland Thornhill, the prov­ince’s de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter at the time. Speak­ing in Shel­burne in late Septem­ber 1982, Thornhill said it was ex­pected that over the next four or five years pri­vate com­pa­nies would in­vest about $4 bil­lion in Nova Sco­tia’s off­shore pe­tro­leum in­dus­try. He said the south shore was in a good po­si­tion to ben­e­fit from off­shore de­vel­op­ment. Harold Huskil­son, Shel­burne MLA at the time (and a mem­ber of the Op­po­si­tion Lib­er­als), said he was skep­ti­cal about an off­shore boom be­ing so close. Thornhill said he too had been skep­ti­cal once, but – given the an­tic­i­pated level of pri­vate-sec­tor in­vest­ment – he said he was con­vinced “some­thing re­ally big” was go­ing to hap­pen.

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It was a mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion year in Nova Sco­tia and vot­ing day was sched­uled for Oct. 16, although seats on one Shel­burne-area coun­cil al­ready had been de­ter­mined. Un­like the area’s other mu­nic­i­pal units – where at least some seats were be­ing con­tested – the Town of Shel­burne had its coun­cil al­ready set for the com­ing term. Wil­liam Cox would re­main mayor by ac­cla­ma­tion. Shel­burne town coun­cil­lors re­turn­ing by ac­cla­ma­tion were Roland DesChamp, Wil­liam Nor­man, Parker Comeau, Nor­man Hamil­ton and Pa­tri­cia Race. In­cum­bent coun­cil mem­ber Roger DesChamp had not re­of­fered and was to be re­placed by Carmine Fer­retti.

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An of­fi­cial open­ing was held for Eve­lyn Richard­son Me­mo­rial Ele­men­tary School in Shag Har­bour, with Nova Sco­tia’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, Ter­ence Don­a­hoe, on hand to cut the cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon. About 500 peo­ple at­tended the event. Daugh­ters of the late Eve­lyn Richard­son pre­sented the min­is­ter with a copy of We Keep a Light, their mother’s best-known book. They also pre­sented Wayne Mullins, the school’s prin­ci­pal, with a large pho­to­graph of Richard­son to be placed in the school.

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Fish­er­men from West Green Har­bour were call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to do some dredg­ing at their wharf. The work had been promised for sev­eral years, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal news­pa­per item. In early Septem­ber, lo­cal fish­ing-boat cap­tains had agreed they needed to do some­thing in or­der to get the gov­ern­ment mov­ing on the mat­ter. They had con­tacted Roméo LeBlanc, the fed­eral fish­eries min­is­ter at the time, ask­ing for a con­firmed date when they could ex­pect the work to start.

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In sports, the Bar­ring­ton Chal­lengers were lo­cal soft­ball league cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing Port La Tour in four straight games in the league’s best-of-seven fi­nal se­ries. Timely hit­ting helped the Chal­lengers clinch the ti­tle, as they came from be­hind to win games three and four. Randy Thurber home­red in both those games for the even­tual champs.

From 1995

There was word that DFO min­is­ter Brian Tobin had agreed to come to Shel­burne County to meet with lo­cal fish­er­men about con­cerns they had re­gard­ing a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing quo­tas and user fees, among oth­ers. A date had not been an­nounced, but Derek Wells, the South Shore MP at the time, said Tobin likely would come in November. He said the min­is­ter was well aware of the prob­lems fac­ing the fish­ery in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia. The mood of fish­er­men at a re­cent meet­ing had been one of “to­tal frus­tra­tion,” ac­cord­ing to a story in the Shel­burne Coast Guard. But af­ter learn­ing that Tobin was plan­ning to come to the area, a spokesman for a lo­cal fish­er­men’s or­ga­ni­za­tion said he felt progress per­haps could be made.

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The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton was plan­ning to ask the prov­ince for an ex­ten­sion on the Dec. 31 (1995) dead­line to cease open burn­ing in Nova Sco­tia. Some mu­nic­i­pal units re­port­edly had been ad­vised they could con­tinue burn­ing garbage un­til March 31 (1996). Bar­ring­ton, like other units, had spent the past few years pur­su­ing land­fill op­tions. Bar­ring­ton was part of a re­gional study ex­am­in­ing the issue.

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The Shel­burne Curl­ing Club was plan­ning to open the rink at the former CFS Shel­burne for the up­com­ing 1995-96 sea­son. The goal was to start the sea­son by Nov. 1. CFS Shel­burne, a lo­cal mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity, had been de-com­mis­sioned ear­lier in the year.

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