Look­ing back at Yar­mouth County his­tory

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

From 1971

There was grow­ing con­cern about the fu­ture of the Bluenose ferry ser­vice be­tween Yar­mouth and Bar Har­bor. Lo­cal tourism peo­ple and oth­ers were wor­ried that the Cana­dian Na­tional Rail­way, which owned and op­er­ated the Bluenose, wanted to pull out of the ser­vice. They felt there was a lack of pro­mo­tion for the Yar­mouthBar Har­bor run. There also were calls for a re­place­ment for the 16-year-old Bluenose. Among those call­ing on Ot­tawa to act were Yar­mouth’s town coun­cil, cham­ber of com­merce and in­dus­trial com­mis­sion, as well as the union rep­re­sent­ing Bluenose work­ers.


The Town of Yar­mouth and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle favoured a re­gional govern­ment that would cover Yar­mouth County, but the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yar­mouth was against the idea, ac­cord­ing to pre­sen­ta­tions made to a provin­cial com­mis­sion on ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic ser­vices and provin­cial­mu­nic­i­pal re­la­tions.


The Yar­mouth area was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a dry spell, which came af­ter a pretty dry sum­mer, leav­ing many peo­ple hop­ing for rain. In Wedge­port, for ex­am­ple, many wells had gone dry, in­clud­ing some that had never dried up be­fore, the Van­guard re­ported.


Yar­mouth high school run­ners Barb Muise, Lynn Chris­tian, Karen Rogers, Janet Smith and Su­san Stod­dard won the Nova Sco­tia in­ter­me­di­ate girls cross­coun­try team ti­tle at the provin­cial cham­pi­onship meet in Amherst.

From 1976

A ma­jor hospi­tal ex­pan­sion in Yar­mouth was sched­uled to be of­fi­cially opened in a cou­ple of weeks. Premier Ger­ald Re­gan and Marc Lalonde, the fed­eral health min­is­ter at the time, were ex­pected to be in town to open the new re­gional health cen­tre. Eighty per cent of the project’s $9-mil­lion cost had been cov­ered by the prov­ince. Of the re­main­ing $1.8 mil­lion, the fed­eral govern­ment had contributed $610,000, while four mu­nic­i­pal units – the Town of Yar­mouth and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Yar­mouth, Ar­gyle and Clare— had com­bined for $900,000.


Two lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal units had se­lected their war­dens. In the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle, Sylvester Ami­rault had been ap­pointed war­den again, his 14th straight year in the po­si­tion. There was a new war­den, mean­while, in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yar­mouth, where Lloyd Churchill had suc­ceeded John Wake­l­ing, who re­cently had re­tired from mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.


A new ho­tel – the Colony – was un­der con­struc­tion in Yar­mouth. The fa­cil­ity, which was be­ing built ad­ja­cent to the Colony restau­rant, was ex­pected to be ready by June 1, 1977. Frank Thibeau, who owned the busi­ness, said tourism may have been down in 1976, but he ex­pected it to pick up again.

From 1981

Plans to es­tab­lish a pub­lic tran­sit ser­vice in the Yar­mouth area were said to be ahead of sched­ule. Ini­tially ex­pected to be in place in Jan­uary (of 1982), there was word that the ser­vice could be op­er­at­ing be­fore Christ­mas (of 1981). A spokesper­son for the Yar­mouth-Ar­gyle Tran­sit Au­thor­ity said three buses that had been or­dered for the ser­vice were ex­pected to be de­liv­ered by Nov. 20 or so.


The Ste-Anne-du-Ruis­seau high school re­port­edly was the site of Canada’s first field test of a new com­puter pro­gram called Choice de­signed to help stu­dents iden­tify po­ten­tial ca­reer paths. The pro­gram was the fo­cus of a pre­sen­ta­tion to SAR stu­dents by Ter­ence Don­a­hoe, Nova Sco­tia’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter at the time.


Visi­tors to Yar­mouth in­cluded John Neville, artis­tic di­rec­tor with Nep­tune Theatre, who spoke to mem­bers of sev­eral Yar­mouth arts groups. Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about hav­ing a Nep­tune “out­post” es­tab­lished in Yar­mouth – a place to give pro­fes­sional di­rec­tion to young ac­tors – Neville said he didn’t think the idea was eco­nom­i­cally fea­si­ble.

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