Annapolis Valley Register : 2020-03-19

PEOPLE : 12 : B2

PEOPLE

PEOPLE B2 • THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY REGISTER • SALTWIRE.COM PROFILE yoga, volleyball, basketball, badminton, pickleball) and Kaleidosco­pe. - As of March 17, the Village of New Minas office is `closed to the general public until further notice. For more informatio­n, www. newminas.com or call 902681-6972. - The Town of Berwick’s municipal buildings are closed to the general public, as well as the Kentville Centennial Arena, Kentville Recreation Centre and Kentville’s Town Hall. -Annapolis Valley Regional Library has closed branches and cancelled book mobile stops for three weeks, until at least April 6. -NSCC is suspending classes until April 3 and coming up with alternativ­es to in-person requiremen­ts. -Greenwood Mall is suspending special events that result in large gatherings as a precaution. - All Town of Wolfville buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. - The Village of Kingston has cancelled all fitness programs at the Kingston Fire Hall until further notice. - Canadian Blood Services is concerned by the number of cancellati­ons in recent weeks. “Canadian Blood Services operates a national blood inventory where products are regularly shifted around the country to meet hospital and patient needs. The inventory is currently strong, but the recent increase in cancellati­ons is worrying, particular­ly in light of the blood shortages already being reported in other countries affected by COVID-19,” the organizati­on said in a media release March 16. Donating blood in Canada continues to be safe. Our robust cleaning and infectionc­ontrol practices protect all donors, staff and volunteers. -Kings County Recreation: all recreation programmin­g will be suspended until further notice. This includes Aquatics (at the NS Youth Facility), Open Gyms (various locations), After School Programs (various locations), Walk n Roll (various locations), Multisport (Eastern Kings), etc. - Kings Presbyteri­an Church, New Minas, is cancelling their Soup Luncheon which was to be held on March 26. -The annual CFUW Book Sale in Wolfville, originally slated for March 27-28, will be postponed until further notice. The group is tentativel­y planning to postpone until the end of September. - Due to mounting health concerns, the Acadia Lifelong Learning (ALL) program has decided to cancel the remaining sessions of our winter term courses, as well our Lunchtime Learning Series. We will be contacting our registered course participan­ts in the coming days with refund details. -All New Minas Recreation Programs at the Louis Millett Complex are cancelled: fitness room, Fit as a Fiddle, line dancing, pickleball, jam session, card parties, open gym times, all drop-in programs (including zumba, A passing of the torch Waterville photograph­er Adrian Johnstone following in his grandfathe­r’s footsteps ASHLEY THOMPSON SALTWIRE.COM ANNAPOLIS VALLEY PROVINCIAL DIRECTIVES: - Long-term care facilities are closed to visitors until further notice. - Public schools will remain closed until at least March 30, two weeks after March Break, and then the situation will be reassessed. - Regulated child-care centres are closed until at least April 3, at which point the situation will be reassessed. - March Break camps have been cancelled. - The casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed and bar owners are prohibited from operating VLTS. - Anyone returning from a trip outside of Canada must self-isolate for the designated period of time even if there are no symptoms of COVID19 - Organizati­ons and business must adhere to social distancing protocol, allowing for distances of two metres or six feet. - Gathering should be limited to no more than 150 people, including at restaurant­s, bars, movie theatres and other gathering places. Adrian Stuart Johnstone fondly remembers growing up under the watchful eye of a grandfathe­r who was compelled to be a regular contributo­r for the local newspaper. The late Stuart Johnstone regularly featured tales from the lives of his children and grandchild­ren in the columns he penned for the Register as a longtime community correspond­ent for Waterville. “I remember always going there on days that he’d be writing his stuff up, writing with a ruler, and it was kind of cool to see that,” Adrian, now 20, recalled in a recent interview. His grandfathe­r passed away in May 2015, but the community-minded ways Stuart instilled in younger generation­s continue to shape the course of their lives. Wayne Johnstone – son to Stuart and uncle to Adrian – is chief of the Waterville and District Volunteer Fire Department, where Stuart served in various capacities for 65 years. Adrian still pictures his grandfathe­r rushing out the door. “He’d go to fire calls all the time and I’d always want to keep his pager… so I could listen to the fire call while he was gone,” he said. On rare occasions, the call would come in while he was travelling with Stuart. He’d sit in the truck while firefighte­rs went to work. “I remember a parachuter got stuck in a tree and I ended up going with him because he helped with traffic a lot,” he said, noting this happened in the days of the Waterville airport. It came as no surprise then, when Adrian joined the fire service as a young man. “I think it’s a huge eyeopener. I’ve seen a lot of things in my first year as a member of the fire department,” he said. “It definitely gives you a sense of what our emergency services have to do.” His “first big call” was to a tractor-trailer that smashed into a home along Highway 1 in Cambridge in October 2018. “All of the other guys had never experience­d anything like that,” he said. He’s found people in distress often take comfort in seeing a familiar face at an emergency scene. He takes pride in knowing he can be that comfort. In a sense, he’s still his grandfathe­r’s shadow. The boy who once fielded MEET THE PROFESSION­ALS LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL SERVICES 7834710 ARMSTRONG LAW OFFlCE INC. Taylor Maclellan Cochrane TMC LAWYERS c.o.b. as ARMSTRONG & ARMSTRONG Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries Making Service A Matter of Practice Since 1835 John H. Armstrong 902.678.6156 Kentville 902.242.6156 Kingston 1.888.486.2529 Marc Comeau, B.Comm, LL.B Tyler Pulley, B.A., J.D. Chrystal Penney, B.A., J.D. Katelyn Morton, B.A., J.D. B.A., LL.B. Jordan D. Armstrong questions from Register readers about out-of-town trips and the broken arm Stuart wrote about, has his name on the local paper’s pages once more. This time, he did it his way. He’s making a name for himself as a skilled fire scene photograph­er. “I just kind of grabbed a camera and went with it,” he said. YouTube tutorials helped him learn more technical aspects of photograph­y. Adrian has travelled from Windsor to Wilmot – Annapolis Valley destinatio­ns roughly an hour apart – in the middle of the night to capture realities firefighte­rs face in major fire calls with his camera lens. He regularly hits the ground running in pursuit of breaking news when he’s not working at the Kings Regional Rehabilita­tion Centre in Waterville, or responding to an emergency as a volunteer firefighte­r. “I just want people to be up to date, and know what’s going on in the community,” he said. “Unfortunat­ely, there’s some things that are tragic.” In happier times, Adrian attends local events, snapping photos as a freelancer for the Valley Journal-Advertiser and Annapolis Valley Register. He keeps the newspaper clippings when his work is published and laminates his favourites, including his first front-page photo. “I’ve been getting lots of compliment­s and people have been asking me to do stuff." His relatives often suggest that someone special is, no doubt, looking down on him, beaming with pride. It’s the best compliment of all. “It kind of made me think that I was following in some footsteps,” he said. B.Sc. (Hon), B.A., J. D. 240 St. George Street, P. 0. Box 575 Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0 Phone: 902-532-2155 Fax: 902-532-7211 Email: armstrong@ns.aliantzinc.ca lawfirm@tmcLAW.com • www.tmcLAW.com 7834923 PATRICIA L. REARDON, B.A., LLB. BARRISTER, SOLICITOR & NOTARY 234 St. George Street (Sinclair Mews) Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia 902-532-7904 902-532-5560 Fax: 902-532-7775 7834843 7834897 Gillis, Shackleton & Taylor Associates Profession­al Services? Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries Let customers know! Contact Shelly Phillips 902-680-6769 Email: sphillips@herald.ca W. Bruce Gillis, Q.C. • 825-3415 Maggie A. Shackleton, B.A., J.D. • 825-3416 Rachel M. Taylor, Llb (Hons) CIPD • 825-4851 Ashley.Thompson@ kingscount­ynews.ca 74 Commercial St., P.O. 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