Top sto­ries of June 2018

The Amherst News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Changes an­nounced at SaltWire pa­pers

Changes were an­nounced to some of Nova Sco­tia’s fa­mil­iar news­pa­pers.

SaltWire Net­work of Hal­i­fax — par­ent com­pany of The Chron­i­cle Her­ald — an­nounced al­ter­ations to some of its Nova Sco­tia pub­li­ca­tions, ef­fec­tive July 1.

Amherst News and The Cit­i­zen Record were merged to be­come one pub­li­ca­tion. The Amherst News was also shifted from a paid-for sub­scrip­tion pub­li­ca­tion to a free com­mu­nity news­pa­per, which will be de­liv­ered to all res­i­dents of Cum­ber­land County.

In an­other move, The Truro Daily News and The News in New Glas­gow were both shifted from paid-for daily pub­li­ca­tions to paid-for weekly pub­li­ca­tions.

And in a third mod­i­fi­ca­tion an­nounced by the com­pany, The Queens County Ad­vance was con­sol­i­dated with the South Shore Breaker to cre­ate a sin­gle com­mu­nity news­pa­per for the South Shore.

Springhill fire­fight­ers deal with sus­pi­cious fires

Fire­fight­ers in Springhill were kept busy deal­ing with a rash of fires, most of which have been de­lib­er­ately set.

The lat­est fire, in early June, de­stroyed a va­cant house on High­way 2 in Springhill Junc­tion, just a few kilo­me­tres from the for­mer town lim­its.

In Springhill, a sus­pi­cious fire dam­aged the for­mer Roll­ways Mo­tel while there have been a num­ber of other grass­fires that have caused the fire depart­ment to be called, some­times two or three times a day.

Carter is un­sure if the sus­pi­cious fires are the work of one per­son or sev­eral, but was urg­ing any­one who sees any­thing sus­pi­cious should call the RCMP.

Ques­tions raised about long-term clam clo­sure

Holly Mar­tin couldn’t un­der­stand the rea­son­ing be­hind a con­tin­ued clam clo­sure along the Northum­ber­land Strait in Cum­ber­land County.

Mar­tin, who lives in Amherst but loves to dig clams for her own use, was among those who vented their frus­tra­tion at a lack of ac­tion by the fed­eral govern­ment dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at the North­port Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in early June.

Parts of the shore­line from Sea­grove to Cameron Beach have been closed since the 1980s be­cause of high fe­cal co­l­iform counts. There is reg­u­lar test­ing by En­vi­ron­ment Canada and not all the clam­ming ar­eas are con­tam­i­nated. How­ever, they are still closed.

Mar­tin said she doesn’t blame the peo­ple en­forc­ing the clo­sure, but thinks the fed­eral govern­ment needs to hire more peo­ple so those ar­eas el­i­gi­ble to be re­opened to clam­ming are.

NSLC to move store from down­town Amherst

Down­town Amherst was set to lose its liquor store as the area’s NSLC store was ready to move.

Nova Sco­tia Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion spokes­woman Bev Ware said the LaPlanche Street store would close be­fore the end of the year with a new ex­press store open­ing in the same build­ing as the West Amherst Esso.

Ware said the West Amherst lo­ca­tion of­fers a num­ber of things the NSLC looks for when choos­ing a lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing vis­i­bil­ity, park­ing, ac­cess and the abil­ity to un­load prod­uct.

“That lo­ca­tion works well,” she said.

The ex­press store con­cept is a neigh­bour­hood type op­er­a­tion de­signed es­pe­cially for cus­tomer con­ve­nience where they can pop in and pick up their favourite prod­ucts.

Hay hon­oured dur­ing Amherst Pride Flag rais­ing

Rev. El­don Hay was the epit­ome of in­tel­li­gence, in­tegrity and com­pas­sion. His work to bring equal­ity and un­der­stand­ing for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity was hon­oured dur­ing Amherst’s Pride flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony in midJune.

Ac­tivist Ger­ard Veld­hoven said Hay’s pas­sion for equal treat­ment went far be­yond the needs of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity to in­clude ad­vo­cat­ing for the rights of any in­di­vid­ual or group of peo­ple.

“This is pre­cisely the rea­son he has won the re­spect and love of so many.”

Hay, who was named to the Or­der of Canada in 2004, be­gan his jour­ney as an ac­tivist in sup­port of his son and daugh­ter. Veld­hoven said Hay had a con­vic­tion that equal­ity will be a re­al­ity and that was spurred on by his con­cerns for his chil­dren.

Gail­lard par­tic­i­pates in John Michels Sr. Lad­der Sit

Trevor Gail­lard, a vet­eran Amherst fire­fighter, was lifted up to 70 feet in the air at the top of the depart­ment’s aerial plat­form dur­ing the 18th John Michels Sr. Lad­der Sit at the Wal­mart park­ing lot.

It was a ma­jor fundraiser for the Amherst Fire Depart­ment’s mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy cam­paign.

It was ac­tu­ally the 23rd year for the lad­der sit that be­gan as a chal­lenge be­tween the Amherst and Cole Har­bour-We­sphal fire de­part­ments. In 2000, it was re­named in hon­our of Lt. John Michels Sr.

Gail­lard has wanted to sit atop the lad­der since he first joined the fire depart­ment, but his job pre­vented him from tak­ing off the three days re­quired to spend 50 hours atop the lad­der truck. This year, he has the time and fig­ured it would be good for him to put his name for­ward for the task.

Rush­ton sweeps to win in Cum­ber­land South

Tory Rush­ton re­fused to take any­thing for granted, even on elec­tion night and even when he was up by more than 1,000 votes with more than half the polls re­port­ing. Even af­ter his op­po­nent called to con­grat­u­late him.

Still af­ter the dust set­tled and the fi­nal votes were tab­u­lated, the 38-year-old Ox­ford man was elected as Cum­ber­land South’s MLA-elect with a de­ci­sive vic­tory over Lib­eral Scott Lock­hart and two other can­di­dates.

Rush­ton re­ceived 3,417 votes com­pared to 1,829 for Lock­hart. New Demo­crat Larry Duch­esne re­ceived 292 votes and Green Party can­di­date Bruce McCul­loch picked up 235 votes.

Rush­ton re­places for­mer party leader Jamie Bail­lie, who stepped aside as MLA in Jan­uary amid al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct.

Amherst funds physi­cian re­cruit­ment cam­paign

Amherst said it was pre­pared to fi­nan­cially sup­port a Cum­ber­land County doc­tor re­cruit­ment com­mit­tee, but the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land said no thanks.

At its June coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil agreed to com­mit more than $10,000 to the re­cruit­ing ef­forts, cov­er­ing its share as well as the county’s and even Ox­ford’s, if it’s un­able to pro­vide its share of the fund­ing.

Fund­ing will cover ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with at­tend­ing job fairs where doc­tors are re­cruited as well as booth fees for re­cruit­ing events at Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity in Septem­ber, at the Fam­ily Medicine Fo­rum in Toronto and the Dal­housie spe­cialty re­cruit­ing fair next spring.

Thieves take valu­able items from historic Min­udie home

Lau­rie Glenn Nor­ris was dis­ap­pointed some­one would break into a home that’s an im­por­tant con­nec­tion to Min­udie’s his­tory.

Some­time be­tween June 1 and June 10, thieves broke into the 175-year-old home of Amos Thomas Sea­man and made off with a fire­place, some hur­ri­cane lamps and a large book­case with its con­tents left scat­tered on the floor.

The house is va­cant and con­tains a num­ber of ar­ti­facts dat­ing back to the mid-1800s, al­though she said the more valu­able items have been re­moved to an­other lo­ca­tion that’s more se­cure.

The her­itage as­so­ci­a­tion has been work­ing to im­prove the prop­erty since tak­ing it over three years ago with ren­o­va­tions to the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior. Even­tu­ally, the as­so­ci­a­tion would like to turn the build­ing into an in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre or mu­seum to go along with Amos ‘King’ Sea­man Mu­seum, the two churches and the Lake ceme­tery in Min­udie.

Springhill vents about loss of play­ground

It’s not what Bev Sharpe wanted, or ex­pected to see, when she looked out the back win­dow of her Me­chanic Street home in Springhill in late June.

The play­ground equip­ment that the neigh­bour­hood and other Springhill res­i­dents had raised thou­sands for nearly 10 years ago was go­ing up in flames.

Sharpe said a neigh­bour­hood group be­gan rais­ing money for the play struc­ture a decade ago. She said there were no play­grounds for chil­dren in her sec­tion of Springhill and she was ter­ri­fied a child would even­tu­ally get struck play­ing on the street.

Ken­dall Spence from the Springhill Fire Depart­ment said the call came into the depart­ment just be­fore mid­night and fire­fight­ers were on the scene for about 45 min­utes. He said the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and didn’t want to com­ment on how it started.

Amherst’s Jeremy Mar­tin keeps a kite un­der con­trol at Dickey Park dur­ing the town’s Cel­e­brate Sum­mer Kick­off on June 22.

Ro­gan Porter of Cum­ber­land Pride joins Const. Michelle Har­ri­son of the Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment, Amherst Mayor David Ko­gon and Cum­ber­land County War­den Al­li­son Gil­lis in hold­ing up the Pride Flag dur­ing a June flag-rais­ing in Amherst.

An In­dige­nous dancer par­tic­i­pates in Na­tional In­dige­nous Peo­ple’s Day in down­town Amherst on June 21.

NDP Leader Gary Bur­rill ham­mers in a lawn sign for Cum­ber­land South can­di­date Larry Duch­esne dur­ing the by-elec­tion cam­paign.

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