Top sto­ries of July 2018

The Amherst News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Amherst’s chief of po­lice an­nounces re­tire­ment

Chief Ian Naylor an­nounced early in July that he would be re­tir­ing at the end of the month.

Town coun­cil ap­proved the ap­point­ment of deputy chief Dwyane Pike as the act­ing chief be­gin­ning Aug. 1 un­til a new chief is hired.

Naylor joined the Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment in 1988 af­ter serv­ing for about 10 years with the RCMP in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties. The Amherst na­tive rose through the ranks from con­sta­ble to sergeant be­fore be­com­ing deputy chief un­der Charles Rush­ton.

Rush­ton re­tired in 2013 and Naylor was named his re­place­ment fol­low­ing a com­pe­ti­tion.

Naylor is one of two ma­jor re­tire­ments in the depart­ment. Staff Sgt. Scott White re­tired at the end of June af­ter 41 years.

Desch­enes hon­oured with por­trait

Eight months af­ter he was killed, Sa­van­nah Desch­enes said she was still hav­ing a hard time look­ing at a photo of her hus­band.

Const. Frank Desch­enes was killed last Oc­to­ber af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle on the side of the road near Mem­ram­cook, N.B.

In July, his widow was given a paint­ing to re­mem­ber him.

Dave Sopha of Portraits of Hon­our com­pleted the paint­ing of the Amherst RCMP of­fi­cer.

Sopha and mem­bers of Chap­ter 11 of the De­fend­ers Mo­tor­cy­cle Club drove to Desch­enes’ Riverview home in a mo­tor­cade of mo­tor­cy­cles to present her with the paint­ing and pay trib­ute to her fallen hus­band.

Ri­ley among Multi-Eth­nic hall of fame in­ductees

Bill Ri­ley helped set the stage for the gains made by black hockey play­ers in to­day’s NHL.

It wasn’t easy be­ing a black man play­ing on hockey’s high­est stage in the 1970s. He and Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals’ team­mate Mike Mar­son were among the few blacks play­ing in the Na­tional Hockey League.

Ri­ley is one of three for­mer Amherst pro hockey play­ers who will be in­ducted into the Multi-Eth­nic Sports Hall of Fame, a Cal­i­for­ni­abased or­ga­ni­za­tion that rec­og­nizes for­mer pro ath­letes. On July 18, they were in­ducted along with Bob Ed­gett (Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cate Award), Lynn Jones (Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award), El­iz­a­beth Cooke-Sumbu (Life­time Com­mu­nity Sup­port Award), Amherst Roy­als hockey team (Pioneer Award) and Janiva ‘Jay’ Wil­lis (Vi­sion­ary and Com­mu­nity Award).

Con­cerns raised fol­low­ing con­tin­ued surgery can­cel­la­tions

Bradley Beaulieu was three times un­lucky wait­ing to have a rou­tine op­er­a­tion at the Cum­ber­land Re­gional Health Care Cen­tre.

The Amherst man was one of dozens of sur­gi­cal cases post­poned at the hos­pi­tal dur­ing the early part of 2018 be­cause of a short­age of anes­the­si­ol­o­gists.

Nova Sco­tia Health Author­ity north­ern zone med­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Dr. Nicole Boutilier, said anes­the­sia re­sources have been im­pacted for a few months at the Cum­ber­land re­gional hos­pi­tal for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons that can’t be dis­cussed be­cause of con­fi­den­tial­ity and pri­vacy.

Dill­man se­lected to Spe­cial Olympics team for na­tional games

Kyle Dill­man of Ox­ford was con­fi­dent, but not too much, that he would win gold at the Spe­cial Olympics Canada 2018 Sum­mer Games in Antigo­nish later in the sum­mer.

Dill­man was in­tro­duced to Spe­cial Olympics five years ago and was in­stantly hooked. He be­came a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in the weekly ses­sions and soon got very se­ri­ous about com­pet­ing to the best of his abil­i­ties.

Dill­man was se­lected to the team and would com­pete in the shot put and 200-me­tre run.

New life for Tid­nish land­mark

With the re­open­ing of the gen­eral store in Tid­nish, Ken and Linda Grafton were con­tin­u­ing a fam­ily tra­di­tion dat­ing back to the mid-1930s when Linda’s grand­par­ents opened a gen­eral store in Hard­wood Ridge, N.B.

Last Novem­ber, the Wake­field, Que. res­i­dents pur­chased the for­mer con­ve­nience store in Tid­nish Bridge and were work­ing away since then restor­ing the build­ing that’s get­ting a se­cond chance as Char­lotte and Wendell’s Tid­nish Coun­try Store.

Ken said a lot of work has gone into fix­ing the build­ing. The store, he said, was abandoned by the pre­vi­ous owner in 2014 with prod­uct still on the shelves and per­ish­able food items, like or­ange juice and milk, still in the fridge.

A con­trac­tor went into the store in Jan­uary and took five weeks clean­ing it out so ren­o­va­tions could be­gin. Since then, con­trac­tors have been work­ing to bring the build­ing back to life.

While they orig­i­nally planned to op­er­ate the store as a sea­sonal busi­ness they soon dis­cov­ered the com­mu­nity wants the op­er­a­tion to be year-round. It’s also some­thing that’s favoured by the Nova Sco­tia Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion as well as Wil­son Fu­els, which has in­stalled new gas pumps.

Ro­tary hon­ours late Aubrey Chap­man with bench

Mar­i­lyn Chap­man is cer­tain her hus­band would ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing a place of hon­our in the Ro­tary Cen­ten­nial Park.

Ro­tary meant a lot to Aubrey Chap­man and it only seems fit­ting to his fam­ily that he was rec­og­nized with a park bench at the park the club pur­chased in 2005 to sig­nify its 70th birth­day and the cen­ten­nial of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s found­ing in 1905.

The bench is the lat­est part of a part­ner­ship be­tween the Amherst Ro­tary Club and Amherst, go­ing back to when the club pur­chased the park from the Knights of Phythias 12 years ago.

Chap­man was a mem­ber of Ro­tary from 1976 un­til 2009 and was also a town coun­cil­lor un­der late Mayor Wal­ter Purdy from 1989 to 1991.

While on Ro­tary, he chaired the van com­mit­tee that pro­vided a ve­hi­cle for the club’s main project Camp Tid­nish as well as for the Amherst Pre-School As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gor­don Food Ser­vices ex­pands

Gor­don Food Ser­vice an­nounced in July it would be ex­pand­ing its pres­ence in Amherst.

The com­pany, lo­cated in the Amherst and Area In­dus­trial Park, an­nounced the ad­di­tion of 45,000 square-feet of ware­house space in­clud­ing re­frig­er­ated and frozen stor­age.

The ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to be com­pleted next win­ter.

Gor­don Food Ser­vice es­tab­lished its At­lantic dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Amherst in 2003 to ser­vice cus­tomers in Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Arm­strong an­nounces re­turn to pol­i­tics

A fa­mil­iar face will be rep­re­sent­ing Con­ser­va­tives in Cum­ber­land-Colch­ester dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 2019 fed­eral elec­tion.

Scott Arm­strong was con­firmed as the can­di­date for the party. He said An­drew Sheer is the rea­son he chose to run.

The 52-year-old school teacher and prin­ci­pal was first elected in a 2009 by-elec­tion and was re­elected in 2012.

He served as the party’s At­lantic cau­cus chair­man and fol­low­ing his de­feat served as the party’s critic for At­lantic Canada and the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency. He sur­ren­dered that post in Septem­ber 2016 when he re­turned to the class­room.

Jog­gins Fos­sil In­sti­tute cel­e­brates 10 years of UNESCO

The Jog­gins Fos­sil Cen­tre cel­e­brated the 10th an­niver­sary of its des­ig­na­tion as a UNESCO World Her­itage Site in late July.

The Jog­gins Fos­sil Cen­tre opened in April of 2008, and the Jog­gins Fos­sil Cliffs was in­scribed on the World Her­itage List on July 10, 2008.

Dr. John Calder was the guest speaker dur­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the des­ig­na­tion. He was one of the key fig­ures in help­ing bring the UNESCO des­ig­na­tion to the Jog­gins Fos­sil Cliffs.

Dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion he spoke of the late Don Reid’s con­tri­bu­tion to the cliffs.

Trudeau vis­its Beaubassin

One of Canada’s new­est his­tor­i­cal sites had a spe­cial vis­i­tor at the end of July.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau made a brief stop at the Beaubassin na­tional historic site to tour the for­mer Aca­dian vil­lage and learn a lit­tle about his fam­ily con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity that was de­stroyed by fire in 1750.

While vis­it­ing Beaubassin, the prime min­is­ter met with ge­neal­o­gist Stephen White

from the Uni­ver­sity of Monc­ton’s Cen­tre for Aca­dian Stud­ies. White pre­sented the prime min­is­ter a copy of the bap­tismal cer­tifi­cate he ac­quired from the French govern­ment show­ing that an an­ces­tor of Trudeau – Si­mon Savoie – was bap­tized at the church at Beaubassin on May 22, 1740.

Cum­ber­land-Colch­ester MP Bill Casey, left, speaks to Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau dur­ing a visit to Beaubassin at Fort Lawrence in July.

Stunt rid­ers per­form dur­ing the Border­town Biker Bash at the At­lantic Su­per­store in July.

Jack Perry of Branch 10 of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Amherst cel­e­brates the Cana­dian flag dur­ing Canada Day ac­tiv­i­ties in Vic­to­ria Square.

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