Top stories of July 2018
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.