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Our year in re­view from 2018 con­tin­ues with Au­gust and Septem­ber high­lights.

Amherst con­cludes wa­ter reser­voir project

Wa­ter pres­sure should never again be a prob­lem for Amherst res­i­dents.

Amherst Mayor David Ko­gon joined with other com­mu­nity lead­ers and project sup­port­ers in Au­gust to clink glasses full of wa­ter to of­fi­cially com­mis­sion the town’s new wa­ter reser­voir.

The new reser­voir in­creased wa­ter pres­sure in ar­eas of the town that pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced low wa­ter pres­sure, while also im­prov­ing the fire flows through­out the town.

The mayor said the two new tanks (both about 70 feet high) will en­sure Amherst has ad­e­quate wa­ter stor­age an­other 40 years or more.

The mayor noted the $5.5-mil­lion project couldn’t have been ac­com­plished with­out sup­port from the joint fed­eral-pro­vin­cial Clean Wa­ter and Waste­water Fund, which pro­vided 75 per cent of the fund­ing.

Rush­ton sworn in as MLA for Cum­ber­land South.

Tory Rush­ton was of­fi­cially sworn into the Nova Sco­tia leg­is­la­ture dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony at Prov­ince House in Hal­i­fax.

The for­mer chief of the Ox­ford Fire De­part­ment and an em­ployee of Ox­ford Frozen Foods was elected in the June 19 by­elec­tion to re­place for­mer PC leader and Cum­ber­land South MLA Jamie Bail­lie.

Rush­ton, whose grand­fa­ther Ge­orge Hen­ley was a cab­i­net min­is­ter in the gov­ern­ment of John Buchanan in the 1970s, said he in­tended to press the Trans­porta­tion and In­fras­truc­ture Renewal min­is­ter on the re­place­ment of the Rain­bow Bridge near Amherst and the con­di­tion of numer­ous roads across Cum­ber­land South as well as a washed out cul­vert in Rod­ney.

New tur­bine placed in Mi­nas Chan­nel

Sev­eral months of prepa­ra­tion and hours of wait­ing came to a suc­cess­ful end just off­shore as a 300-tonne tidal tur­bine was suc­cess­fully de­ployed on the floor of the Mi­nas Pas­sage near Parrs­boro.

The tur­bine, which is 16-me­tres in di­am­e­ter, was low­ered to the floor of the Bay of Fundy over a pe­riod near­ing two hours.

Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint ven­ture be­tween Hal­i­fax-based Emera Inc. and OpenHy­dro, a tidal power tech­nol­ogy com­pany head­quar­tered in Ire­land. Iron­i­cally, OpenHy­dro would soon run into fi­nan­cial trou­bles and the tur­bine re­mains on the floor of the chan­nel.

Ox­ford Frozen Foods cel­e­brated 50 years

Nova Sco­tia had a bumper blue­berry crop in 1967 when John Bragg de­cided to take a leap into the pro­cess­ing busi­ness, es­tab­lish­ing Ox­ford Frozen Foods. In 1968, the year he opened his blue­berry pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity, the crop col­lapsed.

It could have been the end of the story, but Bragg per­se­vered. With the sup­port of gov­ern­ment, the com­mu­nity and his work­ers, Ox­ford Frozen Foods has grown and pros­pered as one of the largest em­ploy­ers in Cum­ber­land County, if not north­ern Nova Sco­tia.

From those sim­ple be­gin­nings, Bragg’s com­pany has grown to be­come the world’s largest sup­plier of frozen wild blue­ber­ries and Canada’s pre­miere pro­ces­sor of frozen car­rot prod­ucts. It has also di­ver­si­fied into diced onions and frozen rutabaga, onion rings, cheese sticks and bat­tered veg­eta­bles.

Kouwen­berg hailed as a hero

Eleven-year-old Kee­gan Kouwen­berg knew ex­actly what to do when he saw a house fire.

Dur­ing a re­cent hot Au­gust af­ter­noon, Kouwen­berg was walk­ing to the Ox­ford Lions Park for a swim when he saw smoke and flames bil­low­ing up from un­der a ve­randa at a home about 200 me­tres from where he lives.

Kee­gan sus­pected some­body was home at the time be­cause a truck that is usu­ally not there was parked in the drive­way.

While Kee­gan ran back to the house, 911 was called and a neigh­bor was asked to help.

Kee­gan and neigh­bour Susan Pa­triquin banged on the burn­ing home’s win­dows. They fi­nally woke a man up.

Names to be added to Jog­gins ceno­taph

Pte. Arselle Delveaux left his fam­ily be­hind when he im­mi­grated from Bel­gium in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines at Jog­gins.

Delveaux is just one of 10 names that were added to the ceno­taph at Jog­gins.

Pte. Thomas Hamil­ton fought with the Royal Scot­tish Reg­i­ment. His fam­ily came to Canada but he stayed in Scot­land and when war broke out he fought and died. He still has fam­ily in Jog­gins.

Pte. Spur­geon MacLeod was born in Jog­gins and when his fam­ily left for the United States he stayed to work in the mines. He went to war and lost his life, while Cpl. Roy Mills flew with the Royal Fly­ing Corps. He died from the Span­ish In­fluenza af­ter he re­turned to Canada.

Pri­vates Charles Jenk­ins, William Mills and Clif­ford Phillips were from Shulee while Pri­vates Ed­ward Cormier and Archie Downey and Sap­per Ru­fus Kennedy were from Jog­gins.

Fer­gu­son raises alarm over hos­pi­tal

Vet­eran Amherst physi­cian Dr. Brian Fer­gu­son again sounded the alarm over the fu­ture of Cum­ber­land Re­gional Health Care Cen­tre.

The de­par­ture of sev­eral spe­cial­ists and physi­cians left Fer­gu­son won­der­ing what the fu­ture holds. At stake, said Fer­gu­son, is the hos­pi­tal’s sta­tus as a re­gional hos­pi­tal. There are so few doc­tors work­ing in the emer­gency room it’s be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult to main­tain around-the-clock cov­er­age.

Fer­gu­son has prac­tised medicine for 37 years, 32 in Amherst. He first sounded the alarm over the fu­ture of the hos­pi­tal as a re­gional fa­cil­ity in 2016.

It took a lit­tle coax­ing

Al­lie Hal­l­i­day doesn’t con­sider her­self a seal whisperer, but she was part of an ef­fort in Au­gust at Cold­spring Head that saw an in­jured seal res­cued by a vol­un­teer with the Hope Wildlife Cen­tre.

The young seal had been seen numer­ous times in the area since late July when res­i­dents no­ticed it would ap­proach them when swim­ming and would climb on top of a makeshift raft lo­cated just off­shore.

Hal­l­i­day reached out to Hope for Wildlife via the group’s web­site.

For some rea­son, Coldie – as the res­i­dents came to call the seal – seemed at­tached to Hal­l­i­day and would of­ten come when she was on the raft.

The first at­tempt to grab hold of the seal failed and she was afraid they’d lost their chance un­til he came back a few min­utes later and jumped back up on the raft. It was then, us­ing tuna as bait, were able to coax the seal into a large bin.

Cape Sharpe’s tidal tur­bine is pre­pared to be low­ered into the Mi­nas Pas­sage off Parrs­boro.

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