Look­ing back at Digby County his­tory

Tri-County Vanguard - - OP-ED - Eric Bourque

From 1960

Nearly three-and-a-half years af­ter los­ing about 35,000 pounds of lob­ster – which it blamed on an oil spill from a Liberian tanker that had been docked in Digby har­bour at the time – the Digby lob­ster busi­ness C.D. Snow Co. learned its Supreme Court ap­peal of a low­er­court de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the case had been re­jected. The ini­tial court rul­ing had been no ev­i­dence was pre­sented prov­ing the tanker (a ship called the Maria Luisa) was the source of the oil that killed the lob­sters. Of­fi­cers aboard the tanker had de­nied any oil had been dis­charged from the ship while it was in Digby dur­ing the sec­ond week of June 1957. The Supreme Court up­held the ini­tial court de­ci­sion.


Res­i­dents of Cen­tral Gove on Long Is­land were upset over lack of postal ser­vice for their com­mu­nity. Their post of­fice had closed Sept. 30, when the post­mistress – who had since passed away – had given up the po­si­tion. Res­i­dents re­port­edly had been as­sured a ru­ral route would be es­tab­lished in their area. De­spite re­peated ap­peals by them, how­ever, as of late Novem­ber or so, no such route had been es­tab­lished. In or­der to get their mail, Cen­tral Grove res­i­dents had to go to the post of­fice in Tiver­ton or pay to have some­one de­liver it, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal news­pa­per story.


There had been a plane crash in Waldeck. “The three oc­cu­pants mirac­u­lously es­caped with­out in­jury,” the Courier re­ported at the time. The Cessna air­craft had crash-landed in the woods near a large open field be­long­ing to Col. Gar­net Har­ris, the pa­per said. The plane re­port­edly was owned by the Mon­treal Fly­ing Club of Cartierville, Que­bec. “The crash land­ing was made af­ter dis­cov­er­ing they had gone off course,” the pa­per said.


Wil­lard Parker Clay­ton of­fi­cially be­came pas­tor of the Aca­ci­av­illeWey­mouth Falls United Bap­tist churches dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Aca­ci­av­ille church. The in­stal­la­tion ser­vice was led by Rev. H.S. Hartlin of Digby, with mu­sic pro­vided by the com­bined Aca­ci­av­ille and Wey­mouth Falls choirs. “A wel­come to the new pas­tor, on be­half of the churches of the district, was given by Rev. Hartlin, and Mayor Vic­tor Car­doza of Digby ex­tended a wel­come on be­half of the peo­ple of the area,” a news­pa­per item said.


Prepa­ra­tions were un­der­way for a big curl­ing event that was com­ing to Digby for the first time. Thir­teen rinks rep­re­sent­ing towns west of Hal­i­fax were ex­pected to take part in what was billed as the Western Coun­ties Curl­ing Bon­spiel. The event was still a cou­ple of months away, but plans for the bon­spiel – as well as re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties – were said to be tak­ing shape. Ernest B. Tufts was chair­man of the bon­spiel com­mit­tee.

From 1971

Ad­dress­ing the Clare Cham­ber of Com­merce, Louis R. Comeau – the area’s MP at the time and pres­i­dent of Col­lège Sainte Anne – said tourism was an im­por­tant in­dus­try that had great po­ten­tial in this part of the prov­ince, given the im­proved ferry ser­vices and the like. Say­ing the re­gion’s tourism sec­tor had only scratched the sur­face of what it could be, Comeau said more fa­cil­i­ties were needed to ac­com­mo­date the num­ber of vis­i­tors to south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia. With re­gard to the cham­ber, he en­cour­aged the group to con­tinue to press for im­proved har­bours and high­ways. The MP was speak­ing at a cham­ber meet­ing in Lit­tle Brook, where Leo Poirier was elected the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent.


The first re­gional of­fice of the Nova Sco­tia Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion was opened in Digby, with Scott MacNutt, the provin­cial health min­is­ter, on hand to of­fi­cially open the of­fice. This was the com­mis­sion’s first of­fice out­side Hal­i­fax and it would serve all of western Nova Sco­tia, the min­is­ter said. W.A. MacKay, chair­man of the com­mis­sion, said they needed the sup­port of other groups – in­clud­ing civic and mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies – in their quest to en­sure equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity for all Nova Sco­tians.


A del­e­ga­tion of MLAs from western Nova Sco­tia – in­clud­ing Joe Casey of Digby and Benoit Comeau of Clare – had been in Ot­tawa meet­ing with fed­eral min­is­ters Arthur Laing (pub­lic works) and Jack Davis (en­vi­ron­ment) and Al­lan MacEachen (pres­i­dent of the Privy Coun­cil) to dis­cuss var­i­ous is­sues per­tain­ing to the re­gion’s fish­ing in­dus­try, among other mat­ters.

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