Look­ing back at Shel­burne County his­tory

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

From 1982

An or­ga­ni­za­tion had been estab­lished to help pur­sue busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties re­lated to off­shore de­vel­op­ment. The group had set up an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice in Hal­i­fax and its first pres­i­dent was from the city, but the idea was that the Off­shore Trade As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia (OTANS) would look to de­velop op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses throughout the prov­ince. It was felt there was great po­ten­tial in Nova Sco­tia’s off­shore. “We be­lieve Nova Sco­tian busi­nesses have a ma­jor role to play and we in­tend to do what­ever we can to en­sure mem­bers profit from these op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Sam Bower, a Shel­burne busi­ness­man and secretary-trea­surer of the OTANS.


Ho­bart Blades, for­mer mu­nic­i­pal clerk for the Town of Shel­burne, had been rec­og­nized in Hal­i­fax at the an­nual meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tors of Nova Sco­tia for his 32 years of ser­vice as Shel­burne’s town clerk. Since his re­tire­ment on Sept. 1, 1982, Blades had be­come a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor. Blades ac­knowl­edged there had been many changes in Shel­burne in his 32 years as clerk. He had as­sumed the po­si­tion in late 1950, suc­ceed­ing Harry Nick­er­son.


It was a time of change in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and among the changes was the cre­ation of a new school board serv­ing all of Shel­burne County. The new board – the Shel­burne County Dis­trict School Board – re­placed an in­terim board, which had ceased to ex­ist at the end of Novem­ber. Don­ald Fill­more was the new board’s chair­man and Robert Har­ris was vice-chair­man.


A lo­cal news­pa­per item from late fall 1982 talked about the grow­ing use of com­put­ers, say­ing peo­ple would have to get fa­mil­iar with them. “Ev­ery­one will have to, sooner than you think, be­come com­puter lit­er­ate,” the ar­ti­cle said. It noted that early in the new year, evening adult classes would be of­fered for Shel­burne-area res­i­dents in­ter­ested in work­ing on their com­puter skills.


In sports, there had been some close games in the lo­cal men’s bas­ket­ball league, no­tably a 70-69 win for Shel­burne over Lock­e­port. Brian Hart­ley led Shel­burne scor­ers with 26 points in this one while Jeff Stephens had 24 for Lock­e­port. Mean­while, in lo­cal high school play there had been some lop­sided re­sults, in­clud­ing a 104-29 win for the Lock­e­port se­nior girls over Shel­burne, Suzanne Cot­ter net­ting 30 points for the win­ners.


There was less than a month to go un­til New Year’s Day and the start of Shel­burne’s bi­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions of 1983. The big year would kick off with a New Year’s levee at CFS Shel­burne. The meet-and-greet por­tion of the day was sched­uled to be­gin at 10 a.m., with the event of­fi­cially get­ting un­der­way at 11.

From 1995

Over­all, the first week of the 1995-96 lob­ster-fish­ing sea­son in Shel­burne County was said to have been a good one. The weather had co-op­er­ated, al­low­ing fish­er­men to haul up ev­ery day but one. “Five straight days of fish­ing,” said on lo­cal lob­ster­man. “That doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten.” The re­sult had been record land­ings for some fish­er­men, with reports of daily catches rang­ing any­where from 1,200 to 5,000 pounds. Warm wa­ter tem­per­a­tures had con­tributed to the land­ings, fish­er­men said. Lob­ster prices in the early new sea­son were be­tween $4.50 and $5.25 per pound, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal news­pa­per story at the time.


A con­tainer ship owned by Eim­skip, a com­pany based in Ice­land, had made a trial stop at the gov­ern­ment wharf in Shel­burne to off­load seven con­tain­ers. There was talk that Shel­burne might be­come a reg­u­lar stop for the com­pany, one that would present new op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses. The trial run had been set up by the South West Shore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, a re­cently formed body de­signed to co-or­di­nate and pur­sue eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Shel­burne and Yar­mouth coun­ties. The au­thor­ity re­port­edly was try­ing to get Eim­skip to make Shel­burne a reg­u­lar port of call and help the town make the most of its good har­bour.

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