2013 Year in Review: JANUARY

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Jan. 3

RCMP and fire marshal were investigating a barn in Mount Pleasant burned to the ground Dec. 23. A resident of the house awoke to find the barn on fire at 3 a.m.

Jan. 10

Digby’s town and district councils had got together in December to talk about doctor recruitment. South West Health wanted the councils to each set aside $60,000 annually for doctor recruitment for the next four years or more.

Hubert d’Entremont, site manager at Digby General Hospital, said preference could be given to doctors with a connection to Digby and to those able to most quickly set up practice here.

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland had taken a prospective doctor and his wife for a tour of town on Jan. 2. The mayor said the doctor was interested in returning to Nova Scotia and was aware of the need for physicians here.

“My approach was just to sell the community to them,” Cleveland said. “I wanted to let them know this was a great place to live.”

Three local fire departments responded to a trash fire at the municipal transfer station on the Upper Cross Road on New Year’s Day. Station manager Greg Thomas said he believed the garbage had heated up and had caught fire spontaneously.

Jan. 17

The Digby-Saint John ferry was to be shut down for awhile.  Don Cormier, vice-president of operations for Bay Ferries, said the ferry would be out of service starting Jan. 14 for just over three weeks. The ferry’s bow thrusters had been out of commission for several weeks and Bay Ferries had been using tugs to help manoeuvre the boat at the dock.

Officials from South West Health hoped the establishment of a weekly clinic in Digby would help attract more doctors to the area.

Dr. Alan Dill of Annapolis had agreed to work one day a week at Digby General Hospital.

Bear River First Nation members gathered to show support for the Idle No More movement and to begin to discuss what it could mean for their community and how they might participate. The movement was partly in response to a federal omnibus bill that removed protection from thousands of Canadian waterways.

A New Tusket couple was thankful to be alive after an early-morning blaze destroyed their home. Hazen Prime and his wife Cindy lost two cats to the fire but were able to save two other cats and their dog.

Digby Academy, the old red school between the Digby courthouse and Trinity Anglican Church, could soon be gone. Town council voted unanimously at a special hearing to order its demolition.

Jan. 24

Nova Scotia Power was installing four new undersea power cables to Brier Island in a $2.2-million project to replace three cables installed in 1997. One of the 1997 cables failed in 2010 and caused a power blackout. The other two were deteriorating due to heavy currents in Grand Passage.

Liberal MLA Wayne Gaudet announced he would not reoffer in the next provincial election, citing the demise of his Acadian riding of Clare. Because of electoral boundary changes the Clare riding would become part of the new Clare Digby constituency.

Sandy Cove summer resident Noah Richler was among authors shortlisted for one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes on political writing. Richler, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About War, was one of five nominees for the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

McNally Construction won a $614,000 contract to dredge the area where the middle ell was at Digby’s wharf, drive the metal pilings and install the gangway and floating dock system.

Jan. 31

The Digby RCMP detachment received numerous complaints regarding a computer scam. A person posing as a tech support for Microsoft had been calling homes to warn people of a computer virus attacking computers.

West Nova MP Greg Kerr said he was suffering some vision problems following what he called a minor stroke.

“The only damage seems to be my vision, which has been reduced, hopefully a temporary problem,” he said. “I will be focusing on a number of rehabilitation measures in the coming weeks and my public availability will be limited.” His announcement was issued because people had asked why he recently had cancelled several meetings and events.

Organizations: Digby General Hospital, RCMP, Bay Ferries Bear River First Nation Digby Academy Trinity Anglican Church Town council Nova Scotia Power Grand Passage McNally Construction Microsoft

Geographic location: Digby, Mount Pleasant, Nova Scotia Cleveland Upper Cross Road Clare Annapolis New Tusket Brier Island Acadian Canada

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