Year in Review 2013: FEBRUARY

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Feb. 7

Digby town council wanted to offer housing and golf memberships to attract doctors rather than commit the annual sum of $60,000 recommended by South West Health.

“We’re going to try and design a package that includes more than just money,” said Brian Manzer, the committee chair. “If you have four hospitals handing out cash, then everywhere you go, it’s all the same. We need something unique.”

For the first time, Hockey Canada awarded the World Junior A Challenge to the same community two years in a row. Yarmouth again would host the international tournament and organizers wanted Digby to host two or three games.

Feb. 14

Digby was pummelled with snow and high winds during a weekend storm and while there was some structure damage throughout the county, no injuries were reported.

“Everybody stayed off the roads,” said Corp. Tim MacDonald of the Digby RCMP. “That’s what we like to see in conditions like this. There were no accidents reported to us and no one got hurt.”

Digby wharf lost the upper part of its new outer face in the storm. Port manager Jeff Sunderland said the main pilings remained intact and the damage seemed limited to the section that connects the pile system to the deck. “The damage is a lot less than we were expecting, considering the wind, waves and water action and what we observed during the storm,” he said.

After six years of existence, the Annapolis Digby Economic Development Authority was planning its demise. The federal government announced in 2012 that it wouldn’t continue its agreement to cost share the 12 regional development authorities, so the province began a review of its RDA model.

Three adults—one clutching an eight-month-old infant—barely had time to escape from upstairs bedrooms as fire raced through a two-storey home in Bloomfield. The house was engulfed in flame when firefighters arrived from Brighton-Barton, Plympton and Digby fire departments. The residents were all unhurt, although they lost three dogs and four cats and all their possessions.

Two new family physicians were coming to Digby, the first starting as early as the fall of 2013, according to South West Health, which said the two physicians had accepted positions with Digby General Hospital.

The first physician was completing her family medicine residency at the University of Alberta and would begin her practice here in the fall. The second physician was a family medicine resident at Dalhousie University and would be available to start her practice in early 2015.

Ian McBride of Digby was among members of Coast Guard Station Westport awarded the Medal of Bravery in Ottawa for the 2009 rescue of three men whose fishing boat sunk during a storm in the Bay of Fundy.

Feb. 21

Digby’s sewage and wastewater was now being treated in Smith’s Cove. The town was in the final stages of a $3.8 million project to upgrade the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant in Smith’s Cove, install pumps in Digby to push wastewater to Smith’s Cove and close the town’s sewage treatment plant at the south end of Queen Street.

Admiral Digby Museum was looking for $6,800 to fix its roof and approached both the town and the municipality of Digby. “Our roof is in drastic need of re-shingling to prevent damage to the building and its contents,” museum society president Angela O’Neil said.  

Feb. 28

Philip and Sheree Halliday didn’t yet know what the future would be like, but they knew they’d be together. “I promised her two things,” Philip said. “I wrote her from jail that I would never leave her again. And I told her I’d hold her hand.”

The Digby man had been released after spending three in a Spanish jail awaiting trial on drug smuggling charges. Now back home and reunited with his wife and their two sons, he was intent on keeping his promises to his wife. A meet-and-greet event for him was held at the Digby fire hall.

Organizations: Digby town council, Hockey Canada, Annapolis Digby Economic Development Authority Digby General Hospital University of Alberta Dalhousie University Coast Guard Station Westport Digby Museum

Geographic location: Bloomfield, Ottawa, Bay of Fundy Queen Street

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