Vanguard Year in Review: February 2013

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Published on November 11, 2012

Canada West players surround goalie Jonah Imoo as the team prepares to go n the ice for their warmup prior to the start of the World Junior A Challenge between their team and Team USA at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on February 11, 2013

Zion Church on Parade Street. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on February 24, 2013

On the scene of the capsized Miss Ally. PHOTO RELEASED BY RCMP

Published on February 23, 2013

The capsized hull of the Mis Ally poses dangers for divers.

Published on February 22, 2013

The Crustracean Frustracean leaves the Falls Point wharf while the fishermen aboard the Slave Driver gear up before heading out as part of the flotialla of local fishermen in search of the Miss Ally and answers. Kathy Johnson photo 

Published on February 23, 2013

Paulette Ross gets a hug after news that the capsized Miss Ally had been found. Ross' nephew Cole Nickerson is one of the crew. Kathy Johnson photo 

Published on February 19, 2013

Grade 4 Arcadia Consolidated School student Paxton Grant is all smiles when she thinks and talks about her school. Here she holds a letter she wrote explaining why the school should remain open as her schoolmates Sydnee Allen, Bailey Pitman and Bailee Nauss work on their letters. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on February 21, 2013

Acadia First Nation Chief Deborah Robinson, a former student of the school, said closing Arcadia School would be an unacceptable loss to both the Mi'Kmaq community and the region as a whole. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on February 21, 2013

Arcadia Consolidated School student Anita James made an emotional plea to the Tri-County Regional School Board to keep the school open during a Feb. 20 public hearing. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

We look back at the events and stories that shaped 2013 with our annual Year in Review. Here's a look back at February 2013.


World Junior A Challenge was coming back

February began with Yarmouth getting the official word that the World Junior A Challenge – the international hockey tournament that had been held here in 2012 – was returning to Yarmouth in 2013. The announcement was made at the Mariners Centre during a junior A game.

Yarmouth mail was to be sorted in Halifax

Canada Post was ending manual letter sorting at nine regional post offices in Nova Scotia, including Yarmouth. This meant that without a postal code mail most likely would be returned to sender. As of March 18, all letters mailed in and around Yarmouth would be sent to Halifax for automated sorting. There would be no job losses, said Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier. The corporation was responding to a drastic decline in letter mail, as customers relied more on electronic correspondence.

Zion was downsizing to cut costs

Changes were coming to Zion Baptist Church in Yarmouth as it struggled with a smaller congregation amid mounting costs to maintain the Parade Street building. By the end of the month staff at the church would be laid off. The layoffs followed a decision by church members to vacate the building after Dec. 31. A structural engineer had said major work was needed on the church if they wanted to stay, work the church could not afford. The trustees and congregation hoped the church wouldn’t have to be demolished.

Public hearing was next for rezoning proposal

A proposal to open up land east of Pleasant Street for commercial development would go to a public hearing, Yarmouth town council having rejected the advice of its planning advisory committee and chosen instead to go with the recommendation of its town planner. At the council meeting where the matter was discussed, it appeared council members who sit on the PAC had second thoughts about the committee’s rejection of the planner’s proposal. (The proposal had come in response to an application to rezone a property at 101 Forest St.)

Fire gutted house but children got out OK

Fire gutted a house in Lower Wedgeport, but six children who had been inside when the fire started got out of the building unharmed, thanks to the help of a couple of passing motorists. The blaze had started in the upper section of the house and the children inside apparently were unaware of the fire until one of the motorists – Alvin Boudreau – went in and told them. Sharon Southern, who also was driving by, also stopped and she helped Boudreau get the children out of the home.

Waste Check first to hit 300-kg target

The latest waste diversion figures for Nova Scotia were in and they showed Region 7 – Yarmouth and Digby counties – had become the first region to achieve the target of 300 kilograms of garbage produced per person per year. At 292 kg, Region 7 (Waste Check) had the lowest disposal rate – i.e. the lowest amount per capita of landfill-bound waste – for the fourth straight year. Despite this accomplishment, Waste Check general manager Gus Green said much work remained to be done.

Tragedy at sea claimed 5 young men

Many people were left with emotions – including sadness, frustration and anger – and unanswered questions after five young men from Shelburne County were lost at sea during a February storm. The crewmembers of the Miss Ally, who had ranged in age from early 20s to early 30s, were Katlin Nickerson, Joel Hopkins, Stephen Cole Nickerson, Tyson Townsend and Billy Jack Hatfield.

Keep Arcadia school open, board was told

For two-and-a-half-hours members of the Tri-County Regional School Board listened to around 40 presenters calling for the board to keep Arcadia Consolidated School open. Arcadia was one of three local schools – Central and South Centennial being the other two – under review. The school board was scheduled to make its decision in late March.

 

 

Organizations: Canada Post, Mariners Centre, Zion Baptist Church Yarmouth town council Arcadia Consolidated School Tri-County Regional School Board

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia Parade Street Pleasant Street Lower Wedgeport Digby Shelburne County South Centennial

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