Year in Review 2013: APRIL

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April 4

The Municipality of Digby was a step closer to making electricity and money from mink manure. The province approved a renewable energy biomass project in Weaver Settlement for the community feed-in tariff (COMFIT), meaning the municipality could sell electricity to Nova Scotia Power at a special, higher than normal price.

“Digby is on its way to becoming champions for tidal, biomass, wind and solar energy.  This project will lead towards improved stewardship for the mink industry and have the added benefit of reducing harmful greenhouse gases,” Warden Linda Gregory said.

Digby powerlifter Paul Gidney won gold at the Canadian national powerlifting championships in Richmond, B.C. It was his fourth national win in powerlifting and qualified him for the world masters powerlifting championships in Orlando, Fla.

A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. of Meteghan River won a $4 million contract to build a new ferry for Halifax. Work on the new vessel was expected to begin immediately. Once completed in about a year, the ferry would be used on the service between Woodside and downtown Halifax.

April 11

Municipal leaders in Digby and Clare were pressing for completion of Hwy. 101 between Digby and Weymouth. Wardens of the municipalities of Digby and Clare, as well as the mayor of Digby, created a task force to lobby the federal and provincial governments.

There would be no pop at Digby’s Canada Day celebrations in 2013. Carbonated drinks were to be replaced by juice and water. It was one of many changes area residents could expect as the town and municipality of Digby adopted a healthy eating policy.

Officials from the town and the Bear River to Sissiboo Trails Association met to discuss maintenance of the former rail bed within Digby. The trails association had a letter of authority from Natural Resources to maintain the trail, but Mayor Ben Cleveland said the town would like to take over care.

April 18

With a breakwater project to begin soon at the Digby wharf, some municipality residents had questions about how the rock hauling was going to affect them.

Jeff Sunderland, manager of the Digby Harbour Port Association, said the route the trucks would take had not been finalized and was still under discussion. Some local residents, however, were concerned about additional trucks on the roads.

April 25

Someone left a huge pile of dead animals on land that didn’t belong to them. The pile, on private property in Marshalltown, contained at least 100 carcasses, most of them skinned.

There were remains of what appeared to be coyote, bobcat, fox and beaver, as well as unskinned carcasses of rabbit and raccoon.

Warren Paton, who had been working for 15 years to protect his 120 acres of wetland as a wildlife sanctuary, was shocked at the discovery. “It just seems a terrible desecration of wildlife and disrespectful of the earth.”

The town was closing off Carleton Street between Queen Street and First Avenue as a safety precaution, given all the heavy truck traffic necessary during the breakwater construction.

Emma Lewis, an 11-year-old student at Digby Elementary School, was a Nova Scotia gymnastics champion, having placed first in her age level for double mini-trampoline and third for trampoline at the trampoline provincials in Dartmouth. She also had placed first in bars at the artistic provincials in Amherst, putting her at a ranking of eighth overall out of 33 gymnasts.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Sissiboo Trails Association, Digby Harbour Port Association Digby Elementary School

Geographic location: Digby, Halifax, Weaver Settlement Richmond Orlando, Fla. Meteghan River Woodside Weymouth Bear River Marshalltown Carleton Street Queen Street First Avenue Nova Scotia Dartmouth Amherst

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