Year in Review 2013: JUNE

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June 6

Bell Aliant planned to put up a new cell tower in Smith’s Cove to serve Digby and surrounding communities. Both the town and the municipality—joint operators of the Smith’s Cove wastewater treatment facility—had agreed to enter into a lease agreement with Bell.

Town chief administrative officer Tom Ossinger said Bell was looking to erect a 75-foot tower with a 30-by-30-foot footprint at the facility.

Callista Weir, a 17-year-old grade 11 student at Digby Regional High School, was chosen Miss Teen Nova Scotia International.

June 13

Digby Harbour Port Association and the contractor building the new breakwater were rethinking the plan for the second phase of construction. Work on the breakwater slowed considerably after an accident May 17 when an excavator slipped into the basin and sank.

A group of paddlers from Bear River made the trip from Lake Joli to Kejimkujik—the first people to go through that way by canoe in decades. Carol Ann Potter, a band councilor on the Bear River First Nation, said the journey helped her understand why her ancestors travelled the woods. “They had stories to tell for the rest of their lives,” she said. “Now we have stories to tell.”

Students from Weymouth Consolidated School won gold and bronze in the annual Tri-County Regional School Board’s Science Olympics regionals in Yarmouth. In the grade 6 competition, student teams from Weymouth took first and third.

June 20

Digby’s Fire Truck Rally attracted firefighters from as far away as Sydney. “We’re slowly figuring out what the firefighting community is looking for, what works and how to make it fun for spectators and participants alike,” said firefighter and rally chair Mike Bartlett.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada was protecting a big chunk of Digby County wilderness, thanks to the largest private conservation project ever undertaken in the Atlantic provinces, one that increased conservancy stewardship to about 30,000 acres in Nova Scotia.

The Irving company donated some of the land and the organization bought some, with assistance from the provincial environment department, the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust and the federal Natural Areas Conservation program.

June 27

A troop of federal Conservative members of Parliament descended on the Digby ferry terminal to announce their government’s commitment to provide a replacement vessel for the Digby-Saint John ferry service.

“We will have a modern vessel, a more cost-efficient vessel and one that will last us for a long time,” said West Nova MP Greg Kerr.

He said the government wasn’t looking to build a boat but to find a newish one.

The town inched another step closer to demolishing the Digby Academy. The town was to issue a tender for demolition after voting to follow through on a demolition order that had hung over the 113-year-old property since January.

Deputy Mayor Jean Brittain said council wanted to make sure they had done everything they could to save the historic structure. “We kept hoping that some way could be found to save the building but nothing worked out,” she said.

Organizations: Bell Aliant, Digby Regional High School, Digby Harbour Port Association Bear River First Nation Weymouth Consolidated School Tri-County Regional School Board Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust Digby Academy

Geographic location: Digby County, Bear River, Lake Joli Yarmouth Weymouth Sydney Canada Nova Scotia Irving

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