Vanguard Year in Review: April 2013

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Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

Smoke billows from the scene of a fire on Waverly Street. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on April 11, 2013

Charred applicances, including stoves, washers and dryers, sit among the rubble following a fire at one of W.L. Nelson Ltd.'s warehouses on Thursday morning, April 11. Despite the Waverly Street fire it's business as usual at the company's John Street retail location. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on April 23, 2013

Parents, students and supporters of Arcadia School rally outside the Tri-County Regional School Board offices on Tuesday, April 23, prior to a special board meeting where the board would decide on a request to suspend the school review process. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on April 09, 2013

Members of the public came out to see what the school board would decide at an April 9 meeting. In the end, it held off on a decision saying it needs more answers from the educaiton minister. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on April 17, 2013

Nicole Gushue and her cousin, Denise Defelice at the 20 Mile mark where runners for Mass General Hospital Charities were cheered on by their supporters. Both women are wearing Nick pins marking Gushue's Nic for Nick race.

Published on April 17, 2013

Brian and Denise Defelice, Nicholas' parents.

A look back at the events and stories that made the news over the past year. We revisit April 2013.

 

 

Lobster prices were rising, but there was a catch

The price paid to fishermen for their lobsters had been rising. By late March fishermen – at least those who fished during the winter – were being paid a shore price of $8 a pound, up from $3 back in the fall. Part of the reason for the price increase was bad weather, an industry spokesman saying an extended period of poor weather conditions, coupled with small catches throughout the winter, had limited the supply of lobsters  “drastically” and had helped push up the price.

School review situation was “a mess”

A big issue in recent months – the school review process – was in the news again after Ramona Jennex, Nova Scotia’s education minister at the time, called on the province’s school boards to suspend the school review process for the upcoming year and to delay any school closure decisions made at the end of March until a new review process was in place. This came after the Tri-County Regional School Board, which had been conducting a review of three Yarmouth-area schools – Central, South Centennial and Arcadia – had decided to close those schools. (The board’s plan was to merge the Central and South Centennial populations in a new school and send most of the Arcadia students to Plymouth.) In the wake of the minister’s directive to put the review process on hold, Donna Tidd, the Tri-County Regional School Board chair, called the situation “a mess.”

Fire levelled furniture warehouse

Fire destroyed all the stock in a Waverly Street warehouse used by W.L. Nelson Ltd., but Jim Nelson said it was business as usual at his store’s retail location on John Street. “We have to reorder stock, but we still have another 15,000-square-foot warehouse, we still have this store and it’s business as usual,” he said. The cause of the Thursday morning blaze – described in the Vanguard as “an inferno” – was not immediately known and was to be investigated by the fire marshal’s office. In the end the cause of the fire was said to be undetermined.

(You can watch a video here.)

Yarmouth runners were in Boston on day of marathon tragedy

Yarmouth-area runners Nicole Gushue and Marco Albright were among the thousands running the 2013 Boston Marathon, an event that turned tragic after two explosions near the finish line. The blasts killed three spectators and injured about 260 people. The Yarmouthians were not hurt. Gushue – running as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon Team in memory of her cousin’s nine-year-old son (who had died of cancer) – was about 600 metres from the finish when police officers told her to stop, that the race was over. Albright already had finished his race when the bombs went off.

(Read the story about Nicole Gushue's Boston Marathon experience here.)

Nicole Albright won special election in Municipality of Argyle

Nicole Albright won a special election for the council seat in the Municipality of Argyle’s District 5, garnering 399 votes to Malcolm Madden’s 313. It was the second time in six months the two had run against each other. Albright had won by two votes in the civic election of October 2012, but Madden had challenged that result after it was learned that two of the people who should have voted in District 5 in the 2012 election had voted in the wrong district. Madden had gone to court, seeking to have the result overturned, and the court had agreed, making it necessary for the Municipality of Argyle to hold a special election for District 5.

Play On! national finals were coming to Yarmouth

The Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association had scored a major event for Yarmouth, which had been chosen to host the 2013 national finals of CBC’s Play On! street hockey program. The finals were to be held in September, with the title games for men and women to be aired on CBC television.

Province was putting $1 million in tourism effort

The Nova Scotia government was contributing $1 million towards tourism marketing and product development in southwestern Nova Scotia. The province was assembling a tourism team to lead the effort, a team chaired by Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood.

 

 

Organizations: Tri-County Regional School Board, Central and South Centennial, W.L. Nelson CBC Mass General Hospital Marathon Team Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Argyle Waverly Street John Street Boston

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