Vanguard Year in Review: September 2013

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Published on September 26, 2013

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood at the All Hands on Deck meeting. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 09, 2013

Esther Dares with a sign for the times. She and her husband Gil operate Harbour's Edge Bed and Breakfast on Vancouver Street. The couple designed a sign in anticipation of the resumption of ferry services from Yarmouth and have placed it on their property, even as renovations are underway. The signs will be available to order in different sizes at the All Hands on Deck meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mariners Centre. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 19, 2013

Louisette Higgins and Rachelle MacPherson are hoping Main Street is packed with volunteers on Sunday, Sept. 22. A giant clean up is planned in advance of the national Play On! tournament the following weekend.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 25, 2013

Matt Oxford, a staffer with Play On! puts the meshing on a net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

Published on September 25, 2013

Transforming Main Street for The Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 25, 2013

PlayOn! staffer Matt Oxford putting nets together. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

Published on September 27, 2013

Relaxing on Main Street. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 27, 2013

Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 26, 2013

Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Redwood Cup semifinal action between the St. John's India Bears and the Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 27, 2013

Kenny Mahoney with the ball. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Redwood Cup semifinal heartbreaking loss for the St. John's India Bears. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Redwood Cup semifinal heartbreaking loss for the St. John's India Bears. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Women's final between Halifax Highlanders and Niagara Fighters. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Redwood Cup Men's Elite Division final between Montreal Red Lite and Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

CCMA male country artist of the year Dean Brody performs at the Redwood Cup in Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 28, 2013

Montreal Red Lite Redwood Cup 2013 winners. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 06, 2013

Colin Murphy, sales manager with Tri-Star Industries, goes over some of the features of Nova Scotia’s new ambulance with paramedics Franklin Hubbard and Yvette Hubbard.

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Published on August 28, 2013

Keith Condon, president of Tri-Star Industries, Premier Darrell Dexter and Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson chat inside an ambulance.

Published on September 14, 2013

Waiting for the show.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 14, 2013

The Glory Days Jet Dragster drew plenty of attention when it was unloaded.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 16, 2013

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 16, 2013

Snowbirds. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 16, 2013

Snowbirds. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 16, 2013

Big crowds. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Published on September 15, 2013

The Snowbirds closed the show with a spectacular performance.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Ferry deal reached
Negotiations with STM Quest for ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine were successfully concluded for provincial financial support. 
Mayor wanted “all hands on deck”
Yarmouth mayor Pam Mood convened a town hall meeting at the Mariners Centre to rally Yarmouth County residents.
Tri-Star, province inked $31.4-million contract
The province signed an ambulance procurement contract with Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to lease 150 state-of-the-art ambulances.



A look back at some events that shaped 2013, the month of September revisted.

 

Mayor wanted “all hands on deck”

Yarmouth mayor Pam Mood convened a town hall meeting at the Mariners Centre to rally Yarmouth County residents.

Billed as “All Hands on Deck” the event was a call for action, not “an opportunity to whine or complain.”

The question, “what can I do to help move Yarmouth forward?” was asked.

Suggestions included picking up other people’s litter, organizing a paint crew to spruce up a neglected building and other “little steps that could lead to big change.”

An online survey, sponsored by the Vanguard, resulted in 47 per cent of several hundred respondents saying they wanted to get involved. They also provided contact information for Mayor Mood’s initiative.

 

Tri-Star, province inked $31.4-million contract

The province signed an ambulance procurement contract with Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to lease 150 state-of-the-art ambulances. The $31.4-million contract also included a refit after four years. A $2.4 million, 10-year repayable interest-bearing loan for Tri-Star from the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund, to be used towards an expansion, was announced in April 2012.

 

Ferry deal reached

Negotiations with STM Quest for ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine were successfully concluded for provincial financial support.  Several “hoops” remained to be jumped, said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele, including the transferal of the ferry terminal in Yarmouth, upgrades, border service requirements, the development of a marketing plan and marine licences.

 

Election called for Oct. 8

Nova Scotians were to head to the polls for a provincial election on Oct. 8. The election would see some changes in some electoral boundaries, with the former protected Acadian ridings no longer existing – replaced by an Argyle-Barrington riding and a Clare-Digby riding.

 

400+ turn out for All Hands on Deck

Around 400 people responded to Mayor Pam Mood’s call for All Hands on Deck rally at the Mariners Centre. During the event, people brainstormed ideas to get Yarmouth shipshape for the future, when ferry service resumes. Hundreds of ideas were generated from people sitting at nearly 50 tables.

 

Rains poured into town hall

Replacement of Yarmouth’s town hall roof, which has leaked since the building opened in 1994, was underway. The $235,463 job took much longer than the original three-week estimate. Meanwhile water penetrated the building, leaving drywall drooping from the walls and carpeted floors damp.

 

Main Street clean up attracted volunteers

Many volunteers turned out for a clean up of Main Street one week before the Redwood Cup, which is the national street hockey championship of Play On! The tournament was expected to draw crowds of 1,000 along Main Street and would be broadcast on a national CBC telecast.

 

Redwood Cup hits the street

Yarmouth’s Main Street was transformed into a succession of outdoor hockey rinks for the Redwood Cup, the national championship of PlayOn! Organizers were beyond thrilled with Yarmouth’s hosting of the event.

 

Air show drew a crowd

Organizers estimate close to 5,000 attended the second day of the Yarmouth air show. Only a few hundred turned out for the day before, due to inclement weather. The next air show is three to five years away.

 

Yarmouth Gateways won Mosquito AA Atlantics

The Yarmouth Pizza Delight Mosquito AA Gateways were Atlantic champions after going undefeated in the mosquito AA Atlantics tournament that they hosted. Five teams took part in the tournament.

 

Council approved demolition of 1 Willow St.

Yarmouth town council approved a motion to demolish 1 Willow St. and directed staff to advertise for tenders. The Willow Street property was just one of a number of vacant buildings that are a growing concern to council. The Willow Street property had been vacant and boarded up since a mortgage fraud fiasco in 2009-10.

 

 

Organizations: Mariners Centre, Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Jobs Fund CBC Yarmouth town council

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Maine, Willow Street

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