Year in Review 2013: SEPTEMBER

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Published on December 30, 2013

Holly Manzer of Tideview enjoys the view of Aunt Sarah’s Brook from a platform on the  refurbished Acacia Valley Trail.

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Brighton Barton fire chief Cliff Surette operates the boom on his department’s ladder truck while Jody D’Ambrose of D’Ambrose Painting works on the Grace United Church in Digby on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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Paul Curry oversees crews installing  fibreglass reinforced plastic pipe for new penstocks at the Weymouth Falls Hydro facility. Above are the bases for the new surge tanks.

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Earl Deveau of Mavillette at the Wharf Rat Rally on Saturday, Aug. 31, two days after driving to Quebec and back for the fun of it. He was the only rider brave enough or crazy enough to try an Iron Butt ride at the Wharf Rat Rally in 2013.

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Digby’s main street was all bikes and people Saturday afternoon, Aug. 31 for the Wharf Rat Rally.

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Mathew Lent smoothed the parking lot and created gravel paths around the Point Prim lighthouse property.

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Beth Brooks and Marion Brooks whose father and husband Bob Brooks took the photo of Maud Lewis on the new sign and, Ken and Maxine Connell who led the movement to preserve the Maud Lewis house back in the 1980s and 90s, were all on hand for the rededication of the memorial site on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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DRHS students like Ryan Milbury, who wore pink to school on Anti-Bullying Day Thursday, Sept. 12, were allowed to take a swing at this car as a physical representation of how bullying really hurts.

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Trevor Wheatley of Hub City Stunters checks his six during their show on the Digby wharf during the Wharf Rat Rally, Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Wally DeVries, chief of the Westport Fire Department, shows off their new 1995 Volvo pumper truck.

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A stuntman with Flyboard Quebec played in Digby Harbour at the Wharf Rat Rally2013.

Sept. 5

Wharf Rat Rally organizers said the rally set records for attendance under sunny skies for the Saturday of the event, but fog and rain Sunday reportedly had kept day trippers away. Rally chair Glenn Dunn said he would have to wait for more information before he could talk numbers, but he had no doubt there were more people and bikes in town Saturday than on any previous single day in the rally’s history. “The town was full two hours earlier than last year,” he said. “By 11:30 a.m., it was solid through town and every nook and cranny had a bike in it. The back streets were full and people were driving through steady, looking for a place to park the whole time.”

The Digby area was changing its approach to economic development and community enhancement, with a focus on marine-related enterprises and renewable energy. Mayor Ben Cleveland, chair of the Digby Industrial Commission, said the commission would be replaced by a new authority, the Digby Development Agency. “The term ‘industrial’ no longer seems relevant in what is now a post-industrial economy,” said Cleveland, “and our economic development focus has definitely changed from a ‘smokestack’ approach to a more sustainable and naturally integrated approach to community development.” Said Digby Warden Linda Gregory, “Our focus today is attracting, establishing and supporting enterprises and individuals determined to take advantage of our traditional and renewable resource base and wanting to contribute to an innovative rural economic agenda.”

The Municipality of Digby and Dalhousie University had been jointly awarded $30,000 to study the impacts and potential of shifting the transportation system in Digby away from gas to electricity. The Municipality of Digby “is striving to become a leader in renewable energy and associated technologies,” said Warden Linda Gregory. Terry Thibodeau, the renewable energy and climate change program coordinator with the municipality, said the study would begin in October and would look to see how to integrate more renewable energy into the area’s transportation. For example, he said, a new ferry being built for Digby Neck and the Islands would be a hybrid, using diesel fuel and electrical power.

Nova Scotia Power was giving the Weymouth Falls and hydro facility a major makeover. The power utility was spending close to $10 million on the site about four kilometres east of Weymouth. Paul Warren, hydro and wind energy manager with Nova Scotia Power, said the project was part of a province-wide focus on overhauling dams and their power plants. “Everyone loves hydro power,” Warren said. “It’s green energy and it’s part of our history. Now it’s time to put some investment back into these historic facilities that have served us so well. We expect this will extend the life of many of them for another 50 years.”

Sept. 12

After an earlier, unapproved clam reseeding, local clam harvesters recently had tried a project with federal approval, but they were disappointed with the results. A group of 18 clam harvesters spent two hours digging seed clams on the Poney Road beach in Upper Clements on Aug. 28. The clams were to be transferred to a beach in Karsdale. The clammers wanted to reseed anything under one-and-a half inches, but DFO wanted them to only move clams under one-and-a-quarter inches. Technicians with the Clean Annapolis River Project spent two hours measuring the clams and were only approving about one in 100 clams, sayid Ken Weir, president of the Clam Harvesting Area 2 Clammers Association. Four hours of work yielded only 33 pounds of seed clams.

Digby’s Sports Hall of Fame had honoured athletes and a sports builder during a ceremony at the Heritage Centre. Honoured were Emma Lewis (gymnastics), 2013 female athlete of the year, and Philip Carty (arm wrestling), 2013 male athlete of the year. Also honoured were Rebekah Cook (soccer) and Andrea Powell (soccer, basketball, track and field), who shared female athlete of the year for 2012. Power lifter Paul Gidney was recognized as 2012 male athlete of the year, the U14 Digby Crossfires volleyball club as 2013 team of the year and Frank Mackintosh as builder.

Sept. 19

Opposition parties were targeting health spending in their party platforms in the 2013 provincial election campaign. Both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives thought they could find savings by slashing the number of district authorities that manage the delivery of health services. Both parties had said they would plow savings back into frontline services. Liberals planned to amalgamate the nine district health authorities into one super board, with the IWK children’s hospital functioning as a standalone board. The PCs wanted one board for the Halifax region, one for rural Nova Scotia and a standalone board for the IWK. The NDP were advocating for the status quo.

Electronic voting may have been gaining acceptance from segments of the voting public across Canada, but there appeared to be little appetite for it around the board table at the Election Commission of Nova Scotia. In a recent report to Elections Nova Scotia, the commission had said “most would agree that online voting is consistent with our increasingly online society.” However, the commission concluded, “The basic questions of how to maintain the security, validity and integrity of our elections has not yet, in our opinion, been satisfactorily answered. Until credible answers to these questions are available, and until functioning, transparent Internet and telephone voting systems have been demonstrated and proven, extreme caution and prudence is required.” In municipal elections in 2012, 15 of the province’s 54 municipal units had conducted some form of electronic voting.

Sept. 26

Acacia Valley Trail was all fixed up and ready for nature lovers. The mini-trail on the Mill Road in Hill Grove had received a lot of attention from an army of volunteers over the past three years. Close to 50 people had come out Sept. 10 for a grand re-opening and to tour the trail along Aunt Sarah’s Brook. “The trail is ready to go and accessible to everybody,” said Gary Randall of Digby East Fish and Game. “I guarantee you anyone here can access this beautiful trail.”

A rededication ceremony had been held for the Maud Lewis Memorial in Marshalltown. Among those on hand for the event were Ken and Maxine Connell, who had led the movement to preserve the Maud Lewis house back in the 1980s and 90s. Also attending, among others, were Ray Cronin, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Digby Warden Linda Gregory. Digby municipal council member Maritza Adams, who had pushed her council to urge the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to fix up the Maud Lewis Memorial site, also was there.

Organizations: Digby Industrial Commission, Digby Development Agency, Nova Scotia Power Digby and Dalhousie University Clammers Association Heritage Centre Progressive Conservatives NDP Election Commission of Nova Scotia Maud Lewis house

Geographic location: Digby, Cleveland, Nova Scotia Weymouth Poney Road Upper Clements Karsdale Annapolis River Clam Harvesting Area Halifax Canada Mill Road Marshalltown

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