Year in Review 2013: OCTOBER

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Published on December 30, 2013

Gordon Wilson, MLA elect for Clare Digby and Liberal association president Jean Melanson congratulate one another after Wilson’s win.

Published on December 30, 2013

Beulah Shears took a brick for herself and one for her sister-in-law, both alumni of the Digby Academy--which lies in rubble behind her.

Published on December 30, 2013

Firefighters used the Brighton Barton aerial truck to get at fire in the eaves and under the roof of this barracks on the former Cornwallis base on Sept. 30 - the first of two such fires this fall.

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While students were off on a provincial in-service day on Friday, Oct. 25 crewmen from Hurlburt Excavating of Yarmouth made quick work of the Primary to Three wing of Weymouth COnsolidated School and continued the cleanup process Saturday

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Kelli and Oliver Janson skirt a big puddle on the Silver River Road to New France during the first installment of the new Tour de New France on Sept. 28.

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Digby’s Paul Gidney won a gold and silver medal at the World Senior Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida on Friday, Sept. 27.

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The Ross Family (Matthew, Bailey, Kim and Maddison) invited the Courier in for a peek at the Hallowe'en decorations that completely take over Ross’s home.

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Bev Cleaves has learned to swim at 60 years of age thanks to the water comfort classes at the Fundy Y.

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Close to 50 students, members of the East Ferry harbour authority and local residents sorted garbage into piles of plastic and Styrofoam, metal and wood for pick up by tractor.

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Technicians from the Jet Aircraft Museum in London Ontario started to work Sunday, Oct. 27 disassembling the Voodoo jet beside the Cornwallis Military Museum.

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Ten brave souls took part in the Zombie Run along the rail bed in Cornwallis and Deep Brook on Saturday, Oct. 19 hosted by the Deep Brook and Area 4H Club.

Oct. 3

It had taken less than two hours for a demolition crew to bring down the Digby Academy. On Sept. 25 an excavator had begun tearing at the back wall of Digby's old red school just after 7 a.m., and by 9 a.m. the 122-year-old building was a pile of rubble. Digby special constable Richard Parry threw souvenir bricks down to the dozen or so people watching from a safe distance on Queen Street. Later, town employee Bruce Murley dumped several loads near the side of the street for those wanting a piece of the town’s education history. The demolition crew extracted the cornerstone intact, including a small wooden and tin box containing a sort of time capsule. Parry removed damp and crumbling contents, including copies of newspapers from 1891, Masonic documents and a Bible.

Oct. 10

Police and the provincial fire marshal’s office were investigating a fire that had destroyed a boiler room at the former Cornwallis base. A fire alarm had sounded in the dorm at 6 a.m. on Sept. 30. Flames were shooting out of the utility shed and boiler room at the back of the dorm when firefighters arrived. Bathrooms in the middle section of the dorm suffered extensive damage from fire, smoke and water. Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from destroying a barracks.

Someone had been stealing a lot of copper pipe in the Digby area. Thieves were targeting vacant properties and summer homes, breaking in, stealing pipe and causing damage in the process. Eight of 13 break-ins in the previous month reportedly had involved theft of copper pipes. Const. Darrell McNeil of the Digby RCMP said thieves had taken copper from properties in the town, North Range, Ashmore, Woodvale and Plympton. Investigators had some good leads, he said, but were hoping the public could help provide more information.

Digby scallop fisherman Paul Gidney had brought home a gold and a silver medal from the world senior powerlifting championships in Orlando, Florida. The master II (over 50) lifter finished second in his 105-kilogram weight class, setting a new Canadian record with his grand total lift of 732.5 kg. (Powerlifting consists of the bench press, squat and deadlift.) Gidney’s gold medal deadlift of 295 kilograms was a Canadian record for master II and master I (over 40) classes.

Oct. 17

Liberal candidate Gordon Wilson was elected member of the legislative assembly for Clare Digby with 5,122 votes. PC candidate Paul Emile LeBlanc had 2,911 votes, NDP candidate Dean Kenley had 842 votes and Independent Ian Thurber had 492. The Liberals swept to power under Stephen McNeil winning 33 of the 51 seats in the Legislature.

The Digby County ridings have voted Liberal for most of the last 40 years.

Since 1970 Nova Scotia has had 13 elections. The Digby area voted Liberal 10 times including this one and the Clare area has voted Liberal 11 times.

Wilson was also transitioning out of his old job as deputy CAO of the Municipality of the District of Digby.

Gidney returned from the World Master Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida with a silver medal overall in his class and a gold medal in his class for deadlift.

Gidney has qualified for Worlds four times in the last seven years and this was his third trip. He placed 16th in 2002 and fifth in 2006.

Digby’s Eric Locke led the Holland Hurricanes varsity golf team to an unprecedented eighth straight Atlantic College Athletic Association championship at the Links at Crowbush Cove. Locke’s Sunday round also included an incredible hole-in-one on the par three sixth hole, Locke’s third ace of the summer. The Hurricanes have taken home the ACAA championship title every year since 2006.

Locke, in his second year of second year of Golf Club Management at Holland College on PEI, was also chosen as the Holland Hurricanes male athlete of the week for the week ending October 6.

Oct. 24

A Supreme Court judge had voided the October 2012 election of the African Nova Scotian member of the Tri-County Regional School Board. Michael Alden Fells -- who had held the African Nova Scotian seat on the Tri-County board heading into the 2012 election – lost to challenger Darlene Lawrence in the election, but it was learned that many people who had voted for the seat had not been qualified to vote for the African Nova Scotian board member. Justice Pierre Muise ruled that the number of invalid votes had left the winner of the election in doubt, thereby making it necessary to void the result.

The Lobster Fishing Area 34 Advisory Committee had decided to try again to find out if fishermen wanted changes for the upcoming lobster season or if they preferred the status quo. The fishing season in LFA 34 was scheduled to start in late November. (The season in LFA 35 – east of LFA 34 – was already open.) The LFA 34 committee had held a vote for fishermen on proposed changes, but the committee was going to try again after port reps and licence holders had complained about the initial ballot, some saying it didn’t reflect discussions they had been a part of.

Oct. 31

Technicians from the Jet Aircraft Museum had started disassembling the jets in Cornwallis Park. The crew of a dozen volunteers – some from Ontario, some from Nova Scotia – had arrived Saturday, Oct. 26 – and got to work in the following day’s drizzle and rain. They were at the site to disassemble two planes – a Voodoo fighter jet near the Cornwallis Military Museum and a T-33 trainer jet near Highway 1 – and take them to London, Ontario, where the plan was to have them refurbished and put on display. The Cornwallis museum had decided to donate the planes to the Jet Aircraft Museum because they couldn’t afford to look after the planes anymore.

Digby was getting another chance to see some of the best junior A hockey players in the world as the town was ready to play host to an exhibition game between Canada West and the United States, part of the World Junior A Challenge. (Yarmouth was hosting the tournament for the second straight year.) Citing the high quality of play in this tournament, Riley Wwchar, manager of events and marketing with Hockey Canada, said many NHL scouts would be in the stands for tournament games. As for returning to Digby, he said, “Everyone I talked to was excited to be coming back to Digby. I can’t wait to see those stands full again with people enjoying great hockey.”

Another section of Weymouth Consolidated School had been demolished as part of a planned retrofit of the facility. While students were off on a provincial in-service day, crewmen from Hurlburt Excavating of Yarmouth made quick work of the primary-to-Grade 3 wing of the school and continued the cleanup process the next day. Three classrooms affected by the demolition had been relocated to the Grade 4-6 wing of the school earlier in the month and a readiness program had been moved to temporary quarters in the renovated sensory room.

Clare had made the short list of communities in the third annual Great Places in Canada contest. The contest, run by the Canadian Institute of Planners, had received 68 nominations in three categories. Clare had been nominated in the great neighbourhoods category. Clare was the only Nova Scotia community among the finalists. Chantal Comeau, who had nominated Clare for the honour, cited the area’s Acadian culture and the “warm joie de vivre” Acadians are known for. Clare, she said, “is a great place to raise a family or to retire. As a travel destination, Clare has beautiful beaches, backwoods, cultural events, sights to see and so much more.”

Organizations: Atlantic College Athletic Association, Digby Academy, African Nova Scotian Jet Aircraft Museum Cornwallis Military Museum Golf Club Management Supreme Court Tri-County Regional School Board Tri-County board Advisory Committee The LFA 34 committee Hockey Canada NHL Weymouth Consolidated School Canadian Institute of Planners

Geographic location: Digby County, Queen Street, Nova Scotia Orlando, Florida North Range London, Ontario Canada West Cornwallis Park United States

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