Year in Review 2013: NOVEMBER

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Published on December 31, 2013

The new surge towers installed at the Weymouth Falls hydro facility.

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Charlotte Sabean told council she's selling her house in Digby and moving out of town because the taxes have gotten too much.

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Digby mayor Ben Cleveland and CAO Tom Ossinger hold the electric vehicle charging station that installed on the side of town hall this fall.

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Maragret Blackman shows her patchwork quilt to Jean Durham at the Tideview Quilt show on Friday, Oct. 25.

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The council for the Municipality of the District of Digby met in Westport on Monday, Oct. 28 to discuss dumpsters, trails, toilets and high-speed internet.

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Callum, Kaiden and Sawyer Longmire of Digby dressed in their best Canada West attire for the World Junior A Challege exhibition game against the USA in Digby on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Six fire departments responded to another fire in former barracks in Cornwallis Park before  8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

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The Princess of Acadia drifted aground on a rocky beach about 300 metres shy of the Digby ferry terminal Thursday, Nov. 7 about noontime.

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The Canada East Prospects Team played a team of students from Digby Regional High School in street hockey on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Veterans Arnold Trask and Norman Wright appear to cast big shadows as they admire a Remembrance Day display on the wall of Snows House in Tideview Terrace.

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Remembrance Day in Digby.

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Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland took a suitcase load of scallops with him to Ottawa for a conference on tidal energyon Nov. 19.

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The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston arrived in Digby at exactly 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, just in time for the 4 p.m. crossing to Saint John.

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The deadline for removing the detour around the Acacia Valley Bridge was pushed back until Dec. 18.

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Davey VanTassel slaughtered the last of his emus and shut down the Ocean Breeze Emu farm – he and his wife say because of the wind turbines just above their home in Gulliver’s.

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Smith’s Cove firefirefighters Richard Banks, Brandon Brinton and Brandon Milner practiced putting out car fires on Tuesday, Nov. 19

Nov. 7

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea had chosen not to approve any changes to the fishing plan for the upcoming lobster fishery west of Digby. She said although a slight majority may have voted in favour of change, overall there wasn’t enough of a clear majority to go ahead. And so the season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 was scheduled to open Monday, Nov. 25, with 375 tags and would include fishing on Sundays. Those in favour of change were hoping that better control of landings during the busy month of December might translate to a better price paid to fishermen. Shea had said in the past that changes would have to come from industry, but she said the result of a recent LFA 34 vote wasn’t enough to justify change.

People could charge their electric cars in downtown Digby. Nova Scotian Electric Vehicle Highway Services had installed a 60-ampere charging station on the side of Digby’s town hall. “People can park here and go shopping, eat at a restaurant and when they come back, their car is all charged and ready to go,” said Mayor Ben Cleveland. Town council was proud to support this initiative, he said, although he wasn’t aware of any electric vehicles in the area.

About 800 people had turned out to the Digby Arena to watch the United States take on Canada West in a World Junior A Challenge exhibition game. The Americans had prevailed by a score of 4-3. Six days after this Nov. 2 contest, Digby was scheduled to play host to a prospects game between Canada East and Canada West.

Nov. 14

The Princess of Acadia had lost power and drifted aground while approaching the Digby ferry terminal during a Nov. 7 morning sail from Saint John. Don Cormier, vice-president of operations for Bay Ferries, said the company believed “the root cause of this incident was the failure of an electrical breaker.” No one aboard the ship at the time – 63 passengers, 30 crew members – had been hurt. A south wind had pushed the powerless vessel onto a rocky beach about 200 or 300 metres shy of its intended destination. The ship had sustained minor damage to several propeller blades, which divers had since addressed, Cormier said. No other damage or punctures had been found. Bruce Snell of Digby, one of the passengers, said there was no panic when the incident happened. “The crew were very professional and we were so close to shore and there was no big knock when we went aground,” he said. Sea trials were done a couple of days after the incident and they went well, Cormier said. The ship sailed for Saint John on her normal run Sunday, Nov. 10, without mishap.

There had been another fire in the former barracks in Cornwallis Park. Firefighters from Bear River had received the call just before 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and had arrived to find the upper storey of the empty barracks building fully engulfed in flames. Fire departments from Smith’s Cove, Annapolis Royal and Digby assisted, with Lawrencetown and Brighton Barton both bringing aerial ladders to the scene. No one had been in the building. This was the second fire in one of the former barracks buildings in the last two months. The blaze was considered suspicious and was being investigated.

Nov. 21

A delegation from Digby was heading to Ottawa to attend the annual conference of Marine Renewables Canada. There were several reasons for the trip, said Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland. “One is to continue the focus on tidal (power) for Digby and southwest Nova,” he said. While in the nation’s capital, the Digby group was planning to meet with a delegation from Scotland, a leader in tidal power, the mayor said. He was “quite optimistic” about the tidal power initiative for the Digby area, he said. As for the conference itself, the theme was Prototyping Technology, Prototyping an Industry. The event would bring together government and industry people, including manufacturers, over a two-day period.

Fundy Power had reached an agreement with Clean Current Power Systems – a turbine developer from British Columbia – to test and demonstrate a tidal power system, including a turbine, energy storage system and system controls that balance production with community power use. The project could see a turbine in Grand Passage in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015. The project is funded by Natural Resources Canada under their ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. Fundy Tidal president Vince Stuart described the agreement as “another significant step” towards Fundy Tidal’s goal of playing a ‘”leading role in initiating tidal energy R and D activities in Digby County and seeing our COMFIT projects come to fruition.”

Nov. 28

The operators of Ocean Breeze Emu Farm in Gulliver’s Cove – Davey and Debi Van Tassel – had slaughtered the last of their emus and had shut down their farm, citing the impact of nearby wind turbines as the reason they were packing it in. Since the turbines had gone up, the couple had lost emus and the birds had “suffered greatly,” Debi had said in a letter. She admitted that they couldn’t prove the turbines were the problem, although she said they had never had any trouble with their emus before the turbines were in place.

Work was coming along on a new health clinic to serve Long and Brier islands. “We anticipate substantial completion and possible handover by middle of December,” said Dan Goodwin, vice-president operations with South West Health. “The exterior’s completed and they’re just doing the interior finishing now.” The clinic would house staff from South West Health and paramedics with Emergency Health Services. Plans for the clinic had been announced in the fall of 2012 and construction had started in the spring of 2013.

An official with the company looking to bring high-speed Internet to the islands said the project was “looking very favourable.” Chris Norman, chief technology officer with Mainland Telecom, said they perhaps could begin hooking people up to the new service by mid-February or so if things fell into place as hoped in terms of land acquisition, weather conditions and the like. Local real estate agent Andy Moir said he knew of several potential house sales on the islands that hadn’t happened because of the lack of reliable Internet service there.

Organizations: Nova Scotian Electric Vehicle Highway Services, Town council, Bay Ferries Annapolis Royal South West Health Clean Current Power Systems Grand Passage Natural Resources Canada Ocean Breeze Emu Farm Emergency Health Services Mainland Telecom

Geographic location: Digby County, Canada West, Saint John United States Canada East Acadia Cornwallis Park Bear River Lawrencetown Ottawa Scotland British Columbia Gulliver Brier islands

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