Year in Review 2013: DECEMBER

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Published on December 31, 2013

“to start work on the ground” for the completion of Hwy 101 while continuing talks with the federal government about funding.

The Liberal governement mentioned the completion of Hwy 101 in the Nov. 28 throne speech, something Maritza Adams, councillor in the Municipality of the District of Digbyhas been pushing for years.

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Contractors working on the breakwater for the Digby wharf have been working some early mornings to take advantage of low tides. A new construction plan means they hope to finish the rockwork by the end of December and start placing the wooden cribs in early spring.

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Roger Outhouse would like to see some sort of bridge over Freeport Brook to connect a series of local trails.

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Digby’s Owen Wood (right) won a bronze in sparring for 10- to 11 year olds at the David Akutagawa Commemorative Karate Championship, at DRHS on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Members of Tri-County Regional School Board met with parents of students at Weymouth Consolidated School Monday night, Nov. 25 after the parents expressed concern about a lack of communication about an unannounced demolition project at the school.

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Team Movember in Digby, including Mike Bartlett, Robert Balser, Matthew Raymond, Danny Harvieux, Jeff Sunderland, Ben Cleveland and Tom Ossinger raised over $1,000 men’s health.

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Digby Elementary School students Aaliyiah Horner, Demetria Ross, Emilie Moore, Kaiden Longmire, Camryn Titus, Maddison Ross and Alyssa Thibault sported a wide variety of moustaches for an assembly on Friday, Nov. 29.

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Immediately after four hours of shooting in the wind and rain on Nov. 27 on the set of Bannockburn: Jonathan Deschene (P.E.I.), Jurgen Griegoschewski (Digby), Kel Rekuta (Toronto), David Cvet (Smith’s Cove), Mark Amirault (Digby), Robert Wilkinson (Digby).

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Children stare up at the freshly lit Digby Christmas Tree and fireworks (resulting from a little too much of Santa’s magic dust in the air).

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Family and friends gather on Southern Point on Brier Island to watch the Westport boats head out into St. Mary’s Bay on setting day, Saturday, Nov. 30.

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Gilberte and Siegmar Doelle of Gilbert’s Cove received this specially commissioned painting of Wild Rose Farm as part of their prize for winning the Environmental Stewardship Award.

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Warden Linda Gregory and Rod Reeves comply with a listener’s request that they dance. Christmas Daddies received $19,500 in pledges on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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Constable Jennifer Neufeld, Inspector Chris MacNaughton, senior safety coordinator Dawn Thomas, Corporal Tim MacDonald, Constable Darrell McNeil, Staff Sergeant John Ennis, Staff Sergeant Rocky Calhoun and Corporal Sean Boulger took part in celebrations for the tenth anniversary of Digby’s Senior Safety program on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Wayne Little, past district governor for Nova Scotia and Scott Mackenzie, the current DG, present Ed McCormick, King Lion of the Digby and Area Lions Club, with a Lions International Flag Set for top growth of any club its size in Canada.

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Digby’s new RCMP staff sergeant Rocky Calhoun has arrived and taken over command of the detachment.

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An Irving crew and their crane teamed up with Department of Transportation staff to install the steel frame for the new bridge in Acacia Valley on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Firefighters hose down the hotspots from the structure fire that destroyed the lobster pound in Belliveau Cove Sunday Dec. 8..

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Pound owner Pierre Boissonnault walks through the remains of his lobster pound Dec. 8 after fire destroyed the building the night before.

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Dr. Pejman Nourian accepted 100 patients to his practice through a call-in process of Dec. 12.

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The Digby and Area Minor Hockey Association hopes to use the money it raises from the Friday night Chase the Ace draws to reduce the cost of registration next year.

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Charlotte Sabean and 40 friends filled council chambers at Digby town hall on Dec. 16 to talk about taxes and more public engagement.

Published on December 31, 2013

Saturday, Dec. 12, was an evening made to order for the 7th annual Vintage Farms Winter’s Night Walk of Light.

Dec. 5

A parent who had been involved in the fight to keep Weymouth Consolidated School open was encouraging those with something to say about the school review process to express their views. Julie Desjardins was responding to the announcement that the province was to begin consultations on the school review process in December, with a series of public meetings planned for January. “People who want their schools to remain need to be involved in this process,” she said. “Don’t wait until the school is being reviewed. If you have an opinion now on how schools should be reviewed in the future, voice it.”

A Digby businessman wanted the Town of Digby to look at its noise bylaw, saying the legislation was too restrictive, bad for business and upsetting to visitors. Dean Kenley, owner of the Fundy Complex, said Digby has some major annual events that draw many people but that the town’s bylaw prevents him from having outdoor music during these events at his town establishment beyond 11 p.m., unlike the Municipality of Digby, where such festival-related outdoor activity can go until 1 a.m. “With these festivals getting bigger now, there’s people out and they’re out later and they want entertainment later,” Kenley said. “Hey, we’ve got a bike rally that’s bringing $10 million to our economy. Let’s not shut things down at 11 o’clock.” Mayor Ben Cleveland said the town would look at its bylaw.

Digby’s new breakwater now was expected to be finished in the spring of 2014, six months or so later than initially planned. Digby Harbour Port Association spokesman Jeff Sunderland said the contractors were working more at low tide since an excavator accident in the spring of 2013. They hoped to finish the rockwork by the end of December and start placing the wooden cribs in early spring 2014.

Gilberte and Siegmar Doelle of Gilbert’s Cove had won the Nova Scotia Farm Environmental Stewardship Award. The Doelles operate the Wild Rose Farm, a certified organic mixed vegetable, flower, herb and livestock farm. The Farm Environmental Stewardship Award is part of the Environmental Farm Plan program created through an initiative whose partners include the provincial and federal governments and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

Dec. 12

Fire had destroyed a lobster pound in Belliveau’s Cove. Firefighters from seven departments responded to the blaze, which reportedly had started before 8:30 p.m. on a Sunday. By 11:15 p.m. most of the old building was gone, but firefighters were still chasing hot spots and protecting nearby houses and other structures. Hubert Belliveau, who lived about 50 feet from the pound, said if the wind had been from the west instead of the north, his house and his neighbour’s house might have been lost too. He said the building used to be a box factory and he assumed it had burned so fast because of its age and construction style.

The Tri-County Regional School Board was expressing concern about the number of drivers not stopping for school buses flashing their red lights. Already this school year there had been some near misses involving students and vehicles that didn’t stop, said Steve Stoddart, operations director with the Tri-County board.

Staff Sgt. Rocky Calhoun had taken over command of the Digby detachment of the RCMP. A New Brunswick native who spent 30 years in British Columbia, he had in recent years been based in the Annapolis Valley. His priorities in his new job in Digby were domestic violence, crime prevention and road safety. Digby had been without a staff sergeant in command since the retirement in October 2012 of Phil Barrett.

Digby was losing a doctor but gaining another. Due to health reasons, Dr. Vladimir Lafkovici had closed his office permanently as of Dec. 2. The office of Dr. Pejman Nourian – a new family physician in Digby – was accepting patients. Dr. Nourian already had accepted some of Dr. Lafkovici’s priority patients.

Dec. 19

Dr. Pejman Nourian – who had started accepting patients for his Digby practice Dec. 12 – was the first of four new doctors slated to come to Digby over the next two years, said a spokesperson for South West Health. Two more were scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2014 and another in early 2015. Mayor Ben Cleveland said that with four new doctors, as well as family physicians John Black and Marek Bander, the area would have six doctors for about 10,000 people from Bear River to Weymouth. On a negative note, there had been complaints about the phone-in process by which Dr. Nourian had started accepting patients, callers expressing frustration over not being able to get through.

The new Liberal government is committed “to start work on the ground” for completion of Highway 101 between Digby and Weymouth, said Clare MLA Gordon Wilson. The province also is continuing talks with the federal government about funding, he said. He referred to the government’s recent throne speech in which transportation was cited as a critical part of strengthening communities across Nova Scotia. For decades, the area’s political representatives have pushed for completion of the 101 between Digby and Weymouth. Locals have complained the road is too busy and too dangerous.

Dec. 26

Having appeared before Digby town council in October to share her concerns about high property taxes, local resident Charlotte Sebean went before council again in December, this time bringing about 40 fellow residents with her as a show of support. “I asked them to come to this meeting to support me so council could see it’s not just me saying it,” Sabean said. “We all walked in together and then out together to show we are together on this issue.” Sabean wanted a public meeting where the budget could be explained and citizens could ask questions. “Residents need to take a bigger role and more of us need to ask questions about the budget,” she said. Mayor Ben Cleveland, who said he was happy to see Sabean and her supporters at the council session, cited the organizational review being conducted on the town, saying the review might suggest changes in how the town presents its budget.

Two more pieces of Cornwallis military history would be leaving the area. Peter Kalkman, owner of PK Construction in Kentville, was acquiring the T-33 jet trainer and the Sherman tank, located in Cornwallis Park near Highway 1. While final plans had yet to be announced, Kalkman said the idea was to preserve the plane and tank for historical purposes and let people see them. Already gone from Cornwallis was the Voodoo jet fighter that had stood next to the Cornwallis Military Museum, the plane having been given to the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ontario.

Organizations: Weymouth Consolidated School, Digby Harbour Port Association, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Tri-County Regional School Board Tri-County board RCMP South West Health Digby town council Cornwallis Military Museum Jet Aircraft Museum

Geographic location: Digby, Nova Scotia, Weymouth New Brunswick British Columbia Annapolis Valley Bear River Kentville Cornwallis Park London, Ontario

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