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  • Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

    By Karen Bradley  Up and down the Shore, generations of families have lined the roads on summer weekends to cheer the creativity of their friends and kids, to honor the police, fire, and search-and-rescue teams, and to gather up the showers of candy falling from float after float.

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    Share Your True Colours: Historic Lobster Buoys

    By Gordon Hammond, Thea Wilson-Hammond, and Libby Dean  The Eastern Shore Archives needs your help with an exciting new project to find and identify traditional wooden lobster buoys used from Three Fathom Harbour to Ecum Secum. These buoys will serve as “models” for accurate replicas that will be displayed (together with a brief biography and a photograph of their makers) in a permanent exhibit at Memory Lane Heritage Village. The Heritage Village offers a window into the life-ways of the 1940s, and wooden lobster buoys are an important part of the Eastern Shore’s rich and colourful coastal heritage.  At the time of their use, wooden lobster buoys were kept brightly painted - not just for identification, but to make them float well.

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    Objections Surface to DNR’s Non-Motorized Trail Plan

    By Richard Bell  The Department of Natural Resources’ decision to develop the abandoned railroad bed between Head of Chezzetcook and Musquodoboit Harbour (the Gaetz Brook Connector) as a non-motorized trail has stirred up opposition from some landowners abutting the trail, primarily along Pearson Drive in East Chezzetcook. 

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    Celebrate Water with Global Water Dances

    By Karen Bradley  At 3 PM on June 24, people from all over Halifax will gather on the waterfront at the Tall Ship Quay to take part in Global Water Dances, a worldwide celebration of the importance of water. 

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  • Walking Your Way to Fitness

    By Pippa Wood  Walking your way to a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in many ways. Walking is free, with the added bonus of being good for both body and soul. Remember to wear good walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and bring along a bottle of water (especially important on a hot day). You may want to consider an orthotic assessment if a foot ailment is preventing you from enjoying a good walk. If the weather is too cold or rainy, why not walk a circuit or two around an indoor shopping mall. You may be surprised how quickly your steps add up while running errands and doing house and yard work. It all counts towards improving your health with an active lifestyle!

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    Building Health with Local Wellness Programs

    By Karen Schlick  The Old School in Musquodoboit Harbour is moving forward with its Wellness Programs. The training program for the facilitators, who will take this program into community groups and facilitate workshops at the Old School, was led by Self Help Connections and completed this past month. 

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    Kinap Canoe and Kayak Club

    By Chris Branton  The Kinap Canoe and Kayak Club is located in West Porters Lake on Greenough Drive. The club was founded in 1982 and is a great community gathering space featuring a supervised public beach and Summer Day Camp and Paddling Programs. The club is run by a Board of community based volunteers and is always looking for new members.

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    Ticks and Lyme disease: Bad News, Getting Worse

    By Richard Bell  The bad news about Lyme disease and the black-legged ticks that carry the disease keeps getting worse. Nova Scotians love the great outdoors, but the continuing spread of these tiny ticks across the province makes thorough post-outdoors inspections critical for avoiding potentially life-long pain and suffering.

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  • Permaculture: Agriculture as if the Planet Matters

    By Lauren Latour  If you want to get an in-depth understanding of the principles of permaculture, the Deanery Project is sponsoring a two-week intensive from August 14-17 with one of Canada’s leading experts in this cutting-edge approach to one of humanity’s oldest problems: growing the food we need while preserving the health of the soil and the surrounding ecosystems. 

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    Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

    By Karen Bradley  Up and down the Shore, generations of families have lined the roads on summer weekends to cheer the creativity of their friends and kids, to honor the police, fire, and search-and-rescue teams, and to gather up the showers of candy falling from float after float.

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    Emma Kiley: Taking Root on the Shore

    By Richard Bell  Sometimes there really is nothing better than a walk on Martinique Beach to open your mind and figure out your life’s purpose. At least that’s what happened to Emma Kiley, the owner of the increasingly popular Uprooted Café and Market in Musquodoboit Harbour. 

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    Share Your True Colours: Historic Lobster Buoys

    By Gordon Hammond, Thea Wilson-Hammond, and Libby Dean  The Eastern Shore Archives needs your help with an exciting new project to find and identify traditional wooden lobster buoys used from Three Fathom Harbour to Ecum Secum. These buoys will serve as “models” for accurate replicas that will be displayed (together with a brief biography and a photograph of their makers) in a permanent exhibit at Memory Lane Heritage Village. The Heritage Village offers a window into the life-ways of the 1940s, and wooden lobster buoys are an important part of the Eastern Shore’s rich and colourful coastal heritage.  At the time of their use, wooden lobster buoys were kept brightly painted - not just for identification, but to make them float well.

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  • Speed on Highway

    By Gina Dunn  People are always complaining about drivers going too slow on Highway 107.  Did you know that from where Highway 107 starts in Musquodoboit Harbour to the East Preston turnoff it is approximately 24.7kms?  Many people complain that some drivers are driving too slow on the highway at only 90km/hour or even say 80km/hr.  What if you drive 110km/hr or 120km/hr?  How much time will you actually save driving from Musquodoboit Harbour to the East Preston turnoff?

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    Clean Up HRM Elections With Public Funding

    By Wyn Jones  A local interest group has once again raised the subject of political donations at a recent HRM Council meeting. The group rightly questioned whether HRM Councillors should be accepting donations from local developers. 

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    Asbestos Concerns at Eastern Shore District High

    To the Editors:In advocating for a new school to replace Gaetz Brook and Eastern Shore District High, the Community Campus Vision Association has recently obtained a coy of a hazardous materials assessment done on the former Gordon Bell High School in Cole Harbour, in 2010 – 2011.  

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    Let’s Replace ESDH Now

    By Jean McKenna [Editor’s note: The following article is a shortened version of a longer report that the Community Campus Vision Association has put together. Jean McKenna is one of the founders of CCVA. The complete report is on the Cooperator’s website at CCVA Report December 2016. ] The Community Campus Vision Association has been advocating for a new school that would combine and replace Eastern Shore District High and Gaetz Brook Junior High. Our advocacy had included the concept of a shared facility concept, a “community campus,” to include a recreation complex and a senior's residential care structure. However, it has become increasingly clear that it is futile to “fight on three hills,” and it has also become clear that these two schools desperately need replacement. Our current focus is therefore entirely on school replacement.

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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    TD Summer Reading Club Meet-Up Stay Safe in Our Canadian Outdoors

    Learn how to stay safe in our Canadian outdoors and what to do if you are lost. Drop in to share what stories you've read, participate in games and activities, and collect cool rewards.
    Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM
    Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    Family and Baby Drop-In at the Library

    Ages 0-5 years and caregivers Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and playtime together.
  • Latest News on McNeil student lock-out

    MONDAY 4:59 PM: BREAKING NEWS: MCNEIL REVERSES COURSE: SCHOOLS TO OPEN ON TUESDAY MORNING![Note: The following material was posted before McNeil's Monday afternoon decision to re-open schools on Tuesday morning.] Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil's stunning decision to lock out all of Nova Scotia's students has left parents scrambling for options and provoke a storm of outrage. Students at Eastern Shore District High and other schools walked out on Friday to support the teachers. The Nova Scotia House of Assembly has been called back into session on Monday at 10 AM to ram through a bill forcing the teachers to go back to work under the terms of a contract that the union rejected earlier this fall. Schools may be closed for as much as a week.  Keep coming back to this article on the Cooperator website for links to the latest news on the growing number of protests, on the government's effort to  legislate a contract and force teachers back to work, and on efforts along the Eastern Shore to care for all of the locked-out students. And check out the Eastern Shore Cooperator's Facebook page for additional news. You can also leave your comments on the Facebook page, and share information about where to find daycare, etc. 

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    CCVA Report on ESDH December 2016

    [Editor’s Note: This report comes from the Community Campus Vision Association. An article in the December 2016 issue of the Cooperator, "Let's Replace ESDH Now,"  included an excerpt from this CCVA report. All emphases are in the original report.] As most readers know, the Community Campus Vision Association has been advocating for a new High School to replace Eastern Shore District High, and Gaetz Brook Junior High. Our advocacy had included the concept of a shared facility concept, a “community campus”, to include a recreation complex and a senior's residential care structure. However, it has become increasingly clear that it is futile to “fight on three hills and it has also become clear that these two schools desperately need replacement. Our current focus is therefore entirely on school replacement.

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    Kiann Managements Starts Cleaning Up C&D Site

    By Richard Bell Kiann Management has begun work to comply with a litter order from the provincial Department of the Environment (DOE) to remove certain materials from its controversial site on Highway 7 in Porters Lake by a January deadline. 

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    District 2 Council candidate answers (print version)

    We sent the questions below to the four candidates for the HRM District 2 City Council seats. We asked them to keep their replies to 200 characters for the print edition of the paper, and unlimited space on our website  For the print edition, we edited answers beyond this 200 character limit to fit. If you want to read the candidates' complete answers, then go to this document, where you will find their unedited answers. 

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