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- By Richard Bell The Seaforth community turned out at the Seaforth Community Hall on January 7 to celebrate the life and work of Gordon Stobbe, a new recipient of the Order of Canada in recognition of his decades of work as a fiddler and musician.By Richard Bell Senator Tom McInnis and representatives from the ESLCS (Eastern Shore Lifestyles Centre Society) hosted a clinic on Saturday, November 18 on how to get something done in Nova Scotia. At stake was the replacement of the Sheet Harbour Lions Community Centre, a four decades old building closed from November to April because of roof problems. The building is owned by HRM, which assessed the building and concluded that the hall is not safe to occupy during the winter months due to the potential weight of snow on the roof. Last spring, HRM Regional Council voted to include $2.5 million in the capital budget to replace the building.
- By Marcus Brady Expectations are high for this year’s Eastern Shore District High boys’ basketball team. Coach Bruce Spicer has the team convinced that they can challenge for the league title, telling the team that they should run the table and take the banner.
- By Dee Dwyer “When I first saw it, it was running away. But when I drove back to look for it, it came towards me. It popped out of a storm drain, and I leapt out of the car with two cameras. It was posing for me, and it scratched itself, and sniffed the air. It was such a privilege to photograph it.”By Karen Bradley In 2010, I was attending an art gallery exhibit of artists from the Eastern Shore when I came upon a photograph of a water droplet entering the water, revealing the spectrum of colours in the droplet. I wrote down the photographer’s name. Connie Publicover.By Rachel Bruch (aka Belia) Have you ever been on a Sound Walk? As the current artists in residence at the Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, my partner Kurtis Eugene and I are busy exploring natural and human-made sounds along the shore, in the woods, and in the Deanery’s many buildings.Christmas day turkey just barely slipped under the wire for being done, when the electricity went out. The bird was a lovely 13.7 lb. free-range baby, from Uprooted. After dinner, it went promptly in to the cold garage, in a stockpot with the lid held down tight with bungee cords. I was optimistic...the temperature was dropping. It froze and there were no turkey meals subsequently made from leftovers. Finally the electricity came back, so I made soup a couple days ago; made buckets of it, as there was so much meat.
- Many thanks to all the kind workers who prepared lovely turkey dinners for the seniors from East Ship Harbour to Mushaboom. They were served at St. Denis Church Hall and in the Mushaboom Fire Hall. It was a lovely Christmas gift to the seniors from some very kind people. From Eastern Shore SeniorsEditor's Note: A shortened version of this letter from the Community Campus Vision Association's Jean McKenna ran in the January/February 2018 edition of the Cooperator. A Letter has been sent to the HRSB as a result of their last Board Meeting: Dear HRSB members: I am the Chair of the Community Campus Vision Association. We are a group advocating for replacement of Eastern Shore District High School and Gaetz Brook Junior High, with a single Junior / Senior high. As you may be aware, our catchment area reaches from Lake Echo in the west to Ship Harbour in the East, some 56 km. as the seagull flies, considerably further in light of the numerous lakes, bays, and coves within the boundaries.By Colin Cameron As Canada heads towards the legalization of marijuana this summer, our province is about to miss out on a golden opportunity. Once again, trust Nova Scotia bureaucrats and politicians to get it wrong. Despite ample testimony and recommendations in favour of letting private business people develop the new cannabis market, the Liberals plan to use a clunky NSLC crown corporation.
- 95km run, register between 8am and 10am, helmets are mandatoryAuthor Ron Melchiore has lived a non-traditional life off the grid for 37 years, 18 of those years alone on a remote lake. He has survived forest fires and bears, hiked the Appalachian Trail in winter, and bicycled across the United States. Join us to hear his story and get some tips for living off the grid!
- By Richard Bell Gold’s rise in price, from $1,216 an ounce on July 10 to over $1,300 an ounce at the end of August, is raising the chances of more open-pit gold mines on the Eastern Shore. The area around Atlantic Gold’s Touquoy mine at Moose River Gold Mines has already attracted at least two other mining companies.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.[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.