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  • Weekend Update November 17 18 19

    WEEKEND UPDATE Gas up the car and get ready to hit the road along the Shore for a weekend packed with Christmas shopping, solar workshops, concerts, and a healing arts fair. Full details on the items with *** below are on the Cooperator’s calendar on the Internet. If you want to add an event, post it as a comment below, and go to the calendar page, click on “Post an Event” and add the details for your event.

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    Cleaning Up Petpeswick Inlet

    By Richard Bell  Why was Government Wharf Beach on West Petpeswick Road in Musquodoboit Harbour closed for the 2nd highest number of days of beach closures in HRM this summer? 

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    EDITORIAL: Vote to Keep Local Area Recreational Rate

    Some time in November, residents of Musquodoboit Harbour will be asked to vote on whether to keep a local area rate tax that brings in $10,000 per year to spend on community recreational needs.  (See the related story, "Vote in November on Fate of Recreation Fund.") The ballot will come in the mail. 

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    Vote in Nov on Fate of Recreation Fund

    By Richard Bell  Residents living in or near Musquodoboit Harbour will be getting a rare opportunity in November for a non-binding vote to retain or end a small tax dedicated to improving local recreational opportunities and facilities. This little-known tax, called a local area rate, appears on property tax bills under the name, “Musquodoboit Hbr Common Rec.”(MHCR) The rate is a very low halfpenny per $100 ($0.005)—or $10 on a $200,000 assessment. 

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  • Number 9 for Lake Echo’s Steve Giles

    By Gina Dunn  Steve Giles retired from Canada’s canoe/kayak team in 2004 after the Athens Olympics but is still gathering titles!  Steve was just named to Nova Scotia’s Top 15 athletes in Nova Scotia sport history, coming in at #9. 

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    Moving Memories and Moments

    By Karen Bradley   On Friday afternoons, from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Old School in Musquodoboit Harbour, seniors are gathering for a program designed to engage with their creative exuberance, despite any physical or cognitive challenges. 

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    Four Athletes from Orenda named to Provincial Team

    By Gina Dunn   Four youth athletes from Orenda Canoe Club in Lake Echo have been named to the Nova Scotia Provincial team in the kayak events.    

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    Myatt Wins Big at US College Cycling

    By Richard Bell  Musquodoboit Harbour cycling phenom Mackenzie Myatt has been tearing up cross country tracks all fall, topping things off with a medals trifecta at the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Missoula, Montana. She won a gold medal in the Varsity Women's Collegiate XC National Championship race on October 20, beating her closest competitor by more than a whopping two minutes, finishing the two-lap race in 20:44:7.

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  • Weekend Update November 17 18 19

    WEEKEND UPDATE Gas up the car and get ready to hit the road along the Shore for a weekend packed with Christmas shopping, solar workshops, concerts, and a healing arts fair. Full details on the items with *** below are on the Cooperator’s calendar on the Internet. If you want to add an event, post it as a comment below, and go to the calendar page, click on “Post an Event” and add the details for your event.

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    Richer by the Slice

    By Richard Bell  This year’s edition of the Seaforth Great Potato Weight-off at the Seaforth Community Hall on October 21 was another rollicking, calorie-stuffed night of fun for kids and grown-ups alike. The potato weigh-in itself went quickly, and then most of the evening’s action focused on raising funds for the Community Hall by auctioning off a stunning array of pies: apple crisp, coconut cream, pumpkin, chocolate bourbon pecan, and more. There was even a Piecaken, a pie inside a cake.  

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    Christmas Parade of Lights!

    Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm is the 5th Annual Musquodoboit Harbour Christmas Parade of Lights! Bundle up the kids and come out for a great community event. There will be activities throughout the community before and after the parade.

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    Prize Winner in Farmers Almanac Contest

    By Gina Dunn   “What Historical Figure Would You Like to Meet and Why?”

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  • Anti-Dump Coalition Seeks Your Input on Next Steps

    Editor’s Note: The Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities for East Preston, Mineville, Lake Echo and Porters Lake led a (thus-far) successful fight to prevent the location of a hazardous waste transfer station on Highway 7 near the Porters Lake-Lake Echo border. They are now asking people for input and direction, starting with the simple question that too few organizations ever ask, whether people support the continuation of the organization at all.   We were impressed by the effectiveness of this group’s steering committee in navigating the complexities they faced at the outset, and in coming up with a winning strategy. We urge readers of the Cooperator to support the continuation of the Coalition.

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    CCVA Asks Provincial Officials for New School

    Editor’s note: The Community Campus Vision Association has been lobbying for the province to replace the aging buildings of Eastern Shore District High and Gaetz Brook Junior High with a new school consolidating the two schools.   The following letter from CCVA Chair Jean McKenna describes CCVA’s September meeting with provincial officials to share CCVA’s investigations of the conditions of the two schools, and to push for a replacement as soon as possible. 

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    Grieving a Clearcut

    To the Editor, Eastern Shore Co-operator: Behind the trees that line my road, there's a large fifteen-year-old clearcut.  On the map, it just shows as a small coloured circle, a spot that is now designated “cut”.  But the reality is far different.

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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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  • “There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills”

    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.  

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    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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