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- 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 Richard Bell Barely a year after a launch party drew 150 bikers to the Hells Angles clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour, the Hells Angels have abandoned their clubhouse in following an RCMP raid than began in the early afternoon of November 1. All that remained on November 16 were some empty rooms and a dumpster in the parking lot filled with the debris from the raid.We are pleased this month to bring you contributions from two students at Eastern Shore District High School, DJ Shuman and Marcus Brady. Many thanks to Principal Jen Murray and teacher Krystal McKenzie for their help in getting this effort off the ground. In the coming months, we are looking forward to hearing from students from Duncan Macmillan in Sheet Harbour and from Middle Musquodoboit Rural High School. --Richard Bell, Editor
- 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 Karen Bradley In the middle of a small village, in the center of a small province, lies a unique building: The Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre. On a walk through the building’s many spaces with Treasurer Helen Jenson and Board Member Barbara Bell, I learned the ways in which a building can bring a community together.By Susanne Merrett The days are getting colder, the nights darker, and everyone's thoughts are turning towards Christmas. The holiday season has changed considerably since I was a wee one. It has morphed and expanded from a week to almost two months, with stores and malls decked out and stocked up, and consumers all aglow.By DJ Shuman New York Times bestseller and author of The Fault In Our Stars (2012) and Looking for Alaska (2005), John Green has written his first novel in a few years, Turtles All The Way Down. In his latest outing, Green presents his readers with an absorbing mix of mental health, teen romance, greed, crime-solving, and existentialism.By John Verlinden December has always been a special time for the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway station. Over the past number of weeks, a crew gathers to get the station ready for winter; cleaning the grounds, putting away the wagons, and carefully storing the artifacts for safe keeping.
- Letter to the Editor Falling Further Behind at Eastern Shore District High The Superintendent of Schools for HRSB, Elwyn Leroux, has just announced that trucking of potable water to Eastern Shore District High will no longer be necessary, as newly drilled wells will shortly be connected to the school. This is certainly surprising, as engineering reports prepared for the Board clearly show that these wells cannot deliver a sufficient supply of water.By Jim Reid In working on an event commemorating the effects of the Halifax Explosion on the people of the Eastern Shore, I have been struck by how often people have talked about the Explosion as if it were some kind of peacetime event, with no connection to WWI.By Jude Major I am hungry for life. Just because I am a “senior” does not mean that I am done. Just because I am a survivor of trauma does not mean that I am incapable. It is time to own some hard truths. It is a great relief to see that we have become so much more open and accepting, as a culture and as a society, to hurt people. It is, however, still painfully hard to own mental/emotional illness or injury, so I will put that out in plain view. What do I have to lose? I will lose secrecy, I will lose isolation, I will lose fear—especially fear of rejection, fear of myself, fear of falling. It is harder to fear falling into the black hole of anguish if we all speak freely about it.LETTER TO THE EDITOR--DECEMBER 2017 The province needs to do a better job combatting the persistent and growing problem of litter on our roadsides. I’m concerned about the negative impression all this litter gives visitors to our province, It may also have a negative impact on prospective property owners thinking about moving to our communities.
- Eastern Shore Youth Forum Youth aged 13-18 from Preston to Ecum Secum are invited to come together for a day to strengthen the network of youth along the Eastern Shore, and to explore ways they can have a positive impact in their communities. We will be digging into the skills and passions of the people in the room, and how the Deanery Project can help support youth action on the Shore. The event will include a drum circle, interactive walks, workshops, cooking pizza in our outdoor oven, and musical improv. Registration begins 9:30. Programming from 10:00 - 5:00 Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eastern-shore-youth-forum-tickets-41974801762 Transportation is available, please contact us if you need a ride. Facilitated by the Deanery Project and Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development. The Deanery Project 751 West Ship Harbour Rd 902-845-1888 email@example.com https://www.instagram.com/deaneryproject/
- 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.