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  • Failure to Move Playground Angers Sheet Harbour Parents

    By Richard Bell With the opening of public schools a week away, many parents of young children in Sheet Harbour are upset about the province’s failure to move a school playground to make it more accessible and safer for their children to access.

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    Job at Cooperator: Sales and Marketing

    The Cooperator is Expanding!  We are seeking a highly experienced sales and marketing person who is passionate about community and would love to hang out with other community-minded people. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience. Contact: Eastern Shore Cooperator at escsubmissions@eastlink.ca  with a letter of interest and CV/resume. 

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    Tilting with Cell Towers: Quixotic Fight Goes On

    By Richard Bell  Pushing back against the tsunami of cell towers sweeping across the Eastern Shore is often a futile business, as opponents of several cell tower proposals in the Lawrencetown/Three Fathom Harbour area have discovered over the last seven years.

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    A Note of Appreciation

    This issue will be the last featuring the work of the Cooperator’s two summer interns, Jaime Bayers and Jill Bellefontaine. Readers of the two issues that they have staffed, the one you are reading and last month’s, can see by the sheer number of bylines how much they have contributed during their all too short stay with us. No one has benefitted more from their output than your editor. We appreciate the new stories that they have brought to our attention, and will sorely miss their energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. We wish them all the best as they head back to school, and hope that they will continue to grace our pages from time to time.   --Richard Bell, Editor

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  • Hannah Kent is “Up for the Challenge”

    By Jill Bellefontaine    This September will be  unlike any other for Hannah Kent, 13  of Musquodoboit Harbour,  who will be attending Kent Prep School in Kent, Connecticut, USA, thanks to her lacrosse and hockey successes.

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    Butcher Brothers Build Racing Careers

    By Jill Bellefontaine   Brothers Cole Butcher (20), and Jarrett Butcher (18) of Porters Lake have been racing cars and winning for the last 12 years of their lives. Their involvement in the sport came about through their father, Darrin Butcher, who raced before the brothers were born. The boys’ father aided in bringing the first Bandolero cars (entry-level racing cars built like miniature stock cars) to Nova Scotia in 2006. 

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    Crosby Gives Back At Hockey School

    By Jill Bellefontaine Sophie Storey, an eleven-year-old from Porters Lake, was in disbelief and jumping for joy when she got the news that she was one of the lucky 160 kids chosen to participate in this year’s Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Cole Harbour Place. Storey has been playing hockey on the Eastern Shore for more than 6 years and plans on continuing to play for many years to come. In addition to Storey, at least two other Eastern Shore players were at the school, goalies Will Cole and Jackson Murphy.

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    The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming

    By Ashley Bellefontaine PT Whether it’s for leisure, pleasure or exercise, swimming is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing.  It is recommended that most individuals participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous cardiovascular activity per week, as well as muscle strengthening for major muscle groups 2 days per week.  Swimming and other aquatic exercise, such as aqua-aerobic, can be a great way to meet these recommendations.

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  • Job at Cooperator: Sales and Marketing

    The Cooperator is Expanding!  We are seeking a highly experienced sales and marketing person who is passionate about community and would love to hang out with other community-minded people. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience. Contact: Eastern Shore Cooperator at escsubmissions@eastlink.ca  with a letter of interest and CV/resume. 

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    Brooklyn Blackmore Heads for Nashville

    By Jill Bellefontaine   Brooklyn Blackmore, of Three Fathom Harbour  has had a strong passion for music since a very young age that has carried her all the way to winning awards in Nashville this spring and recording her first demo.  

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    Follow the Yellow Balloon Road To Eastern Shore Artists

    By Richard Bell  There are plenty of artists and craftspeople hidden away along the Eastern Shore. On October 1, Seaforth artist Minaz Jantz plans to guide us to their lairs from Lawrencetown and the Prestons to Sheet Harbour with an ambitious “Follow the Yellow Balloons” day.

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    Let Them Eat Cake!

    By Susanne Merrett  The quote most often, and incorrectly, attributed to Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake”, is a reminder that the winners write the history books.  A few French Revolution historians credited her with that particular infamous quote to demonstrate the disconnect between the haves (the French upper class) and the have nots (the French peasants), whose main food source was bread (which ate up half of their income).

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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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    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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  • Friday, September 22, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    The Old School Community Gathering Place in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    Trivia Night at The Old School

    The 3rd Trivia Night at the Old School hosted by Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers' Market and the Old School. September 22 7 PM-11 PM Get your team together or come join a team! $10 to play. Cash Bar, 19 +. Prizes for the winning team. Call 902-889-2735 for more info M-F 9-4:30 , or see Cathy at the MHFM on Sundays 9-1.
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $8.00 CAD
    St. David's United Church in Lake Echo, NS, Canada

    Harvest Brunch

    Breakfast includes casseroles, ham, pancakes, muffins, yogurt, tea, coffee, juice Adults $8, children 5-12 $3, under 5 - free
  • 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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