SUTHERLAND’S RIVER – Lyme disease is endemic in Atlantic Canada and will become more common, a biology professor from Mount Allison University says.
Dr. Vett Lloyd was among guest speakers last Thursday during a discussion of black-legged ticks and the Lyme bacteria they transmit at the Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School.
Lloyd said research and medical vigilance is insufficient to combat the disease’s spread and detection.
“Officially, 22 Nova Scotians have Lyme disease,” Lloyd said. “If we live in Atlantic Canada, it is an endemic area. Nova Scotia is endemic to Lyme now at the level that was predicted for it in 2020.”
When she asked how many of the approximately 50 people in the audience have Lyme disease, five raised their hands. Twenty raised their hands when asked how many know someone with Lyme disease.
Lloyd began her Lyme disease research last year when she contracted the bacteria.
“In two months, I was paralyzed in half my body, but I have better access to the drugs and information (that help) than most people. I realized I was one of the lucky ones because I got tested early.”
Lloyd’s slide presentation described the Lyme bacteria and how it attacks brain cells that lead to the disabling aches and pains, fatigue, numbness and tingling associated with them.
Lloyd offered to test any ticks sent to her lab at Mount Allison.
“If you send a tick to health officials, it will be tested,” said. “If you send it to me, it will get tested faster.”
Local resident George Dempsey offered her a bag of 50 ticks he found in Kings Head.
Besides Lloyd, speakers included local insect authority Eric Georgeson, who associated the rising incidence of the ticks carrying the Lyme bacteria with climate change.
“What was holding them back was cold winters,” he said.
Dr. Lisa McNiven said the medical community and naturopathic doctors like her need to work together to eradicate Lyme disease.
She described testing in the U.S. that is not recognized in Canada as a means for Lyme patients to get help, as well as Lyme specialists in the U.S., whose services are not covered by Canadian health care.
“They’re expensive, but it’s your life,” she said. “The lasting effects of Lyme disease are astounding.”
Speakers also included Brenda Sterling-Goodwin of New Glasgow who contracted Lyme disease in 1996 and went nearly a decade getting it diagnosed while becoming wheelchair-bound, and Egerton resident Alice Lees, who emceed the event and contracted the disease last summer but had undergone successful treatment with antibiotics before encountering any symptoms.
Sterling-Goodwin called Lyme disease “the great imposter” in the way its symptoms mimic other ailments. She also noted the rising number of ticks collected containing the Lyme bacteria by the Department of Natural Resources until the program ended last year.
Among those who attended were Danielle Dunn, 18, and her 22-year-old sister Justine, who has Lyme disease and is taking antibiotics through a port-a-cath venous access system.
“She can’t understand how I can do things and I can’t understand why she can’t do them,” Danielle said. “Nobody should be suffering like this.”
Danielle Dunn asked Lloyd if she would return to speak to local doctors about Lyme disease. She said she would.
Fundraising has become a challenge for most organizations, trying to come up with something new and fresh.
Tammy MacLaren and Sherri MacEwan were thinking outside the box when they organized an upcoming fundraiser for AG Baillie school in New Glasgow.
“I was thinking of a way to raise money for the school and I emailed Sherri in the summer because I knew she sold Lia Sophia jewelry,” explains MacLaren.
“I had heard about a similar fundraiser in Scotsburn that did very well, so I thought, why not?”
MacEwan contacted her leader at Lia Sophia to help with the organizing of the event and for all of the jewelry sold, MacEwan will donate 20 per cent of the profits back to the school.
“Anytime a Lia Sophia party takes place there is a certain amount of free jewelry for the party, so that will go toward the AG Baillie Spring Fling silent auction,” says MacLaren.
This is the first time the pair have organized an event like this so they are hopeful it will be a success.
“It’s new and unique and we have contacted some other schools and sent an invitation to come so perhaps they can do something similar because fundraising is such an issue to come up with new ideas.”
The jewelry fundraiser is slated for November 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the AG Baillie school cafeteria and the Girl Guides, Brownies and Sparks will be on hand to help out as greeters, modeling jewelry, handing out catalogues and serving refreshments.
“We have a new line, the Sister’s Collection, which is for younger girls,” explains MacEwan.
Items will be on display as well as a full catalogue to order from, and the savings plan will be in effect meaning for any two cheaper items you purchase, up to four more expensive items will be half price.
“This is going to be very large scale for us and we are hoping it is a huge success,” says MacLaren. “We’ve sent hundreds of invitations and everyone is welcome to attend, it’s a community event.”
The fundraiser is hoped to be an annual event for the school and perhaps other schools as well.
For more information visit www.liasophia.ca/jewellerybysherri or contact MacEwan through the website to support the fundraiser.
LYONS BROOK – Sharing skills and thoughts among students during UN Day is an important exercise, Carol Paris says.
Paris was among resource people, along with her husband Henderson Paris, who took part in the sixth annual Henderson Paris Celtic Family of Schools United Nations Day seminar last Wednesday at West Pictou Consolidated School.
It’s the second year the school hosted the event with Grade 9 students from Pictou County’s schools as well as Bible Hill Junior.
It originated at the former New Glasgow Junior High School when Peter White was principal before the school closed and White became principal at North Nova Education Centre. NGJHS was the host school for the first four years before it moved to West Pictou.
Safe Zone was the focus of this year’s UN Day. Delegates from the attending schools met to listen to presentations and work together on Safe Zone Posters they can take back to their respective schools.
A general assembly followed lunch.
Carol Paris said she was impressed with the students’ commitment to the seminar.
“I found it great,” she said. “The thing was the conversation the kids were having while they were making their posters, and why schools should be a safe zone. They were talking about discriminating things people say to kids. They were saying we need to get rid of this. The students who came were saying we need to be more aware and not just stand back. That was the meat for me.”
She said the gathering affirmed the meaning of the UN through its work in the world.
During his address, Henderson Paris noted that the seminar is designed to take place on Oct. 24 each year to mark the anniversary of the United Nations charter on Oct. 24, 1945 in San Francisco.
UN Day was first observed in 1948.
He also noted how the UN has used the famous “Four Freedoms” Franklin D. Roosevelt declared after becoming president in 1932 among its guiding principles. They are: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
“I look forward to the seminar each year,” he said. “It gets students thinking about it a little bit.”
Celtic Family of School superviser Lynn MacLean lauded West Pictou principal Chris Boulter for filling White’s leadership role for the project, which she said helps tune in students for the annual Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) that weaves through the county each spring.
“It’s not just one day,” she said. “I think (the seminar) is a wonderful opportunity for students in middle schools to get together and fight discrimination and bullying in schools. We’re pleased school administrators are taking the initiative.”
Tomorrow, November 1, begins Movember, that time of year when normally clean-shaven men put down their razors and welcome the growth of beards and mustaches and collect pledges in support of men’s health.
While Movember has become a pop-cultural staple over the last few years, one county man has decided to game-change the narrative.
Norman Lord of Little Harbour has worn a full beard for the past 41 years, since 1971. Together, Lord and his beard have taken in a lot of history: the coming and going of disco; the series finale of M*A*S*H; back-to-back Blue Jay World Series victories and the birth of his children. However, all good things must come to an end and so if Lord can raise $5,000 this Movember, he will part ways with his grizzly companion.
For $10,000, Lord will also shave his head.
Lord was coaxed into the idea last Movember, or what he knew then as “November”, when he visited his son Curtis in Calgary. Norman Lord arrived to find his son stricken with a wild case of the face-fungus. Curtis explained that he had grown the whiskers for charity and encouraged his father to do a “reverse Movember” this year. Curtis, now living in Dartmouth, will be teaming up with his father to do a standard Movember.
Although now commonplace and endorsed by everyone from Texas blues rockers to religious icons, beards, Lord says, were anything but encouraged by the workforce of 1971.
“It wasn’t the type of thing that was favoured in the workplace,” he says. “It wasn’t considered clean or tidy. I was kind of ruffling feathers at that point, but I grew it anyway. I forced the issue that nobody could actually tell me to shave it off, but the hint was certainly there.”
Lord said, “I can’t remember what it’s like to have to get up in the morning and shave.”
While the shaving landscape may have changed since Lord left the baby-faced ranks, he looks forward to the challenge it presents.
“I’ll have to learn to shave because I haven’t shaved since I was in my early 20s. I guess they have throw-away razors now, they didn’t then.”
The disposable Bic razor first hit the market in 1974. Triple blade razors launched in 1998 while the Quattro arrived in 2006.
Lord says his children have never seen him without a beard.
“People don’t know me any other way,” he says. “I don’t see myself any other way.”
With winter looming, Lord has a feeling for what lies ahead if he and his son are successful in their fundraising.
“It’s going to be a naked feeling, and it’s going to be cold. Surprisingly, if you even trim your beard in winter you can feel (the cold). I’m expecting that my face will be cold, but that’s the way it is. I’ll do that.
“The primary focus behind the whole program is prostate cancer and I certainly promote the idea that guys should have their check-up,” Lord says. “It’s certainly not detectable if people don’t do anything about it.”
Those wishing to donate to Team Lord may do so by visiting mobro.co/normanlord. Your browser will direct you to the Team Lord page where you may donate and receive a receipt.
NEW GLASGOW – The Maritime Building’s days appear to be numbered.
Town CAO Lisa MacDonald confirmed the vacant structure downtown is among properties the town is assessing that could be part of a tax sale next March.
A 60-day notice applies to properties that are eligible for tax sale, which the town is using to confirm property titles.
“We have to do a name search,” MacDonald said. “We’re trying to get that done by the end of January.”
The sale date is March 13, 2013.
The Maritime Building has been a downtown landmark for about a century and is by far the tallest structure downtown.
It was once home to a number of storefront businesses, various offices and apartments. A penthouse once occupied the top floor.
It became run down when Cohen MacInnis, a young entrepreneur from Antigonish who is now a realtor in Halifax, bought the building with intention of bringing it back to full repair.
Those plans were squelched when the provincial fire marshal inspected the building and ruled it didn’t meet code, forcing its tenants to abandon it.
The storefront has been barricaded out of safety concerns and the building has remained idle for so long that it is considered beyond repair.
A landmark business is about to come to an end on New Glasgow’s Riverfront.
Eddie MacArthur, owner of “Garrett’s By The Bridge Limited,” has decided to close his doors at the end of November.
MacArthur worked for the Garrett family since 1958 until he purchased the business in 1985. His whole life revolved around the world of antiques, collectables and newer items such as musical instruments and accessories, PEI’s Paderno Cookware and Pictou’s Grohmann Knives, both world famous products.
“I guess the thing I will miss the most is my regular customers from all over the world,” MacArthur says. He has sold items to people living as far away as New Zealand, Taiwan and the Arctic and as near as Pictou County and the North Shore.
Annually, many people in Pictou County and beyond came to Garrett’s to trade in their out grown skates for new ones.
Over the years of its existence, wide range of items could be purchased at Garrett’s from antiques to a new bed and mattress. Anything you might want or need could, in all probability, be found at Garrett’s.
This was the original factory site for the internationally known ‘Bluenose’ hooked rug patterns. In fact, the well known Bluenose Rug Hooking Machine was invented and patented here in 1926 by John. E. Garrett. Garrett’s was not the first or only producer of hooking patterns in Nova Scotia but it was certainly the largest and by far the longest in operation.
Garrett’s was also a major dealer for the Dominion Chair Company which produced the famous Bass River chairs, rockers and furniture. Tourists knew the store as the one by the bridge with the wagon on the roof.
One of MacArthur’s passions is Nova Scotia Glass, made in Trenton from 1881 to 1914 by Nova Scotia Glass Co., Lamont Glass Co. and lastly the Humphrey Glass Company. He has handled a multitude of these items in his time at the New Glasgow shop and still has a wide selection of pieces in stock.
Having developed numerous friendships among his customers, many have returned regularly to Garrett’s for a friendly visit and they seldom left without a treasure tucked under their arm or a tidbit of knowledge imparted by MacArthur. During his 54 years of working he has educated, as well as learned from, his friends and acquaintances.
Being a historian and researcher, MacArthur was constantly in pursuit of information evident by his huge reference library which made him a reliable source of knowledge in the antique and collectible world. He has been quoted and acknowledged in several books published on Canadian glass and hooked rugs.
But the time has come for Eddie to retire and move onto the next chapter of his life. Faced with increasing mobility challenges the notion of not having to navigate the winter ice and snow will be a welcomed change.
He says the decision to close was a long and trying process and now he is faced with the daunting task of dispersing the huge inventory and fixtures in the store.
The store will be open as usual until November 30. During this time he will be having a “Closing Sale” in hopes of reducing inventory or better yet cleaning out the entire store. He hopes to see many old friends and familiar faces visit the store once more before turning the key for the last time.
NEW GLASGOW – An Egerton resident says she is glad to have had her Lyme disease detected early.
Alice Lees still has a hint of the bulls-eye rash she discovered on her leg that compelled her to get antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection.
Local residents have found Lyme disease that is carried by black-legged ticks to be prevalent in Pictou County, based on the number of pets and humans encountering the disease.
“I didn’t suffer any symptoms,” she said. “It can take a month for them to show and I was taking medication by that time.”
Lees’ doctor gave her more than the week’s supply of antibiotics prescribed to treat the disease after she sought advice and urged longer treatment.
“He gave me a larger dose with grudging permission to finish this thing off,” she said. “When I went to the doctor, I was shocked. My leg looked exactly like a black-legged tick bite. I find it strange that you can get information from a veterinarian that you can’t get for people.”
Lees was among those who staffed a Lyme disease information booth, one of many set up during the Health and Healing exposition last Saturday and Sunday at Glasgow Square.
She is also promoting an information session scheduled for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the F.H. MacDonald Elementary School gym in Sutherland’s River.
Dr. Vett Lloyd, a geneticist and researcher for a Lyme disease monitoring project at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., will be the keynote speaker.
Results from ticks collected at the genetics lab at Mount A. show nearly half of them are infected with the Lyme disease bacteria.
Lees is among county residents who have acknowledged a dramatic increase in Lyme disease in Pictou County.
Lyme disease can affect the joints and nervous system of sufferers. Symptoms include rapid-onset arthritis and neurological problems similar to MS or Parkinsons. It is caused by bacteria transmitted when a person, dog, cat or wild animal is bitten by an infected black-legged tick.
If caught early, the disease is treatable with antibiotics. If left untreated, the disease becomes debilitating and treatment is longer and more complicated.
New Glasgow will join the list of locations for Giant Tiger.
Giant Tiger will be located at 610 East River Road and will have approximately 19,000 square feet of selling space.
This new store is scheduled to open on November 16 2013.
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, providing on trend family fashions, groceries, and everyday needs at low prices that Canadians have come to love and expect. Established in 1961 in Ottawa’s Byward Market, the privately held company has grown to over 200 locations across Canada and employs over 7,000 team members. The friendly local stores with the iconic yellow tiger logo are more than an affordable and convenient shopping experience for customers, they help bring communities together. Giant Tiger has a long-standing tradition of supporting surrounding communities.
In 2011, Giant Tiger donated more than $2 million to more than 700 local associations across Canada.
Members of the RCMP Pictou Detachment were dispatched to motor vehicle collision on the Pictou Road off TCH 104 Exit 18 on Sunday at approximately 3:40 p.m.
The vehicle, a Ford Focus wagon, rolled and was heavily damaged in the incident. Both the driver and her passenger were injured and taken by EHS to hospital in Colchester. The cause of the accident was still under investigation. (Cameron photo)
Tyler Durbano, Katie Hagan and Jimy Sloan personify creativity, energy and a passion for the arts. New Glasgow-NSCAD’s newest Artists in Residence are ready for the next chapter in their artistic journey and are taking hold of the opportunity to work in the community studio with talent, gusto, and tenacity.
The three artists work on large canvases and the unique talent of the trio makes a huge impact. The three will present their works at an Opening Exhibition, titled Offshoots, on Thursday, October 25 from 4-6pm in New Glasgow’s Community Destination Centre at 182 Dalhousie Street (behind the New Glasgow Fire Station) and it is a show that is sure to excite and impress the community.
Tyler, from Barrie, Ontario will officially graduate from NSCAD with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History as part of the Class of 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Major and Minor in Philosophy from Acadia University. Tyler works in oils, acrylics and pastels, focusing on painting and drawing while also heavily utilizing photography as a part of his creative process. He often focuses on the human form and objects that are linked to people. “My work centers around narrative and the human form. Generally my works include figures, but other times they will draw on situations that suggest the involvement of people without specifically featuring one,” says Tyler.
Katie, from Mississauga, ON is also a gifted musician who plays piano, violin and guitar and channels her creativity through her art and her music. Her forte is painting portraiture, often with photographic realism, using oils. She also really enjoys print-making. Another member of the 2013 NSCAD graduating class with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Katie is also completing her BA in Art History. “Realistic painting and print making share a common thread of high meticulum, which is something that brings great satisfaction in my studio practice,” says Katie.
Jimy, from Sackville, NS graduated with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 and paints in acrylics along with doing some drawing and interviewing. Jimy says his subject matter comes from his environment. “Geography is a state of mind,” he explains. “The things around me- that is what I find interesting.”
When asked why each wants to be an artist and why they pursued the Artists in Residence opportunity, Tyler first explains that his interest in art has been building since high school where he was very much interested in both art and science. Tyler describes the residency as a great opportunity that will give him the “chance to create, teach and experience art-making as a career” before going on to a Masters of Fine Art.
Jimy also first started out studying science but always knew he would do something with his artistic abilities and interests. He thinks of the community residency as a “self-guided curriculum and as a way to carry on the demands” of producing art.
Katie candidly explains she is still figuring out what she “wants to be” but says she is motivated by artists and other creative people because of their “great outlook on life.” She also wants to leave a larger mark in the community than building her portfolio. “I want the program to become more prominent and recognizable in the coming years,” says Katie. She also comments that the residency is “an opportunity to take the time to sit and make work.”
Both Katie and Tyler also say that they were not quite ready to leave Nova Scotia and all three agree the Community Residency Program enables them to have an incredible transition period from being a full time student at NSCAD to being a full time artist. “This is a luxury,” says Tyler. “There is an opportunity here to create but also still be influenced by classmates and instructors.”
When asked if there are other artists in their families, Jimy is proud to say his father is an artist, who graduated from NSCAD, and who was first a landscape artist and then went on to explore conceptual abstract works. Jimy’s sister is also a costume designer and graduate of NSCAD and works at Neptune Theatre. Katie, who has one brother, says her Dad has an eye for drawing while Tyler says one of his two sisters is a self-taught musician.
All three artists are passionate and enthusiastic about the educational and creative experiences they encountered at NSCAD University. Each spoke of the many great professors they encountered at NSCAD and named a few in particular who made a special difference in their growth as artists.
Katie spoke of Sandra Alfoldy, one of her art history professors, who she describes as a “ray of sunshine.” Jimy emphasizes many of the professors were very good but says that Alex Livingston stood out to him. “NSCAD was one of the best decisions, hands down, I have ever made,” says Jimy. “They promote critical thinking and encourage mistakes. Things I learned in the classroom there I remember and use,” he adds. Tyler gives special mention of Suzanne Funnell, describing her as “a blunt and fantastic creative personality and spirit” who “shook up” the way he painted.
The residency program is a partnership between NSCAD and the Town of New Glasgow and the artists do not receive a salary. They are provided with an official studio they can call their own during the term of the residency and in turn offer workshops, talks and programs to the community.
“We are blessed with many accomplished, seasoned and talented artists in our region,” says Kimberly Dickson, New Glasgow’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “The Community Residency between the Town and NSCAD is a great fit and enables these young artists to add to the cultural fabric of the community while they continue to grow and develop as artists.”
Two of last year’s Artists in Residence, Katie Roux and Krissi MacKenzie, have remained in the area while Annalise Prodor is living and working in Halifax. The Town of New Glasgow’s Community Development Director Geralyn MacDonald says, “We are very excited to welcome Tyler, Katie and Jimy and look forward to their impact on the community. It is very early in the residency and already they have helped out with New Glasgow Culture Days event and have been very prolific with their production of art.”
Sharon Blanchard, NSCAD Director of Extended Studies, believes the partnership with the Town of New Glasgow and the Community Residency is growing stronger each year as logistics of the program are being developed and enhanced. “We are learning together,” says Sharon. “Our first four artists in New Glasgow have helped pave the way for these three artists to make an incredible impact on the community but also to take the time to create, develop and flourish as artists. This is a valued partnership with the Town of New Glasgow that has had great success to date but also with amazing potential for the future.”
The three young artists are familiar with stats that suggest only a small percentage will have a full-time career as independent artists but that is not holding them back from pursuing their dreams with passion, determination and self-discipline. The world is their oyster, ready to produce lasting gems, and if artistic talent, creativity and intellect are any indication, they are in for a very promising future and lasting creative legacies.Posted in Articles | Leave a comment
BRAESHORE – More than 100 people gathered last Friday for dinner at Pictou Lodge in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
Lt.-Gov. Brigadier-General (retired) Jim Grant was guest speaker during the dinner hosted by the Northumberland Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the British throne.
Grant has participated in several events to celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee since becoming lieutenant governor in April.
“Since assuming office as The Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia six months ago, I have hosted, attended and participated in numerous events marking the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen’s accession to the throne,” he said. “At every one of these events I have been struck by the loyalty and dedication that citizens from all walks of life and all ages have shown towards our Queen and the institution that she has served with such grace and dignity for the past six decades.”
Grant is Nova Scotia’s 32nd lieutenant governor. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his appointment in February.
He recalled the more than 200 Nova Scotians he has invested with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and lauded the commitment for more than 40 years by Monarchist League branches, such as Northumberland, in promoting the monarchy and informing citizens of its worth in Canada.
Grant expressed the hope that groups find more ways to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary as sovereign during the four months left in the Jubilee year.
“It is rare that we are afforded such an occasion as this, and I like to think it builds us into a better society when we are joined together to celebrate such an achievement as the Queen’s Jubilee. For it is a very personal achievement for Her Majesty to have reigned now for more than 60 years – to follow in the footsteps of her great ancestor Queen Victoria, the mother of Confederation, and to leave an indelible mark upon not only Canadian history, but the history of the modern world.”
NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Summerside Western Capitals on Thursday in New Glasgow in their next Maritime Hockey league game.
It’s the only game for the Crushers this week and comes after they recorded two wins and two losses in four games they played in five nights through Saturday.
The Crushers are in fourth place in the MHL, behind the undefeated Truro Bearcats, Yarmouth Mariners and Amherst Ramblers.
They opened with a 7-5 victory over the Metro Shipbuilders on Oct. 16 in Dartmouth while getting a goal and three assists each from Jordan Moore and Andrew Graham and a goal and two assists from leading Crushers scorer Brennan Saulnier.
Garrett Holmes led the offence with two goals, while team captain Nick Parker added one goal and one assist.
Holmes’ two goals lifted the Crushers into a 3-2 lead after the first period and completed a three-goal rally led by Saulnier.
The Crushers took a 6-3 lead into the third on goals by Jordan McInnis, Graham and Moore.
Parker made it 7-3 early in the third period before the Shipbuilders made it close.
The Crushers outshot the Shipbuilders 44-27.
The Campbellton Tigers gave the Crushers all they could handle last Thursday in New Glasgow before the Crushers prevailed 8-6.
Moore and Devan Gunn gave the Crushers an early 2-0 lead, but the teams were tied 2-2 after one period.
The Tigers led 4-2 after two periods, but Saulnier scored three goals in the third period, including an empty-net goal with 29 seconds remaining.
Evan MacEachern also scored for the Crushers.
Both Saulnier and Moore, who collected two goals and two assists, completed a four-point night.
The Crushers outshot the Tigers 47-36.
The next two games for the Crushers were on the road and included a 4-2 loss in Woodstock against the Slammers Friday and a 3-2 loss against the Ramblers Saturday in Amherst.
Holmes scored for the Crushers in the first period against Woodstock, while Parker tallied in the second period.
The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two, but the Slammers tallied twice in the third period, including an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining.
The Crushers were outshot 35-32, but they outshot Woodstock 17-8 in the third period.
The Ramblers led the Crushers throughout Saturday’s game, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. John Mullally scored for the Crushers in the second period, while McInnis tallied in the third period.
Saulnier is tied for second in the scoring race with 11 goals and nine assists.
ALMA – The Northumberland Nighthawks are hoping the combination of home field advantage and a seasoned, skilled and deep roster will earn them a ticket to the provincial high school female soccer championship.
The Lady Nighthawks posted a 5-1 win over the Amherst Vikettes last Thursday to win the Northumberland Regional Championship and earn the right to host a provincial qualifier Saturday in Alma.
They will meet the winner of Friday’s game between Hants East and Barrington Municipal High School in a showdown slated to start at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“No matter who’s left, they’re all quality teams,” Nighthawks head coach Bob Boardway says. “We have a veteran team and the players rely on one another, but we have the spare parts if we need them. We’re deep, but a lot depends on the weather and how we play. We have players who have played a lot together, but how that turns into a win we’ll have to wait and see.”
The Vikettes visited the Nighthawks as defending regional champs after securing a semifinal victory over Hants East. But the Nighthawks established themselves by scoring twice in the first six minutes of the opening half.
Jessica Williams knocked home the rebound of a Katie Walsh free kick before Sydney Adamson added her first of two goals on the afternoon assisted by T-Anna Fraser and Krishma Joshi.
Amherst played a physical style and got their only goal with 30 minutes gone.
The Nighthawks dominated the second half and took a 3-1 lead on a sharp-angled goal by Heather Beaton.
Adamson completed a combination play with T-Anna Fraser and Season Brennan in the 18 yard box to widen the lead.
Captain Veronica Deno completed the scoring on a pass from Juliana Ali.
Marli Johnston and Savannah Lees shared the victory in goal.
Vicki Oliver, Krishma Joshi and Karleigh Avery had solid games for the Lady Nighthawks.
This is the first Regional banner for the school since it’s opening year and the first one where all the student athletes have been schooled at NRHS.
The Nighthawks started nine years ago when the players were products of former soccer programs in Stellarton and Westville, as well as West Pictou District High School.
Meanwhile, the NRHS boys were shut out 2-0 by the Hants East Tigers in their regional final. They are in a qualifier later this week against Breton Education Centre in New Waterford.
Local celebrity weather woman Nikki Payne loves coming to Pictou County.
Hailing from Antigonish County, Payne has never been a stranger to this area. “I have a fondness for Pictou County and you will often see me around town,” she says. “If you can’t reach me, I’m probably at Wicker Emporium.”
Fresh off the heels of a short Newfoundland tour, Payne is excited to be preparing for a show at the deCoste Centre in support of the Pictou Lobster Carnival.
“I kept telling people I was going to the lobster fest in Pictou and they were like, no there’s no lobster fest in October,” she laughs. “I was a bit confused, but the fundraiser is going to be a blast. I haven’t actually had the chance to attend the Lobster Carnival before, but I heard it’s a lot of fun.”
Payne last performed at the deCoste Centre as an opening act for her friend Peter Anthony. That was her second time at the deCoste; her first was for a CBC radio show.
“That was one of the first times my family and friends got to really see my show,” explains Payne. “Which was a bit petrifying, but when I opened for Peter, I was just going to be an audience member and he asked me to come on stage. It was a lot of fun, although I don’t know if I would want every show to be a surprise.”
Currently a resident of New Brunswick, Payne revels in any chance that brings her closer to home; in fact she took her mother along for the ride to Newfoundland where they visited with family.
Her tour is, as she says, “a bit of a mishmash going from Newfoundland to Cape Breton to Edmonton and then Pictou and off again.
“I’m taking December off. I’ll be doing nothing but sitting on my butt and wrapping presents,” she laughs.
Payne has had her share of experiences, from TV shows to live performances, but says she really just wishes she could read the weather on East Coast FM every morning.
“I love doing the weather reports,” she says. “Sometimes I will do them from home in my pajamas. It’s just so much fun. I was told by one woman that she was driving to work and had to pull over because she was laughing so hard. If you could start everyday like that, it wouldn’t be a bad thing.”
But she also has a serious side, standing up against bullying on her website.
“I tell dirty jokes for a living,” she says, “so I’m not really the go-to person on the topic, but things have certainly gotten out of hand. You can’t stop every incident of bullying but there has to be some way we can teach our kids a little bit of kindness.”
Although if you catch her voice mail, don’t feel slighted by the message. “I have a quote on my voicemail from a philosopher that says something like constant communication kills creativity and I am out being creative so leave a message and I’ll get back to you when I feel like it,” she laughs.
Payne will be performing at the deCoste on Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. and for anyone who has not seen her show, be warned: “It’s not for the easily offended,” she says. “I’m not horrible, I’m not punching puppies in the face or anything… I won’t emotionally scar you but I am cheeky. You don’t want to bring the kiddies out for this one. I’m not in the business of making people angry, I’m in the business of making people laugh, but if your sensibilities don’t lead toward cheeky/dirty, I need to put out the warning.”
Payne describes her act as silly with a little touch of dirt.
Tickets for the lobster carnival fundraiser are $32, available at the deCoste box office.
“I just hope people come out and I hope to be able to do more weather reports. If I could do that every day I would be happy.”
Doors to the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Westville Road are scheduled to open in late November and I know everyone is as excited as I am about this crowning achievement.
This centre is so much more than just an eye-catching new addition to our landscape. This state-of-the-art multi-use facility is the result of a dream for many of our residents and reflects the commitment and dedication of our citizens and volunteers.
The Pictou County Wellness Centre will be a place where goals are set, where dreams are made and where residents gather for fun events and to exchange ideas. Swimmers, skaters and walkers will all find a home here, as well as those who simply want to explore the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Our federal government is pleased to have contributed $11 million to help make this great facility a reality. We believe a strong foundation is the key to a healthy community and that this project contributes to our long-term prosperity.
Corporate donations for the wellness centre have been pouring in from the hard-working businesspeople of Pictou County, not to mention generous individuals. What we all have in common is a desire to support the well-being and future development of our communities.
This exciting project also has a number of economic benefits. Besides creating a number of jobs during the construction phase as the shovels hit the ground, it provides long-term employment for locals – not to mention spin-off benefits for other local businesses.
With this latest addition to our athletic arsenal, Central Nova is building on its reputation for sporting excellence. Our federal government has been a proud supporter of the indoor soccer complex and track and field in Stellarton, as well as initiatives like the field project in Antigonish.
These flagship facilities attract regional and national tournaments, bringing athletes, fans and families who like to dine, shop and overnight here. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of these projects continue in our region.
Peter MacKay is Member of Parliament for Central NovaPosted in Opinion | Leave a comment
For those Nova Scotians following the open net pen salmon farming debate, the last few days have been instructive. Events have moved at a fevered pitch.
Alexandra Morton, internationally renowned biologist from British Columbia, has been in the province, visiting communities to teach and to learn. She has recounted the story of the last twenty years battling the impact of fish farms on wild salmon in BC.
She has quickly juxtaposed the circumstances in Nova Scotia where lobster is the threatened commercial species. In what she labeled “an open and shut case”, Dr Morton called our treatment of our wild fisheries “a betrayal by everyone”.
She could not imagine how we would expose our lobster and crab, endangered wild salmon, and other prime species to the risk of fish farm encroachment. “Do we really aspire to become slum landlords for fish farmers?” she asked. Well, no we don’t … but Premier Dexter has been calling the shots.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic Salmon Federation hosted a closed containment seminar in Halifax last Saturday. The purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate a viable option for sustainable aquaculture; an option that provides bio-security, elimination of fish escapes, a recirculating water system, waste composting and a spectacularly sustainable product. A land based closed containment system protects the salmon from risk, and protects the environment from the salmon. Sustainably raised farmed salmon anybody? You bet.
And now this: Dr Morton has discovered sea lice in farm raised salmon in local supermarkets. Premier Dexter said recently that we don’t have sea lice in our salmon stocks. We have an inspection and regulatory regime ensuring that infestation does not take place. Mere days later, Dr. Morton discovers sea lice on the supermarket counters. If the salmon are lice infested, pesticides are the treatment of choice. Pesticides are lethal to lobster larvae (they’re not great for humans either). So it is a vicious circle, and perhaps a lethal circle.
Nova Scotia must decide what role it wants to play in aquaculture when it grows up. Do we wish to be slum landlords for fish farmers? “Fish Farming for Dummies” as it were, utilizes old and reprehensible polluting technology. Or do we wish to become a cutting edge sustainable aquaculture community in which new technologies and applied science are embraced? Closed containment solutions are viable now; they end the betrayal of our wild caught fisheries, and they eliminate the risk to the consumer.
What a concept!
Some place on earth, sooner or later, people will decide that they want to farm fish in the best possible way. They will devote the resources, the focus and the expertise to lead the world in this rapidly growing field. They will teach the marketplace that it should not settle for less.
Companies pursuing a truly sustainable model will be rewarded with an ample return on investment in a protein hungry marketplace.
This sounds like the economic, environmental and social fit that will meet our needs in Nova Scotia, a win/win/win. So there is only one question, “If a better way is coming somewhere on Earth, why not here?”
To the Editor:
With one simple test – the Pap test – women can prevent cervical cancer. Yet, an estimated 30 per cent of women in Nova Scotia are not up-to-date with their cervical cancer screening.
October 22-28 marks National Cervical Cancer Awareness week – putting the need for regular Pap screenings at the forefront.
Regular Pap tests can find abnormalities of the cervix before they become cancerous and when they are still highly curable.
All women are encouraged to have their first Pap test within three years of becoming sexually active or at age 21, whichever comes first. Women should have a Pap test every year for three years and if all three test results are negative (normal or clear), they can have Pap tests every two years after that.
Most women who have had a hysterectomy no longer need a Pap test although some still do.
All women are advised to talk to their family doctor about when they need their next Pap test and what regular screening means to them.
To request your Pap screening history, contact Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Program at 1-888-480-8588.
John Finley, President
Doctors Nova Scotia
To the Editor:
There is an old cemetery in the South end of New Glasgow that has important historic significance for New Glasgow, Pictou County and the Province of Nova Scotia. This is the Pioneer Cemetery at the end of Stewart Street which dates back to the late 1700s.
It is the final resting place of many of New Glasgow’s founding families and it is also the burial site for a significant number of the passengers of the Ship Hector that brought the first major immigration of settlers directly from Scotland to Nova Scotia.
Reverend James MacGregor, the first Presbyterian minister of the area, as well as the first two generations of the great New Glasgow shipbuilding family of the Carmichaels are also laid to rest in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Despite the efforts of a small yet dedicated Board of Trustees, the Pioneer Cemetery was slowly deteriorating over the many years. Stones had collapsed and many inscriptions were no longer able to be read. Grass had grown over some of the grave stones and several were leaning and about to fall. Such a valuable part of our history was slowly disappearing right before our eyes.
A group called, Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery are now working with the Riverside Cemetery Company to help restore and sustain the cemetery. We are reaching out to descendants and to others with an interest in preserving this notable part of our region’s and our province’s heritage for financial support. Groups such as the Riverside Cemetery Company, the Pictou County Historical Society and the Pictou County Roots Society have already come forward with contributions, in kind and/or monetary, as well as several very generous descendants and other interested individuals.
Our group has a strong desire to make the Pioneer Cemetery more accessible to the community and to have this important part of our history shared and honoured. For Phase 1 of the project, Arsenault Monuments was commissioned to refurbish and restore the grave stones, at a cost of approximately $8,000. We are very pleased to say that Phase 1 will be completed this month.
In order to continue to move forward with Phase 2 of the restoration project, more support is needed to enable a gate for the cemetery and interpretative panel that will pay tribute to the heritage significance of the cemetery. The estimated cost to erect a suitable wrought iron entrance gate is between $8,000 and $10,000. The Town of New Glasgow will help fund the professionally designed interpretative historic panel which will tell the story of the Pioneer Cemetery through images and text through a $2,500 investment.
The total project cost for all phases of this restoration project (stones, gate and panel) is close to $20,000 and contributions to date from the Phase 1 fundraising campaign totals $8,722.10.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to support Phase 2 of the Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Project, please send you contribution to: Riverside Cemetery Company, c/o Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery, PO Box 7, 111 Provost Street, New Glasgow, NS, B2H 5E1 or call 902-755-4738 for further information. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for any contribution over $10.
Thank you for your consideration of the Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Project.
Chair, Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery
The ballots for the 2012 municipal election have been counted and recounted and the community has spoken. Every municipal council in Pictou County has at least one new face to represent the voters.
In many areas, there is not much change. In Trenton, for example, Mayor Glen MacKinnon returns by acclamation and former councillor Alec Dove is being replaced by newcomer Francis MacMillan. With only one new challenger for all of council, it would appear as if all is well in the Steeltown.
In all other towns, the mayors will remain the same for the next four years: Barrie MacMillan in New Glasgow, Roger MacKay in Westville and Joe Gennoe in Stellarton. There are also new council members for the towns as well as the municipality.
But no where is the desire for a change in governance more evident than in Pictou.
While incumbent mayor Joe Hawes handily retained his seat by some 400 votes over Gary Nowlan – who was the only other resident willing to challenge the status quo for mayor – the face of council will change dramatically.
Only Bob Naylor retains his seat. He received 483 votes from the residents he represents in Ward I – that is the most votes received of anyone vying for a seat at the council table. Coming in a very close second with 450 votes is newcomer Lynn Vigneault who received almost as many votes as the two veteran councillors looking to retain their seats combined.
And in the Shiretown’s Ward II, rookies Cam Beaton with 437 votes and Alta Munroe with 301 votes took the seats away from veteran councillors.
Voters in Pictou are looking for a change and they made that point clearly this election.
At a well-attended candidates’ forum held a week before the election, it was evident that town residents take their politics seriously. Many turned out to ask questions and consider answers.
No matter the outcome, those who served and will be serving deserve a tip of the hat for having the courage to want to make a difference in their communities and a desire to bring about change. Congratulations to all!
Jackie JardinePosted in Opinion | Leave a comment
Learning about dairy farming in Nova Scotia can make exponential change in third world countries.
Students from the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish visited the MacGregor dairy farm in Churchville, a supplier to Scotsburn dairy, to study the value chain in dairy farming.
Yogesh Ghore, professor of the livelihood and market course says, “There are 26 students from 15 different countries participating in this thee-week course. They are here to study sustainable livelihood.”
The students visited the MacGregor farm as a means of studying the dairy value chain.
Ghore has taken his various classes on this fieldtrip three to four times and says it is very beneficial to the students.
“They get to learn the basic principles and how the market systems function and operate, what the pros and cons are and then they can take these principles and apply them to markets in their own country,” he says and most of the countries work as a co-operative.
Arlene MacGregor is thrilled to have the students visit her farm that milks 300 cows three times a day, run only by three people.
“Robbie (MacGregor), who is in charge with John (MacGregor) is sixth generation at the farm,” says MacGregor. “And we are always proud to show what we do. If they can take at least one thing we do back to their country, that’s great.”
Ghore adds, “It opens their eyes to how cows produce milk here. Here they produce exponentially more milk than cows in their own country. A lot of it is genetics, food and technology and that is what they are learning about.”
The feedback from students on the field trip has been great, says Ghore. “The MacGregor’s are very supportive and the students always enjoy the trip.”
The Coady Institute works in international development and Ghore says this is “Canada’s contribution. They learn Canadian culture and true Canadian business. Many of the students work in developing countries in the field of eliminating poverty. The supply chain management here is just so different from their countries.”
MacGregor adds, “ We don’t have to work at marketing our product, but in their country they do.”
PICTOU – Training is continuing to help a blind cyclist from Pictou prepare for a cycling trip across Canada to raise funds for several charities.
Craig Aucoin says passion, dedication and determination are motivating him to live his life to the fullest – and his vision loss doesn’t stop him from achieving his dreams.
Aucoin, along with his friend and personal trainer Lloyd McLean, began official public training last August for the “Craig Gives Back-to-Back Cross Canada Bicycle Tour 2013” set to start exactly one year later.
The pair will embark on a 92-day, 7,000 km journey on Aug. 4, 2013 that will take them across the country, while raising funds for the three Canadian charities that have played a significant role in Aucoin’s personal development.
Born with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an incurable eye disease that was diagnosed when he was eight-years-old, Aucoin still had enough vision to participate in a variety of sports and had hobbies like any other kid.
Unfortunately, when he turned 15, Aucoin’s eye condition deteriorated so much that he could no longer participate in team sports or actively play with other kids. His lack of physical activity and social interaction left him feeling isolated and depressed, resulting in significant weight gain over the course of several years and into his early twenties.
“Accepting that I would eventually lose all of my vision was a game-changer,” says Aucoin. “With the help of CNIB, the YMCA and the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, I was able to turn my dreams of being fit and strong into reality.”
A client of CNIB since the age of 11, Aucoin was provided with vision rehabilitation tools and resources to learn how to live independently in his home and community. It was through CNIB that he came to terms with his vision loss through the use of programs and services that helped him maximize his remaining sight.
At 23, poor food choices and a lack of physical activity from feelings of isolation and depression due to his vision loss resulted in Aucoin gaining a significant amount of weight. It was at that moment that he knew he had to make a change in his lifestyle or his health would continue to deteriorate. The YMCA’s of New Glasgow and Pictou enabled Aucoin to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and ultimately become physically active once again.
Aucoin contacted Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind once he realized the mobility benefits a guide dog could provide him with. His guide dog, Baldwin, gives Aucoin the confidence to travel throughout his community while safely leading him around obstacles in his path, finding doors and seats, and guiding him through pedestrians and traffic.
Since then, Aucoin has dramatically changed his life. He’s completed seven triathlons, several running events and joined a local canoe and kayaking club. He continues to be physically active through kickboxing, pilates and yoga classes at the YMCA.
“I have more life goals to accomplish and one of them is to bike across Canada to raise funds and awareness for the three charities that made an impact on my life,” says Aucoin. “Through a mix of corporate sponsorship and public charitable donations, it is my hope to raise $300,000 for CNIB, the YMCA and the Canadian Guide Dogs School for the Blind, allowing them to continue the work they do to make a difference in the lives of people who need their help the most – people like me.”
Aucoin and McLean will depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland on August 4, 2013 and arrive in Victoria, British Columbia on November 3, 2013. Cycling on a unique, Dutch-manufactured and custom-made back-to-back recumbent tandem bicycle with McLean facing forward and Aucoin facing the rear, the pair will also camp at National and Provincial parks during their journey, minimizing their carbon footprint and keeping costs down.
Stopping throughout communities and visiting the three charities across Canada, Aucoin and McLean will invite cyclists to travel along with them for short segments, while also engaging in speaking engagements to the public and media to promote CNIB, the YMCA and the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Aucoin will be the first blind cyclist to accomplish the cross-country trek on a two-wheeled bicycle.
“My hope is to inspire Canadians of all ages to overcome their personal challenges and adopt healthy, active lifestyles – and really believe they can achieve anything they want in life.”
To make a donation or for sponsorship and/or media opportunities, directly contact CNIB, the YMCA or the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Photography is a talent many have an interest in but know very little about. With the use of PhotoShop and editing programs, the art of photography has fallen to the wayside, but Dave Hachey and Christine Whelan are trying to bring it back.
The two moved to Pictou County more than a year ago from Halifax. Whelan says, “I was trying to figure out how I would meet people so I started looking for a photography club, but there weren’t any so I thought it might be a fun thing to do.”
So in April, the pair set out to start their own photography club.
“We had our first meeting September 12 and we are going to meet once a month,” says Whelan. “Our goal is to get involved in the community and meet people.”
Hachey adds, “It’s a way for us to find like-minded people to talk about photography with and have fun.”
Hachey and Whelan both have teaching in their upbringing, so having the ability to instruct and lead a photography club was a natural fit for them.
“We felt we had something to offer and identified the need for a photography club in the area since there seems to be more people interested in photography now,” explains Hachey.
Hachey lived in New York City for 10 years, taking photography classes and was always, as he calls it, a ‘backyard photographer’.
He then moved to Halifax where he met Whelan, who was beginning her career as a professional photographer and as assistant, gained a lot of experience and knowledge.
Whelan is self-taught, taking classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and working with a professional photographer while taking other classes.
“For me it was a lot of practise, shot after shot, a lot of family portraits and a lot of reading and time to build up my equipment,” says Whelan. “From there I refined my style and it just grew organically from there.”
Whelan is also attending a photography workshop in Dallas in January, and since she is constantly striving to learn more and improve, she thought she could help others to do the same.
The first photography club session was an introduction and goal setting meeting where different practices and styles of photography were discussed.
“Our goal is to make the club accessible to everyone,” says Whelan.
Hachey adds, “You don’t need a fancy camera to be a good photographer.”
For Whelan the most important thing is working to develop your style.
There were 13 members in attendance at the first meeting, and Whelan says there are about 20 with an interest in joining the club.
“The people seem really enthusiastic which is great,” she says.
The hope is that during the next couple of meetings, they will be getting down to the nuts and bolts of things, the how-to’s of using a camera and what the technological vocabulary means.
“We hope to start laying the ground work and building from there,” says Hachey.
The class is open to all levels of experience. It is a means of getting like-minded individuals together to share a common interest.
Eventually the goal is to expand the club to include guest speakers and photo critiques, exhibits and field trips.
“We want it to be education-based,” says Whelan. “Not something that is based on competition because we want people to grow personally as photographers. We are hoping at the end of the year to hold a small exhibit in one of the many community centres. It’s an important way to build confidence in photography.”
The club will meets at a cost of $1 per person, subsidized by the Scotsburn Dairy Group, which will be used for the rental of the hall; all additional funds will be used to the discretion of the group for things like guest speakers.
The club is open to all levels and all communities and will begin at 7 p.m.
“There’s a lot of support from the community and everyone is very encouraging,” says Hachey.
Whelan adds, “We hope to see more people out.”
NEW GLASGOW – The bounty of the fall harvest will be celebrated in full force during the fifth annual Harvest Time with the season finale of the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
Horse and wagon rides, a performance by the Keltic Kittens, children’s events, a downtown merchants yard/sidewalk sale, demonstrations and workshops by New Glasgow Communities in Bloom along with good old-fashion family fun will be the order of the day.
Most events will take place throughout the morning at the market with the sidewalk/garage sale on Provost and Archimedes streets until closing time Saturday afternoon. Downtown will also feature the spooktacular sights and sounds of Halloween as Murdoch Park is being decorated for the event.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the final New Glasgow Farmers Market of the season will open with an apple cider press demonstration and samples all morning. Local producers will have a plentiful harvest on hand including baked goods like fruit cakes for the Christmas season, jams and jellies, pies and more.
There will also be pumpkin painting, face painting, treats from the market vendors for children 12 and under dressed in Halloween costumes, and the guess the weight of the pumpkin contest.
Margie Beck and Patti Long, two members of the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom Committee, will present “You Heard It Through The Pumpkin Vine”, using pumpkins and gourds at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. at the Farmers Market. A colouring contest will take place 8:30-10 a.m. and the results announced at 11 a.m. A salsa testing contest will also take place.
The horse and wagon rides with James MacLeod will begin at the parking lot across from TD Bank and Glasgow Square and will run 8:30 a.m. until noon.
“The day will be a great way to celebrate the end of the harvest season, “ says Cathy Lavers, chair of the New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative. “It will be a great way to close a strong season.”
Kim Dickson, New Glasgow’s director of Marketing and Communications says, “Harvest Time has become one of our community’s signature events. It is a wonderful way to enjoy local food and local talent. For any visitors in the region, it will be a delightful and authentic Nova Scotia experience. ”
For additional information refer to the schedule on the town’s website www.newglasgow.ca. or check it out on the Town’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/NewGlasgowNovaScotia.
NEW GLASGOW – Work is in progress to host the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 awards gala, board president Bruce Herron says.
It comes after executive director Faus Johnson tendered his resignation, effective last Friday.
“It was a good run,” said Johnson, who did not elaborate about why he resigned but said he had considered leaving for about a month.
Heather MacCulloch, who resigned from the chamber about a month ago, has agreed to fill in “for now” and help with the preparations for the gala.
She had no comment on Johnson’s decision to resign, saying she was not working for the chamber at the time.
Herron said the chamber is close to announcing a date and place for the annual gala.
“We’re a little bit behind but with the board, Heather and our volunteer committee we can bring it back on track,” Herron said. “It will be a good evening.”
Herron said the board has started the process of finding a replacement for Johnson.
“We’ll make a decision in the next 60 to 90 days,” he said.
Johnson cited several activities besides the awards gala that have helped raise the chamber’s profile, such as the series of business breakfasts, the ‘Best of’ Pictou County event and the introduction of an annual golf tournament.
“It’s been a good run,” he said. “No one asks me what the chamber of commerce does anymore.”
Johnson denied Herron’s suggestions that he resigned because he “had some health concerns.”
PICTOU – Construction engineering flights like Flight 144 in Pictou have more than fulfilled their mandate, a retired colonel says.
Colonel (Retired) Antoni S. Wojcik was visiting the flight and some of its community projects during a visit last Wednesday. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of 14 Construction Engineering Squadron, Lunenburg, N.S., 14 Wing in September 2010.
“I’m so impressed with the people here,” he said during a luncheon at the Flight facility. “I’m really impressed with what (Flight 144) has accomplished and the facility.”
Wojcik saw some of the flight’s local projects in Stellarton, Riverton and New Glasgow during an afternoon tour.
Mayor Joe Hawes lauded Wojcik as someone who understands the structure and activities conducted by Flight 144.
“It’s good for the military and the county,” he said. “The program is great. We hope it continues.”
Wojcik enrolled into the Canadian Forces in August 1971 and graduated from Royal Military College in 1975 as a civil engineer. He later returned to RMC to complete a Masters degree in geotechnical engineering in 1982.
He was a construction engineer with the Canadian Air Force, Army and Navy.
He served on UN duties in Cyprus and the Golan Heights.
He cites his appointment as Chief of Staff and Force Engineer during the 1998 flood relief operations in Manitoba as one of his career highlights.
In 1998, Wojcik became the Canadian Forces Attaché in Warsaw, Poland and accreditations to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.This was followed by further language training for Attaché duties in Italy with cross-accreditation to Albania and Greece.
Wojcik retired from the Canadian Forces in September 2007. He and his wife Jane reside along St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia. They have three children.