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Volume 3 Issue 3

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Uniting the South Shore LaHave River Communities

here's a federal election on. If you do decide to go out and vote,
perhaps consider your Anyone But Harper candidate. We're
featuring two such choices in this issue. Many thanks to all those
who made this another amazing season and see you soon. —JR+RR


Your South Shore-St. Margarets Candidates
Alex Godbold, NDP

Bernadette Jordan, Liberal

As a parent
and a high
school teacher,
I worry about
the future we
are handing to
the next generation: precarious
employment, growing income
inequality, a struggling health care
system, a worsening relationship
with indigenous peoples, civil
rights under attack and erosion
of environmental protections. We
need fresh ways of thinking to keep
young people in our communities,
attract immigrants, stimulate the
economy, and provide a decent of
standard of living for everyone.
We must work with our strengths:
our forests, fishery, local food
production, renewable energy
resources (wind, sun and tide), and
our fabulous natural environment
that makes us a tourist mecca and
preferred home to so many. Tom
Mulcair’s plan provides the change
we need: affordable childcare, a
shift toward a green economy,
protection of pensions and EI, help
for small businesses and other job
creators, and election reforms to
make your vote count. Together, we
can make our federal government
our ally as we strive to improve
our lot.

Improving the
daily lives of
Canadians will
only be achieved
by making smart
investments that
create jobs, protect our environment and strengthen and grow the
middle class. The Liberal plan for
the economy is progressive, and
promotes prosperity for all Canadians by investing in our communities and in our families. A historic
commitment to infrastructure
will create thousands of jobs while
enhancing public transit, social and
green infrastructure. Our program
will build roads, bridges, wastewater facilities, climate resilient structures and flood protection projects.
It will build affordable housing,
recreation and senior’s facilities,
enriching the quality of life in our
communities. Our Canada Child
Benefit will give families monthly
cheques (non-taxable, by the way!)
to help with the growing cost of
raising children. We will pay for
this by ending tax breaks for millionaires and costly programs like
income splitting. This is the change
that will grow our economy and invest in our middle class. This is the
Liberal plan. This is real change.

september 2015

Salt, Sea
and Sky


hen we moved here
four years ago, we
were looking for a slower
pace of life. It hasn’t worked
out that way. We’re busier
here than we were in New
York. Our studio and
showroom, Westcote Bell, is
on the only road around the
coastline, so there’s always
a steady group of people
coming by.
The people who live here
all year long support us all
year long, which is a big
change from New York.
Maybe because of the media
people there were gloomy
or angry all the time. Here
people are happy. It’s a
low-pressure life. People
have a comfortable social
structure, with healthcare
mostly covered.
Now we can concentrate
on our work. We have
dedicated studio time,

and continuity in what
we’re doing. We can start
something and follow
through with it to the finish.
The great beauty of our
natural environment was
immediately inspirational.
We introduced birds into
the work as soon as we got
here. The feeling of sky, sea,
rocks and fog—it’s all so
mysterious and evocative.
Even though the winter
was rough last year, it was
just so pretty and hugely
The landscape and
seascape come into the
work in different ways.

Ask A LaHave River Ferrywoman
Angela has been working
the ferry since October
2014. Before that she
worked for her aunt’s
wholesale clothing design
company based out of
Riverport and Halifax that
sold across Canada. Then
she went to industrial
diesel mechanic school
to get trained up for the
river crossing. She loves working with the community and
is honoured to be a public servant on the vital highway
link. “Thank you for all of your positive words and
encouragement,” says Angela. Of course, as usual, when
asked what the craziest thing she’s seen during her time on
the ferry, she gave the typical answer: “What happens on the
ferry, stays on the ferry.” Well, alright then. Thanks to you
Angela for getting us where we need to be. —Dave Walsh

Kissie Face

ITEM—Even the centre line goes around the potholes,
as witnessed in this picture taken on Mount Pleasant
Road recently. Which raises the question... which came
first the centre line or the pothole? And you thought
the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and
Infrastructure Renewal had no sense of humour?
—Ed Young, FN (Watermills) Road

—Bethany Butterworth,

Happy Summer on
the South Shore!

The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore
Liberal Senator - Nova Scotia

Sometimes it’s out and out
putting boats into things,
because they’re here and
really lovely. But in other
more subtle ways, the
beach and stone come to be
reflected in the shapes and
colours we use. The glazes
remind us of walking on the
sand or the crystal blue of
the ocean. There’s so much
to work from visually. It’s
so rich. The gardens, plant
life and wildflowers are like
nothing we’ve ever seen.
We’re technically
trying to work out the
glaze colours that we
use. We make everything

ourselves, including glazes,
underglazes and slips. As
soon as that’s resolved,
expect to see a lot of flowers
appear in our work.
Our building is off the
gird. There’s no running
water. We collect water in
rain barrels. We reuse all
our pottery wastewater.
There’s definitely salt in the
water that we’re learning
how to work with. Every
time we open a kiln it’s
different and beautiful.
—Vaughan Smith
and Jackie Cohen,
Westcote Bell Pottery,

Market watch
I've been at the Historic
Farmers’ Market in Halifax
for a little over three
decades. Both markets are
year-round but the clientele
is very different here at the
Lunenburg Market. In the
off-season this market is a
lot of local, mainly older,
loyal people. In the summer
season there’s a heavy
influence by a lot of people
from other areas of Canada,
the US and Europe who
have homes here, which
changes things dramatically.
The volume increases and
the types of produce people
are looking for changes too.
The old Halifax market
has been very much shaped
by what I've offered there.
I have a lot of people who
come through that market
to buy Chinese long beans,
Shanghai choy, broccoli
and carrots. People have
been exposed to these
more exotic products, I
think basically through
my table and through
other people growing and
vending similar things. It’s

a much more long-standing
clientele for me, people
seem to know me and what
I do a bit better.
There’s more explaining
of the crops that I grow
here in Lunenburg, which
because of movement of
people in this area has more
transient customers. In
comparison to Halifax, the
six years or so that I’ve been
here feels new to me. I like
both markets a lot, but they
are foundationally different.
Halifax is heavily focused
on international foods from
the Middle East and Asia.
There’s a growing interest in
that here, which is excitng.
—Ted Hutten,
Lakeville, in the Valley,

10 ways to the
'art of Lunenburg
Check us out at:
902 640 2013 | 6 Prince St (crn Montague)

Registered A cupuncturist

—Rebecca Roher,


cupuncture is an
ancient, healing art
that has been practiced for
over two thousand years. It
is based on the principle that
we have a life-giving energy
called Qi (pronounced chee)
flowing through channels
called meridians in our
bodies. Sometimes this Qi
gets blocked or becomes
diminished which throws
off the balance of our system
and can create negative
This can occur because
of physical or emotional
trauma, lack of exercise,
overexertion, diet and

seasonal changes. Qi flowing
through meridians is very
much like water flowing in
a river. If a river becomes
dammed, parts of that river
may thrive while others
dry up. When the river is
high and flowing freely, the
whole ecosystem is properly
nourished. When Qi is
flowing properly and is at
a balanced level, the entire
body is properly nourished
therefore achieving optimal
physical, mental and
emotional health.
To discover where
imbalances may occur in
a person, an acupuncturist

•Books in Review

to fish. It’s an unwelcoming
community and life proves to be
most challenging, but through
unbelievably heroic commitment,
David is able to carve out a life for

There are many worthy books that
offer a look at life in Nova Scotia.
Though these three great books
span nearly 100 years and come
from very unique voices, they do
have common themes.
Rockbound by Frank
Parker Day (1928)
tells the story of David
Jung, an orphan who
finds his way to the
island of Rockbound

A Portrait of
County by Peter
Barss (1978)
is a beautiful
collection of black and white
photographs and carefully

takes a full health history,
looks at your tongue (which
is a map of your organ
system) and takes your
pulse. From this, we can get
a comprehensive diagnosis
and form a treatment
protocol that will bring your
body back to an optimal
state of health.
I am very happy to be
sharing my knowledge
of Chinese Medicine and
Acupuncture at South
Shore Acupuncture in
Bridgewater. I have been
living in the community
for two years and am
constantly impressed with
the amazing generosity and
kindness of its residents. I
feel very passionate about
helping people traverse their
personal path to healing,
especially in such a vibrant
and beautiful place.
—Emily Stanley, South
Shore Acupuncture,
410 King St. Bridgewater
transcribed interviews with elder
residents. Barss does an excellent
job of capturing the accents and
cadence of the speakers. This is
an intimate look at what life was
like in the coastal communities
of Lunenburg County, without a
misty romantic overlay.
When the Saints
(2015), Sarah Mian’s
first novel tells the
story of the troubled
Saint family through

Community events
MUSIC Allison Brown and 'Uncle' Dan Henshall: Sept 9, 8pm,
doors open at 7:30pm. 10 Huey Lake Road. $10-20 suggested
donation. Opener Alex Hickey. Tea and cookies will be served.

ART Afterglow returns! The free
art at night celebration of creativity
brings together artists of all kinds,
from budding young artists to
experienced professionals from
across Lunenburg County to share
the talent of our rich community.
Inspired by the Halifax’s Nocturne
event, Afterglow hosts unique
creative exhibits and experiences
for citizens in public spaces
in Bridgewater, in particular

highlighting the downtown core.
Projects and events to take place
Evening events include pop-up
galleries, music, dance, spoken
word, installations and more.
This year’s event will be held on
September 25 from 7–9:30pm at
the Kings Court Gazebo and on
September 26, from 6–11pm across
King Street.
For the full program please visit

MUSIC 3rd Annual
Knotty’est By Nature:
Fri, Sept 11, 4pm-late. The
Ovens Natural Park, 327
Ovens Road. Info@OvensPark.
com. $20. Special Offer: $2
for tenting, with admission.
Featuring music by Know
Issue, Caribou Run, Dark for
Dark, Corey Isenor, Liam Frier,
Klarka Weinwurm, and Desiree
Gordon and tetherball, BBQ's,
picnic tables, bonfires, dancing,
goats, silkies, karaoke and all
around good times.
MUSIC Pennybrook CD
Release: Oct 8, 8pm, doors
open at 7:30pm. 10 Huey Lake
Road. Our own Pennybrook
will be releasing their hotlyanticipated second CD.

What’s The Point?
The Point General opened
July 10 in Blue Rocks, all
the way down at the end
of the Point Road in a little
shack, which is over one
hundred years old. The type
of building it's in is known
as a fish store, because it
was used for storage. Before
light renovations started
the floor was completely
soaked in diesel, gas and
creosote, which may mean
the building will last forever.
It was very smelly when
work began and filled with
spiders, but you wouldn't
know it from the charming

Owner Katherine
Marsters cleared a top
storey, took all the
floorboards out, scrubbed,
vacuumed and painted. All
the original wood in the
new business has been used
to transform the space. The
floorboards are now the
shelves and lobster buoys,
traps and oars are hanging
about to complete the
Maritime aesthetic, while
the counter is made up of
repurposed bowling alley
and fish boxes. Marsters
did most of the restoration
herself, including the
plumbing, with help from

the voice of Tabby Saint, who after
a long absence returns to her home
town to deal with her family legacy
and its influences on her own life.
This gritty, at times hard book to
read has wonderful prose and is
ultimately hard to put down.
All three books examine how
Nova Scotia has influenced and
shaped us, how the economy
and our communities have
made us who we are today. None
endeavours to romanticize the
hardships faced by many of our
ancestors, and in the case of When
the Saints, how harsh a place it can
be to this day.
Nova Scotia still says goodbye
to far too many who are forced to
make their way elsewhere. But as
even our kin who have gone down
the road know, there is something
marvellous and genuine here. Even
as we are buffeted by economic
and natural forces, our province’s
greatest asset is the strength and
resilience of the people who make
up our communities.
For better and worse, these
books offer an important look at
ourselves. For without knowing
where we have been, it will be
impossible to work our way to
where we dream of someday living.
—Michael Higgins,
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her partner, carpenter Todd
While not a general store
in the traditional sense,
The Point serves as a café
and sells local art and body
products with bread and
treats by Kissing Bridge
Bakery, along with Marsters
own honey and jewellery.
Open seven days a week,
picnic baskets are available
to enjoy on the rocks, shore
or to take out for a paddle
on the water. Check out The
Point until October and for
many seasons to come.

Learnt Wisdom

—Jonathan Rotsztain,
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