Antigonish’s Kristina Richard and Port Hawkesbury’s Sasha Repko were two local athletes representing the area during the Special Olympic Canada 2018 Summer Games.

ARICHAT: Richmond Municipal Council formally committed $2 million towards an ambitious sidewalk and streetscape program that is scheduled to take shape over the next two years in this Isle Madame community, pending the financial participation of three other partners.

Councillors unanimously approved a motion to contribute municipal funds to the Arichat Mainstreet Revitalization Project, with the motion from Deputy Warden James Goyetche noting that these monies are “contingent on federal and provincial funding.” Goyetche’s motion was seconded by fellow Isle Madame councillor Alvin Martell.

The historic courthouse in Arichat was built in the mid-1800s.

ARICHAT: Richmond municipal councillors voted unanimously to approve the sale of the 171-year-old courthouse building to a private developer during their monthly council meeting.

According to a statement released by the county that evening, the decision came as a result of the municipality issuing a Request For Quotes (RFQ), which was described as offering Richmond officials “the opportunity to achieve an acceptable price while considering the most advantageous usage of the property.”

ANTIGONISH: During a regular monthly meeting, Antigonish Town Council signed on to the Eastern District Planning Commission. The town officially joined the commission on July 2.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said the move exemplifies the town’s want to cooperate with other municipal bodies.

Colin Joseph Beaton

HARBOURVIEW: On July 5, at around 9 a.m. searchers found the body of 31-year-old Colin Joseph Beaton in the ocean near Judique. The RCMP worked with the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Service to identify the remains. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team assisted with the recovery.

That evening, Beaton’s cousin and Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster made a post to Facebook, confirming the tragic news.

HALIFAX: A resident of Richmond County pleaded guilty and was fined for evading the payment of duties and taxes on jewelry.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that Lobsters ‘R Us owner Blaire Vincent Martell of Rockdale pleaded guilty in Dartmouth Provincial Court.

The court fined Martell $7,500 for the evasion offence. In addition to the court imposed fine, Martell will also have to pay the CBSA a civil penalty of $17,334.51 for the return of his jewelry.

The couple had a combined declaration of under $300 in goods, but during the examination of their baggage, CBSA officers found three undeclared pieces of jewelry valued at approximately $35,000 purchased outside of Canada.

Preliminary started on a new community-based home for people with disabilities in Arichat.

ARICHAT: The community of Isle Madame was hoping to receive a new facility for people with disabilities.

The Department of Community Services has been working with the Hearts of Isle Madame Disability Society board to renovate a former convent on the High Road in Arichat.

As part of the process, the Department of Community Services established requirements for the renovations which have been passed on to the Hearts of Isle Madame board. The board has now submitted their plans back to the department for approval.

In addition to serving as an athletic complex and convention centre, the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) is also the new home for the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS), a non-profit organization dedicated to developmentally-challenged adults. These five GOALS participants received a rousing ovation from the large crowd in attendance for the CLC’s official opening ceremonies on June 29.

GUYSBOROUGH: Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner addressed the hundreds of people that filled the gymnasium of the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) to celebrate the $11.5 million facility’s official opening ceremonies.

The newly-minted CLC also houses the Chedabucto Fitness Centre, community meeting and event spaces, office space for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) recreation department, and a home for the Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS). It also incorporates such nearby amenities as a refrigerated skating trail, a shinny rink, the Drysdale Softball Field, and an artificial turf soccer field with a four-lane running track, which will bear the name of the project’s key private donor, veteran business owner Steve Smith.

GUYSBOROUGH: The municipality is currently doing work at its landfill, with plans to possibly use the methane gas produced there to generate power.

During the regular monthly meeting of council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, a tender for more than $4,397,000 was awarded to Zutphen Contracting to perform upgrades to the second generation landfill in Lincolnville.

Wilson Cameron (left), of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, was announced this year’s recipient of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation White Hill Summit Award.

HALIFAX: Wilson Cameron of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, was announced this year’s recipient of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) White Hill Summit Award.

This award is named after the highest point of land in Nova Scotia and recognizes the outstanding lifetime contribution to the development of recreational trails in Nova Scotia by a volunteer. Cameron’s dedication to the NS Trails and the trails community locally, regionally and provincially is a remarkable example of commitment to the trails movement in Nova Scotia.

For over two decades Cameron has dedicated his time, commitment, knowledge, and passion to the betterment of trails in Nova Scotia. He started in 1998 when he learned that a rail bed in Creignish, Cape Breton was being developed into a trail and volunteers were needed. Back then the rail bed was abandoned and thickly overgrown. Now the trail runs 22 kilometres (km) and is known as the The Ceilidh Coastal Trail, part of the 92 km Celtic Shores Coastal Trail.

POINT TUPPER: Officials from the paper mill in Port Hawkesbury said it’s a relief to finally have the weight of a significant tariff lifted off their backs, and will finally be able to focus on making improvements rather than focusing on negatives.

Port Hawkesbury Paper received word on July 6 a decision had been made by the United States Department of Commerce to revoke a 20.18 percent tariff that was imposed on its glossy paper since 2015.

The judgment by the U.S. Department of Commerce was made retroactive to day one, meaning Port Hawkesbury Paper will now be able to export its products more competitively in the U.S. market.

HALIFAX: A Nova Scotia provincial court judge was appointed to preside over the fatality inquiry into the deaths of Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond and his family.

In a press release, the Nova Scotia judiciary said Warren K. Zimmer was appointed to the post by Judge Pamela Williams, chief judge of the provincial court.

Last December, the provincial government promised an inquiry, almost a year after Desmond fatally shot his mother, his wife, their 10-year-old daughter, and himself in their rural home in Upper Big Tracadie.

The fatality inquiry will examine whether Desmond had access to appropriate mental health services and whether his family had access to domestic violence intervention services.

Zimmer will also consider if Desmond should have been able to keep or obtain a license enabling him to purchase a firearm, and also whether health care and social services providers who interacted with Desmond were trained to recognize occupational stress injuries or domestic violence.

In addition, the final report is to consider if there were any restrictions in the flow of Veteran Affairs or Defence Department records to provincial health personnel.

GUYSBOROUGH: With several of its member municipalities re-examining their participation, the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) was pleased to welcome Mulgrave into the fold in the run-up to its recent annual general meeting.

The ESREN gathering took place on July 11 at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Conference (CLC) in Guysborough, just over a month after Mulgrave Town Council voted to join the organization, which also includes the Towns of Port Hawkesbury and Antigonish, the County of Antigonish, and the Municipalities of the Districts of Guysborough and St. Mary’s.

PORT HAWKESBURY: Town council took steps to address problems associated with overnight camping occurring at the look-off located where Granville Street meets Prince Street.

A special public meeting was held on July 6 to address what is being described as “significant volumes” of overnight camping at the park area. According to Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, this meeting came together after Deputy Mayor Hughie MacDougall reported that he had received several calls from local residents regarding the Granville-Prince look-off being advertised as a free overnight parking area on the independently-run Web service

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil in the President’s Office at StFX University on July 17. Trudeau thanked McNeil for their partnership on the Highway 104 twinning project.

SUTHERLAND’S RIVER: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a major federal government investment of $90 million to twin the highly-controversial 38-kilometre section of Highway 104 that dips and winds between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish.

Trudeau made the announcement with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, and Barneys River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald at the East Pictou Middle School on July 17.

The project, which is led by a $195 million contribution from the Government of Nova Scotia, will include twinning a 28-kilometre section of existing highway and a new 10-kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of Highway 104.

On top of relieving the bottleneck, this project will also deal with the real issue of the numerous fatal collisions in previous years, Trudeau said.

Barney’s River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald, a tireless advocate for twinning the highway, has witnessed firsthand far too many fatalities and injuries. MacDonald revealed that since 2009, there have been 414 accidents and 16 people have died on that stretch of road.

MacDonald’s voice choked with emotion, as he thanked those responsible for the plan.

PORT HOOD: Human remains were found in the ocean approximately 10 nautical miles from Port Hood.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on July 18, the RCMP responded to a call indicating a body had been found in the water. The remains were recovered just after midnight and were transported to Dartmouth for an autopsy.

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During Newspapers Atlantic’s 46th Annual Better Newspapers Competition on June 1 at King’s College in Halifax, The Reporter was honoured with three awards. Editor Jake Boudrot (left) won in the Outstanding Editorial category.

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Reporter newspaper, published out of Port Hawkesbury and serving the counties of Richmond, Inverness, Guysborough, Antigonish, and Victoria, managed impressive showings at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and the Newspapers Atlantic Better Newspapers Competition.

On the national front, The Reporter won Best Editorial Page with editor Jake Boudrot’s position on the legalization of cannabis in Nova Scotia.

Grant McDaniel’s story “Storytellers spin yarns from prohibition era” took second place in the Best Historical Story division. The story regarded tales of past prohibition exploits by local Cape Bretoners.

At the Better Newspapers Competition in June, the paper won Outstanding Community Engagement, due to Nicole Fawcett’s organization of Seniors Expo 2017; Editorial of the Year, by editor Jake Boudrot; and Outstanding Photo Essay, by Mary Hankey. Last year, The Reporter was nominated for a General Excellence Award and won three additional awards.

This puts The Reporter’s total award count at seven Atlantic-level prestigious awards and two national awards in the past two years.

ANTIGONISH: The father of a seven-year-old Antigonish boy who was awarded a $6 million settlement, after suffering preventable brain injuries during his birth, said his family is relieved to finally be able to look to the future.

The largest personal injury settlement in Nova Scotia legal history stems from a lawsuit stating Cullan Chisholm suffered oxygen deprivation during his delivery which caused severe cerebral palsy.

According to the statement of claim filed in 2012, two nurses attending the birth and the fifth-year obstetrical resident in charge, Dr. Allison Ball, failed to act and missed signs on the fetal heart monitor that Cullan wasn’t getting enough oxygen and was in distress.

Cullan’s future care is now guaranteed through a $3 million annuity purchased with the settlement, and will provide monthly payments for his care for the rest of his life.

ISLE MADAME: Richmond District RCMP investigated a historical sexual assault that occurred in the 1970s in different locations on Isle Madame.

As a result of the investigation, Adolphe Kehoe, 84, of River Bourgeois was charged with sexual assault.

MULGRAVE: Launched only two weeks after the final round of classes at Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre (MMEC), an on-line fundraising campaign to re-imagine the building for a variety of community uses gained momentum.

The “Move Mountains For Mulgrave” campaign officially went on-line as a GoFundMe campaign on July 12 with the goal of raising $5,000, not long after the MMEC site on Murray Street came under the ownership of the Town of Mulgrave as the result of its official closure in late June.