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YARMOUTH -- Cliff Drysdale used a term from auto racing to describe the significance of the moment.
The chairman of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association was in Yarmouth for the official opening of a science and cultural interpretive centre in the town’s Killam Building on Water Street.
“I like to think of it as the green flag for the start of a very exciting project,” he said moments after the July 20 ceremony.
The project’s roots actually go back 15 years. In 2001, western Nova Scotia – the five-county region of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens – was identified as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, a globally recognized status for places that have important core protected areas. In southwestern Nova Scotia, these include the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and Kejimkujik National Park.
More than just an environmental initiative, however, Drysdale says the project will, among other things, highlight the region’s cultural heritage.
Governments and the private sector will be approached to help develop the interpretive centre as a teaching/learning facility for students.
“We’ve been recognized globally as a special area,” Drysdale said. “Now we have to celebrate it and put in place programming to make the public aware and really advance our communities and accept that leadership role and global context.”
Drysdale, a Middleton resident who worked at Kejimkujik as park ecologist and science coordinator for 30 years, has been involved in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve project from the start in 2001. He has travelled extensively and, through his…
METEGHAN CENTRE-- West Nova MP Colin Fraser has announced a federal investment of $1 million in Riverside Lobster International Inc. The repayable contribution supports the acquisition of specialized equipment that will enable the lobster processor to expand its presence across Canada and the United States, as well as in European and Asian markets.
The contribution comes through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Business Development Program (BDP), and supports the purchase of a high-pressure processing machine, commonly called a Hiperbaric or HPP, to improve lobster meat extraction. Additionally, the company will purchase a continuous steam cooker, commonly called a Laitram. The new cooker will require less fuel to operate, therefore lowering usage costs and increasing yields.
The new equipment will allow Riverside to expand the value-added elements of its business offerings. As a quality-control measure, the company currently removes soft-shell lobsters from its live lobster shipments. This includes cracked and one- or no-clawed-lobsters.
Using the HPP and Laitram to extract and cook meat from these lobsters, Riverside will be able to meet the market’s steady demand for raw and cooked lobster products. In addition, the new equipment will allow the company to offer a solution to other processors and fishermen looking to find a customer for their soft-shell lobster.
“Lobster fishing in Atlantic Canada is an important part of our heritage," Fraser said. "The significance that this industry has on our economy reverberates throughout the province. After all, lobster is Canada’s most valuable seafood export—representing as much as $1 billion…
YARMOUTH -- It was more than just funds and awareness that were raised during an event in Yarmouth for muscular dystrophy. So too were the event’s main participants.
In a joint effort of the Yarmouth and Hectanooga fire departments, John Verrall and Freddie Muise – the fire chiefs of Yarmouth and Hectanooga, respectively – shared the duty of spending hours in the bucket of the Yarmouth department’s aerial ladder truck, suspended high above the ground. An event spokesman said the initiative – billed as a “ladderthon” – went very well, even though it was disrupted by a couple of fire calls.
The plan was for Verrall to spend the first half of the 24-hour event in the bucket, with Muise taking over for the second half.
“Once released from the scene (of the fire calls) we went back and reset,” said Stewart Deveau, chief fire prevention officer with the Yarmouth department. “We did lose approximately three to hour hours of collecting time, but the overall outcome was great.”
The event began at 5 p.m. July 15 and was scheduled to go until 5 p.m. the next day. The initiative came out of a request from Muise, the only known active fire chief in North America with muscular dystrophy, who is confined to a wheelchair.
“He approached us and asked us if we would be interested in doing one,” Deveau said. “Our chief approached me and I said ‘sure, let’s work on it.’ So we made it happen. It was a…