Spring is the perfect time of year to think about updating and decorating around the home.
With the Cape Forchu Lighthouse gracing the cover of the 2014 Nova Scotia Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide, West Nova MP Greg Kerr made the following statement in the House of Commons:
“Mr. Speaker, Cape Forchu, at the mouth of Yarmouth Harbor in Nova Scotia has been welcoming visitors since 1604 when Samuel de Champlain landed and named the area (Cap Forchu). By 1870 Yarmouth was the second largest port of registry in Canada and the Cape Forchu Lightstation had become a very important shipping beacon.
By the 1990’s lighthouses were becoming obsolete. Local citizens of Yarmouth County formed the Friends of the Yarmouth Light to preserve this important piece of nautical history. In 2003 the Province of Nova Scotia registered the Cape Forchu Light as a Heritage Property.
Cape Forchu lightstation is featured on this year’s cover of the Tourism Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide issued by the Province of Nova Scotia.
Congratulations to the amazing volunteers in Yarmouth County who have preserved this icon and reminded us of our connection to the sea.”
An official with Nova Star Cruises told the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce the plan is to have the new Yarmouth-Portland ferry in service, as scheduled, by the first of May.
Danny Morton, director, cruise marketing and business development with Nova Star Cruises, was the guest speaker at the Yarmouth chamber’s annual general meeting Thursday.
Addressing chamber members at the Rodd Grand Hotel, Morton said, “I am here to tell you that, as of today, we’re sailing May 1.”
He emphasized the words “as of today,” but his statement that the company still intends to have a ferry sailing between Yarmouth and Maine by the beginning of May drew applause from those attending Thursday’s chamber session.
While there have been news stories lately about the challenges facing the company in its efforts to launch the service on time, Morton said there is much happening with regard to the new service that people don’t see.
He spoke of the importance of restoring Yarmouth’s ferry connection with New England, saying the new service is generating excitement across Nova Scotia and elsewhere in the Maritimes.
Losing the Yarmouth ferry a few years ago affected not just Yarmouth but many other areas too, he said, making it a regional issue, not just a Yarmouth one.
He encourages everyone to be ready for the new vessel.
“It’s going to be a really exciting journey,” he said.
Morton’s presentation to the chamber followed the business portion of the organization’s AGM, including the unveiling of a… 1