New school, ferry terminal and Christmas trees among news items in 1969

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A contract for the construction of a new regional vocational school in Yarmouth had been awarded to the local firm Kenney Construction. The project was expected to cost $2.285 million and construction was to begin in a couple of weeks, with completion scheduled for December, the Vanguard reported in its March 12, 1969 edition. The school would be able to accommodate 600 students, the paper said.

Mayor Fred Emin had left for Halifax to meet with the trade and industry minister about cleaning up what the paper referred to as an “unsightly mess” near the ferry terminal. The trade and industry department was doing some work at the terminal site to try to address the matter.

Also in the paper:

--People in the tourism industry were expressing concern about the ferry reservation system, saying southwestern Nova Scotia was losing out on tourism because of it.

--A meeting had been held in South Ohio to establish an association of Christmas tree growers in the Yarmouth area.

--In sports, Yarmouth high school basketball player Chuck Smith had broken his own YCMHS single-season scoring record by netting 232 points in 14 games.


There was more political news as the 1974 provincial election campaign continued in Nova Scotia. George Snow, an incumbent MLA and former cabinet minister, and Martin Cottreau had been nominated to run for the Progressive Conservatives in what was then the dual riding of Yarmouth County. (The Liberals had chosen their local candidates the previous week and the New Democrats were about to choose theirs.) Election day was April 2.

Also in the news:

--Fire destroyed a big barn and silo in South Chegoggin. A large number of cattle were removed from the building and taken to the exhibition grounds.

--A sod-turning ceremony had been held in Church Point at the site of what was to be a new gymnasium for College Sainte-Anne.

--Concern about foreign fishing of haddock on Browns Bank was said to be the reason for a meeting of fishermen planned for Yarmouth.


The latest on a major potential land development project in the Town of Yarmouth – the subject of a story in the Vanguard’s March 14, 1979 edition – was that the town had made a proposal to the developers that, if accepted, could pave the way for the development of 200 residential house lots in the town over the next 10 to 15 years. A spokesman for the development group said they would study the proposal and a decision would be reached shortly.

A Nova Scotia Power Corporation official said a recent storm to hit southwestern Nova Scotia had been unprecedented. Upwards of 10,000 customers initially had been without power and it had taken almost a full week to restore service completely, the official said. Extra work crews had been brought in to assist in getting the electricity back on.

The Municipality of Yarmouth was marking the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 1979 and a number of events were planned to help the municipality celebrate, including a  “community day” that was to be held in June at the recently opened Maple Grove school in Hebron.


Rio Algom had awarded the first contract for construction-related work at the East Kemptville site where it would be developing a tin mine. The contract – worth about $750,000 and awarded to Piermac Construction Atlantic Limited – was for site clearing and grubbing. Actual construction of the mine was expected to start in late spring, the Vanguard reported in its March 14, 1984 edition.

Workers at the Dominion Textile plant – Yarmouth’s largest industrial employer – went on strike. Wages and length of contract were said to be the main issues.

The Yarmouth town and municipality had lowered their tax rates, as had the Municipality of Clare. Argyle had yet to set its rates but was expected to in the next week or so.


A new historical group – the Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society – had been incorporated and was looking to hold its first public meeting in June, with a membership drive to be held before that inaugural session, the Vanguard reported in its March 14, 1989 edition.

The National Transportation Agency was planning to hold a public hearing in Bridgetown on the economic viability of the Kentville-to-Yarmouth portion of the Dominion Atlantic Railway. (Canadian Pacific had applied to abandon this section of the rail line.)

Also in the paper:

--The Yarmouth Area Industrial Commission wanted its incubator mall designated a free zone, a move that would expand the variety of potential mall occupants.

--The old Yarmouth Herald building on Jenkins Street had been demolished.


Organizations: Vanguard, Kenney Construction, Progressive Conservatives Church Point Sainte-Anne Browns Bank Nova Scotia Power Corporation Maple Grove school Rio Algom Piermac Construction Atlantic Dominion Textile Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society National Transportation Agency Dominion Atlantic Railway Canadian Pacific Yarmouth Area Industrial Commission Yarmouth Herald

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Halifax, South Ohio Nova Scotia South Chegoggin Hebron East Kemptville Clare Bridgetown Kentville Jenkins Street

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