As another year winds down, it is time to pause and remember the achievements, highlights and challenges faced in Colchester County during the past 12 months.
One of the greatest achievements happened in October when a decision was finally made on the location of a new regional library facility in Truro.
The former Normal College in downtown Truro will be renovated to fill the diverse needs of library users.
A spotlight shone brightly on local sports in May. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the newly opened Rath Eastlink Community Centre, the Truro Bearcats won the championship game of the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championships in double overtime on home ice.
What a tremendous night for the team, the organization, the fans and the community.
A great deal was done to address flood risk in Truro and surrounding areas this year with numerous projects undertaken in flood mitigation.
On a sad note, Bass River residents said farewell to an institution in June that had served that community for a century with the closing of the Bass River Elementary School. Early in 2014, a round of public meetings will be held across the province to discuss the Department of Education’s school review process.
We will be watching closely to see if changes to the review process will have any impact on schools in this region.
In July, there was another sad farewell following the passing of Dr. Burnley "Rocky" Jones, a lawyer and political activist from the Truro area that spent most of his life combating segregation and racism.
The Truro Raceway, operated by the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission, made headlines several times during the past year. Faced with an uncertain future at the half-mile oval, industry partners and community banned together to find a long-term solution. Racing at the track was cut short in 2013 due to weather conditions, but we are looking forward to the first card in the spring.
While many challenges lie ahead for this region in the New Year, there is an equal number of untapped opportunities waiting in the wings to be discovered.
We look forward to sharing these events with you on our website www.trurodaily.com and print editions in the New Year.