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Local historians honoured

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Several Colchester County residents were hounoured with special awards last week presented by the Colchester Historical Society.

Gordon Crowe of Stewiacke, Heather Dau, formerly of Bass River and now living in the United States, Sharon Corcoran of Truro, and Truro’s Douglas Moffat were recognized for their individual efforts to preserve history.

Truro’s Pam Gillespie-Tonary was also honoured. She was recognized as a grant recipient for her heritage home at 140 Pleasant St. The home is 104 years old and Gillespie-Tonary has spent many hours restoring the back and is about to redo the front of the home.

We congratulate all the award recipients and encourage others to take up the torch in an effort to preserve local history before it is lost to future generations.


Above and beyond the call of duty


The community said a sad farewell last week to an outstanding Great Village citizen, devoted family man, dedicated volunteer, businessman and firefighter.

Robert Layton, Nova Scotia’s longest serving active volunteer firefighter, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, at the age of 85.

Layton was a member of the Great Village and District Fire Brigade for 68 years and was the proprietor of Layton’s General Store until his retirement years.

Layton was also active in St. James United Church, serving as an elder, singing in the choir and lending a hand at church and legion suppers.



Masters swimmers qualify for world championship


Five local swimmers will be heading to Montreal in July to compete in the 15th Fina World Master Championship event.

The swimmers, Margot Begin-Gillis, Veronica McMillan, Carl Ballard, Ken Smith and Peter Grant, achieved the times at the Halifax Chronos masters long course meet at Centennial Pool in Halifax.

Ballard, competing in the age 45 to 49 category, even set a new provincial record while winning the 100m backstroke

We wish them all the best as they dive into the national competition.


Organizations: Colchester Historical Society, James United Church, Centennial Pool

Geographic location: Several Colchester, Great Village, Bass River United States Nova Scotia Montreal

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