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Published on April 13, 2014
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An inspiration to others

The actions of a young Debert girl offering assistance to the local SPCA are laudable.

Eleven-year-old Mercedes Swan recently decided to use one of her favourite hobbies, making loom arm bracelets, then sell them to friends and family, community and classmates to raise money for the Colchester SPCA.

The Grade 5 Debert Elementary student made about 200 bracelets and had 49 orders. She sold each bracelet for 50 cents but many people offered her a larger donation. Ultimately she raised $250 for the shelter.

We applaud her efforts to be a community-minded citizen and an inspiration to others.



Sad loss of Mi’kmaq elder


The community lost a well-respected Mi’kmaq elder last week.

Noel Knockwood, 81, of Hilden, died on Friday after being hospitalized days before following a massive stroke. Knockwood will be remembered for his contribution to the Mi’kmaq nation, but also to the province.

He was born in 1932 on the Shubenacadie (Indian Brook) First Nation, was a keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and served for the Nova Scotia legislature from 2000-2005.

Knockwood lobbied to change the Solemnization of Marriage Act so traditional Mi’kmaq marriages could become legal under Nova Scotia law. Of his many accomplishments, Knockwood was a regular speaker at various religious ceremonies throughout the area and also served as a captain and spiritual leader for the Mi’kmaq Grand Council.

A veteran of the Canadian military, Knockwood was awarded the United Nations Medal, the Korean War Medal and the Canadian Voluntary Service Medal, as well as being honoured by the National Aboriginal Veterans Association.


Cheese maker receives national award


After several years of claiming top spots as finalists in provincial and national cheese award competitions for its Dragon’s Breath Blue cheese, an Economy-based business has won top honours.

That Dutchman’s Farm was presented with the Best Blue Cheese award at the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards ceremony held ay the St. Lawrence Market North in Toronto April 7.

The newest award, a medallion, is already on display at the farm along with past accolades earned by the cheese makers.

We encourage people to visit the farm to learn more about the outstanding craftsmen and the variety of their locally made products.