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Published on August 17, 2014
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Future up in the air

Congratulations to high-flying Brookfield teenager Peter Betts who earned his pilot wings from the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) based in Debert.

The six-week program marked the end of a summer of learning how to fly single-engine aircraft for air cadets to become Transport Canada licensed glider or private pilots through the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship and Power Pilot Scholarship programs.

The cadet program as a whole does so much more for youth than teach skills. It instills confidence, while allowing them to conquer their fears taking on leadership roles and enjoying new experiences.



Loss of role model touches business community


A former Colchester County resident well known for his business prowess and love of community passed away last week.

Purdy Crawford, 82, lived in Five Islands and was called a “business giant” by those who knew him well.

Crawford was a companion of the Order of Canada and a member of both the Canadian and Nova Scotia Business Halls of Fame.




School site selection giant step forward


We are pleased learn the province has moved forward with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s construction site recommendations for two schools.

In Bible Hill, the new Grade Primary to 4 school will be located on the property of the existing Bible Hill Central Elementary School and will replace Bible Hill central and Bible Hill East Court Road elementary schools.

In Tatamagouche, a new Grade Primary to 12 school will replace North Colchester High School and Tatamagouche Elementary and will be located on the property of the existing high school.

While there will no doubt be some logistical challenges in the months ahead as construction is done, however, this was a frugal solution that will save precious dollars.



Patient safety data alarming


The Nova Scotia Health Department says there were 27 serious medical events at the province’s hospitals in the first six months of 2014. Twenty-one of those events resulted in adverse health effects leading to death or serious disability while a patient was being cared for. We hope these numbers are drastically reduced in the coming months.