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Fireworks Become an Issue for County Council

Fireworks Become an Issue for County...

Fireworks Become an Issue for County Council

Fireworks Become an Issue for County Council

Complaints about fireworks have been growing in some areas of Cumberland County.
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COVID Rages in Northern Health Zone

COVID Rages in Northern Health Zone

COVID Rages in Northern Health Zone

COVID Rages in Northern Health Zone

Cumberland County and the Northern Health Zone generally were largely untouched through most of the coronavirus pandemic, but not anymore.
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Pugwash Wants to Expand Tourism Facilities

Pugwash Wants to Expand Tourism...

Pugwash Wants to Expand Tourism Facilities

Pugwash Wants to Expand Tourism Facilities

The Pugwash Village Commission wants to make it easier for tourists to travel the north shore.
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Fourth COVID Wave Slams Nova Scotia

Fourth COVID Wave Slams Nova Scotia

Fourth COVID Wave Slams Nova Scotia

Fourth COVID Wave Slams Nova Scotia

If there was any doubt that Nova Scotia would face the fourth wave of COVID-19, today’s announcement of 73 new cases made it perfectly clear that we are not immune.
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Ducks Outrace the Duck Chasers in Oxford

Ducks Outrace the Duck Chasers in Oxford

Ducks Outrace the Duck Chasers in Oxford

Ducks Outrace the Duck Chasers in Oxford

A fast-moving, high river, made this morning's Duck Race in Oxford a little more challenging than in previous years.
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Busy Night at Oxford Town Council

Busy Night at Oxford Town Council

Busy Night at Oxford Town Council

Busy Night at Oxford Town Council

Mayor Greg Henley presided over the first regular meeting of Oxford Town Council following a summer break.
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County Says NO to RCMP Force Reduction

County Says NO to RCMP Force Reduction

County Says NO to RCMP Force Reduction

County Says NO to RCMP Force Reduction

Cumberland County Council wants the RCMP to reverse its plan to close the Pugwash detachment and reduce current staff.
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Fifteen Homeless After Amherst Fire

Fifteen Homeless After Amherst Fire

Fifteen Homeless After Amherst Fire

Fifteen Homeless After Amherst Fire

Fire forced fifteen people into the night from a three-unit apartment building on Gerard Street in Amherst yesterday.

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Leicester Fire Chief Expected Fire Hall Delay
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Leicester Fire Chief Expected Fire Hall Delay

Although all six tender bids were too high, Leicester Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clayton Brooks (shown in the photos) is still plenty excited about the new three-bay fire station planned for his area.

He said he is not surprised that the bids exceeded the $529,000 budgeted by Cumberland County and the fire department.

“It's a bad time of year to put out to tender,” Brooks said. “ A lot of companies are busy this time of year and they'll be busy until Christmas, so they tend to overbid on new jobs”.

Brooks is sure the fire hall is still a go.

In the interim, the department is looking at ways it might be able to reduce costs. “We're weighing our options on our side”

The present two-bay fire station has three pieces of equipment and Brooks  says, “There’s not enough space for all the trucks.”

The proposed new hall will measure 100 ft by 54 ft. The chief says, “It'll be a better fit for us. It will make it easier to practice in winter and will help the department attract new members.”

. “We tried to include the opinions of all the members in the design”.

The poor condition of the present fire hall is a concern to many. Brooks says the roof is sagging and needs to be replaced. He said, “The cost is so great to re-roof it, that we decided to take the other avenue instead.”

In 2016, then-Fire Chief Donald Read appeared before County Council to pitch for a new structure. Council designated $459,000 for it. The fire department agreed to pay $70,000

Fast Rise to the Top

Four years ago, Brooks and his wife Shannon left Sackville, NB and moved into an abandoned 50-acre farm in Little River. Shannon breeds Hanoverian horses and has just made her first two sales, one to a buyer in Maryland and another in California.

Brooks was introduced to the fire department on moving day. He remembers, “Within two hours of moving the first load, a neighbour stopped by and introduced himself. He invited me over to visit the fire hall. They were looking for new members. The rest is history.”

Brooks was elected Fire Chief last August, following the retirement of Chief Donald Read who led the department from 1989. 

Membership is expanding. Six new members joined in the past year. The department how has 22 active members.

Brooks says lots of training and practice are important in keeping members active. “You can go for months without any major calls.”

Members meet on one Thursday each month, and have training or practice the remaining Thursdays.

There were two major calls this year and Brooks says all the training and practice paid off. Both fires were extinguished before they had a chance to expand.

In addition to being Fire Chief, Brooks works as a dairy farm inspector for Valacta, a company based in Quebec. He collects milk samples from dairy farms and sends them to PEI for testing.

Started in Garage

Leicester's fire fighting equipment consists of a 2009 pumper, capable of 1000 gallons of water per minute, a 2014 tanker with a 600 gallon capacity, and a 1982 truck equipped with equipment to fight forest fires.

The department started out in 1980 in a member's garage. The current hall was built in 1982.

The department serves the communities of Stanley, Salem, East and West Leicester, and Mansfield.


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Friday, September 17, 2021 9:45 AM

Cancelled for this weekEric MacEwen, host of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, on Morning Talk every Friday at 9:45.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00 PM

Eric MacEwen hosts Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with unique stories and traditional East Coast music every Saturday at 8:00 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country Radio.

Sunday, September 19, 2021 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town every Sunday at 2:00 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country Radio.

Monday, September 20, 2021 9:45 AM

Tim Houston, PC Party Leader talks politics live on Morning Talk at 9:45.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:45 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Forestry and Renewables, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 8:45.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:45 AM

Pastor Mark Collins, faith leader, on Morning Talk every Thursday at 9:45.

Events This Week

Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00 AM

The Pugwash Farmers' Market is cancelled for this Saturday due to COVID exposure in Cumberland. The Market will resume next Saturday as usual.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 PM

The Pugwash Legion, Peace Branch 60, will host Chase the Ace every Saturday at 3 pm.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

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