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New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

The new $2.198-million Pugwash Library will open its doors to the public on Monday.
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MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

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MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

The Protect Wentworth Valley Committee (PWV) will host another public meeting next weekend to press their concerns about the proposed mega wind project for Higgins Mountain.
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Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

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Shubenacadie Sam says go back to bed for six more weeks of winter.
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Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

The Springhill Coal Miners dropped an important game before a home crowd on Saturday, as the visiting River Valley Lumberjacks skated to a 4-2 win.
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Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

The RCMP responded to shots fired within a Springhill apartment on Saturday.
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Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Big changes to garbage collection in Cumberland County are set for next year.
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Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

The provincial government is providing funding to help community organizations recruit and retain healthcare professionals, to the tune of just over $175 thousand dollars in Cumberland County, with Pugwash receiving $25 thousand and change. 
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Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Local officials are concerned that senior governments are not moving quickly enough to ward off a catastrophe that is waiting to happen on the Isthmus of Chignecto.
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Safety Concern Threatens Pugwash Library
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Safety Concern Threatens Pugwash Library

While Cumberland County has a plan in place for a new library in Pugwash, the chief librarian for the county’s public libraries says they might not be able to wait. Denise Corey told the Village Commission last night, “I have real concerns about the train station, real concerns about safety.”


Her concerns stem from much needed repairs to the old heritage building, which is the property of the village. Corey says, “If something goes wrong I may have to pull the library out of that building.”


The librarian points to a heat vent and plaster which fell from the ceiling about a year ago. The debris fell in an area where people could have been browsing books. Luckily nobody was in that area at the time. 


Corey says there are areas with large cracks in the walls, places with missing mortar between the brick exterior. That makes it draft and the chief librarian says her staff wears long johns and three sweaters on cold winter days. She added, “We’re keeping an eye on it, but I wanted to be on record that we may have to close that facility.”


Recent work has given the station a new roof, and earlier repairs included new heat and air conditioning, some drywall and floor joists, but much needs to be done.


Commissioner Dave Farley expressed his concern about the building. He said,”I am reluctant to put money into the station if its future is in doubt.” He agreed the village should do a facility review before spending more money on the structure.


Clash of Administrators

When the chief librarian listed her concerns, The village’s clerk-treasurer tried to offer some assurance about the structure. Lisa Betts noted some of the repairs that have recently been completed and started to explain some aspects of a report from a structural engineer. Corey interrupted saying, “I am not here to debate the train station, I am here to report to the commissioners.” The two had clearly debated the issue before and both remain steadfast in their opposing views on the security of the structure.


The library opened in the train station in 1988, but Corey says numerous reports suggest they have wanted out of there since 1992. She says they need more space to expand services and she believes very strongly that a new and expanded facility will attract many more library users.


All agreed that they want to keep the library in operation. The librarian said the Pugwash facility is regularly in the top three libraries in the county in terms of usage. Corey said there are 860 active, regular users at the station. She noted, “This is a town that really enjoys their reading, it is a literate town.”


The county purchased the Benjamin property on Durham street in June as the proposed site for a new multi-purpose centre, largely anchored by a new library. However, there is no immediate plan for that facility so there is no timeline for the book repository’s transition. Corey hopes for a quick decision and early construction, but fears they may not be able to wait.

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Radio This Week

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:45 AM

Dr. Stephen Ellis, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester will be on Morning Talk every second Tuesday. Listen at 9:45.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

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Events This Week

Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 3:00 PM

Yoga is held every Sunday at 3 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, February 6, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Monday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

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