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Author: jbignell

Why I have a garden

Why I have a garden

Gardening has always been part of my life. I have fond memories of going to the beach each fall to box up seaweed and place it on my grandfather’s garden. As a kid I always had something growing in the window sill of our home and each summer I would plant a small garden in our backyard. I still have spearmint that I planted over 30 years ago, now growing in my garden at home. Some don’t see the benefits…

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Every Tree Counts

Every Tree Counts

Halifax, like many municipalities across North America, has developed and implemented urban forest strategies to set long-term visions and objectives for their urban forests, along with specific actions to achieve them. But, has Halifax gone far enough to protect our urban forest? In 2001, Councillor Linda Mosher wanted Regional Council to address protecting privately owned urban trees to keep Halifax as “The City of Trees”. Years later, Regional council adopted the Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) in 2012, which has…

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Small Group Exploring Possibilities of New Lakeside Community Centre or Improvements

Small Group Exploring Possibilities of New Lakeside Community Centre or Improvements

The Lakeside Community Centre plays a key role in the community by providing a place for community members to gather and participate in a wide variety of activities and events. Successful events contribute to the local community’s financial, cultural, social, and recreational stability. Unfortunately, built in the 1950’s as a local school, the Lakeside Community Centre is well past its prime and hasn’t met the needs of the growing community for a number of years now. This Spring, a simple…

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Bayer’s Lake Mystery Walls

Bayer’s Lake Mystery Walls

In 2013, vandalism to the Bayer’s Lake Mystery Walls brought together a small group of concerned citizens that wanted more done to protect this historical site so that meaningful research could be conducted. It was concerning that this site had so much historical significance to our community and that without funding, the opportunity to better understand the site would be lost to treasure hunters and explorers. Working within the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society, I was able to set up a…

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The War on the Dandelion

The War on the Dandelion

It’s that time of year when Halifax yards are filled with dandelions, which have not yet had their first spring cut. As you walk around our community you can see many lawns filled with bright yellow dandelions, and each one will be peppered with several bees perhaps enjoying their first meal of the year. These spring flowering weeds are an important food for many insects, a meal that many of us will spend countless hours trying to remove for cosmetic…

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Need an excuse to not mow the lawn this spring? – News95.7 Radio interview

Need an excuse to not mow the lawn this spring? – News95.7 Radio interview

It’s that time of year when Halifax yards are filled with dandelions, which have not yet had their first spring cut. As you walk around District 12, you can see many lawns filled with bright yellow dandelions, and each one will be peppered with severalbees perhaps enjoying their first meal of the year. These spring flowering weeds are an important food for many insects, a meal that many of us will spend countless hours trying to remove for cosmetic reasons….

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Safe Pick up

Safe Pick up

Online purchases are quickly growing in popularity from places like Kijiji or Facebook. Unfortunately, in today’s world, these purchases are not without risk to the purchaser and seller. Most exchanges go without a hitch, and both parties walk away happy, but sometimes there are situations that may make you feel uncomfortable or meeting in places that just don’t seem safe. In Bellingham, WA, they have built the new Blackstone Street Police station with an advanced camera system to monitor their…

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Who is Ashley Cheeseman?

Who is Ashley Cheeseman?

The Masthead News Article: Who is Ashley Cheeseman? On a sunny Thursday in 1978, Local MLA Grant Brown unveiled the plaque in the presence of the Lakeside Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion #156 and the Cheeseman Family. Stories were shared and the community reflected on the loss of one of their own. Who is Ashley Cheeseman? I ask this question as I stand in the park that bears his name. Today the Ashley Cheesman Memorial Park is filled with with…

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